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Skype Users Receive One-Two Punch of Security Threats

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If you use the popular video chat program Skype, you need to be aware of two recent security issues that could affect your account. The first threat is a worm that is being spread by a series of instant messages … Continue reading

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Microsoft Releases Security Advisory for Internet Explorer

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Microsoft has released a security advisory regarding a vulnerability that affects Internet Explorer versions 6,7,8, and 9. This remote code execution vulnerability could allow hackers to attack your computer through malicious websites. The security advisory, which can be found at … Continue reading

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Patch Tuesday for August 2012

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Microsoft and Adobe have released their monthly Patch Tuesday security bulletins. Microsoft released nine bulletins covering a range of vulnerabilities, five of which are considered critical. Adobe released three bulletins, one for its Reader and Acrobats products, one for Shockwave … Continue reading

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Over-The-Phone Password Change Allows Hackers To Destroy Reporter’s Digital World

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The hacking of the Amazon account of a Wired reporter exposed a security flaw with the way Apple allows users to reset their AppleID passwords. By obtaining the last four digits of the reporter’s credit card, the hackers were able … Continue reading

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What’s New in Security for Mac OS X Mountain Lion?

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Apple released Mountain Lion, the newest version of their OS X operating system, today. This new operating system comes with several new security features to keep your computer safe. Here’s what three of these new features will do to keep … Continue reading

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Browser Security: Which New Browser is Best?

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What browser are you reading this article on? Internet Explorer? Firefox? Chrome? Have you thought about how secure your browser of choice is? A recent article from Sophos Naked Security outlines the beefed-up security features of the next generation of … Continue reading

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Windows Vista and 7 Users Advised to Disable Sidebars and Gadgets

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Microsoft has released a security advisory that urges users with computers running the Windows Vista or Windows 7 operating systems to turn off their Windows Sidebar and Gadgets due to a serious security risk that exploits these functions. The Windows … Continue reading

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DNSChanger: Will You Still Be Able To Connect to the Net on Monday?

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In February, we posted an entry on malware known as DNSChanger. This virus connected users’ computers to the the Internet through rogue DNS servers. Those rogue DNS servers were taken down by the FBI as a result of its investigation … Continue reading

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Credit Card Security Breach at USC Food Outlets: What You Should Know

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On June 28, 2012, USC Auxiliary Services announced that a security breach had been found in the third-party software system used to process credit card transactions in some campus locations, such as the USC dining halls and the Ronald Tutor … Continue reading

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Facebook’s Email Switcheroo

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Have you checked the email address listed on your Facebook profile page lately? Chances are, instead of the email address you set on your profile, your email is now listed as ‘randomnumber’@facebook.com. In April, Facebook announced they would be providing … Continue reading

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