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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.

Having the GCHQ spy on you is one thing, but ewwww.

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.

Posted by Matthew Carrick at 12:20.19 PM EST | Permanent Link

| Categories: Adware/Spyware, Google Chrome, Malware

Thursday, September 08, 2011

You're all a bunch of thieving crooks.

A report from the Business Software Alliance (BSA) appears to show that most people have illegal or pirated software on their PC's. A Google news search gives you a good overview.

Tsk-tsk-tsk - you people should be ashamed.

Be aware that you will eventually be plagued with a piece of software containing a virus, spyware, malware, trojan or some other evil bit.

Try using open source software or look into searching for well written applications whose cost is rarely above $50.00 and generally provide years of free updates. Sweet.

Posted by Matthew Carrick at 2:24.16 PM EDT | Permanent Link
Comment by The Penguin - Saturday 26th November 2011 12:44:35 PM

Thieving crooks? Thieving crooks?! THIEVING CROOKS?!?!?!

| Categories: Adware/Spyware, Alternative Apps, Best Practices, Headlines, Openoffice.org, Open Source, Privacy Issues, Security Alerts, Viruses-Trojans-Worms

You're all a bunch of thieving crooks.

A report from the Business Software Alliance (BSA) appears to show that most people have illegal or pirated on their PC's. A Google news search gives you a good overview.

Tsk-tsk-tsk - you people should be ashamed.

Be aware that you will eventually be plagued with a piece of software containing a virus, spyware, malware, trojan or some...

Thursday, December 23, 2010

IE Exploit for Xmas!

Microsoft's Internet Explorer is the target of a new zero day attack.
Best Practice? If you're using IE, stop.
If you must use IE then perhaps Sandbox it with Sandboxie.
Why not try Firefox (with the awesome No-Script Add-on) or Opera instead?
Safer, Better and hip . . . like the kids say.
Posted by Matthew Carrick at 10:26.44 PM EST | Permanent Link
Comment by Matthew - Wednesday 05th January 2011 08:29:54 PM

Bill has posted a 'Fix it' for this annoyance here: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2490606

| Categories: Adware/Spyware, Best Practices, Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Opera, Privacy Issues, Security Alerts, Viruses-Trojans-Worms

Thursday, May 06, 2010

Facebook f**k up

Oops. Facebook's new Open Graph API is leaking sez PC World. It's security breaches such as these that will cause problems because of the interrelationship between so many disparate applications and the general mass of users who never check settings. If people don't start taking security seriously before a problem develops the cost and effort to fix the problem could be very high indeed.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Twitter Awareness

The recent cross-scripting attack on the newest buzzword universe called Twitter is merely another bump on the rocky road through Interpipe 2.0

These XSS attacks are the bane of Web 2.0 and will cause disasters for individuals who refuse to become aware of their online surroundings. Compound this with users who remain clueless about what is running on their PC's and you have a large impediment in the push through to Web 3.0 applications.

Now add smartphones and netbooks to the mix ;(

For a fine write up on the Twitter XSS attack see: http://twittercism.com/protect-yourself-on-twitter/

Be sure to check out the fine tip from Twittercism about XSS busting using Firefox browser with the Add-on NoScript with screencaps from Better Safe Than Sorry here.

Posted by Matthew Carrick at 12:07.44 PM EDT | Permanent Link
Edited on: Tuesday, April 14, 2009 12:07.58 PM EDT

| Categories: Adware/Spyware, Best Practices, Firefox Extensions, Mobile, Mozilla Firefox, Online Apps, Security Alerts, Viruses-Trojans-Worms

Monday, January 19, 2009

Downadup Worm Awareness

The nasty worm dubbed Downadup.AL is reaching out and touching many people. F-Secure has a (beta) application to check your Windows system for infection - it's here: ftp://ftp.f-secure.com/anti-virus/tools/beta/f-downadup.zip. If you use Firefox browser (and why wouldn't you?) using the Add-on No-Script is a wise move to prevent this and other nasties from gaining a foothold into your system. Of course, running a software firewall, hardware router and and Anti-virus application is your best bet to remaining free of doom.
Posted by Matthew Carrick at 10:59.19 AM EST | Permanent Link

| Categories: Adware/Spyware, Security Alerts, Viruses-Trojans-Worms

Sunday, September 07, 2008

Facebook Botnet Proof of Concept

An application was recently created for Facebook called ‘’Photo of the Day‘’ that displayed a new photo from National Geographic every day. What users were unaware of was that the app turned their PC into part of a botnet that launched a denial-of-service attack on a targeted server. The server was one owned by the creators so no one was harmed but as a concept its frightening.

These co-opted PC's could be used to spread malware, trojans, etc. and are a direct threat the many social nnetworking sites that are now all the rage.

So, always assume that any software, even those online, could be compromised. One of the best ways to protect yourself is to use Firefox browser with the No-script add-on. This would likely have informed users that something weird was up.

Posted by Matthew Carrick at 10:32.01 AM EDT | Permanent Link

| Categories: Adware/Spyware, Concepts, Online Apps

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Evil Hewlett-Packard support application

If you use an HP computer chances are it has a pre-installed customer support application that has been found to contain multiple security vulnerabilities. The software is designed to make it simple for users to automatically update HP drivers and software. However, flaws in ActiveX components within the HP Instant Support allow drive-by download attacks in cases where users unwittingly visit insecure websites.

HP Instant Support HPISDataManager.dll version 1.0.0.22 and earlier are affected. Users should upgrade to version 1.0.0.24.

To install the upgrade HP users should visit "http://www.hp.com/go/ispe" and choose “launch an online diagnostic session".

Posted by Matthew Carrick at 12:06.02 PM EDT | Permanent Link

| Categories: Adware/Spyware, Security Alerts, Viruses-Trojans-Worms