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I'm Steve Bellovin — my login is smb, hence the name of this blog — and I'm a professor of computer science. My primary research focus is computer and Internet security, but I have a strong interest in privacy and related issues. Follow the link at the side for more details about me.

This blog is non-traditional in one important way: it has no provision for reader comments. It's not that I don't care about what people say, it's that I don't know how to do it securely. That is, I don't know that existing blog software is secure, and for a security specialist failures are especially embarrassing. Beyond that, I don't know any good ways to deal with blog spam, at least not without using more possibly-insecure code and — worse yet — collecting things like email addresses. I may revisit this decision later; let me know what you think.

So what blogging software am I using? It's code I wrote myself, to convert my ramblings into ordinary, boring, static web pages. That doesn't mean the web server they're hosted on is secure, but at least it reduces it to a previously-unsolved problem....

There are archives and there are "permalinks" to each article; just click on the title. I'll make sure these links will still work, even if I someday change how the rest of the blog works.