ContentWatch Security Blog

Mon

Nov 25, '13

How much do you remember about agreeing to Facebook’s privacy policy?  The good news is that you are normal if your answer is “not much”; the bad news is that being normal in this situation, might not be a good thing. A new survey conducted by Harris Poll found that half of all adults have never read the most recent privacy policy updates on their social media website of choice.

Fri

Feb 4, '11

After years of rejecting its applications, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) decided in June to give the adult entertainment industry the .xxx top-level domain, a move likely to result in the establishment of a virtual red-light district on the Web. Approval of the domain does not mean Web sites with URLs ending in .xxx will appear anytime soon. There are still many details and a pending contract to resolve. (Source: InformationWeek, June 28, 2010.)

Wed

Dec 7, '11

After years of rejecting its applications, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) decided to give the adult entertainment industry the .xxx top-level domain, a move that results in the establishment of a virtual red-light district on the Web.  This week, the sale began.

Today, most web site names end in .com, .net, .org, .gov, or .edu.  The implication of this proposed change is that an adult content / pornographic web site will have the option of using the .xxx domain name.  At first glance, this would seem to make it easier for parents or parental controls software vendors to monitor and protect children and teens from objectionable sites. 

In reality, this change would potentially make it very easy for a curious child to quickly get into trouble.  I envision children getting immediate access to X-rated materials by innocently typing in almost any word with a .xxx name.  Exposure to such images is not quickly forgotten or erased from a young memory.

Knowing how well-funded corrupt businesses operate, I expect pornographers to co-locate their content on existing .comdomains and also on the new .xxx domain, thus increasing the prevalence of pornography sites.  Pornographers won’t likely voluntary give up their successful .com addresses to locate solely on the .xxx domain.  As a result, pornography content will be more pervasive. 

As the owner of a few reputable web sites, I have considered what will happen when .xxx domains go on sale and reputablecompanies are a bit slow to purchase their .xxx domain name to simply protect them.  Our company will jump to buy www.netnanny.xxx to avoid the trouble a pornographer can wreak if they do any URL spoofing based on our brand name.

The other overriding challenge is that there is no real legal regulation, in practice.  Indeed, Internet pornography is hardcore obscenity and it is illegal.  But it is so ubiquitous, it is not usually prosecuted.

It’s not likely that Congress would be able to pass a law requiring pornographers to conform to the .xxx domain.  And even if passed, such as law would be relatively unenforced in federal court, if the past is an indicator of the future. Historically, efforts by Congress to regulate smut on the Internet have not been upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court.

In short, as .xxx domains go on sale, we will see an increase in the pervasiveness of pornography and its accessibility.  Ironically, the Internet is used for so many good things too.

Wed

Apr 4, '12

For a company to thrive, employees must be efficient and productive. What are some ways to ensure this?

Thu

Mar 15, '12

How many hours a day do you spend surfing the net or engaging in social network activities while at work? Salary.com surveyed 3,200 workers to find out what people really do when at work.

Tue

Jan 4, '11

Written by a typical IT Guy that we have a very close relationship with here at ContentWatch (and not me, but it was too good and true not to share)

1.       Sales Guy doesn't care about IT needs. He is interested in selling product; if the product is not a fit, Sales Guy doesn't truly care. Sales Guy will try to ask “find out questions to see where he can insert the product. Many of Sales Guy's questions are things that IT Guy views as confidential and IT Guy is bothered that Sales Guy asks.  Keep in mind, IT Guy does not want Sales Guy to “evaluate his needs, IT Guy feels that “knowing his needs is part of IT Guy's job and IT Guy does not need help doing his job.

2.       Sales Guy never follows up after selling the solution to IT Guy. Sales Guy does not care to see if IT Guy likes the solution, or if it works. IT Guy feels bamboozled by past Sales Guys and feels they are all the same. All IT Guys have purchased something that did not work as advertised and feel that it put their job in jeopardy. IT Guy feels he might be betrayed by Sales Guy.

