Happened to me in my previous job. Manglement finding new excuses as to why they can't get new kit etc etc etc... AND there is an audit trial (emails etc).
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Check out what uPNP does for your home network.
So glad that I can disable uPnP on my Smoothwall. I'll jolly well manage my own devices thank you verra much.
I'll rather have the schlepp to VPN in to my network and check what my doohickeys are doing than opening the whole kaboodle to world+dog with the potential for mischief (eg fridge orders 200l of milk by itself) ...
Or, better still, not have any IoT frippery in your house at all, and know that there is no way that ne'er-do-wells can pull pranks on you (like getting your fridge to warm the contents for an hour or so while you're at work, then cool everything down nicely before you get home)...
Naaah, I think IoT is overrated at this point in time.
Only one problem with this - it means that in the case of hardware failure (total or partial) on the host system, neccessitating a host OS reinstall, you'll be hard pressed to restore the host OS to just the right state to allow this shielded VM to run without borking itself at boot.
Nah, far too easier installing it as a vanilla VM and restoring it from a backup should the host bork totally....
Expect a bank to switch over to shielded VM's gleefully, only to sit with a big fat one after their host OS crashed and they cannot get any of their shielded VM's to run on the new, rebuilt host OS....
Re: Exploding rodents ...
^---- nibble nibble BANG
which begs the question - how are wabbitses/squirrels being able to nibble through armoured power cables? I mean the armour must be harder than their teeth?
Or is it just a case of the wabbit/squirrel nibbling patiently away at the same spot for weeks on end?
Capitec Bank (in South Africa) offers a reasonable secure system - you can link your account to your mobile device (NOT SIM card) so whenever you need to transfer money or log into your account from a computer, you will need to enter your PIN on your mobile device.
The plus thing of this is that your PIN can be longer than the usual 4 digits.
Mobile device got blagged by a ne'er-do-well? No fear, just give them a call on a 24-hour line and stop your card.
Also, said ne'er-do-well only have 3 chances of inputting the correct PIN, if he/she/it doesn't, the app deauthenticates itself, and only by going into a branch will you be able to re-establish authentication again.
Re: Unequal opportunities
"as the BOFH said once. You can do the job? You are in. For me this whole age/sex/orientation/whatever is not interesting in a professional context (and if people behave professionally)."
I feel the same. If you have the experience, and can do the job... no matter your sex/age/whatever, as long as the job get done and is done properly.
Re: I will have to buy a car one day
Hopefully somebody will have a HOWTO up to help you disabling that pesky open bluetooth and wifi AP built into your car, so as to prevent rogue haxx0ring of your preciouses car...
I would do that, just have a toggle switch to enable bluetooth/wifi before it goes in for a service (as the workshop may need access to that in order to run diagnostics etc) then disable it as soon as I get the car back. Should said workshop not need access to bluetooth or wifi, then it stays off forever.
Or even a piece of tinfoil strategically placed...
Will have to wait and see... I'm not looking forward to have a vulnerable car.
Stupid. Serves them right.
But TBH this sort of thing will not stop.
If you can put a PIN/password/fingerprint/pattern lock on any folder with sensitive data, best do it straightaway to prevent ne'er-do-wells from peeking at your pics.
Or load your phone/device full of fugly and horrible smut which'll burn said perp's eyes out... but then you have to explain to $wife why those ugly picshers are on your device...
Password-protected folder is better.
naaah, I'll give this a pass.
Fools and their money...
Besides, what fun can be had by haxx0ring all the IoT stuff in this type of kitchen (oh everything kitchen will be an IoT jobbie) leading to all sorts of mischief and tomfoolery just when you're in a rush to get to work in order to sort the Boss's laptop out...
I'll happily use all my low-tech gadgets to make good food thankyouverramuchkthanxbai.
Besides, any kind of tablet is not conductive to do lots of typing on or CAD design, for that you still need a proper Win7/Win8.1 computer. Heck, any 386 with 2Mb RAM, DOS and WordPerfect will be suited just fine for that task... :p
IMHO (and from my POV) a tablet is good enough for viewing emails on the go, do stocktaking on, other $jobs where you have to walk around and check things off, play the odd casual game and keep in touch via whatsapp/twatter...
Agreed. If it works, and does the job, why give it the shaft and buy a new one...
Another factor to consider is that most people are comfortable with the win7 interface, and the win10 infernalface is too daunting for them (they still think it is the same as win8/8.1)
And also the fact that you cannot transfer your win7 licence over to your new shiny...
If the new batch of resuscitated Nokias is as good as past products, then I may get myself one...
Yo El Reg, do us a favour and review one such Nokia properly - you know, the usual, falling to the floor etc... we will appreciate it very much if you can be brutally honest and let us know what it is like :)
What with Samsung taking a triple whammy (two flaming flagships, washing machines and the Apple lawsuit) things may be not what they seem... it may be possible that other smartphone pushers may take a look at Cyanogen as alternative since Sammy won't be that active in the market for a while.
The IT market is a funny thing that is not easy to understand... especially when it comes to widdle wobots and iThings...
And that is the problem with cloud email - you are at the mercy of somebody else & their purdy compoota device.
Hosting your own email will allow you to chop and change things as you see fit, but then you are responsible for MX records, backups, storage, spam filtering, and all those fun things...
Your fave Cryptolocker/ransomware variant on Android.
When will the iOS version be released? I suppose the iOS version will be a damp squib as crApple is controlling their App store much better than Google/Android does.
At least we have the option to prevent silly .apk's from installing themselves - until the ne'er-do-wells find a way around that.
"The latter is typified by the recent wave of irritating Android infection pages that nab the agent device type to throw fake banners claiming handsets are infected, often coupled with triggers that make phones vibrate."
Eh? Been there, got irritated by the dozens of popups etc... decided to rather use a linux VM than my phone.
If it get infected, just discard said VM and create a new one. Easier than trying to get rid of malware on your phone.