Windows 7 Forums

Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.


Windows 7: Sowing the seeds for a safer Internet

14 Oct 2010   #1
JMH

Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit. SP1.
 
 
Sowing the seeds for a safer Internet

Quote:

I'm usually a curmudgeon and a contrarian when it comes to the state of IT security. However, recent developments give me hope that my vision of a safer Internet might not be too far off. Major Internet companies, including Google, Comcast, and Verizon, have all rolled out new services that could seed a worldwide warning system and ultimately make the Internet far safer by slowing the spread of malware.

The first is Google's apparent previously unannounced modification to its Gmail service: When Gmail (via an IP address resolution query) detects that an account is being accessed from a country -- for example, China -- that's not the normal point of entry, the service will alert the user when he or she logs in from his or her regulation location. The user will see a red banner reading, "Warning: We believe your account was recently accessed from: China" followed by the IP address.

I applaud the new warning. The overall idea is not really new; several online email services over the past two decades have displayed the user's last logged-on location. But Gmail is the first (that I know of) to place a visible banner to actively warning users, particularly about accesses from China. This is in response to the larger China-based hacking incident from earlier this year, which involved logon account information compromises.

I'd be an even bigger fan of such warnings if they simply report that the access occurred from a location different than the user's normal location. Certainly, there would be a few false positives as many of us travel and access our email from new locations -- but more information is usually better than less information. I applaud Google for its disclosure and service, and I hope more email vendors offer similar services.
More -
Sowing the seeds for a safer Internet | Security Central - InfoWorld


My System SpecsSystem Spec
.

Reply

 Sowing the seeds for a safer Internet




Thread Tools





Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
Tips and tricks for safer internet browsing
Hey guys I know I haven't made a post for quite some time but I felt like sharing some ideas to make web browsing a safer experience. First Im going to share some interesting add-ons for Mozilla. Feel free to add anything to our list so long as they pertain to the forum rules. ( I hope...
System Security
Internet Explorer 10 Provides Safer Browsing
More...
News
Microsoft to support Safer Internet Day on February 8
Microsoft to support Safer Internet Day on February 8 | WinRumors
News
Creating a Safer, More Trusted Internet
More...
News
Will switching from Internet Explorer make you safer?
Rest of 5 page blog at: Will switching from Internet Explorer make you safer? | Ed Bott’s Microsoft Report | ZDNet.com
Browsers & Mail
Safer Online Shopping with Internet Explorer 8
More...
News

Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 20:08.

Twitter Facebook Google+



Windows 7 Forums

Seven Forums Android App Seven Forums IOS App