Monday, April 21, 2014

Yet More Digital . . .

Heartbleed is causing problems.
Password Management software stores user name and password for sites. For Hotmail, Hotmail user name and password. For GMail, GMail user name and password. The Password Management software do not mix these up. Also there is confidentiality.
One place the Password Management software do not work is the secured sites. Banking for instance. Here the user has to fill in the username and password manually. These sites work on SSL. Here, the data fed in are encrypted and decrypted at server. Similarly the data from server are encrypted and decrypted at browser level.
Programs had to be developed for utilising SSL features. So, OpenSSL standards were made.
Heartbleed exploited OpenSSL and the data was exposed.
Why did it happen? Encryption, Security are ever changing paradigms. The users of internet are expected to update their systems. Latest browsers are expected to be used. But an average user normally disallows automatic updates by software vendors and this results in malwares like Heartbleed. Because even though the server may be having latest security, the client browser may not. Therefore, only old security would work here. The Heartbleed fully understands this and manages to break the encryption and takes out the heart of information from the junk encrypted value. It enjoys the data fully and data is totally at the mercy of Heartbleed.
Windows 8.1 will be available shortly for phones. For laptops it was already there. Windows 8.1 in phones will mean Cortana assistant; more lockscreen messages from Windows app, say lockscreen reminder messages from reminder windows phone app; more user friendly features like better volume etc. Also tiles backround can be from an image.


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Make it a habit

There is a problem with success. You have to keep succeeding.
There are many talent out there in the real world. But there are stories associated with them. Stories that they were dejected. Or poor. Or unhappy.
If your talent does not manifest into a habit then you will end up into a tragic story. You may argue that you will go to heaven for all the talent you possess. But people who successfully make a habit of their talent will cause so much jealousy that your present life in earth will be a hell.
You can make habits. It should not be difficult. It requires discipline. It requires practise.

The above chart helps in make one understand habit formation. If the circle is balanced and if you decide to apply your soul then you will be able to make a habit.
(Source of inspiration :- Statue of Nataraja)