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Viewfinity CEO Says Many Computer Users Are Overprivileged (Video) 95 Screenshot-sm 95

This isn't about your place in society, but about user privileges on your computers and computer networks. The more privileges, the more risk of getting hacked and having Bad People do Bad Things to your company's computers, right? So Leonid Shtilman's company, Viewfinity, offers SaaS that helps you grant system privileges in a more granular manner than just allowing "root" and "user" accounts with nothing in between.

Comment: Re:For a new Android user (Score 2) 114 114

A good practice is to find an app in which you are interested, then review the permissions to verify they make sense.

For instance, if you're downloading a new phonebook and the app asks for permission to your contacts, you can assume that it really needs it.
If you're downloading a new tic-tac-toe game that asks for full permission to read your ingoing and outgoing calls, you should really question why it needs that.

This isn't foolproof, but it is a really good place to start.

Comment: Re:Wow. (Score 1) 693 693

My Chem 101 class at Nebraska photo copied every test. Oh, and they don't tell you that until after the regrade submission time for the first test is finished. I think my class dropped in size from 250 to 230 people after they submitted all the cheaters to student affairs.

Most other profs simply wrote either the correct answer or simply what you did wrong in red.

Comment: Re:Tall statement (Score 1) 216 216

SELinux is/was intended for embedded applications and servers; things where the functionality is strictly defined. Using it on desktops, while indeed safer, was not the NSA's original intent. It is truly a nightmare to maintain on desktops when your installed packages are constantly changing.

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