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Mobile Security

Is carrying an iPhone worth the risk?

Update: It appears that Apple have resolved the issue with the September launch of IOS 7, essentially by implementing what I suggested below (highlighted): Yesterday I was robbed of my brand new iPhone (S/N: DNPGQ4RDDTDM IMEI: 013032008785006 ) for the second time, in public, in Paris. While I’m still a little shaken, angry and disappointed, I’m glad […]

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Internet Security

Flash/Silverlight: How much business can you afford to turn away?

Tim Anderson was asking about the future of Silverlight on Twitter today so here are my thoughts on the subject, in the context of earlier posts on the future of Flash:2009: Why Adobe Flash penetration is more like 50% than 99% 2010: Face it Flash, your days are numbered. 2011: RIP Adobe Flash (1996-2011) – […]

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Internet Security Standards

RIP Adobe Flash (1996-2011) – now let’s bury the dead

Adobe kills mobile Flash, giving Steve Jobs the last laugh, reports The Guardian’s Charles Arthur following the late Steve Jobs’ epic Thoughts on Flash rant 18 months ago. It’s been about 2.5 years since I too got sick of Flash bringing my powerful Mac to its knees, so I went after the underlying lie that perpetuates […]

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Security

Facebook blocks entire “.co.uk” domain as “spammy or unsafe”

Facebook have blocked “.co.uk” as “spammy or unsafe”: I was trying to post this article to my wall but get the same message when I try to post nothing more than http://www.google.co.uk/: Reminds me of the day Google broke the Internet… and the dangers of getting regular expressions wrong.

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Internet Security Standards

Face it Flash, your days are numbered.

It’s no secret that I’m no fan of Adobe Flash: Why Adobe Flash penetration is more like 50% than 99% Towards a Flash free YouTube killer (was: Adobe Flash penetration more like 50%) HOWTO: Fix OS X by uninstalling Adobe Flash It should be no surprise then that I’m stoked to see a vigorous debate […]

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Lab Security

HOWTO: Set up OpenVPN in a VPS

If, like me, you want to do any or all of the following things, you’ll want to tunnel your traffic over a VPN to a remote location: Access media services restricted by geography (Hulu, FOX, BBX, etc.) Bypass draconian censorship Conceal your identity/location/etc. Protect your machine from attackers etc. You could of course use a […]

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Internet Security

HOWTO: Fix OS X by uninstalling Adobe Flash

Adobe Flash just ruined my day for the last time… I’ve just arrived in Paris and needed to do some work before a meeting this afternoon. As it’s noisy here I didn’t hear the MacBook’s fans running at full speed trying to compensate for a single rogue Flash ad in a tab in Google Chrome. […]

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Internet Security Standards

Twitter’s down for the count. What are we going to do about it?

What’s wrong with this picture? There’s not a single provider for telephony (AT&T, T-Mobile, etc.) There’s not a single provider for text messaging (AT&T, T-Mobile, etc.) There’s not a single provider for instant messaging (GTalk, MSN, AIM, etc.) There’s not a single provider for e-mail (GMail, Hotmail, Yahoo!, etc.) There’s not a single provider for […]

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Cloud Security

How Open Cloud could have saved Sidekick users’ skins

The cloud computing scandal of the week is looking like being the catastrophic loss of millions of Sidekick users’ data. This is an unfortunate and completely avoidable event that Microsoft’s Danger subsidiary and T-Mobile (along with the rest of the cloud computing community) will surely very soon come to regret. There’s plenty of theories as […]

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Cloud Mobile Security

Cloud Computing Crypto: GSM is dead. Long live GSM!

GSM, at least in its current form, is dead and the GSMA‘s attempts to downplay serious vulnerabilities in claiming otherwise reminds me of this rather famous Monty Python sketch about a dead parrot: Fortunately consumers these days are savvy and have access to information with which to verify (or not) vendors’ claims about security. So when […]