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Weekly update

A 44-post collection

Weekly update 44

This was one of those weeks where time disappeared on totally unplanned things, namely due to the debate that raged on over days about certs (get popcorn then read upwards and downwards from there). I stayed well and truly clear of that once it got heated, but I then spent the better part of two days researching, thinking and writing the a near-6000 word piece on this (don't worry, there are lots of pictures too). I find this a genuinely interesting issue and egos aside, there are certainly some bigger picture, longer term issues we need to address. I talk about that and much more in this week's update. iTunes podcast | Google Play Music podcast | RSS podcast References Here's the...

Weekly update 43

I'm home! After that crazy travel schedule (6 weeks and 1 day in all, thank you very much) I'm back in my own bed with some peace and quiet and... jet lag. It's always worse coming home from Europe, a combination of flying east (I travel over two short nights) and frankly, just being worn out at the end of a long journey. Regardless I had a pretty massive week on the blog and consequently, this is my longest every weekly update at almost 40 minutes. This week, I somehow came across a lot of "crazies". Windows Update crazies, Indian cricket crazies, HTTPS crazies and Cloudflare crazies. Now I'm not trying to be disingenuous here, but when some of these...

Weekly update 42 (Nieuwegein edition)

Well this trip is certainly ending with a bang: 3 blog posts this week (not including this one) plus two massive user group talks in the Netherlands and two workshops of two days each. But that's it - I'm done! It's Friday morning here in Nieuwegein at the time of writing and I'll be on the plane home by the end of the day. As for the blogging, I'm back again as a Microsoft MVP for the 7th year in a row, I'm debating the usefulness of password strength indicators and I'm lambasting The AA in the UK. And oh boy, if anyone needs a lambasting it's these guys. Have a listen to Graham Cluley taking them to task in...

Weekly update 41 (Southampton edition)

Into week 5 of travel now and I'm in Southampton on the south coast of England. The family holidaying is over and it's back to workshops and user groups for the remainder of the trip both here in the UK then back in the Netherlands next week. Despite the schedule, I managed to pump out a quick blog post on what remains one of the most astoundingly insane security / privacy implementation I've seen - Strawberrynet. This has to be seen to be believed and the backstory I talk about in this week's update is stranger than fiction. Crazy stuff but hey, this sort of thing keeps me employed! iTunes podcast | Google Play Music podcast | RSS podcast References Back in August,...

Weekly update 40 (Leiden edition)

Another week abroad, this time in the Netherlands and fortunately a combination of time out with the family and just a single workshop. Still, that workshop raised an interesting question around data retention in backups and how the right to erasure under GDPR will be handled. I discuss that from my tranquil little getaway in Leiden plus ponder what would happen if all my security decisions were one day put on public display. That and more in this week's update, then it's off to London! iTunes podcast | Google Play Music podcast | RSS podcast References How would you feel if all your security decisions were one day put on public display? (seriously, think about this proactively, it's not something you can...

Weekly update 39 (Oslo edition)

This has probably been the most relentless week I've had in one place since... I dunno. Forever? It was all in Oslo and all centred around the NDC event but it meant kicking off with a massive 2 day workshop (50 people - a record!), then an OWASP user group (followed by much beer), then workshop Tuesday, family arriving, social NDC event, event kick-off Wednesday, family sightseeing, a Pluralsight recording, shrimp cruise that night, NDC talk on Thursday, a short "how I failed talk" that night followed by the event party, another talk Friday morning then eventually, PubConf Friday night. And this is why my weekly update is a day late! But seriously, it's been a sensational week and I...

Weekly update 38 (Trondheim edition)

It's week 2 of my 6-week European summer tour and I'm in Trondheim Norway which frankly, is a pretty awesome place: Awesome spot 😎 pic.twitter.com/wBAYGShQNH— Troy Hunt (@troyhunt) June 9, 2017 Being busy with workshops and talks means I'm always going somewhere or doing something so time is a bit limited, but I still managed to get out my Security Sense column this week. I also give some updates on some observations from yesterday's workshop whilst recording from a very nice little spot next to the river, complete with a bunch of guys cruising down it on inflatable kid's boats drinking beers. And this is why I like recording outdoors - ad hoc stuff that's just kinda...

Weekly update 37 (Leuven edition)

I'm in Belgium! After 35 hours of travel to Porto in Portugal then 2 days of workshop plus a user group there, I'm now in Leuven which is in the home of epic Belgium beer. I'm now into day 2 of another workshop here after having done a user group on Azure last night so it's turning into a very long week. Not a lot of new stuff to talk about blog wise, but I share what it's like doing these events and some of the things I learn along the way. iTunes podcast | Google Play Music podcast | RSS podcast References Here's where I'll be over the coming weeks (heaps of events in Europe plus upcoming things in the US...

Weekly update 35

Hang on - where did my week go?! WannaCry came out of the blue and accosted a big whack of my time starting first thing Saturday. And then, just as it was quietening down, I go and write about not turning off Windows Update and holy shit, did people come out of the woodwork to complain about that! Seriously, just read some of the comments there and the anger directed towards what (in my experience) is usually a pretty seamless process is palpable. More than the objections to updates themselves, it was the basis on which many of the points were made that stunned me; philosophical arguments about software being "free" (no, not as in price), claims of NSA collusion,...

Weekly update 34

The big news this week has been dealing with that massive volume of data I loaded into HIBP a week ago. A combination of the mechanics of getting it loaded, the flood of feedback once I did and actually trying to prepare myself for upcoming talks has made it a bit of a crazy week. If I'm honest, I'm feeling a bit run down from it all and need to take it a bit easier before heading away in a couple of weeks' time. Be that as it may, this has been a full-on week and I've captured the highlights below: iTunes podcast | Google Play Music podcast | RSS podcast References Here's some guidance from the Aussie government on GDPR (my...