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Michael Gracie

The last day of the year – time for 2007 predictions

It is the last day of 2006. What better time for predictions…

From the experts:

Spamroll says:

  • Spam will not end in late January (and Bill Gates will remain mum thereafter)
  • Some spyware companies will be getting sued again by February, while the rest change their company name
  • The government will quit buying consumer data in March, after determining that who is buying TMX Elmo is in no way correlated with who has a tendency to be a terrorist
  • Everyone will be backing up their hard drives by April, but only if external hard drives are free
  • They’ll be encrypting them by May, because everyone will be running hacked versions of Vista
  • We’ll all take the summer off, since phishers already do
  • Back-to-school will piss off millions of children, and not much else
  • October will be much like September
  • Telcos will implement IPv6 for Thanksgiving, and everyone on the internet will know who everyone else is, once and for all (with the exception of MacBook Pro users, which are already being tracked via heatsink)
  • We’ll get a ton of self-serving predictions for 2008, a week early at Christmas

Happy New Year!

UPDATE: Sarcasm does work – someone is thinking about backup.

Security problems leveling off, thank goodness!

IBM recently release a report on security threat trends, letting everyone know that 2006 is expected to be a period of leveling off. Big Blue noting over a billion (yes, a BILLION) computer security threats in 2005. Is this “leveling off” supposed to mean we are out of the woods?

If You Are Going to Warn, Make It Timely

To Richmond news agencies: If you are going to warn your “masses” about an impending security issue, try doing it more than a week before the drop dead date. If the problem was discovered weeks ago, that might be a clue that you need new information resources..hint hint.

Example: if you find a threat to a fully patched Windows PC spread the word right away.