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More Security Opinion

  • 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.

  • Opinion: iCloud: security risk?

    Apple's iCloud service, which was recently forced upon former-users of mac.com (including myself), has not proven to be a shiny seamless service. Many tech journos complain that iCloud doesn't represent the user-experience associated with Cupertino's decades-long tradition as a quality-brand.

  • Opinion: Microsoft and Adobe Keep IT Busy with Critical Security Patches

    It's Patch Tuesday again. This month is busier than most because on top of Microsoft's security bulletins, Adobe is also releasing updates for Reader and Acrobat.

  • Opinion: Blizzard Hack: A Security Guide For Battle.net Users

    If you play PC games from Blizzard Entertainment such as Diablo III and World of Warcraft you need to review your account security as soon as you can.

  • Opinion: Facebook Turns to Users to Help Combat Phishing

    Facebook wants to fight back against phishing attacks targeting its users, so it is asking users to begin forwarding any suspicious emails they receive.

  • Opinion: How Did Apple Allow Hackers to Access iCloud Account?

    The Internet is abuzz this weekend as a result of the Gizmodo Twitter account getting hijacked. That incident was traced back to the hack of an Apple iCloud account--allegedly accomplished through social engineering.

  • Opinion: DEFCON 20 Roundup: Lessons in Security

    The blog post, "DEFCON 20 Roundup: Lessons in Security," which was incorrectly attributed to PC World and posted Monday, has been removed from the wire. The blog originated at Computerworld and should not have been sent to the News Service via the automatic feed



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