Archive for the 'Security' Category

Facebook Scraping SMS and Call logs

In case you haven’t heard or know about this Facebook scraped (grabbed/uploaded and stored!) call, text message data for years from Android phones! [Read about it here – https://goo.gl/acrfJW] [Many are saying that this didn’t/couldn’t happen on iPhones, but I believe that as much as I believe that Facebook when they say “.. that the […]

Meltdown And Spectre info

I’m sure many have heard of the recent MASSIVE security holes found in computer processors. The threat is real so you should take notice. Here is a good description  form Stu Sjourwerman of what it is and what to do.: "Computer researchers have recently found out that the main chip in most modern computers—the CPU—has […]

Another LastPass vulnerability

Because I have so very many usernames and passwords, I must use some sort of password database manager. For sometime now I have been using KeePass – an open source password manager. Though it using it ‘can’ be slightly more onerous than a completely ‘online’ password manager like LastPass, 1Password, Dashlane or the like, it […]

Let’s get backing up this New Year!

So another year is gone and a new one is upon us. Many of us have received or purchased new computer systems for personal use, work or school or will be soon. Nowadays many of us have a great deal of our lives – pictures of family, personal and legal documents and more stored digitally […]

SERIOUS OpenID and OAth2.0 flaw revealed

Okay folks ANOTHER security issue you should be aware of. A bug has been found in OpenID and OAuth 2.0, two authentication programs that let you log into web sites using your Google, Facebook, and other major accounts. Read here and here too OAuth—and its alternative OpenID—let you log into sites or apps using your […]

OS X Mavericks Update and Security Fixes

I recently wrote about the major security whole in the latest version of OS X – read my last post. It appears Apple has released the fix finally. Although the ‘fix’ comes not in a simple ‘patch’ but in an entire Operating System upgrade! After several months of testing, Apple has released OS X version […]

Serious OS-X and iOS Security Vulnerability Completely Opens Up Your ALL Your Secure Communications

It had been know for MONTHS that there was a serious security flaw in iOS and possibly the latest version of OS X that could allow attackers to surreptitiously circumvent the most prevalent Internet security protocol – TLS/SSL and and Security Certificate validations. The issue is a “fundamental bug in Apple’s SSL implementation,” This can […]

Zero Day Adobe and Microsoft Exploits

Adobe has released (for the second time this month) an emergency update for its widely used Flash Player to combat active attacks that exploit a previously unknown security bug that hackers are actively exploiting to surreptitiously install malware on end-user computers. Attackers are already exploiting it! Please apply this patch and stay secure. If your […]

BlackPOS breach

So here is a story about the recent MASSIVE thefts at Target Neiman Marcus and other retailers. What is by far the most scary is this line, “…said it was possible for Target and Neiman Marcus to be hacked after the software tried several easy passwords to remotely hack the stores’ registers, and added that […]

CryptoLocker news

Okay folks, here we go again. More ransomware is spreading and it can hit you. [Ransomware comprises a class of malware which restricts access to the computer system that it infects, and demands a ransom paid to the creator of the malware in order for the restriction to be removed. Some forms of ransomware encrypt […]