Archive for December, 2009

Dec 17 2009


Brother, can you spare $2500…?

Filed under email,phishing,scams

When people think of “cyber-crime” most people think of hackers, viruses and other malware, etc.  In other words, they think in terms of attacks based on technology, and that can be defeated by technology such as antivirus software, firewalls, etc. In reality, most cyber-criminals rely more on human nature than technology to achieve their goals.  […]

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Dec 08 2009


Are your kids sharing music with friends? It could cost you big bucks…

This is a little off the topic of security per se, but I though this was a good wake up call for parents of kids who might be sharing their CD collection online with their friends:  A federal judge in Boston today formally signed off on a $675,000 fine that a jury assessed against Boston University […]

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Dec 07 2009


Protect your financial information: Use a Live CD for banking and shopping

Filed under best practices,security

Today’s topic may be a little technical for the average user, but I’ll try to make it easy for even non-technical users to follow.  If you read this article and are interested, but don’t understand something, feel free to post a comment and I’ll try to help. So we have talked about a number of […]

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Dec 04 2009


Windows 7 developing a reputation for security

Filed under microsoft,patches,security

Well, it is almost time for “patch Tuesday”.  On the 2nd Tuesday of every month, Microsoft releases updates and patches for its operating systems (OS) and applications. In particular, this is the day each month that MS patches the critical security flaws that have been discovered in the preceding months.  When previous OS versions have been […]

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Dec 02 2009


New scam based on H1N1 scare

Filed under scams,spam,trojan

Well, it was only a matter of time until someone figured out how to use the H1N1 “swine flu” scare as a part of a scam. 

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Dec 01 2009


Think before you click!

People are probably going to get tired of reading this, but it is one of the most important lessons you can learn to protect yourself online.  Whenever you receive an e-mail with a link or visit a new website, think carefully before clicking!  So many of the viruses and other malware being spread today only […]

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