Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Don't worry yet about the iPhone news 

What do the scary headlines about the latest iPhone security issue mean for you?

Not much.

There are several obstacles in the way of taking over an iPhone remotely. What security researchers discovered is a way past one of those obstacles, but not a way to take over an iPhone.

Right now the prudent thing to do is stay current with software updates and not worry until something else goes wrong.

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Saturday, June 13, 2009

What do criminals want with your PC, anyway? 

I like Brian Krebs's security column in the Washington Post, and he wrote a good one a while back about criminal uses for a compromised home computer.

There are dozens of ways your computer could be misused, some of them quite embarrassing. For example, there's a scam in which the intruder sends email in your name to everyone in your address book claiming to be stranded overseas and in desperate need of having money wired. Then the criminal picks up the wired funds, and Western Union transfers are irreversible.

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I'm back! 

For a long time it seemed like there was nothing new to say, but lately I've been finding things I'd like to pass along.

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