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  • Worth a read…

    http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/protect/wiki/mse-protect_start/microsoft-security-essentials-452160-potentially/1328d67a-5720-4481-8662-e52a49a11a22 This article explains the behavior of Microsoft Security Essentials on Windows XP now that XP is no longer supported. IMPORTANT NOTE: Users of MSE will continue to receive **antivirus updates** until 14 July 2015; that will protect you from malware such as viruses and trojans.  It will NOT, however, protect you from security vulnerabilities inherent
    Posted to Spyware Sucks (Weblog) by sandi on Fri, Apr 18 2014
    Filed under: Security, safety and privacy on the Internet, Vulnerabilities, viruses and exploits
  • Heartbeat vulnerability

    I’m sure you’ve seen this all over the web.  Summary here: http://readwrite.com/2014/04/08/heartbleed-openssl-bug-cryptography-web-security There is a test page here that you can use to see if the sites you use are vulnerable (make sure you enter an HTTPS address, not HTTP): http://filippo.io/Heartbleed/ If the site is not vulnerable, then you may or may not be safe (no easy way to know if the site was patched, or never vulnerable). If the site IS vulnerable, let them know. And wait for them
    Posted to Spyware Sucks (Weblog) by sandi on Thu, Apr 10 2014
    Filed under: Security, safety and privacy on the Internet, Vulnerabilities, viruses and exploits
  • 10 years of Mac OS X Malware

    Just sayin' ;o) http://www.welivesecurity.com/2014/03/21/10-years-of-mac-os-x-malware/
    Posted to Spyware Sucks (Weblog) by sandi on Sun, Mar 23 2014
    Filed under: Vulnerabilities, Security, safety and privacy on the Internet, viruses and exploits
  • XP end of life message

    Interesting, I saw this dialogue today after updating an XP VM and restarting.  The VM in question has all update processes turned off. My understanding was that this dialogue would only appear if Windows/Microsoft Update was set to automatically check for updates… Of course everybody should use Windows/Microsoft Update and make sure all of their software is regularly updated.  This VM only has everything turned off to ensure an unchanging testing environment.
    Posted to Spyware Sucks (Weblog) by sandi on Mon, Mar 17 2014
    Filed under: Security, safety and privacy on the Internet
  • Android phones with fake Netflix malware pre-installed

    Do you own the following products? If so, you might want to read this article… SAMSUNG GT-N8013 Galaxy Note tablet, SGH-1727 Galaxy S III phone, SCH-1605 Galaxy Note 2 phone, SGH-1337 Galaxy S4 phone, SGH-1747 Galaxy S III phone, SCH-1545 Galaxy S4 phone MOTOROLA Droid Razar, Droiz 4, Droid Bionic ASUS A Eee PadA Transformer TF101, Memo Pad SmartA MT301 LG Electronics Next 5 http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9246764/Pre_installed_malware_found_on_new_Android_phones
    Posted to Spyware Sucks (Weblog) by sandi on Thu, Mar 6 2014
    Filed under: Security, safety and privacy on the Internet
  • For those of you who want to read the Kirsty Ross decision

    http://www.ftc.gov/system/files/documents/cases/140228rossorder.pdf
    Posted to Spyware Sucks (Weblog) by sandi on Wed, Mar 5 2014
    Filed under: Malvertizing
  • Innovative Marketing update

    Innovative Marketin has been often mentioned in this blog over the years.... Here is the latest news - of course, actually getting money out of any of the parties involved is a different matter... http://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2014/03/03/scareware-pusher-loses-appeal-against-epic-163-million-fine-poll/
    Posted to Spyware Sucks (Weblog) by sandi on Tue, Mar 4 2014
    Filed under: Malvertizing
  • 300,000 routers hijacked

    "So far, the attacks have hijacked more than 300,000 servers in a wide range of countries, including Vietnam, India, Italy, Thailand, and Colombia. Each compromise has the potential to redirect virtually all connected end users to malicious websites that attempt to steal banking passwords or push booby-trapped software, the Team Cymru researchers warned." http://arstechnica.com/security/2014/03/hackers-hijack-300000-plus-wireless-routers-make-malicious-changes/
    Posted to Spyware Sucks (Weblog) by sandi on Tue, Mar 4 2014
    Filed under: Vulnerabilities, Security, safety and privacy on the Internet, viruses and exploits
  • Dear Google and Microsoft

    This alert appeared in Google Chrome today.  I have no idea why. Dear Google: how am I meant to know if this is a “real” Skype extension?  There’s no information about the provider/developer on that screen and if I close the dialogue because I don’t want to install something unexpected unless I know it is legit I lose the opportunity to install (there’s nothing in the Extensions window – even disabled – and the prompt to enable disappears from the Customize dropdown). Dear Microsoft: assuming
    Posted to Spyware Sucks (Weblog) by sandi on Sat, Feb 15 2014
    Filed under: Security, safety and privacy on the Internet, I ain't happy about this....., Technology
  • Scammy stuff on Facebook

    Yeah, I know…  the sender of the invites to this “event” swears up-n-down that they didn’t like the page, or send me or others an invite, and he can’t find anything in his apps that looks suspicious Here’s the “event”.  Within hours the invite count had reached 784,432. If you’re silly enough to go to leaked-snapshots.org, you will see a fake Facebook login page…
    Posted to Spyware Sucks (Weblog) by sandi on Thu, Jan 23 2014
    Filed under: Security, safety and privacy on the Internet, Vulnerabilities, viruses and exploits
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