Tuesday, January 22, 2008

McGruff the Crime Dog

Hello boys and girls.

I'm here to talk to you today about the dangers of saving passwords in your browser. Some people feel the need to save their password so that they don't have to log in every time they sit down at their computer. This poses a threat to the reason a password is made.

For an example, we will assume that someone has saved the password to their blog in a computer that is accessible to many people. All one would have to do is sit down at that computer for about 30 seconds and invite themselves to contribute to the blog. Then when that person goes to his/her own computer, all they have to do is check their email and click a link. They can now post whatever they want on said blog. They might even write about the dangers of saving passwords.

Now suppose a hacker were to find their way into your computer. They might post about more serious things, like when Google is going to take over the world (they've already taken the internet). The only way to keep hackers from posting random junk that no one wants to read anyway, is to make sure they don't get your password in the first place.

Now that you know the dangers of saving your password on your computer, I would like to remind you to not talk to anybody you don't know on the internet.

-Brandon Lee

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Actual owner of this blog's note: I woke up this morning to find this on my blog from my son (who was up very late last night because he is off from school today) and promptly removed it. Then, after I squelched the urge to chew him out for messing with my blog, I thought this was pretty clever and decided to repost it for your pleasure.

Of course that doesn't mean he won't be seeing his car keys for awhile!
(just kidding... I'm not that mean)

31 comments:

Ed (zoesdad) said...

Brilliant post. Try not to be too hard on the kid. I think he may have just earned guest author status.

Mom Thumb said...

How could you possibly punish a kid who's made his point so brilliantly?! (I know you're not that mean.)

Christine said...

thx for the lovely comment on my icebreaker post. so happy it led me here. loved this father/son 1-2 punch. fun post. and very very TRUE

Jennine said...

If one of my kids managed something even remotely as clever as this, I'd...I'd... I'd never again complain about all the AA batteries I have to buy in order to keep their damn XBox working.

Mushy said...

He's a smart boy...you should be ashamed!

Ah, we've all done things like that!

We just always think bad things won't happen to us.

Good post.

Sandy said...

That's hilarious with a capital H! He's got a future in comedy, that one.

Avitable said...

Very nice. It's nice of him to take it easy on you with this. He could have wreaked some damage!

Julie Pippert said...

You understand I am sending my kids to you for fostering in exactly 7 and 10 years, right?

VE said...

Brandon Lee (Bruce Lee's son) came back from the dead to post on your blog??? Is this like that movie "The Crow"? I'm so confused....

See... my site doesn't have an owner; it's just a bunch of random hackers that post whenever; that's why its so chaotic...

Judith Shakespeare said...

LOL. Brilliant kid, you have there! And he does make a very good point...

pootandcubby said...

That is awesome! I fear the day my kids know their way around the ol' interwebs.

-andi

Windyridge said...

Jolly good Brandon!! I could see my son doing that. I only save the passwords in my browser to stuff that won't be harmed. For the important stuff I retype the PW each time.

Jan said...

The truth is the truth.... well done Brandon !

Mrs. H said...

Okay everyone, Jeff has every right to take this kids keys BECAUSE not so very long ago I called Sprint, our cell phone provider and told them that they had been mistakenly charging us for internet on one of our phones for the last 8 months (I know, it takes me awhile to go back and look at my bills) and the nice lady on the other end says "well ma'am let me read you the transcript from a conversation I had with Brandon in June....that conversation included "I'd like to add internet to this cell number" "yes sir and what is your password" "@#$%%%%" "that is correct sir, we will add that service immediately to your phone at a cost of $15/month" "thank you ma'am that will be fine" And so the next 8 months roll by with Brandon happily using his internet and me stupidly paying for it all cause the little twerp can hack my computer and steal my passwords.I got him back by stealing his ING account and paying myself every last dime. Love the kid but hate when they are smarter than you....Mrs. H aka Brandon's Mom

Kathy said...

Jeff, I was going to say your son is brilliant, but now that I read Mrs. H's update, I'm changing that to "criminal." Or is that criminally brilliant?

Elizabeth said...

Wow, the drama! You guys should have a TV show!!
:o) Elizabeth

Jeff said...

ed - He actually has his own blog
already so he has no business hacking into mine. Well, except to prove this point.

mom thumb - Easy. You have kids, you know.

christine - Thanks. Glad you enjoy our punchfest!

jennine - It's gonna take more than working video games to keep this guy at bay.

mushy - Not me. I was a perfect angel with wings.

sandy - Well, HE thinks he's funny anyway.

avitable - No question. He's about 100 times smarter than me about computers for sure.

julie - Really? Do you think they'll like boot camp?

ve - You're right. That Brandon Lee/Crow thing is confusing.

judith - Shh, don't tell him that.

poots - It doesn't take long. Trust me. Just watch out for those My Spaces. They're way nastier than you think.

windyridge - Well, guess who's going to change his passwords now?

jan - Quit praising him! Everyone stop!

Mrs H - God only knows what else he's done that we have no idea about. Scary.

kathy - Yes. Criminally brilliant. That will look good on his record.

elizabeth - You mean like the Osbourne's?

Carla said...

So now we know you have TWO sons...hmmm when do we get to hear from the daughter.
clever child...he must get it from his mom. :)

Mrs. Chicky said...

Smart kid. Something tells me he's smart enough to evade a punishment too.

Anonymous said...

Mom says--
Oh man, that was fun, reading the blog and all the comments. It does make me proud I've got such a brilliant grandson!!!

Heather said...

The phrase "too smart for his own good" comes to mind.

G said...

That's pretty funny - in a "you're gonna get it" sort of way. I see big things for your son. Well once he gets his car keys back.

Anonymous said...

How many people hide the password somewhere on their desk? Be honest!-Bill

Maureen said...

Hahahaha! Great post! Luckily, I am the only one on my 'puter.... daughter has her own that (God Forbid!) I would even TOUCH or glance at (unless there is something wrong) and hubby wouldn't even know how the hell to turn it on.

So is Brandon planning a career in computer security?

The Holmes said...

I'm always afraid my wife is going to do this very thing, which is why I always log off. Glad to know my concern is not completely irrational. That's hilarious.

Whit said...

funny!

deborah said...

looks like the apple's not falling too far from the tree there, hey Jeff. you've got yourself a real commedian.

Julie Pippert said...

Jeff, I happen to know my kids are not in favor of boot camp and think auhtority is simply a fun challenge to think their way out of.

(DAMN THAT BLUE AND HIS CLUES AND THAT DORA and ALL THAT THINKING ENCOURAGEMENT! I thought the doctor said TV KILLED BRAIN CELLS, not DEVELOPED THEM!)

No I say fostering because you will be experienced.

Alternatively, I will sponsor your Brandon here each summer.

I am quite sure he will be able to see the pitfalls well before me, smarter and younger as he is.

We have one of the top rather schools in the nation within 20 minutes of my house---Ivy League level.

I'm sure he can find a way to finance it. ;)

Emma Sometimes said...

Bwhahaha! That is too funny. Two thumbs up from me.

I'm a non-PW saving, cookie prompting, temp file trashing, internet temp file dumping, cache destroying, cookie cleaner.

I don't get that much SPAM. Or hilarious offspring showing me up, for that matter.

DrowseyMonkey said...

Ah, c'mon dad! He taught you a valuable lesson.

Johnny said...

All I can say is... WOW !!!!