Babblings of an aging geek in love with the Absurd, his family, and his own hubris.... oh, and Lisp.

Online Cybersecurity and Encryption

Don’t Trust Anything

Everything is easy to spoof

Email myself an email from someone famous. Works with Emacs.


Basic Security

Points to make:

  • Be skeptical of everything
  • Good passwords:
    • Unique account, unique password … every account gets new password.
    • Make your password a sentence … longer, the better
  • Careful with the links … hover first
  • Types of Attacks:
    • Direct exploits … require a software bug
      • DROP TABLE –
      • Buffer Overflows
      • Use automated software updates
    • What is spam
    • What is phishing? - Types of Phishing:
      • Social Engineering
      • Link Manipulation


History of Ciphers

  • Julius Ceaser


  • When the Prince of Nigeria calls, you have to answer