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Critical Internet Explorer 8 and 9 Vulnerability

Please upgrade if you can to the latest version. www.microsoft.com/ie

If you are running a older version of Windows that you cannot upgrade past IE 9, please run this Microsoft Fix-It till it is patched. But even if you are on IE 8 and can upgrade to IE 9 please do.

For more info about the vulnerability: Microsoft Security Bulletin MS13-038 – Critical Security Update for Internet Explorer (2847204)

Better yet, if you cannot upgrade past IE 9, please try Firefox.

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…

Read more: http://askbobrankin.com/a_closer_look_at_cookies.html#ixzz1rVBH6WL0

Google Online Security Blog: Protecting data for the long term with forward secrecy

 

Most major sites supporting HTTPS operate in a non-forward secret fashion, which runs the risk of retrospective decryption. In other words, an encrypted, unreadable email could be recorded while being delivered to your computer today. In ten years time, when computers are much faster, an adversary could break the server private key and retrospectively decrypt today’s email traffic.

Google Online Security Blog: Protecting data for the long term with forward secrecy

The Stop Online Piracy Act Goes Too Far & Could Hurt Consumers – The Consumerist

 

In advance of Wednesday’s House Judiciary Committee hearing on the Stop Online Piracy Act, a coalition of national consumer groups has reached out to the committee to urge them to stop this legislation, which they believe is too far-reaching and could end up hurting the consumers it intends to protect.

The Stop Online Piracy Act Goes Too Far & Could Hurt Consumers – The Consumerist

Were Lavasoft’s buyers once on its hit list? • The Register

 

Anti-spyware company Lavasoft AB is now owned by a set of online entrepreneurs who have been linked with misleading websites.

The Montreal-based entrepreneurs, who purchased the company’s assets in January, have previously been accused of selling the free versions of Lavasoft products to unwitting internet users as recently as 2007 via cyber-squatting sites.

Were Lavasoft’s buyers once on its hit list? • The Register

WP7 AVG antivirus app pulled from Marketplace, may be spyware | WinBeta

 

AVG, a family of anti-virus and internet security software for various platforms, had released the very first antivirus suite for Windows Phone 7. The suite included an antivirus, anti-malware, and anti-phishing tools. Today, reports are indicating that this "antivirus" app might be more dangerous than expected.

WP7 AVG antivirus app pulled from Marketplace, may be spyware | WinBeta

SeekDroid Free at Amazon today only.

Are you worried about your Android phone or tablet being stolen or left behind and someone having access to your personal information? This app will let you help you find it, remotely lock it, remotely wip it and see recent missed calls since it went missing.

I have not tried it yet, and I intend to in the coming weeks. Other apps out there require a on going fee. This is normally a 99 cent app and is free today only.

Amazon.com – SeekDroid 

 

Google cuts security corners to gain market share

 

It has been obvious for some time that Google’s app standards for Android are lenient to say the least. That’s why Android is the favored platform for mobile malware. But it turns out that Chrome extensions are a huge, and similar problem that I’m beginning to really worry about.

Google cuts security corners to gain market share

Download.com wraps downloads in bloatware, lies about motivations | ExtremeTech

 

There was a time long, long ago when Download.com was the place I went for software. It’s been years, however, as the site repeatedly showed signs of devolving into a site every bit as bothersome as the many third-tier software repositories that hide genuine links below clever-placed advertisements and bundle toolbars with their “certified” local downloads.

Download.com wraps downloads in bloatware, lies about motivations | ExtremeTech

New IE Zero-Day Flaw Being Used In Targeted Attacks

Microsoft issues special Internet Explorer 6 and 7 security advisory along with Patch Tuesday patches
Mar 09, 2010 | 02:13 PM

By Kelly Jackson Higgins
DarkReading

 Microsoft is warning today about a newly discovered and unpatched flaw in Internet Explorer 6 and 7 that’s being exploited in the wild.

www.darkreading.com/vulnerability_management/security/attacks/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=223300129&cid=nl_DR_DAILY_2010-03-11_h