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December 9, 2009  3:30 AM

Kensington MicroSaver Alarmed Computer Lock review: Will it protect your laptop?



Posted by: Tessa Parmenter
Laptops, Locks, Network security, Network testing and hacking, Networking, Security, USB port blocking

After watching this video on how to pick a tubular Kensington lock with a toilet paper roll, I had some serious doubts about my laptop's safety: [kml_flashembed movie="http://www.youtube.com/v/as-CPdf-rKI" width="425" height="350" wmode="transparent" /] Had I watched this video...

December 2, 2009  10:43 PM

Port blocking: Why corporate computers need disabled USB ports



Posted by: Tessa Parmenter
network device management, Network devices, Network security, Networking, USB, USB port blocking

CableOrganizer.com asked me to review a few products as part of a data theft prevention promotion they were advertising. One such appliance was a USB port block. You may be wondering why you would want to block ports on your laptop, and if...


April 29, 2009  3:47 PM

Swine flu begets spam



Posted by: Shamus McGillicuddy
Security, spam

How appropriate. The swine flu hysteria is generating new email spam.  If Monty Python's Flying Circus was still in business, they'd put together a wonderful skit about this. (Spaaaaam, oh wonderful Spam!) Cisco IronPort reports that messages about swine flu now make up 4% of global spam...


March 30, 2009  8:18 PM

Conficker worm to strike April 1



Posted by: Tessa Parmenter
Network security, Networking, Windows Security

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January 15, 2009  6:47 PM

PCI Compliance: Not easy, but not optional



Posted by: Michael Morisy
compliance, Security, WEP, Wireless

While working on a story about how updates to PCI compliance rules will phase out WEP for retailers who process credit cards, I came across one of the more interesting takes on PCI compliance, by...


January 8, 2009  9:48 PM

Chief Executive or Commander in Chief, they both love their toys



Posted by: Michael Morisy
security Obama BlackBerry

CNN is reporting that President Elect Barack Obama is having a tough time parting with his BlackBerry, despite apparently strict White House IT policies against his using the...


December 3, 2008  10:13 PM

What’s 007 in binary?



Posted by: Michael Morisy
Cisco, FBI, Iran, Network, Network testing and hacking, Security, social engineering, spying

If you ever find your networking career a little too pedestrian, always know that your IT skills can land you a much more exciting gig if you're willing to take the risk:

Ali Ashtari, 43, a computer and hi-tech equipment buyer for Iran’s defence industry and nuclear programme, was...


August 11, 2008  4:52 PM

If MIT students ride your subway system, you’d better beef up network security



Posted by: Shamus McGillicuddy
Network, Network devices, Network security

Shocking news: The RFID fare card system that the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) uses on its buses and subway is totally hackable. This past weekend, three Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) students (Alessandro Chiesa, RJ Ryan, and Zack Anderson) were supposed to...


June 18, 2008  7:43 PM

Open mobile devices get the most market penetration



Posted by: Tessa Parmenter
iPhone, Mobile, Network devices

To be a player in the mobile device or network appliance game, having an open platform is a must, according to MLB.com CEO Robert Bowman at the Mobile & Wireless World conference keynote last week. In a closed device platform,...


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