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* Posts by Al_21

49 posts • joined 1 Feb 2011

Who needs hackers? 'Password1' opens a third of all biz doors

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Down with the password length limitations

Should be able to add sentences or phrases.

Question: Who likes short shorts?

Password: We like short shorts!

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Daddy, what will you do in the new security wars?

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Holmes

Re: HELP

It's in %userprofile%\My Documents\passwords.docx

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Slippery Google greases up, aims to squirm out of EU privacy grasp

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Joke

How do you know if your name is being indexed on a search engine?

Google it.

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New software nasty encrypts Android PHONE files and demands a ransom

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Don't ban the streets, but also don't stop all the security cameras and be cautious about the person wearing gloves and a balaclava.

The security camera's more useful catching a criminal than stalking me going on a stroll.

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Pirate

... just goes to show anonymity isn't always a good thing.

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Microsoft to get in XP users' faces with one last warning

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Re: Woo hoo! Phishing opportunities galore!

If I hadn't read this article, I would have got out my arsenal of malware removal tools and sniffed around for ages.

Even if it mentioned online it's legit - there's no guarantee.

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HTC offers FREEBIE repair on new models with cracked screens

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Re: Aggressive and smart move

As a One S user, it makes me wonder though if they'll stick to their promise with this.

Although I see nothing wrong with the current phone and software, I'd still like the promised I was expecting - and I'm sure the phone can handle the upgrades.

Even if HTC release a semi-official ROM with the newer version I'd be happy. I shouldn't need to use a ROM released by other people.

(I do indeed like Sense which is partially why I chose HTC).

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New password system lets planet Earth do the hard work

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Ye old look over shoulder

Surely this will make it easier for people to look over your shoulder when you're logging in and make it easier to steal passwords?

Text passwords are harder because it's often too long and difficult for people to keep track when I type it in, especially with the use of the Shift key for capitals or special characters.

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One good thing from the Flappy Birds crapp flap: It's a handy 'tech' media rating system

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I'd class the sites which recommend alternative apps as more tailored to their audience than ignorant.

Won't be impressed if popular news sites for non-techie people advises to change settings to allow installation of apps not hosted on Google Play store and download and install the apk - malware writers will have a field day - or few months if the users get used to searching apks.

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Hello Moto: Lenovo grabs Motorola biz for $3bn. But Google's KEEPING the patents

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Re: My money's on Lenovo.

"I'm guessing Samsung are none too happy as Lenovo are certainly more competition than Google (owning Motorola) would have been."

I'm thinking Google were peeving Samsung (and other Android manufacturers) off by owning a competitor - the better Motorola does, the more Samsung is going to dislike Google - now Motorola's performance is out of the way.

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Fine! We'll keep updating WinXP's malware sniffer after April, says Microsoft

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False sense of security is also from MSE's no-so-good detection rate, let alone exploits for MS and non-MS software.

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Malware! tainted! ads! infect! thousands! of! Yahoo! users!

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Re: Is there a JavaBlock addon, ala FlashBlock?

Have you tried to use Google Chrome's "Click To Play" plugin setting? Works well for me.

Settings - Advanced Settings - (Privacy) Content Settings - Plugins... select "Click To Play".

Works well for me, quick and easy to add websites to permanent whitelists, session whitelists or allow individual plugins on a page with a click..

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Merry Christmas? Not for app devs: That gold rush is officially OVER

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Re: Achieved?

Time to start making apps for GGoggles (or any similar product - I cant think names of any other)?

Get ready for that wave to come - just not too early, else you'll sink before the wave arrives.

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How the NSA hacks PCs, phones, routers, hard disks 'at speed of light': Spy tech catalog leaks

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Impressive

I'm impressed by the technology assuming everything on NSA/GCHQ's works as simple as this article makes it out to be in my imagination.

I doubt they're interested in any of us (sorry to deflate your bubbles), but now it's all out in the open, I want to see it be used to catch the bad guys. That's the only way it'll win back the public.

Then make a good movie or TV series like 24, The Wire(Cable) or Spooks and opinions will change.

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We don't need no STEENKIN' exploit brokers: Let's FLATTEN all bug bounties

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Great news for white hats and black hats :)

No doubt, the private brokers will start shelling out higher rewards.

Certainly market failure around this arena which needs to be addressed, but don't think a flat fine is the way to go, especially if its "per exploit found, irrespective of their severity" - ignoring severity/potential damage, number of impacted users and factors required for the exploit to be exploitable seems like it hasn't been thought through.

