Friday, March 10, 2006

A Computer Security Experiment

Try this:

Go to your computer right now, in your office or in your home, open a blank document, and hit Control-V (for Windows) or Apple-V (for Mac). And look at what just got pasted from your buffer.

That's right. The last thing you cut or copied.


If you cut or copy something sensitive, like a password or credit card number or love letter, then paste it, then walk away... it still stays there... waiting... to be pasted again... and read... by ANYONE...

If you compute in public, remember to clear your buffer after you paste if you've cut or copied something private. When in doubt, reboot.

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