Coming soon: Trend Micro™ HouseClean

I just noticed in Trend Micro’s Beta Portal that there is upcoming service from them – it’s called Trend Micro Houseclean.  It says “Trend Micro™ HouseClean is an easy to use Real-Time and On-Demand scanning utility that starts protecting your computer the moment you install the program.”  More in https://www.trendbeta.com/index.php?get=73

Microsoft plan to release Feb. security bulletins on Valentines day!

OK.. OK.. too early for me to blog about next months’ security bulletins by Microsoft but it’s available on their site already.  I mean, the date is available now so why blog later? 😉  Also, I’m used to it.  I’m used to inform any audience as early as possible about published items (review my monthly CoU entries on MS advanced notifications to find out) 😀 Valentine’s day.. remind me to book early for a Valentine’s dinner!    

Security vendors looking to define ‘rootkit’

After being criticized for including rootkit-like cloaking software in its Norton SystemWorks product, security vendor Symantec Corp. is calling for an industrywide effort to define what the term “rootkit” actually means. Such an initiative would be similar to efforts such as those of the Anti-Spyware Coalition, an industry group that is attempting to define and help developers identify spyware, said Vincent Weafer, senior director for development, Symantec Security Response. Network World

Opinion on Firefox security (By: Brien Posey)

What would happen if Mozilla’s Firefox suddenly became the browser that everyone was running? What would happen if it was as big a target for hackers and for virus and spyware authors as Internet Explorer is now. How would Firefox’s reputation for security hold up? One has to wonder how secure a default Firefox installation is, and if there are things that can be done to make a Firefox deployment more secure? Read the opinion here About the author: Brien M. Posey, MCSE, is a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional for his work with Windows 2000 Server and IIS. He has … Continue reading Opinion on Firefox security (By: Brien Posey)

Consumer Confidence in Online Shopping Buoyed by Security Software Protection, BSA Survey Suggests

The Safer Place to Shop Online?  Online Adults Pick Their Home Computer Over Public or Work Computers More than two out of three U.S. online adults (70 percent) reported that Internet security concerns did not curtail them from making purchases online,and 38 percent of online holiday shoppers(1) said they spent more online than they did last year.  One in three (30%) online adults, however, said security fears compelled them to shop less online or not at all this holiday season.  One in five (20 percent) online adults said Internet security had them “very concerned” or “extremely concerned” this holiday season.  … Continue reading Consumer Confidence in Online Shopping Buoyed by Security Software Protection, BSA Survey Suggests

Symantec advised users to remove Spybot S&D

Some Spybot S&D users reported to Safer-Networking (maker of Spybot S&D antispyware) that Symantec support advised its customers to remove Spybot S&D. Safer-Networking apologized in dragging the issue in public. “With a second false accusation this year, and no valid explanation given, we can only assume that libel is Symantec’s way of trying to force anti-spyware competition out of the market.“ Read more in http://safer-networking.org/en/news/2006-01-07.html

Anonymity Won’t Kill the Internet

Bruce Schneier comments on an article by Kevin Kelly.  Kelly argues that too much anonymity leads to the collapse of an online community, or eventually converts to pseudo-anonymity, as eBay has.  Schneier agrees that anonymous systems are easier to abuse and harder to secure, but notes that eBay’s feedback mechanism has created trust between anonymous buyers and sellers.  Anonymity, or lack thereof, does not matter as much as accountability, the means to ensure that an anonymous — or not so anonymous — person can be trusted.  Similarly, accuracy problems in Wikipedia are not the result of anonymity; knowing the name … Continue reading Anonymity Won’t Kill the Internet

CERTs warn about old java bug being exploited

US-CERT and AUSCERT warn about a bug in java being exploited. They claim bug was made public in November 2005. Aside of the obvious patch and turn off java support, the warnings include text as “avoid clicking on any links in emails or instant messages, unless the email was already expected beforehand” and “by only accessing Java applets from known and trusted sources the chances of exploitation are reduced.” http://isc.sans.org/diary.php?storyid=1039