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RSA 2011 Security Conference and Trade Show

Today kicks off the RSA conference in San Francisco. This is the 20 anniversary for the RSA conference. RSA stands for Rivest, Shamir and Adleman, who invented RSA encryption. The RSA conference and trade show has grown from an encryption focused conference to one which includes virtually every aspect of digital security. As has been

Cloud Computing – A Bit of Education

On Thursday I will be participating in a cloud computing security discussion. The virtual event is free and you can register for it at http://techweb.com/iwkcloud. The entire agenda for the event can be found at https://www.techwebonlineevents.com/ars/eventregistration.do?mode=eventreg&F=1002827&K=MAA9&tab=agenda. Do note that the times listed are EST. I will be participating between 2:45 and 3:30 PM EST. Even

How obvious are security threats?

My colleague Aryeh Goretsky shared a funny joke from Buttersafe, that I think invites us to mull cyber threats over. Before sharing my thought, I'd rather show you the cartoon itself and see if it makes you smile like it did to me: The cartoon raises an interesting question: how obvious are security threats? I

The Hidden Face of Facebook Security

Facebook actually does have some exceptionally talented security professionals. They have almost no depth in privacy, but they have real security talent. A part of the problem is that the Facebook culture is anti-security and that is a very tough obstacle for their security professionals. Facebook security is by marketing design. Take a look at

NHS Security: a Retrospective View

…While there are those who think that I’ve been in the anti-virus industry since mammoths roamed the Surrey hills, most of my computing career has actually been in medical informatics, though as you might expect from what I do now, documentation, security and systems/user support played a large part most of that time….

What’s the Difference Between Facebook Security and Bigfoot?

The difference is that there have been reported sightings of Bigfoot. The keynote address at the Virus Bulletin conference today was given by Nick Bilogorskiy, a member of the security team at Facebook. To start with, I have known Nick for several years and I can tell you that he is very intelligent and a

MotoSpeak and Sing and Run Random Apps?

In addition to recently getting a Droid 2, I purchased a Motorola H17txt Bluetooth headset. When used with a Blackberry or an Android based phone you can download and install an application called MotoSpeak that will read text messages and emails through the H17TXT. Before you go looking for such a headset be warned, there

The Strange Case of the Droid 2 Password Lock

When I first got my Droid I went to set up my security. The first thing I do with a new mobile phone is set it up to require a password to unlock the device. I also set a timeout so that after a few minutes of inactivity the phone will automatically lock itself. If

Inter-Species Marriage

This old dog is learning some new tricks, and no, I am not talking about animal husbandry or bestiality. In the past few months I got a MacBook Pro, switched from Windows XP to Windows 7 and now I have a Droid 2 attached to my hip, so technically I am not married to an

How Much Security Do You Need?

Recently I received the following question from a reader: Hello Randy, I use Verizon Wireless  Broadband on my Vista OS laptop . For security I use NOD32 Anti Virus and Windows Firewall. Are these adequate or do I need any other security tools? The short answer is “I don’t know”. Why don’t I know? Because

Deus ex machina

It will likely come as no surprise to regular readers of ESET's Threat Blog that we are somewhat gadget aficionados here in the Research Department. Our focus, however, is usually on issues such as malware, spam and privacy so we do not spend a lot of time discussing gadgetry.  Every once in a while, though,

The Ugly Marketing of Google Security

Engineers are really smart people who often know how to make something with no real world effectiveness work really well without effect. In a glaring example of marketing hype, very limited effectiveness, and a lesson in teaching users to fall for phishing attacks, Pavni Diwanji, Engineering Director at Google published a blog post http://googleonlinesecurity.blogspot.com/2010/03/detecting-suspicious-account-activity.html The

Amazing WHAT???

An online friend of mine from China once told me they loved the song “Amazing Negro”.  It only took a moment to realize “Amazing Grace” http://www.sumo.tv/watch.php?video=3451832 was the song they were referring to. The song is best known as a “negro spiritual” and so I can understand the mental mix up, especially for one whose

McAfee Teams Up With Facebook

You may have seen the news that Facebook is teaming up with McAfee to improve security. Frankly, providing users with McAfee’s product is not likely to do much in terms of improving security. Facebook users all over the world have access to free and paid solutions, so this isn’t likely to make a big difference.

Dark Reading and Crystal Balls

Apparently it's not just me that's sceptical about the value of security crystal ball-gazing. Tim Wilson of Dark Reading takes us (the security industry) to task for being "subjective" and inconsistent in our predictions for the coming year. Strangely, although he does quote an ESET blog (an observation of Randy's) in his selection of predictions he

How to Get Security All Wrong

I suppose I could make this a really short blog and simply say “Do it like the TSA does”. It would be accurate, but perhaps doesn’t explain enough. In case you don’t know, TSA is said to stand for "Transportation Security Administration", but I tend to think it means Terrorist Support Agency, as they do

Chrome for the Holidays

I was asked to comment on Google Chrome OS (operating system): specifically, on the security model that is being proposed, and on the privacy issues associated with running an operating system in the cloud. You can find the article by Orestis Bastounis of Computeract!ve here: http://www.computeractive.co.uk/computeractive/news/2254227/google-unveils-chrome It's difficult to speak authoritatively about Chrome OS so

September’s Global Threat Report

ESET released its Global Threat Report for the month of September, 2009, identifying the top ten threats seen during the month by ESET's ThreatSense.Net™ cloud.  You can view the report here and, as always, the complete collection is available here in the Threat Trends section of our web site.  While the report identifies a number

M(b)ac(k) to the future

Mac security firm Intego blogged about Apple’s decision to include an antimalware component in Mac OS X 10.6 "Snow Leopard" and we agree that it is a good step, security-wise, to provide some basic protection against malware.  Apple has long mocked Microsoft, up to and including this 2006 advertisement which implied there were no viruses

Adobe Flash Settings

As I previously pointed out http://www.eset.com/threat-center/blog/2009/08/04/calling-adobe%E2%80%99s-bluff, Adobe is at best deceptive about claims of the security and privacy of Flash. Even if you do not know what flash is or how to find it, you probably have it on your computer. If you open control panel and go to the “add or remove programs” application

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