The Center for Education and Research in Information Assurance and Security (CERIAS)

The Center for Education and Research in
Information Assurance and Security (CERIAS)

Who do you trust?


In my earlier posts on passwords, I noted that I approach on-line password “vaults” with caution.  I have no reason to doubt that the many password services, secure email services, and other encrypted network services are legitimate.  However, I am unable to adequately verify that such is the case for anything I would truly want to protect.  It is also possible that some employee has compromised the software, or a rootkit has been installed, so even if the service was designed to be legitimate, it is nonetheless compromised without the rightful owners knowledge.

For a similar reason, I don’t use the same password at multiple sites—I use a different password for each, so if one site is “dishonest” (or compromised) I don’t lose security at all my sites.

For items that I don’t value very much, the convenience of an online vault service might outweigh my paranoia—but that hasn’t happened yet.

Today I ran across this:
MyBlackBook [ver 1.85 live] - Internet’s First Secure & Confidential Online Sex Log!

My first thought is “Wow!  What a way to datamine information on potential hot dates!” grin 

That quickly led to the realization that this is an *incredible* tool for collecting blackmail information.  Even if the people operating it are legit (and I have no reason to doubt that they are anything but honest), this site will be a prime target for criminals.

It may also be a prime target for lawyers seeking information on personal damages, divorce actions, and more.

My bottom line: don’t store things remotely online, even in “secure” storage, unless you wouldn’t mind that they get published in a blog somewhere—or worse.  Of course, storing online locally with poor security is not really that much better…..


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