Malware by Admin

If your login id/password for your Windows computer gives you FULL access to freely change things on your computer, add applications, etc without being asked for administrator credentials, then you are VERY vulnerable to the latest generation of malware which can infect your computer. Malware is increasingly turning up on major websites rather than just in emails and infects your computer through all sorts of trickery. Over 90% to 95% of such infections can be blocked simply by using a standard Read more […]

Fastmail independent again (bought back from Opera by original developers). +FastMail is the best email…

Fastmail independent again (bought back from Opera by original developers). +FastMail is the best email service available in my view. It is based in Australia which has very different privacy laws to, say, USA, and I think those laws are better than most. It does cost money but not a lot and there is no advertising, no selling of my details, no data mining. They also offer full domain name management (edit your zone records if you want). There is spam filtering and reporting (all optional) and you Read more […]

Passwords too easy This cartoon about password strength has been around for ages, and is spot on. …

Passwords too easyThis cartoon about password strength has been around for ages, and is spot on.It is amazing that so many people do not care about security and still use really simple passwords (often the same password on multiple sites).Best advise is: use long random character passwords generated by lastpass.com or similar. Nothing else is now safe. Long means more than 12 characters.ANY word (including names of people, pets, teams, etc) or phrase (any language) that has been published on the Read more […]

Fabulous. That will help greatly. Not. “Home Office launches £4m cyber security awareness scheme” http…

Fabulous. That will help greatly. Not. "Home Office launches £4m cyber security awareness scheme" http://feedly.com/k/18a6imz “McAfee applauds the UK Home Office initiative to raise awareness of the seriousness and impact of cyber threat to UK businesses and citizens,” Stewart said. “There are now a number of initiatives spread across HMG and, for our part, we’d like to see a single coordinated campaign that explains … via Public RSS-Feed of Stuart Moore. Created Read more […]

Yet another website not following the password plot

I was somewhat surprised in this day and age to receive by email a copy of the password I had just used to register to the ecommerce web site of a small business I needed to buy an oil tank gauge from I sent them an email to express my surprise. Received an even more surprising response: To put your mind as rest, that you password is safe, the below is what our web developer has said:- The passwords are not stored in plain text, they are encrypted in the database. The email wouldn’t be Read more […]

Loss of a laptop

There is a widely accepted principle that Men (or more specifically, male brained humans) are poor at multi-tasking. It seems this applies when repacking after going through airport security scanners where I was trying to, put my shoes back on, rethread my belt, recover things from coat/jacket pockets to trousers, put laptop back in cabin luggage, talk to someone on my phone and given them some information i looked up on the phone.On getting home last Thursday evening, I opened by cabin bag to discover Read more […]

Peace of mind for valuables at the gym

I have for some time been concerned about leaving valuables in the locker at my gym (DW Fitness) – not specifically because of any problems reported at the branches I use but because lockers in such locations are clearly vulnerable and there have been reports of gyms being targeted by thieving gangs. There are not many portable lock boxes with movement alarms around. Frankly, this is the only one I found that looked at all substantial in the UK. It is the Xitel mySAFE. I purchased two, one Read more […]

Secure passwords online

I am often asked for advice on creating good passwords. Usually, as I talk, I get an opened mouth response as people go into shock. The short version, for those who cannot be bothered to read the detail below, is you need to use machine generated random passwords of a decent length that are different for each and every site you use, and that as it is impossible to remember such passwords, use a password management application and service like lastpass.com (free) which can generate and remember them Read more […]