security

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  1. allheart55 (Cindy E)

    Yahoo breach: I’ve closed my account because it used MD5 to hash my password

    This morning I received an email from Yahoo entitled “Important Security Information for Yahoo Users”. Five minutes later I’d closed my account. The email was Yahoo’s admission that I was one of 1bn victims in a data breach of staggering proportions. It wasn’t that this could be the biggest...
  2. allheart55 (Cindy E)

    Hacker busted after laundering money using his own email and IP address

    We've seen a lot of cunning hackers exploit weak or dumb security measures to compromise users' information. One unidentified hacker did just that in June, for instance, by using a fake passport against an unthinking Facebook customer support representative. But just because you're a hacker...
  3. allheart55 (Cindy E)

    Google just disclosed a major Windows bug — and Microsoft isn’t happy

    Today, Google’s Threat Analysis group disclosed a critical vulnerability in Windows in a public post on the company’s security blog. The bug itself is very specific — allowing attackers to escape from security sandboxes through a flaw in the win32k system — but it’s serious enough to be...
  4. allheart55 (Cindy E)

    PayPal's 2FA proves too easy to bypass

    Mobile security consultant Henry Hoggard uncovered a worrying failure in how PayPal had implemented its two-factor authentication (2FA) feature: Recently I was in a hotel needing to make a payment, there was no phone signal so I could not receive my Two Factor Auth token. Luckily for me...
  5. allheart55 (Cindy E)

    ‘Security fatigue’ leading computer users to more or less just give up

    Do you use the same password for multiple sites? Do your eyes glaze over after sites like LinkedIn or Yahoo get massively hacked and, like clockwork, the security wonks come wagging their fingers at you for reusing your passwords? Do you shrug and say “Hey, it’s not my job to keep those sites...
  6. allheart55 (Cindy E)

    Yahoo could have reset all user passwords two years ago, but chose not to

    The New York Times has published a story quoting unnamed Yahoo insiders, and it doesn't paint a pretty picture of the firm's security priorities. There's lot to ponder in the article, but one thing that sprung out to me was a section which described how CEO Marissa Mayer clashed with Yahoo CISO...
  7. allheart55 (Cindy E)

    How an attacker could exploit Windows Safe Mode to steal users' passwords

    Safe Mode is a great feature for Windows computers in that it allows a user to resolve issues they might not ordinarily be able to address in Normal Mode. That's because Safe Mode runs only software that is critical to the proper functioning of the Windows operating system. But safety isn't...
  8. allheart55 (Cindy E)

    Credit Card Numbers Aren’t Worth Much Now, So Hackers Want Your Mobile Banking Info

    If you’re worried about the security of mobile banking, you’re not alone. Mobile banking apps use a wide array of complicated passwords, biometric tools (like thumbprint or facial scanning), and two-factor authentication to make sure you’re you before “you” try to mess with your money. But...
  9. allheart55 (Cindy E)

    Microsoft has a new system that alerts you when you're hacked

    Antivirus tools are the aircraft flotation devices of PCs: They give you a false sense of security. Despite efforts by security companies to thwart cyber attacks, hackers keep finding new ways into unsuspecting people's computers and systems. That's why Microsoft is adding a new feature to...
  10. allheart55 (Cindy E)

    BleepingComputer under free speech attack as SpyHunter makers sue over bad review

    BleepingComputer is a valuable asset to the Internet, in my opinion, as it is often one of the first sites to warn of newly reported ransomware; volunteer security professionals also regularly provide answers to any number of other computer questions. Yet BleepingComputer is seriously under fire...
  11. allheart55 (Cindy E)

    You will upgrade to Windows 10: Inside Microsoft's strong-arm upgrade tactics

    Windows 10’s deep stash of carrots lured a record-breaking numbers of users to the operating system when it launched. But now that adoption’s slowing down, Microsoft’s breaking out the sticks in its quest to shift 1 billion users to Windows 10 by July 2018. Microsoft wielded the latest stick...
  12. allheart55 (Cindy E)

    Microsoft now taking on Man in the Middle ad injection and browser hijacking

    I once worked helpdesk tech support for a security software company and my main job was to assist customers in dealing with malware/adware infections on their systems. Some of those sessions required that I remote connect to the customers desktop in order to help begin clearing things up but...
  13. allheart55 (Cindy E)

    Two Dell laptop models are shipping with a Superfish-style certificate hack

    Dell users may have a serious security problem on their hands, thanks to an unorthodox SSL certificate that comes pre-installed on a number of the company's laptops. The certificate is called eDellRoot, first discovered by a programmer named Joe Nord, and because of Dell's pre-installed...
  14. allheart55 (Cindy E)

    Windows 10 automatic updates: Get over it!

    The number one complaint people have about Windows 10 is that it forces patches down their throat. Good! There are too many security dolts using Windows who are making the net unsafe for all of us. The Internet needs a warning sign that reads, "You must be at least this smart to use the net."...
  15. allheart55 (Cindy E)

    How the Windows 10 Upgrade Will Handle 3rd Party Antivirus

    If you're using an antivirus package not supplied by Microsoft, but one from a different provider (popular examples: Norton, Kaspersky, McAfee, Panda, AVG), you might wonder if Microsoft might try to replace your preferred security product with its own (Windows Defender) during the Windows 10...
  16. shortordercook

    Hackers trigger panic, missteps when advisers fail to plan

    Financial advisory firms are so busy trying to prevent computer hacking that they sometimes neglect an equally vital issue: what to do when hackers succeed. http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/03/13/us-financial-finra-cybersecurity-idUSKBN0M91TR20150313
  17. allheart55 (Cindy E)

    Microsoft Pulls Its August Windows Update After Users Report Crashes

    Microsoft has pulled its August Update for Windows after users reported crashes and issues restarting their systems. The company is currently recommending users uninstall the update. Microsoft said that it discovered issues relating to four individual updates associated with the August Update...