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14th MVP award…

My first MVP award (for supporting users of Internet Explorer and the now long defunct Outlook Express) was back in 1999… Then I was moved to Internet Explorer only…. Then Consumer Security: Training… On 1 October I was awarded MVP status for the 14th...
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Well done Sanyo (a great use of social media to get an urgent message out to the masses)

Seen on Facebook: Clicking on the advertisement takes the viewer to http://www.sanyo.com.au/ .  From there, we find a little down the page this - http://panasonic.net/sanyo/20120124/nr20120124au.pdf The PDF contains this warning – you can understand...
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Dear Facebook….

How do I say this nicely…. No I will NOT give you $7.34AUD to “promote” a post.
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Sometimes silence is not golden

Wow, just realised that it has been nearly 3 months since I wrote on my blog. My apologies for that  :-/
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Samsung rootkit was a Vipre false positive

http://sunbeltblog.blogspot.com/2011/03/samsung-laptops-do-not-have-keylogger.html That is all well and good, but what about this claim on networkworld.com: “ The supervisor who spoke with me was not sure how this software ended up in the new laptop thus...

Keyloggers on Samsung laptops

“ On March 1, 2011, I called and logged incident 2101163379 with Samsung Support (SS). First, as Sony BMG did six years ago, the SS personnel denied the presence of such software on its laptops. After having been informed of the two models where the software...
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Public Comment: Registration Abuse Addressed

Source: http://www.icann.org/en/announcements/announcement-12feb10-en.htm This is another document worth reading (even if it is 107 pages long) for those of us interested in ‘security’ for users of the internet as a whole.  I consider it an important...
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Public Comment: Draft Report on WHOIS Accuracy

Details here: http://www.icann.org/en/announcements/announcement-3-15feb10-en.htm   In short, if all three accuracy criteria are strictly applied, i.e.: the address must be deliverable an independent linkage between name and address must be found;...
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I have received the Microsoft MVP Award – for the 11th time

    I received an email today advising me that I have been awarded Microsoft MVP status for the 11th time. Unlike my previous 10 awards, this time I have been awarded Microsoft MVP under the specialty “Consumer Security: Training” instead of...
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TRUSTe changes from not-for-profit to for-profit

Edited to fix typographical errors The news is out - TRUSTe is now a for-profit, instead of a not-for profit. As I am sure all of you have noticed, I have been silent about TRUSTe since I started working with them on 16 July 2008. But now, I think, the...
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Press Release - Promoters of online freebies agree to stop selling in Washington

SEATTLE – Two online companies that promised consumers “free” big-ticket items but required them to pay for trial offers and subscriptions must pay $55,000 in civil penalties under a settlement announced today by the Washington Attorney General’s Office...
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One badly thought out advertising campaign...

Put this one down to very very VERY bad judgment on the part of whoever it is who designs advertising campaigns for realestateonline.com.au. I'm sure many of you have heard about the now infamous Melbourne teenager Corey Worthington Delaney who got...
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One man's fight against a malicious banner advertisement

Fascinating reading and an excellent insight into the problems faced by web sites hit by malicious content - reality is that the web sites affected by malicious advertising need help gathering the data required to prove an incident has occurred, and often...

I'm back! (in more ways than one)

Hi all, I'm back from holidays - the whole family had a fantastic time - all in all we passed through Singapore, Egypt, France, Germany, Austria and Switzerland over the past couple of weeks. We have hundreds of photographs which I'll try to get...
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A potential end to free speech on the internet?

2Clix has sued the owner of the Australia based Whirlpool chat forums for $150,000.00 and requested the permanent removal of two threads criticizing the 2Clix software. 2Clix, a less than reputable software company, has filed suit against the founder...
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Microsoft Update goes a little haywire...

So, what do we do when Microsoft Update offers this.... But this is installed....
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Did Sandi spam news.admin.net-abuse.email?

In answer to the question posted by Paul Wright here: http://msmvps.com/blogs/spywaresucks/archive/2007/09/10/1184164.aspx#1184814 "Are you the person spamming links to this all over news.admin.net-abuse.email, by the way? Hope not." I did NOT...
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Y'know what they stay... start 'em young...

Network toys... Seriously - found via Jesper's blog : " BRIO Network is not your classic toy train set. It's an original world of Rail Play featuring the imaginary creatures who live inside your computer. They drive super-cool vehicles around...
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Calling all Geekgirls

Bronwyn has put out a call for members to join geekgirlsblog; I suppose I'd better put my name in the hat I haven't met Bronwyn - our respective home towns are many thousands of miles apart, and I don't get to travel much nowadays - but those...
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