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September 16, 2009  6:38 PM

Hacking Skills Challenge-Level 3



Posted by: Ken Harthun
Ethical hacking, Hacking, Password, Security, Vulnerabilities

My most recent post, Hacker Skills Help Save a Client’s PC, is a real-life practical example of how honing (or developing) your hacking skills can help you better serve your clients. So...

September 16, 2009  6:03 PM

Hacking Skills Help Save a Client’s PC



Posted by: Ken Harthun
Ethical hacking, Hacking, Malware, Microsoft Windows, Scareware, Security

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September 12, 2009  12:55 PM

Hacking Skills Challenge-Level 2



Posted by: Ken Harthun
Ethical hacking, Hacking, Security

Did you figure out level 2 of the HackThisSite.org Basic Missions? Here’s the mission:

Network Security Sam set up a password protection script. He made it load the real password from an unencrypted text file and...


September 9, 2009  8:09 PM

President Obama’s Back-to-School Speech: My Advice



Posted by: Ken Harthun
IT careers, Opinion, President Obama, Security, Security management

Yesterday, Michael Morisy, ITKnowledgeExchange’s community editor, posted “President Obama’s back-to-school speech tells...

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September 8, 2009  11:37 PM

Patch Tuesday – Microsoft Fixes Eight Security Flaws



Posted by: Ken Harthun
Critical update, insecure, Microsoft Windows, Networking, Patch management, Patch Tuesday, Remote Code Execution, Security, Security bulletin, Vulnerabilities, Wireless security

All of them are critical, but not a single one of them affects Windows 7, scheduled for release on October 22.

The most dangerous flaw covered by this month’s batch of patches is a remote code execution vulnerability in the way that the JScript scripting engine decodes script in Web...


September 7, 2009  1:03 PM

Hacking Skills Challenge Level 1



Posted by: Ken Harthun
Ethical hacking, Fun stuff, Hacking, Password, Security

The other day, I proposed you test out your ethical hacking skills over at HackThisSite. If you didn’t see that post, take a look now: How Are...

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September 5, 2009  3:03 PM

Good PC Security Begins With a Baseline



Posted by: Ken Harthun
Anti-malware, Anti-virus, Browsers, Critical update, Firewalls, Malware, Microsoft Windows, NAT, Patch management, Routers, Security

I received some good feedback on my “14 Golden Rules of Computer Security” list, in particular, this comment from Michael: “…you encourage people to go through...


September 5, 2009  3:31 AM

How Are Your Hacking Skills?



Posted by: Ken Harthun
Ethical hacking, Hacking, Security

In playing the contract consultant game over the years, I’ve become accustomed to verbal and written skills assessment tests, but until recently, I’d never had anyone present a question like this: “Optional - Extra Credit - Create an account on


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...


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