Re: Times are strange
Nah. It's just a modern variant of the Voigt-Kampf test.
67 posts • joined 30 Jul 2009
So I can enable 2FA using an app like Google Authenticator. That sounds OK-ish, but then Amazon insists on setting up my phone as a secondary 2FA (text or voice).
I must be missing something here. The main reason for using an authenticator app is to avoid SMS hijacking, but a miscreant going down the backup 2FA route can still succeed?
Surveillance stuff’s usually done by advertising SDKs linked to the app that do separate HTTP calls - it usually isn’t piggybacked onto functional requests. So that stuff can be filtered out in your VPN. When in doubt, route the traffic through something like Charles Proxy. If you don’t understand what you see, ditch the app!
And yes, that’s a lot of work. It’s easier to live with a small set of curated apps. It’d be nice if there was a list somewhere that did privacy ratings, and was kept up to date.
The rail idea was tried in the UK. It sort of worked, but nowhere near as well as hoped. Lots of problems, such as a giant swarm of lawyers whenever something went wrong.
As to public ownership of comms, I'm old enough to remember that in the UK. It was absolute rubbish, and it took months for a phone line order to be processed. It's the usual public enterprise problem - what's the incentive for them to be efficient when you can't even sack employees that goof off? If it helps, imagine your Department of Motor Vehicles in charge of your broadband.
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