If you receive a message from IH Mississippi Valley Credit Union, offering $80 to participate in a survey, delete it.
According to my inside source, after overloading too few developers with too much work, Ballmer, Sinofsky and Co. blamed them for delays. Now they're busy undermining and/or purging the veterans from Redmond soil. Only problem is, when they're through, there will be nobody left to write Windows code. That's a bad idea from any perspective, especially security.
Email service provider FastMail's not-freemail service was out for over three days. And we finally have the complete "how-and-why" of it. Before you start calling names, read FastMail's side of it, then ask yourself how your system stacks up.
Despite the constant drumbeat of bad security news, many users believe it's all a bunch of bunk designed to panic them into buying stuff they don't need. They're right. But that doesn't explain why so few protect themselves by encrypting their wireless access points... especially since it costs them nothing at all. After seeing a wardriving report on my community, I'm depressed.
Think you're protected by credit bureau fraud alerts? Think again. A recent study found that credit reporting agencies fumble the ball 40% of the time... and that's at the simplest level, where agencies turn on the fraud alert. Credit bureaus are screaming bloody murder, but the story sure rings true among those who have dealings with their ilk.
Has Osama Bin Laden been captured? Not yet. But you will be, if you're dumb enough to click on the link in the message. Ted Richardson shares his experience tracking down the culprit... with a little help from Alex Eckelberry, Paul Laudanski, Chris Gunn and Patrick Jordan. Gee. Sometimes it really does take a village.
Controversial freedom of speech advocate Dave Hayes says he's abandoning net-abuse usenet sites because he's tired of tilting at windmills. On his way out the door, he labels Spamhaus and SPEWS as "terrorists," and ISPs who are trying to keep customers happy by filtering unwanted mail as "anti-spam zealots."
Disgruntled Yahoo! advertisers who were hoping for just compensation from the Pay-Per-Click fraud settlement may as well get over it. Here's the short version: Yahoo! names an insider to watch ad traffic, invites 3 advertisers a year to chat, promises to make an effort to come up with industry-wide standards, extends its fraud claim period, and gives you an advertising credit... if you can prove you were harmed. I almost forgot the best part. Your class action attorneys walk away with nearly five million bucks. D'oh!
A group in Amsterdam figures that the same characteristics that make RFID tags perfect for WalMart, make them perfect triggers for bombs. If they have anything to say about it, you'll soon be able to exchange your tinfoil hat for a walkabout RFID jammer. Is that an improvement?
Can a network run better without a professional network manager? In a continuing discussion with a self-taught, small business network administrator... who some think is a hero, but others charge is a goat... I discovered that sometimes, the answer is, "Absolutely yes!"