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PCWorld.com – First Look: Symantec’s So-So Spyware Protection

PCWorld posts their first look at Symantec’s new anti-spyware features and is not impressed: Like previous versions of Norton Internet Security, 2005 is meant to be an all-inclusive security package for Windows 2000 and XP computers that includes necessities such as a firewall and antivirus protection in addition to its brand-new spyware detection app. As…

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RealNetworks to Debut Music Service

Well, looks like the revolution that Real promised is likely coming in the form of a new digital music service. So, no personal jetpack for me. Oh well. Real currently owns Rhapsody, which I think contains the gutted shell of AudioGalaxy, an immensely popular music-sharing network that was one of the early victims to fall…

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good night, sleep tight

It had to happen sooner or later: With the release of Windows Server 2003 earlier this year and after nearly four years in the marketplace, Windows 2000 Server, Windows 2000 Advanced Server and Windows 2000 Client Access Licenses (CALs)will be retired in phases. Customers who are in need of a copy of Windows 2000 Server,…

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iptables firewall

Most of my Linux/BSD servers are convenient located in a network I control, usually behind an OpenBSD firewall (the only way to fly) that protects it from the big, bad internet. But more and more I have been using servers located in colo facilities in a network I don’t control. For those situations, locking down…

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Mac OS X Trojan?

On Friday, I wrote: Some users even tout their security advantages with a rather grandiose utopian delusion of permanency. It won’t last forever. Mac OS X and GNU/Linux continue to gain market share on the desktop, but the true mark of their success, unfortunately, will likely come in the form of the first widespread malicious…

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MS05-019

There have been some rumblings about problems created by installing Microsoft’s latest patch for XP, MS05-019. Well, turns out the problem has been identified. Fyodor, of nmap authoring fame, has some choice words on Microsoft’s decision to disable raw sockets. The solution, of course, is to upgrade to a server license.

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real revolution?

10 years ago, Progressive Networks (now Real Networks) launched their RealAudio product, and introduced audio streaming to the world wide web. Today, to celebrate, they have posted a cryptic teaser On April 26, we are changing the rules of the Internet again, and digital music will never be the same. I can’t say more now,…

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rogue spyware

Althought we don’t really recommend bothering to use any anti-spyware applications other than those listed on our Essential Utilities page, if you must try something new, make absolutely sure it’s not on this list. Eric Howes maintains it, and it’s a list of programs masquerading as anti-spyware that are, in fact, spyware/viruses themselves.