Facebook – New Graph Search and Privacy Considerations

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Privacy safeguards are important for all Facebook users with the new Graph search facility http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/How-Will-Graph-Search-Affect-Your-Facebook-Privacy.html https://www.facebook.com/about/graphsearch/privacy QUOTE: Facebook introduced “Graph Search” on Tuesday, a new search technology that allows users to search and filter through content that has already been shared by their friends. For instance, if you wanted to know the best deli on […]

Twitter – Vulnerability allows application security level changes

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Twitter users should be careful in using their credentials to authenticate outside of the environment and especially keep track on any installed applications http://securitywatch.pcmag.com/none/307241-twitter-bug-changes-application-security-levels-on-twitter http://blog.ioactive.com/2013/01/you-can-not-trust-social-media-twitter-vulnerable.html QUOTE: Many Web applications allow users to sign in using their Twitter and Facebook accounts instead of creating yet another account. It is convenient for users and application developers can […]

Browser Security – Opera scores well in blocking Phishing attacks

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AV Comparatives recently tested browsers in how well they prevent phishing attacks: http://securitywatch.pcmag.com/none/306686-best-browser-for-blocking-fraud-opera http://www.av-comparatives.org/comparativesreviews/anti-phishing-test QUOTE: In the movies, hackers work hard breaking into electronic networks to steal passwords. In the real world, they just politely ask for your credentials using a phishing website designed to look exactly like a valid financial website. If you log […]

Microsoft Security Update – January 2013

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The first eight security bulletins for 2013 have been released.  It includes Windows, IE, Office XML, dot-Net, and server based products as well. More details can be found in links below: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/security/bulletin/ms13-jan https://isc.sans.edu/diary/Microsoft+January+2013+Black+Tuesday+Update+-+Overview/14854

Mircosoft SysInternals – JAN 2013 release

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Recent releases are noted below https://isc.sans.edu/diary/Sysinternals+Updates/14926 QUOTE: Microsoft has released another Sysinternals update and today is one of those days. A couple of days has passed since Microsoft announced: Autoruns v11.4: Autoruns v11.4 adds additional startup locations, fixes several bugs related to image path parsing, adds better support for browsing folders on WinPE, and fixes […]

Privacy – DoNotTrackMe features easier-to-use interface in new version

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Abine’s DoNotTrackMe provides free and easy-to-use capabilities to improve user privacy and PC performance. http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Introducing-DoNotTrackMe-DNTMe-for-online-privacy-made-easy.html QUOTE: DNTMe stops more than 50 additional trackers, so it protects you from more than 200 companies and 630 tracking technologies. We also removed the option to set advertiser opt-out cookies, a self-regulatory attempt at an opt-out method. They’re confusing […]

Microsoft Security out-of-band release – Internet Explorer 6, 7, and 8

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A special out-of-band update that ISC rates as “PATCH NOW” has been released. Encourage all users to stay on latest version of Internet Explorer for best levels of security protection https://isc.sans.edu/diary/January+2013+Microsoft+Out+of+Cycle+Patch/14941 http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/security/bulletin/ms13-jan http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2799329 QUOTE: Today, we are providing Advance Notification to customers that at approximately 10 a.m. PST on Monday, January 14, 2013, we will […]

Red October – Advanced Cyber-Espionage malware

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This article documents the growing trend of highly advanced and targeted Cyber-Espionage malware http://redtape.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/01/14/16507760-red-october-is-latest-super-cyberspy-virus-firm-says QUOTE: A Russian computer security firm says it has uncovered a new, far-ranging cyberspying campaign that targets government secrets. The firm, Kaspersky Labs, has tantalizing named the malicious software behind the attack “Red October,” a nod to the famous Tom Clancy […]

Passwords – Lookout Security shares best practices

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Informative mobile and website password techniques are shared: https://blog.lookout.com/blog/2013/01/11/how-to-create-a-secure-password/ QUOTE: Here are a few tips we pulled together to help. Keep in mind, this alone won’t keep you secure — but its a step in the right direction. Specific to mobile phones: 1.Make sure your phone has a password-protected lock-screen. Password (alphanumeric) is the strongest […]

Windows 7 – Internet Explorer 10 status as of JAN 2013

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Neowin shares latest status for the upcoming IE 10 release for Windows 7 http://www.neowin.net/news/microsofts-ie10-launch-looks-imminent QUOTE: In November, Microsoft released a “preview version” of Internet Explorer 10 for Windows 7 to the general public. However, Microsoft has also allowed select users to test updated builds of the web browser via their Connect program. Now, it appears […]


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