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         Alun Jones (Security MVP Reconnect) writes about security, cryptography, SSL, PKI, and pretty much anything else that bothers him enough.

Archive for October, 2008

October 14, 2008

FAQ on 2nd Auth

Filed under: Alun's code,General Security @ 11:11 pm

I’ve already received a number of questions about my secondary authentication tool, 2ndAuth. Here’s a few answers: You only show it working for Windows Server 2003 and Windows XP – does it work on other platforms? Currently, we only support using it for Windows Server 2003 and Windows XP, although it’s possible that it might […]

Windows 7 officially has a name

So, what’s the scoop? It’s going to be called “Windows 7”, according to Mike Nash posting at the Windows Vista Blog. [Is it just me, or does Mike Nash look a little like the chef who got into trouble for inflating his resume in the opening credits to “Dinner: Impossible”? ] How sneaky of Microsoft, […]

October 12, 2008

HTML Help in MFC

I recently got around to converting an old MFC project from WinHelp format to HTML Help. Mostly this was to satisfy customers who are using Windows Vista or Windows Server 2008, but who don’t want to install WinHlp32 from Microsoft. (If you do want to install WinHlp32, you can find it for Windows Vista or […]

October 11, 2008

Weak point against Vista

First rule of demonstrative writing – lead off with an undeniable example of the point you’re trying to make. Case in point – Dan Lyons’ article in NewsWeek on “A Gloomy Vista for Microsoft”, meant to be a piece defining how bad Vista is. “Last year I was meeting with the CEO of a PC […]

October 8, 2008

New PCI DSS (Credit Card Security) Standard

Filed under: General Security @ 10:09 am

I’ve been asked by a couple of people to put forth my views on the latest PCI DSS (Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard) version, released last week. Several of the changes have hit topics close to my heart, so I’m overall happier with PCI DSS 1.2 than I was with PCI DSS 1.1. You […]

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