Monthly Archives: August 2011

When Bugs Strike

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A blunt look at the damage that can be caused when a computer infection takes hold with examples from recent news.

Computer bugs can take many forms, some are harmless while others are devastating, some need coaxing and provocation while others can crop up during business as usual.  In last week’s post I described how bugs occur as a reason to patch your computer.  Here I highlight the damage that bugs can cause as a persuader to patch your computer in case you’re not convinced.
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Why We Need Patches

A brief look at why we need to patch our computers.

Decorative Image - BugMany people treat a computer in the same way as a car or washing machine; if it’s not broke don’t fix it. Unfortunately there are varying degrees of broken and only when it gets to ‘really broken’ do we tend to notice.  Here I take a look at why we should make the effort to patch a computer even when there appears to be nothing wrong.

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Myths and Legends

Clearing up some common misconceptions about web and IT security.

Decorative Image - AlienThere are a lot of opinions bouncing around the web that through Chinese whispers or repetition have become sudo-facts. In this post I hope to dispel some of these popular myths.  Unfortunately there are not always simple solutions to life’s problems but being aware of them is often enough to help. Continue reading

WhatApp Mobile Messenger

Details of another mobile app that demands too many privileges.

WhatApp Messenger PermissionsI came across this application a few months back; I wasn’t impressed with it then and nothing has changed.  A friend sent me a text message this morning singing its praises and suggesting I install it.  Unfortunately that friend is not very tech savvy and was all too quickly impressed by the shiny shiny marketing to bother looking at the details. Continue reading