Saturday, July 09, 2005
Make sure your Anti-Virus is up to date and if you're running NAV you might want to think about replacing it with one that works!
Friday, July 08, 2005
Here is some ammunition for our live discussion on the OnComputers radio show, July 10th, 2005. The question before the house is: will the growing threats on the Internet dramatically change corporate and consumer behavior, leading to a major decrease in Internet activity -- an Internet winter.
- 59 million Americans have dealt with spyware. They are changing how they approach the Internet based on bad experiences with viruses, spyware, and identity theft.
- IBM says the number of phishing attacks is at an all-time high, up 225% in May.
- INternet hacking is no longer the province of teenagers; professional criminals are behind much of today's Internet crime. These criminals are acting in concert.
- With 246,000 complaints to the Federal Trade Commission on identity theft, independent estimates put the number of victims of identity theft in the past five years at a staggering 1 in 5 Americans. NBC News reports that the identities of 50 million Amercians have been stolen or compromised in the past six months. The Internet is one of the key vehicles for identity theft.
- On the technology front, viruses and trojans are merging and becoming polymorphic. This smart malware is flying under the radar of anti-virus products, the first line of defense for many consumers and enterprises.
- There is a 50 percent chance your unprotected Windows PC will be compromised within 12 minutes of going online, says security vendor Sophos. That means your machine may be hijacked before you can install anti-virus, firewall, and adware software on a clean install of any version of Windows prior to SP2. Do not plug in your network cable until all of your safety/security software is installed. Unfortunately, older versions of Windows do not install network drivers and protocols unless a network connection is available. Catch 22.
- Life is not much safer inside the business world's firewall, as evidence of the recent Veritas Backup flaw reveals. Aberdeen Group reported this week that only a small fraction of enterprises have best-in-class policies and practices in place to deal with security on networks and infrastructure, information access, and governance.
- Businesses face a number of threats to hard-one consumer business on the Internet, as the pharmacist CVS found recently in a compromised consumer-facing application.
- The biggest threat to enterprises comes from the inside, security experts tell me. It can be a trivial exercise to get the keys to corporate jewels.
- It's getting hard to know what and who to trust on the Internet. The latest attack used a Microsoft security bulletin lookalike to spoof users. If users stop paying attention to Microsoft security bulletins, their machines will become a lot more vulnerable over time.
- User education alone is not the answer, says Jakob Neilsen.
- Strike-back systems are not the answer, says Larry Seltzer.
Predictions of the demise of the Internet go back a decade -- before the general public really knew about the Internet! Are we headed for Internet winter, or will Darwinian selection win out with (massive) adaptations to thwart the black hats? We'll discuss this on Sunday.
-- Peter S. Kastner
Spyware and the threat of unwanted programs being secretly loaded onto computers are becoming serious threats online. Nine out of ten internet users say they have adjusted their online behavior out of fear of falling victim to software intrusions. Unfortunately, many internet users’ fears are grounded in experience - 43% of internet users, or about 59 million American adults, say they have had spyware or adware on their home computer. Although most do not know the source of their woes, 68% of home internet users, or about 93 million American adults, have experienced at least one computer problem in the past year that are consistent with problems caused by spyware or viruses.
Surfers get smart on spyware - vnunet.com
Rumored Microsoft Adware Deal Raises Red Flags
Google to release Firefox toolbar | CNET News.com
and as I was scanning tech news, looking for links, I ran across this too Techworld.com - Three critical Microsoft patches this month
Wednesday, July 06, 2005
"One of the guys that works at Microsoft ... always says to me 'I'm ready, plug me in,"' Gates said at a Microsoft seminar in Singapore. "I don't feel quite the same way. I'm happy to have the computer over there and I'm over here."
He must be worried that the computer is running Windows...
Tuesday, July 05, 2005
By John C. Dvorak
Show me your RFID!
Don't we watch a wonderful industry? That Sun, once Microsoft's most vocal critic, no enemy, would sell Micsorodt Windows Server should customers want it is a true sign of how hard it is to make a buck in the high tech industry. Combined with Michael Dell's throwaway comment a couple of weeks ago that Dell would sell Apple's OS X -- if customers wanted it.
Makes me think I woke up in the twilight zone this morning. Must have been the dream about pigs flying. Hey, more unusual things have happened. I worked for a company, Arthur D. Little Inc., that once made a sow's ear into a silk purse.
Anyway, Dell and Sunn will sell the competitor's products because customer satisfaction -- the real thing, not the platitudes -- is what can make or break direct-selling tech companies today.
Monday, July 04, 2005
Gail, the new look is fine by me :-).
Sunday, July 03, 2005
And I agree with the headline. But as one commenter posted, what better way to report to MS what software you have on your computer, as an anti-piracy measure, of course.
*Tongue firmly in cheek*
Perhaps another blogger has a better perspective on any positive business angle for Microsoft.
UPDATE:As I read through the article, there was a link to a previous show guest Ben Edelmen,
and his concerns with it, even more info at that link.
P.S. Well I tried to find the link to the show, and couldn't quickly, but I'm sure you heard it :)
"A unilateral decision by the United States to indefinitely retain oversight of the Internet's main traffic-directing computers prompted concerns Friday that the global telecommunications network could eventually splinter."
Fasten your seatbelts and hang on tight!