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[] Linux and WordPerfect/Word SIG by jackb May 06, 2009, 01:48:52 PM
The Board of Trustees have re-aligned the SIG schedule.  The WordPerfect/Word SIG will meet on the first Wednesday of the month, and the new Linux SIG will meet the third Wednesday of the month. The second Wednesday of the month the Linux group will meet with the WNYLUG group at their facilities.
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[] Acronis True Image free for Maxtor, Seagate users (From ozrom1e) by MrDonK! July 20, 2007, 06:34:49 AM
Acronis True Image free for Maxtor, Seagate users

 

"Acronis can be obtained free if you have a Maxtor or Seagate hard drive.”

 

The important thing to note, however, is that both utilities are based on an OEM version of Acronis's well-regarded True Image backup application. According to the Inquirer's report, both free utilities support the creation of disk images, partitions, the cloning and formatting of disks, and more.

 

Inquirer's report:

 

One of the best HDD utilities is free

http://www.theinquirer.net/default.aspx?article=39779

 

Seagate provides Two free downloadable utilities at the following links:

 

DiscWizard

 

http://www.seagate.com/ww/v/index.jsp?locale=en-US&name=DiscWizard&vgnextoid=d9fd4a3cdde5c010VgnVCM100000dd04090aRCRD

 

MaxBlast5

 

http://www.seagate.com/ww/v/index.jsp?locale=en-US&name=MaxBlast_5&vgnextoid=7add8b9c4a8ff010VgnVCM100000dd04090aRCRD

 
I found this information in = Windows Secrets Newsletter • Issue 116 • 2007-07-19

     
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[] PC Magazine AV Picks by Mr.Victor July 18, 2014, 03:47:36 PM
See PC Magazine's latest picks for the top new versions (2015) of Antivirus Programs;  
(click on the software title to see the review)
http://www.pcmag.com/products/compare/1594?ids=325395,325394,315590,316806

See prior PC Magazine reviews from the past months on older versions here;
http://www.pcmag.com/reviews/security-software

To get free rebate deals on many of these top titles, see my prior post here:
http://www.wnycomsoc.org/community/index.php/topic,1250.msg
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[] Android safe as iOS by Mr.Victor June 23, 2014, 03:49:10 PM
In a recent evaluation of the security vulnerabilities of Google's Android versus the Apple iOS,
researchers have found them both to be fairly equal in security against malware and viruses.
There are some differences in protection which were identified in the research findings.
"Android is more vulnerable to harvesting phone call logs and SMS logs and sideloading apps,"
while " iOS is more vulnerable to hostile MDM configuration profiles ".

iOS MDM Vulnerability http://www.macworld.co.uk/news/iosapps/security-firm-discloses-apple-ios-malicious-profile-vulnerability-impact-on-mdm-3504235/

Apple iOS Backdoor  http://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2014/07/23/ispy-researcher-exposes-backdoor-in-iphones-and-ipads

Read original article; http://www.technewsworld.com/story/80616.html  

See new article on iOS Insecurity;   http://www.technewsworld.com/story/80770.html

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[] AV Tests / Rebates by Mr.Victor May 08, 2014, 03:01:42 PM
AV-TEST’s endurance testing is an in-depth study, in which various Antivirus security suites are analyzed over three two-month periods on three different operating systems — Windows XP, Windows 7 and Windows 8.1. The experts evaluated 24 Security Suites from different vendors in three categories. The first category, Protection, tested the combined ability to detect a reference set of malware and to identify new pieces of previously unknown malware. The second category, System Load, demonstrated the impact of the security suite on system performance and measured delays in the installation or execution of programs, website responses and data downloads. The last category, Usability, assessed the correct identification of legitimate programs and websites.
The comparison of the products only factors in the protection packages that completed all 6 months of the test between September 2013 and February 2014. The top products overall are suites from Kaspersky Lab and Bitdefender with 17.8 and 17.5 out of 18 points respectively. The top FREE Antivirus Suite was Panda Security followed by free AVG and free Avira software.


See the full Endurance AV Test Report here (click on charts for full view) ;
http://www.av-test.org/en/news/news-single-view/win-xp-7-81-internet-security-suites-complete-an-endurance-test-lasting-6-months/


F R E E - P a i d  v e r s i o n s  o f  t o p  r a t e d  S e c u r i t y  S o f t w a r e after Rebate (Updated Fridays)

Bitdefender Antivirus Plus (3-PCs/2-Yrs)   http://www.frys.com/product/7791068

Kaspersky Internet Security (5-PCs)  http://www.frys.com/product/7790818

McAfee Antivirus Plus (3-PCs)     http://www.frys.com/product/7823919

McAfee Internet Security (1-PCs)     http://www.frys.com/product/7823959

McAfee Total Protection (3-PCs)     http://www.frys.com/product/7823999

Norton Antivirus (3-PCs)    http://www.frys.com/product/7825139

PANDA Antivirus Pro (3-PCs)   http://www.frys.com/product/7805009


FREEWARE SECURITY SOFTWARE Links:

FREE version of Bitdefender   http://www.bitdefender.com/solutions/free.html

FREE version of PANDA SECURITY  
http://www.cloudantivirus.com/en/
CNET Review  http://download.cnet.com/Panda-Cloud-Antivirus-Free-Edition/3000-2239_4-10914099.html

Free Anti-Virus Removal Tool from internet security experts at Sophos   :
http://www.sophos.com/en-us/products/free-tools/virus-removal-tool.aspx?

