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Security Through Minimalization

Security Through Minimalization

A post about removing unnecessary software from your computer to help performance and security.

‘Here You Have’ my opinion, enticing users to click.

I like to compare the internet to real life, as a way of helping people understand information security. I am often amazed at how people who are so quick to be sure their homes and cars are protected do not even give a second thought to their online security. For some reason there is still...
Why would anyone want to hack my car?

Why would anyone want to hack my car?

car hacking, hack, target, cars, autoYour car could well be the next target for hackers... or is it? Why would anyone want to hack your car anyway? This past summer has seen numerous articles on the new threat of car hacking "the crime of the future"... The threat is simple, someone doesn't like...
China orders foreign computer security software out!

China orders foreign computer security software out!

Communist China continues to go to extremes and has ordered its banks and other major companies to limit the use of computer security software developed outside of China. That means popular antivirus vendors will lose existing and potential business inside mainland China, and setting up an impending trade clash with the USA and Europe....
ATM Biometrics Coming to a Corner Store Near You!

ATM Biometrics Coming to a Corner Store Near You!

“Every person, place, and thing on this planet will be connected [to the iris system] within the next 10 years,” But what's happening now is Global Rainmakers Inc. (GRI), based out of New York City, has announced that it will use iris scanning technology to begin creating what it claims will be “the most secure city...
Big Banks force Weak Security on Members

Big Banks force Weak Security on Members

Do you bank online? Your account may not be as secure as you'd like to think it is! The other day I was setting up my online account for my television cable provider and was asked to select a password. As I normally do I created a unique complex password for the...

Sandbox technology, what is it?

Sandbox technology is something that is getting more and more publicity lately, but still many individuals and particularly your average home user don't really know much about it. Since the infocarnivore blog focuses on the simpler side of security with the aim of assisting individuals who aren't computer security experts I thought I'd write...

Kaspersky agrees, here comes Microsoft

eugene kaspersky In my most recent post: "MSE about to become major player in Antivirus solutions", I discussed the looming changes that are taking place in the antivirus industry as Microsoft Security Essentials begins to gain recognition and prominence. Shortly after writing that post I got some feedback as well as stumbled upon a few...

MSE about to become major player for AV Solutions

I for one am all too aware of Microsoft's notorious security problems which have haunted the company for years on their various operating platforms, but with Windows 7 and the release of Microsoft Security Eseentials it seems pretty apparent that Microsoft has turned a corner. The fact that they have determined to release MSE...

Web Cookies: the good, the bad and the ugly.

As a person who helps a lot of individuals with their personal computer problems I seem to run into a familiar line of thinking on a regular basis, and that is many people seem to think web cookies (also known as browser cookies or an HTTP cookie) are a bad thing. Some I've talked...

No more farmville or other facebook game spam. Ever!

Rarely does a week goes by that one of my facebook friends doesn't end up posting a status update that goes something like this "if anyone sends me any more farmville crap I'm going to burn your crops and kill your animals" (That's an excerpt from a real status update I saw the other day!)...

How long can I browse the web with no antivirus protection?

Maybe you've heard of them running a car with no oil to see how long it takes for the engine to seize? (Normally bets are taken and whoever guesses the closest time, wins.) Well how long can I browse the web without any antivirus protection whatsoever (on a PC) before I get infected?...