by Carlo Longino

Now You Better Worry About Podcast Viruses Too

from the when-will-it-end dept

Ah, FUD is always so much better when it's prefaced with a "Not to make you panic or anything", isn't it? Because you know that some lovely virus hype goodness is sure to follow. Today, it's podcasts you need to be afraid of. Apparently because several Windows media players have been hit by malware, the fact that multimedia files can be downloaded automatically makes podcasting a greater threat than downloading infected files by hand -- when having an updated media player or taking other simple steps would appear to be an effective way to head off the threat. In today's other security overreaction news, the National Association of Securities Dealers, for whom encryption would appear to be part of the great unknown, has warned people not to access financial accounts over public WiFi connections in just the latest in the string of overestimated WiFi security risks.

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  1. identicon
    James, Jul 29th, 2005 @ 6:41am


    Yet another reason why a mac is better than a pc.

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    Jimmy Thomas, Jul 29th, 2005 @ 7:45am

    This is the reason...

    ... that networks need to be looked at. Anyone can sniff an http packet. Even if you use client side encryption, the packet could be recreated. Sure, it will stop them from getting your actual password, but who's to stop them from using that SHA1 or MD5 directly in their packet that spoofs your connection?
    Kinda sucks, but such is life.

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  3. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, Jul 29th, 2005 @ 7:59am

    Re: Macs

    I can't wait till most people get macs to make themselves more secure. All the viruses and spyware will then be written for macs and I'll be able to use windows in peace.

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  4. identicon
    Jeff, Jul 29th, 2005 @ 8:58am

    Re: Macs

    Keep dreaming. You'll never have peace with Windows. But I'll continue to have peace with my Mac and Linux machines.

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

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