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Monthly Archives: December 2011

Software Update: Firefox

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Firefox 9, the newest version of the popular web browser, fixes several security vulnerabilities, including the ability to execute arbitrary code, cause a denial-of-service condition, or perform a cross-site scripting attack. ITS highly recommends that you download and install this … Continue reading

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Security Alert for Windows 7 64-bit

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Microsoft has released an alert regarding a security vulnerability in the Windows 7 64-bit operating system that could lead to crashes and may allow hackers to run their code on affected computers. For more information on this security vulnerability, please … Continue reading

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Bluetooth Technology and Security: What You Need to Know

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Many of today’s smart phones, personal computers, and tablets use Bluetooth technology to wireless communicate with peripherals such as headsets, mice, and keyboards. While this technology is space-saving and convenient, it also has some potential security risks associated with it. … Continue reading

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Personal Device Security During the Holiday Season

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The United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) has posted the following security tips for those that may be traveling with mobile devices such as smart phones, tablets, and laptops during the holiday season. This information can help you keep … Continue reading

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Security Advisories for Adobe Reader and Acrobat

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Several security advisories have recently been issued for Adobe Reader and Acrobat. Please read the links below for more information on the security issues and their fixes. Security update available for Adobe Reader and Acrobat Adobe Acrobat and Reader U3D … Continue reading

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Upcoming: Patch Tuesday for December 2011

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On the second Tuesday of every month, Microsoft issues security patches and updates for its Windows operating systems and other Microsoft software, including Office and Internet Explorer. These patches and updates often correct critical security flaws. If you are using … Continue reading

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Security Advisory for Adobe Reader and Acrobat

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A security issue has been found in Adobe Reader and Acrobat that can cause computers to crash and could potentially allow hackers to take control of your computer. Adobe is working on a fix for this issue and is expected … Continue reading

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Facebook Malware Alert

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Security professionals have reported a new malware warning for Facebook. According to reports, a worm is being spread through a link that users receive via a message in Facebook . See for additional details. Remember to exercise caution with … Continue reading

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The Basics of Browser Security

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USC’s IT security group recommends the November 2011 issue of the Monthly Security Awareness Newsletter for Computer Users. The issue is devoted to the basics of web browser security and is available at:  

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Recommended Reading from USC’s IT Security Group

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Check out the Krebs on Security blog for in-depth information about current security vulnerabilities, from Java exploits to denial of service attacks (DDoS).  

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