Nov 5

Popular Software Vulnerabilities (And Why You Should Develop Your Own Custom Software)

Posted in Security, Software

The past couple of years has been rife with software vulnerabilities that have led to some very serious consequences. Credit card and financial hacks from major businesses are being announced several times a year. Applications in the Google Play store have been found to be Trojan horse fronts to gain access to sensitive information stored on mobile phones. Bugs like Heartbleed have caused panic, and both Apple and Snapchat are under scrutiny for massive nude photo leaks.

With no clear way of telling how these vulnerabilities are being exploited, or by who, user trust is at an all time low. It is no wonder, as they have been shown quite clearly that any expectation of privacy they once had were completely overestimated. They have no privacy or security at all, at least that is how they are currently feeling.

The Problem With Current Software

This puts many of us in a difficult bind. A lot of software uses the same kind of coding, which is most responsible for the vulnerabilities. For example, improper neutralization of special elements used in an SQL command. While many software developers have put protections into place, like two-step verification, or Google’s team up with FIDO Alliance to introduce a physical drive for getting past authorization requests, there is still a risk.

How can you be sure the software you use is free of vulnerabilities? There is no 100% way, because even the smallest crack can be ripped wide and exploited if found. But you can lessen the chances of this happening to you by developing your own software.

Taking Things Into Your Own Hands

Your business needs software, and it needs to be as safe as possible. By being a part of the process and developing something custom, you are putting in every effort to make sure it is safe for your customers. This can save you a lot of grief and money in the long run, because the second a vulnerability leads to a hack or leak, you can be sure the consequences will be dire. Especially if you are a small to medium sized business.

Another benefit is that a custom piece of software will have exactly what your customers (and by extension your business) needs.

Don’t leave things up to fate. The only person you can rely on is yourself and your team, so you should all be a part of the development process to ensure you have the best and safest software possible for your business.

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May 3

Free Antivirus from Microsoft: Security Essentials

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Microsoft Security Essentials provides real-time protection for your home or small business PC that guards against viruses, spyware, and other malicious software.

Microsoft Security Essentials is a free* download from Microsoft that is simple to install, easy to use, and is automatically updated to protect your PC with the latest technology.
Microsoft Security Essentials runs quietly and efficiently in the background so that you are free to use your Windows-based PC the way you want—without interruptions or long computer wait times.
Before installing Microsoft Security Essentials, we recommend that you uninstall other antivirus software already running on your PC. Running more than one antivirus program at the same time can potentially cause conflicts that affect PC performance.
Download Microsoft Security Essentials here …
Source: Microsoft
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Apr 23

Avast discovers a new method of producing malicious PDF files

Posted in Antivirus, Avast, Security

Based on the latest Avast blog post, a new method of producing malicious PDF files has been discovered by the avast team. This method allows malicious PDF files to be unrecognized by almost all antivirus scanners.

 

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Mar 15

Spam Could be Replaced by Malware

Posted in Antivirus, malware, Security

Based on a survey conducted by Barracuda Networks, spam level was down by about 50% in the second half of 2010. However the there was a 55% rapid increase in malicious software.

Barracuda Networks chief research officer Dr Paul Judge said that the shift towards search engines and social networking sites means fraudsters are now focusing on those areas of the internet.

“The research community must continue to build innovative defences and the industry must make efforts to increase the deployment rates of those defences,” Dr Judge added.

Source: http://www.ihotdesk.com/article/800461987/Malware-could-be-replacing-spa Ihotdesk.com

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Mar 1

Avast Free Antivirus

Posted in Antivirus, Avast, Security

Avast Free Antivirus 6.0 gets 9.0 editor’s ranking at Cnet.com

Avast made great strides in its previous update. Version 5 set the stage for the modern, massively popular and free security suite with a new interface that ditched a quirky, late-’90s jukebox style for a more polished look. Easier to navigate, it also became easier to add new features.

Make no mistake, Avast 6 adds features both big and small. Some that had previously only been available to paid upgrade users are now free for all versions and newer features have been seamlessly added to the interface experience. If you’re familiar with Avast 5, upgrading to Avast 6 won’t be that big of a leap.

Source: Cnet.com

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Feb 18

5 Simple Ways to Stay Safe in Windows 7

Posted in Security

There  are a few areas in Windows 7 you need to pay attention to.

Action Center, the home base for your PC’s security. The Action Center in Windows 7 gives you a view of all your PC’s security and maintenance features. Inside Action Center, you can make sure your Windows Firewall is on, your antivirus software is up to date and that your PC is set to install updates automatically.

User Account Control, the security feature that prompts you for permission to install or open programs. If you are your computer’s administrator (in most cases you are), you can click Yes to continue. If you are not an administrator, someone with an administrator account on the computer will have to enter their password for you to continue.

Windows Update. You can set Windows to automatically install “important” and “recommended” updates or to install important updates only. Important updates are for more critical security and reliability issues and recommended updates address noncritical problems.

Windows Firewall, an easy feature to turn on or off and can help prevent hackers and worms from slithering into your computer through a network or the Internet. A firewall can also help stop your computer from sending malicious software to other computers.

Windows Defender, an antispyware software that’s included with Windows 7, runs automatically when it is turned on. Spyware is any unwanted or potentially harmful software that can be installed on your computer without your knowledge any time you connect to the Internet. It can also infect your computer when you install programs using a CD or DVD.

Source: Networkworld.com

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