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Laptops can contain confidential information, and are inherently less secure than large machines: it is easier to take physical possession of them. Nationwide building society recently had one stolen that contained customer information; and 3 laptops containing police payroll information were stolen from LogicaCMG, the UK IT services firm. You have to wonder whether it […] Read more

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Firefox 2.0 is better than Internet Explorer 7 at preventing phishing, according to a study commissioned by Mozilla. A study commissioned by Microsoft found that IE7 is better than a range of 7 third-party security applications. The Microsoft study didn’t include Firefox.

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“The Shuttle was never expected to be in orbit as one year gives way to another”. Unbelievable.

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This time it’s the Department of Work and Pensions, in particular their contact centres. Contact centre employees have to use a number of different systems containing client information. These systems are not properly joined up, so that people applying for benefits or pensions have to give the same information on a number of occasions – […] Read more

There are some worrying aspects to the anti-piracy technologies that are part of Microsoft’s new Vista operating system. In any case, the entire concept of significantly reducing the functionality of running systems is saturated with risks. Microsoft notes that their products aren’t supposed to be used for “critical” types of applications. That’s a fine sentiment, […] Read more

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I can’t put it better than Bruce Schneier, commenting on a Los Angeles Times op-ed by Dennis Gilbert. People just aren’t rational about risk. They over react to some risks, and under react to others. This has big implications for risk management, especially in risk identification and risk assessment. More importantly, though, it affects how […] Read more

We can’t just ignore the environmental impact of IT. If, as some hope, the Stern review is going to raise the profile of environmental issues, and lead to actual changes in business behaviour, then IT won’t be exempt.

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It’s been reported that yet again sensitive information has been posted on the web because people don’t understand the difference between what you see and what you get. A pdf document posted by the Civil Aviation Authority contained blacked out sections that were about airport security. However, the sensitive sections could be read quite easily: […] Read more

A recent survey suggests that many websites won’t work well with IE7. Normally, it wouldn’t matter much if sites don’t work with a new browser, as take-up is typically pretty slow. However, many people will be upgraded to IE7 automatically. I have to admit that I haven’t tested my site with IE7. I’m hoping that […] Read more

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News update 2006-10: October 2006 =================== Contents: 1. Software versions 2. Bogus data 3. Is testing necessary? 4. Blogging and wikis 5. Newsletter information =============== 1. Software versions Want to lose 4.8 billion euros? It looks as if a good way to do it is to make sure that different parts of your organisation are […] Read more

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