Stand Up for Strong Security

Certain factions within the US Congress and the FBI are insisting on the government requiring US technology companies to grant the government special access to devices and cryptographic measures. In essence, they are asking for US technology to be insecure by design.
Adding a backdoor for US government agencies is possible but there are serious implications for the future.

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Smartphone Battery Myths, Explained

When I named this blog “Random musings, rambling opinions”, I was serious. So I bring you all kinds of interesting (hopefully) posts, ranging from how to secure your computer, to things about atheism, dinosaurs and now smartphone battery myths. Hope this helps someone!

Over just a few years, the batteries in our smartphones have changed a lot. That means those old tips to stretch out your battery life just aren’t as true as they once were, yet we still share them like they’re gospel. Before telling someone to disable Bluetooth or Wi-Fi, let’s shed some light on those old myths.

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Bits of Freedom calls for international opposition against Dutch proposal

Dutch digital rights defenders Bits of Freedom are calling for international opposition against the latest proposal from Ivo Opstelten, wanting to grant police the right to hack into suspects computers, even across borders. In an article on their blog, they outline the cybersecurity risks related to this proposal. I’m also hoping for a lot of international (and national) opposition against this strange and dangerous proposal.

Impact of the Diginotar hack

In June 2011 Diginotar, a Dutch provider of SSL certificates, was hacked. The hack was probably carried out by hackers working for the government of the sovereign nation of Iran for the purpose of obtaining forged SSL certificates for a number of high level domains, such as Google and Yahoo, among others. With the help of those forged certificates, it was possible to snoop on encrypted communication of Iranian citizens by using them in a classic “man in the middle” attack. While the successful hack is significant in and of itself, it has far-reaching implications for the entire world. Continue reading Impact of the Diginotar hack