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Holiday Shopping - Give Some Security

Happy Thanksgiving to all of our USA readers!  For most countries, this weekend coming up is the start of the holiday season.  For many retailers, tomorrow (Friday November 23rd) is "Black Friday" and recently there's been the introduction of "Cyber Monday" (Monday November 26th) when everybody comes back to work and uses their office computers to go shopping online.  However and wherever you shop, and whatever your customs and traditions are, as we enter another holiday season it's time once again to think about computer security for our family and friends.

This is a golden opportunity for information security professionals around the world to spread the word about security and to "give some security" when you exchange presents later this year.  Let us know what you plan to give as a security gift to your friends and families.  Do you know of any cool ideas that other readers might like?  Did somebody give you something last year that really helped you with security?  I doubt that grandma would appreciate a copy of Hacking for Grannies Exposed but I'm sure that there is something on the shelf that would be good for her in a security sense.  Please use our contact form to let us know your plans to "give some security" this year.  We'll post the best ideas here later in the day.


Art wrote us with a good idea: instead of buying security stuff, he is making CD's for friends and family.  He'll put free stuff on them, FREE AVG, Spybot Search and Destroy, and links to other downloads in a .txt file such as Windows Defender.  He said it's not a gift for them, it’s for him.  Less headaches, he said.  He also suggested a gift his wife might consider, a Cisco PIX.  Nice touch, Art!  I hope that Santa is nice to you.

Marcus H. Sachs
Director, SANS Internet Storm Center


301 Posts
ISC Handler
Nov 22nd 2007
I think anything with the phrase "grannies exposed" is a bad idea for a present. :)

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