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Flash in the cross hairs

Adobe Flash has been an endagered technology for a number of years, but now the call for its elimination are growing very loud. Last week Mozilla blocked the plug-in in the Firefox browser.  "Adobe has tried hard over the years to improve Flash, and it has become much more responsive at dealing with security issues," says security blogger Graham...

VENOM bug

A new web server vulnerability called VENOM was announced yesterday, but customers of Signal's web hosting are safe. Virtualized Environment Neglected Operations Manipulation (VENOM) can affect so-called "virtual" machines, many of which may operate on a single physical server. The bug can allow a ne'er-do-well to potentially escape the confirms of a...
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Google revamps CAPTCHAs

Well, it was only a matter of time. Google tells us most CAPTCHAs — those little tests we're required to pass online in order to prove we're actually human beings by interpreting squiggly text — can mostly be defeated now by clever computers. But it's rolling out a new improved system that's easier on humans and apparently offers better protection...
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More cyber attacks on Apple products likely

Security attacks on Apple products are on the rise, according to computer security firm SentinalOne, and likely to increase on 2015. Call it the double-edged sword of success. As desktops running Mac OS and devices running iOS become ever more popular, they also become more attractive targets for criminals. On the other hand, we Mac users have been...

Heartbleed Update: How to Create Strong Passwords

If you're not changing your important passwords this weekend you're at risk. Just do it. What's the big deal? Think of it as spring cleaning; a good time to get your passwords organized and get some strong passwords in place. Our advice to all our friends is to change ALL your passwords starting with your EMAIL , then all your financial connections, then...
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Why The Security Bug Heartbleed Has A Catchy Logo

Welcome to the future — branding and identity graphics for internet security holes. You've probably never heard of CVE-2014-0160. But you probably have heard of the Heartbleed bug, the "catastrophic" security hole that was revealed in half a million websites earlier this week. The two are one in the same--except for one small point: CVE-2014-0160 is...

A simple way to improve your password

Here's a simple way to boost online security: Make your password longer. It's (not so) simple math: An 8-character password offers 722 trillion possible combinations, based on 26 upper-case letters in the alphabet, 26 lower-case, 10 numbers and 10 special characters. Opt for a 12-character password and you've increased that to 19 sextillion...

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