PrivacyGuard, example of privacy hell

Just the other day I found a letter from my bank regarding a new company they’ve partnered with, PrivacyGuard. As I see it, PrivacyGuard is a prime example of the misplacement of liability when it comes to information gathered by companies that I somehow interact with. They are, for a monthly fee of £6.99 (I …

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How to make sure corporate users choose bad passwords

Here’s a sure-fire way to make sure users choose bad passwords: Force passwords to have a minimum length. Come up with some arbitrary rules regarding “complexity” of the password. E.g. that it contains at least one upper-case character and one digit. Keep a history of passwords. Make it huge, say at least 20. Force users …

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On ATM hack…

Everyone was talking about tricking an ATM into believing $20 bills were $5 bills. There’s even a [clip from CNN on YouTube]. But why isn’t anyone pointing out what a bad idea it is to make maintenance functionality fully available via the same UI that customers use?


Why is it so difficult to stick to iso-8859-1?

I guess I’m being pedantic but this is starting to irritate me. For all you people who create web content out there: iso8859-1 is not equal to windows-1252! I’m increasingly coming across pages where this is an issue. It seems most browsers (IE, firefox, possibly Opera too) treat iso-8859-1 as windows-1252, which means most users …

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