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The Super Injunction Doesn't Work

Here's a thing. Any number of alleged celebrities have taken out Injunctions against the publication of information about themselves and something they may or may not have done which, if reported, would show them in a less than positive light.

All well and good for the big media who must have some indication from said celebrities that they can't publish the information or, indeed, release the fact that they have a super injunction in place.

What about the rest of us?

We have no idea who the injunctions are about and what information they pertain to. So I as a blogger of the lowest order can quite happily say that I have heard from several sources of unknown reliability that Ryan Giggs is the married footballer that Imogen Thomas claims to have had an affair with. Is that covered under a super injunction? I don't know. And neither do you. Perhaps it is, in which case Giggs has been very foolish in dragging out the process of unmasking and leaving himself open to all sorts o…

Apple Malware Should End Complacency

The discovery that many Mac owners have been infected by a piece of malware called Mac Defender should serve as a warning to those (including Apple) who repeat the mantra that Macs don't get virii.

They certainly do.

Now there may be many magnitudes less variety in the types and nature of Mac malware when compared to Windows, but constantly telling new users that such things don't exist leads to complacency when installing software.

Mac Defender sounds like a particularly unpleasant way of extracting cash from Mac users and I expect those who have been caught out will be less than happy to hear it at this late stage, but even your Mac isn't immune and a degree of common sense and attention needs to be employed when using any computer on the internet.

Android Phones Guilty Of Shocking Data Security Fail

News is breaking today of a potentially very dangerous weakness in the Android token authentication for gmail calendars. On the face of it not a major risk, however if you scratch a little deeper there are some real dangers here.

This problems occur because Android phones and the Gmail calendars are exchanging tokens for access in plain text, meaning that they can be intercepted and re-used for other purposes. The vulnerability means that a stolen token can be used to access a Google account's calendar, contacts and photos.

A clued up criminal will therefore be able to access your contacts and potentially re-direct your outgoing email; use the information in your calendar to establish when your home is empty (or worse) and use your photos and tagging information to identify your children and create a plausible story for accessing them.

I'm sure those of a more devious mind will find more ways of exploiting this vulnerability.

Google have apparently fixed the problem in 2.3.4, but…

Asus EeePad Transformer Screams Along

The Android Honeycomb market is starting to grow with a number of new devices hitting the shelves.

Primary amongst them have been the Motorola Xoom and Acer Iconia A500, both impressive devices. However the arrival of the Asus EeePad Transformer so completely changes the game that they are both rendered redundant within weeks of launch.

The Transformer is a whole magnitude of faster, slicker and more responsive. It also has a far superior screen and what promises to be class leading battery life. And that's without the addition of the ever so clever keyboard slice.

The Transformer is even a nicer device to hold than the Iconia, which was the previous king of the hill for those of a touchy feel disposition.

Looking at the Transformer's screen is a real pleasure too as it packs an IPS screen which is almost the equal of that on the iPad 2, the benchmark in these matters. Side by side the two are well matched for viewing angle with the Transformers's higher resolution trading of…

Can You Trust The Cloud?

Almost as if providence had decided to intervene after me last post, Blogger and several other Google cloud services suffered a network outage - self inflicted apparently - changing the question from 'can you live in the cloud?' to 'will the cloud still be there when you need it?'

Following on from the downtime suffered by Amazon's S3 service, the Playstation Network and now Google's own problems some people have questioned whether the use of the cloud for services is wise.

Well I've used Google's services for the best part of seven years now and this is the first time I've experienced any downtime. That's outstanding uptime in anyone's book and certainly comparable to the risks involved with locally held data on hard drives.

So yes, you'll need to consider availability when thinking about moving your personal (or business) computing into the cloud, but realistically the risks are no greater than for local storage.