Archive for April, 2006
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The normal.dot error in MS Work 97-2003 is annoying to say the very least.  The Normal.dot is the main default template file in Microsoft Word. Because it contains a lot of customization settings, it is prone to corruption.

Here is a very simple way of fixing the Normal.dot error.  Click here for step by step instructions on how to fix the normal.dot file.

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DIACAP Guide

This slide will tell you everything you need to know for now:

http://www.sdissa.org/downloads/Revised_DIACAP_KS_eMASS_Brief ISSA_10-28-05.ppt

According to rumors about the DIACAP, the document (8510.bb) is waiting to be signed (or is signed). DoD 8510.bb will be the DIACAP Instruction guide. The DoD 8510.bb, Defense Information Assurance Certification and Accreditation Process will replace the 5200.40, DoD Information Technology Security Certification and Accreditation Process (DITSCAP) and 8510.1-M, Department of Defense Information Technolgoy Security Certification and Accreditation Process (DITSCAP) Application Manual.

 

Read More on the DIACAP Guide.

345+ Free online programming books

A listing of over 345 (and counting) free online programming books.

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DIACAP

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Do want to know ALL about DIACAP
?  Are you anxiously awaiting the DIACAP to come out so you can do amazing things with it??  ME…NEITHER.

But just in case you are an Information Assurance/Security policy person check out this bit about the DIACAP page it will change your life FOREVER.

Laugh if you want to but I bet you won't be laughing when your global system is hacked by a 14 year old who doesn't even know what Telnet is, the press get wind of it then Donald Rumsfeld is doing a press conference about the lack of security on DoD information technology because YOU didn't have info assurance.  I bet it won't think it is so funny then will you?

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How to Avoid Internet Auction Fraud

In the early days of Internet auctions you were much more likely to be conned than you are today. Figures from the National Fraud Information Center for the year 2000 stated that 78% of Internet fraud at that time took place on online auction sites. These days the big sites have taken steps to make their auctions safer places for their users.

Despite it being safer to buy online from auctions today, it still pays to be on your guard when transacting in Internet auctions. Here are some tips to ensure you don't get ripped off.

Only buy from sellers with good feedback scores. This is definitely one of your best protections. Indeed, this is a feature of Internet auctions which can't be matched by other online retailers. This independent rating system will give you a very good indication of which sellers can be trusted. Just make sure that the seller has carried out enough selling auctions for it to be a reliable indicator.

Pay by the safest means you can. This will generally be credit card. This way, if you do have any problems you can seek redress through your credit card provider. Again, this is a facility you wouldn't normally have when buying from a private individual, so make use of this extra security feature of online auctions.

Only use the big name auction sites. Stay clear of the small, out of the way sites that nobody's heard of. The bigger sites have a reputation they want to protect. That means they'll take any fraud complaints seriously and deal with the culprits quickly because it's in their interest to do so.

Make sure you work out exactly what the product or service you're intent on buying is worth to you. If you do this at the outset you'll be in a better position to make sure you don't overbid and end up paying more than the item's worth. It may sound stupid, but there are plenty of people who'll testify to having been caught up in a bidding frenzy. Auctions can be exciting and addictive, but it doesn't make sense to pay more for items at auction than those items can readily be bought for elsewhere.

Remember that when you place a bid you have, in effect, entered into a contract with the seller. Don't place a bid if you don't really want the item. If you don't adhere to this rule that pink, floral toilet seat could be yours!

And finally, the golden rule for buying on Internet auction sites – if it sounds too good to be true, it very probably is.

THE Top 15 Security/Hacking Tools & Utilities

A good summary with a description and links of some of the top tools in the Hacking/Security arena. For old hands it will be a familiar list but most people will find a thing or two they didn't know about.

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Just how bad is Chinese censorship? PBS shows you

Watch this PBS Frontline documentary as 4 top students at one of China's most prestigious universities fail to identify where the famous Tianamen Square photo of the “Tank Man” is from. This alone should make you realize why companies such as Google and Yahoo bowing to China is a bad thing.

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Smart Swarming :an effective way to solve even the toughest security prob

The idea is to get lots of people focused on a security issue, or even a programming problem, and then have them chisel away at the code and examine how those pieces interact and work with all the total software.

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Hands-on testing of the new Linux virus

NewsForge has gotten a copy of the new, cross-platform, “proof of concept” virus and tested it on a variety of kernels. The results are interesting.

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Air Force One Defenses exposed on website

Whenever the president travels, security is a prime consideration. Motorcade routes are kept secret, and premature release of information about a presidential trip aboard one of the twin Air Force One planes can result in the Secret Service canceling a visit.

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