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April 14, 2011

Article in The Guardian’s Information Security 2011 supplement


I wrote an article to be published in the The Guardian’s Information Security 2011 supplement.

Abstract
Picture this scenario. You walk into your local supermarket to buy your weekly groceries and just before you drop an item of produce into your trolley, you quickly scan it over for freshness and check its expiry date. You wouldn’t knowingly choose something that was marked out-of-date. And if you did notice it was past its expiry date, you would automatically select a new, fresher version of the same produce instead. After all, you wouldn’t want to experience any unpleasant side-effects or risks to your health.

Now picture another scenario – this time at your private home PC or sat somewhere in front of your laptop browsing the internet or logging on to a corporate network while working from home. Did you know that the programs installed on your PC pose a significant risk to the health of your PC and the safety of your private data if left to go past their ‘expiry dates’ and not updated in a timely manner?

Make sure you’re not compromised by PC programmes that are past their expiry date and could expose your system to attacks. The power to reduce the window of opportunity for cyber criminals is in the hands of all PC users.

To read the article in full (page 41), click here