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posted in February 2013

Open Public Wi-Fi: How To Stay Safe

2/28/2013
Open public Wi-Fi networks are still very common in coffee shops like Starbucks, public libraries and other common areas, yet using them can compromise the confidentiality of your communications. We do have many ways for you to protect yourself, some stronger than others.

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The Best Way to Spend Your Security Budget

2/27/2013
It's easy to come up with scenarios in which mobile devices can compromise an organization. On the spectrum of real-world threats, these are almost all outliers. Probably the most important thing for you to do is to make sure all your SQL queries are parameterized. This will eliminate the most important mass-attack technique used against large companies.

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FirefoxOS #Fail: The Web is Not the Platform

2/25/2013
Mozilla says that 'Content Is King' and 'The Web Is The Platform'. This strategy is an old and failed one. Apple briefly, and insincerely, tried it. The whole history of personal computing, let along the history of mobile devices, shows that he who takes maximum advantage of the capabilities of the platform wins the market.

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Password Manager On USB Key Launches On Kickstarter

2/20/2013
myIDkey is a secure USB device that acts as a hardware password manager. The device authenticates the user with a fingerprint swipe. It talks Bluetooth to your mobile device and you talk to it to get it to display secured data such as passwords. But you can't buy it yet; today they launched on Kickstarter for funding.

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The Office for iPad Myth Lives On

2/18/2013
Microsoft Office for iPad makes perfect sense — if you think Surface and Windows 8 are losers and even Microsoft doesn't believe in them. It's way too early to give up on Microsoft's new operating system which works with tablets as well as conventional computers, and the mythical billions it could make with an Office for iPad would lose them far more by undercutting Windows.

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iPhone Vulnerability: Return of the Lock Screen Bypass

2/15/2013
How do security regression errors happen? The key to preventing new code from breaking old code is proper testing. Improved automated testing helped Mozilla to cut regressions caused by security patches. In the case of the iPhone 5 lock screen bypass, a hole in the test plan may be responsible.

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Surface Pro Out, But You Can't Get It

2/11/2013
The 128GB Surface Pro from Microsoft sold out mere hours after becoming available for purchase. The much-maligned 64GB version is available. Microsoft says that this model has 30GB, not 23GB of built-in storage free, and another analysis shows that the 128GB Surface Pro's free storage compares to that of Apple's MacBook Air.

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What Would an Apple Watch Do?

2/10/2013
The iWatch, or whatever Apple would call its "watch-like device," had better do something really clever and useful. The Dick Tracy watch has been attempted and laughed off the market before. Surely Apple is thinking of what to do beyond the phone and tablet, but it has to be better than this.

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Android 4.x Coming On Strong

2/8/2013
The failure by telco carriers and hardware OEMs to provide updates to the Android versions on their devices has kept a strong base of users of old versions. But the latest data from Google show that the current 4.x generation of Android is approaching 50% of users.

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Surface Pro In Stores

2/4/2013
The official rollout isn't until later this week, but the Surface Pro is starting to show up in stores, online and brick&mortar.

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Take BlackBerry 10 Seriously For Business

2/1/2013
Too many people won't give BlackBerry 10 a fair chance because they're emotionally invested in other platforms, probably the iPhone. Those people are doing themselves and their companies a disservice. Observed dispassionately, BlackBerry 10 appears to be a compelling phone platform for business users, and if BlackBerry has earned anything over the years, it's the right to be taken seriously in meeting business needs.

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