Jun. 14th, 2017

marahmarie: my initials (MM) (Default)

These days, it...

  • Let's you use it on all devices for free (which used to be a paid feature; I think you could use it on up to two different devices for free but beyond that, you had to pay)
  • Has apps for everything (authentication, Windows phone and all other common devices, though I'm not sure about Mac/iOS)
  • Can be used with many forms of authentication for two-factor
  • Has its own security challenge tool that...
  • Checks if email addresses are involved in known website hackings
  • Checks length and overall security of passwords, and for password duplicates
  • Automatically changes duplicate passwords and passwords on known compromised sites by running what appears to be a macro (which is pretty neat to watch, but sort of hammers Firefox to a crawl)
  • Only costs $1 a month to upgrade to Premium, I mean...*smh* that is cheap (if Dreamwidth were that cheap I'd be like, "Fine, treat me like crap, here's more paid time")

It also does minor things which fill me with joy: if you manually copy a website password from the add-on dropdown or from within the vault (and I do this a lot for cross-browser website testing) it only lets you paste it once before destroying it (of course, if the paster pastes it into Notepad or similar then all bets are off, but if they don't - and I'd imagine the majority of home hackers stealing your password won't even think to - it's yet another way to minimize disaster).

And it destroys your add-on dropdown searches as soon as you complete them. And it keeps a list (if you want; this is opt-out) of recent sites you've logged into in the add-on so you don't have to visit them directly to log back in. And I could go on but there's other things I want to do tonight.

People will always find vulnerabilities in password managers (which I say because all code has holes in it). In fact, I'm surprised most of the vulnerabilities in password managers popping up these days weren't exploited years ago*. The only things I can think to thank for the discrepancy between potential for exploitation and zero-hour are increasing code knowledge and increases in processing power, which was not great enough until recently to get such holes out into the open.

*In the Lastpass forums anywhere between 2007-2010 people who claimed to be home users and/or pro hackers would say: "Look, there's got to be holes in this code somewhere" and the Lastpass owner himself would jump in to deny it and I would spend days wondering how anyone who codes could do so. It's like denying shoelaces need to be tied lest you trip on them: you can deny there are holes but keep that up long enough and you'll just fall in.

marahmarie: my initials (MM) (Default)

Being in a room full of people making a well-coordinated, flawlessly executed public go at kissing my ass is a rather horrifying spectacle of a situation to find oneself in? Am I the only one who finds it not only cringe-worthy, but the idea of it being done anywhere, in any context, even more so?

In my mental roleplaying of this meeting of ass with lips, I duly note my role as a self-involved narcissist who opens with intensely kissing my own ass for doing everything short of turning water into wine for the Murcan people (but wait, there'll be big, fat, water-to-wine-turning in 2020 right next to that big, beautiful Wall I'm building right after we Lock Her Up - believe me, it'll be a tremendous turning of water into wine).

I'm having trouble getting through the first minutes of it, in other words.

Assuming somehow I did, though, I'm faced with a roomful of people who actually praise, thank, flatter, cajole, joke with, and cringe at me - many of their faces reflecting fear, distrust, and repulsion, despite the smooth words flowing from their lips - like I'm a god. Or simply God, as when Rinse Priapus thanked Trump "on behalf of all of us" for Trump's "blessings", turning it into one of the most intensely churchlike scenes of worship I've seen in a government building.

The cognitive dissonance is amazing; is this what he (perhaps that's "He" in his own mental imaging of himself?) expects?

I'll be blunt: I'd expect a roomful of people coordinating to lavishly praise me to my face on live TV to also be coordinating in the shadows to stick something sharp and pointy in my back any one of these old days.

I could not even read the summations of this meeting (and can't watch more than a minute of the video before my stomach turns) without thinking, "Et tu, Brutus?" No, I wouldn't wonder, wouldn't worry; I'd expect them to turn tail sooner or later. These are the very people I'd put as far away from me as possible in any official capacity, and I mean all of them, as soon as possible: "Thank you for gathering with me today, because now I know who to fire!". And I'm either super-paranoid (just call me Nixon *makes double V signs*) or I'm onto something.

I've seen a widely agreed upon rumination of Why This Occurred - because Trump demands public shows of servile fealty, or else - but I can easily think of two more: one, these people want their jobs and figure they sold their souls just by taking work under this guy, so they have nothing to lose by fawning and cringing a bit more to try they keep them (I have no idea who's idea this meeting was, but that alone might explain a lot) - even if it is extra-disgusting to have to do so on live TV - and two, that they are all literally planning to overthrow him.

Let's hope it's the latter, though it may just be a dream.