Computer Forensics Tests Reveal Fingerprint USB Drives With Hardware Encryption Are Not Secure

Today’s news article on computer forensics is about hacking encrypted Fingerprint USB drives. The encryption being talked about is AES 256 hardware encryption, which til date use to be considered a very reputable and safe standard in the world of digital and computer forensics. You must have seen online advertisements about the most secure hardware based AES 256 bit encrypted Fingerprint USB drives from popular brand names such as Kingston USB and SanDisk USB, these are the ones that have been found to be completely vulnerable by a computer forensic company based off Germany called SySS. Their tests show a major design vulnerability that can decrypt the present information on the thumb drive.

SySS is a German company that specializes in Computer and IT Forensics. In a nutshell how they are able to read encrypted data is very simple, it does not even require to put in your password. When a user enters their correct password on the key to decrypt the information, the hardware algorithm passes through a particular string of information or characters to the device storage system which presents the information to the user in clear text. The flaw however comes in with the fact that this “String” passed through after a valid session for any password, is always the same!

SySS used their computer forensic know how to interpret this “string” and were able to demonstrate how they can pass this on to the hardware device and get decrypted information every time. There are two White Papers published by the company on their website that explains this much in depth. This discovery has major implications on Corporate and Law Enforcement officials which often carry sensitive information on such encrypted devices. As a matter of fact, there is school of thought around which is debating if law courts will now accept hardware encrypted thumb drives as “unaltered” secure evidence.

Picture Frame Hardware – Getting What You Need

Let’s face it, you’ll always want your picture frames to look the best they possibly can. That’s why when you buy frames, get everything necessary – including picture frame hardware – to display your photos the way you want.

Picture frames displayed on table tops or dressers need easel back stands. Ready made frames are commonly sold with an easel back stand that lets you display your photos either vertically or horizontally. But buying inexpensive frames without backings may make it difficult to display your picture frames how you want. You’ll need to buy or create a backing to hold the picture in place or display it with an easel.

Built-in easels are common in ready made frames, but if a particular frame doesn’t have one, you can buy individually sold easels made of wood or metal. You can find table top easels or floor stands. In homes, table top easels are more common, while floor stands are usually used to display pictures by professional photographers.

If you plan to hang your picture frame on the wall, check beforehand that the frame it is made for such a purpose. Some picture frames are made exclusively for table top display so you’ll be unable to add hanging hardware to the frame. For instance, frames that have a lacquered wood or velvet back are often not designed to hang on the wall.

Picture frames that come with built-in picture frame hardware usually have a type of ring or triangular loop that goes around a nail on the wall. There are easy to use and make hanging your picture a snap.

However some wall frames do not have hanging hardware. You may need to install it yourself, or a frame retailer can do it for you. There are two kinds of picture frame hardware that you can add yourself:

  1. Sawtooth hangers — ones with serrated edges used to cling to a nail on the wall
  2. Eye hooks, which use wire strung through them to hold the frame to the wall

Of these two kinds of picture frame hardware the sawtooth hangers are much easier and faster to install. It only needs two small picture frame nails. The sawtooth hangers come in various sizes that accommodate different sizes of picture frames. Using other types of nails can ruin your picture frames, so only use the small frame nails that come with the hangers. Eye hooks are a bit harder to install, as you need to screw two of them in and thread a wire through them.

Before buying a picture frame, always find out what kind of picture frame hardware it includes as this will save you time and effort when displaying your picture.

Building A Barn Door With the Proper Hinges and Hardware

When building a new barn, there are many types of hinges and hardware to choose from for your barn doors. We will explore some of the choices and types of hinges as well as the accessories to construct a safe, effective and proper barn door.

Strap Hinges

Strap hinges are one of the most basic and versatile hinges for a barn door. The come in various lengths and styles. No matter how good a hinge looks it’s very important to make sure you have the correct duty rating. If your door weighs 200 pounds, you must have hinges rated for that weight. If a single hinge is rated for say 100 pounds, than three hinges would more than suffice for your 200 pound door. Most strap hinges are around 20″ in length providing plenty of support for heavier barn doors.

Pinnel hinges are one of the most cost effective strap hinges on the market. There are two main components of a pinnel hinge, the strap portion that attached to the door frame and the pinnel portion that attaches to the jamb of the frame. The end of the pinnel has a pin on it that attaches to the strap portion on the door. This allows you to attach the components on the respective structures and then assemble the door to the frame. The strap portion of the pinnel hinge usually uses lag screws or bolts for assembly. Most often pinnel hinges are black in nature and can be mechanically made or hand forged from a piece of wrought iron.

Long strap hinges are also an effective hinge for barn doors. Unlike pinnel hinges, these are face mounted with several screws or lag bolts. These are often 15″ to 20″ in length and use heavy duty lag screws for installation. They are usually painted or powder coated in black.

Another popular barn door hinge is the colonial strap hinge. These are flat in nature and feature a round over portion on the end, giving a colonial, old-time look.

Double Dutch Hinges

Double Dutch hinges are the ideal hinge for creating that classic over-under door for horse stalls. This allows you to open the top half of the door for feeding your horse while keeping them safe and secure inside. Double Dutch hinges are actually two hinges in one. There are actually two hinges mounted to one frame, thus allowing you to achieve the over-under door combination.

Double Dutch hinges come on various lengths depending on how heavy your door is. The most common length is either 12″ or 17″ long and most of the time they are secured with simple black screws.

Indoor Barn door hinges

There are several options for indoor barn door hinges as well. Most often these are lighter duty in nature and much shorter in length than the exterior barn door hinges.

The classic 5″ barn door hinges offer basic, effective use for interior doors. These are a no frills no thrills kind if hinge for general use. A step up from the basic 5″ hinge is the colonial 6″ hinge. These are more ornamental in nature and feature a more decorative look. They are also more heavy duty and feature a more robust hinge pin.

For half doors, a large drop latch can be very effective. These allow you to keep your door closed thus preventing animals from escaping, yet they can be easily opened by anyone.

Other Accessories

Beyond hinges, there are other critical hardware components to building a strong barn door. Cross bracing prevents the door from racking or shifting over time. They are metal-like rods that attach to the corners of the door.

Can bolts allow you to prop your door open. They attach on the interior side drop down when in use.

A door pull allows provides a safe, secure place for your hands while opening the door There are several styles and sizes to choose from.