Defensive Computing is aimed at people who depend on their computing devices for work rather than for play. Rather than focus on the latest news or devices, this blog aims to be educational. Heavy on facts, light on opinions.
In a recent security conference, the head of the TAO division of the NSA offered advice on making his job harder. Their biggest asset is competence and persistence, rather than zero day vulnerabilities.
No matter how much tweaking is done, a router can only be made as secure as the firmware (operating system) allows. Routers vary drastically in in their security features, yet the subject never comes up in reviews.
The press likes to focus on shiny new things and the shiny thing of the moment is Windows 10. It's free (if you already have Windows 7 or 8) and has a bunch of new features. Who could resist? Hopefully, you.
A recent article pointed out that Linksys and Belkin routers are incapable of offering over-the-air encryption (WEP, WPA or WPA2) on their Guest wireless networks. On top of this, their Guest networks use a captive portal, which is...