Category Archives: Security

Google Reader and other customer tragedies

(This was written weeks ago but not published until now.  I’m going to largely leave it as originally written, with an update at the end.) I’m pretty upset about Google’s decision to drop support for Google Reader.  I think it … Continue reading

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It’s a good thing I have anti-malware software installed

Along with those who believe NASA faked sending men to the moon and Holocaust deniers, is a group of people who argue that traditional anti-malware (or anti-virus) software is useless and unnecessary.  These AV-deniers believe that simply by avoiding things … Continue reading

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Some Anti-Malware basics

This is not a blog post for the IT professional, unless you have little idea how anti-malware, reputation, etc. work.  It is a small primer for those who don’t quite get all this anti-malware stuff. At its core anti-malware seems … Continue reading

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Are evaluations of Microsoft Security Essentials unfair?

Microsoft Security Essentials has recently come under some criticism for poor test results.  The obvious, or maybe not so obvious, question to ask is how much of this is about the performance of Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) and how much … Continue reading

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Yes Virginia, Anti-Virus software is quite useful

Every now and then I come across an article or blog posting arguing that Anti-Virus software is near useless and shouldn’t be bothered with because it can only protect you against known threats and not emerging threats.  First of all … Continue reading

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Goodbye Forefront, it was nice knowing you

My last job at Microsoft was as the “Chief Architect” of the Identity and Security Division (and briefly its successor organization, DAIP) and General Manager for Forefront UAG, Forefront TMG, Rights Management Services, Certificate Services, Windows NAP, and some other … Continue reading

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Beware Cloud Services bearing gifts

Last week I tried to access the web site of a company that a few of my former Microsoft colleagues work for and was shocked when Norton DNS blocked my access.  Upon further investigation I realized the company’s site was … Continue reading

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Vendors are missing out on a malware fighting technique

There is a growing controversy over the business of selling zero-day exploits, that is bugs in software that can be exploited by malware.  I say controversy because it is perfectly legal in the U.S. and many other jurisdictions for someone … Continue reading

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You can’t defeat SPAM when legitimate mail looks like SPAM!

One of the subtle changes in Microsoft’s new outlook.com replacement for Hotmail is that the messages about suspicious mail have changed.  In Hotmail messages are simply described as suspicious, in outlook.com it is now clearly stated that the “sender failed our … Continue reading

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Tumblr is back on my good side

In a piece I wrote a couple of weeks ago I’d brought up the problem of Tumblr hosting phishing/malicious web sites.  Well after a few days of my feeding examples to Tumblr’s support team, and they taking down the sites, I haven’t … Continue reading

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