Since the mac Flashback Trojan and other security breaches, lots of folks wonder what is this Java? Usually IT security people are referring to Javascript which is used extensively on web sites. Some examples include: animation of web page elements such as fading them in or out, playing audio or video, web forms (forcing you… (0 comment)

Is Apple 10 years behind Microsoft for security?
Kaspersky founder & CEO, Eugene Kaspersky, was recently asked in an interview about Apple security. His response is that Apple is 10 years behind Microsoft in security. Over the top? Accurate after the Apple Flashback debacle? Kaspersky trying to get people to buy his mac antivirus?   I think it’s over the top. Apple has… (0 comment)

Going MetroTechnical – Windows 8
Going Metrotechnical – Windows 8 Consumer Preview I’ve been testing the Windows 8 Consumer Preview from Microsoft for the past 6 weeks as well as following other techies working with the preview of the new operating system. Microsoft will be releasing it sometime this summer and already we’re seeing new laptops from Lenovo and Sony… (0 comment)

Mac Flashback Malware
There’s been a lot of coverage of the mac Flashback malware recently (http://www.pcworld.com/article/253360/mac_trojan_infections_exceed_half_million_expert_says.html ), particularly as over 100,000 Canadian macs are among the infected. So why all fuss? What does it all mean? First, for those diehard mac fanbois out there, the myth of mac invulnerability has been laid to rest. This malware did not… (0 comment)

Old joke. There are two kinds of people: those who have a computer backup and those who will. The average business owner has anywhere from 10GB to 25GB uncompressed data, add another 5GB per employee computer depending on the nature of the business and how much of an e-hoarder you are. So how do you… (1 comment)

I recently attended a social media seminar where the speaker proudly trumpeted (although it had nothing to do with his topic ) the desktop is dead. It was all I could do not to pipe up a la Monty Python and the Holy Grail “I’m not dead, really I’m not”. Since I got into the… (0 comment)

How often do you see someone with a cracked screen on their smart phone? Or know someone who dropped their expensive smart phone/tablet? Do you have inquiring kids and curious pets? After I forked over $500 for my Blackberry Playbook tablet, I immediately started to look for ways to protect it from cracked screen and drop… (0 comment)

Celebrity-Jacking is an abbreviation of Celebrity Hijacking and it is an old favourite with hackers and other web miscreants. Celebrity Hijacking exploits popular interest in a celebrity to get people to click on silly things with their computer mouse. February this year was the tenth anniversary of an early example of this: the Kournikova virus.… (0 comment)

The Internet Bad Guys have a new attack vector: the phone. Recently a client called me saying someone from Microsoft had just called her to tell her that her computer is infected. “It’s a scam,” I tell her. So far this scam has only been targeting English speaking countries. Callers pretend to be Microsoft employees… (0 comment)