Category Archives: Security

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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How to Stay Safe Online?

There are approximately 200,000 malicious programs in existence, with at least 80% of it targeting the Windows based platforms. The question of who made them and why they spread like wildfire remains somewhat of a mystery. These threats usually come about in various ways: via electronic mail, instant messenger, and even suspicious websites which an […]

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Microsoft Windows Patch Tuesday

Yesterday was “Patch Tuesday”, Microsoft’s monthly patch program for Windows Operating System. This month, they released 2 patches, one of which is rated “critical”. Critical by definition means that a bad-guy could access an unpatched computer and basically take it over for his own use – send out spam, steal passwords and other personal information. […]

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“Do Not Track” Cookie Coming Soon

Imagine surfing the internet with the option to choose whether to allow internet advertising companies to track your surfing habits on a particular website? This might come true in the near future, in fact very soon. Some US independent privacy support groups, together with consumer bodies are seeking to create an opt-out list for internet […]

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Symantec Internet Security Threat Report

Symantec released their Internet Security Threat Report covering the first half of 2007 and there were some disturbing findings on the Internet Security front: During the first half of 2007, there were 52,771 bot-infected computers per day. Symantec detected nearly 200,000 unique phishing messages, which is an increase of 18% over July-December 2006 figures One […]

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TJ Maxx Not Really Helping Consumers

That’s my opinion after reading the details of the proposed TJX lawsuit settlement. You can read the details here for yourself – but be warned – do not attempt to operate heavy machinery while reading this document because all the lawyer jargon will surely put you to sleep. Here are a few of my issues with their proposed settlement: […]

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ADP Latest Database Hack Victim

ADP (Automatic Data Processing) announced Friday that hackers had broken into a third-party database and stolen business contact information. The hackers were then sending out phishing emails to those contacts in an attempt to gain account access. ADP said that their own systems were not compromised and that the hackers did not get any bank […]

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U.S. Based Web Sites Spit Out Most Malware

A report by Cyveillance found that most malware found on the Internet comes from web sites hosted in the U.S. Here is a link to their report as a PDF document. The report states that visitors to web sites based in the U.S. run a higher risk of identity theft due to malware than do […]

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Microsoft Patch Tuesday for August

Microsoft is prepared to issue patches for 9 holes in the Windows operating system and in Microsoft Office with 6 of the 9 fixes being labeled as “critical”. A “critical” flaw is defined by Microsoft as: A vulnerability whose exploitation could allow the propagation of an Internet worm without user action. Of the 6 critical […]

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McAfee Offers Free Rootkit Detector

McAfee has released Rootkit Detective 1.0 to help uses detect and remove any pesky rootkits that may be running on their computers. Here are a few of the features of this free tool from McAfee: Detect any system objects which the user cannot usually see, including files, processes and registryn entries. Provide details of all […]

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