Code Camps galore

We all know that Adelaide hosted Code Camp SA recently – it was a great success, and some people even wished I was there! TechEd is coming up of course, but now there are two code camps scheduled for October, on the same weekend (13-14) and at the same venue! Yes, that place is Wagga Wagga – one Wagga for each event. Firstly, and most importantly I’m sure, is the second SQL Down Under Code Camp. But the other one is the Security Camp Oz. With me doing the SQL Security talk at TechEd this year, I’m sure I’ll have a … Continue reading Code Camps galore

Vista requiring ctrl-alt-del before login

So you want to tell Vista to require Ctrl-Alt-Del before you can logon. Just like you had in previous versions of Windows. And it’s easy to do, you just have to find the proper dialog box, like the one below. You tick the checkbox, and everything is done. Now, this dialog box should be easier to find, and I’ll happily be told how to get to it normally… But if you search Windows Help for “ctrl-alt-del”, you’ll get a link to a page which takes you to a dialog box that lets you set this option. In the dialog, it’s … Continue reading Vista requiring ctrl-alt-del before login

Malware distributed by MSN Messenger banner ads

I’m sure this won’t be the case for long, Microsoft tend to be good about addressing things like this. Fellow MVP Sandi Hardmeier has put out a very detailed post about the problem, I suggest you read about it there. It does raise some interesting questions. Not least, how are we supposed to protect ourselves against these things? I think her suggestion about making sure that you close unexpected windows using the ‘x’ in the corner is a good one. And making sure that you have firewalls and virus checkers is an absolute must. Using the ‘hosts file’ protection against … Continue reading Malware distributed by MSN Messenger banner ads

Insecure websites

It really worries me when I stumble across an insecurity in a website. I don’t go looking for them, but when I find one, I feel like I have a responsibility to do something about it. I don’t mean tell the world about it – that would be bad for the company and more importantly for their unsuspecting customers, I mean to let them know. In the case that I found today, I have used the “Contact Us” part of the site, and will call their head office myself tomorrow if I haven’t heard a response. I really hope they … Continue reading Insecure websites

Oracle has 3400% more vulnerabilities than SQL Server

There has been a lot of talk over the years about how Microsoft products are vulnerable to hacks. When I went through university many moons ago, Microsoft were certainly painted as the evil empire (not necessarily by individuals or as the university as a whole, more just an overall feeling), whilst we were the rebel alliance. We all had Linux boxes at home, running fvwm on X-Windows. And of course, one of the main arguments against Microsoft was that their products could be hacked. They were not secure, not reliable, not worth using in the real world. Of course, I … Continue reading Oracle has 3400% more vulnerabilities than SQL Server