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comment What is a good algorithm for memorizing a password in a few minutes?
The way our memory works for things like that makes it impossible to remember something like this for a long time. You have to repeat it at certain intervals for it to stick. No way around it other than avoiding to have to remember something in the first place (like some answers suggest).
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comment Why does the user pick the password?
The problem with the password manager approach is that either you only have it on your main computer, or you trust a third party with all of your passwords (at least that they have the right crypto). I've not managed to overcome the fear of letting some sync service sync my passwords to everything.
Apr
12
awarded  Excavator
Apr
12
revised Why is writing zeros (or random data) over a hard drive multiple times better than just doing it once?
web archive link because the original is now gone
Apr
12
suggested approved edit on Why is writing zeros (or random data) over a hard drive multiple times better than just doing it once?
Mar
19
asked Why are unsigned Java applications blocked?
Sep
24
comment Why are web servers ubiquitously configured by blacklisting inaccessible files instead of whitelisting the accessible ones?
@Iszi harder than maintaining security-hole-free blacklists? As someone who has made and maintained both, I have to disagree.
Sep
24
asked Why are web servers ubiquitously configured by blacklisting inaccessible files instead of whitelisting the accessible ones?
Sep
8
comment Can I scratch off the magnetic strip off a debit card to only allow chip and PIN?
What @tylerl said, because otherwise you wouldn't be able to use the card online. Having said that, we really need to fix this, e.g. with 2FA (e.g. send a text message that requires a respone for card-not-present transactions).
Jul
2
awarded  Curious
May
8
comment What risks are introduced by the browser passing the “referer” to the next site visited from a link to another domain?
A privacy fix would not have to break this: the Referer header could still be supplied if the destination is on the same domain.
May
7
comment What risks are introduced by the browser passing the “referer” to the next site visited from a link to another domain?
For the record, this is no longer the question I asked; it's been edited and became a different question.
May
7
comment What risks are introduced by the browser passing the “referer” to the next site visited from a link to another domain?
So it's a privacy concern that's trivial to address, but isn't being addressed. Why is that? Do the users of the browsers want it? Or is this feature mainly there for the benefit of those who run websites?
May
6
asked What risks are introduced by the browser passing the “referer” to the next site visited from a link to another domain?
Apr
16
awarded  Critic
Apr
10
comment How to encrypt entire HDD without any password prompts?
I'll be quite happy to store the key on the system drive, which isn't encrypted. My use case is apparently the top answer to "what are good use cases of disk encryption" - so how do they do it? I agree it seems unusual, but this use case was the top answer there...
Apr
10
comment How to encrypt entire HDD without any password prompts?
The broken drive is too broken. Click of death. Doesn't mount. The data I don't care about; it was a full mirror of another drive. The manufacturer explicitly recommends I wipe any data I don't want leaked before I send it for warranty replacement.
Apr
10
asked How to encrypt entire HDD without any password prompts?
Apr
10
comment Why wasn't heartbleed fixed before?
Keep in mind that there exist programming environments in which this type of bug (unsafe & unchecked memory access) is essentially impossible, although they suffer a performance penalty (of various significance) as a result.
Jan
25
comment Should websites be allowed to disable autocomplete on forms or fields?
Nice to have someone I might call an "insider" here. Suppose Firefox were to unilaterally throw away this option "by popular user demand", ignoring the opinions of banks. Do you reckon Firefox risks being outright blocked by banks in this case based on, say, UserAgent? (obviously circumventable, but not by non-tech users).