WINDOWS XP SECURITY HOLE MISREPRESENTED

The press has done a terrible job reporting on the Windows XP security vulnerability that turned up a few days ago. It was widely reported that any hacker with a modem could sit in a hut in Minsk and take over your computer, transmitting all your private files to...

WINDOWS SECURITY UPDATE

Somebody discovered a way to sneak remotely into Windows computers under some circumstances (only in the laboratory so far, but some smart person will figure it out in the real world eventually). Microsoft has a patch that eliminates the problem, and it’s trying...

NORTON ANTIVIRUS & E-MAIL SCANNING

By default, Norton Antivirus 2002 scans outgoing e-mail for viruses. I’ve become unhappy with the way it handles that outgoing mail scan. It typically takes 10-30 seconds before anything happens to a message in the outbox, and then a big window appears in the...

INTERNET EXPLORER SECURITY UPDATE

Microsoft released a huge patch for Internet Explorer 5.5 and 6 today. It is highly recommended that everyone install this patch immediately. It is a cumulative patch that includes all previous security updates for IE, and adds protection against three new...

OUTLOOK E-MAIL SECURITY

The responsibility of owning a computer today includes owning an antivirus program and keeping it up to date. If you haven’t affirmatively done something to update your virus definitions in the last two weeks, then you’re at risk, and you’re putting...

GONER VIRUS

Another virus is running around today. It comes in as an attachment to an e-mail message with the subject “Hi.” The message body begins, “How are you? When I saw this screen saver, I immediately thought about you. I am in a harry, I promise you will...