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Category Archives: Recommended Reading

Server certificates and Heartbleed

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Cloudflare, a large web-hosting company, has a very detailed article on how server certificates are not (in the real world) extractable using the Heartbleed bug: http://blog.cloudflare.com/answering-the-critical-question-can-you-get-private-ssl-keys-using-heartbleed They set up a test server and challenged anybody to obtain the private key. … Continue reading

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Password Management Tools

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Using a single password for multiple sites may be a convenient practice, but it is not a safe one. Most IT security experts recommend using a different password for each online account to prevent hackers from gaining access to all … Continue reading

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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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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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Summer Cyber Security Reading

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Are you looking to read more on how to keep your computer and all of your personal information secure? Here’s a list of some of our favorite sites that cover cybersecurity topics, from a listing of the latest malware threats … Continue reading

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January SANS OUCH! Newsletter: Securing Your Home Wifi Network

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The SANS (Sysadmin, Audit, Network, Security) Institute publishes a monthly newsletter called OUCH! that address current security awareness issues. This month’s newsletter covers the importance of securing your home wifi network and the steps you should take to secure your … 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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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: http://www.securingthehuman.org/newsletters/ouch/issues/OUCH-201111_en.pdf  

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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). http://krebsonsecurity.com/  

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