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Katie Moussouris, chief policy officer at HackerOne, and best known as the woman behind Microsoft's Bug Bounty Program, was en route back to the US from the CCC hacking conference. She complied with the request in order not to miss her flight.The computer never left her possession and the security agent never fully explained the request, according to Moussouris, and there's no question that HackerOne customers' vulnerability reports were exposed - no exploits were stored on the device.Nonetheless, the incident at Charles de Gaulle airport has sparked a lively debate among privacy and security advocates. Moussouris has put together a blog post explaining her experience:CDG airport personnel asked to search my bag, after I had cleared security, when I was about to board the flight. I had, in fact, already had my boarding pass checked by the gate attendant when a uniformed security agent diverted me to a small table, right before I was to enter the boarding tunnel.The security agent at the gate had me pull out my laptop, turn it on, and further asked me to type in my password, which decrypted the full disk encryption of the drive, even after she saw that it did boot up.It was clear there was a language barrier issue, but I was trying to show her that the login screen was there, the laptop did power up. I have had to power on my laptop and phone once before, in Brussels on my way back to the US, but I had never been required to unlock any devices, nor had I heard about friends having to do so - this was very unusual in my experience.

When it was clear she wanted me to type in my password, I asked her why. The agent said it was regulation, and so I complied so I would not miss my flight, or suffer other consequences, given that it was in the middle of boarding.She did not make me turn on or unlock my phone, and waved me through after she saw my desktop pop up with a browser window open to my Twitter feed on top. She didn't touch my laptop after I unlocked it, and none of my devices left my sight during the search.Moussouris attributes the whole unsettling experience to an Inspector Clouseau type official exceeding her authority in checking that a computer was operational rather than anything more sinister.However in a follow-up discussion privacy types said the incident illustrated the utility of guest accounts and hidden encrypted volumes in protecting sensitive data from the eyes of over-eager officialdom.Anecdotal evidence suggests the requests to type in passwords are not unique to Paris airports or particular airlines.

HackerOne specialises in managing vulnerability coordination and bug bounty programs for its clients. Vulture at the Wheel The Renault Captur (Dynamique MediaNav dCi 90, to give it its full name) is the kind of car people who buy them describe as “easy to drive”. These are the same people who when you ask what car is that, they say “a red one”.I once reviewed the IBM PS/1 and was more than a little disappointed. The only thing IBM and I agreed about with the review was my line “Nobody who knows about computers will buy the PS/1”.I argued that it was overpriced, under-specced, and just not very good at what it was supposed to do. IBM argued that it wasn’t aimed at performance users and was plenty good enough at what it did for the people who bought it.Something similar is going on when I say “Nobody who knows about cars will buy a Renault Captur”.Easy to drive means insipid. It never going to surprise you in a good way or bad. There is no thrill behind the wheel, but it will be sold on looks. Like the Fiat 500x it’s a fashionable cross-over. The Renault makes a pretence of off-roadiness in its looks but unlike the Fiat there is no four-wheel drive option.

The car looks excellent, and appears friendly, in a chunky kind of way It looks a lot better than it is. Indeed I think it looks excellent, the use of the large Renault badge to give it a nose to the mouth of the grill and the eyes of the lights make it look friendly in a chunky kind of way. The flame effect sides and chrome stops lift it out of the mundane.This is a distinctive car: in a good way. Maybe like something out of the movie Cars. It does have a touch of the high riding imperiousness of a four-by-four and that no doubt gives a sense of security when dropping the precious cargo off at the school gate. The view out is, however, marred by rather large A-pillars.And while it’s Volvo that everyone thinks of as being the best in a crash it’s something that Renault is a leader in, often topping the NCAP charts, the Captur is no exception with a five-star rating.There are six airbags and three Isofix points - two in the back and one in the front. You can build on the middle class paranoia by checking the air quality as one of the computer functions.

This car is significantly too big for the engine it carries, and so feels as though it is straining the whole time What it also has is a disappointing 90HP, 220Nm diesel. 0-62 in (yawn) 13.1 seconds and an official top speed of 107mph, although it would probably take a long time to get there.The car is significantly too big for the engine and so feels as though it is straining the whole time. The trip computer has a wide selection of eco readouts which go a long way to encouraging you to drive like a Christian and so stick within the limits of the motor.Do that and you might even get close to the extraordinary official mpg figures of 70.6mpg urban, 78.5mpg combined, and 83.1mpg extra urban. High riding SUVs are not supposed to be quite so green.Being light in your pocket is something that Lacie’s Rugged Mini could never be accused of, as it weighs in at 250g – that’s half a pound in old money. With this lump to lug around, there’s no excuse for losing it.Just like others in the Rugged range, the rubber shock prevention material surrounding the drive is finished in a particularly bright shade of orange, so it stands out like a sore thumb. Lacie claim that it can withstand a ton of pressure, is rain resistant and can survive a 1.2m drop, so that’s kind of worth the extra weight.

