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BrowserSpy

Friday, March 23rd, 2007

BrowserSpy

The Web is a magical place where the answer to almost any question is just a click away. But, the Web is also a place where deception and exploitation are always waiting just around the next link. In the past six months, there have been updates and advisories for some of the Web’s most used applications, such as QuickTime, Adobe Reader, several plug-ins and some Active X controls… Continue reading

Windows OneCare: Feeling the Heat

Friday, March 16th, 2007

Windows OneCare: Feeling the Heat

Making its debut more than one year ago, Windows Live OneCare, Microsoft’s representative in the antivirus race, has at least gained some name recognition in the security field. But, that’s not always necessarily a good thing.

There have been a few antivirus shoot-outs over the past couple of months, with comparisons of all the different antivirus software packages available. The results of these… Continue reading

Apple QuickTime Update

Friday, March 9th, 2007

Apple QuickTime Update

I’m sure everyone is familiar with the popular media player from Apple called QuickTime, right? The free version of the player can handle any number of audio, as well as, video file types and it is almost a necessity if you like to view media on the Web.

Almost everyone has QuickTime installed on their system, whether they know it or not. Go ahead and take a… Continue reading

Secunia Update Advisor

Friday, March 2nd, 2007

Secunia Update Advisor

I shouldn’t have to remind anyone out there how important it is to keep your software up to date. Not only for security based applications, such as your antivirus solutions, but this includes your everyday applications as well. An open vulnerability in just one application on your system can make your whole PC vulnerable to attacks. The analogy of “A chain is only as strong as its… Continue reading

Vista Time Limit Controls

Friday, February 23rd, 2007

Vista Time Limit Controls

There wasn’t a whole lot on the security horizon this week, so I thought I would pull a security tip from Windows’ new operating system of Vista. Windows Vista introduces a slew of new features, that’s for sure! And in the area of security is where you’ll find a lot of them. So, from here on out, you may see me introducing a new or modified… Continue reading

February Security Advisory

Friday, February 16th, 2007

February Security Advisory

The Storm Worm is back and this time, it’s an all out war. A couple of weeks back, I wrote an article describing some new Trojans that carried a subject line regarding a huge storm battering the shores of Europe. The Worm was unique in a few ways that made it extremely difficult, if not impossible, to track down or shut down.

The new Storm… Continue reading

The Dangers of ActiveX

Friday, February 9th, 2007

The Dangers of ActiveX

ActiveX is a set of controls created by Microsoft that allows a user to interact with and run compatible applications over the Internet. Similar to the popular Java Applet, ActiveX is a useful tool in many ways and is being used on the Web more than ever, in order to bring interactive content to Web sites. Unfortunately, this is also a great avenue of… Continue reading

Faulty Word Attachments

Friday, February 2nd, 2007

Faulty Word Attachments

Microsoft is at the bad end of yet another Zero-Day flaw, bringing the total to five unpatched vulnerabilities in almost 60 days. Security companies of Symantec and Secuna have reported the security hole that could allow attackers control of your system by simply opening an infected MS Word document. The vulnerability has even earned itself a “highly critical” rating, which is the highest level a… Continue reading

The Storm Worm

Thursday, January 25th, 2007

The Storm Worm

News Alert: 230 Dead As Storm Batters Europe

Or, at least, that’s what one of the latest subject lines of a new worm that, according to F-Secure, is battering the shores of the Internet. I have received mixed reports on the actual widespread damage that this is actually causing, but it is a threat nonetheless and it’s my job to keep you all informed.

The… Continue reading

Zero-Day Tracker

Friday, January 19th, 2007

Zero-Day Tracker

Zero-Day attacks have been in the news all year long, with one vulnerability after another. Whether it’s been Windows, Apple, Adobe or any of the other software vendors out there today, they have all had to chase down a patch, at some point, over the past 12 months. Zero-Day exploits, in case you are not familiar, are exploits that come out after the public release… Continue reading

Latest Threats

Friday, January 12th, 2007

Latest Threats

With the new year in full swing, I wanted to give you all a head’s up on some of the most recent virus threats that have been lingering around. Now, if you have an antivirus program installed on your computer, you should be just fine. You are probably not at risk with any of these, but it never hurts to know the information that lies behind them. If… Continue reading

Security Updates

Friday, January 12th, 2007

Security Updates

There are a couple of things I wanted to go over with everyone this week. There’s actually a lot going on and I thought it would be a good idea to inform everyone of what is going on in the world of PC security this week. Let’s see, I wanted to discuss the always important Microsoft Updates, which come around the first Tuesday of every month and what… Continue reading

Trojan Flooder Fix

Friday, December 29th, 2006

Q:
Now that you’ve told us about the Trojan Flooder threat, is there any way to fix it?

A:
There sure is and I’m glad you asked. It was only yesterday that I shared the news with all of you about the Trojan Flooder.AKE risk (see yesterday’s quick tip) and already, several of you have e-mailed me, asking me how you can fix it. I had planned on… Continue reading

Trojan Flooder

Friday, December 29th, 2006

Trojan Flooder

If you’re like me, when you see the word “Trojan,” you probably panic. Am I right? Of course, a Trojan is pretty much only associated with a virus (or at least some sort of threat) in today’s computer world. They are basically completely destructive programs that disguise themselves as very helpful and useful programs. But, in all actuality, they contain hidden code which allows them to do harmful… Continue reading

Mozilla Firefox Vulnerabilities

Friday, December 29th, 2006

Mozilla Firefox Vulnerabilities

Today’s security topic was easy to miss over the busy weekend, so I decided to shed some light on things here, the Tuesday after the big holiday break.

