AVAST AV – Most widely downloaded software in Europe

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AVAST provides a good free AV offering and is popular in Europe as noted in recent download trends: http://blog.avast.com/2013/07/25/avast-is-most-downloaded-software-in-europe/ QUOTE: Softonic, one of the world’s largest download site for Windows, Mac and mobile, has just announced that avast! Free Antivirus is the most popular download in Europe.  Thank you to our users who have downloaded AVAST […]

Malware – Janicab has Mac OSX and Windows variants

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AVAST and F-Secure are reporting multi-platform variants in the Janicab malware family http://blog.avast.com/2013/07/22/multisystem-trojan-janicab-attacks-windows-and-macosx-via-scripts/ http://www.f-secure.com/weblog/archives/00002581.html QUOTE: Last week, we wrote about a script-based malware targeting Mac users. Yesterday, the folks from avast! revealed a Windows version.  On Friday, July 12th a warning from an AVAST fan about a new polymorphic multisystem threat came to an inbox of […]

Facebook – New version of Video Ads Hoax circulating

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Facecrooks security shares a new Facebook hoax that is actively circulating: http://facecrooks.com/Scam-Watch/Facebook-Video-Advertising-Hoax-Spreads.html QUOTE: Though Facebook is actually considering adding video ads to users’ News Feeds, a hoax message purporting to be from Mark Zuckerberg is spreading across Facebook that claims that these ads will radically change user experience on the site. “We are currently looking into […]

Facebook – New Insights program tracks user behavior

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As Facecrooks security notes Facebook users should carefully select goods and services they like, as increased tracking of user behavior generates advertising revenues.  While not a major security or privacy threat, users should be aware their online behaviors are being tracked to help generate advertising data and revenues http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/New-Facebook-Insights-Allow-Businesses-to-Closely-Track-User-Behavior.html QUOTE: Facebook has promoted itself as […]

Microsoft Active Protections Program (MAPP) – July 2013 changes

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Microsoft details changes this month associated with it’s MAPP initiative: http://blogs.technet.com/b/bluehat/archive/2013/07/29/new-mapp-initiatives.aspx http://www.microsoft.com/security/msrc/collaboration/mapp.aspx# QUOTE: MAPP was our answer to a common phrase used back then: “Update Tuesday, exploit Wednesday.” This was a time when exploit writers had developed full automation for reverse engineering our security updates and building exploits. Security vendors received information at the same […]

Windows 8 – Users will need to migrate to 8.1 within two years

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With Windows 8, Microsoft has introduced versioning rather than service pack updates as the key approach for being on latest build.  The requirements to be on latest build for update support will be similar to what is required for being on latest service packs http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9241230/Microsoft_mandates_Windows_8.1_upgrade http://blogs.windows.com/windows/b/business/archive/2013/07/30/windows-8-1-enterprise-preview-now-available.aspx QUOTE: Windows 8 customers will have two years to […]


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