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Rich Mogull

Rich Mogull

Rich Mogull has been working in the security world for over 20 years, and breaking computers (usually by accident) even longer. After about 10 years in physical security (mostly running large events/concerts), he made the mistake of getting drunk in Silicon Valley and telling someone he “worked in security.” Next morning he woke up with a job as an IT security consultant. That’s not totally true, but it’s far more amusing than his full biography. He currently works as the VP of Product for DisruptOPS and an independent security analyst at Securosis.com. He previously spent seven years as an analyst with Gartner. Rich is also a paramedic, done stints as a firefighter and with Rocky Mountain Rescue, and recently retired from ski patrol when he moved to sunny Arizona. He still dabbles in disaster medicine, when nature cooperates.

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Security Tips For Safe Online Holiday Shopping

Shopping online may save you from the dangers of traffic accidents and mall riots, but these tips from Security Editor Rich Mogull will also help ensure a fraud-free holiday season.

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Are Safari’s New Anti-Phishing Features Useful?

The recent Safari 3.2 update adds two often-requested security features, but do they really make you safer from online fraudsters? Security expert Rich Mogull takes Safari 3.2 on a phishing trip to find out.

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iPhone Saves Weary Road Warrior

Modern air travel is never easy, but when bad weather diverts Rich Mogull's plane, his trusty iPhone ensures he gets a hotel room for the night with three measly screen taps.

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Peering Inside a Mobile Phone Network

We seldom think about how our mobile phones actually work, but Rich Mogull pulls back the covers and peels away the jargon to explain why text messages work when voice calls are dropped, why your battery lasts longer in some places than in others, why you're not allowed to use phones on airplanes, why you can be notified of a voicemail message when your phone never rang, and more.

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MobileMe Web Interface Insecure, But Other Apps Get It Right

MobileMe's Web interface doesn't use SSL to protect your communications, a major security blunder. But iCal, Mail, and iChat default to secure connections.

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Apple Fails to Patch Critical Exploited DNS Flaw

Apple has made its biggest security stumble ever by not releasing a necessary patch for a serious DNS exploit that allows any domain name to be redirected to any IP address.

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First Impressions of the iPhone 3G and iPhone 2.0

Rich Mogull braved the lines on Friday to get a new iPhone 3G. After a weekend of testing (and driving), he shares his impressions of Apple's new toy.

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How to Protect Yourself from the New Mac OS X Trojans

Take a few simple steps to understand and protect yourself from the latest malicious software targeting Macs.

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iPhone 2.0 Poised for the Enterprise

Apple has all but ignored the enterprise market for year, with Steve Jobs famously declaring that if Apple made great products the enterprise would come to Apple. With the iPhone 2.0 software, Apple has changed its tune and implemented the kind of enterprise-specific features that large organizations expect in mobile devices.

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iPhone Survivor: Traveling Without a Laptop

Some challenge their mettle by risking their lives in courageous acts. Others just try and survive a long weekend vacation without a trusty MacBook Pro, instead relying entirely on an iPhone.

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Unpatched iCal Security Flaws Present Low Risk

Details on three new unpatched security flaws were just released. While the risk to Mac users is low, the announcement raises ethical issues about how vendors and security researchers approach security vulnerabilities.

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iPhone Security Tips

Avoid rogue wireless networks and take advantage of your iPhone's security features with just a few simple screen taps and slides.

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QuickTime Security Enhanced with Anti-Exploitation Technologies

QuickTime 7.4.5 offers more than just specific security fixes - in it, Apple started activating anti-exploitation technologies to protect users even when there are software vulnerabilities. But when will we see these technologies fully implemented in QuickTime, or even Leopard itself?

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Mac Users Affected by New Virus

A new virus has struck, specifically affecting Mac users. Researchers suspect the cause may be retaliation brought on by the general smugness Mac users exhibit when confronted with viral threats.

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Apple Becomes First Victim in Hacking Contest

Mac OS X was just compromised more quickly than Windows Vista in a hacking contest. Should we worried? Rich Mogull explains why this is concerning, but there's no reason to panic.