Proof Positive That Security Suites Don’t Work

I could have told you this years ago. Software security suites are a lot like diet soda with a super-sized value meal. The label says it’s somehow “better for you.” Yet, in reality, neither is going to provide you with the desired result.

Now I am not saying that all of you should rush out there and uninstall your security software. Being as Windows users are generally running as administrators, you need all the help you can get. But for the love of common sense, don’t put complete trust in security software. It’s designed to earn its developers money — period.

Use your computers with care — any OS, any type of user (root or limited) — because this above article demonstrates that no security suite is going to provide the kind of security you think it is. At its core, you are running diet soda on your computer.

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A Kick In The Privacies

An article posted recently on CNET has Internet users bashing the FBI up one side — and down the other. Many are screaming about “Big Brother” and civil rights. Others are proclaiming that they are going to leave the Internet completely, which I honestly don’t see happening. Seriously, folks… you’d be able to totally give up your online life?

According to the article, the FBI is pressing Internet service providers to record which Web sites customers visit and retain those logs for two years, a requirement that law enforcement believes could help it in investigations of child pornography and other serious crimes. If logs of Web sites visited began to be kept, they would be available only to local, state, and federal police with legal authorization such as a subpoena or search warrant.

It’s unclear what, exactly, the FBI wants to keep track of. The possibilities include requiring an Internet provider to log the Internet protocol (IP) address of a Web site visited, a domain name, a host name, or an actual website URL. While the first three categories could be logged without doing deep packet inspection, the fourth category would require it. That could run up against opposition in Congress.

What are your thoughts on this? Do you feel the FBI has the right to require ISPs to keep such information? Also, do they have the right to OUR information in this manner? There are many excellent things being posted online, such as this story, on a daily basis — some of it right here in our own community!

Yours digitally,

Chris Pirillo
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