Archive for April, 2006

Say no to WiFi, yes to GPRS

Wednesday, April 26th, 2006

Everybody’s on about the security problems caused by public WiFi hotspots, like in airports, Starbucks and so on. The problem is that it is too easy for other people in your immediate vicinity to eavesdrop on your communications or even to set up fake hotspots and make you connect to those instead of the bona […]

Another Windows Rant

Sunday, April 23rd, 2006

Since getting myself a Mac (two, by now), I’m becoming positively allergic to the incredible stupidities one encounters in Windows programs. Most of these are the result of the combined stupidity of the application programmer and the Windows designers. Now, for today’s example…

Biological comparison nonsense

Friday, April 14th, 2006

To me, this business with comparing malware and anti-measures in the IT security world with biological systems and in particular immune systems is nonsense on so many levels. People draw parallels with monoculture versus diversified cultures, and immunizing systems and so on. I say: Bah! First, biological systems have no designer or design targets, no […]

Securing bank transactions

Tuesday, April 4th, 2006

So, what’s wrong with using hardware tokens for banking? Well, by themselves, they don’t actually protect you. And this is why.