Steve Riley on Security

Formerly of Microsoft's Trustworthy Computing Group.

September, 2007

  • Autorun: good for you?

    Yes, if you're a five-year-old and you're tired of always asking mom or dad how to start the game on the CD. No need to know how! Just pick up the disc (a little peanut butter on your fingers helps with the grip), slide it in the drive, and wait for the...
  • Password policies. Once again.

    Recently in the newsgroups ( news:microsoft.public.security , to be specific) the question of password polices and the out-of-box defaults came up. The poster lamented a number of things: that Microsoft doesn't enable account lockout by default, that...
  • Antivirus software -- who needs it?

    In the newsgroups a few weeks ago, someone asked about which anti-virus software is best for experts. This is a really curious question. I've been involved in computer security -- as a practitioner, a consultant, and an instructor/speaker -- for several...
  • More on the necessity of antivirus software

    A few days ago, I wrote a brief post about my non-use of antivirus software on my own computers. A number of people have asked me privately if I am recommending such a stance to other individuals or to organizations. Let me be perfectly clear: absolutely...
  • Playing around with my blog

    In the right-hand column I've added a new section with four interesting bits of info for you: A ClustrMap , that shows the locations around the world where people read my blog from. I registered the thing back in December 2006, but just figured out how...