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  • Maple Engineer@lemmy.world
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    I work in information security.

    Don’t use biometrics to secure your devices. Biometrics are a convenience feature to make it easier to access your device. Biometrics are NOT security. You can be compelled to unlock your device by having it pointed at your face or your finger forced onto the reader. Don’t do it.

    Use 2FA/MFA everywhere you can. If it’s an option, turn it on.

    Use a password manager that generates strong passwords and use a different password for every service you use.

    Update, update, update. Allow your devices, OSes, and software/applications to update automatically.

    Talk to your parents about safe surfing. Tell them that their bank won’t send them an email or text asking them to send personal information. Set a password with your family to identify them if they are in trouble and need help. Tell parents and grandparent not to send you bail money to get you out of jail in Morocco.

    Teach your kids that everything they post on the internet is public and permanent. Teach them that if they do something that they think will get them in trouble and someone is blackmailing them that it’s better to tell you and ask for help than to give in to the blackmailers.

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      Regarding biometrics, I’ve felt that one advantage is that if I’m in a public space, I don’t have to worry about someone watching me enter my password over my shoulder. If I got into a situation where someone is physically overpowering me to get my finger onto my device against my will, I’m probably going to give them whatever password they want so I don’t get a beat down.

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        That’s a threat and risk assessment. You’ve decided you’re willing to accept the risk of anyone being able to unlock your phone. For me, I’m not really worried about someone in the street strong arming me. I’m more worried about a state actor, border guard, police officer, etc demanding that I unlock my phone. They can physically compel you to unlock your phone by pointing it at your face or putting your finger on the pad but they cannot compel you to give them your password.

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          I’m probably preaching to the choir, but for those who don’t know, at least on an iPhone and I’m sure android has something similar, if you foresee the situation coming you can just hold the sleep/wake button for a few seconds (even while your phone is in your pocket) and it will require the passcode and not allow biometrics.

          Edit: my memory, it’s the sleep/wake button and volume down. Similar to android as per the below.

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            For android it’s power+volume up to bring up the power options menu (shutdown, restart, etc) and there is a “lock down” option that disables biometric unlock.

            Wish I could do it with one hand, but good to know it’s there.

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          I definitely see your perspective, but mostly wanted to make sure I wasn’t overlooking some obvious downside in my risk assessment.

          I figure my chances are low that I will get into the situation where an authority demands access to my phone but I also don’t have the opportunity to lock out biometrics. Like if I get pulled over I just hold power and volume up buttons for three seconds and biometrics is off. That said, it certainly doesn’t eliminate my risk completely, and I wouldn’t consider anyone crazy for just opting out completely.

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            The other problem with biometrics is you can’t change them. With the OPM breach a few years ago they lost 5.6 million finger prints. Those finger prints are now useless since they are in the wild and can’t be changed. Not a problem for your average phone user but in my world that’s a really big deal. In my world biometrics are a convenience and convenience is bad for security.

            As long as you’ve considered and accepted the risks you’re good.

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                Can I use my dick head?

                “You want me to unlock my phone? I used the head of my erect penis. I’m not going to get it up myself. Knock yourself the fuck out.”

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      Allowing apps to update automatically often means that advertising and feature removal or nerfing, etc., can happen. Checking manually has saved me a lot of grief.

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          In this day and age where updating an app means losing half the functionality, no thanks. Would love a way around that though!

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            You’re exposing yourself to unpatched vulnerabilities for convenience instead of updating or deleting the app. If you lose half the functionality because of an update it’s time to find a new app in my books.

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                You’ve done a threat and risk assessment and decided that the inconvenience of uninstalling or disabling the app is with accepting the risk of your device being competing and your data stolen or ransomed, your banking or other credentials being stolen, your friends, family, and other contacts being targeted, and your employer being put at risk if you use your device for work. That’s an acceptable way of handling the situation. You can always accept the risk.

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            I’ve heard this sentiment for almost 20 years. “The app works fine, why update, it only breaks things.”

            Then they blame me when it starts being incompatible with the current OS or some other application. Even if the only fix is to update they still resist or refuse outright.

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        I finally let my phone do some app updates the other week, my banking app now displays full screen ads for their credit cards, conveniently right as you go to click the transfer button.

        I don’t update shit anymore. I update my OS and apps on my desktop, but my phone is now being actively neglected in regards to app updates. Every single app update breaks something, removes a feature, or brings ads into the picture.

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        Yup. Also having an agreement that an X from any family member means they are uncomfortable or in trouble and you should call them in one minute, tell them that there is an emergency, and you need to pick them up right now. Get them safe and don’t ask questions unless they want to talk.

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    I’m a philosopher, nothing matters, so stop worrying about it and live your life the way you want to live it.

  • I'm back on my BS 🤪@lemmy.world
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    Tertiary education: university professor.

    LPT: Talk to your professor and ask questions!!

    I have so many students that don’t perform well because they didn’t understand some material. I’m seriously getting paid to help you understand it, but I can’t present it in a way that works perfectly for every student since they all have their own learning styles. I also wont know if they aren’t getting it of no one speaks out.

