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Month: January 2016

How to Convince Friends and Influence People (To Use Encryption)

How to Convince Friends and Influence People (To Use Encryption)

I have mentioned in my books and on this blog that I like to convince people to use encryption.  More specifically I like to persuade them to use the encryption that I use, especially for data-in-motion.  There are a couple of reasons for this.  First, if more of us use encryption, the more “noise” we all generate.  Encrypted calls, messages, chats, and emails become the norm, none of them stand out just because they are encrypted, and the less alerting…

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Ban Smartphone Encryption?

Ban Smartphone Encryption?

The legislatures of New York and California have recently introduced bills with language that would ban the sale of encrypted smartphones in their states.  The bills are strikingly similar in that each would require devices manufactured on or after January 1, 2017 and sold in the respective state to be capable of being decrypted by the manufacturer or “operating system provider”.  Failure to comply with the bill would impose a penalty of $2,500.00 per device. Though the architects of these…

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Wi-Fi SSID: To Hide or Not to Hide?

Wi-Fi SSID: To Hide or Not to Hide?

If you read just about any article about Wi-Fi security the question of hiding/not hiding your Wi-Fi SSID (Service Set Identifier) will almost inevitably come up.  The SSID is the Wi-Fi router’s “name”, and it is what you click on when you wish to connect to that network.  Most of these articles will say that hiding your SSID is counterproductive as it will make you more interesting to a hacker.  In full fairness, this also includes my own writing.  In…

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Moving Forward into 2016

Moving Forward into 2016

Those of you who follow this blog have doubtlessly noticed that I haven’t posted anything here since mid-December.  My absence has been for good cause, however.  As I’m sure you’ve noticed the main site has undergone a serious reboot with the blog to follow suit shortly.  This has consumed a serious amount of my time around the holidays.  There are several other exciting projects that are also underway that are keeping me busy.  Below is a quick rundown of what to…

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