Malware – Ransomware new Cerber and Locky variants NOVEMBER 2016

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Ransomware variants continue to emerge as security vendors attempt to keep pace of developments. http://blog.checkpoint.com/2016/11/24/14959/ During Thanksgiving holidays, Cerber and Locky, the two most popular ransomwares out there, have launched new variants to the wild simultaneously. The new ransomware versions released perform slender, yet very interesting, changes that may affect the way they are being […]

Apple – iOS 10 slideshow of 30 user tips for new version

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PC Magazine has created a slideshow of 30 user tips for new Apple iOS 10 version http://www.pcmag.com/slideshow/story/347908/30-hidden-tips-for-mastering-ios-10 Apple’s iOS 10 didn’t have the smoothest of rollouts; there were some unique quirks.  In PC Labs, our analysts updated five iPhones to iOS 10 and it worked great—on four of them. At this point, you’re probably in the clear, though, […]

PCI DSS – Four tiered levels of corporate certification

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The following shares details for the tiered levels and audit compliance criteria for Pay Card Industry Data Security standard (PCI/DSS v3.2) http://scanforsecurity.com/pci-dss-why-do-you-need-it-and-how-does-it-works/ PCI DSS (Pay Card Industry Data Security standard) is a security standard for the payment card industries. The standard has been developed by the international payment systems of Visa and MasterCard. Any organization […]

Open Source software – Checklist to evaluate security and support

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SANS has published an excellent guide for evaluating open source products and applications.  A partial list of several insightful questions are shared below: https://isc.sans.edu/forums/diary/Free+Software+Quick+Security+Checklist/21751/ Free software (open source or not) is interesting for many reasons. It can be adapted to your own needs, it can be easily integrated within complex architectures but the most important […]

Facebook – Messenger service adds Instant Games facility

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Facebook is adding a few classic games to it’s Messenger mobile service called “Instant Games”. Users should always be on alert for possible future spoofing of this new capability by malware writers. https://techcrunch.com/2016/11/29/messenger-instant-games/ Bored while you wait for friends to text back? Now you can challenge friends for high scores on Facebook Messenger’s new Instant […]

Browsers – New Colibri browser will eliminate tabs

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This new browser is available only for the Apple Mac OS as a beta version.  Both Windows and Android versions are in development.  This new facility is designed to be as simple as possible with the elimination of tabs http://thenextweb.com/apps/2016/11/24/tabless-browser/ The last time I used a web browser without tabs was well over ten years ago. […]

IoT Security – Vendors call for improved security in 2017

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The security for the new “Internet of Things (IoT)” devices must be further improved in the future so that they cannot manipulated by unauthorized users. http://www.pcmag.com/news/349860/tech-giants-iot-security-is-terrible-heres-how-to-fix-it Google, T-Mobile, Cisco and several other companies offered a plan this week to help boost the security of baby monitors, Wi-Fi routers, traffic lights, and the millions of other devices that make […]

FBI – Cyber Monday 2016 safety warning issued

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The FBI warns to be extra careful during the upcoming holiday season.  If an online offer seems too good to be true, it is usually a fraudulent scam designed to get credit card information and other sensitive data  http://www.foxnews.com/us/2016/11/28/cyber-monday-scams-targeting-shoppers-fbi-warns.html Crooks are out to ensure a blue Christmas for cyber shoppers, using an array of online […]

Microsoft Security Updates – NOVEMBER 2016

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Below are key resources documenting this recent monthly Microsoft Patch Tuesday release which now works on a CUMMULATIVE basis: https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/security/ms16-nov.aspx https://isc.sans.edu/mspatchdays.html http://blog.talosintel.com/2016/11/MST11-2016.html Today, Microsoft has released their monthly set of security bulletins designed to address security vulnerabilities within their products. For a detailed explanaiton of each of the categories listed below, please go to https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/security/gg309177.aspx […]

Facebook – Developing new warning system for Fake News

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Facebook has affirmed they are working on a new warning system to reduce the spread of false information plus malicious attacks associated with fake news links http://www.pcmag.com/news/349742/zuckerberg-teases-warning-system-labels-for-fake-news http://www.pcmag.com/news/349576/google-facebook-go-after-fake-news-with-new-ad-policies Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Friday outlined some of the things his team is doing and considering to combat fake news, including a warning system for suspicious […]


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