Victor's Blog about the Web, Security and Life

The web for me is a hobby where standards and best practices are daily bread. Security is a concern that everybody must be aware of its details for IT in general, and the web in particular, to be a safer place. My life, on the other hand, is that of a regular Lebanese citizen where politics and social issues are discussed on a daily basis. I hope you enjoy reading my blog and make sure to drop me a comment about any topic you find interesting.

Category: Security

Blockchain Introduction

I had an introductory lecture regarding the Blockchain and its usage in cryptographic tokens and smart contracts. The lecture took place at Notre Dame University, Main Campus in Zouk Mosbeh. The slides of the presentation can be found here   The video is also available on...

Lebanese Governments and Parliaments: The On-Going Digital Signature Crime!

Up until this day, all previous and current Lebanese governments and parliament members have failed to put in place a national standard for digital signatures. The process is not hard, not vague, not tidious and - for sure - not dangerous. Digital Signatures are already approved as national...

HeartBleed Bug: What You Need to Know?!

In this article, I will tackle the HeartBleed bug that spread the news lately as well as what should normal website users be aware of by mentioning what could be affected and how to protect it.   (More)

Authentication, Authorization and Access Control for Dummies

Just as in the book series "... For Dummies", this post is meant to introduce the concept of authentication, authorization and access control for non-technical readers. To start with, a simple principle needs to be introduced and higlighted: Security principles in IT are...

Ziad Baroud Spamming?

Today, I received an email from Mr. Ziad Baroud, the Minister of Internal Affairs, asking me to check my listing on the DGPS website. While the majority would like the fact that Mr. Baroud is using a one-to-one communication method to reach as much Lebanese citizens as possible, I did not...

Standard Chartered Email & Website Phishing

If you receive an email related to the suspension of your Standard Chartered account with a link to www.standardchartered.ae in it asking you to login in order to update your account settings, don't click on it. Beware of it. This is a phishing email leading to a phishing website and...

Huge Lighters Security Alert

Recently, I am noticing many individual walking around with huge lighters in hands and (barely) in pockets. Huge lighters (similar to the one shown in the picutre) are being considered as pretty cool these days by many. While I agree that such a thing is somehow cool, we must be aware of...
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