Yubikey-2FA

So I’ve been thinking about jumping into a non-SMS based 2-Factor Authentication route for a long time.  Similarly, I’ve thought a password manager might be useful as well.  So when I saw a 1Password deal of 6 months free service and a $10 discount off a 2-pack of YubiKey5 from 1Password, the combined deal gave me a little more reason to make an impulse decision to jump into both systems immediately.

So spending maybe 3 hours already on setup… I’m a little disappointed at 1Password.

  • I had originally thought the interface would be a little easier.  But I struggled somewhat trying to figure out how to get the Firefox and Chrome extensions to “autofill” the site information.  But as I figured out how that interface worked, I started to realize that I DIDN’T REALLY LIKE having 1Password fill out my info.  Call me old school, but typing in my user login and password felt like I was in control and would minimize the possibility of me forgetting my actual password.  Plus I currently have my own system for managing passwords.
  • I set up the new YubiKey as part of the 2FA login process for 1Password online.  But do you know what’s a little odd?  2FA doesn’t kick in when I’m logging into the Windows App, the Firefox extension and the Chrome extension either.  What’s the point of having a YubiKey if there’s no authentication when using 1Password on Windows, Firefox or Chrome?  That’s just weird.

Finally, I’m a little disappointed that financial institutions don’t support YubiKey.  They do have have their own 2FA method.  But enabling there own 2FA method complicates the use of financial software like Quicken or Mint.  I’m for safety, privacy, and security. But when you check Quicken as often as I do (every day), having to deal with all the different 2FA through Quicken is annoying.

 

Raptors win!

I only really care about NBA Finals because of one person: Jeremy Lin.  Sure he might not have played in the NBA finals… but his team is playing in the finals.  Sure he might be a journeyman player who’s played for 8 teams over 9 seasons… but his current team is playing in the finals.  And most importantly, his team… the Toronto Raptors… just won the NBA finals.

And Jeremy Lin now has an NBA ring.  How many Asian American’s can say that?

Traveling Cheap…

There are a lot of travel deals that allow someone to travel relatively cheap. These deals come usually in the form of discounts which require you to pre-pay. I’ve noticed that you can get up to 20% off of the current rate. The discounts are even better than the loyalty member rates sometimes. But remember you have to pre-pay.

At this point, you’re probably wondering: “Why not? A cheap deal is a good deal. Money saved is money earned.” And normally I wouldn’t really disagree with you. But lately, I’ve been finding that booking these discount rates are getting to be a hassle. All the fine print with their limitations and exclusions just doesn’t seem to justify the price anymore. Who actually reads the fine print? I’ve been burned a few times because of the fine print. Fortunately, it hasn’t been huge monetary loss after calling and complaining.

I’m also starting to get annoyed at the pre-payment requirement. I understand why companies would want to get paid since getting paid first is always better. Who wants to pay first in full before getting any benefit from the actual trip? I certainly don’t.

Airline Attendants

April has been a pretty crazy month.  A personal trip followed almost immediately by a quick work trip.  With all the travel, I noticed the flight attendants of different airline companies vary significantly.

On the personal trip, all the flight attendants except for maybe the head attendant were all young females… probably all less than 30 years in age.  They wore matching uniforms with matching hairstyles.  They also had a very similar look irrespective.  Most spoke at least 2 or 3 languages fluently enough at a conversational level.  Many smiled at the interaction with the customer before speaking.

In contrast, on the work trip, none of the flight attendants were young nor all female.  Their uniforms varied to signify the different “jobs” each uniform performed.  From what I can tell, one uniform interacted with the customers solely as a “busboy and kitchen microwave” role while the ones wearing the more traditional flight attendant uniform interacted with the customers handing them food and dealing with issues.  Regardless of their roles, not all the attendants smiled when they interacted with the customer.

I think the difference is ultimately the type of culture that’s trained by the airline company.