Privacy and Security - Articles Archive
from March 21, 2005 to October 21, 2004

It seems that everyone is so completely numbed by Microsoft smooth and systematic release of security patches, that the new mantra for feeling OK when it comes to Internet security is simply: "SP2 and automatic updates, with a sprinkle of good anti-virus, anti-spyware and a slice ... read more

Robin Good - March 21, 2005
If you run Microsoft's Windows XP, Windows 2000 or Windows Server 2003 operating systems on your PC and have enabled the 'Automatic Update' function, you may have recently noticed, amongst the deluge of alerts, a notice from Microsoft recommending that you make use of its new ... read more

Robin Good - March 11, 2005

About three months before I moved with my family into our new home last Fall, I called our national mail company to make sure I filed the proper online forms to get our mail forwarded to our new address. The lady on the phone was really ... read more

Robin Good - March 8, 2005

Microsoft's Internet Explorer (IE) browser, as predicted at the end of December last year, continues on its downtrack in relation to its upstart competitors. In a recent ZDNet News article entitled "Growth rate slips for Firefox usage", it's revealed that two recent tracking surveys, one from OneStat ... read more

Robin Good - March 2, 2005

"Beginning with Outlook 98, you get built-in junk mail processing, using either the Organize pane or Rules Wizard. However, results can be less than satisfactory, often putting wanted senders into the Junk Mail folder." (Source: "Rules and Tools to Filter Junk e-Mail") Many email newsletter publishers ... read more

Robin Good - Microsoft Office Online - January 31, 2005

Peer-to-peer file sharing has been a hot topic on all well-known technology channels on the Web during the last couple of years, with a surge in the last couple of weeks. Take the article The Shadow Internet in the January 2005 issue of Wired Online, for ... read more

Robin Good - January 30, 2005
Slashdot reports: "DRM, digital rights management, is quite possibly the holy grail of the music and movie industry, allowing them to control exactly how DRM protected content is used, distributed and above all can be tracked right down to the individual end user. Photo credit: Dore Reyniss ... read more

Robin Good - [via Slashdot] - December 24, 2004

In a recently published report, Sophos, one of the world's leading anti-virus and anti-spam firms, confirmed what we had all expected - computer virus writers have become more inventive in 2004 and their viruses more destructive. Photo credit: Judi Seiber The report reveals that the Netsky-P worm, which ... read more

Robin Good - Sophos Inc - December 15, 2004

IMesh is a popular file-sharing application that has recently started to bundle a piece of software inside its P2P tool called Marketscore. Marketscore is a privacy nightmare: What this program does is akin to monitoring each and every possible activity you carry out on your computer. ... read more

Robin Good - Wired - December 8, 2004
According to an article entitled "Spyware on My Machine? So What?" in Wired News on December 6, not everyone is as worried about spyware as we might think. It appears that some people's online privacy is for sale, or is at least for short-term rent. Perhaps it's ... read more

Wired News - [via Slashdot] - December 8, 2004

Every page printed with a laser printer contains unique markings that may be traced back directly to the exact laser printing unit that was used to create the page. This discovery has spawned interesting ideas for applications, especially in forensics, but also raises concerns about the ... read more

Marjolein Hoekstra - November 27, 2004

'Presence' awareness has rapidly become one of the most compelling features of Instant Messaging (IM) applications. Never before in the history of communications have we been able to tell whether the person we want to communicate with can actually be reached before we try to engage ... read more

Robin Good - ACM Queue - November 24, 2004
"A healthy infusion of paranoia tends to be remarkably useful when protecting networks. One of the worst mistakes a security administrator can make is to assume everything is OK." You all know well that the possibility of a hacker intruding in your organization system have not ... read more

Jesper Johansson - [via Steven Bink] - November 12, 2004
Online identity theft is a rapidly growing global phenomenon, with banks and online retailers struggling to keep on top of the problem. But it’s not surprising that identity theft has been growing so quickly. According to a recent report published in the US by the International ... read more

Robin Good - November 11, 2004
According to a PR story released yesterday by SurfControl plc, Internet outlaws, have been able to hack two Australian banks (Citibank and SunTrust). By taking control of a security hole in those Web sites search facility, the "phishers" were able to substitute fake (but perfectly looking) ... read more

Robin Good - November 10, 2004
EPIC, the Electronic Privacy Information Center, is a public interest research center based in Washington, D.C. It was established in 1994 "to focus public attention on emerging civil liberties issues and to protect privacy, the First Amendment, and constitutional values". In the course of their good work, ... read more

Robin Good - November 7, 2004
As originally reported this morning by "The British security firm mi2g has concluded a comprehensive 12-month study to identify the safest 24/7 computing environment. In the end, the open source BSD and Mac OS X came out on top with the fewest security breaches against ... read more

Robin Good - - mi2g - November 3, 2004
Distributed Identity Management On The Web? "The right identity management solution for the web will address the needs of all the participants involved. Websites of all sizes should be able to participate freely, and no one organization should have too much control. That is, users should ... read more

Robin Good Recommends - [via Stephen Downes] - October 26, 2004
In his latest Alertbox column published just a few minutes ago, Jakob Nielsen acknowledges finally the dire state of the Internet and the urban jungle it has become. Security issues are rampant and if you are to judge by the number of security reports, patches and ... read more

Robin Good - October 25, 2004
Steve Outing reports in the Poynter Institute e-Media Tidbits newsletter that his friend Chris Sherman, search engine expert (editor of SearchEngineWatch and author of the upcoming book Google Power) has shared with him a confidential story that is quite surprising. Chris Sherman told him to try out ... read more

Steve Outing - e-Media Tidbits - October 21, 2004

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