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The Bugcast - Episode 019 [Jul. 12th, 2008|04:42 pm]
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Episode 019 of The Bugcast is now live and ready for you to download or subscribe to.

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[User Picture]From: daz71
2008-07-25 04:30 pm (UTC)
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/7525206.stm

"Who should be responsible for our safety on the Internet?"

"We" should.

Having a license to go on the Internet? PAH! Would lessons from last year, on XP still be relevant now? How on earth would anyone keep up? Classes would be run for profit on how to pass the license test and few people would come out of it with any better understanding.

Now I consider myself to be quite tech savy but I would likely not have known about the DNS hack unless it adversely effected my web browsing.

In my experience, those people who are not tech savy enough to install and maintain their own firewall and virus checking systems are the kind that still write cheques and don't trust Internet shopping because it's "so dangerous".

My machine has anti-virus software, a firewall and is behind a router that also runs a firewall. This said, if my daughter uses the machine for anything more than half an hour it will end up with all sorts of problems.

Virus software almost always gives you a choice of what to do, which it good in some cases, my virus software keeps insisting that some of the remote control software and VPN software I have is dangerous. Without the choice I'd be crippled or have to shut the virus software off when working. However, this choice can cause a couple of undesirable effects, enough pop-ups and a less experienced, maybe less patient user will shut the software off. When pop-ups come up it's possible that the user will click "continue" or "ignore" and bang the virus is in.

One of the biggest problems on the Internet is that thousands of machines in the poorer countries which are still running ancient operating systems which will likely never be up to date, these machines become drones to bot-nets.

In the modern world, if a machine is taken over and starts flooding the Internet with SPAM e-mail then your ISP will likely block your access until you (or a geeky friend or relative) fix the problem and get back to them.

Lots of different thoughts there, in a brain dump of an email, hope that gives you something to talk about on the next show, which I'll be listening to about a month after you record it :)
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[User Picture]From: thelovebug
2008-07-25 05:52 pm (UTC)
Wow, thanks for that Darren... you're only the second person to have contributed to this debate, but you've both given a lot of input - which is great!

Episode 21 is going to be absolutely jam-packed!!!
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From: (Anonymous)
2008-07-25 05:54 pm (UTC)
I'm almost caught up so may even listen to 21 within days of it being recorded!
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[User Picture]From: daz71
2008-07-25 05:58 pm (UTC)
That was, of course, from me. I don't do the "remember me" stuff or I'd forget the passwords myself.
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[User Picture]From: thelovebug
2008-07-25 05:59 pm (UTC)
Heh, I guessed it was you :o)
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[User Picture]From: daz71
2008-07-25 06:01 pm (UTC)
Perhaps it's my paranoia but I figure it's possible, however unlikely that there may be a bug in Firefox, IE or Windows in general which would give a hacker access to my passwords if I use the "remember me" button.

I rarely forget passwords and NEVER give them out to other people and guess what, not had any problems with accounts "mysteriously being taken over".
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