Covid-19: Dialling back…

There was an initial flurry of interest when I started tracking Covid-19-related tracks, but it’s quickly died down to a point where it doesn’t seem worth the amount of time it’s taking out of my day. So I’m going to do things a little differently.

  1. I’ll continue to post links of current interest to the AVIEN Facebook page, but not necessarily here.
  2. I’ll post some links to the Covid-19 pages here, but I’ll mainly focus on the information/resources page.
  3. I won’t publish a daily update article. I may, of course, publish an article if there’s something I consider particularly interesting or relevant to the handful of people who may land here occasionally.
  4. I’ll resign myself to the idea that I don’t do this sort of thing for a living any more and concentrate on enjoying what might be left of my life!

David Harley

Covid-19 updates 16th April 2020

Sometimes these articles are posted quite early in the day: in such a case, additions will be made to the same article. Of course, the ‘authoritative’ sources are these update/resource pages, which are continuously updated:

Light relief from the Guardian: Banksy reveals pest problem in new lockdown artwork
“Artist posted five images on Instagram, saying ‘my wife hates it when I work from home’”

David Harley

Covid-19 updates 15th April 2020

Sometimes these articles are posted quite early in the day: in such a case, additions will be made to the same article. Of course, the ‘authoritative’ sources are these update/resource pages, which are continuously updated:

David Harley

Covid-19 updates 14th April 2020

Sometimes these articles are posted quite early in the day: in such a case, additions will be made to the same article. Of course, the ‘authoritative’ sources are these update/resource pages, which are continuously updated:

Today’s updates:

David Harley

Covid-19 updates 13th April 2020

Sometimes these articles are posted quite early in the day: in such a case, additions will be made to the same article. Of course, the ‘authoritative’ sources are these update/resource pages, which are continuously updated:

Today’s updates:

David Harley

Covid-19 updates 12th April 2020

Already added to the appropriate pages.

1. Covid-19: general information/resources

2. Covid-19: Misinformation & Politics

3. Covid-19: scams & security issues

Covid-19 security-ish issues

No, no one is paying me to do this sort of thing any more, but it occurred to me that it would be a Good Thing to track some of this stuff, and it’s the sort of thing I would have put here before I (sort of) retired. Or maybe on some of my other blogs, but I don’t feel up to making this a full-time volunteer project. So let’s see how it goes.

As of 11th April 2020, I’m breaking this out into separate pages:

All future links will go to these sub-pages and any other sub-pages I might consider it necessary to add. Links previously on this page have already been re-routed to the appropriate sub-page. Inevitably, there will be some instances where a link appears on more than one page.

David Harley

Rehearsals for Retirement

I didn’t entirely abandon the security industry: I’ve responded to the occasional request for an interview, including this one on Who owns social media? and I did quite a lot of work on the English translation of this Book by Eddy Willems (I might still be tempted by other authoring/reviewing/editing projects). And I’m still playing with the idea of a book on anti-malware product testing.

Meanwhile, here’s an article I wrote in February for the AV-Comparatives blog. Spotlight on security: The Curse of the False Positive but forgot to flag here. Well, product testing was part of my job description long before I joined the antivirus industry (as we still often called it at that time), so it’s not quite a case of crossing over to the Dark Side. As a matter of fact, I’ve always had a good relationship with the guys at AV-Comparatives. And I have one or two other articles in process elsewhere.

Anyway, I thought I’d mention that, finally, as I’m contemplating adding a new page to this blog, even though noone is likely to pay me to do it. Old habits die hard…

David Harley

*Yes, I stole that from a Phil Ochs album title… I spend much more time on music than I do on security nowadays.

Who owns social media?

In spite of the fact that I have very little connection with the security business at this point, I was asked for my opinion regarding the topic of deleting your content on social media.

I tend to think that the safest way of looking after sensitive data is to avoid posting it in the first place, that’s pretty much what I said, though at greater length and in more detail. However, the final article, now published, is actually pretty good, and while it does include my comments, it also covers a wider range of opinion.

Worth reading…

David Harley