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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 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 12, 2009  12:39 AM

Patch Tuesday – 19 Windows Security Flaws Fixed



Posted by: Ken Harthun
Critical update, Exploits, Patch management, Patch Tuesday, Security, Security management, Vulnerabilities

It’s that day of the month again and this time Microsoft has patched 19 security holes, 15 of which have a “critical” rating. The good news is that none of the vulnerabilities affect Windows 7. As usual, a bunch of the flaws stem from ActiveX controls, probably the worst thing...


August 8, 2009  1:15 PM

Tsk, Tsk! Weak Passwords Allow Congressional Web Site Defacements



Posted by: Ken Harthun
Cyber-vandal, Exploits, Hacking, Password, Security, Security management, SQL Injection, Vulnerabilities

This is simply idiocy—or gross negligence—of the highest degree. In the last week, more than a dozen US Representatives’ websites were defaced by hackers who posted digital graffiti on the home pages. The graffiti read, “H4ck3d by 3n_byt3 @ Indonesia H4ck3rs” (see screen shot). There was...


July 29, 2009  9:08 PM

I’ll Say it Again—Turn Off the Remote Web Management Interface!



Posted by: Ken Harthun
Embedded systems, Exploits, Firewalls, Hacking, insecure, Remote Code Execution, Security, Security management, Storage, Vulnerabilities

I don’t know how many times I’ve told people that the embedded management interface on most devices is a security breach waiting to happen. I just got wind of some news, but can’t seem to find anything more than this mention. As soon as I dig up some details, I’ll let you know. This...


July 17, 2009  2:32 PM

Panda’s CloudAntivirus Update



Posted by: Ken Harthun
Anti-malware, Anti-virus, Fun stuff, Secure Computing, Security, Security management

When I turned on my laptop this morning, I was greeted with a red X on the Panda icon in my system tray. When I clicked on it, the program informed me that my beta version would expire in 10 days and I should download the latest release. I was ready for a sales pitch; I’m happy to say there...


May 29, 2009  1:59 AM

ID Analytics Service Validates Identity Exposure Index



Posted by: Ken Harthun
Cybercrime, Identity Exposure Index, Identity Theft, Security, Security management

A new, free service offered by ID Analytics, www.myidscore.com, validates my Identity Exposure Index concept I proposed last month (What’s Your Identity...

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May 6, 2009  12:41 AM

Free Mini-courses from SANS



Posted by: Ken Harthun
Hacking, Security, Security management, Training and Certification

Without a doubt, SANS offers some of the best and most trusted computer security training and certifications. Today, I was thrilled to find that they’re currently offering four free mini-courses. I already completed the Windows Intrusion Discovery course and started on Cyber...


April 30, 2009  8:01 PM

What’s Your Identity Exposure Index?



Posted by: Ken Harthun
Identity Exposure Index, Identity Theft, Security management

Quick: On a scale of 0 to 5 (0 being nearly invisible, 5 being at risk), how much of your identity is exposed on the Internet? If you're wondering, there are some tests you can try that will give you a good idea of you Identity Exposure index (iEi). Here are the tests I performed and some...


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