17 Years ago I went from Physical Security to CyberSecurity. I appreciate this career field.
17 Years ago I went from Physical Security to CyberSecurity. I appreciate this career field.
We had some issues with the Ring Video Door bell. When someone came to the door or rang the door bell it would take a long time to respond.
Since we have more than one Wifi, the issue was that the Ring Video Door bell was paired with the wifi that was furthest away. This was causing a slow response. So I needed to do the following to fix it:
1 – Detach the Video Door bell from the front door.
2 – Remove the device from the Ring App (unpair)
3 – Pair the Device again & Hit the orange button on the Video Door bell
4 – Choose the new Wifi connection
5 – Test our the Video Door bell & reattach it to the door
Bonus: Apply all the old settings to the video door bell via the app.
Just bought the Ring.com video door bell and I like it! If you have not heard of this device, what it does is sends a notification to your phone whenever someone rings your doorbell or comes within close proximity of your front door. The notification allows you to see them on video and talk to them straight from your phone.
We went on a trip to another state and I was able to talk to guest when they were talking outside my front door. They were shocked. For a small fee of $3/month (or $30 for the year) you can have Ring.com save the video footage. This would come in handy if someone was at your door doing something they were not supposed to be doing.
There are a few issues I have with the device. It does not allow you to see your front time on demand. Meaning, you cannot hit a button and see what is going on. Someone has to be trigger the motion detection or ring to doorbell in order to be prompted to see what is going on. Also there was a vulnerability in the ring.com software that was had the secret key of your wifi network unencrypted, but this was fixed by ring.com as soon as they discovered it. The other thing I have an issue with, is the lag. There is like a 5+ second delay from the time the system is activated to the time it gets to your phone.
“He who sacrifices freedom for security deserves neither.” – Ben Franklin
Security is important, but it should be done in wisdom not only fear and paranoia lest we forsake everything we seek to protect.
The military is a good example of security versus liberty.
A U.S. military installation is one of the most secure places you can be in. Depending on the resources therein, there can be fencing around the installation, mobile forces, and only a few active entry points. Entry points are controlled by armed guards, barriers, and sometimes even machine guns and “man traps”. Only authorized personnel may enter and even “authorized personnel” can only enter certain areas once on the base. The installation is controlled by the base commander whose laws are MUCH more strict on the base. Entering the base means you give up things like the right to protest. You can be searched at anytime and you can be shot for going certain places… such as the flightline. All in all, it is the safest place to be in the event of civil unrest off base because on base there are law enforcement, security forces, and back up ready reserve forces capable or mobilizing in a matter of minutes.
All the security, with very, very controlled liberties. Such a controlled environment requires very controlled personnel.
This is why as a security professional I understand what it means to have more security and lose liberties. Although many Americans are willing to give up some liberties for more National Security, I fear that most don’t really realize how much they are really giving up. Perhaps the bigest loss is privacy and in this day and age personal data has become our most valuable asset. No one is going to protect it like you. Certainly not the government. It is such a large entity that it can only summarize you and your family into numbers, statistics.
U.S. servicemen and women are numbers and statistics to the federal government. They are (to some extent) owned by the federal government while serving under oath. Their dedication includes their life, if service calls for it. They service is no trivial event. All the more reason liberty must be preserved… to honor the sacrifices of a few. True American patriotism is the preservation of every remaining freedom at any cost.
An article at the SF Chronicle discusses the ineffectiveness of 178 cameras in a public housing development.
“[The cameras] have never helped police officers arrest a homicide suspect even though about a quarter of the city’s homicides occur on or near public housing property, city officials say.
But it may not necessarily be the security cameras that are ineffective as much as the security program using that tool. The article inadvertently mentions this:
NOBODY MONITORS THE CAMERAS, and the videos are seen only if police specifically request it from San Francisco Housing Authority officials. The cameras have occasionally managed to miss crimes happening in front of them because they were trained in another direction, and FOOTAGE IS PARTICULARLY GRAINY AT NIGHT when most crime occurs, according to police and city officials.
Without a proper security program that requires tasks such as an individual monitoring the cameras, a camera system is simply a deterrent for some crimes instead of a proactive extension of security to preventing most (if not all) crimes.