Free Home Network Firewall by Sophos;   http://www.sophos.com/en-us/products/free-tools/sophos-utm-home-edition.aspx

Free Anti-Virus for MAC PCs  http://www.sophos.com/en-us/products/free-tools/sophos-antivirus-for-mac-home-edition.aspx



Also see Dennis Technology Labs Home AV Test Results :
http://dennistechnologylabs.com/reports/s/a-m/2014/DTL_2014_Q1_Home.1.1.pdf


Small and Large Business AV Tests Reports also by Dennis Technology Labs of London, England:
http://dennistechnologylabs.com/reports/s/a-m/2014/



Which AV programs prevent Zero-Day Malware ?

Impressively, ten of the 25 tested security products achieved 100% protection in both months of testing, among them Bitdefender Internet Security (2014), Kaspersky Internet Security (2014), and Norton Internet Security (2014). Check Point's ZoneAlarm, included in this test for the first time, managed 99 percent in March and 100 percent in April, as did Panda's free Cloud Antivirus.

http://securitywatch.pcmag.com/security-software/323990-some-antivirus-tools-wildly-effective-against-zero-day-malware


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[] FBI PC Security Tips by Mr.Victor May 02, 2014, 04:16:52 PM
In order to protect your computer, the FBI has some excellent advice on computer security at their website.

http://www.fbi.gov/scams-safety/computer_protect

Also see this Fox News article which also references the FBI recommendations;

http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2014/05/02/how-to-protect-your-computer-from-viruses-and-hackers/
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[] Internet Explorer ALERT by Mr.Victor April 29, 2014, 03:33:46 PM
Caution is advised in using Internet Explorer per US Homeland Security - CERT Alert !!!

All versions of IE on all versions of Windows contain a security hole that could allow cybercriminals to implant malware on your computer with little or no warning. Microsoft has published a security update that closes this hole so it can no longer be used to attack your computer. I recommend you get the update as soon as possible if you haven't already. Go to Control Panel | Windows Update if you aren't sure where to start.

“Check for Updates” button on the Windows Update portion of your Control Panel to start the IE patch;
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/help/windows-update


Microsoft's IE Fix Bulletin:
 http://technet.microsoft.com/library/security/ms14-021

Microsoft announced on May 1st that they have a patch for Windows XP Internet Explorer;
http://blogs.technet.com/b/microsoft_blog/archive/2014/05/01/updating-internet-explorer-and-driving-security.aspx

If you are using Windows 7, upgrade to Internet Explorer 11  http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/internet-explorer/download-ie


See more Alert details at these links below ;

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/usanow/2014/04/28/internet-explorer-bug-homeland-security-clandestine-fox/8409857/


http://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2014/04/28/Microsoft-Internet-Explorer-Use-After-Free-Vulnerability-Being

http://www.cnet.com/news/stop-using-ie-until-bug-is-fixed-says-us/

http://mashable.com/2014/04/28/homeland-security-internet-explorer/

http://www.neowin.net/news/us-homeland-security-recommends-not-using-ie-until-microsoft-releases-patch

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[] Windows XP Upgrade by Mr.Victor April 09, 2014, 11:03:52 AM
Wondering how to upgrade from Microsoft Windows XP ?  See these links for help;

Microsoft's website help for XP users :

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/enterprise/end-of-support.aspx

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/end-support-help

http://www.microsoft.com/windows/en-us/xp/default.aspx?


Other sources of help for XP :

How to Upgrade from XP
http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2456131,00.asp

XP Migration Guide
http://www.tomsguide.com/us/windows-xp-migration-guide,news-18038.html#windows-xp-migration-guide%2Cnews-18038.html?

10 Tips to protect your current XP
http://www.tomsguide.com/us/10-tips-safely-run-windows-xp,news-18571.html#10-tips-safely-run-windows-xp%2Cnews-18571.html?

Why you should ditch XP
http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2456104,00.asp

Options for upgrading to Windows 7
http://www.pcworld.com/article/2105765/3-ways-to-get-a-new-windows-7-pc-in-the-windows-8-era.html

Security Now Podcast with Steve Gibson and Leo Laporte (fast forward 11 minutes into podcast for XP discussions)
http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/twit.cachefly.net/audio/sn/sn0450/sn0450.mp3

Security Now Website   http://twit.tv/sn

Also see my previous post at the link below, on what you can do to secure XP in the meantime
http://www.wnycomsoc.org/community/index.php/topic,1236.0.html
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[] Win 7 Antivirus Tests by Mr.Victor March 31, 2014, 12:30:08 PM
AV-TEST has now completed their Windows 7 Antivirus Program tests.  Top rated programs were Bitdefender and Kaspersky, followed closely by Trend Micro. Also close behind were Norton and McAfee.  See the results at the link below. Note that the more "white blocks" in the rating, the higher the score.

http://www.av-test.org/en/tests/home-user/windows-7/janfeb-2014/

Click this link for the FREE version of Bitdefender Antivirus;  
http://www.bitdefender.com/solutions/free.html
 
See previous posts for more antivirus and malware related info;
http://www.wnycomsoc.org/community/index.php/topic,1205.0.html
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[] Microsoft EMET by Mr.Victor February 17, 2014, 10:54:22 AM
There is a powerful tool from Microsoft, that has not had much exposure in the press. Best of all it's FREE !

Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit (EMET) is a utility that is designed to help prevent hackers from gaining access to your system. It helps raise the bar against malicious malware attacks. EMET anticipates the most common actions and techniques adversaries might use in compromising a computer, and helps protect by diverting, terminating, blocking, and invalidating those actions and techniques. EMET helps protect your computer systems even before new and undiscovered threats are formally addressed by security updates and antimalware software. EMET benefits enterprises and all computer users by helping to protect against security threats and breaches that can disrupt businesses and daily lives. This program does require some advanced configuration and is not recommended for beginners.

More info on EMET is available here;   http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2458544

Download EMET here;  http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=41138

Here's help on Installing and Using EMET;   http://pages.ebay.com/securitycenter/emet.html

Sample Screenshot :

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