Category Archives: Security & Privacy

Post New Article on Yahoo! Voices or HubPages?

Some pros and cons of publishing on Yahoo! Voices vs. HubPages, and why my last article on disposable email addresses ended up on HubPages. Continue reading

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Opera Supports Socks 5 Proxy (Finally)

Opera finally supports SOCKS proxies. Here’s how to enable and configure it in version 11.10. Continue reading

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Targeted Phishing Attacks Likely To Increase After Epsilon Breach

Thousands of email addresses were leaked in a security breach by Epsilon. Who does it affect, what should you be worried about, and what can you do about it? Continue reading

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Recognizing Spam – Spelling, Grammar, and other Dead Give-Aways

Bad spelling, grammar, and other clear indications that an email is fraudulent. Continue reading

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Beware of Scareware

Fake anti-virus programs, rogue security software, extortion-ware – whatever you want to call it – learn to spot it before it can hurt you. Continue reading

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Astroturfing: Fake Grass Roots Organizations

Astroturfing is the practice of creating fake grass-roots organizations to sway public opinion. Find out how much big telecom companies are paying to confuse us about ‘net neutrality. Continue reading

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Facebook Charging a Fee?

Rumors abound indicating that Facebook will begin charging it’s users a fee for using the site. Are they true? Not for “basic services” at least. Continue reading

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Encryption and Virtualization in Configuration Management

Virtualization and encryption are two distinct technologies which can be used to improve the reliability and security of configuration management. Learn the benefits of each, and get an introductory tutorial on their usage. Continue reading

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Encrypting Data and Messages for Free

A brief rundown of some of the most popular free encryption choices. Continue reading

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Phishing Declines, But What’s Taking It’s Place?

Various security vendors are reporting a significant drop in the percentage of emails comprising phishing attacks lately.  For example, Kaspersky Labs noted a 37% drop from 1st quarter to 2nd quarter this year.  They attribute the drop to better security … Continue reading

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Apache Foundation Repels Hacker Attack

A compromised SSH key lets hackers into Apache.org. Continue reading

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Paypal Phishing Scam Almost Got Me

Phony paypal email claims that a suspicious transaction is on hold unless you cancel it. Don’t hit the ‘cancel’ button – the email is a scam. Continue reading

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Simple Test for Conficker

With all the interest lately in the Conficker worm, my friend security evangelist Christopher Spence has set up a simple test on his company blog.  It basically just displays images from 4 of the security companies Conficker blocks.  If you … Continue reading

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Identity Theft: The Biggest Risks Are Out Of Your Hands

Many small to mid-sized businesses are not compliant with security standards and regulations regarding protecting your personal data. Here are some of the dangers and some suggestions for protecting yourself. Unfortunately, some things are simply out of your hands. Continue reading

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FBI Used In Nigerian Fraud Spam

I feel so special – I got an email from Robert S. Mueller III, Executive Director of the FBI. Amazingly, it appears that the Bureau is aware that I’ve been contacted by the Central Bank of Nigeria, and they felt compelled to protect my interests and investigate the contracts and related fund dispersal promised by the bank in payment for the rendering of some unspecified services. Continue reading

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