I’ve noticed that there are two types of security people: anal “type A personalities” who live every moment by the rules, and those that realize that there is no real security. Please understand that these two mindset don’t seem to have anything to do with talent. I’ve met talented people with both mindset. A talented security professional is mindful, aware, and always pays attention to detail. The very best seem almost psychic in their ability to spot wrong doing, security breaches and even malicious intent.
Type A security people seem to thrive on “catching bad guys”. Its like they are kids playing cops & robbers. These people thrive on structure, order and regulations. In information security they know how important it is to have lots of centralized control and a stardard configuration for all systems. In the Meyers-Brigg’s personality test, these people are ESTJ’s (Extraverted Sensing Thinking Judging). The thought of any getting away with breaking the law (ANY LAW) is unacceptable. These guys make great Directors of Security, CSO’s and other policy creators as long as they don’t micromanage their people. Their employees will either love them as a great mentor or hate them with every fiber of their being.
Those who realize that there is no such thing as security are hackers. They are many times INFP’s (Introverted iNtuitive Feeling Perceptive). Unlike the ESTJ’s they don’t care about structure and rules because the realize that rules are only suggestion to keep an acceptable level or order. For them the most important rules are in a persons heart. ESTJs will usually see these people as lazy and don’t really care but these people are just trying to find an easier way to do things. If they don’t enforce certain rules or cut corners, it because the sincerely believe that the rule or enforcement (in that particular situation) is not needed. Employees will usually love INFP’s unless they happen to be ESTJ’s.
I am a bit biased because I am in the second camp, INFP. I don’t believe there is a such thing as “security”. No one is ever completely safe. All a malicious intending person needs is the element of surprise, time, and pressure an they can get away with anything they want. Further, anyone at anytime can have malicious intent: employees, kids, bosses, friends, family not just random strangers.
Security is just an illusion. The one good thing security does is ensure you are faster than the slowest person, organization, network or whatever on the block. Those with malicious intent will typically go for the easiest target.
Since many crime happen from people that the victims know all we can really do is not worry about it. Life is too short to waste too much time fretting about every possible thing that can happen to you.
I guess that is what Ben Franklin meant when he said:
“Those Who Sacrifice Liberty For Security Deserve Neither”
If you worry so much about security that you can’t enjoy the fruits of your labor, then what is the point of the living and if you can’t enjoy living whats the point of protecting ANYTHING. – elamb
Written by an Australian Dentist..
You probably missed it in the rush of news last week, but there was actually a report that someone in Pakistan had published in a newspaper an offer of a reward to anyone who killed an American, any American. So an Australian dentist wrote an editorialthe following day to let everyone know what an American is so they would know when they found one. (Good one, mate!!!!)
“ An American is English, or French, or Italian, Irish, German, Spanish, Polish, Russian or Greek. An American may also be Canadian, Mexican, African, Indian, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Australian, Iranian, Asian, or Arab, or Pakistani or Afghan.
An American may also be a Comanche, Cherokee, Osage, Blackfoot, Navaho, Apache, Seminole or one of the many other tribes known as native Americans.
An American is Christian, or he could be Jewish, or Buddhist, or Muslim.
In fact, there are more Muslims in America than in Afghanistan. The only difference is! that in America they are free to worship as each of them chooses.
An American is also free to believe in no religion. For that he will answer only to God, not to the government, or to armed thugs claiming to speak for the government and for God.
An American lives in the most prosperous land in the history of the world.
The root of that prosperity can be found in the Declaration of Independence , which recognizes the God given right of each person to the pursuit of happiness.
An American is generous. Americans have helped out just about every other nation in the world in their time of need, never asking a thing in return.
When Afghanistan was over-run by the Soviet army 20 years ago, Americans came with arms and supplies to enable the people to win back their country!
As of the morning of September 11, Americans had given more than any other nation to the poor in Afghanistan. Americans welcome the best of everything…the best products, the best books, the best music, the best food, the best services. But they also welcome the least.
The national symbol of America, The Statue of Liberty, welcomes your tired and your poor, the wretched refuse of your teeming shores, the homeless, tempest tossed. These in fact are the people who built America.
