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Posted Saturday, Sep 30, 2017 by Jeff Safire

Bad password advice from the 1990s continues to be repeated ad nauseam, even though it has been widely disproven and groups ranging from security firms to academic researchers to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) specifically advise against most of those principles. Below, I take this apart and offer you actual good…


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Posted Tuesday, Aug 29, 2017 by Jeff Safire

Last week I was contacted by someone alerting me to the presence of a spam list. A big one. That’s a bit of a relative term though because whilst I’ve loaded “big” spam lists into Have I been pwned (HIBP) before, the largest to date has been a mere 393m records and belonged to…


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Posted Tuesday, Aug 22, 2017 by Jeff Safire

If you’re a folk rock fan like me, you might be surprised when a music-streaming service suggests songs for you in other genres, such as country or reggae—and you actually enjoy them. Apple Music, Pandora, Spotify, and similar services are taking subtle cues from your listening habits, not only to recommend new artists but…


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Posted Monday, Jul 17, 2017 by Jeff Safire

Looking back on the last months of 1940, Claude Shannon was quite open about his desire to avoid the World War II draft: “Things were moving fast there, and I could smell the war coming along. And it seemed to me I would be safer working full-time for the war effort, safer against the…


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Posted Tuesday, Jul 11, 2017 by Jeff Safire

China is cracking down on virtual private networks, targeting the most popular way to access websites based outside the country and avoid restrictions. The government ordered the nation’s three state-run phone carriers to enforce a ban on VPNs for individuals and require companies operating on the mainland to register


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