The Disappearing Desktop - It's Real This Time
alex at tweedly.net
Wed Nov 16 18:51:58 CST 2005
Dan Shafer wrote:
> First, there are several technologies that work around this problem.
> I am working with a startup that has a USB device that handles this
> issue nicely and I know of a couple of others. The problem is hardly
I'll be glad to hear about them when they are available - but today
there is no apparent solution. I believe this is a hard problem. Today
many Internet cafes don't allow you to attach USB devices. It needs to
be more than a read-only storage device (since that could be read,
copied and faked). And it must not require any communication from the
keyboard or other system-based input devices.
I'm sure it's a tractable problem - but I don't believe it's easy, and I
think it will take a lot to convince me it's secure.
> Second, what happens when you lose your laptop or have it stolen?
> This happens with shocking frequency these days and it's getting worse.
Nothing. I never use any "remember this password for me" features (for
the important passwords), I have key files in encrypted directories,
> I'd be a lot more concerned about THAT security issue than with the
> loss of data over relatively secured and busy Internet wires and
I'm not concerned about Internet wires and signals - I happily use
Internet banking over public wifi - it's getting the data from the
keyboard to the wire, or account info from the wire to the screen that
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