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

On deck from Oracle: 45 critical database, server patches

Database server giant Oracle plans to ship patches for a total of 45 security vulnerabilities on Thursday (July 17), bringing the vulnerability count for 2008 to a whopping 112.Since January 2006 (this CPU included), Oracle has shipped fixes for a total of  572 vulnerabilities.

July 14, 2008 by Ryan Naraine


iPhone 3G SMS charges bypassed using AOL Instant Messenger

Updated: Conversations in the talkbacks have been very fruitful, pointing out that Apple does not make anything off of these SMS messages. Originally I had thought that Apple would take a cut from the AT&T profits and that this was the reason why they are the exclusive provider.

July 13, 2008 by Nathan McFeters


Open Discussion: Software firewalls

It my recent story on "Patching the Internet" a discussion on how Dan Kaminsky broke, then subsequently helped fix DNS and the Internet, a lot of discussion centered around how the patch was breaking various software firewall applications. Most notably I heard talk of ZoneAlarm having issues.

July 11, 2008 by Nathan McFeters


Security is hard, accept it

* Ryan Naraine is on vacation.Guest editorial by Dr Jose NazarioThe past 10 or 15 years have been about the same things, largely, over and over again: input problems into single system applications or kernels.

July 10, 2008 by Ryan Naraine


Gmail, PayPal and Ebay embrace DomainKeys to fight phishing emails

Brad Taylor, Google's Gmail Spam Czar, has just posted details on the ongoing cooperation with PayPal and Ebay, two of the most targeted brands in phishing emails, the effect of which is rejecting compared to flagging as spam each and every email pretending to be coming from and ebay.

July 9, 2008 by Dancho Danchev