Archive for January, 2006

Average laptop contents worth $1 million, according to Symantec

Tuesday, January 31st, 2006

According to [tag]Symantec[/tag] the data contained on a business [tag]laptop[/tag] is worth, on average, $1 million!

Hmmm, I just don't believe it for a number of reasons:

  1. The only basis for the figure is a poll of businesses rather than an impartial piece of research.
  2. If the data was actually worth that much then companies would take better care of laptops than they do.
  3. What something is worth and what people would actually pay for it are two very different things.

Having said that, it's a cool attention-grabbing headline that might remind people to backup and install security on their mobile systems.

Internet Explorer 7 beta 2 preview

Tuesday, January 31st, 2006

Wanna try out [tag]Microsoft[/tag] [tag]Internet Explorer 7[/tag] [tag]beta[/tag] 2 preview for [tag]Windows XP[/tag] SP2 (this is a preview of beta 2 and not beta 2, if you understand)?  Microsoft have just made it available for download.

Remember that you're playing with beta software so things might not work out right I've been able to successfully install and uninstall it properly several time.  But remember that it's still a beta so things might go wrong.

Do you have 5,000 ActiveX controls installed?

Tuesday, January 31st, 2006

Security Fix has a very interesting article on ActiveX controls in Windows.  The best part is this:

Based on the dozens of computers he's scanned so far using his software, Smith estimates that the average Windows PC has about 5,000 ActiveX controls installed by various programs, five to 10 percent of which will be marked "safe for scripting." Unfortunately, he said, many of those controls do not appear to have been written with an eye toward security.

"The problem is that anyone who writes an [tag]ActiveX control[/tag] suddenly has to become Internet security expert -- and if they're not, they're most likely going to end up writing [an] [tag]ActiveX[/tag] control that has a security vulnerability in it," Smith said in a telephone interview.

Wow! 5,000 is a lot (and I think is an exaggeration) but the points about ActiveX controls being a serious [tag]security[/tag] issue is quite true - it's easy to write an ActiveX control but it's a different matter to make is safe.

Fix your Winamp!

Tuesday, January 31st, 2006

[tag]Winamp[/tag] suffers from a critical vulnerability that I talked about the other day.  Fortunately, [tag]Nullsoft[/tag] have released [tag]Winamp 5.13[/tag] which fixes the issues with the media player.

If you don't want to upgrade then you can download a fixed DLL file from here.

10 NTFS Performance Hacks

Tuesday, January 31st, 2006

WindowsDevCenter.com have listed 10 [tag]NTFS[/tag] performance hacks.  There's nothing there that's going to do you any harm but don't expect miracles. 

The two best hacks are:

  • [tag]Defragment[/tag] regularly
  • Tun off [tag]indexing service[/tag]

Check out the complete listing here.