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Author Archives: Alex Eckelberry

Earthlink switches spyware providers

Earthlink switches spyware providers

on June 25, 2005

Some will wonder why I bothered to write this blog entry. Well, I guess it’s my sometimes obtuse sense of fairness. Earthlink is swapping out WebRoot’s spyware protection with Aluria’s. Earthlink says the Aluria technology is superior. David Moll’s WebRoot …

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More on the Grambest International scam

More on the Grambest International scam

on June 24, 2005

Eons ago I blogged on newer a style of scam from a company called “Grambest International”. You can see the blog here. It was a quickie blog which I put together, and I moved on, promptly forgetting about the whole …

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Steal this antiphishing tool!

Steal this antiphishing tool!

Our good friends at Cloudmark (we use their antispam engine in our enterprise product) have a great antiphishing tool (free beta). Click here and look for the Anti-Fraud toolbar. In the future, we will probably put this toolbar into our …

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FTC report on P2P

FTC report on P2P

In keeping with the zeitgeist, the FTC just issued a big report on P2Ps. It is a follow-on from their workshop in December. Briefly: • Consumers face risks when using commercial P2P file-sharing software programs, including risks related to data …

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Say it ain’t so

Say it ain’t so

on June 23, 2005

Earlier we blogged somewhat confusedly about a new “certification” available from an antispyware vendor. This is always scary, it’s memories of WhenU all over again. More data is on the PC Tools site here. Here is the text: “PC Tools …

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Do your patches, hide your children, etc.

Do your patches, hide your children, etc.

“Critical MS vulnerabilities could pose spyware threat“

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FTC nabs another bad apple

FTC nabs another bad apple

FTC goes after Trustsoft for marketing SpyKiller deceptively. Spykiller is listed on the SpywareWarrior Rogue/Suspect list A visit to their website reveals this message: Click to enlarge The FTC alleges that Trustsoft: • Aggressively and deceptively marketed SpyKiller, using the …

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Latest eMarketer writeup on spyware — with nifty charts and graphs

Latest eMarketer writeup on spyware — with nifty charts and graphs

eMarketer always does nice high-level overviews of various issues. This latest report from them highlights the spyware issue. Read it here. All materials copyright eMarketer, Inc.

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Gartner’s latest on security threats

Gartner’s latest on security threats

From this article: “In the recent survey, respondents rated critical security threats. The results include viruses and worms, a 7.6 rating (“1″ indicated “no concern at all,” while a “10″ meant “extremely concerned”); outside hacking or cracking, 7.1; identity theft …

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