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Where is Microsoft going?

It’s a moment business historians are sure to drag out of the digital closet when they write books on what the IT world was like in the early 21st Century. A burly figure prances manically back and forth across...

Tags: google

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For the love of lawsuits

The lawyers have been earning their keep at Israeli-founded security company, Finjan in recent weeks. The company alleges that rival Secure Computing has infringed on a number of fundamental patents that lie at the heart of its web-filtering appliances....

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Suckered by "free" FTP software

Last week Techworld ran a story about a new “free” tool from Tumbleweed for analysing unauthorised FTP traffic for security risks, the FTP Analyzer. More fool us (or me, to be exact). It turns out that the product doesn’t...

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Why ditch Windows now?

Symantec’s CEO John Thompson has delighted Mac fans this week by saying (in a form of words) he thinks people should buy Macs instead of Windows PCs. Why shouldn’t we believe a word of this nonsense? Well, just for...

Tags: apple, mac, virus

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Apple peeled open

The company famed for the world’s second most insecure operating system (Ok, a long way behind Windows) released a whopping " target="_blank">43 security fixes for its software last week. This was mostly to do with holes in the Quicktime...

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Mozilla is on the move again

If you noticed your Mozilla client updating rather sharpish in the last few days then there was a reason for it – the outfit was plugging a remote execution flaw. That’s according to a number of sources, including (among...

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Hacking a hot Pentium

Security flaws can be big, small, and sometimes just downright curious. One that " target="_blank">emerged at a conference last week concerns Intel’s Pentium chip, including all its near and distant derivatives (i.e everything current). It turns out that the...

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Let down by McAfee

Which anti-virus product to run? Windows only lets you run one per machine – or even have one installed at once – so it should be worthy of sageful consideration. For some years, I’ve used McAfee, and it has...

Tags: apple, email, firewall, mac, virus

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You can't lock up a Trojan

The news that a husband and wife are to get jail time in Israel for the creating and distributing malware sounds like the latest example of criminals getting their just deserts. The story has greater significance than that. Cast...

Tags: firewall

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The endpoint endgame

It's not often I look forward to a conference, but for once I'm looking forward to this one. Fair disclosure: this is a conference being run in conjunction with Techworld, among others. This blog has now entered the realm...

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