Monday, December 31, 2007

The year through lists

The 2007 Security Hall of Shame
How bad was 2007 for breaches, vulnerabilities and similar mayhem? On the bright side, it was better than 2008 is forecast to be. With more of every sort of meltdown predicted -- more criminalization of the hacker community, more Web-application attacks, more phishing, more spamming, more zero-day attacks and more virtualization-related threats -- we're happy to tell you that you are likely to look back on 2007 as the peaceful old days.

Read the article HERE.

Top 10 security stories of the year
If you had to sum up 2007's security scene in a couple of words, those words would probably be 'data breach'. This year has seen a shift from viruses, botnets and spam swamping the security headlines, to the loss of personal information by private and public organisations - leading to calls for better data protection and privacy laws. Other topics to hit the security headlines in 2007 included wi-fi piggybacking, encryption technology and calls for a standalone police unit to tackle the ever more sophisticated world of cyber crime.

Here's the year's top 10 security stories: Read more HERE.

Top 20 Hilarious and Creative Internet Scams
If you’ve had an e-mail account for more than a couple of years, or even just a couple of months, you’ve probably received an e-mail hoax promising you the opportunity to make millions working from home, asking you to donate money to a fraudulent fund, or just passing along a fascinating (but false) story to elicit a widespread response from the public. While many, truly damaging scams are designed to covertly steal hundreds of thousands of dollars from innocent people, this list is mostly comprised of those hoaxes that are just downright ridiculous.

Read the article HERE.

Best Of 2007: Twenty Top 10's of 2007
When it comes to new technology, 2007's destined to be remembered as "The Year of the iPhone" — but a whole lot more went on in the past 12 months besides Apple's much-hyped gadget launch. From significant upgrades to apps we already know and love, to major operating system releases, to a few new tools that help us get things done (or at least point toward the future), '07 was a good year in software and productivity. Over the last 12 months we've literally reviewed thousands of new releases, features, and upgrades here at Lifehacker. Today we've boiled them all down to a bird's eye view: our top 10 best new and improved desktop and web applications of 2007.

Read the article HERE.


Time.com: Top 10 Websites
See the list [+ 50 Top 10 Lists of 2007] HERE.


The worst security slip ups of 2007
How bad was 2007 for breaches, vulnerabilities and similar mayhem? On the bright side, it was better than 2008 is forecast to be. With more of every sort of meltdown predicted -- more criminalization of the hacker community, more Web-application attacks, more phishing, more spamming, more zero-day attacks and more virtualization-related threats -- we're happy to tell you that you are likely to look back on 2007 as the peaceful old days.

Read the article HERE.


Vaporware 2007: Long Live the King
It's time again to inhale the fumes of failure. Every December, Wired News asks its readers to nominate their choices for our annual Vaporware awards. We hand out accolades (and raspberries) to the most-prized products that were promised but never delivered.


Read the article HERE.

101 Dumbest Moments in Business
Ah, what a dumb year it was! Fortune chose the absolutely dumbest of the dumb that the gods of fate and humor delivered into our laps - and yours - this past year.

One of my favourites is Number 16 : While working on an article about Microsoft, Wired contributing editor Fred Vogelstein receives a 13-page dossier about himself, describing him as "tricky" and his stories as "sensational". The document, prepared by the company's public relations firm, Waggener Edstrom Worldwide, as background for Microsoft executives, was sent inadvertently to the writer. [Which, of course, in itself became an interesting story for Wired]

Read the article HERE.


Top 10 list of year-end Top 10s lists
AND, to finish off, if you are not yet sick of the lists, here's another, ironically, of a couple of alternative Christmas lists, in case the shopping list is driving you a little listless.

Read the article HERE.

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