Facebook – Two factor authentication using passcodes to mobile phones

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In the Account Settings, users can opt to get a special password code delivered in text to their mobile phone to strengthen login authentication.    You must register your mobile phone with Facebook for this feature.  This is documented below. Facebook goes two-factor http://isc.sans.org/diary/Facebook+goes+two-factor/10909 https://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=10150172618258920 QUOTE: Facebook is now offering a new feature called “Login Approvals“.   […]

Public Internet Facilities – Dangers in using shared devices

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This article from the McAfee blogs highlights the danger associated with using shared Internet facilities in a library, hotel, restaurant, or executive lounge.  Some key points include: * It’s always important to LOGOFF all environments after checking email or other activity. * Users should avoid sharing sensitive information * Users should avoid e-commerce transactions * […]

Windows 8 – First Glimpse at Features

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Windows 8 is currently being developed by Microsoft.  Below are some of the possible forthcoming features: TechTarget – A first glimpse at Windows 8 http://searchenterprisedesktop.techtarget.com/feature/A-first-glimpse-at-Windows-8 QUOTE: Windows 8 has been the topic of speculation for many months now, but as was the case with Windows 7, Microsoft is pretty tight-lipped about what’s to come in the […]

Internet Explorer – Smart Screen has blocked 1.5 Billion malware downloads

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Below are some interesting statistics related to Internet Explorer’s SmartScreen protection: SmartScreen Application Reputation in IE9 http://blogs.msdn.com/b/ie/archive/2011/05/17/smartscreen-174-application-reputation-in-ie9.aspx QUOTE: Through the SmartScreen Filter, IE has been effective at blocking socially engineered malware attacks and malicious downloads – IE blocks between 2 and 5 million attacks a day for IE8 and IE9 customers. Since the release of […]

Mozilla Firefox 5 BETA Available

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Last week, Firefox 5b was installed and it is working well in early testing.  Currently, no extensions are being used as that is often a root cause for incompatibility issues. As with any beta version, only experienced professionals who can resolve technical issues should test this new product. Mozilla delivers Firefox 5 beta on schedule […]


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