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Bash Vulnerability Update

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Please note the following updates to the September 25 post regarding the Bash / Shellshock vulnerability.

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Zero-Day Vulnerability in Microsoft Word

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Microsoft recently published a security advisory about a zero-day vulnerability affecting Microsoft Word. (A zero-day vulnerability is one that exploits a previously unknown vulnerability and for which a patch has not yet been released.) The vulnerability can allow an attacker … 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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7 Critical Adobe Flash Updates Released

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Adobe has released fixes for 7 critical remote execution vulnerabilities in its Flash Player software. These vulnerabilities affect Flash Player for Windows, Mac, Linux, Android 3.x, and Android 4.x. These exploits could cause your computer to crash and could potentially … Continue reading

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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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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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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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Securing Your Mobile Device

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With the number of tablets and smartphones in the world on the rise, they are becoming the target of an increasing number of security threats. Below are some links that describe the most common security concerns for mobile devices and … Continue reading

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Flame Malware: What Is It And What Should You Know About It?

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A new malware named Flame has been a hot topic in the media in recent days. This worm has, so far, only targeted in the Middle East and no one is quite certain yet what its effects will be when … Continue reading

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