What if I told you the new audio CD you’ve been playing on your PC
has installed software without your knowledge — and has used hacker techniques to
hide that software so you won’t find out?
Recently the very popular
social networking Web site MySpace was
completely taken down due to the first self-propagating cross-site scripting
(XSS) worm. How did this happen? It all began as a little prank one user — until the joke got out of hand.
This may be a tough thing to hear, but it’s true. Even antivirus software has
bugs and vulnerabilities that can be exploited, if someone takes enough time to
look for them.
recently released volume eight of its semiannual
Threat Report. That report, among other things, stated that Mozilla
Web browsers are potentially more vulnerable to attack than Microsoft’s Internet
A lot of things have happened since my last column. The most notable, of course,
was Hurricane Katrina. My family and I were lucky during this disaster. Where we live in
a city in northeast Mississippi, the last of the hurricane passed over us as it
was dying down. It did little damage to our town and caused few power
Even though I frequently focus on browser vulnerabilities in this column, you
can still find vulnerabilities just about anywhere in Windows. They range from
installed software installed to hardware drivers to the operating system
itself. No matter how hard anyone tries, no computer system can be 100% safe and
secure. Anyone who tells you different is just not telling you the truth.
You probably thought — as I did — that Microsoft’s ill-fated version of
Java would never rear its ugly head again after MS settled with Sun Microsystems
over one year ago.
The headline above probably sounds like a broken record. I know I’ve said it
many times and written it probably even more.
announced plans for a new Internet Explorer version 7 back in
With the first beta due out
you might be thinking that IE will finally be secure enough for you to start
using it again.
Instant messaging programs are a popular way of communicating with your
friends and family over the Internet. These same programs have also become a
fast and easy way for hackers to spread viruses, worms, and Trojans that can
infect your computer.