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A Closer Look At Cookies

I often get email from people who misunderstand or fear browser cookies. And that’s no wonder, given all the false and misleading information that’s out there. Since 1996, I’ve been working to dispel the cookie myths, and neither the technology nor my opinion of cookies has changed much since then. Read on for a closer look at the good, the bad, and the crumbly aspects of web browser cookies…

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6 Security Trends to Watch For | PCWorld Business Center

 

For security researchers, there’s never a dull moment; online criminals constantly find new security holes to exploit, and new ways to get at your personal data. At this year’s RSA security conference in San Francisco, I got to speak with representatives from several companies about what to expect in the coming months. Here are some of the dangerous new malware trends to watch for in 2012.

6 Security Trends to Watch For | PCWorld Business Center

Microsoft warns: Expect exploits for critical Windows worm hole | ZDNet

 

Summary: There’s a remote, pre-authentication, network-accessible code execution vulnerability in Microsoft’s implementation of the RDP protocol.

Attention Microsoft Windows administrators: Stop what you’re doing and apply the new — and very critical — MS12-020 update.

Microsoft is warning that there’s a remote, pre-authentication, network-accessible code execution vulnerability in its implementation of the RDP protocol.

Microsoft warns: Expect exploits for critical Windows worm hole | ZDNet

Symantec Warns of Android Trojans That Mutate With Every Download

Researchers from security vendor Symantec have identified a new premium-rate SMS Android Trojan horse that modifies its code every time it gets downloaded in order to bypass antivirus detection.

www.pcworld.com/article/249244/symantec_warns_of_android_trojans_that_mutate_with_every_download.html#tk.nl_wbx_h_crawl1

Zappos hack exposes personal information of 24 million customers

 

Data on up to 24 million customers of online shoe retailer Zappos was compromised according to an email sent by its CEO Tony Hsieh on Sunday. While Hsieh says that full credit card information is safe, hackers may have the last four digits of the cards.

Zappos hack exposes personal information of 24 million customers

Hacked! Environmental activism site Care2, users exposed

 

are2.com, a site dedicated to environmental awareness, petitioning, and charitable donation with more than 17 million members has been hacked, according to a message from the company Friday morning.

Hacked! Environmental activism site Care2, users exposed

Free: The Official Identity Theft Prevention Handbook, Professional Edition

This is free for the time being and you can download and read it on the Kindle app free on your pc, Android and possible iTunes if you do not have a Kindle e-reader.

The Official Identity Theft Prevention Handbook, Professional Edition [Kindle Edition]
Denis G. Kelly (Author)

The Official Identity Theft Prevention Handbook is the first book to analyze identity theft in its proper context, provide takeaways to minimize the likelihood you will be harmed by identity theft and mitigate the negative consequences if you become a victim. Identity theft continues to proliferate, and it is tearing the fabric of our society. All understand it’s important, but compelling people to take appropriate action is a challenge. The Official Identity Theft Prevention Handbook provides a tremendous first step towards individual and societal responsibility; we can swing the pendulum in the other direction. In the case of identity theft, the best defense is a good offense.

Want to know if your Android phone has Carrier IQ?

A new easy and free app has been released to let you know.

BitDefender IQ Finder

Facebook flaw briefly exposes private photos, including CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s

 

If you have any private photos on Facebook that you really don’t want out there, consider this story your fair warning to delete them. A flaw in the social networking site’s reporting mechanism allows users to peer into content that is otherwise marked "private". Now would be a good time to remove that pic of drunken you mooning the boss.

Facebook flaw briefly exposes private photos, including CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s

Finding and cleaning out your smartphone’s Carrier IQ poison | ZDNet

 

Millions of iPhones, Android and other smartphones have the Carrier IQ spyware rootkit in them. Here’s how to find it and try to zap it.

Finding and cleaning out your smartphone’s Carrier IQ poison | ZDNet