Stories by Stuart J. Johnston

Rogue packets stalk Windows Vista, XP

Microsoft has been busy tending to a new swarm of bugs, including a critical hole in Windows Vista and XP that could expose you to an early-season bite without your doing anything other than being online.

Bugs and Fixes: Fix flaws in IE

The explosion of user-generated multimedia content has made the Web more fun, but unfortunately the bad guys get to play, too. These days some of the easiest venues for an attack are sites that let users post their own material.

Security alert

Critical fixes for Windows, IE, Office. Plus, help for Spysweeper 5.0 headaches and a new e-mail threat.

Should laptops come with a fire extinguisher?

When pictures of flaming laptops blaze across the Internet, and Dell and Apple recall nearly 6 million lithium ion batteries, it's natural to wonder whether we can trust our portable devices. Billions of these batteries power everything from cell pho...

Excel holes

Yet another door opens in Microsoft's popular office suite, plus WGA and Ipod Shuffle solutions.

PowerPoint under attack

A few months ago it was Microsoft Word. Last month it was Excel. Now PowerPoint is under attack through a critical hole. Why so many Office flaws so quickly?

Media player dangers

As if computing wasn't risky enough. Stuart J Johnston shows how media players can compromise your security.

Image-conscious

Windows Media Player gets an image problem, plus Mozilla woes, java holes and battery bugs

COM problems

Protecting IE and Windows from hack attacks, PLUS what to do with backup failures.

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