Wednesday, January 06, 2016
Internet Explorer Support Ends 12 Jan 2016
Saturday, April 12, 2014
Heartbleed woesThe Heartbleed programming bug has been (mostly) patched as of 07 April 2014. Now that the server end of the problem has been fixed it is up to you (the client) to examine the possibility that a number of sites may have exposed your passwords to evil doers.
A reasonably comprehensive list compiled by Mashable may be found here: http://mashable.com/2014/04/09/heartbleed-bug-websites-affected/. Check the list and change your passwords if required.
You may also want to take the time to change those passwords that you a) have not changed for over six months b) are duplicates of other sites since it is a very bad idea to use the same password on different sites c) are very weak (password1234 . . . hahahahahaha) or d) is composed of words or phrases found in dictionaries or books.
Tuesday, March 04, 2014
Cellophane tape is your friend
When not using your webcam unplug it from your computer. You can also slap a small square of cellophane tape over the camera lense on your laptop. Use a physical cover to mask your smartphones camera lense.
Monday, January 27, 2014
Must have Google Chrome Extension
It appears that certain Extensions for the Google Chrome browser have been bought by evil type hoodlams who have used the trusted Extension to foist adware, malware and tracking codes. on users.
This is a bad thing.
Using Google Chrome, go to the Chrome Web Store and install the (free) Extension Shield for Chrome.
This will offer a measure of protection for Chrome until the issue is addressed in a future version.
Thursday, September 19, 2013
Internet Explorer Zero-day ExploitMicrosoft has released a "Fix-it" for a zero-day flaw in its Internet Explorer 8 browser. This flaw is being addressed by Microsoft but until the next security updates are released this is your best bet to avoid being a victim.
Go here: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2847140 and scroll down to the Fix-it ENABLE icon - click on this icon, download and then double-click the the .msi file to install.
Although no reboot or other actions need be taken after the Fix-it is installed you should also download the Fix-it DISABLE file (right beside the original icon) and save the file - it is possible that before the next security update Microsoft will stongly suggest you remove the original Fix-it and this DISABLE file will do that.
You could also simply bookmark the page and download the file when needed.
Thursday, September 05, 2013
Don't Believe Everything You Read
A good overview by Brian Krebs on why Java continues to be a serious security risk: