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April 30, 2013  12:57 PM

Same password for every site. Will they ever learn?



Posted by: Ken Harthun
Password, Secure Computing, Security, Security best practice

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April 29, 2013  7:49 PM

Log out and shut down!



Posted by: Ken Harthun
Secure Computing, Security, Security best practice

Are you one of those people who leave their computers logged into everything all the time? If not, then good for you, but I bet you know someone who does. It's a bad idea. Even if you run with a limited user account, you're at risk. An XKCD cartoon does a fine job of illustrating.


March 30, 2013  3:01 PM

Spamhaus target of massive DDoS attack



Posted by: Ken Harthun
DDoS, Denial of Service, DNS amplification, DNS reflection, Secure Computing, Security

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March 3, 2013  1:46 PM

Evernote hacked



Posted by: Ken Harthun
Password, Secure Computing, Security, Security best practice, Security management

Evernote, the popular note taking program whose goal is "to help the world remember everything, communicate effectively and get things done," has had their website hacked and is forcing all users to reset their passwords:

Security Notice: Service-wide Password...


February 26, 2013  12:25 AM

Could you pass this LAN Engineer test?



Posted by: Ken Harthun
Internet, Networking, Remote management, Routers, Secure Computing, Security

Back in July, 2009, when I found myself looking for a new gig, one of the firms I contacted gave me written test as part of their recruiting and interview process.  Part of that test included a hacking skills challenge (something I have included here in quite a while). I thought you, dear reader,...


January 31, 2013  1:26 AM

Video: How to explain phishing to your Grandma



Posted by: Ken Harthun
Malware, Secure Computing, Security

Catchy title, but the video really doesn't explain. The Sophos Threatsaurus, however, does a wonderful job of explaining all kinds of malware to everyone. I have a copy and keep it handy on my desk. I suggest you do, too. It's still a catchy video, especially for those who love British...


January 20, 2013  5:08 PM

Simple password tip to create unguessable passwords



Posted by: Ken Harthun
Password, Secure Computing, Security, Security best practice

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January 15, 2013  1:14 AM

Renegade executives can wreck security



Posted by: Ken Harthun
Secure Computing, Security, Security best practice, Security management

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December 31, 2012  11:40 PM

Ten New Year security resolutions



Posted by: Ken Harthun
Encryption, Password, Secure Computing, Security, Security best practice, Security management

We all do it at this time of the year: We make resolutions to do things better in the New Year. And why not? It's a great thing to do, starting with fresh goals and a resolve to do better. Here are some ideas for you choose from with a security twist:

  • I will change my critical...


November 30, 2012  3:02 PM

Microsoft Security Essentials loses AV-TEST certification



Posted by: Ken Harthun
Malware, Secure Computing, Security

A colleague sent me a link to this article in The Register: Microsoft Security Essentials loses AV-TEST certification. Here is my emailed response:

Well, yeah, but...


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