Personally, I only rarely get good WiFi access in hotels with “free WiFi,” but apparently one hotel in London is confident in their network, and uses Android tablets instead of light switches. But oops, they use physical ethernet cables, and because people who run hotels generally don’t know much about network security, it gets comically bad very quickly. The full story is here.
Android FAQ: How do I “pin” a screen in Android?
Pinning a screen in Android requires a setting change. Once you’ve made that change, you can “pin” a screen so it is always shown when you log into your Android device. Here’s how to do it.
Android screen pinning setting
To pin a screen in Android, you first have to go into your settings and make a change. So go to the Settings app, then tap Security. When you scroll down you’ll see a “Screen pinning” setting, as shown here:
Privacy vs Security. Image from this Twitter page.
I have no idea why this works, but if I throw/slide my Google Nexus 9 tablet onto my old iPad 2, the iPad wakes up and logs in automatically. You can see it happen in this 30-second video:
I’m not touching any iPad buttons when this happens. My guess is that the iPad 2 thinks that I just removed a magnetic cover, but really, I have no idea why it does this.
If you want to install only security-related updates to your CentOS Linux installation using the
yum command, it looks like the
yum-plugin-security plugin might be a good option. (I’m having a few problems with it at the moment, so I can’t say that this is the absolute solution.) I found it on this page and this page.
From a good article titled, Secure Salted Password Hashing - Doing It Right.
Got a letter from Linode hosting late last week about some server security issues they've had.
Flash and web privacy FAQ: What are "Flash cookies", or "Flash super cookies"?
A few weeks ago I wrote an article on Web browser privacy, security, and Flash cookies, and as I was just correcting a few mistakes in it, I noticed this line:
When I first installed Better Privacy, I found a whopping 226 Flash cookies (LSO files) on my filesystem.
iPhone browser privacy FAQ: How do I manage my iPhone browser privacy and security (my iPhone Safari browser privacy and security)?
I've been trying to do a lot of things lately to make my "social networking" life easier, but technology keeps beating me down. Yesterday I created some Safari web clips so I could see Twitter, Facebook, and several other web pages on my Mac dashboard (dashboard widgets), but the Twitter and Facebook web clips kept crashing, so after several tries, I gave up.