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I actively encourage the editing of any of my Question, Answer, and Tag Wiki content on all StackExchange sites except for meta sites. In other words, if you spot an inaccuracy or wish to clarify or improve a post of mine, add sources, etc., PLEASE do so! It will greatly benefit the net welfare and knowledge capital of the community. I am writing this here just in case you are of the misconception that answers are like forum posts, indelible articles authored by a single person.

The edit function is there for a reason, folks. I promise to never lash out at someone for substantially editing content originally authored by me, as long as your edit is constructive. If you don't yet have the site privilege to make instantaneous edits and I see your edit in the suggestion queue, I will do my best to either accept your edit outright, or incorporate the most useful parts of your edit into my post by "editing your edit".

If you have been told before that you shouldn't substantially edit others' answers, or if you've been the victim of polemic as a result of doing so, I'd like to apologize for that behavior. I think it's very counterproductive; our community is much worse-off for that kind of attitude.

Future visitors are best served by being able to read one cohesive, well-edited answer with sources to get the sum-total of the community's best knowledge in a single answer. A string of answers or comments each with their own nuggets of truth is much harder to decipher than one cohesive text. With the edit function, thanks to the fact that we each bring our own perspectives and unique knowledge, it is possible for us to author one cohesive text that eliminates the natural tendency of comment strings, replacing it with high-quality works that rival those of Wikipedia.

BTW, I don't approve of most edits on meta sites because I very rarely find questions on meta sites which deal purely in factual matters, so my answers are generally just my personal feelings on the matter.


Jan
22
comment How to test backend virus behavior?
I don't have the capability to disable the virus scanner on my client because I don't have admin rights on the client. And anyway, since I have Fiddler, I can just inject the contents into the HTTP stream. What I need are the contents to be arranged in such a way that the magic number is there in the file, yet some fake virus payload is still contained in the file. EICAR doesn't work because virus scanners will not detect EICAR unless it's at the start of the file (this is an intended feature of virus scanners' EICAR detection, otherwise you'd get a virus popup for loading a webpage with it)
Jan
22
asked How to test backend virus behavior?
Jan
13
accepted Apparently PayPal-affiliated site with very suspect security
Oct
23
awarded  Critic
Jul
1
awarded  Notable Question
Jun
20
revised “No identity information” alert on gmail
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Jun
20
answered “No identity information” alert on gmail
Apr
11
awarded  Popular Question
Apr
11
comment Is saving passwords in Chrome as safe as using LastPass if you leave it signed in?
From a practical perspective, the most common way to exfiltrate data for a malicious client-side program running with user trust is to (1) capture keystrokes, and (2) send them to a remote server. Both LastPass and Chrome (and any other system involving passwords whatsoever) are wholly and completely vulnerable to this technique. You type your password and you're owned.
Apr
10
revised Is saving passwords in Chrome as safe as using LastPass if you leave it signed in?
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Apr
10
answered Is saving passwords in Chrome as safe as using LastPass if you leave it signed in?
Mar
20
awarded  Nice Question
Jan
24
awarded  Yearling
Jan
24
revised What are the major security concerns for smartphones?
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Jan
24
comment What are the major security concerns for smartphones?
Looks like you beat me by 1 minute talking about root stuff :) FGITW!
Jan
24
answered What are the major security concerns for smartphones?
Jan
23
comment Apparently PayPal-affiliated site with very suspect security
Is it normal for two different EV certificates (for two different domains on .com) to have the same serial number but a different OU and O? How would this be possible? Maybe they have some kind of special agreement with Verisign only available to the largest of corporations (PayPal certainly qualifies as large)?
Jan
22
comment Apparently PayPal-affiliated site with very suspect security
I just made a new In-Private Tab in Firefox (thus, not using any of my main browser's cookies) and still was able to get in without entering a valid email. Not sure why you are seeing something different. Might be the restrictive proxy I'm using for web access, but in that case, the question becomes, why would a restrictive proxy allow you through, unless it's doing client-side validation :P
Jan
22
awarded  Editor
Jan
22
revised Apparently PayPal-affiliated site with very suspect security
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