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May, 2014

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May 29, 2014  1:02 PM

Is TrueCrypt really dead?

Ken Harthun Ken Harthun Profile: Ken Harthun
Disk Encryption, Security, TrueCrypt

Because of the abrupt announcement at truecrypt.sourceforge.net, no one is completely sure yet whether or not the venerable staple of file and disk encryption is really finished for good. Here's the notice posted there:

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May 27, 2014  5:19 PM

eBay STILL hasn’t notified me to change my password

Ken Harthun Ken Harthun Profile: Ken Harthun
Ebay, Password, Security

I posted 5 days ago (5/22/14) about the eBay security breach. I STILL haven't received an email from them about it. This is absolutely unacceptable.

Apparently, some people have gotten emails, like


May 22, 2014  9:05 PM

Highly effective security: Use a pre-boot password

Ken Harthun Ken Harthun Profile: Ken Harthun
best practices, BIOS password, Security, UEFI

If hackers can't boot your PC, it makes the task of stealing your files that much more difficult. Using a pre-boot password is a highly effective security precaution. In the latest issue of


May 22, 2014  8:21 PM

eBay passwords breached: Change your password now

Ken Harthun Ken Harthun Profile: Ken Harthun
Data breach, Ebay, Paypal, Security, Two factor authentication

If you have an account on eBay, be sure to change your password now. eBay has confirmed that they suffered a breach that revealed non-financial user data. From the ebay inc blog:

eBay Inc. (Nasdaq: EBAY) said...


May 22, 2014  8:04 PM

Get rid of Adobe Shockwave Player now

Ken Harthun Ken Harthun Profile: Ken Harthun
adobe reader, Adobe Shockwave Player, Foxit Reader, Security, Shockwave Flash, Shockwave Player security

I have been disaffected with Adobe for a long time. Though they have excellent programs like Photoshop and now Creative Cloud suite, Their security has been dismal and Acrobat Reader is probably the worst piece of bloatware to ever hit a computer. I got rid of Shockwave Player last year because of...


May 19, 2014  7:52 PM

Introducing 10 highly effective security habits

Ken Harthun Ken Harthun Profile: Ken Harthun
Disk Encryption, Mobile device security, Security policy, Social media security

We all have our preferred security habits (at least, I hope so!) Some of them are for our own comfort and some of them are actually highly effective. In my next few posts, I am going to discuss the ones I consider are most effective. I plan to outline the pros and cons of full drive encryption,...


May 14, 2014  3:10 PM

What happened at Bitly?

Ken Harthun Ken Harthun Profile: Ken Harthun

While Bitly's first description of the breach was rather vague, they have updated their blog with considerably more details:

On May 8, the Bitly security team learned of the potential compromise of Bitly user credentials from the...


May 14, 2014  2:58 PM

Bitly account credentials compromised

Ken Harthun Ken Harthun Profile: Ken Harthun

Got this email late last Friday:

Dear Ken Harthun,

We have reason to believe that your Bitly account credentials have been compromised; however, we have no indication at this time that your account has been accessed without permission.

Just to be safe, we have proactively...


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