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India's spooks prepare to peer through their own PRISM

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Coat

At least they're honest and have been since before NSA's antics were leaked.

I'll just leave now before I get fired upon.

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Judge upholds UK ban on HTC phones, but HTC One gets a pass – for now

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Re: This will only

help counterfeiters and manufacturers in countries which have less of an anal patent system get on top of the western manufacturers (and Taiwanese and South Korean and Japanese - you get the idea :))

Huawei and ZTE have it easy

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Al_21

Re: HTC imploding

Agree, HTC are too short sighted - concentrate on the quick sale (of quality phones still), but forget about customer retention and brand loyalty (ongoing support and updates) - and that's what is harming them in the longer term.

This article http://androidandme.com/2013/07/devices/htc-kills-the-one-s-leaves-android-4-1-broken-promises-at-the-scene/ sums up my experience.

HTC One S user using Android 4.1.1 despite the phone having more than capable hardware.

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Apple gets into Twitter data-mining biz with mystery Topsy buy

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Meh

Call me cynical

... but something tells me this will make Topsy less useful for me.

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Your browser may be up to date: But what about the PLUGINS?

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Vulnerable plugins doesn't make end users vulnerable

What about browser security measures? - Sandboxes?

"Chrome has close to 40 per cent of its instances afflicted with a critical vulnerability" - Wonder how many of these are hackers actually able to exploit?

The blog post is only lacking depth - end result = exaggerated concern.

I still support the encouragement of keeping software updated of-course.

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Google decides Chromecast TV-stick apps are a whole NEW THING

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All it needs is a

PS3 MediaServer app or a similar app and it'll do well. That's the lifeline of my home entertainment.

Streaming videos, pictures (and music I guess while you're at it) from Windows, Android, iOS, OSx and Linux is what's missing.

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PlayStation daddy on new PS4: She's ALL 'PLAY', NO 'Station' this time

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Re: Not on my shopping list.

Same for me - the additional bells and whistles is the main reason I went for PS3 - an important piece of entertainment in my living-room, especially for USB playback and streaming media from my server.

My TV and DVD player are nowhere near as quick, easy and functional as the PS3.

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XBOX One SHOT DEAD by Redmond following delivery blunder

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"I can't for the life of me see why anyone would buy a device that can be bricked remotely"...

Depends on why it's been bricked.

For example, mobile phone operators can brick mobiles - not a problem, in fact I support that.

If my mobile network give my phone before release and it doesn't work till the release date, I wouldn't mind at all.

IMO MS have a good reason to add a temporary restriction to the kid as it shouldn't have been sent anyway - and the kid wasn't expecting it to arrive yet.

It'll work when the kid should have got it as planned, so nothing to hamper the schedule.

The kid must be over the moon having got the the xbox, MS's response and all the attention.

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Europe, SAVE US! Patriot Act author begs for help to curb NSA spying

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Re: In summary

Who said the government isn't controlling the agency?

The government?

Yeh, must be true then.

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'Burning platform' Elop: I'd SLASH and BURN stuff at Microsoft, TOO

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Google will miss you Bing

Surely Google will rather Bing still be around - else the EU folk will be more of a pain banging on about competition.

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Rogue US-Israeli cyberwar weapon 'infected Russian nuclear plant'

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Paris Hilton

Re: "Cyberterrorism"

I thought its a fight against terror if the US Govt is involved?

... Fight against terror doesn't equal fight for freedom.

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Google Chrome: Extensions now ONLY from the Company Store

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Re: Hey google

You can still install addons, only using a different method if you don't want it online.

This is about protecting the majority of users who unknowingly install addons.

We all remember the frustrating IE toolbar days - the Ask and Google toolbars were annoying enough let-alone the adware/junk toolbars.

In my experience, these days the unnecessary crap extensions are more junk from legitimate sources like antiviruses or Skype being added without prior consent.

Only find out about them when I see their icon in the browser or Chrome lets me know - thanks Google.

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Google preps Chrome password-blab bug fix

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By design

This wasn't a bug, but by design... bad design.

Glad Google have finally decided to cave in and listen to user feedback, but annoyed it took so long to add this feature.

Recall reading somewhere Google said it's because they didn't want to give a false sense of security - although it is a layer of security once the system is compromised.

