As Ars Technica writes, even if you use complex passwords and a hacked website only stores password hashes (not actual passwords), passwords are terrifyingly easy to figure out from hashes. As this article says, “with the hashes exposed, users should presume their passwords are already known to the attackers.”
To protect yourself, you need to use third party authentication like openid and two-factor authentication whenever they are available, as well as a password manager to generate and keep track of very long random passwords.
Otherwise, it looks like you should assume your password will get hacked.
Read the story here: Anatomy of a hack: How crackers ransack passwords like “qeadzcwrsfxv1331” | Ars Technica.
The Technology Quarterly section of last week’s issue of the Economist carried two articles on what they call “the sharing economy”, the category of electronic commerce that’s more peer-to-peer than B2B or B2C. Sites like airbnb.com let people rent out places to stay — whether it is a spare sofa or a full house. Sites like relayrides.com let people rent out their cars. and other sites let people rent out almost anything else they own.
The rise of the sharing economy is their cover story and provides an overview of these sites.
All eyes on the sharing economy is a longer article that goes more into the challenges the “sharing economy” faces, including regulatory hurdles.
I don’t know what the regulatory landscape looks like for all of these in Canada. It looks like airbnb is available in Canada (you can rent a room in Ottawa for $40/night or an apartment in Hintonburg for $71), but they likely make use of whatever legal structure has developed around Bed & Breakfasts. Car lending/renting may be more complicated in Canada, because the car rental services don’t appear to be available here yet.
It feels a bit like crowdfunding, which has been slow to develop in Canada partly because of (real or perceived) regulatory obstacles, but is a truly disruptive
What do you think? Is peer-to-peer lending potentially disruptive to more traditional rental markets? Will it develop into an important segment of the economy? Can existing regulatory frameworks already accommodate peer-to-peer renting in Canada?
I’m tired of moving my blog around. In a way, I don’t want to move it at all, and just shut it down, because really — why am I still doing this? But the platform where I’ve had my blog for a few years over at Posterous is shutting down, annoyingly, and the fact is that it’s easy enough to migrate the archive to WordPress, where it will probably be fairly stable for a long time to come. So that’s what I’m doing. More to follow one day when I dive ironically into narcissistic waters and write about why I’m feeling disillusioned by social tech in general. Or maybe that’s enough said about it.
This site obviously needs a better name if they’re going to get any recognition at all, but other than that, this is a great idea. From the site “Terms of Service; Didn’t Read” or TOS;DR,
“I have read and agree to the Terms” is the biggest lie on the web. We aim to fix that.
We are a user rights initiative to rate and label website terms & privacy policies, from very good Class A to very bad Class E
The community openly discusses different sites’ Terms of Service and, evidently in much the same way as the community comes to a decision on Wikipedia, a rating is decided on for each site. For instance, Twitter’s Terms of Service are summarized here, although no rating has yet been decided on.
There are extensions for major browsers, so as you surf you can see how the current site’s policies rate. Until more sites are rated, it obviously won’t be particularly useful, but I can see that it could be valuable over time.
Strangely, the TOS;DR site itself does not have a rating, or apparently even a discussion open!
News is out today about spam fines in both the Netherlands and the UK. In the Netherlands, the authority responsible for enforcing anti-spam legislation has fined one company, Companeo SA, 100,000 euros "for sending spam to mostly business recipients". Details are available on OPTA's website but only in Dutch. You can read it here translated through Google.
In the UK, the BBC is reporting that the Information Commissioner (ICO) has fined two people more than????250,000 for sending spam. Details are here
Last week I tweeted about the skatebike we got our son for his 9th bday. Here he is riding it this past weekend: