Happy May Day! We are one-third of the way through the calendar year. Now is a good time to check on your goals for 2019 and adjust your plans as needed.

 

As always, here are some links from the Intertubz that I hope will hold your interest. Enjoy!

 

Departing a US Airport? Your Face Will Be Scanned

My last two trips out of DTW have used this technology. I had initial privacy concerns, but the tech is deployed by Border Patrol, and your data is not shared with the airline. In other words, the onus of passport control at the gate is being removed from the airlines and put into the hands of the people that should be doing the checking.

 

Password "123456" Used by 23.2 Million Users Worldwide

This is why we can’t have nice things.

 

Hacker Finds He Can Remotely Kill Car Engines After Breaking Into GPS Tracking Apps

“…he realized that all customers are given a default password of 123456 when they sign up.”

 

Some internet outages predicted for the coming month as '768k Day' approaches

The outage in 2014 was our wake-up call. If your hardware is old, and you haven’t made the necessary configuration changes, then you deserve what's coming your way.

 

Password1, Password2, Password3 no more: Microsoft drops password expiration rec

Finally, some good news about passwords and security. Microsoft will no longer force users to reset passwords after a certain amount of time.

 

Ethereum bandit makes off with $6.1M after bypassing weak private keys

Weak passwords are deployed by #blockchain developers, further eroding my confidence in this technology and the people building these systems.

 

Many Used Hard Drives Sold on eBay Still Contain Leftover Data

Good reminder to destroy your old hard drives and equipment.