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More Security Opinion

  • Opinion: Safely send private information over the Internet

    KenWid10 asked the Antivirus & Security Software forum how best to send encrypted information to someone over the Internet.

  • Opinion: Will you be more secure if you abandon Internet Explorer?

    The German government is urging people to abandon Internet Explorer to avoid zero-day attacks currently circulating in the wild. Microsoft is scrambling to develop a patch to address the problem. The dirty secret, though, is the attack relies on Java being present, so Java--not Internet Explorer--is the Achilles heel of this equation.

  • Opinion: What you need to know about the Internet Explorer zero-day attacks

    Microsoft has confirmed reports that a zero-day vulnerability in its Internet Explorer Web browser is being actively attacked in the wild. While Microsoft works diligently to crank out a patch, it's important for businesses and consumers to understand the threat, and the steps that can be taken to avoid compromise while you wait.

  • Opinion: Microsoft battles botnet pre-installed on systems

    Imagine turning on a brand new, fresh-from-the-factory laptop and already having a virus on it before you even do anything. That's the scary situation Microsoft uncovered on several PCs in China, and now the tech giant is fighting the botnet responsible for the infections in court.

  • Opinion: The FBI's Next Generation Identification program could spot faces in a crowded street

    The FBI is getting ready to roll out a new nationwide program to better identify criminals called the Next Generation Identification (NGI) project. The new program is expected to add biometric data to Bureau's toolkit with iris scans, DNA analysis, voice identification, and even the ability to pick out a person's face in a crowded street using surveillance cameras.

  • Opinion: GoDaddy and its customers start recovery from massive service disruption

    GoDaddy, the largest registrar of Internet domains and host to some 5 million websites, starter to recover Monday afternoon from a service disruption that may have disabled countless websites across the Internet.

  • Opinion: Get ready: Microsoft is raising the bar for encryption keys

    Great news! Next Tuesday is already Patch Tuesday for September, but Microsoft only has a couple of relatively minor updates lined up. Don't get too comfortable, though--you need to prepare for the changes Microsoft is making next month for cryptographic keys.

  • Opinion: Does the Windows logon password protect your data?

    After discovering how easy it is to recover data from a hard drive removed from one PC and attached to another, Melker asked the Hard Drives, NAS Drives, Storage forum if password protecting Windows actually protects your data.

  • Opinion: Plan X: Darpa's Cyberwar

    DARPA, if you didn't know, stands for Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. They're the governmental organization that develops ridiculous things like flying tanks and other science fiction. Next month, however, DARPA is hitting closer to home with "Plan X", a one-day workshop designed to flesh out the US government's strategy for war in cyberspace.

  • Opinion: Does Oracle Patch for Java 7 Fix the Zero-Day Flaw?

    Oracle issued a patch today for Java 7. Coincidentally, Java 7 has also been the target of recent attacks thanks to a zero-day exploit. For now, though, its anyone's guess whether or not the new Java 7 patch actually addresses the zero-day exploits, or to what extent.

  • Opinion: When Your PC is Likely Infected

    Joyce V's computer is having trouble with security programs--a strong indication that her computer may be infected with malware.

  • Opinion: Enable Flash in Chrome Only When You Want It With FlashControl

    Adobe Flash is slowly being replaced with HTML5, but many websites still use Flash for videos, banners, and games. Flash videos and animations take up resources, and may even make your browser unresponsive. And of course, they also move and bounce around, sometimes making it difficult to focus on what you're trying to read. FlashControl (free) offers a simple solution, letting you selectively enable Flash in Google Chrome.

  • Opinion: 'Project HellFire' Demonstrates Need for Stronger Passwords

    In the wake of news that the FBI has arrested a LulzSec hacker on charges related to attacks against Sony Pictures, a new team of hackers is making headlines. Team GhostShell has published over a million hacked records, and it promises there's more to come.

  • Opinion: Warning: Java Zero Day Flaw Under Attack

    Java is under attack again. A zero-day vulnerability in Java is being actively exploited in the wild. The current attacks seem to be targeted, but security experts warn that more widespread attacks could be imminent.

  • Opinion: How to configure Dropbox's two-step authentication

    Following in the footsteps of Google and other services, Dropbox this weekend enabled two-factor authentication to bring enhanced security to its users.

  • Opinion: 'Big Security' a Natural, Necessary Extension of Big Data

    Big data is poised to grow well beyond the enterprise - and anything we can imagine today. Think of how the assembly line changed the automobile and, consequently, our lives. Keeping big data secure will require an equally innovative approach. CIO.com columnist Bernard Golden calls it 'big security,' and he doesn't think the industry is ready for it yet.

  • Opinion: Google Beefing Up Privacy Swat Team

    Less than two weeks after agreeing to pay a $22.5 million fine for violating the privacy of the users of Apple's Safari web browser, Google is beefing up its privacy team to make sure that past mistakes aren't repeated.

  • Opinion: Chrome/Firefox Extension Gmelius Makes Gmail More Readable

    With numerous buttons and options you may never use, Gmail's rich interface can get in the way of actually reading email. To be fair, Google packs a lot of functionality into the interface, but no interface is perfect for 100% of its users. Gmelius is a simple Chrome extension and/or Firefox add-on that lets you pick and choose which features you want to see, and how you want to use them.

  • Opinion: iPhone Flaw Allows SMS Spoofing, Says Hacker

    A hacker known for jailbreaking Apple devices claims that the iPhone is vulnerable to text message spoofing, even in the latest beta of iOS 6.

  • Opinion: Has Android Malware Tripled in Recent Months? Not So Fast

    There never seems to be any shortage of Android malware reports circulating in the news, and today one came out that sounds alarming indeed.



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