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accepted Safety of publishing last 4 credit card digits in age of fast computing?
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asked Safety of publishing last 4 credit card digits in age of fast computing?
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comment Is Steganography a safe method to store secret data?
Re-reading it it doesn't make much sense. Maybe "compress first and then encrypt, before steganography"?
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comment XKCD #936: Short complex password, or long dictionary passphrase?
@kizzx2 - yes. 96^11 is smaller than 7776^6. Thus, a random password of 11 letters, chosen from 96 different characters, will be hard to use but quite good; while a random passphrase of 6 words (chosen from a list of 7776 words) will be easy to use and stronger.
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comment Too many passwords?
@CamiloMartin - here's one board where battery is optional if cord is left connected (motherboards.org/files/manuals/7/ax6bc-ol-e.pdf) if the cord is disconnected you lose the RTC info but everything else is stored to EEROM. Here's an article which mentions capacitors used instead of batteries. (tomshardware.com/reviews/…) Here's a laptop that doesn't have motherboard battery (uses main battery or a capacitor) (support.apple.com/kb/TA25911?viewlocale=en_US).
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comment What configuration will allow another computer in the internet to probe my computer's ports?
@Pacerier - Gibson has, for a long time, been seen as a joke by many people. SpinRite was a good product, but even that was only true years ago.
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comment Too many passwords?
"you'll most likely be successful by removing the CMOS battery and waiting a few seconds" - which modern motherboards still have BIOS batteries?