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Tag Archives: Encryption

Yik Yak Kiks Back—Privacy vs. Anonymity Revisited

– In 1958, The Coasters sang the song “Yakety Yak,” … listen at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9xAi80ShG0I  The lyrics are about a domineering parent ordering a kid around, threatening him or her, and saying “Don’t talk back,” when the kid retorts “Yakety Yak.” In the 1950s…

David Chaum Fights the Crypto War

– David Chaum is a crypto pioneer. According to Andy Greenberg’s January 6, 2016 Wired posting “The Father of Online Anonymity Has a Plan to End the Crypto War,” available at http://www.wired.com/2016/01/david-chaum-father-of-online-anonymity-plan-to-end-the-crypto-wars/?mbid=nl_1616 , Chaum…

Security vs. Safety vs. Privacy vs. Anonymity

– The recent horrific terrorist attacks in Paris have brought to the fore the ongoing discussion about privacy versus national security and personal safety. An article on the front page of the November 18, 2015 Wall Street Journal by Siobhan Hughes, “Attacks To Fuel Spying Debate,” discusses the…

Passwords – Once Again, Encore Une Fois, Noch Einmal …

– Not again. Yes, again. Randall Stross is beating the password drum again … and again … and again. I thought that he had put the matter to rest (see my November 24, 3008 column “Passwords – Déjà Vu All Over Again” and my October 4, 2010 column “Passwords … Here We Go…

Are Protected Data Safe?

– What am I missing? Time and time again the fortress approach to information security is trotted out in all its glory … only to be deflated by some easy, cheap way of getting to the crown jewels. So it is in a column by Jennifer Saranow Schultz with the title “Data Is Protected, but Is…