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Vancouver Province

Thursday, March 2nd, 2006

Been on a little tour of Vancouver to promote my book - the Vancouver Province newspaper did a little story with me -

Off to LA today to see my brother, and for a quick rest before I start work on my new book on Windows Vista.

Windows Defender Beta2 is out

Thursday, February 23rd, 2006

If your a fan of Microsoft AntiSpyware Beta1 then you should take a look at Microsoft’s new antispyware release - Windows Defender Beta 2. It’s the new name for the free anti-spyware product released by Microsoft initially for XP and 2000.
The product was bought from Giant more than a year ago, though sadly Microsoft gimped […]

December date set for my first cybercourse

Saturday, November 26th, 2005

Hi all:
I have created a new cybercourse which you can take with me live via the web.
It’s called Wireless Secuirty Demystified and it runs @ 8:30PM EST (-5 GMT) on Dec. 8.
I’ll teach you how to secure your wireless network, including using WEP and WPA and other security tips and tricks and we’ll also have […]

Nice comment on my new book

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2005

First review is in on my new book…
“Congratulations on your new book. You’ve got a definite winner here. Chock full of information and an easy read (even for an old fella). I have had the book just a little more than 24 hours and it has already helped me with securing […]

Lab Rats Episode 4 now available

Monday, November 14th, 2005

Lab rats ep 4 is now up on the server. This week we added an XVID version, an AVI version and have a new set and better lighting.
We covered MSCONFIG and how to use it to edit your startup routine in Windows so your system boots faster. Also useful for removing hard to kill spyware.
Get […]

Keep an eye out for my book

Monday, November 14th, 2005

My book - Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Secuirty, Spam, Spyware and Viruses - was shipped Nov. 9 by my publisher Que so you should be seeing it appear this week at your local bookstore (let me know if you do at the address below).
It should come available on the on-line bookseller sites as well […]

Cyberwalker Mondays episode 6 now available

Thursday, November 10th, 2005

Epsiode 6 of Cyberwalker Mondays is now posted…
In this episode, I talk about purposely getting phished (research, you know!) and talk about a new strategy by phishers called” spear phishing”.

Live on CP24

Tuesday, November 8th, 2005

Wednesday @ 5pm EST tune into HomePage, a tech show where I got my TV start. It’s on the Canadian all news channel CP24.
I’ll be talking about my book and then answering live questions on any tech topic from callers at the back end of the show.
For those that don’t get the channel in […]

Microsoft AntiSpyware to be renamed “Defender”

Monday, November 7th, 2005

Heads up folks….the free anti-spyware tool called Microsoft AntiSpyware — which has been in beta since January and is available for download for free here — will change dramatically.
Microsoft is renaming it “Windows Defender”. It’ll be integrated into the forthcoming new version of Windows called Windows Vista (available in late 2006) and an XP version […]

Cyberwalker Mondays ep 4 — now available!

Friday, October 28th, 2005

A slight delay on Cyberwalker Mondays this week, but I got the source file from the show producer Vic Machado, so its nice and clean. Hope you like it. Feedback always appreciated!
Visit: http://mondays.cyberwalker.com
Audio file: Epsiode 4

You killed my server (that’s kinda good)

Wednesday, October 26th, 2005

Well looks like my server melted down due to all the Lab Rats downloads so I am relocating files and setting up a new server now.
So I have taken down some of the optional formats. Back up this evening with all the selections!
(Hooray! We’re glad you guys like the show.)

Lab Rats Epsiode 1 is live

Tuesday, October 25th, 2005

Lab Rats Episode 1 is now live. Sorry for the delay. the multiple formats took a while to render. Get it here.
And I am happy to announce that Sean, Matt and I shot episode 2 last night and it is being edited now by Sean.

New lingo: Splog or Blam?

Thursday, October 20th, 2005

For those of you who watch for new lingo, you know that the web is the best place to see it first.
This AM I read a little bit about blog spam… dubbed “splog”. It’s where spammers send comments or posts to blogs embedded with links to get them posted so they go out to millions […]

Hijack This online analyser

Tuesday, October 11th, 2005

Hey folks….Mark C. just emailed me a note to tell me about an online Hijack This! log analyser. As you may know Hijack This available for free at www.merijn.org helps analyse your system for browser hijackers. However the log it creates requires analysis by an expert so you know which settings to remove in your […]

Book update

Saturday, September 24th, 2005

So a quick book update…
My first book Absolute Beginners Guide to Security, Spam, Spyware and Viruses will ship to the printer Oct. 13 and will be available in book stores Nov. 9. (info and ordering links here). It’s currently available for pre-order in most online book stores around the world.
And more good […]

Firefox 1.07

Saturday, September 24th, 2005

There’s a new release of the Firefox browser - 1.07 - available which fixes a series of security vulnerablities.
It’s the weekend, so you have time to download it now from here:

Anti-spyware derbies

Thursday, September 22nd, 2005

One of the older spyware tests I did at Call for Help (with the help of Mike Laz) is now airing in the US, so I thought I’d take the opportunity to post all the Excel spreadsheet results that we generated over the last year in our anti-spyware tests. They are linked individually below and […]

Book is finished!

Saturday, August 27th, 2005

Hi all:
Just wanted to let everyone know that delivered the last chapter of my book on Thursday.
It’s called The Absolute Beginners Guide to Security Spam Spyware and Viruses. It’ll be available on Oct 28, but by all accounts it may sell out really quickly, so if you’re interested in the topic then you can reserve […]


Tuesday, August 16th, 2005

If you could learn about a topic on computers or technology in 2 hours, what would that topic be?
I am thinking about teaching a series of cybercourses with audio, video and whiteboard technology and want to find out what topics people would be interested in.
-Wireless router security?
-Reformat and reinstall Windows?
-How to buy a laptop?
-How to […]

ID theft ring uses spyware

Monday, August 8th, 2005

This is nasty! Check it out – ID theft ring that uses spyware to steal from customers of 50 international banks: