YAHOO EMAIL Security Breach – CHANGE YOUR PASSWORD

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A major security breach of Yahoo email accounts has been reported and personally changed all my passwords immediately to a new STRONG & SECURE password.  All users should do this immediate as hackers can use a hijacked account to reset passwords used for banking, credit cards, or other sensitive accounts.  For example, they can go […]

EMAIL SECURITY – Best Practices for 2014

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Excellent & comprehensive security checklist for protection of corporate email resources http://www.itproportal.com/2014/01/30/email-server-lockdown-a-basic-security-checklist/ QUOTE: Your email server is the collaboration hub for your business, so the availability, integrity, and confidentiality of the information that flows through it is of paramount concern. We’ve got a very basic security checklist here, although you can get more information on […]

AVG PrivacyFix – supports Facebook, Google and LinkedIn

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AVG has developed a PrivacyFix application which supports Facebook, Google & LinkedIn privacy setting tunings with user friendly approach http://www.itproportal.com/2014/01/10/ces-avg-uses-facebook-social-graph-innovative-privacy-app/ QUOTE: Playing its part in that has been security firm AVG, who have this week unveiled its PrivacyFix Family application which promises to keep families connected and safe while keeping their data secure on Facebook. […]

Facebook – New FakeOff Application detects fake accounts

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FakeOff is a new Facebook application which compares photos and posts to highlight suspected fake accounts http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/New-FakeOff-App-Detects-Fake-Facebook-Accounts.html/ QUOTE: An Israeli tech company has developed an app, FakeOff, which can help users detect fake Facebook profiles. The app builds a list of “suspects” for investigation, uses an algorithm to analyze their information, gets results of their […]

Facebook – New Music Theme Scam circulating

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AVAST and Facecooks security warn of new popular Facebook threat actively circulating https://blog.avast.com/2014/01/23/facebook-music-theme-scam-hits-a-sour-note/ http://facecrooks.com/Scam-Watch/AVAST-Virus-Lab-Discovers-Facebook-Music-Theme-Scam.html/ QUOTE: By now, we are all familiar with Facebook scams that claim to give your Newsfeed a designer look. Remember Facebook Red or Facebook Black? Those pretty themes ended up spreading spam and malicious links via online surveys and fake videos. […]

Anti-Virus – Windows 8.1 product reviews for 2014

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AV product reviews for the new Windows 8.1 operating system were highlighted in PC Magazine recently http://securitywatch.pcmag.com/security-software/319941-antivirus-products-show-off-under-windows-8-1 http://securitywatch.pcmag.com/reviews/antivirus http://www.pcmag.com/category2/0,2806,1639159,00.asp QUOTE: In November’s edition of this report, Kaspersky managed a trifecta: six of six possible points in all three categories. Note that testing lab AV-Comparatives named Kaspersky their product of the year for 2013. Kaspersky remains […]

Virus Hoaxes – Funeral Notice circulating in JAN 2014

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In assisting a friend in Texas, this new threat is actively circulating in email and should be avoided http://www.snopes.com/computer/virus/funeralnotice.asp QUOTE:  In January 2014, Internet users began receiving e-mails from various funeral homes with attention-getting subject lines such as “Passing of your friend,” messages that informed recipients a “dear friend” had passed away and invited them […]

AntiVirus – Free basic products are popular in Jan 2014 study

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http://securitywatch.pcmag.com/security-software/320162-free-antivirus-products-rule-the-world QUOTE: Researchers found that 23.0 percent use a Microsoft product, 15.9 percent rely on avast!, and 8.9 percent run AVG.  Microsoft still leads, with over 25 percent of installations. Present on nearly 15 percent of surveyed systems, Malwarebytes is a surprise winner of second place. Note that the basic Malwarebytes Anti-Malware doesn’t include real-time […]

Mobile Security – 5 best practices for Mobile Application developers

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PC Magazine highlights 5 best practices for Mobile Application developers http://securitywatch.pcmag.com/mobile-security/320190-5-easy-ways-developers-can-make-apps-that-don-t-leak-your-info QUOTE: Jared Blake, the CTO at Moki, sat down to tell us five simple things developers can do to make their apps better 1: Use HTTPS For Everything 2: Don’t Try to Invent Your Own Encryption 3: Clean Up Your Logs 4: Know Your […]

BlackPOS malware kit – Starting point for Target credit card attacks

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Investigators are now evaluating “BlackPOS” malware kit that was likely used as a starting “base” for recent massive credit card attacks.  It is believed that cyber-thieves ramped up this basic exploit kit (sold for $2000) into a large scale, well-planned, and highly sophisticated attack on Target and other retailers. http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/russian-teen-made-target-neiman-marcus-malware-report-article-1.1583785 http://krebsonsecurity.com/2014/01/a-first-look-at-the-target-intrusion-malware/ http://thehackernews.com/2014/01/BlackPOS-Malware-russian-hacker-Target.html http://thehackernews.com/2014/01/Russian-hacker-BlackPOS-Malware-Author.html QUOTE: The Holiday […]


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