it’s been a while since I’ve done one of these.
- The NSA has backdoors everywhere. Here’s the big problem with a backdoor: you can’t control who uses it. Even if we assume that no NSA agent would ever do anything wrong (a silly notion, certainly), it’s only a matter of time before somebody else finds this backdoor and exploits it.
- Speaking of the NSA and Bruce Schneier, Bruce has an essay up on conspiracy theories. Schneier recommends an external party create a full report to enlighten people on what our government has been doing. Good luck with that; more likely, we’ll see further strangulation.
- Escrow firms are supposed to reduce risk in transactions. Unfortunately, they don’t reduce all forms of risk.
- To help counteract the problems that banks have had recently and the relative weakness of protections for small business bank accounts, Brian Krebs has some excellent online banking tips.
- Things you can do to harden a SQL Server instance. For the most part, this is a solid list, although some of it is fairly archaic: there is no guest user anymore (and the guest role is mandated in certain system databases).