In spite or maybe because of stress I bring to you some information about security. Since there are many great sources that provide people who may not (yet) be security experts with what they need to know I will focus on recent events and things you may not have considered.
To start off this column I will use a fairly non-technical topic: Abusing the history and credibility of a domain to push malware to the systems of relatively security-savvy people.
Now, after the domain has been unused for years, you decide not to renew it or simply forget that you even own it. You may even have shut down the server already. Anyway, the domain is now up for grabs. This is where the danger lies.
Mallet, someone with malicious intent, decides to register your domain as soon as it expires. They may even have set up a script to automatically do this as it has become obvious that you are no longer interested in renewing it.
The problem with this attack is that while most major web browsers will soon display warnings about this site being malicious, older browsers, non-browser software like RSS readers with a possibly outdated rendering engine and the unlucky few who are hit by this attack before it is recognized have next to no way of protecting themselves.
Difficulty of Implementation: 2/5
Difficulty of Mitigation: 4.5/5