Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Social Engineering.

Most articles I’ve read on the topic of social engineering begin with some sort of definition like “the art and science of getting people to comply to your wishes” (Bernz 2), “an outside hacker’s use of psychological tricks on legitimate users of a computer system, in order to obtain information he needs to gain access to the system” (Palumbo), or “getting needed information (for example, a password) from a person rather than breaking into a system” (Berg). The one thing that everyone seems to agree upon is that social engineering is generally a hacker’s clever manipulation of the natural human tendency to trust. Here trust is leading to hack our identity. So we have to not trust anybody at all. I think we need to exercise common sense to separate good people and “Social Engineering (SE)” minded people. If somebody crosses red line with in 2-3 meetings by asking questions like birth date, mother’s maiden name, he or she is SE minded people. But we are all human being, tend to make mistakes. The better way to protect ourselves is to use tools to monitor our wealth by using software Quicken(sync with your bank accounts and credit card accounts daily), enrolling some inexpensive credit monitoring service or at least checking credit history once a year(hey..It is free now).

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Real Estate burst or natural phenomenon.

The way of life should be includes homeownership. Homeownership is each individual’s dream and must have one. But the current trend thinks me twice to make home buying decision. The matter of fact is already 69% American household are homeowners so we have 31% potential buyers out there to join this American dream. But last week I did read an article in Chicago Tribune that 38 Million American living insecure food intake range, which means, 38 Million American living very low income and they are a generation away to join homeownership club. If you subtract this 38 Million people from potential buyer list then we have only 20% of potential buyers.The future house market will be driven by upgrades, like town home owner moves into single family house and single family house owner will move into some bigger house. So on and so forth…..Here now real winner is whoever already sold house at higher prices in last year peak.

Friday, November 17, 2006

Don't enjoy at success time

Every human will be success at some time of there life span. Some lucky ones will be success for all the time in there life span. It is law of nature; we deserve that and all we need to do is be at right place at right time. Once you reached success, don’t settle down and start dropping balls. Ordinary people try to enjoy the success time overwhelmingly hence they would end up struggling later. We have to plan for future while we enjoying success at same time.
If Microsoft didn’t plan for XBOX or ZUNE while they are enjoying tremendous success with windows operating system, they won’t be now number two in gaming console market or MP3 player in North America.
If Google didn’t plan for Google earth while they are enjoying exponential success with search engine, we won’t get mega glorious software of century Google earth in our desktop.
Somebody can argue that they are doing business so they have plan new products to stay in market. But there are lot of corporation in America and even all over World failed because they were enjoyed too much success but not planning for future products. Classic example would be GM, FORD.
You can compare corporation life with human life very easily, because corporation also has same life cycle of human. Born (Start-up), Teen age (Mid-size), Adult (Corporation). One difference is nobody will buy or merge with other human but corporations can merge or acquired by other corporation.