Violet Blue

Violet Blue is the author of The Smart Girl's Guide to Privacy. She contributes to ZDNet, CNET, CBS News, and SF Appeal.

Larry Seltzer

Larry Seltzer has long been a recognized expert in technology, with a focus on mobile technology and security in recent years

Latest Posts

Gaping holes in Trillian IM client

Trillian users beware:  There are multiple serious security holes in the popular cross-platform IM application.According to alerts issued by TippingPoint's Zero Day Initiative (ZDI), the vulnerabilities allow remote attackers to execute arbitrary code on vulnerable installations of Trillian Pro.

May 22, 2008 by Ryan Naraine


How to wipe data off an iPhone

In reponse to reports that personally identifiable private information can be easily swiped from used iPhones sold on eBay, the tireless Rich Mogull has cooked up a nifty way to wipe data from iPhones.Mogull admits his process is "not perfect" but it does look to be an easy way to overload the iPhone with music files to force an overwrite of the device's storage.

May 21, 2008 by Ryan Naraine


Cisco plugs holes in Voice Portal, SSH implementation

It's Patch Day in the land of Cisco.The network routing and switching giant today released three security bulletins with patches for multiple vulnerabilities affecting the Cisco Voice Portal and the Secure Shell server (SSH) implementation in Cisco IOS.

May 21, 2008 by Ryan Naraine

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iCal vulnerabilities put Mac OS X users at risk

Heads up to Mac OS X users:  It appears Apple will be shipping high-priority security patches sometime today. (See important update at the end)According to a security alert from vulnerability research and pen testing firm Core Security, Apple is about to release patches for three remotely exploitable security vulnerabilities in iCal, the personal calendar application that ships on Mac OS X.

May 21, 2008 by Ryan Naraine


No security software, no E-banking fraud claims for you

Rational, but unrealistic in today's threatscape. According to the Times :"Customers using their credit or debit cards online have been advised that high street banks are likely to become increasingly reluctant to help victims of internet fraud as new rules added to the Banking Code signal less willingness to cover losses.

May 20, 2008 by Dancho Danchev


McAfee partner isn't McAfee secure

I was over reading Russ McRee's blog today, and I've got to say, if McAfee's HackerSafe (or whatever they're calling it now) doesn't die off soon, then he'll be able to write a novel about their trials and tribulations.Apparently, McAfee authorized distributor Winferno.

May 20, 2008 by Nathan McFeters

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What is the U.S. doing about security? Part 2.

Wow that was quick.  No sooner did I get done posting my last article and I see on Wired the following story:Once again, supposedly sensitive information blacked out from a government report turns out to be visible by computer experts armed with the Ctrl+C keys — and that information turns out to be not very sensitive after all.

May 20, 2008 by Nathan McFeters


What is the U.S. doing about security?

I've been terrible busy lately.  Hopefully you all here haven't noticed, as I've been working hard to still keep my posts flowing, but I've just got time to catch up with several blogs that I read often.

May 20, 2008 by Nathan McFeters