Tag Archives: security

Phone Security == Computer Security

Pattern lock configuration on an Android mobile phone.

Dan gets paranoid and despairs about the ease with which mobile devices can be stolen, the wealth of personal information stored on them, and the under-use of readily-available encryption tools. Continue reading

Rave Reviews for Your Password Sucks

You are a target. Your password is weak. Attacks are on the rise. You can protect yourself.

After running a breakout session entitled “Your password: how bad guys will steal your identity” at the 2012 UAS Conference, Dan gets rave reviews. Nice. Continue reading

KeePass for Opera


Dan develops a browser plugin for Opera to allow the KeePass Password Safe to work with Opera 12+, after the Opera team remove the feature upon which many KeePass users depended. Continue reading

Cardless Cashpoints

My mobile banking app, showing me a special six digit code.

RBS Group banks now offer the ability to withdraw cash from ATMs without using a bank card, by making the withdrawal request from their mobile app. Dan gives it a go, and shares his thoughts on the process. Continue reading


In Internetland, everybody has prosopagnosia. That’s why it’s so important that the people who live there treat their passwords with care. Dan tells a story about Alice, Bob, Eve, and an antiques store. Continue reading

Instead Of Blogging…


In a declaration of ‘blog bankruptcy’, Dan lists all of the topics that he’d hoped to have blogged about during the last (very busy!) month, and gets on with writing about other things. He’s been busy! Continue reading

Deliciously Silly Password Restrictions


After being reminded that social bookmarking service del.icio.us exists, Dan logs in and gives it a go. His first experience with its new version… isn’t terribly promising. Continue reading

Bank Security

Dan tries to tell a bank that their website is insecure. You’d think it’d be easier than this. Continue reading

Passwords – The Least You Should Do

If you’re reading this, there is at least a 95% chance that your passwords aren’t good enough. You should fix them. Today. Continue reading

Mobile One-Time-Passwords in Ruby


A Ruby-based implementation of the Mobile One-Time-Password system, providing two-factor authentication for Rails applications, among other things. Continue reading