Where Spam Comes From

Original Post: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/2969783.stm

For anyone plagued by junk e-mails, the question that often baffles most is how did the spammers get your address. US researchers at the Center for Democracy and Technology set out to answer this question in the summer of 2002. They found that e-mail addresses posted on websites or in newsgroups attract the most spam. Spam is estimated to account for up to 40% of global e-mail traffic and is causing a massive headache for businesses, which are losing billions in productivity. Continue reading

Developing PHP Credit Card Validation Applications

Web sites developed to handle eCommerce need to accept and handle payments, usually paid by credit cards. Since everyone knows credit cards can be stolen or forged, it is obvious that credit card validation is mandatory. PHP web developers can program pre-validation applications to validate credit cards using PHP programming before sending validated credit card data to merchant handlers. The quality of the merchant requests with credit card information is increased dramatically. Continue reading

Security Developers Language Preferences

PHP Programming is frequently misunderstood and misperceived as less than the powerful and secure programming language that it is. Much like the distinct preference bikers adhere to, with a built-in dislike for what others ride, regardless of the facts… Programmers and wannabe programmers tend to adhere to what they were first exposed to or what their first development teams advised them on. Administration types who lack programming or development knowledge learn key phrases and tag lines from exposure to security developers and security programmers. Continue reading