Steve Riley on Security

Formerly of Microsoft's Trustworthy Computing Group.

Tell us about the junk email you receive

Tell us about the junk email you receive

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Another gem in the download center: an Outlook (2003/2007) add-in with which you can report junk email to FrontBridge.

Junk E-mail Reporting Tool 1.0 for Outlook

The Junk E-mail Reporting Tool submits e-mail to Microsoft when you explicitly choose to do so. If you receive a junk e-mail and want to report it to us for analysis, first select the e-mail in Outlook and then click the junk e-mail button on your tool bar. You will see a pop-up window asking whether you want to report the selected e-mail to Microsoft and its affiliates. When you click “Yes” to confirm that you’d like to report the selected e-mail as junk e-mail, the junk e-mail will be deleted from your Inbox and sent to FrontBridge, a Microsoft company, for analysis to help us improve the effectiveness of our junk e-mail filtering technologies.

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  • Great, this is real collaberation. Just like advanced Spynet on Defender whereby you can submit your decisions on blocking/allowing software to aid future products.

    My email address has recently been compromised and I am now receiving multiple offers of V1@gr@ daily. It is always possible my wife has done this in a vain effort to suggest something to me, but even so, any initiatives to stem the rising tide of jeunk I get is very much appreciated.

    On a similar subject, I firmly beleive in Windows error reporting. When an application fails on my desktop you're darn right I want Microsoft to know about it. Even if it was not Windows that caused it, it is good to share the pain.

    One last thing, I am writing an article based on a reply to 'Mythbusters break unbreakable fingerprint reader', where Steve asks;

    "Does God need authentication? Now there's a question to ponder! :)"

    God most certainly does need authentication, and it adds a new dimension to the something you have, are, know paradigm, which is "Something you can do!".

    Will let you know when I have finished it!

  • Junk mail?

  • The junk mail tool would be even more useful if you could configure what address to send the junk mail reports to - working in an enterprise, we have centrally-managed junk mail filters, and when a junk mail gets through them, it would be handy to have a button to use to inform the filter administrators that one broke through again.

    [I wrote one in a couple of hours, but Visual Studio won't let me sign it, which is pretty much a 'no-go' for installing it as a .NET extension to Outlook - and not everyone can develop an Outlook add-in as quickly as that.]

    As for "does God need authentication", I don't think Steve meant it in the sense of "does God need to identify himself", but more in the sense of "does God need to identify individual people - is that why we have fingerprints?"

  • We have fingerprints because it would be nearly impossible to grasp things if our fingers were completely smooth. Fingerprints add friction.

    Does God need authentication? I suppose it depends on, first, whether one believes, and second, the strength of the faith of those who do believe.

  • Even us grizzled security professionals occasionally have to give up when faced with a pile of security

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