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February 24, 2009  3:37 AM

Scareware – Yes, People Do Fall for the Ruse



Posted by: Ken Harthun
Anti-malware, Anti-virus, Malicious Software Removal Tool, Malware, Scam, Security, Social Engineering, Virus

What happens when people fall for the scareware ruse and actually install the stuff? Oddly enough, they may not even know they’ve been duped. Their systems may run a little slower, but they may be fooled into thinking they’re now being protected by the malware they’ve installed. What...

February 18, 2009  5:05 PM

Scareware–Using Fear & Deception to Dupe Consumers



Posted by: Ken Harthun
Anti-malware, Anti-virus, Cybercrime, Malware, Scam, Security, Virus

You're checking out your favorite web sites when out of the blue a scary message appears on your desktop, which may look like the picture below, or it may just be a box that says "Warning! Spyware detected on your computer!"


February 14, 2009  3:54 PM

There is no "Super Secure" Browser



Posted by: Ken Harthun
Browsers, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Malware, Microsoft Windows, Opera, Secure Computing, Vulnerabilities, Zero-day vulnerability

Security is a complicated process, leaving many to desire a magic bullet. Unfortunately, there isn't one. No matter how much security developers build into software, the behavior of the person seated in the chair will always be the weak link. Truth be told, all of the major browsers are safer than...


February 11, 2009  10:30 PM

Software for Secure Computing: Easy Email & File Security with AxCrypt



Posted by: Ken Harthun
Email security, Encryption, Secure Computing, Security

Most of the email we send and receive from our co-workers, family, and businesses contains little that requires any degree of confidentiality. The same goes for most of the files we have stored on our hard drives and thumb drives. Occasionally, however, we need to pass on or store some information...


February 10, 2009  3:02 AM

OpenDNS Service to Track and Block Conficker Worm



Posted by: Ken Harthun
Anti-malware, Conficker, Cybercrime, Malware, OpenDNS, Security, Worm

With some estimates placing the number of computers infected by the Conficker worm at 10 million or more, Conficker has the potential to become one of the biggest botnets ever. Given that many system administrators probably don't...


February 3, 2009  3:19 AM

Are Windows PCs Threatened by Malware Harbored on Mac & Linux OS’s?



Posted by: Ken Harthun
Anti-virus, Linux, Microsoft Windows, Networking, Security, Security management, Virus

Can Mac and Linux boxes harbor malware that does not affect them, but could affect Windows PCs?  Absolutely. It can and does happen. The Sophos white paper, “Protecting Mac and Linux computers: genuine need or...

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January 31, 2009  3:58 PM

Five Essential Steps to Secure Your Home PCs & Network



Posted by: Ken Harthun
Microsoft Windows, NAT, Networking, Routers, Secure Computing, Security, Security management

When we buy an appliance, we expect to be able to take it home, take a brief glance at the instructions for setting it up, plug it in and go. For most things, this expectation is fulfilled, even, unfortunately, for the home PC. In fact, once you get a few things plugged into the back of it all you...


January 30, 2009  4:23 AM

“Victim” of Cybercrime Found Searching for Illegal Porn



Posted by: Ken Harthun
Anti-malware, Cybercrime, Malware, Trojan

Talk about irony. You get infected by a cybercriminal's illegal bot (Ozdok/Mega-D in this case) which takes a screen shot that shows you searching for illegal underage porn; then, security researchers get hold of some screen shots from the bot's command and control (C&C) server; while going...


January 28, 2009  1:47 AM

Using the Malicious Software Removal Tool (MSRT) from the Command Line



Posted by: Ken Harthun
Anti-malware, Anti-virus, Malicious Software Removal Tool, Microsoft, Security

In my September 13, 2008 post, "Software for Secure Computing: Microsoft...

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January 23, 2009  2:15 AM

Will They Ever Learn to Patch?



Posted by: Ken Harthun
Malware, Opinion, Patch management, Security, Security bulletin, Zero-day vulnerability

The latest mass infection to hit the Internet is the Win32/Conficker/Downadup Worm, estimated to have already infected between 500,000 and 8.9 million PCs, depending on whose numbers you believe. This is astounding, considering that the worm exploits a vulnerability in Windows that Microsoft


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