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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Skeletons in Microsoft's Patch Day closet

Last Tuesday, when Microsoft released the MS07-030 bulletin to fix a remote code execution hole in Visio, the first line in the executive summary caught my attention:This important update resolves two privately reported vulnerabilities in addition to other security issues identified during the course of the investigation.

June 20, 2007 by Ryan Naraine

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Does Trillian have a crapware problem?

StopBadware.org researcher Liana Leahy has taken Cerulean Studios to task for bundling two third-party applications into the popular free Trillian IM client, arguing that users who are not careful during the Trillian installation process could end up with a crapware problem.

June 19, 2007 by Ryan Naraine

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Firefox narrows patch deployment window

Mozilla security chief Window Snyder has dismissed the counting of vulnerabilities as a "misleading metric," suggesting that the time it takes to release -- and deploy -- software patches should carry more weight.

June 19, 2007 by Ryan Naraine

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Google releases Safe Browsing API

Google has released an experimental Safe Browsing API to allow third party developers to check URLs against blacklists of suspected phishing and malware sites.

June 18, 2007 by Ryan Naraine

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Windows v Linux - Days of risk in 2006

Microsoft's Jeff Jones has released his "days of risk" comparison of security vulnerabilities fixed in the major workstation operating systems in an attempt to prove his controversial argument that Windows users are arguably safer than those using Linux, Mac OS X or Solaris.I recently wrote about Jones' presentation this year's TechEd conference where he discussed the metrics and techniques used to keep track of OS vulnerabilities and offered an early glimpse at his ongoing 2007 report card.

June 15, 2007 by Ryan Naraine

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