Computer Hardware – Gartner warns of price increase in 2nd half 2015

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http://www.computerworld.com/article/2916485/computer-hardware/pc-prices-to-go-up-later-this-year-gartner-warns.html PC prices have enjoyed record lows for many years now, but buyers might have to shell out a few more bucks for their desired laptop or desktop later this year. Research firm Gartner is sounding the alarm that PC prices might go up later this year due to recent currency fluctuations. The effect may […]

Windows 10 Phone – Review of preview version

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The Windows 10 phone O/S was tested by Redmond Magazine as described in article below http://redmondmag.com/articles/2015/04/14/first-look-at-windows-phone-10.aspx We’re getting closer to the much anticipated release of Windows 10 and the gifts from Redmond just keep coming. Recently, Microsoft announced a preview of what many are referring to as Windows Phone 10 (the more official name seems […]

Microsoft 2015 BUILD conference – April 29, 2015 announcements

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A summary of all major announcements on “Day One” of the Microsoft 2015 BUILD conference are summarized in link below: http://thenextweb.com/insider/2015/04/29/everything-microsoft-announced-at-its-build-developer-conference-day-1/ Key topical areas include: .NET Core preview opens to Mac and Linux Visual Studio Code goes live New Azure services arrive Office Graph API allows cross-platform integrations for Office 2016 WINDOWS 10 news! Run […]

Windows 10 – Microsoft Announces new EDGE browser

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As Windows 10 development continues, Microsoft formally announced that the browser being developed under “Project Spartan”, will be called “Edge”.  It will be the default browser and will contain all the innovations.  IE11 will also ship as a secondary browser so that Windows 10 can still interact with legacy websites as needed http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2483459,00.asp Among the […]

Malware – IRC Botnet attacks continue with greater sophistication

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ZScaler security labs shares an informative analysis on IRC based attacks which have diminished since their peak back in 2007. However, these attacks are still present and have grown in sophistication even though attacks today are more likely in other vectors. http://www.darkreading.com/vulnerabilities—threats/irc-botnets-are-not-quite-dead-yet/d/d-id/1320212 Far from going the way of the dodo as many had surmised, Internet […]

Security Awareness – Corporate Security programs are challenging

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An excellent article below shares challenges in creating an effective security awareness program.  Security professionals must adjust for differing audiences to effectively communicate dangers and best practices throughout the company.  The key challenge is to present risks and safety practices in business terms or other ways that are more clearly understood http://www.darkreading.com/to-evangelize-security-get-out-of-your-comfort-zone/a/d-id/1320181 IT security, I’ve […]

Malicious Advertising – Transparent Ad overlays Coloring Page site

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A full screen transparent (invisible to user) malicious advertisting web page overlays a site containing coloring pages for kids. Malwarebytes warns of this special danger in the following post https://blog.malwarebytes.org/privacy-2/2015/04/ads-on-colouring-pages-website-lead-to-installs-explicit-content/ Today, we came across a website called “Best Arts Wallpaper Online 2015″ which offers colouring pages intended to be printed / drawn on by the […]

Microsoft Silverlight – Security Defense techniques

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Tech Target shares an informative article on key best practices to ensure safety. These include staying on latest version, deploying patches promptly, avoiding potentially malicious sites, and user security awareness. Those safety tips apply universally to almost all software products. http://searchsecurity.techtarget.com/tip/Silverlight-security-Defending-against-browser-plug-in-attacks The Silverlight browser plug-in is Microsoft’s answer to Adobe Flash. Although it’s nowhere near […]

EMAIL SPAM – Dalexis and CTB-Locker malicious threat

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EMAIL SPAM is often harmful with malicious website links or downloader agents that install even more software including harmful ransomware agents that can encrypt user files on the computer.  The ISC documents an advanced and harmful new attack as follows: https://isc.sans.edu/forums/diary/DalexisCTBLocker+malspam+campaign/19641/ Dalexis is a malware downloader.  It drops a CAB file with embedded document that’s opened […]

Word Press – ZERO DAY Security Alerts April 2015

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Word Press administrators, developers and users should monitor these new vulnerabilities for further developments https://threatpost.com/wordpress-ecommerce-plugin-vulnerability-details-disclosed/112500 https://threatpost.com/details-on-wordpress-zero-day-disclosed/112435 https://www.htbridge.com/advisory/HTB23254 WORD PRESS CORE ENGINE WordPress security issues have for the most part involved a vulnerable plug-in, but a Finnish researcher has disclosed some details on a zero-day vulnerability he discovered in the WordPress 4.2 and earlier core engine […]


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