Monthly Archives: April 2011

It’s time for Windows XP to die

In a world where computer security and internet privacy are critical issues, one of the biggest problems we have is the continued use of Windows XP.  Fortunately there is progress in replacing Windows XP, with it being used on less … Continue reading

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Microsoft IE9 Tracking Protection Lists (Part 2 – The How)

In Part 1 of my blog on the Microsoft Internet Explorer 9 (IE9) Tracking Protection List (TPL) feature I discussed why it was important to do something about tracking.  Now lets talk just a little bit about how tracking and … Continue reading

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Microsoft IE9 Tracking Protection Lists (Part 1 – The Why)

A very cool feature in Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 9 (IE9) is its support for Tracking Protection Lists (TPL).  TPLs are a mechanism for reducing how tracking of your activities on the web can be done by advertisers (and others).  I want to … Continue reading

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A Data Breach with real damage

Some of you aren’t going to be sympathetic on this one, but have you heard of PornWikiLeaks?  I was looking at CNet this morning and at the top of the list of most popular links was the story of how … Continue reading

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I wonder what the number is for other industries

Ponemon Institute did a study of IT security in the energy industry. 75% admit to having suffered a data breach in the last 12 months. 71% of IT Security executives at global energy producers state that their executive management team … Continue reading

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I’m glad I’m running IE9

I’ve installed all three of the latest browsers and will try them side-by-side for a while.  Of course, the first thing one notices is that only IE9 has the Tracking Protection List feature.  I’m working on a blog post on that … Continue reading

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Data Breach Update

Two new pieces of news: 1) Add Kroger (parent of King Soopers, City Markets, etc. supermarkets) to the list of company’s whose customer email addresses were lost through the Epsilon breach.  Now aren’t you glad you registered your mail address … Continue reading

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Sadly, data breaches are all too common

After blogging about BP’s lost laptop this morning I was checking my mail and discovered a note from one of my financial institutions about a breach at bulk email sender Epsilon that impacts me.  Three of the largest credit card issuers … Continue reading

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BP loses a laptop containing (unencrypted) personal information

Sadly A BP employee had the personal information about claimants from the Deepwater Horizon spill on a laptop with neither the files nor hard drive encrypted. And it was stolen (http://content.usatoday.com/communities/ondeadline/post/2011/03/bp-worker-loses-laptop-holding-data-for-13k-gulf-oil-spill-claimants/1?csp=34news). It isn’t clear if BP has inadequate policies, inadequate … Continue reading

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