John Oliver encryption video

John Oliver encryption video. This is a brilliant argument and video from John Oliver. It does have some errors but it provides thoughtful analysis of the Apple encryption debate.

Certainly there is not an easy answer to this debate. If there were then someone would have proposed a solution. When the system is based on no access, giving access is of course problematic. It is unfortunate that some crimes may never be learned through the iPhone but perhaps they will get solved in some other way.

If encryption were controlled and were essentially bio-metric that would be a method around this problem. If for example, our eye print or fingerprint plus something else could be used then this would be a dead debate. I can’t imagine what else that thing could be. Maybe a relaxed brain wave pattern? Like how your brain looks when you think of someone you love for example? That should be unique and reproduce-able. Making a device that is easy for people of all skills levels and intelligence is quite a challenge. It is really remarkable that there isn’t more hacking and crime with the current system.

I guess what bothers me most in this entire debate is the polarization of both sides. Both sides are guilty of not completely truthful statements. The government for example says that Apple could destroy the code once it was used, which isn’t going to happen. Apple says that giving access is opening a Pandoras box. Certainly true, but there has to be a way to address the criminal element in any technology as well. Apple should come up with way to detect illegal use and automatically shut it down. Apple and other businesses profit from criminal use, and this should not be allowed.

Why can I say that? It is common for gangs and other organizations to steal and resell iPhones/apple equipment overseas. The current system allows them to do this. When my own iPhone was stolen I have no doubt that it ended up overseas. It is simple greed that kept the wireless carrier and Apple from preventing that. They could have easily made a system when a phone is taken out of the country from an account that has never traveled before. For those people who do travel with their phone a simple notification and password check would allow them to use it overseas. This is not rocket science, but Apple/Wireless carriers would rather sell a new phone then protect owners who purchase a phone.

Too many times business say they are not in the business of enforcing the law. They make it an excuse even if they have laws regulating them. They blame rogue workers, when it is the system that contributes to this. There is no reason why criminals can’t be identified in a way that preserves peoples rights and our privacy. Apple may not be responsible for crime, but they are responsible for setting up a system that profits from it.

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Avoid Sucuri because of deception

Source: Sucuri Security Uses Bad Data to Try to Scare People into Using Their Service | White Fir Design Blog

The more I learn about this company the less professional they seem.

I used their free online security scanner to check my site because there was a recent WordPress infection that was rapidly infecting sites. The Sucuri scanner said that I had a problem with one post that referenced a photo that was hosted in a Russian Domain. Simply because the photo was hosted in Russia, it was flagged.

The warning was over the top. Rather than go into detail about what it found and why it was a problem, it simply said suspect domain. A domain that hosts a photo is not guilty. There has to be more than that. So I researched if “false positives” were a problem with Sucuri and unfortunately it is. This company seems to not only try to scare people with hacker tactics, but also cause problems with legitimate businesses. Rather than helping people understand and avoid future problems, they seem to prefer to profit from people’s fear and try to get them to sign up to monthly charges for poor service.

I sent in an email to them pointing out that a photo being hosted in Russia doesn’t make it a security problem. As I read other people’s experiences of this company and even their own blog, they didn’t come across as professionals. Take this for example:

Oh my!! Yes, an every day realization that we have come to live with.

And at first glance you might agree, but as in most cases all things are not always so clear superficially. So you can certainly empathize with this knee jerk reaction, fortunately we’re going to help provide some context and what to do.

Condescending and arrogant. It doesn’t matter if you know more, if you come across as a jerk, you aren’t going to help people you are going to turn them against you. More importantly, sarcasm doesn’t help people accept the facts that you might have. If you have facts then just state them. Don’t try to analyze or offer psychological analysis for something you are not qualified for. Often knee jerk or intuition is correct, and if your intuition says to stay away from someone who strikes you as a jerk, you are probably right there as well.

Avoid this company and your life will be better.

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