Microsoft Security Essentials 2.0 — PC Magazine Review

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PC Magazine has published a review of the new version. MSE offers good basic protection when complimented with best practices. Microsoft Security Essentials 2.0 — PC Magazine Review http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2376220,00.asp QUOTE: Technically the product name is still just Microsoft Security Essentials, but the About box clearly shows a version number beginning with 2.0. This version has […]

Google Chrome – Prefetches DNS requests

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The ISC shares an interesting account of how Chrome may prefetch DSN info when web addresses are entered into the browser. This option can be turned off if desired, but may slow browser performance a little. Google Chrome – Prefetching DNS requests http://isc.sans.edu/diary.html?storyid=10312 QUOTE: Thomas, wrote about weird DNS requests that he is seeing coming […]

Targeted Attacks being sent to Human Resource departments

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Human Resource departments usually process many job applications and resumes from the general public.  They should always be alert for malware and made technically secure, as many documents are received from non-secure sources.  They avoid all suspicious documents, as targeted attacks to specific companies are circulating.  Targeted Attacks emailed to Human Resource departments http://blogs.pcmag.com/securitywatch/2011/01/malware_aimed_at_human_resourc.php http://www.ic3.gov/media/2011/110119.aspx […]

First PC Virus – Turns 25 years old

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The first computer virus appeared short after the advent of the first IBM PC and was relatively harmless and they spread via infected floppy disks as this was prior to the Internet and infections via email. What would you ask from the creators of the very first PC virus? http://www.f-secure.com/weblog/archives/00002087.html QUOTE: It’s now January 2011. […]

Facebook – Malicious application photo links

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Sunbelt Security continues to highlight the danger of clicking potentially malicious links.  This includes photo links offered by malicious applications, which can compromise your Facebook account or even your PC: Phony Facebook Photos lead to malware http://sunbeltblog.blogspot.com/2011/01/phony-facebook-photos-lead-to-malware.html http://www.mywot.com/en/forum/8966-new-facebook-malware-spreading?comment-58324 QUOTE: This latest Facebook scam seems to have been rattling around for a few weeks now, directing […]

Oracle Critical Patch Update Advisory – January 2011

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Numerous security updates were released for Oracle data bases and business products recently: Oracle Critical Patch Update Advisory – January 2011 http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/topics/security/cpujan2011-194091.html QUOTE: Critical Patch Updates are released on the Tuesday closest to the 17th day of January, April, July and October. The next four dates are: 19 April 2011 19 July 2011 18 October […]

Bohu Trojan – New Anti-Cloud Malware

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The Microsoft Malware Protection Center has identified a new trojan which blocks cloud based AV technologies.  While these attacks are centered in China currently, these concepts could surface in other future malware attacks. Bohu Trojan – New Anti-Cloud Malware http://blogs.technet.com/b/mmpc/archive/2011/01/19/bohu-takes-aim-at-the-cloud.aspx QUOTE: The Microsoft Malware Protection Center has been tracking a recent threat that attacks cloud-based […]

Master Boot Record – Importance of protecting against malware

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The MBR area can be altered by malware so that Windows systems cannot boot properly. It is important to keep this area protected and clean as noted below: Master Boot Record – Importance of protecting against malware http://blogs.technet.com/b/mmpc/archive/2011/01/14/re-boot-this-year-clean.aspx QUOTE: It is that time of the year again to start anew. In terms of personal computers, […]

Job Interviews – CareerBuilder lists Worst Mistakes

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Below is an interesting survey of mistakes made during prospective interviews: Job Interviews – CareerBuilder lists Worst Mistakes http://www.careerbuilder.com/share/aboutus/pressreleasesdetail.aspx?&siteid=cbpr&sc_cmp1=cb_pr614_ QUOTE: When asked what the most outrageous blunders they had encountered interviewing candidates were, hiring managers reported the following: * Provided a detailed listing of how previous employer made them mad. * Hugged hiring manager at […]

Microsoft's Secure Developer Tools

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Microsoft’s Secure Developer Tools http://isc.sans.edu/diary.html?storyid=10294 QUOTE: During Blackhat DC, Microsoft released some updates to its secure development tools. Microsoft did some very nice work with these tools. While these tools are not necessarily limited to .Net, I highly recommend that .Net developers take a look at them. http://www.microsoft.com/security/sdl/getstarted/tools.aspx http://blogs.msdn.com/b/sdl/archive/2011/01/17/announcing-attack-surface-analyzer.aspx


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