As you might have guessed from the name, the Mini is the smallest drive in the Rugged range with just three capacities: 500GB (two models, 5,400 or 7200rpm), 1TB and 2TB. The preinstalled software bundle isn’t as comprehensive as some of the drives featured here: just Private-Public - password protection, Backup Assistant and an Eco-Mode utility.LaCie’s Rugged range of drives have been around for a while and it’s easy to see why. This model relies on a Seagate ST1000LM024 HN-M101ABB HDD. Yes, it is expensive and may not be not the quickest drive here but it's built like a tank to survive abuse from life in the field.In that last round-up, I really rated the M3’s predecessor the M2 and to be honest nothing much has changed. It’s still an excellent all-rounder, looks the part with its stylish matte design, is pocket sized, performs rather well and is backed by a three-year warranty.This time round, it’s the second best performing drive here with Sequential Read/Write speeds in CrystalDiskMark of 119MB/s and 117MB/s respectively, which is only beaten by the Freecom XXS. Unlike the M2, the M3 actually comes with some pre-installed software. Auto Backup, Secure Drive and SecretZone. SecretZone is a useful utility as it allows you to create a password protected folder on the drive to hold any sensitive information you plan to store on it.

Equipped with Seagate ST1000LM025 HN-M101ABB HDD, it's a compact, stylish drive that performs well and is the cheapest in this round-up too.Constantly trying to beat your Eco high score is fun for a while but if you want something you can drive like you stole it - look elsewhere.Deep down this car is a Clio, but putting it on stilts has done it no favours. A tall, underpowered car is not something that has you looking for the perfect apex. It’s been tuned for comfozt so there is quite a bit of body roll, but it copes with rough surfaces well enough as a consequence.That rice-pudding failing engine means there is no torque steer, and as you would expect if you push too hard it mollycoddles with understeer. There is stability control which cannot be fully disabled. The five-speed manual gearbox is decent enough though.This is a “mummy car”: the dashboard gives details of how many seatbelts are done up in the back and it's all about the way it looks. The bright orange bungee cord pockets in the back of the seats make a style statement, although quite how they will look after being scraped with muddy boots is left to the imagination. The seat covers unzip and can be run through the washing machine.

Headroom in the back is good, legroom less so. The height is more useful for cargo, and even with the seats up there is a lot of space in the boot, 309 litres according to the Renault website, put the seats down and you get a shade under 100 litres more. Suffice it to say it’s plenty for the run to Costco. Headroom in the back is good, but the legroom less so, and the height is more useful for cargo There is an art to building a car to a budget and with the Captur, Renault has failed. It’s disappointing because the Twingo does such a good job of it. Plastics feel cheap although if my experience of buying spares from Renault is anything to go by they will be far from it.One aspect which is particularly disappointing is the phone car kit. This has voice recognition but, like the engine, the processor is so underpowered it spends an age decoding what you have asked it. Watching the little processing icon is as tiresome as it is dangerous.The audio quality of the car kit is also very poor, while I could make out what people were saying to me, they couldn’t understand what I was saying, indeed it was too poor to use and I gave up.At £16,595 there is a lot of competition in the trendy cross-over space, and you might look at the Fiat 500x, Nissan Juke, Peugeot 2008 or Ford EcoSport. However, if practicality rather than looks is the driving factor you can’t beat the sliding doors on the Ford B-Max.

If the Captur was a laptop it would be a Chromebook, something with a quite sexy air and looks good, but which is underpowered, and while you look at it in the end you’ll buy something else. CES 2015 Acer has bigged up an embiggened Chromebook with a 15.6-inch screen ahead of the opening of the world's largest consumer electronics trade show – CES – in Las Vegas in a few days' time.The vendor claimed that it had developed a robust Google OS-powered laptop with a case that it promised would withstand up to 60kg of force, while the corners can tolerate up to 45cm drops without damage.Acer said that the laptop, unimaginatively dubbed Chromebook 15, weighs 2.2kg (4.85 pounds).And, sticking with the bigger-is-better theme, the computer maker added that it comes loaded with the largest touchpad of any Chromebook on the market today.The laptop will come in several different models with either a 16GB or 32GB SSD drive and either 2GB or 4GB of RAM. US prices are expected to start at $249.99 for the entry model. No word yet on availability.

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