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{ Monthly Archives } November 2010

On secrets

Secrets are hard. Especially in the digital domain, but we can see examples in other environments too. Let’s take a look at a couple of historical examples. It used to be the case that all of Britain’s diplomatic traffic was safe from snooping. Why? The information was all conveyed over the telegraph system, and Britain […]

On utilities

When I worked on an antivirus application, we used to have a joke in our team that we’d choose which one of us would accept the Apple Design Award for our product. Not that we weren’t striving for ADA-quality work; we just knew that Apple would never suffer an anti-virus app to gain that sort […]

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On phone support scams and fake AV

A couple of weeks ago, I posted on Twitter about a new scam: Heard about someone who was phoned by a man “from Windows” who engineered his way into remote access to the mark’s computer. Fast forward to now, the same story has finally been picked up by the security vendors and the mainstream media. […]

On free Mac Anti-Virus

On Tuesday, my pals at my old stomping ground Sophos launched their Free home edition Mac product. I’ve been asked by several people what makes it tick, so here’s Mac Anti-Virus In A Nutshell. What is the AV doing? So anti-virus is basically a categorisation technology: you look at a file and decide whether it’s […]