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August, 2009


August 31, 2009  10:40 PM

Have You Noticed? Phishing Attacks Are Down



Posted by: Ken Harthun
insecure, Malware, Phishing, Secure Computing, Security, Social Engineering, Trojan

It’s just not in fashion anymore; phishing attacks are ‘way down, falling out of favor with cybercriminals who now prefer malicious websites and password-stealing Trojan horse programs.

IBM's security research and development division, X-Force, recently issued a report that found...

August 31, 2009  2:05 AM

14 Golden Rules of Computer Security



Posted by: Ken Harthun
Opinion, Secure Computing, Security, Security management, Security maxim, Security tools

In celebration of (almost) being close to releasing my first eBook to the general public, I’m releasing the list of the 14 Golden Rules of Computer Security in hopes that any last minute errors will be spotted by my peers here at IT Knowledge Exchange. Here’s the list:

#1: The best...


August 28, 2009  2:39 AM

Twitter Security: TwitBlock Blocks the Spammers



Posted by: Ken Harthun
Fraud, Phishing, Scam, Secure Computing, Security, Security management, Social Engineering, Twitter

Besides being a security Geek, I’m also an Internet marketer (no, not the bad kind—the good kind—I actually try to help people with what I sell). Twitter, at first blush, appears to be a great way to get your message out; it probably is, if done right, but it’s also easily abused. Yes,...


August 26, 2009  8:54 PM

Convert Any Live CD to a Bootable Thumb Drive in Minutes



Posted by: Ken Harthun
Anti-malware, Anti-virus, Live CD, Security, Security tools, Utilities

A visitor to my Ask the Geek site told me about a great little utility, UNetbootin for Windows and Linux that allows you to create bootable Live USB drives for a variety of Linux distributions...


August 24, 2009  2:18 AM

I Use LastPass



Posted by: Ken Harthun
Browsers, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Password, password manager, Security, Security management

OMG! I just opened that box that Pandora gave me. I have often said that I don’t like password managers because I don’t consider them secure. That goes double for the password managers built into the browsers. I don’t like anything to reside directly on my system, so that leaves a remote...


August 24, 2009  1:40 AM

Un-guessable Passwords—How to Make Them



Posted by: Ken Harthun
Opinion, Password, Secure Computing, Security, Security management

The sheer number of passwords most of us have is a big problem. Even if we have hints written down, how do we know which one created the password for which login? It would appear as though we're back to writing them down or using a password manager. Don't worry, though. Here's how to create...


August 20, 2009  12:41 AM

Peter Piper Picked a Perfect Password Pattern



Posted by: Ken Harthun
Password, Secure Computing, Security, Security tools

A little Alliteration is good for writing effect every now and then; why not apply this to passwords? I don’t mean to write out an alliterative phrase and turn it into a password or passphrase (though you could, I guess); what I mean is to use a pattern that makes it easy for you to...


August 19, 2009  2:04 AM

Passwords, Again



Posted by: Ken Harthun
Hacking, Microsoft Windows, Password, Secure Computing, Security, Security maxim

The Sydney Morning Herald reports, “Hackers break into police computer as sting backfires:”

An Australian Federal...


August 16, 2009  9:51 PM

Is Linux Security as Bad as Microsoft Windows “Security?”



Posted by: Ken Harthun
Attack Surface, Critical update, insecure, Linux, Opinion, Security, Vulnerabilities

Linux proponents often gloat over the seeming lack of security vulnerabilities in the Linux kernel when compared to Microsoft Windows; Windows proponents counter saying that Linux is just enjoying “security through obscurity.” Seems the Windows people may be justified to some degree as...


August 14, 2009  7:18 PM

Gmail Vulnerability Points Up the Need for Strong Password Policy



Posted by: Ken Harthun
Email security, Exploits, Gmail, insecure, Password, Secure Computing, Security, Vulnerabilities

There’s a vulnerability affecting Gmail accounts that was recently announced by security researcher Vincente Aguilera Diaz. You can read the posting on the Full Disclosure security list which contains complete...


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