One, Two, Three…Crunch!

Since Mr. Owl first dared to unravel one of the confectionary world’s most puzzling secrets in the classic 1970s TV commercial, dedicated Tootsie Pop fans everywhere have tried to provide a definitive answer. Many have attempted, and failed, to lick their way to the center of the Tootsie Pop. My best attempt was in the mid thirties before I gave in. Crunch! The temptation to bite and reach the embedded Tootsie Roll prize has proven too great… just like it was for Mr. Owl. But a more vitally important topic is how many “Clicks” does it take to compromise your computer security? That number is easily calculated… The answer is ONE, just a single click can launch a whirlwind of[…]

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CloudFlare Breach

If you are concerned about your security, you need to read this. This may affect some high profile sites like Fitbit, Dropbox, Zendesk, and Box.com, CreditKarma.com, among thousands of others. Some iPhone \ iPad Apps are affected as well. This section is completely excerpted from Nick Sweating  who is reporting that: Between 2016-09-22 – 2017-02-18 passwords, private messages, API keys, and other sensitive data were leaked by Cloudflare to random requesters. Data was cached by search engines, and may have been collected by random adversaries over the past few months. Requests to sites with the HTML rewrite features enabled triggered a pointer math bug. Once the bug was triggered the response would include data from ANY other Cloudflare proxy customer that happened[…]

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Ocean Front Property

The esteemed Texas philosopher George Strait sang the great truth of:   “If you leave me, I won’t miss you, And I won’t ever take you back. Girl, your mem’ry won’t ever haunt me ‘Cause I don’t love you, and now if you’ll buy that…”   I happened to have this song flash into my head after a lunch conversation with friends. We were talking about PII (Personal Identifiable Information), without a doubt a truly fascinating topic at any time. I reflected on how often the people we are sharing our most sensitive information with don’t understand the value of that information and the ramifications of handling it poorly. So let me set the stage, I bought a house. Well, more accurately,[…]

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