Posts Tagged ‘security’

Microsoft – Windows 10 Hardening Against 0-Day Exploits

Tuesday, January 24th, 2017

Windows 10 does indeed do a fine job with security issues … but I still wish they could learn to resist the temptation to tweak my Start Menu and Task Bar every three or four upgrades or so.

One key focus of Microsoft when it comes to promoting the company’s latest operating system Windows 10 is to hammer home that Windows 10 is better for security. The company published a blog post recently on the Microsoft Malware Protection Center blog which exemplified that by analyzing how Windows 10 handled two 0-day exploits, or better, how it protected customer systems from those exploits.


Windows 7 – Microsoft Waves an Early Goodbye

Tuesday, January 17th, 2017

It looks like Windows 7 is on it’s way out …

Microsoft’s Windows 7 operating system is still the world’s most widely used OS, but that does not stop Microsoft from waving an early goodbye to the operating system. The company informed customers on the German Microsoft press site that support for Windows 7 will end on January 14, 2020: about three years from today.


Adobe Resurrects Flash for Linux from the Dead

Friday, September 9th, 2016

It’s somewhat strange that this took so long …

Adobe just announced that it made the decision to bring Flash for Linux up to sync with Flash for other operating systems. This means that Linux users will have access to the latest Flash releases just like users on other operating systems had for the past four years. While Linux users could use Google Chrome or a comparable browser that ships with its own Flash version, those on Firefox or other browsers had to rely on an old version of Flash, and some command line fu to get it to work.


Opera VPN Launches for Android

Thursday, August 25th, 2016

Given the popularity of VPN services, this makes a lot of sense. Once Opera figures out a way to monetize this free service, I’d expect other software companies might pick up on it too.

Opera Software released its free VPN application for Android today after making it available to iOS devices earlier this year. The company’s journey as a VPN provider started with its acquisition of SurfEasy VPN. Opera Software promoted services of SurfEasy shortly thereafter in the Opera desktop browser, and launched a free browser proxy back in April 2016.


Ubuntu Forums Security Breach

Monday, July 18th, 2016

Evidently, even Ubuntu is prone to the occasional security problem.

Canonical announced today that it detected a security breach on the Ubuntu Forums site. The company has since then taken corrective actions and restored the forums service. According to the company, it became aware of the breach on July 14, 2016 after a member of the Ubuntu Forums Council informed the company that someone claimed to have a copy of the Forums database.


OEM Updaters Put PCs at Risk

Wednesday, June 1st, 2016

A lot of the information in this article sort of goes without saying, but it still serves as a nice reminder …

A study by Duo Security, Inc suggests that OEM Updaters, programs designed by PC manufacturers to update vendor-specific software, do more harm than good as they put PCs at risk. Prebuild desktop computers, laptops and tablets ship with a set of added applications and programs more often than not. Commonly referred to as crapware, these programs add little value to the system and are often comprised of trial versions, shortcuts, and programs created by the manufacturer of the device.


Android – Know Who Tried to Get in Your Phone

Wednesday, May 18th, 2016

Using your phone’s camera to take a picture of whoever makes an unsuccessful attempt to unlock the phone sounds like a good idea, but the ads that the free version of the program feed you sound like they’d get pretty annoying, pretty quick.

Third Eye is a free application for Google Android devices that has been designed to take snapshots of people who try to unlock the device but fail to do so. It’s a good idea to protect your mobile devices with a pin or other form of protection, not only because it is useful when it falls into the wrong hands but also to protect your privacy when someone you know tries to access it without your permission. Android devices don’t reveal to you when someone failed to access the device. That’s where Third Eye comes into play as it steps in and lets you know about any failed attempt to unlock the Android devices.


Pwn2Own 2016 – Windows, OS X, Chrome, Edge, Safari All Hacked

Monday, March 21st, 2016

Well, here’s some unsettling news …

The results of this year’s Pwn2Own security contest are in and things are not looking good for Windows and Apple OS X, the browsers Safari, Edge and Chrome, and Adobe Flash as they have all been pwned by participating security teams. Firefox was not part of the 2016 contest because it has not “made serious security improvements in the last year” according to Brian Gorenc, manager of Vulnerability Research at HPE, which sponsored the 2016 event together with TrendMicro.


How Safe are Security Products? First AVG, now TrendMicro with Major Flaws

Wednesday, January 20th, 2016

Given the two recent, major snafus mentioned in the headline, this is definitely a valid question.

Google researcher Tavis Ormandy discovered a major flaw in the password manager component of TrendMicro Antivirus for Windows recently that had several major security issues that would, among other things, allow websites to run arbitrary commands, expose all stored passwords, or run a “secure browser” that is not secure at all. It seems that Google is currently investigating security products on Windows, and there especially those that interact with the Chrome web browser or Chromium in one way or the other.


Breaking Web – Mozilla Plans to Deprecate Non-Secure HTTP

Monday, May 4th, 2015

Yet another sign that HTTP may soon become a thing of the past …

Mozilla plans to make fundamental changes to the Firefox web browser in regards to non-secure HTTP contents on the web. According to a new post by Richard Barnes on the organization’s security blog, Mozilla plans to make new features only available to secure websites in the future and phase out features for non-secure sites gradually as well.