Defensive Computing is aimed at people who depend on their computing devices for work rather than for play. Rather than focus on the latest news or devices, this blog aims to be educational. Heavy on facts, light on opinions.
Windows Update on Windows 7 is taking forever to figure out the patches that need to be installed. Last month, Ed Bott suggested fixes to Windows Update, more recently Woody Leonhard suggested still more fixes. Way to go Microsoft.
Since it sits between all your devices and the Internet, securing a router is important. As with everything else, the Internet is chock full of advice, much of it questionable. Here, I question security advice from the Federal Trade...
In a recent security conference, the head of the TAO division of the NSA offered advice on making his job harder. Their biggest asset is competence and persistence, rather than zero day vulnerabilities.
No matter how much tweaking is done, a router can only be made as secure as the firmware (operating system) allows. Routers vary drastically in in their security features, yet the subject never comes up in reviews.