Category: Security

Misstep 11: To Read This, Pay -$5

Before you run away, there’s no paywall here. I’m not an awful news company unfamiliar with AdBlock afterall šŸ˜‰ This is the third post in a series that, honestly, details how I should have never became a developer. Read the others if you want to see how I’ve screwed up, and learned, from bad design […]

Misstep 10: The CAPTCHA That Couldn’t

Everybody of any technical ability is familiar with CAPTCHAs, where you enter impossibly squiggly words into a box, just to find out it was case-sensitive and that the “q” was actually a “g”. Or, where you select traffic signals, palm trees, or cars. We’re all just training Google’s AI in the end. Well, I understood […]

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 […]

Misstep 8: How I Was Almost Hacked

Very many moons ago (ca. 2008 or so), I built an online image resizer. This was before HTML5 Canvas, so I leveraged PHP and GD Library to handle the resize. Nothing too special really, but I looking to learn image manipulation and provide a tool for people to use when they use forums. Recently, I […]

Misstep 7: Knoxoff KnoxBox

Alright, after this post, I’m taking the rest of the year off! I’ve talked about this one before in Lockboxes and Key Space Exhaustion, and I’ve seen this guarding both a bagel/coffee shop out in LA, a restricted-use boat launch, and this dollar store back home. This photo shows the one by my place that […]

Misstep 6: Moneygrab

Key in Register

This one is less about what you’re seeing, and more about temptation. This cash register has the drawer key sitting directly in the lock it is supposed to protect. Cashiers should be performing “NO SALES” if they need access to the cash drawer without a transaction. This keeps a record of times an employee accesses […]

Misstep 5: Getting High in California

By getting high, of course, I’m talking about the relative distance from the ground. In this case, I added three stars to the image. The first one is the “Yellow Star”, I’m not going into a lot of detail here except to say that Misstep 2: Security-As-An-Annoyance goes into greater detail about why a fence […]

Misstep 4: Pretty Friggin’ Suite

Another example of “A chain is as strong as its weakest link”, this door was inside of my suite during my stay in Los Angeles. I assume it is for cleaning supplies, coffee supplies, or similar so that the room service folks can save time not transporting all of this without an elevator. But lets […]

Misstep 3: Flow Freakin’ Way

From my trip to LA, I’ve seen several of these water control valves placed above ground. (Must be nice, in Chicago, these guys would turn into ice and destroy themselves). An oddity is the choice of security — a wire mesh that stops folks from disabling the water. This could affect fire systems, but those […]

Misstep 2: Security-As-An-Annoyance

I’m in Los Angeles, CA this week and my hotel has a pool. Like many hotel pools, they lock it down at a silly early hour. They also keep the area locked to ensure that the pool isn’t being abused by non-guests. With several different shifts of hotel operators, and this hotel’s nature of having […]