If you are in the mood for a not-so-boring "technical novel" (there apparently is now such a thing), may I recommend reading this lovely 730 page book: Engineering Security by Peter "Long-Winded" Gutmann Reading it does require a level of technical expertise and understanding of how SSL/TLS, SSH, IPSec and a number of rather boring protocols work to truly appreciate what he has to say. For those who don't have the time to read 730 pages, I'm going to summarize: Security, or at least the average programmer's understanding of it, is...severely lacking. We've had two decades to figure out how to not screw up security and, yet, we still find new, extraordinarily stupid ways to do so. The real problems are a lack of accountability in software development and that anyone can own a computing device without any training whatsoever. The book then proceeds to attempt to describe fixes for the problems, but I'd wager that around page 50 or so, mo
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