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Don't wait up for BBM on iPhone, Android – BlackBerry

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Wait for BBM?

Don't worry, I don't know anyone who is waiting for this anyway... and I don't want another messaging app, already have Watsapp, Facebook, Skype, text, Google - need something which will consolidate all these.

People use what their personal networks use - mine (at least) have already chosen theirs.

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That's a money spinner: iPod wheel patent bout bags bod £2m from Apple

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Re: Wait, I'm confused

#Circular Reference Error!

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Putting the security jigsaw together

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Note to self

Ignore articles which say "Reg reader research" in the description.

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Give us a break: Next Android version to be called 'KitKat'

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Go

I'll sit back and wait for Grandma's Chocolate Brownies

Nothing beat's anyone's grandma's food - nothing.

Oh, and using locally sourced ingredients according to the average American citizen in Man vs Food and Diners, Drive-ins and Dives.

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Your encrypted files are 'exponentially easier' to crack, warn MIT boffins

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Angel

Simples

Encrypt twice :)

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Google gives vendors seven-day bug disclosure deadline

Al_21

Most the people vulnerable to the attacks wont know how to disable the plugin and wont read information about the vulnerabilities as IT news, security and vulnerabilities aren't on the radar.

Many users do not even know what Java does and have installed it because a website told them to.

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Kaspersky plans source code reveal to avoid Huawei's fate

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Coat

Keep calm and carry on

We don't have enough information about the Huawei side door to assess if it should be detected or not as there's rather hazy information.

At the same time, vulnerable software isn't malicious, the exploit is malicious.

Also depends on what gems the side door opens and how you can get through it - remote? USB debugger?.

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Google forks WebKit, promises faster, leaner Chrome engine

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Ads hurt?

As an end user, I rather have ads and maintain the use of Google's free services (search engine, browser, maps, street view etc) than no ads and less or lower quality free services.

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Source code smoking gun links Stuxnet AND Flame

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Re: Two Years Undetected??

Collective intelligence using the 'cloud' - maybe a log of all hashes and potentially countries it's been found in.

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HTC faces Xmas sales ban misery in Germany

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Headmaster

In fast-paced industries such as mobile technology, yes.

Perhaps an alternative is to have patents which last 1 or 2 year.

The patents are beginning to make the market less competitive - bad for us consumers.

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Samsung may try to block next iPhone in Europe too

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Stop

Lawyers didn't cause it, the companies and anticompetitive patent system caused it.

Lawyers are the only ones gaining from it though!

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How to stay out of big trouble from little devices

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Another view

... It also gives malware writers more information about the workings and vulnerabilities of it. Especially bad considering the fact that mobile phone operators are very slow at pushing out updates and fixes.

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Pfizer's Facebook page jacked by script kiddies

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Joke

Quality assurance

The viagra firm may not be hard enough to beat, but the condom firm is too easy to penetrate.

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Spam volumes show massive drop - but why?

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Paris Hilton

Really?

I thought it was 93.something?

Perhaps it's been revised because Symantec released more stats.

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Oracle's Android claims slashed by US patent authorities

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Make less more

Perhaps they should file the claims in smaller bitesize pieces over time - BBC Bitesize helped a lot when the younger ones were doing revision

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Google Chrome extension detects dangerous websites

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Its still alpha/beta

Google's probably going to have the "its still a beta" excuse for a few more years at least.

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Everything Everywhere goes all over the High Street

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Competition and innovation

I disagree, it helps competition if there are separate networks.

Also, why should one company which has spent all that money on development of its network simply give it to another who hasn't spent money on it?

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Notorious rootkit gets self-propagation powers

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At least one...

Kaspersky - as they're the ones who published the research.

Not sure about any others.

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Geek.com visitors attacked by DIY exploit kit

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Sandbox the web-browser

Users need to learn to sandbox their web-browser for general day-to-day use. Companies also need to encourage staff to do this.

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Newly emerged banking Trojan challenges ZeuS-SpyEye duopoly

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Ah

I use MS... dont need to restore my faith in my decision making process - already have faith in it.

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Kaspersky plays down source-code leak

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Stop

Wakey wakey

*Knock Knock* William, wake up from your dream world and read what the article actually says, not what you want it to say.

It was a former employee who leaked it, no hacking involved.

All it takes is one bent employee who shafts the reputation, but its some conciliation the source-code has been made public now so far down the development line rather than in 2008.

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