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Archive for May, 2011

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Five things you need to know about Mac security | Security News – Betanews

 

By Joe Wilcox | Published May 26, 2011, 11:58 AM

The Mac Defender outbreak has stirred much debate about the state of Mac security and whether or not a malware deluge is headed for Apple computers. However, the nuances of the problem, if there really is one long term, are more complex than the majority of blog posts or news reports indicate. It’s wrong to wholly, or even largely, assume that increasing Mac install base is reason for Mac Defender and other malware to follow.

Five things you need to know about Mac security | Security News – Betanews

This Mac malware thing is really scary now | Security News – Betanews

 

By Joe Wilcox | Published May 25, 2011, 4:46 PM

It’s time for Windows PC users to start a support group for their Mac friends. You know their pain — clicking a link sent by email or instant message or simply visiting a website, and WHAM! You’ve got a virus, downloaded and installed with no administrator password required.

This Mac malware thing is really scary now | Security News – Betanews

Android Security Flaw Could Expose You to Data Theft – Techlicious

 

posted by Josh Kirschner on May 18, 2011

Researchers at the University of Ulm have identified a security risk with Android phones that could allow someone to access your calendar and contact information over unsecured Wi-Fi networks. Once they gain access to this data, they could use your contacts to phish for personal information or modify a contacts email address so that you unwittingly send potentially confidential information to the intruder. Other apps, such as Picasa web albums, are also vulnerable, and there may be more. All Android phones running version 2.3.3 or earlier (which is basically every Android phone) is at risk.

Android Security Flaw Could Expose You to Data Theft – Techlicious

How to make sure you always have a secure Facebook session (use https)

 

How To Improve Security While Using Facebook and Encrypt Traffic with SSL HTTPS

 

Facebook is everywhere theses days.  Anymore, you’re the exception if you don’t have a Facebook account.  Although this is good news is you can now easily connect with old/new friends while at the same time start a new farm, as with all things, there is a dark side to Facebook’s popularity.  When the popularity of something grows, so does the attack surface.  In other words, hackers write virus / malware for Windows PC’s because it’s the primary OS in the world and therefore the largest target.  They will get the most bang for their buck so-to-speak vs. writing a virus for say Amiga systems.  Well the same thing is true for Facebook.  Write some malware that targets 500 Million + Facebook users and the payoff could be huge.

How to make sure you always have a secure Facebook session (use https)

Facebook deploys Microsoft tool to fight child pornography | The Microsoft Blog – seattlepi.com

 

Facebook is the first company to use a tool from Microsoft that identifies known images of child pornography and remove them from the social network.

The tool, called PhotoDNA, is software that analyzes images for certain characteristics and compares them to images in a reference database. Microsoft calls this process “robust hashing,” and an illicit image’s “hash value” can help authorities track and identify copies – altered or not – of child porn photos. (See video below.)

Facebook deploys Microsoft tool to fight child pornography | The Microsoft Blog – seattlepi.com

How To Fight Clickjacking On Facebook – The Consumerist

 

By Ben Popken on May 13, 2011 2:00 PM0 views

To help combat clickjacking, Facebook is adding a new feature that will spot scam-like behavior by pages on its site and ask you to confirm your "like" before automatically adding a story to your profile and your friends’ News Feeds." So how do you as a user fight clickjacking on Facebook? It’s a really easy one-step process. When you see a post that says "to watch this kkkkrazy video, just copy and paste this URL into your browser," — don’t do it.

How To Fight Clickjacking On Facebook – The Consumerist

Facebook Security Update: Keeping You Safe From Scams and Spam : Online Social Media

 

May 12, 2011 | Tim Ollason

Something that has been pretty big news in the world of social media and especially social networking is the sheer number of spam and scams that are hitting the Facebook. The people behind the spamming and scamming are generally trying to get some commission by making you click on something.

Facebook Security Update: Keeping You Safe From Scams and Spam : Online Social Media

Beware the Facebook "Dislike" Button Scam | PCWorld Business Center

 

By Tony Bradley, PCWorld

Facebook recently expanded the "Like" feature, allowing users of the social networking site to "like" individual comments to a given post, and expanding the application of the voting system to other sites. Now, a malware scam is circulating that exploits the demand from Facebook users for its antithesis–the "Dislike" button.

Beware the Facebook "Dislike" Button Scam | PCWorld Business Center

Verify My Account Spam Runs Rampant On Facebook

 

Posted by Nick O’Neill on May 12th, 2011 2:21 AM

In the past hour, a new application has begun spreading on Facebook that takes advantage of the existing sharing system. Whatever you do, don’t click the link described below.
The system is pretty straightfrward. It suggests that you click “VERIFY MY ACCOUNT” within a link which ultimately results in the user posting the same message to all their friends’ walls. The message typically resembles the following one:

In order to PREVENT SPAM, I ask that you VERIFY YOUR ACCOUNT. Click VERIFY MY ACCOUNT right next to comment below to start the process…

Verify My Account Spam Runs Rampant On Facebook