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“There is no magic fairy dust protecting Macs" – Dai Zovi, author of “The Mac Hacker’s Handbook"

IE7 and RSS – refresh all feeds

May 20th 2006

Do you want to refresh all your RSS feeds at the same time? Run the following command (thanks Jean-Marc, a French Windows/Shell User MVP, who discovered it) – I’ve tested it, and it works a treat – wish I’d known about it right from the start. msfeedssync forcesync

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MS Word Zero Day Exploit – its real but there’s some misinformation out there…

May 20th 2006

I spend *far* too much time chasing after false positives in antivirus and antispyware applications, and too much time shouting down misinformation – do a search for the words “false positive” in this blog and you’ll see what I mean.  (Note: please do NOT assume that just because Trend is highlighted so often in my blog that they […]

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Why would somebody want to hack into my network?

May 19th 2006

That got your attention, didn’t it…  :o) Just yesterday I was having a discussionwith some powers that be about physical and network security.  Overall, they were dismissive of the need for such things – “there’s nothing we have that hackers would want” and “nobody’s going to be interested in our stuff – it’ll put them to sleep”. […]

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Sanity prevails – Google complaints about IE7 rebuffed

May 18th 2006

Some may recall that Google complained to the European Commission about the IE7 Search Box. I am pleased to report that the U.S. Department of Justice will not be pursuing Google’s complaints, saying that the opinion of it and the other plaintiffs in the ongoing U.S. anti-trust case is that: “Plaintiffs studied the new search […]

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What was that about Firefox being safe?

May 11th 2006

http://isc.sans.org/diary.php?storyid=1327 Now, I’m sure that Rocky’s ‘Killer Coding Ninja Monkeys’ could make something of this… What is the mantra?  No Web browser is *safe*.  No operating system is *safe*. What do you need to do?  You patch your system.  You practice safe hex.  You use a non-admin account.  You do NOT assume that just because […]

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Guys.. you have to read Rob’s blog…

May 11th 2006

Go… now.. read it.. take something away from it. Specifically, read: http://scobleizer.wordpress.com/2006/05/08/bad-news-my-mom-is-in-hospital/ thenhttp://scobleizer.wordpress.com/2006/05/10/from-billings-mt/ thenhttp://scobleizer.wordpress.com/2006/05/10/bad-news-gets-worse/ thenhttp://scobleizer.wordpress.com/2006/05/11/balling-over-bowling/  Its so sad that Rob is going through this, but it is something we will *all* have to go through at some time or other. I acknowlege that I am the *last* person that I and many others would consider worthy to advise on […]

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Hmm, somebody has a brand new wireless network…

May 10th 2006

And…it is unsecured <sigh>  You’d think that such products would come with warnings now.  Oh, yeah, they do, but you’ve got to **read the installation manual** to know to run the wizard. When I started work at my current job I was shocked to discover our wireless access point was unsecured, AND the power and network […]

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Robert Scoble.. sad news

May 10th 2006

IE7 crashes whenever I try to post a comment to Rob’s blog, so I’ll use the trusty trackback.. I know Rob will see it. http://scobleizer.wordpress.com/2006/05/08/bad-news-my-mom-is-in-hospital/ All good thoughts and vibes are heading your way for you and your Mom…  I may have introduced you to quality single malt scotch whiskey, but you introduced me to […]

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The illusion of invulnerability (Linux)

May 10th 2006

There is an excellent, albeit short, article about security for Linux users that is worth a quick read:http://www.viruslist.com/en/weblog?weblogid=186275723 I’ll leave you to read the entire article, and will only highlight pertinent quotes here: “Pretty soon, it dawned on us exactly what the biggest threat to Linux systems is: the almost overwhelming belief in the invulnerability […]

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Symantec joins the phishing fight .. for a price

May 9th 2006

Symantec are patting themselves on the back again.  Their latest “Symantec Enterprise Security News Clip” has proudly announced that “Industry Leaders Back Symantec Phish Report Network”(cite: http://www.symantec.com/about/news/release/article.jsp?prid=20060501_01) So, let’s have a look at Symantec’s new service at http://www.phishreport.net/.  A nice, professional looking site – very pretty.  “Senders” can submit URLs for free only after agreeing […]

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