Verisign's latest snail mail spam included a Verisign-branded USB drive with information on their new SSL Certificate features. The package was heavily loaded with all kinds of "Trust" rhetoric. At the request of the guy who officially got it, I threw it into my Macbook to take a look at it. It wasn't on any network and it's not prone to any known vulnerabilities that might allow something to run directly from the USB without any interaction (unlike Windows)
There's a pretty good discussion going on Twitter about "surviving" DefCon and Black Hat, which are both coming up very quickly. Sadly, I won't make it out there this year. Asmodian X gets in Wednesday night, though. You should try to catch up with him.
- Back up your data
- Don't store sensitive stuff unencrypted
- Keep your software up to date
- Use good passwords
- If you have the opportunity to go have coffee, breakfast, lunch, dinner, drinks with someone: take it. It doesn't matter how cool the talk is that you were looking forward to seeing, all the content will be on the web soon. Don't pass up the good networking opportunities.
- Take care of yourself. Try to eat healthy, take a shower, wear deodorant, brush your teeth and get at least a few hours of sleep each day. And wear sunscreen if you're outside. You don't want to come home a sunburnt, smelly, grimy tired zombie.
- Make it to B-Sides for at least a bit.
- Make sure you keep some room in your luggage for schwag, t-shirts and contest prizes.
- Go to a bank lobby if you need to use an ATM.
- Check out the rest...