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        Brian Livingston
        AskWoody MVP

        ISSUE 18.23 • 2021-06-21 PUBLIC DEFENDER By Brian Livingston Special smartphones that were supposedly the most super-secretive in the world actually r
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      • #2372580
        lylejk
        AskWoody Plus

        lolololol

        Even Bitcoin wasn’t anonymous enough.  I’ll stick with cash.   lol

         

        Glad to see these criminal morons get rounded up.   🙂

        • #2372686
          anonymous
          Guest

          Until the details of the bitcoin transfer are explained, I don’t think you can assume there’s a problem with bitcoin security. It seems much more likely that it’s a problem with these particular actors. Either the bitcoin was held in a custodial account or the private key was copied in some way via a hack.

          I spoke to someone with a large amount of bitcoin and was told that the bitcoin community doesn’t think that the bitcoin protocol is at fault, based as it is on public key-private key architecture.

      • #2372635
        oldfry
        AskWoody Plus

        Re: “What encryption devices can you trust? You can’t fully trust anything.”

        This is why I encrypt at least twice if I really want to keep something secret, such as sensitive passwords.  Anything I really want to keep private gets encrypted at least twice using two separate encryption systems from different vendors.  That way if one gets breached,  I have another.  All sensitive data is protected with at least two systems regardless of device.

        And yes, I have to memorize three+ passwords and yes, I have to cover the case of total loss, by having backups.

         

         

      • #2372661
        opti1
        AskWoody Plus

        Another excellent article from Brian.

        Unsaid, unless I missed it, is that most likely Anom was revealed in part because it has been superseded by newer and better products\processes, probably a generation or two or three beyond Anom, which currently are in use.

      • #2372668
        PlantMan
        AskWoody Plus

        As interesting as this article is, it’s been well-covered in national TV news. In fact, in my opinion, the Public Defender section should be eliminated from the Newsletter, as the articles seem to have no connection to Windows. These subjects are better covered elsewhere.

        • #2372688
          Susan Bradley
          Manager

          We don’t just use Windows devices these days.  The goal of his article is anything in tech, not limited to Microsoft.

          Susan Bradley Patch Lady

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          • #2372818
            Vincenzo
            AskWoody Plus

            Brian’s article was the only place I’ve read that story.
            Thanks

            • #2372838
              anonymous
              Guest

              The story was on CBS news for several days, and most likely other major news services. I read it first from a source provided by Apple News. I don’t remember the source, since Apple News provides so many different ones.

      • #2372719
        anonymous
        Guest

        Thanks for your response, Susan. I am as fascinated by tech of all sorts as other AskWoody folks are. However, the AskWoody site has always been about the pros telling us non-pros how to buy, use, fix, and love tech. The nature of the Public Defender articles is summed up in its title, and there are way more than enough other news outlets already spewing it out. Of course, folks will tell me, “just don’t read it.” I’m not. I’m just hoping AskWoody doesn’t get filled with more off-subject articles. The rest of AskWoody is great! Keep it comin’.

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