Your PC May Have Security Risks From Old Loaded Software 

When was the last time you conducted a company wide audit on all the software running on all the machines tied to your firm’s network?  If you’re not sure the answer to that question, it’s almost certainly been too long.  The risk, at least according to the latest survey from Avast, is that there are almost certainly programs running on …

Watch Out For New Ransomware Called Phobos

There’s a new strain of ransomware making the rounds, and it’s a nasty piece of work. Called Phobos by its creators, the latest threat on the ransomware scene first made an appearance in December of 2018. While details are sketchy, what we know so far about it is grim indeed. Researchers at CoveWare have been dissecting and sifting through the …

Windows Vulnerability Found Using VCard Files 

There’s a new zero-day vulnerability in Windows 10 you need to be aware of.  As with all zero-day threats, this one is dangerous in the extreme, allowing a hacker to potentially execute code on your machine remotely. It was discovered by security researcher John Page, and reported to the company via Trend Micro’s Zero-Day Initiative more than six months ago. …

Windows 7 Support Ends In 2020, So Plan To Upgrade

Bad news is on the horizon if you’re one of the surprising number of people still using Windows 7.  Microsoft is only offering one more year of free support.  As of January 14th, 2020, you’ll no longer have access to critical security updates. While support will end entirely for individual consumers, businesses will still be able to get support. However, …

New Love Letter Email Could Load Malware On Your PC 

Here’s some disturbing news:  Hackers around the world are actively trying to exploit Valentine’s Day. This is according to new research from the Emerging Treats team at the security firm ProofPoint.  The team has detected a massive new mal-spam campaign they’ve dubbed “The Love Letter Campaign.”   Relying on basic social techniques, this campaign uses subject lines like: I love …

New Firefox Release Disables Adobe Flash Support

Are you a Firefox user?  If so, be advised that in Mozilla’s next release, Firefox 69, the company will be disabling support for the beleaguered Adobe Flash plugin. The change has been on the radar for quite some time, so it should not come as a surprise to anyone.  It’s part of a systematic plan by Mozilla, Google, and other …

Government Shutdown May Cause Issues With Web Security

Here’s a side-effect of the government’s continuing shutdown that many people had not anticipated:  Expiring TLS Certificates used for web security. Most people clearly see the impacts of national parks closing and the like. It’s worth remembering that the government’s IT staffed as been classified as ‘non-essential’ too, which means they’re currently sitting at home twiddling their thumbs, waiting for …

If Your Password is On This List, Change It Now

The annual list of the worst passwords in use during 2018 has just been published by SplashData. This year’s list features a number of the usual suspects, but there are also a few new entries.     Here are the ten worst passwords in use, according to the data: 123456 password 123456789 12345678 12345 111111 1234567 sunshine qwerty iloveyou Other …

You Should Be Worried About Cryptocurrency Mining Malware

In the world of data security, cryptocurrency mining software is often overlooked or discounted as a threat because it doesn’t do serious harm to the infected system. It bleeds off computing resources, putting them to work for the miners who control the software, working for them to solve complex cryptographic puzzles which generate revenue for the hackers.  However, that’s not …

Most Travelers Are Oblivious To Security Risks During Travel

Over the course of the holiday season this year, more than half of the working adults in the United States will be traveling with one or more of their work devices. Unfortunately, only a tiny fraction of those fully appreciate the data security risks inherent in travel, which is a grim reality that could put your company and its data …