3.       Without fail, Sales Guy will try to sell IT Guy the most expensive solution even if he could have gotten by with something less expensive. IT Guy does not trust Sales Guy to sell a product to fit his needs, instead he worries about over-buying or buying something he will not use. IT Guy feels he can get a better price online. IT Guy knows it must cost more from Sales Guy, because Sales Guy is getting paid commission.

4.       Typically Sales Guy is not technical enough to answer IT Guy's questions. Typically Sales Guy is too arrogant to accept he does not know, so IT Guy rarely gets forwarded to someone who does know. Because Sales Guy is all-knowing, he will present solutions as if they are new and cutting-edge technology. IT Guy knows about technology and has known about Sales Guy's solution for a long time.

5.       Sales Guy will regurgitate the same information IT Guy has already read on the web; if IT Guy asks something additional, Sales Guy is stumped.

6.       Because IT Guy is cynical by nature, he is offended when Sales Guy tries to create a “relationship of trust by asking personal questions. “So are you a snowboarder? IT Guy is very aware that Sales Guy is faking it and couldn't care less about him personally. Keep in mind that IT Guy thinks that Sales Guy was one of those jerks that made fun of him in high school and that they only reason Sales Guy is acting nice now is to get the deal.

7.       Because IT Guy has a little bit of a “God complex, he doesn't think there is anything Sales Guy can tell him that he doesn't already know, and IT Guy thinks he already knows much more than the Sales Guy about the product and competition.

8.       When IT Guy asks a direct question about functionality and that functionality or feature does not exist in the product, Sales Guy will skirt the issue, or not give a straight answer. Along these lines, Sales Guy typically will not give the IT Guy a straight answer on price, instead IT Guy will have to “wait for a quote then wonder how much the Sales Guy has jacked up the price.

9.       Part of being an IT Guy is feeling you are bringing value to your company by having technical knowledge. If an IT Guy has to admit to “learning about something new from Sales Guy he feels his value to the company is diminished.

10.   When IT Guy is polite about the lack of “need or “interest in the product, Sales Guy will not take a hint, and continues to pester him. This results in angering the IT Guy or having the IT Guy avoid Sales Guy. Sales Guy continues to say “IT Guy is just really busy, and doesn't have time. Frankly, if IT Guy cared, he would have time.

11.   Lastly - don't forget. IT Guy has a bunch of IT Guy friends and they love to brag about how they have screwed Sales Guy. Remember that IT Guy thinks of Sales Guy as the jock in high school that teased him and IT Guy resents Sales Guy. For IT Guy and his friends, Sales Guy is the handsome guy that has always had things handed to him, that always had dates in high school while IT Guy was playing with his calculator. IT Guy feels he had to work to get where he is and that Sales Guy does not.  

Fri

Nov 9, '12

I have always heard stories about new Android security issues, but to be honest, I usually ignore them and chalk them up to “some guy installed a random rogue app and it stole his contact list.” Typically, my philosophy has been just don’t install random apps or apps from non-reputable sources, and you don’t have anything to worry about, but I have recently found out that many Android exploits, which take advantage of security flaws, can also be found in popular or well-known apps available from legitimate marketplaces.

Wed

May 25, '11

Good Android tablets seem to be MIA. Many big name companies showed tablets at the CES event in Las Vegas last January but have either put their Android tablet on hold or have removed it from their product lineup all together. One key reason could be that consumers aren't buying, and demand is really weak. Who can afford to sell something people don't want?

Fri

Jan 27, '12

To achieve optimal sales results when segmenting and targeting a new customer base, it’s extremely important to make an appropriate level of literal and perceived investment. Many times, businesses operate with a minimalist approach when expanding into new markets. In practice, it’s an approach where you ‘dip your toe into the pool’ to gauge the market temperature. It is manifested through a scarce investment in time, people, or resources. Many companies assign few resources to manage a new targetmarket, to recruit partners, and to find customers. They react to market inquiries and interest.