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Author Topic: Fred Langa's Take on security ...  (Read 2253 times)

Carol Haynes

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Fred Langa's Take on security ...
« on: January 19, 2006, 04:33:05 AM »
Fred's new newsletter is out now and he points to a new article he has written called 5 Essential Steps To PC Security.

It doesn't say anything mindbogglingly new but it does bring together a lot of issues and remedies into one place, and has a list of links to other useful articles.

Interestingly the thing that caught my eye was his referrence to pharming and pretexting. I had not come across these terms before. I went to the article to find out more but he then doesn't mention it. The link to these topics he provides actually goes to an MS article on phishing. He must have had a mental abberations.

If like me you are clueless here are a couple of articles on pharming and pretexting

Both sound like even more sinister versions of phishing to me ...

If you ISP security is breached and their DNS is compromised so that you are taken to a 'pharming' site instead of your online bank account I wonder how much legal redress you would have against your ISP ??

If you want to read the whole newsletter head over to http://langa.com/new.../2006/2006-01-19.htm - some items of which relate well to recent DC discussions.

Here are the contents (I have high lighted the articles relating to recent discussions):

1) "Pretexting," "Pharming" And Other Dangers
2) Drive Errors (Fred's Take)
3) Drive Errors (Steve Gibson's Take)
4) The WMF Security Flap
5) Simple Trick
6) Recommend This Newsletter And Win!
7) More On Storage Media Life
8) Code-Load Success Story
9) That *Other* Startup Logo Screen
10) Psst! Don't Tell!
11) Free VPN Alternative
12) Linux--- Are 400 Distributions Enough?
13) Wikipedia Woes
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Re: Fred Langa's Take on security ...
« Reply #1 on: January 19, 2006, 05:41:12 AM »
original item updated ...

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Re: Fred Langa's Take on security ...
« Reply #2 on: January 19, 2006, 07:42:59 AM »
Heh, the Langa guy is yet another Gibson follower, it seems... *sigh*
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Re: Fred Langa's Take on security ...
« Reply #3 on: January 19, 2006, 10:53:13 AM »
First time I remember Gibson getting a platform in the last 3-4 years of Langa subscriptions - I'll forgive him ;)