Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Webroot talks about W32/Casonline adware

Here's another advisory from Webroot about the supposed "free lunch" of Torrent Sites: users may get popups for W32/Casonline adware.  The blog article by Dancho Danchev is here.But, yet it seems from the blog entry here that the problem with Torrent users is that they can't say no to anything.

It's still true that young people overseas are finding the only way they can make a lot of money is to entice others into doing stupid things online.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Security problems for companies allowing BYOD

Infosec Island has a posting by Ashley Furness about  a now overlooked topic – the risks incurred when people use their own computers or gear (mobile devices) for work, link here. The practice is called "BYOD", or "bring your own device".  

In the 1990s, it had become common for support employees to dial in to mainframes from home desktops (in those days, often machines like PS-1’s) through Procomm or similar software to do night-cycle production support.  In the late 90s, companies started offering employees laptops to take home, but some people, myself included, for various reasons, preferred to use our own machines in our own homes.

Companies in the mainframe world were also sensitive about the format of reel tapes.  Some installations did not allow unlabeled tapes or BLP processing, which for some reason was seen as a security threat in the early 90s. 

The more things change, the more they stay the same. 

Thursday, May 03, 2012

How to keep a low profile on the Internet (if you really have to)

Kate Murphy has a major column under “Personal Tech” in the Thursday New York Times, Business, p. B9, “Now to Muddy Your Tracks on the Internet”, link . She mentions the search engine (web link aptly named) "Duck" so as not to have your search habits watched or “bubbled”.

She talks a lot about browsing so as to not to be tracked, but that doesn’t hide your IP address. For that, she recommends V.P.N., such as Witpopia. PrivateVPN, and StrongVPN.  But some sites may not work if IP addresses are blurred by proxy servers.

Who needs to worry about this?  Small businesses, if they keep customer information, and don’t outsource that part. People in sensitive jobs where they really must keep low profiles.  People with sensitive family situations.  But ordinary individuals, even college students, probably not.