    I want:

    • to help
    • everyone to learn the material
    • to talk about science because I’m a super nerd
    • what is and isn’t working for you in class
    • students to show up to office hours

    I don’t:

    • expect anyone to already know something they haven’t learned about
    • care if you ask me a million questions
    • want you to perform poorly
    • want you do go to the field unprepared
    • like it when students treat me like they are bothering me
    • grade papers that are ridiculously wrong because students didn’t try to ask me for help

    The vast majority of university professors are obsessed with what they teach, so much so, that they made a career out of talking about it. Asking then about it would make their day. If you go up to one that seems like they’re being bothered, then that’s the exception. Don’t let that one stop you from engaging with all of the others.

    Note: This is true for almost all courses. However, there are some courses in certain universities that are considered “weed out classes”. These classes, typically taken in the first 2 years, are informally designed to have lower performing students fail before they advance too far into the major and find out later that they don’t have what it takes to be successful in the field. The professors of those classes are more commonly not helpful at all. Don’t give me shit about it because I didn’t design this system nor do I teach those classes.

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      I was going to say I had the polar opposite experience until your last paragraph.

      Lecturers were very rarely excited about the material they taught, left as soon as they could and were far more concerned with their research than helping students.

      That was EE so probably a mix of weed-out and the fact that they were all socially awkward mega nerds.

    • pingveno@lemmy.ml
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      Tertiary education: IT (software developer)

      Same theme for my LPT, different area. Are you having a problem? Housing? Tuition? Health issue? Ask about it! Likely you’re one of many and we (support staff) have systems in place to point you in the right direction. If you’re the first to run into a problem, we need to know so we can fix it. Don’t worry about bothering us, that’s what we’re there for. Many students wait until they have no other choice but to get in contact when it would have been easier for everyone if they had brought it up sooner. I totally understand the impulse, I’ve been that kid.

    • brygphilomena@lemmy.world
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      I completely agree.

      Back when I was taking GEs I had an ancient history class that I just couldn’t get. One visit to the professors office hours and he basically guaranteed me a decent passing grade as long as I did the final essay.

      His job was to teach and help students pass. He knew his subject wasn’t everyone’s passion and was super chill about it.

      One caveat of this, is in my experience it was younger TAs running 100 level classes that were the strictest. They for whatever reason didn’t have the experience or self-awareness to know that their teaching method didn’t align with every student.

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        You also have the viewpoint that some freshmen level classes were designed to specifically weed people out. If you aren’t able to have a way to pass those classes, then it was thought that teaching you further would be a waste.

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          Which is such a poor attitude. Just because someone is bad in one subject doesn’t apply to every subject. English, math, and history were all GEs. What use does having an English major be weeded out by their ability to do stats or calculus?

          Or a psych major because they have no particular interest in pre-silk road civilizations?

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            Just because someone is bad in one subject doesn’t apply to every subject.

            No, but the freshman year is supposed to lay the groundwork for later classes and teach soft skills for use later.

            What use does having an English major be weeded out by their ability to do stats or calculus?

            I’ve found it rare that universities require English majors to take advanced math. However, even within that, calculus is just a different way of preparing logic proofs and statistics is commonly used and misused in developing arguments.

            Also, a four year degree isn’t meant to be a technical degree, but to help create a more well rounded leader. That means having more knowledge than just the subject. This is the reason why engineers have to take humanities classes.

    • auzas_1337@lemmy.zip
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      Thank you for putting all of this so succintly. I’m not into teaching, but I’ve done a few workshops and I always struggle to express the attitude you described to get the pupils engaged.

      I had this same attitude when I was a student. Even though my professors were older and more knowledgable, I always tried to approach them as peers and it worked out great. I’m not the sharpest tool in the shed, but because I talked, I could use my strengths better because I was more aware of the expectations and requirements than a portion of other students.

    • CanadaPlus@lemmy.sdf.org
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      The big populating event was Reddit shutting down API service (about a year ago, happy first cake day to me). Most people don’t know what that is. A lot of people don’t get what federation is, either.

      I fully hope and expect that normies will appear as it grows, but for now it’s people nerdy enough to know why we should care.

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      I’m currently in the medical field but “IT” is one of my nicknames 💀 every new place I work I try to hide it but I just impulsively fix shit and then end up being expected to fix shit

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      I’m not saying I’m in IT, but I’m tired and read the question and thought, “Why are they asking about printers?”

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      IT folks are exactly the people who will be early adoptors of technology. If lemmy can start growing to something approaching an early majority, then we’ll see a big shift in the demographic of the user base. Unfortunately, that’s a huge gap in expansion.

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        Well, I’m just an anti-capitalist non-tech person. I barely know anything about what most people seem to consider basic tech knowledge. Fuck that weird pedo ceo of Reddit, fuck that company, fuck corporate greed in general. I’m just here to avoid being forced to take ankther company’s vampiric bullshit.

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      Geologist checking in.

      Although, I don’t know what LTP means in this context. In my world, it’s “Long Term Planning”.

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      I’m one of the few that don’t work in tech but it’s arguably the hobby I spend the most time (and money) with so I’m not sure if I really count. I work in emergency management & specialized response services.

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    Cybersecurity

    If you have anything worthwhile on your PC, you should really buy your own router instead of using the one provided by your ISP.