Sunday, August 06, 2017

I’m increasingly concerned that I might not be allowed back in the country if surrendering social media details was a requirement.  Since I don’t have any. 
The State Department filed a notice this week seeking comment on the agency’s plan to make permanent the collection of social media identifiers from individuals applying for visas to enter the U.S.  The public comment period is open until October 2, 2017.  The State Department previously requested emergency approval for the plan.  EPIC opposed the State Department initiative, and in comments earlier this year, urged the agency to drop the plan.  EPIC argued that the proposal threatens privacy, First Amendment rights, risked abuse, and would disproportionately impact minority groups.

When you really, really want a unique password.  Potential project for my Computer Security students and a ‘dictionary’ for my Ethical Hacking students. 
This site lets you check your password against 306 million leaked passwords
In June 2007, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) released guidance that said that sites should check potential passwords against previous data breaches, in order to ensure they are totally unique.
While most websites are yet to offer that functionality, Troy Hunt, the founder and creator of Have I Been Pwned, has launched a tool where you can check your password to see if it’s been compromised.
The way it works is pretty simple.  Just type in your password, and it will compare it against a database of over 306 million passwords, collected over several years.
Hunt has also made the data freely available to download, so that developers can integrate it into their websites.

Perspective.  Maybe I should call this: Fun Facts!
The Zettabyte Era: Trends and Analysis
Annual global IP traffic will reach 3.3 ZB per year by 2021, or 278 exabytes (EB) per month.  In 2016, the annual run rate for global IP traffic was 1.2 ZB per year, or 96 EB per month.
Smartphone traffic will exceed PC traffic. In 2016, PCs accounted for 46 percent of total IP traffic, but by 2021 PCs will account for only 25 percent of traffic.  Smartphones will account for 33 percent of total IP traffic in 2021, up from 13 percent in 2016.  PC-originated traffic will grow at a CAGR of 10 percent, and TVs, tablets, smartphones, and Machine-to-Machine (M2M) modules will have traffic growth rates of 21 percent, 29 percent, 49 percent, and 49 percent, respectively.
Traffic from wireless and mobile devices will account for more than 63 percent of total IP traffic by 2021.  By 2021, wired devices will account for 37 percent of IP traffic, and Wi-Fi and mobile devices will account for 63 percent of IP traffic.  In 2016, wired devices accounted for the majority of IP traffic, at 51 percent.
The number of devices connected to IP networks will be more than three times the global population by 2021. There will be 3.5 networked devices per capita by 2021, up from 2.3 networked devices per capita in 2016. There will be 27.1 billion networked devices in 2021, up from 17.1 billion in 2016.
It would take more than 5 million years to watch the amount of video that will cross global IP networks each month in 2021.  Every second, a million minutes of video content will cross the network by 2021.
Globally, IP video traffic will be 82 percent of all IP traffic (both business and consumer) by 2021, up from 73 percent in 2016. Global IP video traffic will grow threefold from 2016 to 2021, a CAGR of 26 percent. Internet video traffic will grow fourfold from 2016 to 2021, a CAGR of 31 percent.
Internet video surveillance traffic increased 71 percent in 2016, from 516 petabytes per month at the end of 2015 to 883 petabytes per month in 2016. Internet video surveillance traffic will increase sevenfold between 2016 and 2021.  Globally, 3.4 percent of all Internet video traffic will be due to video surveillance in 2021, up from 1.8 percent in 2016.

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