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Wednesday, January 06, 2016

Internet Explorer Support Ends 12 Jan 2016

Should you still be using Microsoft Internet Explorer as your default browser you have less then one week to find a new one such as Firefox, Chrome or Opera.

Posted by Matthew Carrick at 9:08.47 PM EST | Permanent Link
| Categories: Best Practices, Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Opera

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Heartbleed woes

The 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.

Posted by Matthew Carrick at 12:42.29 PM EDT | Permanent Link
Edited on: Saturday, April 12, 2014 1:16.37 PM EDT
| Categories: Best Practices, Open Source, Privacy Issues, Security Alerts

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 19, 2013

Internet Explorer Zero-day Exploit

Microsoft 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.

Whatever.

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:

https://krebsonsecurity.com/2013/09/researchers-oracles-java-security-fails/ 

Posted by Matthew Carrick at 9:29.30 AM EDT | Permanent Link
| Categories: Java, Privacy Issues, Security Alerts

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

IFTTT -> Twitter

IFTTT is wonderful idea. It stands for: IF THIS THEN THAT. So, IF I post an RSS feed THEN THAT (in this case, Twitter) will tweet the feed. Cool!

Posted by Matthew Carrick at 2:01.04 PM EDT | Permanent Link
Edited on: Wednesday, June 26, 2013 10:29.09 PM EDT
| Categories: Alternative Apps, Online Apps, Open Source

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Internet Explorer 8 Zero-day Exploit

Microsoft has released a "Fix-it" (because calling it a "patch" sounds icky?) 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.

Whatever.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

1234

An anonymous individual has taken the time to run a limited test to see how many devices (routers, printers, PC's, laptops, etc.) connected to the Internet are still set with their default password. The answer? Too many! The Abstract is here. So, always always change the default username and password for every device you own. It should be a minimum of eight characters that includes upper case, lower case and symbols. Finally, no matter how nice it is to use your cats name or your middle name . . . don't! No username or password should be related to you in any way as this makes cracking them far easier.

Posted by Matthew Carrick at 10:34.40 AM EDT | Permanent Link
Edited on: Thursday, March 21, 2013 11:27.08 AM EDT
| Categories: Best Practices, Headlines, Security Alerts

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Gutenberg.org Integrates Dropbox

Project Gutenberg has added support for Dropbox. Now you can click an icon while visiting Gutenberg and the e-book will automagically appear in the Dropbox folder under /Apps. If you read your e-books in a variety of places (PC, laptop, tablet, smartphone or dedicated e-book reader) this can make your e-library another cloud syncing wonder.

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