Security for free, update after 4 years

About 4 years ago, while I was working at Avira,  I wrote this article for (ISC)2’s blog. Security “for free”? I wrote back then about how to cover all attack vectors for malware. I also wrote about the hidden costs, which many people tend to ignore. These costs are not acquisition costs. They are even not easily visible. I concluded, that it is possible to achieve a decent degree of security without any acquisition costs. However, there are drawbacks and there are hidden maintenance costs. For those who are interested in having software that works for them and not the…

My article in Security Insider Kompendium: IT Security for small and medium companies

The Compendium and the article are free, you only need to register in order to download Source: Kompendium IT-Sicherheit für den Mittelstand     Article: Zahlt sich kostenlose Sicherheit wirklich aus? Freeware, Open Source und unentgeltliche Cloud-Dienste Malware, Hacking-Attacken, Software-Schwachstellen: Ist es angesichts der ausufernden Bedrohungslandschaft überhaupt möglich, sich mit Security-Tools für lau umfassend abzusichern? In diesem Beitrag gehen wir dieser Frage auf den Grund. Page 28-30 This article appeared also here:  

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“What do you want to download today?” (free eBooks from Microsoft)

Microsoft finally found out that Free is very, very powerful. Especially when you want to do “free” marketing. For example, this link is going viral across the Internet. So, in the Microsoft way: “What do you want to download today?” 🙂 (I hope this slogan is not copyrighted. 🙂 ) Thank you, Eric Ligman. If you’re not convinced yet to have a look, then start with this one: How To Recover That Un-Saved Office Document  

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The idea of offering your product or a version of it for free has been a source of much debate. What is FREE and is FREE really, really, free as in gratis? Idea on writing this article came from reading this article on “Minimum Viable Free Product (MVFP)” by Nathan Taylor. Nathan is talking about “Minimum Viable Free Product” and I personally don’t like how “Free” is interpreted. Yes, I did read the book of  Chris Anderson about the free products. But the Internet decided to do things quite differently. Let’s define the terms before we go into the discussion. Terminology FREE =…

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Free E-Books on C and C++

This article is published here on ReadWriteWeb. 1. Introduction to C Programming by Rob Miles 2. The C Book by Mike Banahan, Declan Brady and Mark Doran 3. How to Think Like a Computer Scientist C++ Version by Allen B Downey 4. Thinking in C++ 2nd edition Vol. 1 and 2 by Bruce Eckel Volume 1 as ZIP archive Volume 2 as ZIP archive 5. C++ Annotations by Frank B. Brokken Zip archive here Other resources: 1 2

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Everybody should feel free to communicate with others

Everybody should feel free to communicate with others What can be more normal than that? But, many times, when we want to add more structure, more processes and order into an operation, exactly this order creates communication channels (read: rules) in such a way that prevents people to communicate with the others. This is a big danger when a company is “getting big(ger)”. Make sure this doesn’t happen in your company !

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Windows 7 and Free Antiviruses

Kaspersky Internet Security 2010 : IObit Security : Panda Security : are offering free one year subscriptions to everyone… Avira is also offering Free-Av to absolutely everyone, all the time, since 10 years. And this no matter which Windows you run. 😉 Bastards … 🙂

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