Facebook Scam – Four Free Christmas Disneyland tickets

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Facecrooks Security note this new Facebook scam offering of free Disney tickets: http://facecrooks.com/Scam-Watch/Get-4-FREE-Disneyland-Tickets-Merry-Christmas-Facebook-Scam.html Scam Message: Get 4 FREE Disneyland Tickets (Merry Christmas) Scam Type: Survey Scam / Bogus Offer T rending: December 2012 Why it’s a Scam: Clicking the wall post link takes you to the following page.  Step 1 requires you to share a […]

Microsoft Internet Explorer older versions – Security Advisory 2794220

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This new warning encourages users to avoid key targeted attacks in progress affecting older versions of their browser.  Key Microsoft resources for Microsoft Advisory 2794220 are noted below: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/security/advisory/2794220 http://blogs.technet.com/b/msrc/archive/2012/12/29/microsoft-releases-security-advisory-2794220.aspx http://blogs.technet.com/b/srd/archive/2012/12/29/new-vulnerability-affecting-internet-explorer-8-users.aspx QUOTE: In this particular vulnerability, IE attempts to reference and use an object that had previously been freed. The components of an exploit for […]

Malware – Targeted Attack Predictions for 2013

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Trend Labs forecasts more targeted attacks are anticipated in 2013 http://blog.trendmicro.com/trendlabs-security-intelligence/what-kind-of-targeted-attacks-will-we-see-in-2013/ QUOTE: In his 2013 predictions, our CTO Raimund Genes predicts that there will be increasing sophistication in malware attacks, not necessarily in the technical aspects of the malware itself but in the deployment of an attack. Moreover, he believes that such attacks will increasingly […]

Corporate Security – Holiday Attacks are a concern

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With limited staff in place, targeted attacks during the holidays are a concern for enterprise security http://securitywatch.pcmag.com/none/306309-businesses-worry-about-christmas-day-attacks QUOTE:  Are businesses more susceptible to attack over major holidays? With so many organizations running skeleton crews as employees take time off to be with their friends and families, many people seem to think so.  In an online […]

Malware Win32/Gapz – New Bootkit Technique

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ESET Security highlights a new bootkit called Gapz, which uses sophisticated techniques to infect and hide in vulnerable systems: http://blog.eset.com/2012/12/27/win32gapz-new-bootkit-technique QUOTE: This new bootkit technique allows the malware to execute its code before the OS loader receives control, using only a few modifications to the VBR (highlighted as “BIOS Parameter Block modification” in the figure […]

Mobile Phone Security – Malware symptoms and prevention techniques

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Malware symptoms and prevention techniques are shared below: https://blog.lookout.com/blog/2012/12/27/if-your-phone-is-hacked/ QUOTE: Here are a few questions to ask yourself to identify if your device is being overrun by malware: 1. Notice unfamiliar charges on your phone bill? 2. Is your phone acting crazy? If your phone starts acting crazy, strangely opening and closing apps, or sending […]

Hidden Fine Print in Contracts or EULAs may favor consumers

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As a contract between two parties must be fully understood, the article notes that deceptive fine print may be less apt to stand up in court in the future. http://redtape.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/12/21/16048353-annoying-fine-print-may-not-even-be-legal QUOTE; Consumers hate fine print, but emotions rarely carry the day in courtrooms. So corporations have been having a field day with barely readable terms […]

Privacy – Many firms sell collected data

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This article shares an awareness to keep high standards in safeguarding privacy at every website you are a member of (e.g., Facebook, Twitter, email, etc.) http://redtape.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/12/19/16023208-angry-with-instagram-these-invisible-data-brokers-sell-your-privacy-every-day QUOTE: Instagram’s abrupt change of terms this week created a predictable Internet chatter bomb, as Web users erupted in anger that the firm might violate their privacy and property […]

New Smart Phone Saftey Tips

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For those receiving a new phone during Christmas and holiday season, some great safety tips are found in this link: http://securitywatch.pcmag.com/none/306312-got-a-new-phone-for-christmas-don-t-forget-these-safety-tips Summary of key security guidelines and excellent link below: 1. The Mobile Device is a Computer 2. Stick with Official Channels 3. Stick with Secure Networks 4. Slow and Steady With the Apps 5. […]

Google Chrome – New security controls to prevent malicious extensions

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This popular complementary browser has been further strengthened as noted below: http://securitywatch.pcmag.com/none/306341-google-acts-against-malicious-chrome-extensions QUOTE: Google’s latest steps will make it harder for malicious developers trying to exploit Chrome users via browser extensions. Extensions are plugins for Google Chrome and allow developers to add extra functionality to the Web browser. Many Chrome extensions are supremely useful, such […]


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