Trust, Safety, And The NSA

2013-09-05 21:32:11 by chort

If you have any interest in security or privacy, you've probably read the revelations today that the NSA has been actively trying to subvert commonly available and commercial crypto. If for some reason you haven't read Bruce Schneier's essays on the topic, you should do so now.

The NSA is supposed to be protecting Americans and keeping us safe from threats. One way of doing that is to surveil adversaries and get advanced warning of their plans to do harm. The NSA has unparalleled ability to collect intelligence, does pioneering research into threat detection, and has vast resources to bring to bear. As a result, they see a lot more threats than anyone else, and they can see the failings of many domestic victims who are being attacked. It appears that the NSA has lost faith in the ability of domestic organizations to protect themselves, and thus feels that the NSA is the last, best, and only chance to protect Americans.

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How To Provide Software Downloads

2012-11-27 07:20:21 by chort

Today I tried to download some anti-virus software from the manufacturer's site. When I clicked the Download button embedded in their site, it sent me to a CNET download page, which I assume would have downloaded one of those special CNET installers. I say assume, because I didn't actually bother to download it once I realized I had been redirected to CNET.

That was an example of a wrong way to provide a software download, but what is the correct way to do it?

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