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Although I dont use this particular metric I use something similar. The only time I've seen differentiation from the table is using greater then (vs greater then or equal to). You are using the minimum values out of a range instead of a midpoint. In the examples you have using 9 vs 8 for the high value should do it. Quantative values like this are really ...


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This is an open research question, actually. It's a bit hard for users to cope with security advice; just like choosing strong passwords takes time, rationalising over password reuse does so as well. You're probably aware of The Compliance Budget and More is Not the Answer since you cite Herley. So, it's unlikely that a conscious security awareness program ...


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Dialers still work on the Plain Old Telephone System. If the software can access a modem that is connected to a phone line then it can do its thing. Cable modems do not usually connect over the POTS system and so I would not worry about seeing large toll charges appearing on your bill. I do from time to time see the occasional large bill from dialers ...


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Yes this crapware is coming from the time where many user were still connected to the Internet through a dialup modem, i.e. a modem able to make a call on the phone line through plain old at... modem commands. If you have an USB key which provides a modem interface, if your mobile phone is connected through Bluetooth and provides a modem interface directly ...


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If you don't have a modem attached to a phone line then the "dialer" is harmless, but nothing tells you that it's only a dialer and not a general-purpose rootkit/remote administration tool. Note that mobile broadband cards (either as external USB devices or built-in) still appear as a modem and most of them can do phone calls, so if you have mobile ...



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