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There is no safe neighborhood anywhere on the Internet. Even honest reputable sites, such as The New York Times, can inadvertently serve up malware. If you don’t keep all the software on your computer patched with the latest bug fixes, you are constantly at risk – malware exploits known bugs to install itself. Now that… Read more
Two things happened last Tuesday that, taken together, point out just how dangerous the Internet is. Cyber security was all over the news as Defense Secretary Robert Gates approved the creation of a new department in the U.S. government, called U.S. Cyber Command, to handle the security of computer networks run by the Department of… Read more
A hacker got into the computer systems of electronic payment processing services provider RBS WorldPay, compromising more than a million customers’ records. Formerly known as RBS Lynk, RBS WorldPay, which claims it has more than 20 years in the business, is the U.S. payment processing arm of The Royal Bank of Scotland Group. Personal and… Read more
Can companies make money by selling a product customers can get for free? Absolutely, yes. According to IDC, organizations spent $1.8 billion on stand-alone open source software in 2006, and IDC projects that total revenues in this market will reach $5.8 billion by 2011. Eager to get in on that action, a number of software… Read more
It crawls the Web without malice seeking out every possible bit of content. It’s name is Googlebot, and sometimes it gets to see things on the Web that the rest of don’t. Unless of course you pretend to be Googlebot. Superficially spoofing Googlebot, Google’s Web crawler, is not a difficult thing to do and was… Read more