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Windows SIG / PC Magazine AV Picks
« Last post by Mr.Victor on 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

Also see prior post on Windows 7 Antivirus Tests Results - http://www.wnycomsoc.org/community/index.php/topic,1245.msg1790.html#msg1790
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General Computer Discussion / Android safe as iOS
« Last post by Mr.Victor on 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 ".

See article here; http://www.technewsworld.com/story/80616.html 

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

SHELLSHOCK BUG aka Bash Bug
http://www.symantec.com/connect/blogs/shellshock-all-you-need-know-about-bash-bug-vulnerability
http://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2014/09/25/bash-shellshock-vulnerability-what-you-need-to-know


New IOS Malware "AdThief" / "Spad"  http://www.redmondpie.com/adthief-malware-has-infected-over-75000-jailbroken-iphones-and-ipads/  

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


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

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


Free Anti-Virus for Android Mobile Devices / Netbooks / Tablets
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.sophos.smsec
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General Computer Discussion / FBI PC Security Tips
« Last post by Mr.Victor on 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 SIG / Firefox 29
« Last post by jheart on April 30, 2014, 12:10:09 pm »
Firefox 29 has come out with a new theme. Those who do not like the new theme (myself included) can restore the old theme with this addon: Classic Theme Restorer:

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/classicthemerestorer/

Those who have the Forecast Fox addon cannot use it (it is disabled) in the new theme. If you install the Classic Theme Restorer addon, all you have to do is install the latest version of Forecast Fox (it is not yet posted on the addons page) from this link: https://static.getforecastfox.com/downloads/forecastfox-latest.xpi

Note: The new theme does not have an Add-on bar so Forecast Fox will not show up unless you install the Classic Theme Restorer addon.

Jerry
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Windows SIG / Windows XP Upgrade
« Last post by Mr.Victor on April 09, 2014, 11:03:52 am »
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Windows SIG / Win 7 Antivirus Tests
« Last post by Mr.Victor on 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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WordPerfect/Word SIG / MS-Word Exploit
« Last post by Mr.Victor on March 24, 2014, 04:40:22 pm »
Today, Microsoft has issued a out-of-schedule security advisory for an exploit that affects all current and older supported versions of its Word program.  An attacker could cause remote code execution if someone is convinced to open a specially crafted Rich Text Format (RTF) file or a specially crafted mail in Microsoft Outlook while using Microsoft Word as the email viewer.

The exploit applies to :
•   Microsoft Word 2013
•   Microsoft Word 2010
•   Microsoft Office Word 2007
•   Microsoft Office Word 2003

Microsoft has released a manual "Fix-it" patch that should close the Word exploit; downloading and installing the patch will not require a reboot of the PC. Microsoft says that installing the Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit (EMET) will also help defend a PC against this software hole. In addition to all Windows and Mac versions of Word, the patch will also fix the same issue in Word Viewer and Word Automation Services on Microsoft SharePoint Server.

More info at Micrsoft's Website;      http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2953095
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General Computer Discussion / Microsoft EMET
« Last post by Mr.Victor on 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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General Computer Discussion / ICE - FBI Warning
« Last post by Mr.Victor on January 31, 2014, 11:51:25 am »
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General Computer Discussion / Hard Drive Failure?
« Last post by Mr.Victor on January 22, 2014, 11:40:19 am »
Did your Hard Drive die prematurely? Maybe your drive manufacturer is to blame. Backblaze, the makers of a cloud-based online backup service, released their hard drive reliability tests. They found that one drive manufacturer had a high number of failure rates. Read on at this link below ;
http://www.neowin.net/news/seagate-hard-drives-exhibit-surprisingly-high-failures-rates-in-reliability-test-hitachi-leads-the-pack

For more info on Hard Drive ratings, reviews, and general reference see these links;
http://www.pcmag.com/reviews/hard-drives

http://www.testfreaks.com/internal-hard-drives/

http://blog.backblaze.com/2013/11/12/how-long-do-disk-drives-last/

http://www.computerhope.com/help/hdd.htm


Steve Gibson's highly rated Hard Drive Data Recovery, Repair, and Maintenance Utility called SPINRITE. This Utility has been used in the Space Shuttle Program and Space Station. Read more here;

http://www.grc.com/sr/spinrite.htm


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