Fang Talks

21/01/2011 never forget

Reading about America’s Border Patrol is becoming quite scary.

It’s slightly old news by now, but apparently US Border Patrol has taken up asking for passwords to your electronic devices and social media accounts in some cases. Failure to comply will come with the usual slew of trouble, of course. Invasion of privacy aside, what do they do with those passwords once they have them? Where do they get stored? For how long? Who gets to see them?

It’s a huge security risk. If someone with ill will has access to your password, which you were forced to give up, they might be inclined to try it out on your other accounts. Password reuse is bad for these kinds of reasons, but not everyone knows that. You’re opening people up to a lot of danger. Hell, it’s not unprecedented that a valuable database like a “travelers’ password database” gets hacked into.

I may have my white male privilege on my side (I don’t look very interesting on paper or in person), but I’m still a tad uneasy about having to cross that border this year.
~ Fang


  • 08/03/2017 (6:03 AM)

    I want to go back to the old days… you know, when passwords could be private, and my thoughts were my own, and everything you did/said wasn’t being recorded in some way or another 24/7.

  • 06/03/2017 (1:24 AM)

    There are things about my country that appear to have broken loose in recent month – even more than before. However, when it comes to border issue, I’ve tried to keep a level head and tell others to as well.

    A lot of what the current Administration is doing is getting thrown out when challenged, and some things, the Administration seems to be changing as soon as they’re challenged.

    It’s a moving target and I hope things calm down soon.

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