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Offline syhprum

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« on: 18/04/2010 19:11:45 »
This January due to a packing misjudgment I arrived in Singapore airport for a six hour wait with no cash or credit cards.
I spoke to the receptionist of the airport hotel and they said they would let me in if I gave them all my card details that they could check on the internet.
At Changi and other airports you can get free internet access so my scheme is to put all my details on my mini Pogoplug server and leave it running while I am away, how safe is this ?


 

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« Reply #1 on: 19/04/2010 08:27:58 »
I took a quick squint at Pogoplug. I'm assuming you have a pretty secure login and password, so I suppose the main question is how much do you trust their site? If you are convinced they are on the up-and-up, I'd think the risks are reasonably small. Probably not any worse than on-line banking etc.

Hope that helps, for what it's worth.
 

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« Reply #2 on: 19/04/2010 10:08:29 »
"256 bit SSL" is the encryption standrd used by on-line banking ...

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Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) is widely used to secure traffic on the web.
It protects sensitive web services such as online payments and electronic banking.
www.cl.cam.ac.uk/techreports/UCAM-CL-TR-641.pdf

So if you want the same level of security for on-line file storage look for "256 bit SSL" in the specifications.

NB: choose a secure password: none of this replacing letters with look-a-like numbers b0110ck5.
http://www.microsoft.com/protect/fraud/passwords/create.aspx
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« Reply #3 on: 19/04/2010 10:15:07 »
NB: choose a secure password: none of this replacing letters with look-a-like numbers b0110ck5.

SH*TE!!! I'll have to come up with a new password.
 

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« Reply #4 on: 19/04/2010 10:43:43 »
... I'll have to come up with a new password.

A word can be treated as a base 36 number,
 a nine character base 36 number converted to base 24 gives a 'medium' secure password ...



i.e. you don't have to remember the password is 87ELCNG74 just BOLLOCKS in base 24 *.

NB: most of these on-line base converters cannot cope with more than 10 characters in base 36,
the conversion can be incorrect with 11+ characters but there is no error warning, (check the conversion is reversible).

* If you want to make this even more secure add a few letters from the range "O-Z" thus concealing the fact it is derived from a base 24 number. Even better add non-alphanumeric characters too, e.g. £,$,%, if permitted.


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