Stored passwords, eggs and bread dough?

All three of these share the need for one thing: salt. So what is a password salt and why do we need them? In the early days of the UNIX timesharing system the file containing the users’ passwords was readable by all users (that began in version 6, in the mid 1970’s). The file had […]
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You Can’t Share What You Don’t Know

There is an article on popsci.com about secure passwords entitled  “Why TheOnly Secure Password Is One You Don’t Even Know That You Know”. It deals with a method to create passwords that can be entered, but because the user does not actually know the password, she cannot forget it or share it. You should read […]
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My New Phone

I got a new phone! I had an old iPhone 3G for eons and decided to get a new Android phone. I chose that because I wanted the same platform for my phone as my (Kindle Fire) tablet.  So now I have a new Galaxy SIII and I need to configure it. Of course, I […]
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My Dog’s Name is “Chocolate Cookies”

When my father passed away my mother was in the hospital. I needed to access her bank account to pay some bills. They asked me for the account “password”. I told them I did not know, that my mother was unconscious and in the hospital. Then they asked the account security question: what was her […]
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Of PINS and Passwords and Jelly Bean

Cybersecurity is never far from my mind these days. Many of my clients are quite rightly concerned about the risk of a security breach caused by a flaw in an Android application. One simple and hugely effective step that can be taken is to ensure that devices have a PIN or password enabled. The key […]
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