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Crypto 201: Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) – Cryptography for smarties (Part 3 of 3)

PKI with Vonnie, background image credit J. Triepke via Flickr

So let’s trace what happens when the certificate arrives at your computer.  I n the last post we talked about why it’s mathematically infeasible for someone to forge a root certificate signature.  I also showed you how to view the

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Crypto 201: Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) – Cryptography for smarties (Part 2 of 3)

PKI with Vonnie, background image credit J. Triepke via Flickr

Ahh, the Public Key Infrastructure.  It’s sounds monolithic doesn’t it? That’s because it is.  Don’t try to understand it by yourself. You need an expert.  You need Vonnie.  You need to read on playa.

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Crypto 201: Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) – Cryptography for smarties (Part 1 of 3)

PKI with Vonnie, background image credit J. Triepke via Flickr

Cybersecurity gurus sometimes stumble over what SSL, HTTPS, TLS have in common.  Do you know the answer?  If you said the “S” then I’ll give you a gold star for being a smartie pants – but that’s not what I have in

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How to find and erase all the cookies on your computer

Finding the Cookies on your computer. Background cookie image via Flickr from Neil Conway

I love cookies.  Oreos are good; everyone loves those but believe it or not: they aren’t my favorite.  Walkers Shortbread cookies are also pretty damn good but they don’t take the gold in my book. The cookies I’m really digging these

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Crypto Hypno: Cryptography basics (Part 4 of 5)

Crypto Hypno

If you’ve been following this series from its infancy, you should already know the basics of encryption, symmetric/asymmetric encryption, and message hashing.  Today we’re going to tie everything together in tidy little bow.  You’ll learn about the two primary ways we

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