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June 5, 2014  6:37 PM

Microsoft calls government snooping “advanced persistent threat”

Ken Harthun Ken Harthun Profile: Ken Harthun
Data integrity, Data privacy, Encryption, Information security, Transparency

Yes, just like malware. Well, isn't it a malevolent government act to spy--without cause--on its citizens? In a December 2013 blog post, Microsoft...

June 3, 2014  2:44 PM

You can help in the Gameover Zeus & Cryptolocker takedown

Ken Harthun Ken Harthun Profile: Ken Harthun
CryptoLocker, Cybercrime, cybercriminals, DOJ, FBI, Security, Sophos, Zeus trojan

Your help is needed in a massive law enforcement effort to take down the Gameover Zeus (GOZ) and Cryptolocker botnets. The Department of Justice (DoJ) has...


May 29, 2014  1:02 PM

Is TrueCrypt really dead?

Ken Harthun Ken Harthun Profile: Ken Harthun
Disk Encryption, Microsoft BitLocker encryption, Security, TrueCrypt

Because of the abrupt announcement at truecrypt.sourceforge.net, no one is completely sure yet whether or not the venerable staple of file and disk encryption is really finished for good. Here's the notice posted there:

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May 27, 2014  5:19 PM

eBay STILL hasn’t notified me to change my password

Ken Harthun Ken Harthun Profile: Ken Harthun
data security breach, Ebay, Password, Security

I posted 5 days ago (5/22/14) about the eBay security breach. I STILL haven't received an email from them about it. This is absolutely unacceptable.

Apparently, some people have gotten emails, like


May 22, 2014  9:05 PM

Highly effective security: Use a pre-boot password

Ken Harthun Ken Harthun Profile: Ken Harthun
best practices, BIOS password, Pre-boot authentication, Security, UEFI

If hackers can't boot your PC, it makes the task of stealing your files that much more difficult. Using a pre-boot password is a highly effective security precaution. In the latest issue of


May 22, 2014  8:21 PM

eBay passwords breached: Change your password now

Ken Harthun Ken Harthun Profile: Ken Harthun
Data breach, Ebay, Paypal, Security, Two factor authentication

If you have an account on eBay, be sure to change your password now. eBay has confirmed that they suffered a breach that revealed non-financial user data. From the ebay inc blog:

eBay Inc. (Nasdaq: EBAY) said...


May 22, 2014  8:04 PM

Get rid of Adobe Shockwave Player now

Ken Harthun Ken Harthun Profile: Ken Harthun
adobe reader, Adobe Shockwave Player, Foxit Reader, Security, Shockwave Flash, Shockwave Player security

I have been disaffected with Adobe for a long time. Though they have excellent programs like Photoshop and now Creative Cloud suite, Their security has been dismal and Acrobat Reader is probably the worst piece of bloatware to ever hit a computer. I got rid of Shockwave Player last year because of...


May 19, 2014  7:52 PM

Introducing 10 highly effective security habits

Ken Harthun Ken Harthun Profile: Ken Harthun
Disk Encryption, Mobile device security, Security best practices, Security policy, Social media security, Wifi security

We all have our preferred security habits (at least, I hope so!) Some of them are for our own comfort and some of them are actually highly effective. In my next few posts, I am going to discuss the ones I consider are most effective. I plan to outline the pros and cons of full drive encryption,...


April 28, 2014  5:23 PM

Stop using Internet Explorer – for now

Ken Harthun Ken Harthun Profile: Ken Harthun
Security

Stop using Internet Explorer and switch to an alternative browser immediately. Microsoft just announced a zero-day vulnerability in Internet Explorer that is being actively exploited in targeted attacks; they have not yet issued a fix. All versions of IE are affected. According to


August 25, 2010  1:18 AM

Skype Phishing Attempts and Account Hacking – Part 2

Ken Harthun Ken Harthun Profile: Ken Harthun
Security

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