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Vista will come in SEVEN flavors

My head is spinning.  Really.  According to this article by Paul Thurrot, “Microsoft is creating seven versions of Vista for end users (nine if you count the N Editions that will target European markets). To differentiate these products, the company is carefully matching feature sets to the expected markets that will adopt each product version.   […]

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Irony

I found this particularly ironic. This popup was displayed yesterday while using 180Solutions Zango: . (Click to enlarge) Alex Eckelberry

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The debate about PhishFighting.com

A couple of weeks back, I blogged on a new site, called phishfighting.com. The idea is you enter a URL into the site, and it sends the phishing site fake hits every 20 seconds. Well it was a hot subject. Lots of comments on the original blog, and I followed up with a new blog […]

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The AskJeeves question. Hopefully, we’ve answered it.

A while back, AskJeeves approached us to have their products delisted from the CounterSpy database. There are a number of antispyware programs that list AskJeeves toolbars and a number that don’t. You can see the current status of AskJeeves detections here. It’s a mixed bag: Companies that don’t detect any AskJeeves programs are Lavasoft, Microsoft, […]

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Another antispyware tool

This handy little gadget purports to spot hidden spy cameras. I’m not sure if it actually works, but it’s a cute idea. Link here. (via BoingBoing) Alex Eckelberry

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MS employee blogs about keylogging

Good stuff here. “And that’s the key issue – you have to trust the endpoints in a given Web transaction, not just the security “on the wire”. Security on the wire is important – SSL is how you ensure that none of the myriad networks your little packet might traverse between you and the bank has an […]

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Adbumb takes a stand

Pesach Lattin, CEO of AdBUMb (a big newseletter for the online advertising community) has taken a stand on spyware. His blog entry here. “…there can be no doubt anymore that much of the adware industry is not legit. And there is no doubt that much of this industry is plainly illegal. Even the largest companies […]

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Sleazy install of the week

I hope the FTC gets on this one.  Some website, security2k.net (careful going there) is masquerading as the Windows Security Center, trying to sell security software (notably some program called SpyTrooper) with grossly misleading scare tactics.   (Click to enlarge)   Alex Eckelberry

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Why couldn’t they have convienently "lost" that information?

According to this article, Yahoo gave information on a Chinese journalist to the Chinese government.  The journalist went to prison for 10 years for divulging “state secrets”. “The state secret was a message to Shi’s newspaper warning journalists of the dangers associated with dissidents returning to mark the 15th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre, […]

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180 Solutions will try to clean up its distribution channels

180 Solutions has announced plans to clean up their distribution channels. Basically: The new technology, dubbed S3, is designed to help “prevent the suppression or manipulation of the user consent experience prior to installation” All new affiliates are required to use this new technology. Current (and sometimes naughty) distributors have until the end of the […]

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