Feeds

How to stop Microsoft's WGA phoning home

Tool versus tool

Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction

A firewall testing website has released a tool it says will spike Microsoft’s controversial WGA tool.

Firewallleaktester.com is careful to state its RemoveWGA tool does not affect the “validation” element of Microsoft’s WGA software.

The company’s tool targets the “notifications” element of the WGA tool, preventing it from repeatedly connecting back to Microsoft to transmit information about users’ software set-up.

That said, FirewallLeakTester pulls no punches about its view of WGA. Once the tool has validated a copy of Windows, it says, “there is no decent point or reason to check it again and again every boot.”

It goes on to say that connecting to Microsoft “ brings security issue for corporate networks, and privacy issues for everyone.” And, unsurprisingly, it states “Microsoft used deceptive ways to make you install this tool (it was told you it was an urgent security update, whereas it is a new installation giving you no extra security) makes me calling this tool a spyware.”

Of course, the truly paranoid might balk at sending (hopefully) good code after bad instead of just reinstalling Windows from scratch. More details here®.

SANS - Survey on application security programs

Whitepapers

Mobile application security study
Download this report to see the alarming realities regarding the sheer number of applications vulnerable to attack, as well as the most common and easily addressable vulnerability errors.
3 Big data security analytics techniques
Applying these Big Data security analytics techniques can help you make your business safer by detecting attacks early, before significant damage is done.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Securing web applications made simple and scalable
In this whitepaper learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.
Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction
Based on their experience using HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager for IT security operations, Finansbank moved to HP ArcSight ESM for fraud management.