Month: March 2020

  • The phone port scam saga continues

    So this AM I called my mobile carrier, the one implicated in the breach I talked about yesterday. I decided to try and authenticate to an agent w/ just the data that was breached. So the call goes like this… step 1, you get an auto-attendant. Based solely on your caller ID (which is easily […]

  • Phone number porting scam gets personal

    Phone number porting scam gets personal

    I’ve written in the past about how SMS is not a good 2-Factor Authentication method. In fact, its only slightly better than none. Worse, some places just use your phone as a single-authentication (e.g. SMS you a password reset link, or just call you). So you can image how comforted I was to hear that […]

  • I was painted purple. Will I die?

    Many years ago I was ‘dumb frosh 89’.  I got a shirt, was painted purple, met many people, it was great. I would do it again. Today I learned the die used to paint me purple (and many people since!) is now banned in Canada, Cancer risk. Huh. Read about it here. How sad. All […]

  • How much electricity is it per click? The sad case of the smart meter and dumb limit

    How much electricity is it per click? The sad case of the smart meter and dumb limit

    Today we were having a discussion about our power usage. Our hydro co offers an online viewing and some smart meter real-ish time data (yesterdays data by hour). So I clicked today. then yesterday. When I got to 5 days ago, I got this. My excessive use (5 clicks!). I am over their terms of […]