Category Archives: security

Not a bad way to waste time

I have far too many things on my Desktop and also open in windows to post about. Instead, I slept poorly for half the day, and then spent the rest of the time cleaning up my seriously dangerous method of storing passwords in, essentially, plain text. At least it was not in “the cloud”. I have worked to overwrite the old file so it should be unrecoverable.

Also, I went around closing/deleting accounts for sites I have no use for anymore. Amazon makes it incredibly annoying and deceptive to delete them, and then people like that wonder why laws and regulations appear to micromanage them. Fine job there, Jeffrey [sic].

I have also backt up my Email accounts and even fixed the contact information on some old dude’s accounts that I watch over for trouble. That and started on my tax filings. YaY for proactivity!

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Warning to that Iraq user of KENPAVE

Someone, I think from Iraq, recently visited my now somewhat famous (but not as famous as the “pranque”) page on KENPAVE. WordPress reports their referrer is through the so-called handy-tab malware site.


I strongly suggest that you, if you are that user, visit this site: https://malwaretips.com/blogs/remove-handy-tab/ and follow the instructions to remove the offensive software on your browser. I have not used it myself, since I don’t have that malware, but at the same time, find the instructions given to be reasonable.

A new security question

We all know those “security questions” that websites ask to verify user’s identities, sometimes called shared secrets. The ones like your mother’s maiden name and favorite high school pet’s phone number.

I propose a new one for technical people: What was the name (SSID) of the first wireless network you connected to?

More out of data browser requirements

While checking out NYSEG‘s website, I clicked on the link on this page to see what browsers were supported. Here’s what I got:

CrapNYSEG

While not as out of date as ITT, this is still dated by several years. IE 6 should be withdrawn, as should all of the versions of Firefox in that range. We’re up to Firefox 40 now, not 3.6.

Linde uses untrustworthy HR software

I am a fairly recent graduate looking for employment in engineering. One of the companies (out of a spreadsheet full) I’m looking at is Linde. The company itself goes back to very early days in the chemical industry and makes industrial gases for wholesale purposes.

Anyway, I finally found their HR site and was arguing with it over whether or not it should be telling me what jobs Linde had open, when I noticed this:

LindeEncryption(Click for full size)

Actually, maybe I don’t want to work for these people, if this is their idea of security.