This time, it was my turn to call someone for help.
The phone rang half a ring before I heard a familiar “Hello?” on the other end.
“Hi, James, it’s Mack. I need a favor from you, and I need today, before 5 pm.”
“Not urgent, huh?”, James teased.
“Not really, I just need it today. And I need you to keep it quiet,” I warned.
This is the second post in a series. See Behind Locked Doors: Part 1.
And in unprotected documents.
Lots of passwords. Lots of documents. Lots of easy access.
I recently ran into some unneighborly security. It happens all the time to those of us who know how to build, upgrade, secure, and troubleshoot hardware and software.
I’m over at my neighbor’s house and he says, “Hey, you work with computers, so can you take a look at mine?”
There goes the afternoon.
If you enter a password into a login box and your password disappears, look for it!
I’m serious, because it happened again today. Not to me, but to my colleague.
Twitter said that it was hacked again on Friday, 2/1/13, and attackers gained access to 250,000 accounts and passwords.
Twitter says the passwords were encrypted, the intrusion was limited, and and everyone’s taxes are going down soon (okay, I was kidding about the last one). It’s always hard to sort out what is true and how much of the truth is told, so regardless of what Twitter says, change your password.
A library near me implemented self-checkout stations that use touch screens that make it easy to lose your password.
Those of you who’ve been around might remember I have written before about libraries and how I’ve found questionable security.
So how do you lose your password?
According to the following article, the cloud is safer because the cloud data center is bigger than yours and has better fences. Oh, and passwords need to be hard to use so that others can’t use them.