How do I find out about IT security threats without the media hype?

Listen to Security Now!

I was on the road this afternoon, so I had the chance to listen to episode number 392 of Security Now. While I am a long time advocate of Security Now, I recognise it can be a bit geek heavy in places. That said, I urge any one who works in or with IT to listen to the first two thirds of episode 392 for the discussion with hosts Leo Laporte and Steve Gibson and guest Brian Krebs covering “Organized crime on the Internet, botnets, ransomware, and more”. The interview will give you an overview of what is happening on the dark side free of media hype. The tone is informal, informative and the language isn’t geek heavy, and is suitable for all levels of IT knowledge.

Allow about an hour for the interview, if you can spare the time catch the whole show for which you’ll need 1 hour 30 minutes. Security Now is best consumed as the audio version.

Find an hour for this. I recommend it.

Listen to Security Now!

I was on the road this afternoon, so I had the chance to listen to episode number 392 of Security Now. While I am a long time advocate of Security Now, I recognise it can be a bit geek heavy in places. That said, I urge any one who works in or with IT to listen to the first two thirds of episode 392 for the discussion with hosts Leo Laporte and Steve Gibson and guest Brian Krebs covering “Organized crime on the Internet, botnets, ransomware, and more”. The interview will give you an overview of what is happening on the dark side free of media hype.

The tone is informal, informative and the language isn’t geek heavy, and is suitable for all levels of IT knowledge.

Continue reading “How do I find out about IT security threats without the media hype?”

How long will your password stand up under a brute force attack?

Steve Gibson of the Security Now Podcast is always good value. He has created a client side (ie you will need Javascript enabled) application to tell you how long a password will stand up under a brute force attack. Try this with your favourite password at https://www.grc.com/haystack.htm

Regards, Steven

Steve Gibson of the Security Now Podcast is always good value. He has created a client side (ie you will need Javascript enabled) application to tell you how long a password will stand up under a brute force attack. Try this with your favourite password at https://www.grc.com/haystack.htm. Be sure to read the additional information at the site.

Regards, Steven

Good Computer Security Advice for the normal PC user OnGuardOnline.gov

While I listen regularly to Security Now, it is not aimed at the general user , it is more for the IT worker or enthusiast. On a recent episode Steve Gibson recommended a useful resource for the general PC user at OnGuardOnline.gov. I have explored it a little and can say its a very useful site for the non geek.

At the start of each of my application courses at a major metropolitan University, I have been asked to hand out some security “postcards” and briefly discuss anti spyware/malware security precautions. The institute wants to reduce the incidence of staff bring in problems from home to the work network. A real concern to IT departments in this age of highly mobile devices of increasing power and usefulness. The official discussion often leads to a few questions seeking explanation of the threats and what to do in response.

So I have been looking for a good Security primer on line for the general person, that I can refer people to. Continue reading “Good Computer Security Advice for the normal PC user OnGuardOnline.gov”