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Security

Get Free Anti-virus and Free Anti-spyware!

by Shanmuga

Norton Security Scan is a free antivirus tool provided by Symantec, the makers of Norton Anti Virus line of software products. Norton Security Scan provides on-demand scanning (must be manually run) and removal or repair of Viruses, Trojan horses and Hack tools like keyloggers, etc.

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Google Chrome: Security and Privacy Implications

by Shanmuga

Google’s new browser named Chrome and released as a beta version is drawing flak for its (non)implementation of browser security and privacy.

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Seven online security blunders to avoid

by Shanmuga

“By now most personal-computer users know not to post their Social Security numbers on the Internet or respond to Nigerian e-mails seeking help with suspicious bank-account transfers. "But many people still make mistakes that compromise their computer’s security or invite identity thieves.

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ZoneAlarm to offer security software for free today

by Shanmuga

CheckPoint Software Technologies Ltd, the makers of the famed ZoneAlarm range of security products will give away full versions of ZoneAlarm ForceField software on Tuesday, August 12.

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Alert: Enable "Always use https" setting in GMail

by Shanmuga

Google last week introduced a security setting designed to protect GMail users sessions from getting hijacked. The setting is provided as an option in the "settings" page of your GMail account. If you haven’t enabled the "Always use HTTPS" option, it’s time to do so now due to the emergence of an automated cookie stealing […]

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Another list of tips to protect your Home computer

by Shanmuga

Couple of days back, I came across A Few Tips to Help You Protect Your Home Computer compiled by Deborah Hale in the Handler’s Diary over at SANS Internet Storm Center.

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Security: Online Crime Gang Stole Millions

by Shanmuga

"To gain a grasp of just how badly organized cyber-crime groups are fleecing American banks and consumers, it may be instructive to look at the details released this week about the operations of a single online crime gang, that is responsible for undoubtedly the largest cache of stolen data ever uncovered.

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Security: Facing the pain of passwords

by Shanmuga

"Passwords are like the common cold: they induce headaches, no one is immune, and there is no cure in sight. But they are necessary in this era of digital data, where everything from paying bills to passing notes to sharing photos is done online through user accounts that require some proof that you really are […]

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Security: Windows Vista SP1 available for download…do you need it?

by Shanmuga

"PC World’s in-house tests with the RTM version of Vista SP1 have shown mixed results. In file copying tests, the service pack proved noticeably faster than the original Vista OS. Other tests, on the other hand, showed little improvement (or actually performed worse than Vista without the service pack). For instance, our preliminary file compression […]

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Security: Apple releases massive security update

by Shanmuga

"Known as APPLE-SA-2008-03-18 Security Update 2008-002, it contains more than 40 specific fixes for versions of Mac OS X. The most significant updates include Apache, ClamAV, Emacs, OpenSSH, PHP, and X11. To get the update, go to the Software Update pane in System Preferences, or Apple’s Software Downloads Web site. The update "is recommended for […]

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Security: The top five internal security threats

by Shanmuga

"Criminal attacks are particularly likely to happen from the inside: one recent study estimated that 90 percent of criminal computer crimes were committed by employees of the company attacked.

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Malware: Does RealPlayer Deserve Badware Label?

by Shanmuga

"The Google-backed StopBadware.org group has explained the thinking behind its decision to slap the "badware" label on two versions of RealNetworks’ RealPlayer software, insisting there are serious problems with the installation process and behavior of the products.

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Security: Disk encryption may not be secure enough

by Shanmuga

"Computer scientists have discovered a novel way to bypass the encryption used in programs like Microsoft’s BitLocker and Apple’s FileVault and then view the contents of supposedly secure files.

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Security: Behind the Scenes at Microsoft’s Secure Windows Initiative

by Shanmuga

"Microsoft’s Secure Windows Initiative unit has emerged from the shadows, promising a new level of transparency, as well as details of software vulnerabilities and security bulletins.

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Security: New BotSniffer better able to detect foul stench of botnets

by Shanmuga

"Researchers at Georgia Tech have published a paper on BotSniffer—a program they’ve designed to detect and disable botnets. Botsniffer is not the only bot-detection program available, but the Georgia Tech research team believes that the program’s approach to the botnet issue results in a better correlation rate and a lower number of false positives.

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Whitelisting of software is the way to go

by Shanmuga

"Anti-virus and anti-spyware technologies, which are packaged as ‘blacklist’ solutions, are gradually giving way to what security experts claim is a far more effective IT security technology based on ‘whitelist’ solutions. However, a comprehensive IT security solution would imply that vendors take care of the root cause rather than just specific problems which the lists […]

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Least privilege won’t solve every security problem, but it’s a significant step

by Shanmuga

"First and foremost, least privilege models prevent 90 percent or more of today’s malware. You can’t ignore that statistic. Malware writers may easily code around least privilege when they need to, but it does significantly cut down on software that can cause harm today. Second, least privilege mechanisms make it harder for malware to modify […]

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TrueCrypt 5 released

by Shanmuga

"TrueCrypt, an encryption program designed to hide your data from prying eyes, has released a new update that adds the ability to encrypt an entire disk. Seems like just about everyday we read about yet another exposure of sensitive data because someone’s laptop was stolen, but if those careless employees had used TrueCrypt it wouldn’t […]

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Antivirus Inventor: Security Departments Are Wasting Their Time

by Shanmuga

"Peter Tippett thinks it’s time for security professionals to wake up and stop wasting their energy. In a presentation here yesterday, Tippett — who is vice president of risk intelligence for Verizon Business, chief scientist at ICSA Labs, and the inventor of the program that became Norton AntiVirus — said that about one third of […]

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Antivirus firms, testers form standards group

by Shanmuga

"Nearly two dozen companies announced on Monday the creation of an organization to set best practices and standards for the evaluation of antivirus software. As previously reported by SecurityFocus, more than 40 researchers met in Bilbao, Spain, last month to finalize the details of the group, dubbed the Anti-Malware Testing Standard Organization (AMTSO).

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MayDay! Sneakier, More Powerful Botnet on the Loose

by Shanmuga

"A new peer-to-peer (P2P) botnet even more powerful and stealthy than the infamous Storm has begun infiltrating mostly U.S.-based large enterprises, educational institutions, and customers of major ISPs. The MayDay botnet can evade leading antivirus products, and so far has compromised thousands of hosts, according to Damballa, which says 96.5 percent of the infected machines […]

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Top five cyber threats in 2008

by Shanmuga

"Security threats in the cyber scene have grown at an extraordinary rate in the past year. This year will also see a rise in spyware and rouge ware threats to computer security besides the general virus and worms problem. Below is the list of prominent threats we can see in 2008.

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10 dumb things users do that can mess up their computers

by Shanmuga

"We all do dumb things now and then, and computer users are no exception. Inadvertently pressing the wrong key combination or innocently clicking OK in the wrong dialog box can change important settings that alter a computer’s behavior or even crash the system.

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