Enterprise Anti-Virus Protection Test – December 2014

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Dennis Technology Labs is an independent software testing firm.  They compared corporate AV products with real-world simulated testing as noted in the comprehensive PDF report http://www.dennistechnologylabs.com/ http://www.dennistechnologylabs.com/reports/s/a-m/2014/DTL_2014_Q4_Ent.1.0.pdf Product Protected Legitimate accuracy Total Accuracy Kaspersky Endpoint Security for Windows 100 100% 100% Symantec Endpoint Protection 100 100% 100% Trend Micro OfficeScan and Intrusion Defense Firewall 95 95% […]

Device Security – Safely retire older devices when they are replaced

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Modern digital devices can hold enormous amounts of personal and confidential data.  Great care must be exercised when they are replaced. Data contents should be reviewed with complete deletion of data even when passing on to others in family.  This is emphasized in following PC magazine article: http://securitywatch.pcmag.com/security/330704-re-gifting-digital-gadgets-can-lead-to-identity-theft-woes   If you received a shiny new […]

Microsoft Security Updates – DECEMBER 2014

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Critical Security updates to Microsoft Windows, Internet Explorer,  Office and other products became available on Patch Tuesday.  A patch for the Exchange server based product is also available.  This is a large security update and users should promptly update to enjoy best levels of protection. So far, no issues encountered in early use after installation at home […]

Central Virginia CPCU Chapter – 20 Security Awareness slides

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On November 11, 2014, Microsoft MVP Harry Waldron provided a 70 minute security awareness presentation at the Roanoke Country Club.  The 20 slides and documentation for this event are noted below: BEST PRACTICES FOR INTERNET SAFETY FOR 2014 November 11, 2014 — Roanoke Country Club LUNCHEON MEETING (starts @ 11:45 am) ROANOKE COUNTRY CLUB http://www.roanokecountryclub.org/ […]

Windows 10 – Additional Announcements likely in early 2015

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The initial preview launch for Windows 10 offered a high-level early look at many basic features. As this article from Information Week reflects, additional details are likely to emerge for other forthcoming features in early 2015 http://www.informationweek.com/software/operating-systems/windows-10-5-new-facts/d/d-id/1317919   Microsoft is done releasing Windows 10 previews until at least January, but details about the new operating […]

Microsoft Press – 130 e-books available for FREE download

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I’ve just discovered this new training and reference resource.  I have already downloaded a few “Windows 8.1” and “Windows Server 2012 R2” books for IT Professionals to review this offering.  The price is certainly right on these, as it makes a great online “non-paper” reference in some cases Source: Microsoft Senior Sales Excellence Manager – Eric […]

Mozilla Firefox – Version 34 released

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Below is recap of major functional and security enhancements.  The support of SSL version 3.0 is also disabled by default in Firefox 34 providing improved mitigation against the “Poodle” SSL vulnerabilities.    https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/34.0.5/releasenotes/ https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/security/known-vulnerabilities/firefox/ https://blog.mozilla.org/security/2014/10/14/the-poodle-attack-and-the-end-of-ssl-3-0/ http://techcrunch.com/2014/12/01/firefox-34-launches-with-yahoo-as-its-default-search-engine/ QUOTE:   Mozilla today rolled out Firefox 34. While most browser updates these days aren’t all that exciting, this one includes […]

IT Professionals – Best Resume Tips for 2014

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This Network World slide show provides excellent advice for IT professionals or anyone seeking best practices in creating an effective resume http://www.networkworld.com/article/2854043/careers/the-best-it-resume-tips-of-2014.html   Over the last year, our resume experts and career consultants have helped numerous IT professionals put their best foot forward. Here’s a quick look at some of the top resume tips from […]

E-Commerce Safety – Trend Labs best practices for 2014

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Trend Labs shares two excellent resources for 2014 e-commerce safety during the forthcoming holiday shopping season http://www.trendmicro.com/vinfo/us/security/news/cybercrime-and-digital-threats/staying-safe-from-online-threats-this-thanksgiving http://www.trendmicro.com/vinfo/us/security/news/mobile-safety/a-guide-to-avoiding-cyber-monday-scams-on-mobile QUOTE:   Every year during Thanksgiving, people look forward to filling their bellies with wonderful supper, dessert, and the warm company of family and friends. It’s also the time of year when people start combing the Internet for early […]

POS Malware – New TSPY_POSLOGR.K attack surfaces during 2014 holiday season

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Trend Labs documents a new Point-of-Sales Malware attack, which has surfaced during the 2014 holiday shopping season: http://blog.trendmicro.com/trendlabs-security-intelligence/new-pos-malware-kicks-off-holiday-shopping-weekend/   We are currently looking into a new point-of-sale (PoS) malware family detected as TSPY_POSLOGR.K, which is making the rounds just in time for this year’s holiday shopping weekend.   Around this time last year, the U.S. retailer […]


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