Archive for November, 2009

Nov 16 2009

Trojan alert: “Your credit balance is over its limit”

Filed under malware,scams,trojan

An e-mail purporting to be from Verizon Wireless is hitting mailboxes around the globe. The e-mail warns the reader that their Verizon Wireless account is over the limit.  The message has a ZIP file attached named “”.  This contains an executable file that the reader is asked to run in order to check their account […]

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Nov 16 2009

Defending your home computer, part 1: Locking the front door

What constitutes a “well-defended” home computer?  As with any system, relying on a single form of defense is an invitation to disaster.  A good computer security system relies on a layered approach, called in the business a “defense in depth” strategy.  Implementing such a strategy does not have to  be complicated or expensive. Over the […]

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Nov 13 2009

Windows font vulnerability may allow access to hackers

Filed under malware,microsoft,patches

Notice: If you are running Windows 2000, Windows XP or Windows Server 2003, be sure to download and install the MS09-065 update released on Tuesday as soon as possible.

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Nov 13 2009

Apple issues 2nd Safari security patch in 4 months

On Thursday, Apple issued the second security patch in less than a week. This update does not patch vulnerabilities in the OS X operating system, but rather in the Safari web browser. The fix patches 7 vulnerabilities. Six of these vulnerabilities affect Safari on Windows, six affect Safari on OS X 10.4.x (Tiger), and three […]

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Nov 12 2009

Beware of “scareware”!

Filed under malware,scams

Malware authors frequently used methods designed to panic users into making mistakes.  There is a whole class of malware based on this method, known as “scareware”.  Here are few ways to identify it and to avoid becoming a victim.

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Nov 11 2009

Security patches:They’re not just for Windows anymore…

Filed under macintosh

Do you think your Mac is immune to the type of attacks suffered by Windows users?  Think again… For years, the argument has gone on between Mac afficianados and Windows users.  Those who prefer one platform over another tend to be almost evangelistic in their fervor, and so we will not attempt to tackle the […]

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Nov 10 2009

Could someone be storing CP on your computer?

Filed under malware,pornography

An article from the Associated Press provides yet another reason to keep your anti-virus software up to date, and to turn your computer off when not in use: Of all the sinister things that Internet viruses do, this might be the worst: They can make you an unsuspecting collector of child pornography. “Heinous pictures and […]

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Nov 10 2009

Is “always on” always best?

Filed under botnet,malware

High-speed broadband connections can expose your computers to threats from hackers. How can you protect yourself?

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