Poor Wi-Fi security -- my visit to the dentist

Poor Wi-Fi security -- my visit to the dentist

The sad state of Wi-Fi security in a dentists office.

02/03/16

Defending a network from the NSA

Defending a network from the NSA

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.

02/01/16

Defending yourself from Amazon.com

Defending yourself from Amazon.com

Due to long-standing security practices at Amazon, the email address on file for an Amazon.com account should never be used anywhere else for anything.

01/29/16

Sub-optimal computer advice from the New York Times

Small businesses are hit by ransomware. The New York Times says they should increase their computer security. I say this misses the real problem: backup, backup, backup.

01/14/16

Flash has been updated again. Seriously. Really. No joke.

On December 28th Adobe released a new version of the Flash Player with 19 bug fixes. It seems they left one out as yet another Flash update was made available on New Years Day.

01/02/16

When it comes to bugs, the Adobe Flash Players cup runneth over

A look at some stats on just how many bugs there have been in the Adobe Flash Player. Hint: lots.

12/28/15

To share or not to share -- a look at Guest Wi-Fi networks

To share or not to share -- a look at Guest Wi-Fi networks

Guest networks are a great Wi-Fi security feature offering multiple advantages. Read why you may want to try them out.

12/13/15

Buying a surge protector remains hard

Buying a surge protector remains hard

A recent article on surge protectors just adds to the difficulty.

12/06/15

The D-Link DIR860L router -- how secure can it get?

The D-Link DIR860L router -- how secure can it get?

This is a router review like no other. It is focused solely on the security aspects of the D-Link DIR-860L router, comparing it to my checklist of security features at RouterSecurity.org.

11/20/15

How secure can your router get?

How secure can your router get?

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.

11/10/15

Controlling Chrome plugins: Lessons learned the hard way

Controlling Chrome plugins: Lessons learned the hard way

The inability to stop Flash from running by default on Chrome led to some lessons learned the hard way controlling both plugins and extensions with Google's browser.

10/26/15

Trusting Lenovo

Trusting Lenovo

A look at how Lenovo responded to the publicity surrounding their hidden tracking software on ThinkPad, ThinkCentre and ThinkStation PCs.

10/20/15

Lenovo collects usage data on ThinkPad, ThinkCentre and ThinkStation PCs

Lenovo seems to be testing the boundaries of trust.

09/22/15

Wi-Fi at DEF CON - dealing with the worlds most dangerous network

Wi-Fi can be done securely, even at a hacker conference like DEF CON. Just avoid open networks and Android.

08/23/15

Flash click-to-play on Chrome breaks Ticketmaster

Chrome users can not buy tickets at Ticketmaster if they did the Defensive Computing thing and configure Flash for click-to-play.

08/19/15

Stop the Flash madness - 5 bugs a week

Enough already with the Flash Player. It has generated five bugs a week so far in 2015. Removing it, is not only good Defensive Computing, it also helps everyone else.

08/16/15

A look at the security of Wi-Fi on a plane

On a recent plane trip, I looked into the architecture of the Wi-Fi networks onboard, and couldn't find any security.

08/06/15

Reviewing the Windows Scheduler with TaskSchedulerView from Nir Sofer

TaskSchedulerView, a new program from Nir Sofer, offers a great view into the Windows scheduler database. Take a peek under the hood, you never know what you'll find.

08/02/15

Windows 10 is for suckers

The press likes to focus on shiny new things and the shiny thing of the moment is Windows 10. It's free (if you already have Windows 7 or 8) and has a bunch of new features. Who could resist? Hopefully, you.

07/28/15

Linksys Smart Wi-Fi makes a stupid Guest network

A recent article pointed out that Linksys and Belkin routers are incapable of offering over-the-air encryption (WEP, WPA or WPA2) on their Guest wireless networks. On top of this, their Guest networks use a captive portal, which is...

06/25/15

Load More