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Is your browser in the Goldilocks zone?

19 Apr

If your web browser is too old, you will not be able to access sites using strong security.
If your web browser is too new, it will prevent you accessing sites with weaker security.

So most corporates will need to make sure their browsers are just right – the Goldilocks zone – not too weak, but not too secure. Continue reading

Why is my Password Too Long?

26 Jan

Dear Virgin Media

I recently decided it was time to change my password on my NTLWorld email account (managed by Virgin Media).  I entered a new password only to be told “Password too long”. How long was my password? 11 characters. 10 characters are OK apparently. Continue reading

Cyber Matters Top 10 posts from 2015

22 Dec

As 2016 approaches, I thought it would be nice to look back on 2015 and share with you the Top 10 most viewed blog posts here on Cyber Matters. Let the countdown begin … Continue reading

Cyber Essentials At Home

19 Nov

Our homes are becoming smarter. Lights you can switch on remotely, heating that learns about when you will be at home, refrigerators that add items to shopping list as you use them and electric cars that charge when fuel prices are low.

This exciting new world does not come without risks: risks to privacy; risks to security and risks to physical safety. Continue reading

The Insecurity of the Internet of Things

25 Nov

The Internet of things is a hot topic at the moment.

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Connection refused – I don’t trust your browser

25 Aug

Two announcements recently took my interest:

They both relate to probably the biggest single security vulnerability users face today – browsing the web. The attack vectors are wide ranging and varied, but in short, dodgy stuff on a server causes a browser to misbehave (sometimes with the help of the user).
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Is there any point in using anti-virus software?

18 Aug

I recently attended a professional development event in Birmingham run by OWASP and the Institute of Information Professionals (IISP). One of the topics on the agenda was how to evade anti-virus (AV) software packages.

Shock horror. The breaking news is that AV software is not going to stop cyber attacks on your organisation, as has been blogged on before here on Cyber Matters.

However two aspects stood out for me.

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Virgin Media’s Super Hub breaks if you use a long password

27 Jun

While changing all my passwords, I decided to change my Virgin Media Super Hub password. Wish I hadn’t…

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Security and Convenience: Natural Enemies or Strange Bedfellows?

19 Jun

I last blogged about Talk*InfoSec which happened on May 29th.

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TrueCrypt – Don’t Panic – Think about 99% of users

31 May

Over recent days there has been a lot of discussion about TrueCrypt, and whether it is a viable security technology. Among the frenzy between security experts to figure out what is going on, the user community is left confused. It’s time to revist some security basics…
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