Useful Job Websites

Okay, IT friends, mentors and students: many people have been sending me resumes and telling me about their job search. The tip I’m seeing from the most successful is solid use of the Internet. Reluctantly or not, get onto Facebook. (Never give away your real birth date, by the way. And don’t use any of …

Freedoms Surrendered Are Never Regained: Mikko Hypponen: Three types of online attack

Mikko Hypponen: Three types of online attack Did you know every laser printer prints an invisible pattern of yellow dots that uniquely identifies that printer? This is so authorities can hold you responsible for what you print. I am not joking. This TED talk probably is not what you think. From whom, for instance, will …

Dutch courts order the Pirate Party to stop telling people how to get to Pirate Bay

There are censorship issues here, and copyright issues. There’s the tricky issue of a political party specifically aligned with a file-sharing site. It’s freedom of information versus legitimate ownership of material. There’s no clear right or wrong here (like most of the world, I’m afraid), but there’s a very nasty nest of snakes when you …

Chinese Firm Leaks Microsoft Security Data: Were You Surprised?

I’m sorry, but for business purposes we must not trust China. Not with intellectual property, not with inside information, not with vulnerability data. Chinese culture dehumanizes outsiders, making it perfectly legitimate, for instance, to poison their babies with formula spiked with melamine. That’s plastic, in case you didn’t know. This kind of thing is common …

Cyberspies Wanted: How to Become One

Are you a hacker? A cracker? Someone who breaks into systems and networks for fun and profit, or for a cause? National security services all over the world are looking for you. They want to offer you a job. For just one of many examples, see PCPro.com’s “How to become a cyberspy”:http://www.pcpro.co.uk/features/374311/how-to-become-a-cyberspy

Install or Update Software With Ease

Imagine you have a new workstation and you need to install Firefox, Skype, iTunes, VLC, Flash, Java, Picasa, Reader, Dropbox, WinRAR, PuTTY, Malwarebytes, FileZilla, ImgBurn, KeePass and Microsoft Security Essentials. If you’re an Information Technology Professional with exposure to patch management or system configuration, imagining this won’t be the problem; the problem is the amount …