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Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Cellophane tape is your friend

When not using your webcam unplug it from your computer. You can also slap a small square of cellophane tape over the camera lense on your laptop. Use a physical cover to mask your smartphones camera lense.

Having the GCHQ spy on you is one thing, but ewwww.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Encrypt Your Dropbox Files

If you were mightily annoyed or even downright peeved with the recent Dropbox fiasco wherein the company all but admitted that data stored on its site can be accessed by employees then check out SecretSync. Files residing in the SecretSync folder within Dropbox are, of course, synced like any others even amongst numerous computers and are always encrypted when online. So, unless they are in your physical control they're encrypted and no one can access them. Neat, heh? Here is the FAQ for further clarification.

Posted by Matthew Carrick at 10:45.57 PM EDT | Permanent Link

| Categories: Physical Security, Privacy Issues, Software Tools

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

iPhone Tracker Revealed

A story from the Guardian reveals Apple keeps a file on the iPhone and iPad that contains the latitude and longitude of the phone's recorded positions coupled with a time stamp. When synchronised with the owners computer this file is copied over resulting in two copies. The file data can be accessed with mimimal effort by anyone with possession of the device(s). You can access this file with this handy application called IphoneTracker. The only saving grace is that the file is apparently not uploaded to Apple. Stay tuned for the fallout from this.

Posted by Matthew Carrick at 11:39.27 AM EDT | Permanent Link
Edited on: Wednesday, April 20, 2011 11:48.09 AM EDT
Comment by Matthew - Saturday 23rd April 2011 04:48:26 AM

Google's Android phones also track you but only for the last 50 locations or 100 locations when using WiFi. It is also more difficult to access the file as you would need to 'root' the phone first. Still, unencrypted files do not make for secure phones.

| Categories: All Things Mac, Physical Security, Privacy Issues, Security Alerts

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Post-it Passwords

One paragraph in a press report on the recent theft of works by artist Bill Reid astounded me:
"(Museum Director Anthony) Shelton said the heist was well organized: three Mexican Zapotec Indian gold-coloured necklaces, which were found despite being hidden in drawers, were the first items taken."
Folks . . . you just can't put your passwords on a sticky-note afixed to the underside of your keyboard! Got it?
Posted by Matthew Carrick at 2:21.48 PM EDT | Permanent Link
Edited on: Friday, May 30, 2008 9:25.35 AM EDT

| Categories: Best Practices, Physical Security, Privacy Issues