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    You may want to skip this Android keyboard app

    June 30th, 2016 by

    It seems that this app (Flash Keyboard) isn’t malicious in and of itself, but does things that make it possible for it (or others) to take over an Android phone. Dangerous keyboard app has more than 50 million downloads

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    Critical Symantec flash need updates ASAP

    June 30th, 2016 by

    The press will most likely push this a a disaster waiting to happen. While these flaws are very serious, if you automatically update or have a strong policy of monitoring updates, you have a minimal exposure. It’s those who put things like this off or don’t update at all who will may get hit hard. […]

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    “Anniversary” Update for W10 is August 2nd.

    June 30th, 2016 by

    Interesting that the “Anniversary Update” is 4 days after the “free” W10 upgrade program ends. Microsoft’s big Windows 10 update launches on August 2 What to expect from the Windows 10 Anniversary Update

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    Before you toss that drive, did you clean it right?

    June 29th, 2016 by

    It’s sad, but the stats here don’t surprise me at all. Folks all to often don’t erase the data on their hard drives or they assume that deleting the files is good enough. Well, it ain’t!! There are several free tools out there that will do a nice job. Resold hard drives on eBay, Craigslist […]

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    Ransomware without Encryption? Simple? You bet!

    June 29th, 2016 by

    We’ve gotten so used to ransomware using AES encryption that we forget that sometimes “simple” is just as good. The BART ransomware just zips up the files and password protects it. Virtually unbreakable. Bart ransomware shows it can be effective without sophisticated encryption

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    IRS drops Web based PINs for submitting returns

    June 28th, 2016 by

    Recently, the IRS acknowledged that their on-line PIN generating site had been hacked, badly. They tried to fix it,but now admits that it can’t. As of now, no PINs can be obtained via the web. IRS kills electronic filing PIN feature due to repeated attacks

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    Extortion (not Ransomware) and Tech Support Scams on the Rise

    June 28th, 2016 by

    We’re not talking “ransomware” here. Extortion scams are threats to divulge personal information if a payment isn’t made. This article repeats some useful tips on avoiding getting scammed. FBI: Extortion e-mail, tech support scam-bags turning up the heat

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    Lenovo released updates for the PC Support tool

    June 28th, 2016 by

    “And the beat goes on…”. Lenovo is the latest to have to patch their software to close security flaws. If you are running the “Lenovo Solution Center”, you need to update it ASP. Lenovo patches two high severity flaws in PC support tool Firmware exploit can defeat new Windows security features on Lenovo ThinkPads

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    Toymaster has released Security Mailer V16 #26

    June 27th, 2016 by

    “Apple critical update for AirPort; browser PaleMoon update 2x; Cisco Security Advisories; Linux updates, Microsoft bulletin revisions, Windows 10 update, fix for Windows 7 slow update scans; important General Security entries Microsoft section includes details on the Windows 7 slow update scan fix, and Microsoft Pro section is loaded with helpful info” Security Mailer V16 […]

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    Chrome Releases

    June 25th, 2016 by

    The stable channel has been updated to 51.0.2704.106 for Windows, Mac, and Linux. The Beta channel 52.0.2743.49 (Platform version: 8350.38.0) has been released for all Chrome OS devices. This build contains a number of bug fixes, security updates and feature enhancements. A list of changes can be found here. http://googlechromereleases.blogspot.ca/  

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