February 11th, 2018

Spectre, Meltdown, and Virtual Systems

In June of 2017 I wrote a blog for InfoWorld on How to handle the risks of hypervisor hacking. In it, I described the theoretical points where Virtual Machines (VMs) and hypervisors could be hacked. My crystal ball must have been well polished. Spectre and Meltdown prey on one of the points I described there.


March 21st, 2016

Memory On the Task List

Memory usage is another column on the task list that can help you understand what is happening under the hood of your computer. In my last blog, I wrote about CPU usage. Memory is similar to CPU in that it is a critical resource that affects computer performance and it can help evaluate malware on […]

February 22nd, 2016

The Task List Reveals a Computer’s Beating Heart

Windows 10 Task List

Like an echocardiogram that shows the blood flowing through a beating heart, the task shows the flow of activity on a computer. On Apple products, the task list is called the activity list. In Unix and its derivatives, such as Linux and Android, the task list is usually called the […]