How much spam ?!?

Here’s a question for you. How much of the mail that comes to Microsoft is spam ? 50% ? Microsoft is a well know company and we publish a lot of our addresses, so its probably a bit worse than you’d expect… 60% ? This morning I was doing an interviewing Tim Hynes about Microsoft Insight for…


Sony rookit on 1/4 million PCs, MSRT removes a malware somewhere every 3 seconds and other statistics.

I’ve been reading a paper about the Malicious-Software Removal Tool (MSRT, and I hyphenate it to prevent it being read as the Malicious software-removal tool), it’s entitled, MSRT progress made, trends observed. If your interested in what the tool does, or in the statistics it makes fascinating reading. Here are some points from its summary with…

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Apple’s real problems shipping a virus

Apple have had to post the following on their website We recently discovered that a small number – less than 1% – of the Video iPods available for purchase after September 12, 2006, left our contract manufacturer carrying the Windows RavMonE.exe virus This known virus affects only Windows computers, and up to date anti-virus software…


Get Safe On-line

Steve is off working on Get Safe On-line this week. The BBC reports a government sponsored survey released to coincide with the push says 21% of people felt most at risk of “net crime” compared with 16% who were most afraid of being burgled. When I worked on last years campaign I drew parallels between feeling…

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Get Safe On-Line, Richard Hammond, and Paypal

We’re getting ready to re-run the Get Safe Online campaign. I worked on it last year in my old role, which was how I first got to know Steve. TV presenter Richard Hammond was involved in last years launch, and those who worked with him came back saying what a nice chap he was and how he…


DRM: is there a lesson in cricket’s PR disaster ?

I think the world of the people I’m working with at the moment, and of my previous manager too. But it wasn’t always so. Some of the people I worked with in the past showed me the that anything you say in e-mail can be used in evidence against you: I learnt the value of digital rights…

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The one minute guide to Microsoft anti-malware

One of the best sessions I went to at Tech-Ready last week was one which didn’t deliver what it advertised. Billed as “Anti-Malware technologies in Windows Vista” it morphed into a tour of what we we’re doing in this area. What surprised me was that I couldn’t have mapped out all of the following ……