Microsoft Xbox One comparison with Play Station 4

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Interesting head-to-head comparison of latest two advanced gaming console systems. http://thenextweb.com/gadgets/2013/11/27/playstation-4-vs-xbox-one-one/ QUOTE: Now that the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One are both on sale, we are officially in the next-generation of console gaming. For many of you, deciding which one to buy is going to be the toughest shopping decision you’ll make this holiday […]

Mobile Security – mSpy monitoring software

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This article warns of possible mis-use in this legitimate tracking where parents monitor cell phone usage by their kids http://thenextweb.com/apps/2013/11/28/mspy-terrifying-app-spying-another-smartphone-tablet-user/ QUOTE: Those of you interested in preserving your privacy will want to watch out for the mSpy app. When installed on an Android or iOS device, it can track phone calls, location data and keyboard […]

Microsoft Xbox One – PC Magazine review

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PC Magazine awarded Editor’s Choice rating on this advanced new gaming system http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2420311,00.asp QUOTE: Well, Microsoft’s ambition has paid off. Not only is the Xbox One  $499.99 at Microsoft Store a powerful game system that rivals the PlayStation 4, it really is the comprehensive entertainment hub Microsoft envisioned. (And it turns out that it doesn’t […]

Android Security – Malicious application steals Korean Phone Numbers

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McAfee reports of new Android attacks circulating and targeting Korean users http://blogs.mcafee.com/mcafee-labs/javascript-apps-on-google-play-steal-korean-phone-numbers QUOTE: In a recent blog, McAfee Labs reported on suspicious JavaScript-based Android chat applications for Japanese users. These apps were found on Google Play, and steal users’ phone numbers. We have now found about 120 applications that use similar, but not the same, […]

Travel Security tips – Holiday Season 2013

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PC Magazine offers numerous safety tips to reduce risks while traveling http://securitywatch.pcmag.com/mobile-security/318366-staying-secure-while-traveling-over-the-holidays QUOTE: If you are among the 43 million Americans planning to travel over the next days, you are most likely not leaving your electronics behind. Make sure you secure your data before you hit the road (or the air). … KEY BEST PRACTICES […]

Facebook – Christmas Tree Application Hoax 2013 version

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Hoaxes are designed as pranks  to confuse users with false information. Just as email virus hoaxes were once popular, the concept has spread to social networking sites as well http://wafflesatnoon.com/2013/11/23/christmas-tree-app-warning/ http://facecrooks.com/Scam-Watch/Christmas-Tree-App-Hoax-Spreads-Facebook-Once-Again.html/ QUOTE: Let’s first take a look at the warning which has circulated on Facebook for the past three years. There is no evidence that […]

National Crime Agency – United Kingdom security site

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This agency is similar to FBI in warning of breaking news, investigating incidents, and working with law enforcement agencies to prosecute online criminal events. http://nationalcrimeagency.gov.uk/ QUOTE: The NCA is a new crime-fighting agency with national and international reach and the mandate and powers to work in partnership with other law enforcement organisations to bring the […]

Ransomware – Crytolocker spreading in massive spam campaigns

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Crytolocker is a dangerous new worm that encrypts data on infected user systems and requires them to pay usually $300 for their data back.  As files are permanently damaged by encryption, users must  completely restore data if they refuse payment.  Users should always be cautious with email messages and website links http://www.symantec.com/connect/blogs/cryptolocker-alert-millions-uk-targeted-mass-spam-campaign http://nationalcrimeagency.gov.uk/news/256-alert-mass-spamming-event-targeting-uk-computer-users http://blog.trendmicro.com/trendlabs-security-intelligence/cryptolocker-emergence-connected-to-blackhole-exploit-kit-arrest/ QUOTE:   […]

Adobe – Flash Player update NOV 2013

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All users should promptly update to latest version of Flash Player for important security patches: http://www.intego.com/mac-security-blog/adobe-flash-player-update-fixes-memory-corruption-bugs/ QUOTE: Adobe released security updates for Adobe Flash Player for Mac, Windows and Linux, resolving memory corruption bugs in the software. These updates specifically address vulnerabilities that could cause a crash and potentially allow an attacker to take control […]

Malware – Conficker worm circulating after 5 years

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As Trend Micro notes, there are many systems world wide that do not have this vital 2008 security patch in place to prevent automatic infections. http://blog.trendmicro.com/trendlabs-security-intelligence/five-years-old-and-still-on-the-run-downad/ http://about-threats.trendmicro.com/us/infographics/infograph/malware-profile-conficker QUOTE: Five years ago, Conficker/DOWNAD was first seen and quickly became notorious due to how quickly it spread and how much damage it caused.  Remarkably, after all that time, it’s still […]


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