Airport WiFi Putting You at Risk

Israeli cybersecurity company Coronet has released a report on the threat to travelers using WiFi at airports across the United States.  Major airports are ranked by threat level, and recommendations are provided for mitigating malware and eavesdropping risks to personal electronic devices. One item not mentioned in the report – the ease with which a Read More …

Julian Assange Charged: Will likely be extradited to the U.S.

I confess to having varying opinions of Julian Assange. My initial reaction toward his actions several years ago, was that he was an egotist trying to make a name for himself by revealing classified information that was not at all protective of American citizens or the public interest.  His association with Brad/Chelsea Manning wasn’t helpful Read More …

Data Integrity and Election Recounts

Updates below the fold. With all of the controversy swirling among both Republicans and Democrats on the recounts underway in Florida and Georgia, I feel that there is something important missing from the debate. Democrats are screaming “Every vote must be counted!” while Republicans yell “Voter fraud!”.  The real question is one of data integrity. Read More …

Fake Xanax Abounds Online – Now if they’d only take a hard look at generics

A WSJ article describes the campaign against fake pharmaceuticals – both through online pharmacies and the “Dark Web”. Summary: only about 5% of the Xanax purchased via the Dark Web was found to be authentic (not really a big surprise there). There was more railing against online pharmacies by none other than the National Association Read More …

On Vendor Bloatware and Superfish

I’ve noticed that the bloatware installed by vendors on new computers (primarily windows machines) goes well beyond additional sales opportunities or application “fluff”. Increasingly, these vendor installed applications are slowing down user’s systems, and often times replicate functionality already provided ably by the operating system. Recently, a user brought me her slow Sony laptop that Read More …