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February 2, 2009  10:08 AM

Snowed in…work from home…if only the network would let me in

Cliff Saran Profile: Cliff Saran
Broadband, home, Mobile, Security, tele-working

This is the view from my home office window this morning, in Hove. Looks like I'm not going to work today...

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December 18, 2008  1:50 PM

Who will trust MS now?

Cliff Saran Profile: Cliff Saran
IE, Internet Explorer, microkernel, MS08-078, patch, Security, Trustworthy computing, Windows

It's far too easy to catch a virus off the internet these days. In fact I did just that last Saturday, visiting a site through a Google search that had been hacked. Home users will continue to run PCs without AV protection if they have to pay for anti-virus software subscriptions. This...

July 18, 2008  12:23 PM

Crying wolf on Facebook security

Cliff Saran Profile: Cliff Saran
Facebook, Security

Earlier this week I met up briefly with JP Rangaswami, managing director of BT Design.
and a former CIO of Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein.

He was speaking at a Computer Weekly event on social networking. JP made a good point about the likes of Facebook that I'd like to share...

April 17, 2008  8:00 PM

Rebuilding the eeePC – Part 3

Cliff Saran Profile: Cliff Saran
APT, eeePC, PGP, synaptic

As I mentioned yesterday, I now had Advanced Desktop Mode working. Now for the fun bit. To make the eeePC really useful I needed to install software not normally available in the standard Asus...

February 26, 2008  11:03 PM

Could Air lack security substance?

Cliff Saran Profile: Cliff Saran
Adobe, air, Security

I like the idea of Rich Internet Applications (RIAs). As such, I think Adobe Air could be truly great as a way of bringing together the idea of web-based server computing with the rich UI of the PC graphical user interface. I am concerned, however. RIAs allow access to the client device in a way...

February 20, 2008  7:04 PM

Software needs a money-back guarantee

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Adobe, Apple, McAfee, Microsoft, Symatec

I'm really glad the National Consumer Council has asked the Office of Fair Trading to look at the preposterous end user licence agreement of big software providers including Adobe, Apple, McAfee, Microsoft and...

January 4, 2008  12:57 PM

Office at odds with reality

Cliff Saran Profile: Cliff Saran
Microsoft, office, Security, SP3

So Office 2003 SP3 will prevent you opening files in older, insecure file formats. For the purposes of data regulations, stored data cannot be modified. If it is resaved to...

August 1, 2007  10:55 PM

Responsible disclosure is a two-way street

Cliff Saran Profile: Cliff Saran
researcher, Responsible disclosure, Security

Today I met with a disgruntled security expert. He works for a company that is paid to find holes in IT systems. The problem he's been facing recently is one of responsible disclosure. Responsible disclosure means that the researcher is unable to publish the findings of his or her work until the...

July 16, 2007  7:45 PM

Say no to default passwords

Cliff Saran Profile: Cliff Saran
Security, Wi-Fi

Wireless routers are so easy to setup. You just plug them in and off they go. This is what the wireless router companies and the sales staff in the big computer retailer wants us to think. Plug them in; forget security; dont worry about the default password; let's make the wireless router easy to...

July 13, 2007  5:16 PM

Security in the hands of the ignorant

Cliff Saran Profile: Cliff Saran

You know what they say about end users. They can't be trusted. On my train journey home today I sat across from a woman on her mobile to someone or other. Even to my untrained ear, it was pretty obvious she was trying to discretely give out her login details to the person on the other end of the...

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