The Mozilla foundation surely has been having a wonderful holiday. I expect that with 10 new vulnerabilities, they could be having nothing else. These new risks affect not only their popular Internet browser, Firefox, but also Thunderbird (the POP3… Continue reading

PhishTank

Friday, December 22nd, 2006

Phishing, in case you haven’t either seen it or heard of it by now, is basically a certain type of attachment in which an online entity convinces the user to visit a specially crafted Web site in order to capture personal information. Phishing attaches for the months of November and December are usually out of control from the holiday shopping season and it is made painfully… Continue reading

Protect Your Computer

Friday, December 15th, 2006

Protect Your Computer

Have you noticed anything weird going on with your computer lately? Maybe it’s been running rather slowly or you’ve been receiving several error messages. Various other things could be happening too, but if either of those two things have been going on, it sounds like your computer is not up to par. When those sort of errors occur, it means that your computer is not running efficiently… Continue reading

The Zero-Days of December

Friday, December 15th, 2006

The Zero-Days of December

In the past 10 days, there have been two different vulnerabilities in the Microsoft Word program that basically allow potential control of your system through a remote entity. The two Zero-Day (read above in today’s Quick Tip for a definition of this) exploits are only being seen in limited numbers so far, but they still have the severity rating of “critical,” which is the highest rating… Continue reading

MySpace QuickTime Worm

Friday, December 8th, 2006

MySpace QuickTime Worm

It seems that on December 1st, a cross-scripting worm was discovered to be infecting MySpace accounts. The JS/Qspace, as it has been called, is a worm that uses a vulnerability in Apple’s QuickTime Media Player HREF feature in order to redirect visitors to a phishing site. Once on the site, the users are asked to put in their information where it is then… Continue reading

Firefox 2 Password Exploit

Friday, December 8th, 2006

Q:
I read something about a password exploit in Firefox 2 the other day. Is this true and if it is, what all does it mean?

A:
Yes, unfortunately, it is true. On November 21, 2006, Mozilla announced that there is a flaw in the new Firefox 2′s password manager. The Chapin Information Services (CIS) company is actually who discovered it first. Basically, the exploit consists of a… Continue reading

Let’s Keep You Safe

Friday, December 1st, 2006

Let’s Keep You Safe

Have I got a neat trick for you this week! It’s a little program from Microsoft itself that was designed to help users stay safe while they’re online. As I have pointed out before, the most secure way to run any Windows application is under a restricted user format during your normal day to day use. I’ve also suggested that you should bump up… Continue reading

Internet Browser Anti-phishing Protection

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2006

Internet Browser Anti-phishing Protection

The new versions of both Microsoft’s and Mozilla’s Internet browsers have been out for a little while now and while Internet Explorer addressed some much needed issues, Firefox’s new update was less groundbreaking. Both browsers however, did add some anti-phishing functionality, including components that check Web sites for validity before it opens up the Web page for your viewing.

The browser’s anti-phishing tools use slightly different… Continue reading

Net Dog Internet Filter

Friday, November 17th, 2006

Net Dog Internet Filter

We all know that we can’t be too cautious on the Web these days. One wrong turn and Junior could get a crash course on the birds and the bees and that’s not the only thing. The Web, in all its grandeur, really has some locations that I can’t believe serve any real purpose, especially for children. Having two children myself, I always have my… Continue reading

Online E-mail Scanner

Friday, November 10th, 2006

Online E-mail Scanner

This week, the security front seemed a little quiet. Now, don’t get me wrong, that’s good. There have been little tremors here and there, but nothing really worth causing hysteria over. So, during the times of peace, we should utilize procedures and services to strengthen our system’s defenses and test them against outside threats. Of course, you always have the day-to-day, or at least weekly, security maintenance… Continue reading

SpamThru Torjan

Friday, October 27th, 2006

SpamThru Trojan

Everything you know about viruses is about to change, because this week’s security article is about a spamming Trojan that marches to the beat of a different drummer. The SpamThru Trojan, as they are calling the new threat on the block, not only eliminates other malware on your system, but uses P2P technology in order to communicate with its master, among other things.

The… Continue reading

Social Engineering

Friday, October 13th, 2006

Social Engineering

Last week, I touched on the subject of Social Engineering, as it was brought to my attention in Kasperky’s monthly online scanner as a prevalent and successful avenue of infection for attackers. Social Engineering is basically a method in which some ill purposed entity tries to convince company officials, or simply individuals, to divulge certain information. For example, bank account information, social security numbers, birthdays, etc… Continue reading

October Security Bulletin

Friday, October 6th, 2006

October Security Bulletin

Hey, it’s October and I have a ton of security issues to go over with you folks this week. First of all, Kaspersky’s Online Scanner for September 2006 has uncovered the truth behind social engineering and the spread of malware. Of course, I also have a few vulnerabilities and attacks to talk about, so let’s get the show on the road and take a look at October’s… Continue reading

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