Stories by Andrew Brandt

PGP, SecurStar disk encryption products

You may not always be able to protect your laptop from a thief, but you can keep the data it contains safe. Two new products--PGP Whole Disk Encryption 9.5 and DriveCrypt Plus Pack 3.5--promise to protect your data, so that even if your computer fall...

Privacy Watch: Exploiting legitimate sites

You've heard so many warnings about phishing that you've become wary of any e-mail message purporting to come from your bank or favorite Web store. But if the link in it uses a legitimate Web domain and your phishing filter doesn't complain, the mess...

Biggest security risks you don't know about

I always patch my system and run regular scans with updated antivirus and antispyware scanners. But while researching this story, I got hit by a Trojan horse (Trojan.Winloginhook.Delf.A) that was too new for my antivirus program to catch. Whether it'...

Privacy Watch: Rootkit detectors protect your PC

By now you've heard about Windows rootkits--tools malware authors use to hide their evil creations from our antivirus or antispyware software. Because rootkits often hide dangerous viruses, Trojan horses, or spyware, detecting them is important.

Game-makers discuss the future of 'casual games'

Millions of people who don't consider themselves gamers play computer games from 1 to 20 hours each week. These people, who game developers call "casual gamers," don't play the hardcore PC games like FEAR, World of Warcraft, or City of Villains. They...

Patent overload hampers tech innovation

Much has been made of recent patent applications--such as one involving emoticons on cell phones--that seem a far cry from real breakthroughs like the lightbulb. And while many of the weakest patent applications are eventually rejected, some experts ...

Is Sony trying to kill the CD format for music?

By now, you've probably heard the news that Sony, the media giant, has been quietly installing hidden software on PCs, when people buy music albums published by Sony BMG Music, and try to play them on their computers. The software, called Extended Co...

Nikon Coolpix 5600

Both novice and experienced digital photographers will appreciate the Coolpix 5600's intuitive controls. Measuring 85 x 60 x 35mm, the 5600 fits easily in your hand. Some features, like the scene-mode selection wheel, cater to occasional photographer...

Sinister new spyware threats emerge

Two revelations this week about new threats related to spyware illustrate how the growing problem of invasive adware and spyware has taken a sinister turn for the worse.

Browser alternatives are no security guarantee

If you use an alternative browser -- Firefox, Opera, Mozilla, or anything not named Internet Explorer -- you may be feeling pretty smug these days. Every time you hear about another patch for IE or about another way hackers use that browser to attack...

PSP impresses: Playstation Portable

It's black and shiny with clear acrylic buttons; it plays games, music, and movies. It's Sony PlayStation Portable (PSP) - confirmed to launch in Australia on September 1.

Gamers get off their butts at E3

After a frenetic couple of days racing from meeting to meeting at the annual E3 Expo trade show and free-for-all in Los Angeles earlier this month, I'm still exhausted. But there was a lot of interesting stuff to see, and thousands of gamers flooded ...

Another form of encryption goes down for the count

News that a nine-year-old encryption method -- one that underlies the protection of virtually all secure online communications -- appears to have been cracked by a team of three Chinese researchers has spurred encryption experts around the world to i...

New phishing attack outsmarts typical defenses

You might think that you know how to protect yourself from phishing: Don't click the links in e-mail that purports to be from banks or other institutions. But that defense is no longer ironclad: Phishers have found a new way to snare data without you...

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