Review comments edit

I recently finished reading Mark Russinovich’s technothriller or cyberthriller novel Zero day.

Zero Day

Frankly speaking I wouldn’t expect such an intriguing book from such a high-talented technical person. The book does not require any technical skills to follow. The main idea behind the book is very compelling itself. The world we live in is tied up and bound to computers that any attack to cripple our digital lives also would have a huge impact on every aspect of our lives.

I personally enjoyed the fast pace of the book. Even though it’s not a technical book it’s closely related and a real mind-opener. It sure convinced me to invest more of my time on security since it would be catastrophic both on personal and professional levels (Image you’re a Sony developer that is responsible for one of those hacks!). The only thing that i don’t like about the book is perfect characters. Our heroes are both athletic, gorgeous and genius! They have it all. It’s not envy (or maybe a little) but I’d prefer Sue and Vlad as my heroes! They sound more real and personable to me.

I heard that Mark Russinovich is working on the sequel of the novel. Well, my guess is this time it will contain botnets and Chinese hackers since to me it sounds like a huge threat. Of course, we’ll wait and see…

Off the Top of My Head comments edit

In my last post I mentioned how I got irritated by constantly masking passwords and not providing any alternative way to reveal them at will. I was planning to write a Firefox add-on to change the behaviour of password fields but I found an add-on already written to do this which can be found here. Apparently I’m not the only person having such feelings towards masked passwords :-)

Off the Top of My Head comments edit

I hate blind password masking. I want to see what i type. If there is nobody around to peep at my screen, which is most of the time, then masked passwords provides me no protection. Only helps for creating occasional troubles..