I agree with MVP Harry Waldron’s opinion on Vista (all OS in general) security

There was a news about Mr. Jim Allchin’s interview on Vista and Antivirus software.  He was misunderstood or mis-interpreted. BTW, Mr. Allchin respond to it already.  Microsoft MVP Harry Waldron have some thoughts on the said aritcle (see it here).  I agree with him.  We need protection from known and unknown malware or intrusion attacks so antivirus, antispyware, firewall or some kind of intrusion detection is really recommended to use.  My thoughts on the said article is it seems that they failed to notice the following:  That there is a Microsoft page where we can see Microsoft links to “Windows Vista RC1 Antivirus Providers” and … Continue reading I agree with MVP Harry Waldron’s opinion on Vista (all OS in general) security

Anti-spyware anesthetises your OS before going to work

AS SPAM reaches record levels and more and more operating system exploits are discovered every week the threat of spyware has become greater than ever. No longer relegated to the realms of annoying pop-ups as in the days of Gator, spyware is now a more insidious beast, lurking deep within your system relaying who knows what information back to people who will bend it to their nefarious will, hackers, phishers and worst of all marketing companies. As security systems have become more robust and smarter at detecting and removing these malicious little bastards, so the bastards have dug deeper and … Continue reading Anti-spyware anesthetises your OS before going to work

Symantec Press Publishes Own Your Space to Help Teens Stay Safe Online

Symantec today announced Own Your Space published by Symantec Press, part of Addison-Wesley Professional Publishing, which features books focused on information security by authors from Symantec and throughout the industry. Author Linda McCarthy, executive security advisor, Office of the CTO at Symantec Corp., provides a straightforward, understandable guide for parents, teens, educators, and children's advocates on how to use the Internet safely for everything from simple tasks to the latest trends attracting teens.   The book, currently available for purchase online today, will be available in stores on Monday.   A portion of the proceeds from this book have been designated by … Continue reading Symantec Press Publishes Own Your Space to Help Teens Stay Safe Online

Gartner: Consumers to lose $2.8B to phishers in 2006

Browser makers may have added new antiphishing features to their products in recent months, but criminals are still gaining ground in their schemes to defraud U.S. consumers, according to researcher firm Gartner Inc. Phishers have hit more victims with their online attacks, and while fewer people are being scammed, successful attempts have been yielding bigger payoffs, said Avivah Litan, an analyst at Gartner. "When they do succeeded, they're stealing five times more than they stole last year," she said. http://www.computerworld.com/action/article.do?command=viewArticleBasic&articleId=9004926

Microsoft Security Bulletin Advance Notification

On 14 November 2006 Microsoft is planning to release: Security Updates One (1) Microsoft Security Bulletin affecting Microsoft XML Core Services. The highest Maximum Severity rating for this is Critical. These updates will be detectable using the Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer. These updates will require a restart. Five (5) Microsoft Security Bulletins affecting Microsoft Windows. The highest Maximum Severity rating for these is Critical. These updates will be detectable using the Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer and the Enterprise Scan Tool. Some of these updates will require a restart. Microsoft Windows Malicious Software Removal ToolMicrosoft will release an updated version of the Microsoft … Continue reading Microsoft Security Bulletin Advance Notification

Microsoft Ships New Malware Hunting Utility

On the heels of its July 2006 acquisition of Mark Russinovich's Winternals Software, Microsoft has replaced the popular Regmon and Filemon utilities with a single tool offering advanced capabilities for real-time monitoring of registry and process thread activity. The release of the new utility, called Process Monitor coincides with the relaunch of the Sysinternals portal as the Windows Sysinternals TechCenter on Microsoft TechNet. http://www.baselinemag.com/article2/0,1540,2054399,00.asp

Controversial course teaches spyware writing

College student Nathan Friess recently designed a computer spyware program that could invade your computer, log your keystrokes and even collect the password to your bank account. "It did a good job of hiding itself," said Friess, 23. "It also made itself relatively difficult to remove." If you think his sinister-sounding creation got Friess into trouble, think again. The spyware program was homework for the graduate student at University of Calgary in Canada. And it earned him an A. A hands-on computer security course at the school teaches students in a secure lab how to write spyware and spam — … Continue reading Controversial course teaches spyware writing

Safety and Security Online magazine

Computer security can seem very complex. At Microsoft, we are committed to making it easier for anyone to understand. Here you can download new safety and security publications that are dedicated to helping you protect your computer, yourself, and your family. In each issue we gather the most important security information, tailored to the interests and concerns of parents, teens, kids, and seniors. Come here to find step-by-step guidance to help you with the threats you might hear about in the news. In this issue: • Read the story of a real victim of cybercrime,• Test your knowledge of computer … Continue reading Safety and Security Online magazine

Dell: Windows refund yes, Windows refund policy no

"It appears this was a unique response for a customer based on the individual circumstances of the customer's experience and request," she wrote. "Dell does not have an official program that accommodates the return of the operating system. In general a customer would return the PC if unhappy with any pre-installed software end-user license agreement (EULA), including the operating system." Linux user Dave Mitchell, who never booted Windows on his Dell Inspiron 640m laptop, and never accepted the end user license agreement (EULA), received a credit note for his refund, which was listed as "goodwill – approved by other", he … Continue reading Dell: Windows refund yes, Windows refund policy no

Google accidentally sends out e-mail worm

Google on Tuesday inadvertently sent the Kama Sutra e-mail worm to the 50,000 subscribers of a Google Video e-mail group. Three postings were made Tuesday evening to an e-mail list that sends out postings to the Google Video blog. "Some of these posts may have contained a virus called W32/Kapser.A@mm–a mass-mailing worm," Google said in a note on its Web site apologizing for the incident. W32/Kapser.A is better known as the Kama Sutra worm. Some antivirus companies raised an alarm on the threat in February, but it ultimately shriveled. http://news.com.com/Google+accidentally+sends+out+e-mail+worm/2100-7349_3-6133829.html