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September 27th, 2011:

Windows 8 – No increased hardware requirements from Windows 7

Users with modern systems should be able to upgrade without needing more RAM or processor power, as noted below:

Windows 8 – No increased hardware requirements from version 7,2817,2386339,00.asp

QUOTE:  Microsoft says Windows 7 users won’t need bigger and better hardware to run the freshly unveiled Windows 8. The PC system requirements will be the same if not less than what’s needed to run Windows 7, although the new operating system definitely appears tailored for the touch-screen interfaces of tablets.  Speaking at a press event at Computex in Taiwan yesterday, Microsoft’s Michael Angiulo said, “Windows 8 will be able to run on a wide range of machines because it will have the same system requirements or lower” as Windows 7. Microsoft Windows President Steven Sinofsky reiterated the approach at the All Things D conference in California.

Facebook – Fake BBC Video scams continue to surface

Users should avoid clicking on suspicious news alert links offered to them via Facebook:

Facebook – Fake BBC Video scams continue to surface

QUOTE: It seems scammers have a bit of thing for spoofing BBC websites at the moment. Yesterday it was work from home scams, and last month it was a Facebook wheeze which (in a nutshell) went like this: “Lady Gaga is dead and here’s a BBC video to prove it, also click here.”  Maybe the (unrelated) work from home fakeout has inspired scammers into a fresh round of BBC shenanigans, because the phony BBC video rides again on Facebook. As usual, it’s surveytacular and is geared around fake Facebook messages promoting the completely fake BBC page

Adobe Flash out-of-band security update for September 2011

Please update systems as prompted for better protection from malicious attacks currently circulating:

Adobe Flash out-of-band security update for September 2011

QUOTE:  Adobe released an out-of-band security update to address six critical vulnerabilities, all affecting Adobe Flash Player.  One of the six, a cross-site scripting vulnerability identified as CVE-2011-2444, is reportedly being exploited in the wild. The bug is reportedly being used in targeted attacks that involve malicious links sent out to targets through email messages.  Users are strongly advised to apply the patches as soon as possible, especially since exploiting any the addressed vulnerabilities can lead to either remote code execution, or information disclosure.

Note that users who utilize multiple browsers may need to update their other browsers separately. Users can visit this page through all their browsers to check if they have the latest version of Adobe Flash Player installed, and this page to update.