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Windows 10 Internet problems

Posted by Rob Slade on July 26, 2016

I should, of course, have known better, but, running ahead of the deadline, I “upgraded” to Windows 10. (I *did*, at least, do some research before I started, and turned off the worst of the privacy issues.) I ran smack into the intermittently reported problem of intermittent Internet connection problems. Some sites I can reach, […]

Risk assessments

Posted by Rob Slade on July 14, 2016

I’ve had a beard for over four decades.  Last time I shaved was 35 years ago.  Now I had to shave for a biopsy on my cheek.  I only had to shave the cheek, really, but Gloria never has seen me without a beard, so what the heck. In reality, I don’t like either the […]

Lying dormant cyber pathogen

Posted by Rob Slade on March 8, 2016

For those of you who are concerned about lying dormant cyber pathogens I have some advice: Be afraid.  Be very afraid. You see, I’ve got one.  Actually, I’ve got more than one. Why not?  I’ve been studying cyber pathogens, also known as “malware,” for three decades.  I’ve got binders full of the things, from back […]

So how do we identify phishing emails?

Posted by Rob Slade on July 31, 2015

For a while it was easy to identify phishing email messages.  Banks didn’t send you unsolicited email.  Period.  We told people that. A few years ago that started to break down.  American Express, which has always had a very weird attitude to online security, started to send me reminders when it was time to pay […]

NSA is missing a trick, here …

Posted by Rob Slade on July 31, 2015

Lonely Chinese are chatting with a smartphone program. “Since Xiaoice collects vast amounts of intimate details on individuals, the program inevitably raises questions about users’ privacy.” Siri, Cortona, Xiaoice, etc.  At least with Facebook you have to semi-deliberately share your deepest secrets with the world.  But who is going to remember (or guard) what they […] – a first look

Posted by Rob Slade on June 13, 2015

A few weeks ago I noted a new account on Twitter, called Cybrary.  This pointed at a Website providing free information security training, You have to register for the site, but all it asks for is your name, email address, and a password.  I’ve only just registered, so I don’t know how much spam […]

REVIEW – “The Florentine Deception”, Carey Nachenberg

Posted by Rob Slade on June 10, 2015

BKFLODEC.RVW   20150609 “The Florentine Deception”, Carey Nachenberg, 2015, 978-1-5040-0924-9, U$13.49/C$18.91 %A   Carey Nachenberg %C   345 Hudson Street, New York, NY   10014 %D   2015 %G   978-1-5040-0924-9 150400924X %I   Open Road Distribution %O   U$13.49/C$18.91 %O %O %O   Audience n+ Tech 3 Writing 2 (see revfaq.htm for explanation) %P   321 p. %T   “The […]

“Helpful” systems

Posted by Rob Slade on June 6, 2015

For a number of years, the “personal name” field on most of my email systems has been “Rob, grandpa of Ryan, Trevor, Devon & Hannah.”  Recently I had my first hard disk crash in almost 40 years.  (That experience may become the subject of another blog posting.  When I get time between putting bits of […]

Why I will vote

Posted by Rob Slade on March 21, 2015

I agree with Kevin.  Most politicians are mendacious, and use and abuse voting (and polling) merely as social engineering tools to “prove” that they are following the “will of the people.”  Here in BC we’ve got a referendum coming up that is a particularly cynical exercise.  Supposedly a way to let people decide on the […]

Avast, there, AV vendors …

Posted by Rob Slade on March 21, 2015

I noticed, recently, that some of my email was going out bearing the message: > This email has been checked for viruses by Avast antivirus software. > I use Avast, so I wasn’t too worried.  It’s (generally) a decent product, and has a “turn off temporarily” feature, even in the free version, which I […]