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Discussions - Public / Re: WIn 10 controls your updates ... with this result
« Last post by pxsant on March 13, 2017, 04:16:08 PM »
I just read the article.  So Linux is one of the many (all) compromised OS's with the CIA hacks.   However of all the OS's, Linux is more likely to get patched quickly once a vulnerability is exposed.   Not so with the proprietary OS's like Windows or MAC OS's.   They are burdened with having only a small number of people available to work on vulnerability fixes at any given time while Linux has hundreds to thousands.
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Discussions - Public / Re: WIn 10 controls your updates ... with this result
« Last post by pxsant on March 13, 2017, 03:17:53 PM »
What do you mean by "CIA Linux"?
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Discussions - Public / Re: Password Insanity
« Last post by Code Refugee on March 13, 2017, 03:08:53 PM »
I just reset my phone to the factory settings since it started claiming my password was invalid. There was no other option.

Why does this happen.

I don't know.

I do not it's not currently safe to keep even the most boring and inane files on your cell.

So what use is this thing other than a basic dumb phone?
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Discussions - Public / Re: WIn 10 controls your updates ... with this result
« Last post by Code Refugee on March 13, 2017, 03:07:06 PM »
I agree and because of the reasons you've mentioned I'm evaluating Linux distros.

However, it seems obvious to me that any Linux distro that has the resources to be in the top 30 is actually CIA Linux. Agreed?
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Discussions - Public / WIn 10 controls your updates ... with this result
« Last post by benali72 on March 12, 2017, 03:29:49 PM »
Many WIn 10 users don't realize the system seizes control of updates from you and gives it exclusively to the vendor. So you have problems like this occur ....

https://www.forbes.com/sites/gordonkelly/2017/03/12/microsoft-windows-10-upgrade-problems/?utm_source=yahoo&utm_medium=partner&utm_campaign=yahootix&partner=yahootix&yptr=yahoo#fc70d4820fd7

Or you can play games like this to try to retain control of the updates forced upon your computer ....

http://www.pcworld.com/article/3085136/windows/two-ways-to-control-or-stop-windows-10-updates.html

I think control of updates is a bigger deal than many people realize, even IT pros. If the vendor can force any "updates" upon you, you've truly lost control of your computer.

For example, when the forced upgrade to Win 11 comes along, you'll be defenseless. Users wont have the option to stay on 10 (the way they did with 7).

Nor can they avoid any spyware or adware the vendor sends their way.

I'm very sad to see Windows -- an OS that has contributed a lot to the world -- decline in this way. You'll never catch me using it again unless I'm forced to by client.
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Discussions - Public / Re: Password Insanity
« Last post by JoFrance on March 11, 2017, 12:53:03 PM »
I've had to use biometrics on laptops when I did tech support, just the fingerprint, and it was unreliable.  Maybe its better now than it was a couple of years ago, but if you don't place your finger exactly the same way you did when you set it up, you can't login to your computer.  You have to swipe your finger a certain way to get the reader to recognize your finger print.  Its a big PITA and unless they improve the scanner capability, totally worthless.

I use a low-tech solution for passwords.  I write them down on a sheet of paper that I keep at home.  I copy that paper to an image file that I save in an obscure place on my hard drive.  I remember my most used passwords.  I never do anything financial by my smartphone, except maybe visit the app store.  I remember my Apple password.  It might not work for everyone, but this works for me.
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Discussions - Public / Re: Password Insanity
« Last post by ilconsiglliere on March 10, 2017, 08:19:40 PM »
This was already driving me crazy years ago. I use something called KeePassX - its open source, extremely secure and is cross platform.

https://www.keepassx.org

https://superuser.com/questions/878902/whats-the-difference-between-keepass-and-keepassx


On my phone I use Minikeepass which uses standard keepass files.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/minikeepass-secure-password-manager/id451661808?mt=8

The best way to do it is to put the keepass file on something like Google Drive after you update it, than delete it after you get it on the computer or device. Than you can get to it from anywhere. I of course have local copies. As the file is encrypted, unless you have the key its pretty much impossible to get into. The encryption it uses is this:

Encryption- either the Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) or the Twofish algorithm are used
– encryption of the database in 256 bit sized increments
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Discussions - Public / Re: Password Insanity
« Last post by David Randolph on March 10, 2017, 10:33:17 AM »
And biometrics don't properly handle aging. So, if you were to have your face scanned once and try to use that in a few years, I'm sorry, but you are not the same person you were then.
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Discussions - Public / Re: Password Insanity
« Last post by The Gorn on March 10, 2017, 09:03:56 AM »
That's good to know. Thanks. I have a few things encrypted on Evernote. I never looked into it.

One other nice thing about Keypass is that you can work with it as a file that you can keep on a memory device, etc. So it's not just cloud.
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