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April, 2009

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April 30, 2009  8:01 PM

What’s Your Identity Exposure Index?

Ken Harthun Ken Harthun Profile: Ken Harthun

Quick: On a scale of 0 to 5 (0 being nearly invisible, 5 being at risk), how much of your identity is exposed on the Internet? If you're wondering, there are some tests you can try that will give you a good idea of you Identity Exposure index (iEi). Here are the tests I performed and some...

April 30, 2009  1:21 AM

Swine Flu Breeds Spam

Ken Harthun Ken Harthun Profile: Ken Harthun

As usually happens with major disaster events—in this case the impending Swine Flu pandemic—email scammers are busy perpetrating pharmaceutical and other types of scams. In some cases, they’re using celebrity names to grab attention. Spam is hitting inboxes with various subjects. The...


April 29, 2009  12:33 AM

10 Immutable Laws of Security Administration

Ken Harthun Ken Harthun Profile: Ken Harthun

My last post on this subject discussed the 10 Immutable Laws of Security. This one takes the next step--also a Microsoft "archived" essay, but still relevant today. These are so self-evident that...


April 22, 2009  7:52 PM

Lighten Up! We All Need a Good Laugh

Ken Harthun Ken Harthun Profile: Ken Harthun

I don't know about you, but I sometimes get a little queasy when I'm thoroughly overloaded dealing with security and other user issues. So, while this post is completely off-topic, it's certainly therapeutic; laughter, after all, is the best medicine. (Yes, I know. This has been floating around for...


April 22, 2009  2:09 AM

It’s Not Your Fault

Ken Harthun Ken Harthun Profile: Ken Harthun

I’m going to take a lot of heat for this post. Maybe. Unless I’m right (which I usually am). So, let me just get it out of the way: The state of security on the Internet today is NOT YOUR FAULT. Neither is it the fault of the clueless surfers who click on any and every link in their email and...


April 15, 2009  8:13 PM

10 Immutable Laws of Security

Ken Harthun Ken Harthun Profile: Ken Harthun

I search the web constantly for security-related news and content. One day last month, I came across a series of articles on TechNet buried in the archive. Microsoft prefaces the articles with this statement: "Archived content. No warranty is made as to...


April 15, 2009  12:31 AM

Beware U.S. Tax Phishing Scams

Ken Harthun Ken Harthun Profile: Ken Harthun

It's tax time in the U.S. and with that generally comes an increase in the number of phishing scams directed at taxpayers. The IRS, whether we like them or not, has an excellent anti-scam/anti-phishing web site. One key thing to remember is that the IRS does not initiate taxpayer communications...


April 10, 2009  11:46 PM

Conficker’s raison d’etre? Profit, of Course

Ken Harthun Ken Harthun Profile: Ken Harthun

More than a week after Conficker’s much-hyped April 1st activation date, the botnet has come to life and is using a P2P communication system to update itself on what is believed to be millions of infected PCs. Along with the update, the worm is downloading


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