What 1 Google Search Reveals

1 – where you’re visiting
2 – on which browser
3 – date and time

#3 reveals the most information.  Because 1 visit to 1 website, meh. But the patterns that emerge from watching someone’s traffic can reveal a lot.


– multiple daily visits to the same Facebook page = the person is obsessed with someone

– repeat visits to Tumblrs featuring X type of content = the person has a fixation for X

– visits to websites detailing how to covertly do X = the person potentially has nefarious plans to execute X attack

* – that’s the cookie / tracking code that follows you around the internet, monitoring where you’re going


The above photo was taken during December’s TASK meeting (Toronto Area Security Klatch), specifically during Lee Brotherston talk about his ISP deliberately MiTM’ing his connection.

The ending was the best part, because it was so refreshingly honest. Here’s his slide deck.



Solving Crimes using Car Clues

Read it online at Autonet.

I’m speaking with Chris Pogue, current Senior VP at cyber-threat analysis software company Nuix, and former U.S. Army Warrant Officer attached to the Criminal Investigation Division.

Favourite line:

It’s assumed the first instinct is to search the car for blood and hair, for physical DNA, but how about paying attention to the little things that could be clues.

2nd Favourite line: 

Then add in the footage from traffic cameras (everyone forgets those are always watching.)

Things like radio presets, seat position, was the seat pressure sensor on or off, plus the EDR information of course, which is admissible in courts.


All ‘Keri on Driving’ columns here.

That’s me in the lede photo actually, cornering a Subaru Legacy.



Delete your Phone from a Car

Unpair your phone from rental, friend’s and relative’s cars, because until you do, your contacts database is driving around.

Would anything bad actually come from leaving it?  Probably not. In the same way, if you left a copy of your contacts on a USB key * at your friend’s house, it’d probably be fine too. But why do that.

Some infotainment systems can save more than one phone. This one saves 4.

Alena is clearly the most popular.

Don’t name your phone your name. Here’s why.


 (* if you say, ‘I use FB for my contacts list’, please leave my blog)



For Public Computers – it’s a Privacy Mat

How it works:

Step on and enter personal information (shipping address, phone number) then

Step off and the last session is instantly erased. Step back on, a new fresh form awaits.

Clever eh!  Why don’t we see more of these.

How about libraries, airport terminals, internet cafes and store loyalty program signup kiosks.


Spotted at Lee Valley Hardware, that store’s cool eh. I was there buying magnets, and from 2008-10 I included one of their pocket screwdrivers in my thank you cards.