Category: Passwords

Misstep 16: Creepy Guy [Me]

Ahh finally, you’re done with your Lyft to the airport, checked your bags, stripped down for the TSA while taking everything and throwing it into little buckets for a scanner and then packing up your shoes, belt, coat, wallet, and phone right at the end of the security line. You feel disheveled, but you’ll make […]

Primer 1: The HTTPS Padlock

This primer series is meant to be a less technical discussion around modern security tools and techniques. This may not match the otherwise technical nature of this site. Internet in a Nutshell A very long time ago, computers only transferred text to one another. There were no pictures or links, and the text they did […]

Misstep 9: Trial by Fire, the Perfect Storm that Created Me

Welcome to the second misstep of 2020… A series of hindsight. Back in late 2006, I started a small forum site where I learned that building desktop applications != hosting web applications that other people use. The former may be breakable, but it won’t hurt myself or other people. The latter can devastate a business […]

Stop Using Security Questions

Please stop using security questions. Why security questions were designed with good intentions If you forget your password, a site can ask you a series of security questions. This allows you to recover your account while still potentially authenticating you with questions only you know. Account recovery options are always a great idea, but doing […]

Telltale Signs of Impending Password Breach

For most, password restrictions are an annoyance that prevents them from using easy to remember passwords, like “password” or “123456”. You can generally tell how a company handles your private information, and I’ll teach you a few tricks on determining which sites potentially store your password insecurely. Smart Password Complexity Requirements (none of these should […]