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Sunday October 22nd 2017

Posts Tagged ‘50 ways to steal your password’

50 ways to steal your password, part 5

Malware is the most effective means of long-distance password theft. The concept is an umbrella term for all kinds of malicious code. In the old days, computer virus were created as pranks and you knew that you had one, since it in one way or another harmed the computer. Today, computer virus is big business, or rather, big cyber crime business. [...]

50 ways to steal your password, part 4

What joy it is to find an open wireless Internet connection when you really need one! However, surfing on an open network can be very costly. Today, unfortunately, the standard recommendation is to avoid them altogether. Basic advice is to either connect with encryption (HTTPS) or VPN -tunnel or both. 16. The point was brought home by freelance [...]

50 ways to steal your password, part 3

It is a curious thing that many programs and features that are developed to increase Internet safety, also can be used to destroy Internet safety. Perhaps the most obvious example of this is programs for packet analyzing a.k.a. packet sniffing. All Internet messages are chopped down into small packets that are reassembled once they reach their [...]

50 ways to steal your password, part 2

In my first post in this series, I focused on the perils of leaving the computer unattended. However, various passwords on the Internet are open and accessible for theft 24/7. In addition, they can be accessed from any place. The most obvious way of doing this is through password cracking. All you need for this is 1) password cracking software and [...]

50 ways to steal your password, part 1

"At the risk of being crude, there must be 50 ways to leave your lover," sang Paul Simon in the 1970s. In the following, I will modernise this into 50 ways to steal your password. This is certainly not my area of expertise, but I know enough to be very scared. As the world seems intent on running like crazy towards the wonders of cloud computing [...]

The safetymilitude mindset

We are currently in the middle of a gigantic transformation of Internet use. Basically, social media, smart phones and cloud computing trends are egging each other on, opening up Internet use and aggregating information. Sets of information, personal information, professional information and collaborative information are increasingly connected to [...]