GetSafeOnline: providing advice for consumers to help them stay safe on the Internet without blinding them with science

It’s the fourth annual GetSafeOnline campaign week whereby the team will raise the profile of consumer internet safety through a revamped GetSafeOnline website (containing a wealth of commonsense “how to” information) and a range of media activity. It’s a great cause as the campaign is not trying to sell you any products or services and it aims…

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How can Public Key Infrastructure technologies improve your information security posture?

There’s a really good (free) TechNet webcast coming up on the 17th September which will be a great resource for those of you who’d like to learn how to take advantage of Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) in your organisation. The full details of the event are as follows “To register simply click on this hyperlink…

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Interesting video interviews with the FBI discussing security

Kai Axford has posted a series of short video interviews with representatives of the FBI – they are well worth a look – particularly if you are based in the United States as they include advice regarding whom to report breaches to. Check out The Security Show – the link is to a tag hence…

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Alexander Sotirov speaks out following wild spin on his talk about Windows Vista Security

Credit to Ed Bott from ZDNet who interviewed Alexander Sotirov to get his perspective on the stories that have circulated in the press following the talk he gave with Mark Dowd at the recent BlackHat Securit conference. The talk was titled “How to Impress Girls with Browser Memory Protection Bypasses” which is certainly an unusual…

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What Virtual Private Networking software would I recommend for Windows and how to set it up?

I was recently asked this very question and I responded with “Windows Server 2008/2003/2000 and Windows Vista/XP” provide excellent built-in Virtual Private Networking features that are standards compliant and assuming they are correctly configured can be highly secure too. There’s no additional license cost required to use Microsoft Windows VPN. In addition Microsoft offer a…

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Which database is more secure? Oracle or Microsoft SQL Server?

I still come across Oracle enthusiasts who mistakenly believe that Oracle’s database suite is more secure than Microsoft’s SQL database suite – this is nonesense as I shall explain. The point to this post is not to gloat – it’s simply to set the record straight. Microsoft SQL Server’s suite of products ARE more secure…

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Bizarre Coffee Machine Hack

I enjoyed reading the Hacking Coffee Makers post on Security Focus. Thanks to Barry Dorrans for sharing it with me via Twitter   Thanks to Faye Yu for the image (which isn’t related to the story – it’s just a nice looking coffee machine) – she’s reserved some rights as explained here It reminded me of…

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Bitlocker: what happens if someone leaves the company or locks themselves out?

Many of the questions I’ve been asked recently regarding Bitlocker are covered on the excellent Windows BitLocker Drive Encryption Freuqently Asked Questions. For me the most important thing to consider is how on Earth to deal with the “the dog ate the USB key used to unlock Bitlocker” or “I can’t remember for the life…

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What does it do?

My Grandmother was wise. She asked me the question back on 25th December 1984. “What does it do?” After lunch on Christmas day like many other twelve year olds I was keen to share my excitement of the amazing things I could do with my computer. My poor old Grandmother patiently sat through a twenty minute…

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