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Friday: September 25, 2009

Microsoft would like you to know Google Chrome Frame plugin not all that secure.Microsoft would like you to know Google Chrome Frame plugin not all that secure.

Also, please disregard those news articles from yesterday claiming the plugin makes Internet Explorer ten times faster. That's just crazy talk.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Security @ 7:57 AM | Tags (7) | microsoft | chrome | plugin | security | google | ie | explorer |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 10 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Monday: September 14, 2009

A list of top ten tactics for protecting your stuff.A list of top ten tactics for protecting your stuff.

Note to self: add more cute baby photos to wallet in the near future (see 7th tactic).

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Security @ 8:00 AM | Tags (6) | lifehacker | tactics | protection | stuff | tricks | tips |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 42 Clicks | Posted by Vin


FTC orders Sears and Kmart to stop unathorized spyware activities.FTC orders Sears and Kmart to stop unathorized spyware activities.

...Sears and its data collection partner would have access to the 'contents of shopping carts, online bank statements, drug prescription records, video rental records, library borrowing histories, and the sender, recipient, subject, and size for web-based e-mails,' said the FTC.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Security @ 7:44 AM | Tags (6) | sears | kmart | spyware | security | tracking | research |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 9 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Friday: September 4, 2009

A list of the top ten computer worms and viruses for your sickly pleasure.A list of the top ten computer worms and viruses for your sickly pleasure.

The Da Vinci virus curiously not on this list. Someone must have gotten a hold of that garbage file again.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Security @ 7:52 AM | Tags (4) | worms | viruses | security | hackers |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 34 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Friday: August 28, 2009

FYI, burglars are targeting victims using their Facebook and Twitter accounts.FYI, burglars are targeting victims using their Facebook and Twitter accounts.

'I call it 'Internet shopping for burglars.' It is incredibly easy to use social networking sites to target people, and then scope out more information on their actual home ... all from the comfort of the sofa,' said Fraser in a statement.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Security @ 7:37 AM | Tags (6) | security | twitter | facebook | burglars | targets | robberies |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 20 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Thursday: August 27, 2009

Your wi-fi encryption key can be cracked in under a minute thanks to latest threat.Your wi-fi encryption key can be cracked in under a minute thanks to latest threat.

The encryption systems used by wireless routers have a long history of security problems. The Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP) system, introduced in 1997, was cracked just a few years later and is now considered to be completely insecure by security experts.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Security @ 7:21 AM | Tags (6) | attack | decryption | encryption | security | threat | wifi |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 33 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Wednesday: August 26, 2009

New wave of SQL injection attacks carrying venemous JavaScript along for the ride.New wave of SQL injection attacks carrying venemous JavaScript along for the ride.

Once infected, the sites deliver <IFRAME> code to their users that starts the download of executable binary code, and apparently even launches that code.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Security @ 9:59 PM | Tags (6) | security | sql | injection | javascript | malicious | vulnerablility |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 5 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Tuesday: August 25, 2009

Wikipedia decides to put some security checks in place for edits on living people.Wikipedia decides to put some security checks in place for edits on living people.

It's intended to provide some additional 'protection' and to 'prevent vandals' from messing with living-person articles, Walsh said. Until approved by the volunteer editor, any changes to such articles will sit invisible to the public on Wikipedia's servers.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Security @ 9:03 AM | Tags (6) | security | safeguards | wikipedia | edits | living | articles |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 5 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Tuesday: August 18, 2009

Man charged with largest case of credit card theft ever in the United States.Man charged with largest case of credit card theft ever in the United States.

Federal prosecutors on Monday charged a Miami man with the largest case of credit and debit card data theft ever in the United States, accusing the one-time government informant of swiping 130 million accounts on top of 40 million he stole previously.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Security @ 7:51 AM | Tags (4) | theft | creditcards | identity | security |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 11 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Monday: August 17, 2009

Eight dirty secrets of the IT security industry.Eight dirty secrets of the IT security industry.

A good read for my fellow not-so-dirty IT folk out there.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Security @ 5:09 PM | Tags (7) | antivirus | industry | it | protection | secrets | security | vendors |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 55 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Thursday: August 13, 2009

A complete guide to Facebook's new privacy features just for you.A complete guide to Facebook's new privacy features just for you.

Quite handy for those who don't know anything about setting up Facebook with privacy in mind.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Security @ 8:00 AM | Tags (6) | facebook | privacy | security | settings | guide | mashable |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 20 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Everything you never knew about the way Adobe Flash stores cookies.Everything you never knew about the way Adobe Flash stores cookies.

Even the Whitehouse.gov showed up in the report, with researchers reporting they found a Flash cookie with the name “userId.” The site does say in its privacy policy that it uses tracking technology but it does not mention Flash or tell users how to get rid of the Flash cookie.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Security @ 7:36 AM | Tags (5) | browsers | cookies | flash | security | wired |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 18 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Wednesday: August 12, 2009

Be careful when taking advantage of free wifi, even in designated areas.Be careful when taking advantage of free wifi, even in designated areas.

...hackers may be masquerading as free public Wi-Fi providers to gain access to the laptops of unsuspecting travelers. All it takes, they say, is a computer program downloaded from the Internet, an open access point and a user who has ignored basic security advice.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Security @ 8:07 AM | Tags (7) | airport | free | fyi | hackers | hotspots | security | wifi |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 19 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Wednesday: August 5, 2009

Forbes would like you to know all about responsible twittering.Forbes would like you to know all about responsible twittering.

Interesting note towards the bottom of the article regarding  'verified identities' as a potential revenue stream.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Security @ 4:28 PM | Tags (4) | security | twitter | forbes | responsible |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 5 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Monday: August 3, 2009

Low-tech hacks can still defeat very high-tech expensive locks.Low-tech hacks can still defeat very high-tech expensive locks.

...they use standard techniques for opening mechanical locks, similar to bumping — where an attacker places a specially-designed key in the keyway and “bumps” it repeatedly with a device until the lock releases.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Security @ 12:38 PM | Tags (6) | hacks | lock | locks | lofi | technology | wired |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 41 Clicks | Posted by Vin


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