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Decisions, decisions…

Posted by Kevin on April 12, 2016

Oh, decisions, decisions… always these hard decisions. Should I or shouldn’t I? What would you do in my shoes? Would it help if I told you that I suspect bunny cutiegiggles is really a 400 lb tattooed Irish wrestler? Oh, dear. Is that racist? Should it matter who I talk to?

I love Avast, but…

Posted by Kevin on March 21, 2016

Don’t get me wrong. I love Avast. I use Avast – well, the free version at least. Free software comes with a contract – it usually requires you to give up some or a lot of personal information. It’s your choice to accept or reject this contract. But it’s difficult for a security firm to […]

Obama is wrong about passwords

Posted by Kevin on March 17, 2016

Obama is wrong about passwords. He’s not alone, but given the quantity and quality of his advisers, it is very disappointing. This is what he said: In partnership with industry, we’re launching a new national awareness campaign to raise awareness of cyberthreats and encourage more Americans to move beyond passwords—adding an extra layer of security like […]

Ad blocking is good security practice

Posted by Kevin on March 16, 2016

The combination of malvertising and ransomware is particularly pernicious. The former, we are told, cannot be stopped while the latter cannot be reversed. To be sure, it still requires a successful exploit – but add one unpatched system or one zero-day exploit to the mix and you’re up the proverbial without a whatsit. But ad […]

The Joys of Automated Systems

Posted by Kevin on March 9, 2016

Automated Systems… One Yesterday I got followed on Twitter by CoinTelegraph Espana. I didn’t follow back. Although the account has 10,000 followers, it has only ever posted 2 tweets. What is point, I asked myself. Today I checked back. Still only 2 tweets; but, hey, I have been unfollowed already! This bot obviously picks random […]

Privacy Shield, and the FBI Vs Apple

Posted by Kevin on March 9, 2016

Why does the European Commission continue to insist that Privacy Shield will protect European data from unauthorized US government access when anyone with half a brain cell knows it won’t? Here’s an example, somewhat abstracted from a report in Bloomberg. The FBI (you might possibly have already heard about this) is demanding that Apple develop […]

DDoS – we got hit this week

Posted by Kevin on March 5, 2016

We got hit by DDoS this week. It came in waves. The site was down for at least six hours with each wave, which seemed to come every 20 hours or so. This is what it did to our page views. Of course it didn’t hurt us financially because is a labour of conscience, […]

Apple Vs FBI: a rather cynical PR exercise

Posted by Kevin on March 2, 2016

A court has ordered Apple to unlock the iPhone used by the San Bernadino terrorist, Syed Rizwan Farook. Apple has so far declined to do this, and is appealing the decision – an appeal it seems willing to take all the way to the Supreme Court. The media has responded: this is Apple Vs FBI. […]

If you don’t do anything wrong, you have nothing to fear

Posted by Kevin on February 26, 2016

If you don’t do anything wrong, you have nothing to fear. I have often expressed surprise and dismay at the apathy of the British voter. It’s almost as if we have a built-in desire to believe our politicians – we assume they tell the truth and we never question their motives. I take the opposite […]

Corporate tax avoidance is State corruption

Posted by Kevin on February 24, 2016

From the UK government’s Public Accounts Committee on corporate tax settlements, published 23 February 2016… The committee notes that Google has agreed to pay an additional £130 million pounds to settle its tax liability over the last 10 years; but adds However, in the absence of full transparency over the details of this settlement and […]