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A virus possibly contributed to a fatal passenger jet crash

On August 20, 2008, 154 people died when Spanair Flight 5022 crashed right after takeoff in Spain. A preliminary report, discussed in an article in the Spanish daily newspaper El Pais indicates that a diagnostic computer should have detected problems with multiple systems on the aircraft. Had the problems been detected, the takeoff would have […]

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Two crucial pieces of advice for executives

My wife and I were traveling a little over a week ago when we got a phone call that one of our immediate relatives dropped dead from a heart attack. He was standing in line at the pharmacy to get medicine his doctor just prescribed for “heart burn” and collapsed, unconscious, and his heart was […]

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How Twitter was hacked

What happened to Twitter can happen at any company.  The attacker exploited common problems in many corporate networks.

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Easily steal the information from a computer

I am in the business of helping you keep your computers safe. You need to know how easy it is for someone to take your data from you. Here is a video.

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What dangerous behaviors do users regularly engage in using company owned computer equipment?

A graduate student asked me to help him in his research regarding technical issues in Industrial-Organizational Psychology. Here are some of the observations I see on a regular basis. Perhaps you can add even more through your blog responses about computer user behavior that will help him in his quest: Installing a program, toolbar, browser […]

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