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Comment: Re:not the point (Score 1) 374

by operagost (#48926367) Attached to: Why Screen Lockers On X11 Cannot Be Secure

Security features and policies are two different things. If you can solve a vulnerability with a feature, you do it. Policies are for things that don't have a technological solution, like social engineering. People should lock their workstations, but they don't always. Instead of remarking on how lazy or dumb they are, Microsoft created a solution 22 years ago.

Also, policy doesn't fix this scenario with a shared computer: a malicious employee, instead of logging off after his shift, runs a fake logon screen malware to collect credentials from other users. Those other users may be privileged or, even if unprivileged, have their identities be used as cover in later attacks.

Comment: Encrypted External Drive in a Fire Safe (Score 4, Informative) 250

by Mr.Intel (#48915991) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Medium For Personal Archive?
Personally, I have three external hard drives encrypted with TrueCrypt that I rotate and keep in a fire safe at an offsite building. I rotate them monthly. Cost is a little high, but it fast, easy and convenient for me. Your circumstances are likely different enough that you will need a different approach. But generally, my archive set is large (3+TB) and sensitive (taxes, bank statements, account numbers, passwords, etc) so this solution works best for me.

Comment: Re:Translation ... (Score 3, Informative) 392

No-knock warrants are an anti-liberty product of the Drug War. Police know how to secure a building so the only way out is through them, but the suspects can easily dispose of "evidence" (illicit drugs) in the toilet. Since it was impractical to ban toilets, the courts decided to let them barge in and assault everyone they saw.

To the systems programmer, users and applications serve only to provide a test load.