Discontinuing Support for ISC Alert Task Bar Icon

Published: 2014-05-22
Last Updated: 2014-05-22 13:20:49 UTC
by Johannes Ullrich (Version: 1)
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Many years ago, when the internet was still a different place before Twitter, RSS and browser notifications, Tom Liston was kind enough to write a very compact task bar application displaying the current "Incocon". The application, also known as "blinky globe thing", was mostly known for its impeccable implementation of the color orange. 

However, the application uses a non-standard RSS feed, and does not speak SSL. We recently changed our site to SSL only, breaking the current "blinky globe" to only show blue. Also, there are now a number of other more standard ways to receive notifications about infocon changes. As a result, I decided to stop supporting "ISCAlert". If you still use it, please uninstall it. 

For alternatives, please see our notification system: https://isc.sans.edu/notify.html . We currently offer "SMS compatible" e-mail notifications and will soon have browser notifications (part of this is already live). We do also have a number of RSS feeds, simple text feeds (e.g.. https://isc.sans.edu/infocon.txt ) and Twitter to notify you of impeding doom.

For more about the Infocon, see https://isc.sans.edu/infocon.html

Johannes B. Ullrich, Ph.D.
SANS Technology Institute

Keywords: infocon iscalert
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