Microsoft Office 2010 – SP2 Release Overview

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On July 21, 2013, Microsoft released Office 2010 SP2  and below are key links http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2687455/en-us?sd=rss&spid=13615 http://blogs.technet.com/b/office_sustained_engineering/archive/2013/07/16/office-2010-and-sharepoint-2010-service-pack-2-availability.aspx The following are the key areas of improvements that are offered by SP2: Excel 2010 SP2 * Improves the overall stability, performance, and compatibility with other versions of Excel. For a more detailed list of specific issues that the service pack fixes, […]

Linux Ubuntu Forums – Security Breach of user accounts

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During July 2013, hackers gained access to the Linux Ubuntu Forums impacting over 19,000 active users. http://securitywatch.pcmag.com/security/313922-ubuntu-forum-hack-affects-1-8m-time-to-get-a-password-manager http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/07/21/ubuntu_forums_breached_18_passwords_pinched/ QUOTE: The official forums for the Linux Ubuntu OS have been offline following a security breach this weekend. An intruder reportedly gained access to 1.8 million user names and passwords as part of the attack. If you’re […]

Microsoft Office 2010 – Service Pack 2 available

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Microsoft has just released Service Pack 2 for Office 2010 for 32 and 64 bit versions as follows: Download Service Pack 2 for Microsoft Office 2010 (KB2687455) 32-Bit Edition from Official Microsoft Download Center: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=39667 64-Bit Edition from Official Microsoft Download Center: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=39647

Firefox 22 – Improved Performance benchmarks in latest version

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Interesting performance review, where latest version of Firefox (v22) offers significant performance improvements.  http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/chrome-27-firefox-21-opera-next,3534-12.html https://blog.lizardwrangler.com/2013/07/11/success-and-competition/ QUOTE:   While Chrome 27 is the leader in most categories, Firefox 22 is right on its heels in second place. So, with close second-place finishes in nearly all categories that Chrome wins, Mozilla really needed to exploit any weakness in […]

Mobile Security – DES 56b Encrytpion Flaw discovered in SIM Card handling

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German researchers have discovered an encryption SIM card vulnerability found in older mobile devices http://securitywatch.pcmag.com/mobile-security/313914-encryption-bug-in-sim-card-can-be-used-to-hack-millions-of-phones http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/22/technology/encryption-flaw-makes-phones-possible-accomplices-in-theft.html QUOTE: A flaw in the encryption technology used by some SIM cards in mobile devices can be exploited to take control of the device, a German researcher has found. The vulnerability would allow attackers to send spoofed text messages […]

Summer 2013 – Computer Safety Tips while traveling

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PC Magazine offers excellent recommendations for travel safety as noted below: http://securitywatch.pcmag.com/security/313893-how-to-stay-safe-while-traveling QUOTE: Summertime! Off to the beach, or to the mountains for some cooler temperatures. Visiting family or exploring new locales. Keep the following security tips from Grayson Milbourne, director of security intelligence at Webroot, in mind as you make your travel plans this […]

Microsoft – Malware Protection Center redesign

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Microsoft has redesigned and launched their MMPC site with numerous improvements http://www.microsoft.com/security/portal/mmpc/default.aspx http://blogs.technet.com/b/mmpc/archive/2013/07/16/a-fresh-face-for-the-microsoft-malware-protection-center.aspx QUOTE:  Today we launched our new Microsoft Malware Protection Center website.    Throughout the redesign process we have been listening to your feedback. You asked for an easier way to find our security software and updates; you can now get to all of […]

Facebook – Criminals may search for vacation posts to plan burglaries

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As noted in brief awareness article, it is best to share privately in advance and then post photos or trip highlights publicly later.  Hopefully, folks who share travels in real time mode have others watching plus good alarm system. http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Security-Expert-Warns-of-Criminals-Using-Facebook-to-Plan-Home-Burglaries.html http://www.ibtimes.com/how-burglars-use-facebook-target-vacationing-homeowners-1341325 QUOTE: While the first impulse for many vacationers is to share every detail about […]

Ransomware – Shadowlock Trojan requires users to fill out survey

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Almost all Ransomware attacks require users to pay money to unlock their computer (unless preferably a removal tool is used from an AV Vendor).   With the new Shadowlock Trojan horse, users must fill out a survey to “unlock” their computer.  The author also created an Easter Egg at the end of the process that plays the musical tones from […]

Facebook – Graphic App Privacy Warning Hoax

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Security researcher Graham Cluley notes a popular hoax circulating on Facebook. Just like email hoaxes, when the message asks you to share this warning with all your friends, it is usually a hoax.  http://grahamcluley.com/2013/07/facebook-graphic-app-privacy-hoax/ QUOTE: More and more Facebook users have been sharing a message warning of a change in Facebook’s privacy settings, and how […]


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