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More Security Opinion

  • Opinion: Remains of the Day: Chips and dip

    A new species of malware wants you to “like” it, the earliest iPhone is positively prehistoric, and the latest Apple TV packs a tiny surprise. The remainders for Monday, March 11, 2013 are served.

  • Opinion: Pausing the Parental Controls timer

    Macworld forum visitor lobsta43 has a question that follows up on my recent Mac 101 column regarding Parental Controls. The crustacean writes:

  • Opinion: How I ditched the security risks and lived without Java, Reader, and Flash

    Adobe Flash, Adobe Reader, and Oracle's Java. All three are virtually ubiquitous on modern-day PCs, and all three provide handy-dandy functionality--functionality that, in the case of Flash and Java, can't be directly reproduced by a third-party solution. If we lived in a vacuum, it would be hard to argue that the trio doesn't deserve its spot on computers around the globe.

  • Opinion: Remains of the Day: The letter two

    Apple and Sony are going head-to-head--or ear-to-ear?--over music licensing, Phil Schiller posts a tweet and the Internet goes wild, and a former Apple rival joins Cupertino in taking on a new threat. The remainders for Thursday, March 7, 2013 can't read or write.

  • Opinion: Use a Google Voice phone number to keep your personal number private

    Last year I shared three things you should know about Google Voice--basically a rundown of three cool ways to use the service.

  • Opinion: Why IT security pros can be scarier than the 'bad guys'

    I thought I harbored a healthy amount of paranoia before I went to this week's RSA Conference for IT security professionals in San Francisco. But now I'm just plain scared--and not about hackers and phishers, the perennial bogeymen of the Internet underground.

  • Opinion: Remains of the Day: International affairs

    Apple aims for India adoption, breaks new ground down under, and gets super in the UK. The remainders for Monday, February 25, 20213 are worldly-wise.

  • Opinion: Why the police virus was so effective

    The Eastern European hackers, who were behind the worldwide fake police virus, have been arrested after making millions on their scam. More than 30 countries have been targeted since 2011, when the virus was first detected. Here's why this particular virus was so effective.

  • Opinion: Should you pay for internet security software?

    Do you need to pay for internet security software, or is free antivirus alone enough to protect your computer on the internet?

  • Opinion: ATMs: convenient, but a security risk

    It's hard to remember life without ATMs. In Hong Kong, we can transfer funds, pay our utility bills and even settle tax demand-notes using an ATM. And they even dispense cash.

  • Opinion: Get notified when a site's terms of service change

    You know those lengthy terms-of-service (TOS) agreements everybody ignores when installing a piece of software or registering for a new Web service?

  • Opinion: Answer Line: Creepy permissions for Android apps

    Sdlmd downloaded an Android app that wanted access to Contacts, even though it had no legitimate reason to check on friends and relatives. What can be done?

  • Opinion: How to prevent 'zombie accounts' from haunting your digital identity

    Zombies are a pervasive cultural theme these days. We have no shortage of zombie-apocalypse movies and literature, and the United States military and the Center for Disease Control even offer tongue-in-cheek zombie-response plans. But there are other zombies that don't get the attention they deserve--the zombie accounts you have lingering around the Internet.

  • Opinion: How to set up BitLocker encryption in Windows 8

    BitLocker is a feature of Windows 8 that allows you to encrypt all the data on your hard disk - here's how to set it up

  • Opinion: How to avoid malware

    Don't rely purely on security software to keep your laptop protected - taking a proactive approach is more effective in the long run

  • Opinion: The new cybercop center of Hong Kong

    You read it in Computerworld Hong Kong: the Hong Kong Police have launched a Cyber Security Center to provide round-the-clock services. The HKP made an investment of HK$9 million in hardware and software for the new facility.

  • Opinion: You should have Cain & Abel in your security toolbox

    There’s a sort of cruel irony to passwords. The legitimate passwords people need to use to access crucial applications or data are often forgotten, and yet the bad guys seem to be able to crack passwords without breaking a sweat. Thankfully, there’s a free tool available that can help you in either of these cases—Cain & Abel.

  • Opinion: Is Internet Explorer leaking sensitive information?

    Do you use Internet Explorer? If you do, hopefully you've already applied the updates from Patch Tuesday earlier this week. But, even if you did it seems your browser might still be vulnerable to a potentially serious issue.

  • Opinion: Answer Line: TrueCrypt vs. encrypted .zip files

    Trinu, who keeps sensitive data inside AES-encrypted .zip archives, asked the Answer Line forum about the advantages and disadvantages of switching to TrueCrypt.

  • Opinion: Setting security levels in Internet Explorer

    Use the protection settings in Internet Explorer to help give you a first line of defence when it comes to your security



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