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The Avira Techblog has two languages from now on

Apparently, many German Facebook fans of Avira have difficulties reading English. Because of this reason, we have created a special page for them:   Today, I have created also in the Techblog a German area which is available here: Now it is pretty lonely there, but we will add more articles soon.  

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Never forget that as soon as any information is published on a public website, it doesn’t actually belong to you anymore

Avira Survey Finds Computer Users Don’t Feel Safe on Social Media Sites “This survey was very interesting because it demonstrated that even though social media sites are very popular among the general population, computer users from all over the world have the same concerns,” said Sorin Mustaca, data security expert at Avira.“They are wary of the safety of their personal information when it’s disseminated across social media sites. In order to use social media sites without being afraid of having your data misused, I strongly advise not storing private data on these websites. Never forget that as soon as any information is published on a public website, it doesn’t actually belong to you anymore,” he added. Read more here: http:/

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Vote for my pictures

Click on this link: Login on Facebook and vote my pictures either one by one  or all at once:   If I get enough votes I might get a voucher to get a flight license.   This is how you vote: 1. Go here: 2. You are asked to login to Facebook. Please login. 3. You are presented this page: Depending on your Facebook settings, you might have to Like the page first and then click on Vote in order to see the photos.   4. Click on each picture. Note that you will see on you Facebook Wall that you voted for me.  

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Avira Survey Shows 50 Percent of People Are Concerned About Banking Online

See the original article here and an interview with me for the Infosecurity US Magazine. I gave the interview on telephone calling the editor from home at 21.00h 🙂 Additional news here: In German: That’s fun 😉

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The AMTSO debate

Since I heard the first time about AMTSO (Anti Malware Testing Standards Organization), in one of the VB Conferences (I think two years ago), I asked myself whether or not this association makes sense. I’ve heard later on that Avira is also part of it. But, I simply forgot about this issue. I recently started to hear a lot of noise about this issue, saying that AMTSO represents only the interests of the AV Industry and not those of the user getting infected. I don’t have yet an opinion, but as soon as I have one, I’ll post it 😉 Here are links with PROs and CONs arguments: PROs: Joint Blog By amtso A related blog was published on the AVIEN blog CONs: The AMTSO Melee Anti Malware Testing Standards Organization: a dissenting view AMTSO: a serious attempt to clean up anti-malware testing; or just a great big con? (please read the discussion thread there !!!)

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When the whales fly (or Twitter hiccups)

From time to time, the users of Twitter are unable to login on the official website. Sometimes the screen below can be seen, sometimes just a timeout error. Interesting enough, after you refresh a couple of times, you are able to do whatever you were trying to do, and then never get this error until you login again. There can be many reasons for which we see this error. From a simple overload to a distributed denial of service. Which we know that it happened on August 6, 2009 [1]. But, the most common reason is too many users(or services) are trying to access the Twitter services simultaneously. In this case, the servers behind the domain are overloaded and are not able to access the required information to let you in. There is a corresponding HTTP error which is reported : 503 – Service (or server) not available. But what is this error and why are we able to see it when the webservers are not available? There’s a trick. Any decent webserver reserves a certain amount of connections for this kind of messages. This error code can be served in the following circumstances: – Too many connections simultaneously….

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Deadlock-Proof Your Code: Part 1 & 2

In today’s world of multicore computing, it’s important to make sure that your multithreaded applications scale. A longstanding approach for making the most of multiple processors is to arrange for different resources to be protected by different synchronization objects, or locks. A drawback of this approach is that a bug in your threading model can lead to a deadlock. Part 1 Part 2

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