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July 17, 2014  4:15 PM

Stop electronic surveillance with typewriters?

Ken Harthun Ken Harthun Profile: Ken Harthun
Security, Surveillance

In the wake of recent news about Germany's considering using typewriters instead of computers to thwart electronic surveillance, one has to ask the obvious question: Huh? Oh, they have to be manual typewriters. Electric ones just won't do (you can plug in a keylogger to an electric one,...

July 11, 2014  6:14 PM

Highly effective security: Secure your mobile devices from loss

Ken Harthun Ken Harthun Profile: Ken Harthun
Laptop Security, Mobile device security, Security, Tablet PCs

Mobile devices such as smartphones, tablets and laptops are certainly convenient; however, due to their portability they are security risks. It's just too easy to lose or misplace these devices and when this happens, all of your personal data stored on them is at risk of being compromised. You...


June 30, 2014  6:47 PM

Humor: Lighten up – it’s Monday (Warning: Language)

Ken Harthun Ken Harthun Profile: Ken Harthun
Security

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June 30, 2014  3:22 PM

The best free security list in the world?

Ken Harthun Ken Harthun Profile: Ken Harthun
Security

I'm a fan of Gizmo's Freeware and have been for many years. They have maintained a list of free security-related programs or web applications for some time. It's called "


June 26, 2014  4:14 PM

Highly effective security: Create strong passwords

Ken Harthun Ken Harthun Profile: Ken Harthun
Security

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June 5, 2014  8:32 PM

Yes, Virginia, TrueCrypt is still safe to use

Ken Harthun Ken Harthun Profile: Ken Harthun
GPL, Security, TrueCrypt

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June 5, 2014  6:37 PM

Microsoft calls government snooping “advanced persistent threat”

Ken Harthun Ken Harthun Profile: Ken Harthun
Data integrity, Data privacy, Encryption, Information security, Transparency

Yes, just like malware. Well, isn't it a malevolent government act to spy--without cause--on its citizens? In a December 2013 blog post, Microsoft...


June 3, 2014  2:44 PM

You can help in the Gameover Zeus & Cryptolocker takedown

Ken Harthun Ken Harthun Profile: Ken Harthun
CryptoLocker, Cybercrime, cybercriminals, DOJ, FBI, Security, Sophos

Your help is needed in a massive law enforcement effort to take down the Gameover Zeus (GOZ) and Cryptolocker botnets. The Department of Justice (DoJ) has...


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


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