Black Friday and Cyber Monday may mark the high points of the holiday shopping season, but they are by no means the end of it. In a still struggling economy, with everyone searching for value, consumers will encounter technology deals that might seem too good to be true.
If you're a Microsoft shareholder, or even just a fan, these are troublesome times. The naysayers are out in force, and everywhere you turn some expert is decrying the company's failure and predicting its ultimate doom.
Spam, malware, viruses, and identity theft -- these are the dangers most of us associate with the Internet. Faceless threats from somewhere in "cyberspace", that attack us anonymously.
But, as recent history has shown, users with children may be missing a much more dangerous threat closer to home: cyberbullying. It seems as if the age old schoolyard threat of bullying has caught up to modern technology.
In his Long View blog, Richi Jennings posted a rebuttal to my post, Spam Wars 2010.
In his response, Richi argues several of my points, particularly those involving statistics. While some of Richi's points are well taken, given the nature of stats and how they can be spun, with all due respect to Richi, I don't believe his argument holds water.
There's a spam war raging in North America, and computer users are losing. Worse yet, many of use don't even realize we're being attacked or why. Most users see spam as an annoyance, and don't look past their cluttered inboxes to the true severity of the threat to every aspect of our online world.
Last month, Google's security team sent a message to the Internet security community: we need to redefine responsible disclosure. The current method of reporting security vulnerabilities is outdated and too slow.