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Toby Richards talks about the MVP Program

July 31st 2008

Toby Richards: Community and MVP Program Roadmap   “Toby Richards, General Manager for Community Support Services and the MVP Program at Microsoft, is interviewed by Ken Levy discussing the current state of the Microsoft MVP (Most Valuable Professionals) community and the roadmap for the MVP program and MVP summit. Toby took over this role in […]

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FIX: msfeedssync.exe crashes (RSS synchronization – IE7 and IE8)

July 30th 2008

I have over 400 RSS Feed subscriptions that I keep an eye on, and which need to be checked regularly, sometimes every 15 minutes.  A couple of days ago, msfeedssync started crashing every time a synchronization was due.  The errors were: Faulting application msfeedssync.exe, version 8.0.6001.17184, time stamp 0x47ccc712, faulting module msfeeds.dll, version 8.0.6001.17184, time […]

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ALERT: Malvertizements featuring Skype in circulation

July 30th 2008

I have highlighted malvertizements featuring Skype before, but it is worthwhile reminding everybody about their existence now that they seem to be in active circulation.  I have seen 3 distinct samples of the malvertizement in the past 24 hours or so. Screenshots:   It seems that Forceup may be involved in the distribution of at […]

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OFF-TOPIC: Spam King kills family members, then himself…

July 24th 2008

What a shocking turn of events http://www.denverpost.com/breakingnews/ci_9985333   The dead child was only 3 years old :o(  I have always considered spammers to be the scum of the earth, but this – what sort of person must he have been to be capable of such an act … I can only hope that there is […]

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Google introduces HTTPS for GMAIL

July 24th 2008

And, it’s about time too!! Full details are available via the Google Team announcement: http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/OfficialGmailBlog/~3/344985025/making-security-easier.html

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UPS spam

July 24th 2008

There is a lot of it out there .. here is a screenshot of just one that I received: First of all, I didn’t send a postal package.  Secondly, UPS isn’t going to us that qq.com address.  Thirdly, UPS offers online parcel tracking – why on earth would they send you a document to open?  […]

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Fraudware via Blogspot – no advertising required…

July 23rd 2008

Actually, it could be fraudware or it could be a p0rn site trying to tempt you into installing a fake media codec depending on the luck of the draw… Anyway, part of my ‘day job’ nowadays is keeping an eye on the programs that have been whitelisted by TRUSTe’s Trusted Download Program (hence my official […]

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CNET hit by malvertizements

July 18th 2008

Why is it that after I pontificate that “pushers of malvertizing are finding it harder and harder to get their wares on to high profile, high traffic sites” we receive word that CNET was hit?  That’ll teach me to keep my mouth shut won’t it :o) Ok, this is a new dialogue box – it […]

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Press Release: New Internet Safety Web content provides valuable information for teens, parents, educators and seniors

July 17th 2008

Building on the work of his Youth Internet Safety Task Force and the high-tech unit in his Consumer Protection Division, Attorney General Rob McKenna today announced a number of updates to his office’s Internet Safety Web pages. In partnership with national Internet safety expert, Linda Criddle, author of the Internet safety manual Look Both Ways, […]

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Spyware Sucks rated 8.3 (Great) on Blogged.com

July 17th 2008

How cool is this?  I just spotted this email in my overloaded inbox. “Dear Spyware Sucks author, Our editors recently reviewed your blog and have given it an 8.3 score (out of 10) in the Technology/Internet category of Blogged.com.  This is quite an achievement! http://www.blogged.com/directory/technology/internet We evaluated your blog based on the following criteria: Frequency […]

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