Category Archives: Security

Windows Update Breaks ZoneAlarm

If you use the combination of Microsoft Windows and ZoneAlarm, the Microsoft Windows update released yesterday (KB951748) will cause a conflict with ZoneAlarm which will prevent users from connecting to the Internet. The Microsoft update makes changes to the way that your computer handles DNS requests and ZoneAlarm does not recognize those changes and therefore […]

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New Version of gpcode Ransomware

Kaspersky Lab reports that is has seen a new variant of the gpcode ransomware. Gpcode.ak is an encryptor-virus which uses 1,024 bit encryption to lock down all data on an infected hard drive. The infected machine then shows this popup: Translation – if you get infected, you are, um… in trouble. Kaspersky has cracked previous […]

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SpyBossPro: The Latest Spyware Threat

The latest and most annoying piece of spyware released is called SpyBossPro. This piece of software is pretty sneaky and could cause plenty of headaches for the end user. As a piece of spyware, SpyBossPro will actually record your keystrokes (like when you type in your credit card information), record all web sites visited, take […]

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Getting “E-Mauled” by E-Mail

Back when e-mail was in its infancy, users used to have to pay around $20 a month for an account. I remember when having an email account was viewed as a status symbol, even if none of your friends had one and therefore did not communicate with you that way. Fast forward 15 years and […]

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Top 10 Security Tips For Your Small Business Part 2

To continue our Top 10 list of simple (and mostly free) security tips for your small business. 7. Watch out for email attachments Email attachments can be a wonderful thing. They allow people from all across the world to send pictures to family and friends, businesses to send documents to clients, and sometimes the occasional […]

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Hackers Infiltrate Power Grid

Well, at least they were white-hat hackers. BetaNews reported that an anonymous power company hired Internet Security hacker Ira Winkler to attempt to hack into and take over a power grid. The results were somewhat disturbing. Ira and his team hacked the power grid in a matter of hours by using browser exploits and old-fashioned […]

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What exactly are Spyware, Adware, Malware, and Viruses?

What exactly are people talking about when they throw out terms such as “Spyware”, “Adware”, “Malware”, and “Virus”? Most of the time requesting information on one of these items will get you the famed response “Umm, it’s something that’s bad and can get into your computer and steal your files.” Well, that doesn’t help much […]

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IFRAME Threat

The newest threat to watch out for is called IFRAME. This new virus/threat can actually come in through clicking on IFRAME sites in website searches. Searching for and clicking on a rogue version of ABCNews.com, USAToday.com,News.com or Target.com (these are just a few) will lead to “IFRAME” sites. These “IFRAME” sites will forward your PC […]

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Use .htaccess Files for Web Site Security

I just wrote a tutorial post on our web design blog that outlines how you can use an .htaccess file as an additional layer of protection for your web site hosted on a Linux/Apache server. No web site is completely safe from hackers. If someone wants in bad enough, they will keep prodding the defenses […]

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Symantec Mislabels Solid Oak CyberSitter

Some users of Solid Oak CyberSitter software are not happy after a routine Symantec Security Response update labeled their software as a virus and prevented their computers’ from accessing the Internet. CyberSitter is a program used by some schools and libraries to restrict Internet access to certain web sites and to monitor users surfing habits. […]

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