Browsers – Major products evaluated by PC Magazine 2014

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Features, performance, design and other factors were evaluted recently in this PC Magazine article: http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2365692,00.asp   In the biggest shakeup in the browser industry since Microsoft was forced to uncouple Internet Explorer from Windows, Google’s Chrome burst on the scene in 2008, forcing new standards in browser speed, streamlined design, and rapidly iterating software, forcing […]

Adobe Flash – Rare Yellow alert by ISC for users to update

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During January, the Internet Storm Center declared a yellow alert to highlight the importance of updating Adobe Flash Player. Users should use a PATCH NOW approach to ensure they are up-to-date http://helpx.adobe.com/security.html https://isc.sans.edu/forums/diary/Infocon+change+to+yellow+for+Adobe+Flash+issues/19227/   We have decided to change the Infocon to yellow in order to bring attention to the multiple recent Adobe Flash Player […]

AV Product Testing – Best Security product for 2014

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Independent software testing firm AV-Comparative shares their study as follows: http://securitywatch.pcmag.com/security-software/331532-av-comparatives-names-product-of-the-year-for-2014   An antivirus testing researchers’ work is never done. As soon as the research team finishes and report on one series of tests, it’s time to start another. Once a year, though, the team at AV-Comparatives takes a moment to sit back, review the […]

Adobe Flash – Multiple security releases during JAN2015

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Multiple zero day and other attacks led to expedient patching by Adobe to improve Flash security.  All home and corporate users should update and ensure they are on latest builds.  Abobe Flash often detects security updates and prompts users to install them.  Additional details regarding these releases are noted below http://helpx.adobe.com/security.html Bulletins and Advisories from […]

Data Breach – Marriott strengthens customer security

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Marriott quickly strengthened controls after discovery of a security design weaknesses in an Android based application. http://www.tripwire.com/state-of-security/security-data-protection/marriott-web-services-flaw/   The issue, patched last week, made it simple for attackers to access the reservation and personal details of Marriott customers via its web services, exposing check-in dates, victims’ last names, and victims’ contact information including physical address, […]

Leadership – Goal setting Quotes from history

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Several past historical leaders share the importance of vision and goal setting in this excellent post http://www.johnmaxwell.com/blog/great-words-on-goal-setting   As we approach the end of January, a time when you might begin to feel discouraged about lack of progress toward your New Year’s Resolutions, I’d like to share some of my favorite quotes on goals and […]

Windows 10 – New Security Features in Preview version

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  A senior reseacher at Kaspersky Labs highlights some of the improved features and strategies for Windows 10: http://securelist.com/blog/68445/windows-10-preview-and-security/ http://securitywatch.pcmag.com/microsoft-windows/331467-windows-10-what-s-new-in-security   Microsoft is attempting to better tighten down the new version of Windows the operating system by disallowing untrusted applications from installing and verifying their trustworthiness with their digital signature. This trusted signing model is […]

AV Product Testing – Best Windows 7 Protection DEC2014

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  Independent software testing firm AV-TEST shares their study as follows: http://securitywatch.pcmag.com/security-software/331311-which-antivirus-offers-the-best-protection-av-test-reports   Which one should you choose to protect your own PCs? If you were choosing between different cars, you could take test drives, see how each suits your needs. But you wouldn’t want to test drive an antivirus using live malware! Fortunately, independent […]


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