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

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Microsoft Excel patch may lead to to calculation errors

Microsoft plugged more than a few vulnerabilities in Excel last week, but the trade off may be calculation errors.Microsoft's Bill Sisk said in a post late Friday following the software giant's latest patch batch:I wanted to let you know that we have updated bulletin MS08-014 to provide additional information on a newly identified issue that causes Microsoft Excel 2003 calculations to return an incorrect result when a Real Time Data source is used.

March 16, 2008 by


Google: CAPTCHAs aren't dead yet

CAPTCHAs, those fuzzy letters that are supposed to ensure you're a human when you register for an account, have been under fire of late, but Google says their demise is greatly exaggerated.That's the takeaway from a post by Brad Stone in the New York Times Bits blog.

March 13, 2008 by


Got room in your heart for a hacker?

I was looking over famed security researcher and cryptography expert Bruce Schneier's blog today and found an article on hacking medical devices.  I have to admit that I was surprised, but I shouldn't have been.

March 13, 2008 by Nathan McFeters


IE 8: Cross scripting defense a double-edged sword

Update: As most of the tech world knows, IE 8 has landed with its first beta, but the security improvements may raise some other issues to ponder.Folks--especially security researchers--are kicking the tires on IE 8 (all resources) and finding a few problems that go along with Microsoft's protection enhancements.

March 13, 2008 by


Microsoft delivers 12 patches to plug Office; 7 for Excel flaws

Microsoft on Tuesday delivered several patches to fix critical vulnerabilities in Office including a well-publicized Excel flaw.In the first bulletin (MS08-014), Microsoft addressed "several privately reported and publicly reported vulnerabilities in Microsoft Office Excel that could allow remote code execution if a user opens a specially crafted Excel file.

March 11, 2008 by