For This Week’s Homework Please Bring An Apple Mac, Your Resume And A Strong Cup Of Coffee

Here are a few links to some of the best articles I’ve come across on my internet travels this week –



Malware is here to stay but what makes it so effective? answers that question by looking at The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Malware.


Bev over at TEKBLOG seems to put a lot of time into looking for scams on Twitter. In one of her recent forays onto the social networking site she found multiple accounts tweeting the same message about a ‘Google hiring people from the net’ scam. Personally I’m amazed at how many accounts can repeat the exact same tweet, that is obviously spammy (or worse), and not get banned post haste.


Tech Republic : When it comes to storing cookies you may have to stop and think about how paranoid you wish to be.


Randy at ESET wrote an article that I couldn’t resist considering my minor fixation with Snow Leopard and Mac security recently. In it he asks, Is Appleโ€™s Snow Leopard Immune to Malware? I know what I think but what are your views on the Mac and malware?


Do you need a firewall? If so, and you don’t want to have to pay for it, then one of the 5 free ones mentioned by eXaminer should do the trick.


If you have an interest in data encryption, along with a good bit of time to kill, then CSO Online have an interesting, and detailed, 10 page article on End-to-End encryption. Its a great read but make sure you’ve made the coffee before you start getting into it.


Finally there is a report about Conficker from SPAMfighter. I am convinced that the conficker virus has not gone away and more will be heard from it in the near future. According to the SPAMfighter article I may not be alone in my way of thinking as Conficker is now on the summit of BitDefender’s Top Ten e-Threats list for August 2009.


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  1. I think I drank 3 coffees through that article but that may just be because I’m a caffeine addict ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Hi Justin

    Considering your background can you offer up an expert opinion on what we may possibly expect from Conficker in the future?

    With regards to your comments around firewalls and Macs :

    Can you forsee a time when Windows machines will get their acts together sufficiently so that the alternatives become (relatively) easier targets, or do you simply think that more malware may target the Mac in future because of the increasing number of units being shipped?

  3. You wernt kidding about needing a coffe for that long one!!

  4. Ooo, excellent, those (well, those I’ve not read already) will keep me busy for a while. So thanks for that.

    Conflicker: no, I don’t think we’ve heard the last of this nasty piece of work.

    Firewalls: On Windows, I’d still say yes. On Linux and Mac, I’d say probably not; though it all depends on what malware starts taking advantage of what. Particularly on Linux systems when used as mail servers. The number of un-patched machines is quite worrying, and it’s that, rather than problems (overall) with the underlying OS that is causing much of the issues which firewalls can help stop.

    Mac and being more secure: I think you know my thoughts on that ๐Ÿ˜‰ — but only time will tell how much Snow Leopard will help.

    Thanks again for some great linkage.



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