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October 23, 2008  8:29 PM

Microsoft Releases Out-of-Band Security Bulletin MS08-067



Posted by: Ken Harthun
Critical update, Malware, Microsoft Windows, Remote Code Execution, Security, Security bulletin, Vulnerabilities

Microsoft just released a critical update for a "privately reported" vulnerability in the server service:

This security update resolves a privately reported vulnerability in the Server service. The...

September 28, 2008  4:39 PM

Clickjacking: The Latest Criminal Tactic



Posted by: Ken Harthun
Browsers, Clickjacking, Cybercrime, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Phishing, Security, Vulnerabilities

According to US-CERT's latest alert, "Multiple Web Browsers Affected by Clickjacking," there's a new cross-browser exploit technique called "Clickjacking." One


September 13, 2008  6:32 PM

Software for Secure Computing: Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool



Posted by: Ken Harthun
Anti-malware, Anti-virus, IRC bot, Malware, Microsoft Windows, Secure Computing, Security

It's funny how sometimes we take for granted things like Microsoft's Malicious Software Removal Tool (MSRT). That's probably because it doesn't do much to make its presence known. Every month, Microsoft offers MSRT (


August 21, 2008  1:50 AM

Software for Secure Computing: Keep Your Software up to Date



Posted by: Ken Harthun
Microsoft Windows, Secure Computing, Security, Security management, Vulnerabilities

Though you probably don't think of it as software, Microsoft Windows Update is a web-based application that's a vital part of your secure computing initiative. As recently as last month, I had to clean up a system that had been severely infected with malware. One of the steps in my cleanup process...


August 8, 2008  3:44 AM

Software for Secure Computing: Secure Browsers



Posted by: Ken Harthun
Browsers, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Windows, Secure Computing, Security

Two of the biggest mistakes Microsoft ever made were tying Internet Explorer into the Windows OS and ActiveX. Exploits took advantage of both and some of the nastiest malware ever written entered millions of PCs through these...


July 27, 2008  4:09 PM

Nine Steps to System Security – 2008



Posted by: Ken Harthun
Anti-malware, Anti-virus, Browsers, Email security, Firewalls, Malware, Microsoft Windows, NAT, Opinion, Phishing, Rootkit, Routers, Security, spam, Vulnerabilities

It isn’t getting any better on The Wild, Wild Web, despite state and federal government attempts to arrest and prosecute those responsible for electronically-perpetrated criminal acts. Spyware and malware of all kinds are increasingly more stealthy and difficult to remove thanks to


July 19, 2008  12:58 AM

Unpatched PC “0wn3d” in Four Minutes or 16 Hours; Which is it?



Posted by: Ken Harthun
Firewalls, Malware, Microsoft Windows, NAT, Networking, Routers, Security, Vulnerabilities

I just love stories like this one. On the one hand, Internet Storm Center researchers say an unpatched PC connected to the Internet will be compromised in less...


July 17, 2008  1:07 AM

Windows SteadyState Can Protect Your Family & Your Family Computer



Posted by: Ken Harthun
Anti-malware, Anti-virus, Browsers, Microsoft Windows, Security

A while back, I used the Microsoft Public Access Computer Security Tool, predecessor to Windows SteadyState, to secure a...


June 5, 2008  1:30 PM

Safari for Windows Flaw Quick Fix



Posted by: Ken Harthun
Apple, Browsers, Microsoft Windows, Remote Code Execution, Security, Vulnerabilities

Microsoft has issued Security Advisory 953818 advising Safari users to "restrict use of Safari as a web browser until an appropriate update is available from Microsoft and/or Apple." According to...


May 29, 2008  5:14 PM

Beware the Internet Criminals’ Latest Trick



Posted by: Ken Harthun
Browsers, Email security, Opinion, Phishing, Security, spam

Some spammers, phishers, and other Internet criminals have resorted to (mis)using the convenient service of tinyurl.com in order to disguise their web site addresses and entice you into clicking. Tinyurl.com takes those weird, long URLs and...


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