Some of them were working in the Twin Towers the morning of September 11, 2001 earning a better life for their families. It's been told that the World Trade Center victims were from at least 30 different countries, cultures, and first languages, including those that aided and abetted the terrorists
So you can try to kill an American if you must. Hitler did. So did General Tojo, and Stalin, and Mao Tse-Tung, and other blood-thirsty tyrants in the world. But, in doing so you would just be killing yourself. Because Americans are not a particular people from a particular place. They are the embodiment of the human spirit of freedom. Everyone who holds to that spirit, everywhere, is an American.
Site explains and provides tools to determine someone's DL#, and the reverse process as well.
Before you consider creating fake ID's consider first that you could be charged with second-degree possession of a forged instrumentit is a Class D FELONY.
Depending on how many count you get against you (or how many times you break the law) you could win a signifigant amount of time in PRISON.
Is getting into a club and have a few drinks worth the risk of being RAPED by a person of the same sex and being a Felon for the rest of your life?
If you are willing to take that risk than go have fun but don't say you weren't warned when your in the prison shower debating on whether you should pick up your soap.
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Do you know what’s going on in your home when you’re away at work?
Do you have a reliable home security system that can relieve you of
your worries and concerns when someone is breaking into your home when
you’re away? If you already have a home security system in place, how
reliable and steadfast is it? Has anyone ever broken into your home
even with your current home security system in place? Do you know that
you can now install a home security system that utilizes the Internet
so that the home security system can actually alert you of unusual
activities at home?
That’s how far the home security system
technology has advanced. If you’re still having one of those old home
security systems that blares a siren whenever there’s an intruder, then
you’re not doing the best you can to protect your home. How many times
have you heard one of those sirens cut through the silence of the night
and ignored it because the siren is turned off about a minute later?
Intruders who break into homes know how to turn off the old types of
home security systems and they can usually break through any of those
home security systems easily.
With the advancement of technology,
home security systems have developed into more than just an electronic
alarm system that detects opened windows or doors. Conventional home
security systems have sensors built into the home security units that
detect interruption in the flow of electricity. Whenever the home
security system detects the interruptions, it will either let out a
deafening siren or activate strobe lights to attract attention.
But have you ever thought about this – what if others choose to ignore the sirens and lights?
you really need is a home security system that will silently alert
guards and you of the activities in the home. Combining the advancement
of the technology used to create and develop home security systems
together with the Internet, the home security system will silently send
signals of the intrusion to a call center run by the home security
company. It will also send a message to your cell phone or make a call
using your telephone line to you to alert you of a possible break in.
With the home security system’s silent method of alerting various
parties, the intruder is not alerted but YOU are. Therefore, it will
give the police and the relevant authorities enough time to act and
catch the intruders in action.
In fact, the latest home security
systems in the market today allow you to activate and deactivate your
home security system via the Internet or through your phone. This is
what I call a TOTAL convenience to home security systems.
Caudilla, journalist, and website builder Dakota Caudilla lives in
Texas. He is the owner and co-editor of http://www.at-home-source.com
on which you will find a longer, more detailed version of this article.
Dakota Caudilla, journalist, and website builder Dakota Caudilla lives in Texas. He is the owner and co-editor of http://www.at-home-source.com on which you will find a longer, more detailed version of this article.
How to build a better padlock shim using a very special hacker tool… A beer can.
This was picked from Deviant Ollam at Defcon 13. This is yet
another reason I love Defcon. I've heard the arguement that
we [security professionals] should NOT “promote” hacking or do anything to suggest that it is cool.
But I think that is a pretty stupid thing to say… because hacking IS
cool. Its not always bad and definitely not always good. As
far as going to events like Defcon… The IT and Security Industry are
so slow and firewalled with corporate BS that they will actually hide
things the consumners need to know. Just look at CiscoGate.
Or, do like a typical government, know that there is a problems but be
so filled with overhead and beauracracy that they can not do any thing
about it even if they cared enough to.
You don't have that kind of big brother crap at the Defcon. If
its broke you fix it and if it is fixed you break it to see if its
the locks on the doors into your house are no good don't you want to
know about it ASAP?
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