Archive for November, 2011

This website is definitely worth checking out!!!

November 23, 2011

No longer do you have to read the privacy policy, now that’s powerful as most people never read them anyway now you can have someone do it for you and get the skinny on websites you already use and one’s you are interested in using.
Check it out and tell me what you think!

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Android Phones Seeing ‘Malware Epidemic’ (INFOGRAPHIC)

November 18, 2011

Mobile phones running on Google’s Android operating system are experiencing a “malware epidemic,” with the amount of malicious software having risen nearly fivefold since July, according to a post by the security research division of Juniper Networks.

More than half of the smartphones sold worldwide in the third quarter of the year use Android software, the research firm Gartner said this week. And as the platform grows, so do its malware woes. Cybersecurity firm McAfee reported in August that Android had become the number-one target for malicious software.

October and November are expected to see the fastest growth of malware in the history of the Android operating system, according to the post by Juniper Global Threat Center. This comes after a fourfold increase in Android malware from 2009 to the summer of 2010, the company said. By Juniper’s count, that means Android malware has increased a stunning 427% from July 2011 to November 10, 2011.

Juniper said hackers have become more sophisticated in the malware they create for Android, writing malicious code that allows them to take control of the phone, spy on victims and send premium-rate text messages – which can cost $2 to $3 each – from a victim’s phone to the hacker, who collects the money.

Juniper said malware on Android devices has become widespread because Google’s method for policing its mobile app store is less stringent than Apple’s system for keeping malware out of its mobile app store.

“There is still no upfront review process in the official Android Market that offers even the hint of a challenge to malware writers that their investment in coding malware will be for naught,” the report said.

Malicious applications in the Android market can be removed after the fact if someone discovers it and reports it, Juniper said.

“But how many unsuspecting people are going to download it before it is identified as malicious and removed?” the post said. “This is precisely what is playing out in the mind of mobile malware developers today.”

A recent report by the malware testers at AV-Test.org found that most free Android malware scanners did a poor job of detecting malicious software. “The circulation of obviously near to useless security apps endangers those, who trust them and install apps from 3rd party app markets without further suspiciousness,” read AV-Test’s report, according to ZDNET.

Check out Juniper’s infographic (below), illustrating the exponential growth of Android malware.

Rep. Lofgren just called this Copyright bill THE END OF THE INTERNET

November 16, 2011
#OccupyTheInternet+RT: Rep. Lofgren just called this Copyright bill THE END OF THE INTERNET:

Windows 8 will force reboots (well maybe) !!!

November 16, 2011

Windows 8 is renaming the second week of every month. After “Patch Tuesday” comes “Gentle reminder Wednesday,” “Polite yet firm suggestion Thursday” and “Automatic restart Friday”. In order to keep everyone’s system secure, Windows Update will download patches in the background before adding a notification on your lock screen that you’re due a restart. If you haven’t managed it within 72 hours, you’ll be given a 15 minute warning to save your work and close up before it forces the shutdown

Solution?

When it comes to Windows Update, one of the most discussed topics is the disruptiveness of restarts in the course of automatic updating. And for good reason—restarts can interrupt you right in the middle of something important.

The obvious question to ask first is why does the installation of updates even require a restart at all? Ideally, we would like all update installations to happen seamlessly in the background without a restart. But, in reality, there are situations where the installer is not able to update files because they are in use. In these cases, they need to restart your machine to complete the installation. The automatic updating experience thus needs to be able to handle cases where restarts are required.

This architectural challenge is one that frustrates administrators and end-users alike, but it does represent the state of the art for Windows. It is important to understand that for many updates, even if you could continue running the existing code that is already in memory, it is that very code that is a security vulnerability (for example), so the risk to the security (or reliability) of the machine would remain until you restart your machine. Applications that support the Windows Restart Manager (introduced in Windows Vista) can return you to precisely where you left off after a restart.

Install-at-shutdown – The majority of automatic update users (39%) are updating when they shut down their systems. For these users, there is no automatic restart because the system can complete all steps of the installation during shutdown. This is the least disruptive experience for users, and so we do want to “hitch a ride” whenever we can on user-initiated shutdowns instead of inconveniencing users with a separate restart.

Install-at-scheduled-time – For the 30% who are scheduling automatic updates, their installations start at a scheduled time (the default is 3 AM in the time-zone where the PC is located) or the next time the user logs in (if they miss the 3 AM window). WU automatically completes any restarts necessary to finish the installation. To ensure that you get the chance to save any important files and data before the restart, they show you a 15-minute countdown timer before the restart.

DUQU MALWARE

November 14, 2011

DUQU MALWARE spreading through easily fixed Windows flaw.

See this link to close it: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2639658

Firefox 8 available for FTP download, official November 8th

November 7, 2011

The latest version of Firefox, version 8, is slated to be officially released on November 8th. However, it’s actually available now via Mozilla’s FTP servers. The biggest change is that Firefox is a little more careful with add-ons, setting them to disabled by default and presenting upgraders a one-time dialog box to manage previously installed add-ons. There’s also support for Twitter in the search bar, a preference to load tabs on-demand after a relaunch, and the standard performance and stability fixes.

You can find the download link at Mozilla’s FTP site, but a full release (including mirrors for faster downloading) should be arriving on Tuesday — so if you’re not in a hurry you can just wait for your browser to offer an auto-update.