Passphrases and not passwords?

Below is an excellent article introducing the concept of using passphrases over passwords.
Its something that I have been doing for a while now, and something I shall comment on a lot more in the future.
I am all for maintaining privacy and I personally believe that it is the individuals responsibility.
This feed I suppose is born out of my hatred for hackers and trojans (again… honestly, this won’t be the main theme on my blogs, it just happens to be the thing thats gotten my goat in the past few weeks).
My making access to our systems, whether personal or business, we can make it more difficult for those who feel the need to ‘hack’ into our lives. I just hope someone doesn’t take it on themselves to disprove the passphrase theories by attempting to hack my accounts now.
Why you shouldn’t be using passwords of any kind on your Windows networks . . .
Why you shouldn’t be using passwords of any kind on your Windows networks . . .
Another interesting source of info can be found here:
Passphrase FAQs
You should be able to Google for tools to help maintain your passphrases and here is one that I am reviewing at the moment.
I am still sceptical about using a single application to store all my passphrases since that to me provides a single source to be hacked and gain access to everything. I’ll be posting back here and letting you know what I found out.
HOWTO4 : Utilites : Password Manager XP : reviews, free download, user guides

myNetWatchman – Network Intrusion Detection and Reporting

The amount of time people have asked me for help when someone has hacked their computer really does hack me off, Not the people who have been hacked, but those doing the hacking.
Ok, sometimes its someone who has had their computer infected that is the cause of doing the damage, but it all has to start somewhere.
How do I know if I have a virus or some trojan on my computer that is causing the damage if I don’t run an anti-virus (I use Panda and its never let me down yet). Can’t remember what I was reading up on, but I found a link to this guys (Lawrence Baldwin) site and it struck me as simple but yet effective method of tracking these attacks.
It is by no means the answer to all our problems, but it does attempt to do something. Whether it is to alert some ISP about someone performing an attack, or highlighting the fact that one of their customers may be infected.
It also got me thinking as to why the anti-virus companies don’t do this sort of thing in the first place. I mean they are the ones that create the logs, catch all the evidence etc. Why don’t they build this functionality into their applications? Why can’t some central server of theirs log all the activity. Most of them already get some sort of feedback from their applications, they must to do to have those fancy graphics showing us how dangerous the current threat is, and advising us to buy the latest and greatest tool to stop it.
But why didn’t they send notice to the source of all the threats that caused them to create the nice little graphics telling us to get better protections.
Biting the hand that feeds you…hmm. why did that just come into my head. (And no I am not a conspiracist, just cynical)
myNetWatchman – Network Intrusion Detection and Reporting

Numero Uno

I’m not sure what I am going to do here. The general idea is speaking my mind, to make it more of a diary than a source of information. I like to sound off everynow and again about things that annoy me, things that amaze me, things that effect me or those around me. I’m a thinker and a do’er. I like to think and I like to do what I think?
I may read something that gets me thinking, or hear something. Then my mind starts racing. Something I have never done before is to write my thoughts down. And what better medium than this to achieve it. Heck, people now have a choice whether to listen to me now.