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

Hacker, Microsoft duke it out over Vista design flaw

Joanna Rutkowska has always been a big supporter of the Windows Vista security model. Until she stumbled upon a "very severe hole" in the design of UAC (User Account Control) and found out -- from Microsoft officials -- that the default no-admin setting isn't even a security mechanism anymore.

February 13, 2007 by Ryan Naraine


Schneier: Do not upgrade to Vista

Security guru Bruce Schneier has given a big thumbs-down to Windows Vista, arguing that the copy protection features built into the new operating system "will make your computer less reliable and less secure."

February 12, 2007 by Ryan Naraine


Skype removes DRM snoop agent

Skype has released an update for Windows users to nuke a DRM (digital rights management) snoop agent that reads the serial number off a user's motherboard.

February 12, 2007 by Ryan Naraine


PHP update plugs serious security holes

The open-source PHP Group has shipped a new version of the general-purpose scripting language to fix multiple security holes that could lead to security bypass and the exposure of sensitive information.

February 9, 2007 by Ryan Naraine


Project Titan: Verisign moves to strengthen DNS infrastructure

SAN FRANCISCO -- Just days after unknown attackers launched denial-of-service attacks against the root servers that help manage the world's Internet traffic, Verisign announced the launch of a major initiative to significantly increase its daily DNS query capacity -- from 400 billion queries a day currently to 4 trillion queries a day.

February 8, 2007 by Ryan Naraine


Dirty dozen: Windows, Office, OneCare patches on tap

Microsoft's Patch Day bundle this month will be a whopper: 12 bulletins with fixes for a wide range of serious security vulnerabilities.Five of the 12 bulletins will cover remotely exploitable bugs in the Windows operating system while three will deal with Microsoft Office flaws.

February 8, 2007 by Ryan Naraine