September 28, 2011  2:02 AM

Real dialogue about real password ideas



Posted by: Ken Harthun
hackers, Password, Security

We have a Skype room called the International Internet Marketing Group where we discuss various topics related to Internet Marketing. Last night, we had a discussion, which I led, about passwords and online security. Here's an excerpt:

EVERYBODY here needs to LEARN this stuff...


September 25, 2011  2:02 PM

The information thief’s greatest asset – You



Posted by: Ken Harthun
Hacker, information thief, physical security, Security, Video

Here is an excellent video about information...


September 18, 2011  11:45 PM

Five ways to prevent data leakage



Posted by: Ken Harthun
Data Leakage, Data Theft, Encryption, Security, Security best practice

Data leakage? What's that, you ask? Well, it's a growing security issue which has at its root, the explosive proliferation of mobile and portable devices and the exponential growth of social networking tools, instant messaging, and external storage devices. Simply defined, data leakage is...


September 18, 2011  3:38 PM

Beware of Mebromi rootkit



Posted by: Ken Harthun
BIOS, Malware, Mebromi, Security, Symantec, Trojan

This snippet from SANS NewsBites Vol. 13, No. 74, 16 September 2011:

Researchers have detected a rootkit that targets the BIOS, Master Boot Record (MBR), the kernel, and files of PCs. It has been at least four years since malware that focuses on BIOS has been found. Trojan.Mebromi adds...


September 11, 2011  2:28 PM

Password-related Definitions



Posted by: Ken Harthun
Definitions, Glossary, NIST, Password, Password Management

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) issued a draft of Special Publication 800-118 entitled "Guide to Enterprise Password Management" that I have been using to help our corporate IT folks...


September 5, 2011  6:04 PM

Off the Grid: A unique solution for creating secure passwords



Posted by: Ken Harthun
Encryption, off the grid, paper encryption method, Password Haystacks, passwords, Perfect Paper Passwords, Security

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August 31, 2011  8:52 PM

Creating a corporate password policy



Posted by: Ken Harthun
Password, Password Paradigm, passwords

How many of you have been through this? "Why does my password expire so often?" "I can't change my password, why does it expire?" "Why can't I use 'abc123' as my password?" "I can't log in; did you change my password?" "I changed my password, but it doesn't work." "I used 'fido1'...


August 31, 2011  1:41 AM

Humor: The Yorkie cipher



Posted by: Ken Harthun
cipher, Ciphers, Encryption, Security Humor

If you have been reading this blog for any length of time (and I hope you have!), you know that I'm a big fan of ciphers. In my next post, I'm going to talk about Steve Gibson's "Off the Grid" paper encryption system; that one is a stroke of genius. It's based upon Latin Squares with a twist. It...


August 30, 2011  12:45 AM

Video: How to kill an Apache web server



Posted by: Ken Harthun
Cyber weapon, Denial of Service, Hacking

When you know how it's done, you can prevent it. Here's a cool video on the latest DOS attack against Apache (which will soon be patched...) [kml_flashembed movie="http://www.youtube.com/v/K13nutRdlvE" width="425" height="350" wmode="transparent" /]


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