Chrome and Safari Ransomware prank emerges during OCT 2013

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Intego highlights new version of Ransomware browser locking “prank” that is circulating this month: http://www.intego.com/mac-security-blog/new-ransomware-prank-affects-chrome-safari-browsers/ QUOTE: Last July, a ransomware prank was found making the rounds on Safari browsers, which tied up the browser window with excessive pop-ups purporting to be from the FBI, demanding users send $300 to have their browser unlocked. The ransomware wasn’t harmful […]

Apple Safari 6.1 release patches 21 vulnerabilities

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Intego highlights important update for Safari browser as follows: http://www.intego.com/mac-security-blog/safari-6-1-improves-web-browser-security/ http://support.apple.com/kb/HT6000 QUOTE: Apple has released Safari 6.1 with patches for 21 vulnerabilities to improve its web browser security. The Safari update addresses a number of Webkit flaws that may lead to information disclosure and cross-site scripting attacks, as well as a Safari vulnerability related to arbitrary […]

Malware – Crptyolocker Ransomeware increases during October 2013

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Trend reports an an increase in spreading of CryptoLocker malware, as follows: http://blog.trendmicro.com/trendlabs-security-intelligence/defending-against-cryptolocker/ QUOTE: Over the past few weeks, we’ve been seeing an increase in the number of spreading CryptoLocker malware. This new kind of ransomware has been hitting more users over the past few weeks  Previously, we discussed how these threats were arriving via […]

Twitter and Instagram grow in popularity during 2013

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Recent surveys note that usage of these two specialized social networking sites are growing.  Both are popular resources for younger users. http://www.nbcnews.com/technology/all-cool-kids-their-money-prefer-twitter-facebook-another-study-8C11465794 QUOTE: We’re almost 10 years old so we’re definitely not a niche thing any more so that kind of angle for coolness is done for us,” Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said just last month […]

Kaspersky AV – Oct 2013 False positive detection resolution

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Kaspersky AV users should update the AV signature files if they encounter this false detection message: https://isc.sans.edu/diary/Kaspersky+flags+TCPIP.SYS+as+Malware/16904 QUOTE: One of our readers has alerted us to the fact that Kaspersky AV has identified tcpip.sys as malware on his Windows 7 32bit hosts – the file is flagged as “HEUR:Trojan.Win32.Generic“.  Microsoft’s Windows File Protection feature prevented […]

Facebook – Privacy Settings eased for Teen users

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Parents still need to take an active role to ensure responsible use of home Internet resources.  As often shared, don’t put anything on a social network you would not want on front page of newspaper. http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Facebook-Eases-Privacy-Settings-for-Teens.html http://newsroom.fb.com/News/737/Teens-Now-Start-With-Friends-Privacy-for-New-Accounts-Adding-the-Option-to-Share-Publicly QUOTE:  Facebook has eased its privacy settings for 13 to 17-year-old users, enabling them to now share photos […]

Facebook Hoaxes – Avoid COPY & PASTE of special warnings

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Often users will special posts in their friends messages that ask them to COPY & PASTE certain warnings.  Almost all of these are hoaxes that are filled with some factual data so that folks will become concerned and take action.  One new variant of a privacy hoax was circulating actively this month.  Have just assisted some […]

Microsoft Security Updates – October 2013

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Critical updates for IE, Windows, Office, and other products are available. Corporate and home users should promptly install these updates. The Internet Explorer update is rated as “PATCH NOW” by ISC because it patches an exploit currently circulating on malicious sites https://isc.sans.edu/diary/Microsoft+October+2013+Patch+Tuesday/16760 http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/security/bulletin/ms13-oct

Microsoft Patch Tuesday – 10th anniversary

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With the TWC initiative, Microsoft introduced an innovative process to continually improve security over time.  It provides important planning date each month for system administrators and well all home & corporate users http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/articles/512607/20131009/patch-tuesday-10-decade-anniversary-microsoft-security.htm https://community.qualys.com/blogs/laws-of-vulnerabilities/2013/10/03/advance-notification-patch-tuesday-october-2013 http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/10/09/patch_tuesday_double_ie_trouble/ http://www.pcworld.com/article/2053300/microsoft-patch-tuesday-fixes-two-separate-ie-zero-day-flaws.html QUOTE: This month also marks the 10-year anniversary of the Patch Tuesday program, which Microsoft started in October of 2003. Over […]

Facebook – New Timeline Search capability

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NY Times shares article on new advanced Facebook timeline search capability http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/10/01/facebook-now-allows-people-to-search-their-timelines/ QUOTE: In a blog post on the company’s Web site Monday, Facebook said people could now search “status updates, photo captions, check-ins and comments” from both their own timelines and those of their friends.  Facebook said people could search for specific things by, for […]


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