Category: security

Netgear security update

Check your router for a vulnerability by entering the string below into your browser (change [router-address] to the IP address of your router (example: 192.168.1.1)). http://[router-address]/cgi-bin/;uname$IFS-a If that page shows anything but an error or an empty page, your router is affected and you need to apply the patch just published by Netgear (link below)…. Read more »

Yahoo! Mail security issues.

I’m seeing a lot of issues with Yahoo Mail accounts being compromised, so I’m posting my notes here and will update as I understand the problem better.  An example is when you get e-mail from friends with a single, SPAM URL in the message and it’s sent to 10-15 people (in alpha order) from their… Read more »

Computer Backup Recommendations

This is the first in a series of reference articles that answer frequently asked questions from friends, family, and clients.  I will update these articles as required.  Feel free to let me know if you have any questions or recommendations. Required hardware and software    Software – Acronis TrueImage 2012    Hardware – external hard drive –… Read more »

UPDATE: Google “advanced sign-in security”

When you bump into people at a funeral discussing e-mail security problems, you know it’s a mainstream issue.  A woman we were chatting with just spent the better part of two weeks restoring access to her MSN account after she received a variation of the “Mugged in London” scam.  The result was someone hijacked her… Read more »

User registration

Due to ‘bots registering fake users, I just disabled new user registration.  I’m not sure how I will handle this moving forward, but I want to allow comments, I just don’t want 20 fake accounts created each day. Stay tuned.

Stop Paying for Windows Security; Microsoft’s Security Tools Are Good Enough

  Stop Paying for Windows Security; Microsoft’s Security Tools Are Good Enough I have been using Microsoft Security Essentials since it was in beta.  It does a good job, with very low overhead, and high rate of accuracy, including malware and Trojans.  If you use Security Essentials, keep your workstation patched, and use multiple browsers… Read more »

Malware as twitter password reset

Wow.  This caught me by surprise this morning.  The message below (forwarded to Google Mail) looks legit, but if you hover over the link, you see it points to a binary (password.exe) hosted on gameroomhaven.com. Most of the message is legit.  The links at the bottom of the post are legit, pointing back to twitter.com. … Read more »