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You Can Lock Your Dropbox Account With A Key?

You can now lock your Dropbox account with a USB key. I don’t quite think people comprehend what a stupid idea this is…

From Engadget:

If you’re so concerned about the security of your Dropbox account that even two-factor authentication through your phone seems too risky, you can rest easy. The cloud storage outfit has added support for USB keys as part of the two-factor sign-in process. Rather than punch in a code, you just plug in a stick to prove that it’s really you. You’ll need a key that meets FIDO’s Universal 2nd Factor standard, but this key will also work with Google and any other U2F-capable service. Frankly, this is a long-due upgrade — if you regularly access Dropbox from PCs, you won’t have to worry quite so much that someone will get your login details and swipe your files.

So just to clear up any confusion, you need a special super secret flash drive.

Why not just buy something like this and carry your files with you?

“Oh sorry, I can’t get that file off of Dropbox for you because I left my flash drive with the key on at home”

10 internet points to the person that sold this idea to their boss.

[Engadget]

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PSA: A Tech Solution to Crime in South Africa

Living in South Africa can be dangerous at times. It is a reality we just have to face. Instead of avoiding the situation, being pro-active can make a big difference.

I signed up for OurHood whilst living in Gardens over a year ago. Once activated (a very important step) you have access to important numbers, notice boards, crime notifications, and a Gumtree like Tradepost, all for free. Due to the fact that it is localised and you have to prove your address, it is a very small community. This leads to quick and accurate information as well as giving you the ability to sell things to or buy things from people you know live close to you and have proven their address.

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How To Solve Most Software Security Problems

In this day and age, having security problems with software is inevitable. So many people are trying to hack your shit from crazy Russians to the NSA.

WordPress for example has a very bad reputation for security and I would tend to agree. The latest version with no plugins is probably safe. However that isn’t the version most people are running and most people do use plugins.

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