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IT pros still see Mac as safest OS; Windows, Android seen more vulnerable

Some 28 percent of IT and IT security practitioners say Android is the operating system most vulnerable to a data breach or cyberattack while 23 percent cite Windows, according to a survey by Ponemon Institute. The least vulnerable is the Mac, which was picked by 7 percent of respondents. However, recent developments show Mac users have become targets for cyber attacks. This March, Palo Alto Networks resear...

How to Avoid Becoming a Victim of Ransomware – Part III

Before we proceed, here is a quick catch-up, in case you’ve missed the first two articles describing what ransomware is and how it works:  Part I and Part II. By now, it looks like there’s no escape from ransomware, especially since it also targets mobile devices, threatening to lock users out of their smartphones or tablets. Remember Koler? Unfortunately, encrypted communications between attackers and elus...

Puush accidentally infects Windows users with password-stealing malware

Puush describes itself as a "quick and simple way to share screenshots". Unfortunately, it also seems to be a quick and simple way to infect your Windows computer with malware, that might steal your passwords. That's not, of course, by design - but the result of what appears to be the accidental distribution of a malware-infected update pushed out to Windows users. Bitdefender user Graham Barker was one of...

Windows Secure Channel Fixed on Patch Tuesday

A critical flaw (CVE-2014-6321) from Secure Channel (Schannel) Windows component that allowed attackers to execute code remotely has been patched on this November's Patch Tuesday, according to Microsoft. Schannel component implements the TLS and SSL authentication protocols for encrypted communications between server and client. "A remote code execution vulnerability exists in the Secure Channel (Schannel)...

Zero-Day Remote Code Execution Flaw Disclosed by Microsoft; Workarounds Issued

Microsoft has disclosed on Tuesday in a Security Advisory a Windows OLE zero-day remote code execution (RCE) vulnerability  in PowerPoint and released a quick fix. The vulnerability impacts all Windows versions, except Windows Server 2003 and it is currently being exploited via malicious Office files that contain OLE (Object Linking and Embedding) objects. "The vulnerability could allow remote code executio...

ComputerCOP: The most dangerous way to spy on your kids’ online activity?

It's perfectly understandable that many parents are concerned about what their children might be doing on the internet. Are they the victims of cyberbullying? Discussing drugs or joining criminal gangs? Visiting adult websites? Being groomed by paedophiles or sharing inappropriate photographs online? The list goes on... But one thing you need to be very careful about is what technology - if any - you use to...

Some Windows 7 PCs bricked by Microsoft after faulty Patch Tuesday update

Has your Windows computer been stuck in an endless Blue Screen of Death hell since last week? Chances are it may be connected to the Patch Tuesday updates that Microsoft issued last week. As ComputerWorld reports, a lengthy thread on Microsoft's support forums reveal that many users have been hit by a so-called "Blue Screen of Death" (BSOD) 0x50 Stop error message. The dodgy update which appears to have cau...

Computer cops strike at the heart of Shylock malware

Computer crime fighters have today announced that they have seized essential infrastructure used by the highly advanced Shylock banking malware, effectively neutralising an attack which has already infected at least 30,000 Windows computers. Shylock, which gains its name because its code includes random excerpts from "The Merchant of Venice", has been used by its criminal overlords to raid the online bank a...

Microsoft Issues Security Updates for Critical Vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer and Windows Journal

Microsoft issued new update packages to patch critical vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer and Windows Journal, according to Microsoft's July Security Bulletin. Two updates have been rated  `critical,’ three as `important’ and one `moderate,’ by the company, which addressed 29 vulnerabilities in six update packages, from MS14-037 to MS14-042. Photo credit: Microsoft’s Blog "The ongoing diligent work from o...

Top 3 PC User Peeves: System Slowdown, Sluggish Startup and Browser Lag

PC slowdowns, lengthy startups and sluggish browsing are the most common peeves of computer users, according to antivirus software provider Bitdefender. To pinpoint the causes of common gripes, the security company outlined the top 10 technical problems that users face with their computers. Most users complain their PCs are aging and can no longer cope with newly installed software because of poor processor...

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