Why do spammers spam? I try to explain it using the Moralization Gap

Don’t spammers know they are irritating the rest of us? Lately, I have been thinking a little bit on why spammers spam. I have never conducted a large study of this, all of my research about their own explanations comes from my memory of articles I have read and videos I have seen of convicted…


Microsoft, the NSA, the Backfire Effect and how we all make bad decisions

A couple of weeks ago, I read a blog post on the Wall Street Journal where they were commenting on comments made by Brad Smith, Microsoft’s top legal counsel. His comments were in response to latest revelations that the NSA sometimes sniffs network traffic between data centers: Microsoft’s top lawyer compared the National Security Agency…


I worry more about being hacked than being tracked, and I am in the majority

This is going to be a long post. Please read through the whole thing before you comment. I have been following this NSA spy-story for several months now ever since Edward Snowden started revealing back in the summer that the US government was spying on everyone. At the time, I wasn’t sure how I felt…


Humor–Opinions on Internet Privacy

I saw this  a few months ago and meant to post it back then, so I am posting it now. Via XKCD.    

Humor–NSA spying

Via Dilbert.

Humorous, or not-so-humorous, cartoon on the roll-out of healthcare.gov

I found the following cartoon today on Reason.   If you’re not familiar with the situation, the US government rolled out a website, healthcare.gov, where people can go to sign up for health insurance which is mandated for individuals before the end of 2013 (not sure if that still applies or the deadline has been…


How is my password manager experiment working so far?

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote that I had started experimenting with a password manager. I thought I’d give an update on how it’s working for me so far. Here’s what I do: I use my Windows 8 laptop as my main machine at work. Most of the time when I want to save…


I am finally experimenting with a password manager. Here are the results so far.

I’ve been aware of password managers for years but I never used one – I was skeptical. While I understand their benefits, I always thought they would be too inconvenient to use. I’m going to assume that you’re aware of what these things are – little pieces of software that keep track of all the…


How to create more aggressive Bulk email settings in Exchange Online

 Update 2014-04-04: Updated the Text Patterns for ETR#1 – modified #2, added #12 and #13 Update 2014-08-25: This article is now updated by this one: Different levels of bulk mail filtering in Office 365 One of the more common requests in the Forefront Online Protection for Exchange (FOPE) and Exchange Online Protection (EOP) services is…


Understanding outbound spam controls in Office 365

As a Program Manager of Antispam in Office 365, one of the questions I am frequently asked is “How many messages outbound are we permitted to send per minute? Per hour? Per day?” When I use the term “Office 365” I mean both our existing Forefront Online Protection for Exchange (FOPE) service, and our newer…


New features in Office 365

Recently, in Office 365 we introduced two new features in our Forefront Online Protection for Exchange product (FOPE). I refer to this as FOPE 14 because the service runs on Exchange version 14. This is our older service, all of our customers are either migrated or will be migrated to Exchange Online Protection. I refer…

4 Reasons to Stop Freaking Out About the NSA

With all the chatter recently about NSA revelations and how they are spying on everyone, I found this funny video on Cracked that made me laugh a few times. I thought you all might enjoy it, too. 4 Reasons to Stop Freaking Out About the NSA — powered by Cracked.com


Supporting email over IPv6, part 1 – An introduction

One of the important projects I have been working on for the past few months is supporting email over IPv6. Long time readers of this blog (all four of you) will remember that last year I wrote a series of posts on email over IPv6: Part 1 – Introduction Part 2 – Why we can’t…


Smartphone OS market share vs. malware targeted at that OS

I was reading yesterday on Yahoo News (and on Flipboard yesterday on my tablet) that that the Department of Homeland Security issued a report detailing what platform mobile malware targets on your smartphone. I decided to do a sanity check – how well does the amount of malware targeted at a platform correspond to the…