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(BBC-US)   Antivirus founder John McAfee says his Twitter account was hacked. If only he had access to someone who knows something about computer security   ( bbc.com) divider line
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2017-12-30 08:31:43 AM  
McAfee is a crackpot.
 
2017-12-30 08:37:03 AM  
True story- about ten years ago I bought an offsite backup business from one of my clients, a mechanical engineer that had started the business to protect his own data, then expanded it to other clients. 4 years ago, when ransomware was become rampant, I sent an email out to all my clients telling them what to watch out for, and reminding them that the best defense against ransomware is an offsite backup. He wrote me back, telling me he had been hit, and had to pay....

/I had to laugh...
 
2017-12-30 08:50:29 AM  
And to think he was going to be the libertarian canidate in 2016.
 
2017-12-30 09:04:54 AM  
If only he had access to someone who knows something about computer security

Hey subby, while anti-virus may help keep your computer virus free, it is NOT a large part of computer security.  Firewalls, complicated passwords, regular password changes, etc - those are security measures.
 
2017-12-30 09:36:04 AM  
I have two factor password protection for my Google, Facebook and bank accounts. My mother has it for her WOW account. Seriously, this should be expanded. I was even invited to the Reddit beta for two factor through Google Authenticate.
 
2017-12-30 09:42:29 AM  

SecretAgentWoman: I have two factor password protection for my Google, Facebook and bank accounts. My mother has it for her WOW account. Seriously, this should be expanded. I was even invited to the Reddit beta for two factor through Google Authenticate.


Username checks out....
 
2017-12-30 09:57:24 AM  

Voiceofreason01: McAfee is a crackpot.


 This is all I came here to say.
 
2017-12-30 10:03:20 AM  

SpaceyCat: If only he had access to someone who knows something about computer security

Hey subby, while anti-virus may help keep your computer virus free, it is NOT a large part of computer security.  Firewalls, complicated passwords, regular password changes, etc - those are security measures.


Truth may be a good strategy for much of your life, but it's got little to do with getting Fark headlines greened.
 
2017-12-30 11:11:59 AM  

Voiceofreason01: McAfee is a crackpot.


people noticed the hack when his account started tweeting out normal shiat
 
2017-12-30 11:14:20 AM  

Voiceofreason01: McAfee is a crackpot.

"Mr McAfee added that he had since removed two-factor authentication from all of his accounts as a precaution

." Real man of genius.

My wife has seen that message on her phone. Reseated the sim card and the magic returned.

The IT equivalent of selling my new book: "The former presidential candidate is currently working on plans to sell the world's most "hack-proof" smartphone. "
 
2017-12-30 12:26:57 PM  
Remember when he lied and said that he could bypass iPhone security and then later admitted it was just a publicity stunt to drum up business for his security company?  I bet he learned his lesson and this isn't like that at all.
 
2017-12-30 12:49:53 PM  
Isn't he the nutter that lives in Central America?
 
2017-12-30 12:50:31 PM  

SpaceyCat: regular password changes


That part of your statement is the only bullshiat part. A good password (correcthorsebatterystaple) even without special characters is inordinately long, easy to remember, and extremely difficult to crack. And things like Lastpass are a single point of failure. Physical security, multi-authentication, good password policy, and reasonable background checks are the best policies against the weakest link in IT security, the PEBKAC.
 
2017-12-30 01:23:01 PM  

SpaceyCat: If only he had access to someone who knows something about computer security

Hey subby, while anti-virus may help keep your computer virus free, it is NOT a large part of computer security.  Firewalls, complicated passwords, regular password changes, etc - those are security measures.


MacAfee considers himself an expert on information security and states so frequently.  Its perfectly fine to call him out as the fool that he is.

/while on the subject - complicated and regular password changes decreases security as users resort to frequently insecure measures to keep track of all the credentials they need to simply do their daily jobs
 
2017-12-30 01:40:23 PM  

Nick Nostril: Isn't he the nutter that lives in Central America?


I think he murdered someone too.
 
2017-12-30 02:38:56 PM  

ajgeek: And things like Lastpass are a single point of failure.


It's a tradeoff.  I have over 500 different passwords floating around.  Wish it weren't so.  It is so.  I use a password manager (passwordstore.org for me... but Lastpass for most not-so-techy types) because there's simply no other way.
 
2017-12-30 03:09:44 PM  
Certifiable nutjob John McAfee would be more like it.  Isn't he wanted for murder or something.
 
2017-12-30 04:03:51 PM  

alechemist: And to think he was going to be the libertarian canidate in 2016.


Also, when the Obamacare web site was having its teething problems, Republicans in Congress wanted to bring McAfee in, thinking he's a foremost computer expert.
 
2017-12-30 04:54:46 PM  

jaytkay: alechemist: And to think he was going to be the libertarian canidate in 2016.

Also, when the Obamacare web site was having its teething problems, Republicans in Congress wanted to bring McAfee in, thinking he's a foremost computer expert.


McAfee was involved with underage prostitutes.  What other credentials did the GOP need?
 
2017-12-30 11:12:28 PM  

SecretAgentWoman: I have two factor password protection for my Google, Facebook and bank accounts. My mother has it for her WOW account. Seriously, this should be expanded. I was even invited to the Reddit beta for two factor through Google Authenticate.


I'll be dead and in the ground before I let the internet start calling my phone
 
2017-12-31 12:29:05 AM  

Voiceofreason01: McAfee is a crackpot.


ManateeGag: Voiceofreason01: McAfee is a crackpot.

 This is all I came here to say.


Back in the day fell pray to some promotional crap and bought it, albeit discounted.
The farking program WAS a virus. I spent days trying to uninstall it, and actually had to get into the registry to delete dozens of lines.
 
2017-12-31 09:50:18 AM  
What happened?  Did McAfee tweet something crazy, stupid or wildly offensive while coked to the gills?  Because the "I was hacked" is the go-to excuse for when a crazy, stupid or wildly offensive tweet goes out.

Except for the President.  His crazy, stupid or wildly offensive tweets while coked to the gills is a feature, not a bug.
 
2017-12-31 01:35:13 PM  

SpaceyCat: If only he had access to someone who knows something about computer security

Hey subby, while anti-virus may help keep your computer virus free, it is NOT a large part of computer security.  Firewalls, complicated passwords, regular password changes, etc - those are security measures.


use Linux.  no antivirus needed.
10 plus years using it and i still click on anything.  true abt passwords and typing in url instead of clicking on an email link.
im still waiting for something to hit my Linux box/laptop.
i do have to make sure i install software from a trusted source or checksum it before install.
 
2017-12-31 02:31:14 PM  

Linux_Yes: SpaceyCat: If only he had access to someone who knows something about computer security

Hey subby, while anti-virus may help keep your computer virus free, it is NOT a large part of computer security.  Firewalls, complicated passwords, regular password changes, etc - those are security measures.

use Linux.  no antivirus needed.
10 plus years using it and i still click on anything.  true abt passwords and typing in url instead of clicking on an email link.
im still waiting for something to hit my Linux box/laptop.
i do have to make sure i install software from a trusted source or checksum it before install.


Still can't make a sammie.
 
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