Archive for March, 2010|Monthly archive page

Lines and numbers, signifying nothing

In Uncategorized on March 11, 2010 at 8:21 pm

This fantastic gem is from rate comparison available at the Pennsylvania Insurance Department website.

Pennsylvania homeowner's insurance comparison

Homeowner's insurance comparison, or perhaps random numbers

Any idea what this means?


Anti-virus spyware

In Uncategorized on March 4, 2010 at 4:09 pm

Someone at work was recently infected by malware posing as anti-virus software.

Screenshot of malware posing as anti-virus software

Malware posing as a virus-scanner

I don’t find it very surprising seeing how realistic it looks. Of course, if this was Internet Explorer, maybe the toolsbars could be hidden.

Some basic rules of internet safety:

  • Don’t run Internet Explorer (I recommend Google Chrome, or FireFox with the Adblock extension).
  • Don’t run as Administrator.
  • Don’t download and run any executable from the internet. For the rare times that you must, make sure you verify the origin.
  • Use different passwords for websites with differing values (e.g. your bank password should not be reused at  I recommend using a password manager.
  • Never, ever give out your password.  If you don’t use a password manager, then read the address correctly: is not the same as