Archive for the 'Computer Protection' Category

Phishing attacks getting more efficient for the bad guys

Folks, please, please, please be very careful of what you click on and what financial information you provide. Especially in response to an ‘alerting’ email! There are a great number of ‘phishing’ attacks occurring again and they are getting even more sophisticated. Many almost look and sound legitimate. I have written previously on some of […]

Computer Virus Infects U.S. Drone Fleet!

This should just serve as another warning – PEOPLE KEEP YOUR AV AND ANTI-SPYWARE SOFTWARE UP TO DATE!! Use multiple types of protection, keep your systems OS files and applications updated. A computer virus has infected the cockpits of America’s Predator and Reaper drones, logging pilots’ every keystroke as they remotely fly missions over Afghanistan […]

Re-Installing Windows 7 if you don’t have original installation media.

Many people who purchased a computer with Windows 7 installed have found that nearly every manufacturer no longer provides you with the Operating System Media (DVDs). You will only be provided with a ‘restore to factory settings option’. Which will only work if the system ‘restore’ partition has not also been corrupted. And if like […]

Backups, system failures and peace of mind

Another week in the trenches. I had a primary server at our organization have a major failure. The SAS controller (which provides access to SAS type HDDs) died OR the motherboard to the server itself has an issue. Either way without another ‘like’ system that I can put the SAS card into to see if […]

Mac Maintenance and HDD updates/upgrade

[Updated 06-26-2011] I just spent a few days doing lots of maintenance on a few Mac’s. Cleaning up, optimizing and replacing one HDD for a new larger one. So I thought I’d share what I do with my Mac’s to keep them running happy and having my data safe should there be problems to those […]

Blacksheep add-on to protect against WiFi session Hijacking

This is a Firefox add-on everyone should use if you use public WiFi anywhere anytime. It’s called ‘Blacksheep’. Blacksheep will find and block ‘Firesheep’ – a highly popular new hacking tool used to ‘sniff out and steal your sensitive information on WiFi networks. What Firesheep is: Firesheep is the Firefox extension that makes it easier […]

Another serious Web Browser hole

Contexis Security has found a BIG problem with WebGL implementations on Windows, Mac and Linux have numerous vulnerabilities which allow malicious web pages to capture any window on the system or crash the computer, according to research from Context Information Security. They actually demonstrate how to steal user data through web browsers using this vulnerability! […]

Latest Mac Malware news 06-04-2011

The Mac Trojan/Malware ‘MacDefender’ now calls itself ‘Mac Shield’. The malware keeps changing names and looks but still is relatively the same as before. However it is still infecting loads of machines and is, in my opinion very dangerous; it lures users into providing sensitive financial information to thieves. Sophos for Mac will remove it. […]

More on backups and archiving

“UPDATE!” After a few weeks of removing loads of nasties from Windows and Mac machines and recovering data from dead or corrupted drives from both types of systems because of malware/viruses and hardware failures, I thought I would republish this. I must ask you – in this digital age what price will you put on […]

LastPass Warns of Potential Breach, Ratchets Up Security

OK FOLKS, TAKE NOTE LAST PASS MAY HAVE BEEN HACKED!! Read about it here. I don’t use them, but I know many people who do! CHANGE YOUR MASTER PASSWORD IMMEDIATELY! It’s important to note that they have no evidence that anyone was actually compromised – YET. Once you change your master password any breach that […]