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comment Trying to understand why signatures in root certs “are not used”?
@user53029 either the hash needs to be broken (which happened in 2008 with MD5 hashed certs) or the CA needs to be compromised. Most CA's use heavy physical authority including measures like keeping the root certificate itself offline to prevent catastrophic damage in the event of a hack. security.stackexchange.com/questions/24896/…
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comment My IP (with a NAS) is targeted by a hacker. What to do? Should I be worried?
@LucasKauffman my point is that although they still brand their products as NASes; personal internet server that also serves files is a more accurate description of what they've turned into. That's a device that needs to be connected to the internet for most of what it's designed to do.
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comment My IP (with a NAS) is targeted by a hacker. What to do? Should I be worried?
@LucasKauffman consumer NASes from companies like Synology or QNAP have heavily expanded from only being file servers to include streaming media server, light web server, and "personal cloud" features to differentiate themselves from their cheaper competition.
Sep
12
comment Tell people that I can encrypt emails
I'm surprised that Outlook shows a confusing mess for S/MIME; since I know it supports signing or encrypting email via smartcards.
Sep
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Sep
9
comment Why is GSM still used?
@RichHomolka I'm almost certain your "slightly off topic" was the reason the question was asked....
Sep
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Sep
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awarded  Nice Answer
Sep
8
comment Why is GSM still used?
@TylerH 2g was first deployed in 91, 3g in 98, and LTE in 08. At the tail end of the time range range, I could see Verizon choosing to deploy an LTE successor on it's current 2g spectrum. Lastly, while it's an OT debate here I'm of the opinion that the needs separate spectrum to operate on criteria that marked 1g vs 2g, and 2g vs 3g transitions; is a more appropriate differentiator for when 4th generation cellular systems came into being than a purely arbitrary speed number.
Sep
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answered Why is GSM still used?
Sep
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comment Why is GSM still used?
@Polynomial in context I think he was asking about why 2g networks are still around when 3g has been out for many years.
Aug
14
comment What does “sandboxing” mean for Chrome OS?
+1 for the last paragraph. ChromeOS only competes with Windows\OSX\Conventional Linux for the subset of users who only use their computer to run a web browser.
Aug
13
comment Can we trust antivirus software?
The greed/stupidity of RSA has demolished your first point. :(
Jul
28
comment Are antiviruses still useful?
Over the last ~half dozen years my AV's blocked one or two threats/year from legitimate sites that were either hacked or hosting tainted 3rd party ads; and had one infection slip past an out of date filter about 2 years ago. As others have said it's not fool proof; but will cut down on your total risk a good bit.
Jul
17
comment How can my employer be a man-in-the-middle when I connect to Gmail?
@James_pic either that's no longer the case or my employer's doing something to get around it. I just logged into gmail from Chrome at work and it's showing the use of the same bluecoat.myemployer.com cert that their proxy serves up for everything else it mitm's to monitor.
Jul
17
comment How can my employer be a man-in-the-middle when I connect to Gmail?
@Lernkurve your browser is encrypting it with the public key from your employer's certificate. Then your employer's network monitoring device uses the private key from the employer cert to decrypt the message (and presumably make sure you're not smuggling proprietary data out). It then uses Google's public key to re-encrypt your message and sends it to Google. The same process in reverse occurs for Google's response.
Jul
14
comment Should I get an antivirus for Ubuntu?
About a year ago I recall reading that one of the major browser vendors was cringing at the thought of hardware accelerated webGL on the Windows desktop because the drivers either didn't provide protection from abuse or the implementation was seriously buggy. I haven't heard anything about browser level mitigation or if Intel/AMD/nVidia have made any major improvements.
Jul
14
comment Social Engineering and Police Officers
I was thinking in terms of plugging it into your laptop not having the only copy there. Also, unless your camera software only used the USB drive for storage, whatever computer you stored the data on would potentially be of interest to them even if you initially showed a copy on a USB drive.