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Jan
6
comment Encrypting or in some other way protecting a text file
From Wikipedia: "Zip supports a ... encryption system which is ... known to be seriously flawed". Using a seriously flawed algorithm is never a good idea. You can use rar or any other archive format which uses a not-yet-known-to-be-seriously-flawed encryption algorithm. Again, TrueCrypt is just one of many options for password protecting your files.
Jan
6
comment Encrypting or in some other way protecting a text file
TrueCrypt is just one way of password protecting, which you claim is useless. Please correct your answer.
Aug
23
comment How to lock a file against deletion but still make it writeable?
The same technique should work with NTFS.
Aug
10
comment How can I explain what a computer virus is to people who are not familiar with computers and programming?
OK, the analogy may not be as bad as it seemed at first, but still it does not help understanding what computer viruses are. It definitely did not help me.
Aug
10
comment How can I explain what a computer virus is to people who are not familiar with computers and programming?
Actually biological analogy is terrible. It makes people blindly believe in antivirus software as they do trust their immune system and doctors, which is foolish. The analogy also breaks when one thinks about how computer viruses "infect" their targets. All computer viruses exploit some kind of trust misplaced by the user or a programmer, when the trusted program does something malicious. On the other hand, there is no clear notion of trust and malice in biological systems.
Apr
6
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