Data irresponsibility

British anti-leaking guidelines document leaked

Following several cases of data irresponsibility, namingly government officials “losing” unencrypted classified information, the British Ministry of Defence compiled a document outlining how to prevent confidential information from being leaked to the Internet.
Problem is, that very document has just been leaked to the Internet.
Bummer!

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simple reasons as to why Windows Live sucks

I’ve started using my Microsoft Hotmail Windows Live account again, and it didn’t take a hard look to find 2 reasons why it is vastly inferior to Google Mail:

  1. Informations are passed on a transparent HTTP connection. Gmail uses encrypted HTTPS all session long.
  2. Windows Live allow me to search keywords in ONE message at a time. Gmail allows me to search keywords in the frickin’ thousands of email I have been getting since opening my account.

Way to go Microsoft, Bing! must be a big threat to Google if you’ve put the same attention to detail in developing it.

Update: last week, Microsoft reported that thousands of Hotmail accounts were exposed over a phishing attack. I know better than to click on an email link to log into my account, so it seems that many of those exposed accounts were used to corrupt the Hotmail network, including my own account. I got about 20 spam mail allegedly sent by contacts, and 10 mail sending failure notices to contacts from my Hotmail list. I proceeded to change my password, and it now seems that the Hotmail spam filter is temporarily disabled, letting all the junk mail reach my inbox. I’m sure this is prompting a lot of long time Hotmail users to move to a more serious provider like gMail or Yahoo.

Update: Turns out my vacation reply has somehow been activated, featured the same text I’ve seen on and on, and was set to reply to every incoming mail (which according to Microsoft makes me more vulnerable):

Dear friend,
how were you going? I would like to introduce you an really good space,there are mainly run various kinds of famous electornic products, it’s true charm pioneer.Now the company is under promotion, all of the products are sold nearly as the same as their cost.
Charmpioneer renders the best service to customers, and provides you with original products which are very cheap, but good-quality.
It is really a good opportunity for taking action, let’s go,just do it, and you will fall in love with it.

The web address: (www.)brcian.com

Update: Now I noticed that my contact list has completely dissapeared whenever I connect with an IM client.

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Tips for protecting your privacy on Facebook

PC World posted a very useful article about tips on protecting your privacy on Facebook.

Avoid Facebook Disasters
Ignoring Facebook’s privacy options–some of them fairly new and not well known–can trip up the social-networking site’s users in a number of ways. Here are some that everyone who has a Facebook account should be aware of.

Read the full article here.

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All your personal files are safe with Ubuntu 9.04

Ubuntu already featured by default security enhancements developed by the U.S. National Security Agency, but version 9.04 of the Linux distribution now brings seamless file encryption for added protection of critical data. When activated, the option automatically mounts the encrypted home folder without asking for a password, and the user can browse and work with files at normal speed. Should the encrypted folder need to be recovered, there is a hash passphrase.

This new feature could prove useful should the computer gets stolen: in case critical data was not already encrypted through Keepass or Truecrypt, the thief won’t be able to read anything from the home folder. File encryption is not virtually unbreakable, so for added security one should combine all those different layers of security.

This should be something mandatory for all government laptops, which are particularly at risk.

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Internet Explorer 8 is out and down

[UPDATE] Early uninquisitive articles did applause the new version, but once the excitement faded, detailed reviews only seemed to be voicing dissapointment. The 8th release of Internet Explorer finally passes the Acid test straight out of the box… well actually Acid2, not Acid3 like the competition. Springing from the worst browser lineage -ever- in the history of Internet security, IE8 is said to feature at last some security improvements.

I run IE7 on XP at work, and the application needs restart at least 3 times a day… when it does not crash. Internet Explorer is developed by a team that has complete access to all the operating system specifications, unlike third-party developers, and yet they still manage to mess it up. I don’t know if IE8 will be more stable, but it doesn’t offer the same range of free addons as Firefox or Opera. Last time I tried to look for an IE plugin I was asked to pay for it.

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