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comment Default Encryption - A Panacea or Placebo
Yes, indeed. If such a weak password is used and the fact is known, so that only a limited keyspace needs to be bruteforced, security is of necessity nil. This gives back the user some choice: you can use a weak encryption if you want. The problem arises when a law requires you to.
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comment Is my modem compromised?
Yes. And yes: that assumes that the browser update can happen on an unsecure channel. But I have first-hand experience of users willingly plain-HTTP-download and run a fake "Chrome update" from a pentest site, even if the Chrome site page said nothing of such update, and even if Chrome itself reported being already up to date. The rationale, they later reported, was that they believed it to be a really "bleeding edge" update. Sadly, this trick actually worked better with my IT guys than against the accountants, which were happy to trust Chrome to update itself.
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comment Is my modem compromised?
Stateful Packet Inspection -- it's a more thorough firewalling behaviour, even if I don't see why it should block WAN-initiated traffic. However, if true and reliable (you should check), it would prevent external access to your modem. You would still be vulnerable to drive-by attacks; changing your internal network IPs to 192.168.x.y with x not the default 0 or 1, but, say, 73, should protect against the most common drive-by attacks. While still vulnerable to a determined attack, in practice it might be enough. As with home locks, you may only need to appear stronger than your neighbour.
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comment Is my modem compromised?
I am sorry, but TD-W8901G appears to be bad news. See updated answer.
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comment Which format of secret would be the most efficient for human memory?
It depends on the human. Someone may have no trouble in remembering words, while another may remember easily images, smells, sounds. You might unerringly remember a formula like perfluorooctanesulfonic.nitrolysis.of.hexamethylenetetramine; I could use 33+0/6 as a shorthand for "Virgin.humble.term.You.ennobled.not".
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answered Monitor websites being visited on network