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Monthly Archives: January 2013

The Java Issue in Plain English

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After a string of exploited vulnerabilities in the Java browser plug-in, the Department of Homeland Security, along with a number of online security experts, have recommended that users disable or restrict access to Java in their web browsers whenever possible. … Continue reading

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Critical Security Updates Released

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Microsoft today released an emergency patch to address the zero day vulnerability discovered last December, which could allow remote code execution if users of Internet Explorer 6, 7, or 8 visit websites or open emails containing malicious code.  For more … Continue reading

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This Week in Security

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The past week saw a number of  patches, updates, and alerts. Microsoft released a number of security bulletins on Patch Tuesday.   In conjunction, Adobe released updates for Reader, Acrobat, and Flash Player, and issued an advisory about unpatched vulnerabilities in Coldfusion. … Continue reading

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Patch Tuesday Roundup for January 2013

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Today is Microsoft’s first Patch Tuesday of the new year, and it sees seven security bulletins released, two of which are considered critical.  A complete list of the bulletins can be found at Microsoft’s Safety & Security Center. Additionally, Adobe released … Continue reading

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FCC’s Smartphone Security Checker

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Smartphones provide access to a great many services, from email to social networking to online banking.  With all the personal and financial information accessible by modern smartphones, mobile security is more important now than ever. To help smartphone users protect … Continue reading

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