Stories by Tony Bradley

  • Virtual servers still face real security threats

    By Tony Bradley | 29 July, 2014 08:15

    Don't let the word "virtual" in virtual servers fool you. You're the only one who knows it's virtual. From the perspective of the virtual server itself, the devices connected to it, applications running on it, end-users connecting to it, or security threats trying to compromise it, the server is very, very real. A new survey from Kaspersky Labs found that many IT professionals understand that securing virtual environments is important, but don't fully understand the threats or how to properly defend against them.

  • Internet Explorer is still the star of Patch Tuesday

    By Tony Bradley | 09 July, 2014 06:03

    It's déjà vu all over again. After a mind-blowing 59 separate vulnerabilities were patched in Internet Explorer last month, the Microsoft Web browser is hogging the spotlight again in July.

  • Microsoft plans six security bulletins for July Patch Tuesday

    By Tony Bradley | 04 July, 2014 10:25

    As much of the workforce in the United States coasts through the rest of the day looking forward to an extended weekend to grill hot dogs and drink beer--I mean, celebrate the nation's independence--Microsoft released its advance notification for next week's Patch Tuesday. The six security bulletins include two ranked Critical, three Important, and one listed merely as Moderate.

  • Study: 7 in 10 concerned about security of Internet-of-Things

    By Tony Bradley | 24 June, 2014 05:06

    The Internet-of-Things is a thing. If you haven't heard about it yet, get ready because we're in the early stages of an explosion of technology that will connect, monitor, and in some cases share almost every aspect of our lives. Fortinet conducted a survey of consumers to find out what people think about the security and privacy concerns of the Internet-of-Things.

  • Study: The traditional office will soon be extinct

    By Tony Bradley | 18 June, 2014 05:57

    It's not news that mobility is one of the major driving forces in IT today. Smartphones and tablets continue to supplant traditional PCs as primary computing devices, as people are getting more done from wherever they happen to be. A new study from Aruba Networks found that the demand for mobile productivity also puts significant stress on IT personnel and budgets.

  • Defend yourself against World Cup scams

    By Tony Bradley | 13 June, 2014 05:35

    The 2014 World Cup tournament has kicked off in Brazil. Soccer (or football anywhere outside of the United States) is the most popular sport in the world, and billions of people will be following the matches closely. While you're busy figuring out how to stream games to your work PC while appearing to be busy with an Excel spreadsheet, you should be aware that World Cup will also be a feeding frenzy of malware and phishing attacks.

  • Hey, Apple! Don't forget about the Windows users

    By Tony Bradley | 09 June, 2014 22:50

    At the recent WWDC, Apple's annual developer conference, Apple showed off some of the new features and capabilities coming soon in iOS 8 and Mac OS X Yosemite. The level of integration between the mobile and desktop operating systems looks impressive, but maybe Apple should be focusing on how to provide that level of integration for Windows users with iOS devices.

  • Latest eBay flaw is a rookie mistake for a website

    By Tony Bradley | 30 May, 2014 08:38

    When it rains it pours for eBay. Less than a week after the popular website revealed it was the victim of a massive data breach and directed users to change their passwords, researchers have discovered that it is vulnerable to serious flaws that could allow an attacker to access user accounts. Individuals need to know how to guard against falling victim to these security issues, and other businesses need to learn from eBay's mistakes and do a better job of protecting resources on the Web.

  • 10 indispensable iPhone apps for Windows users

    By Tony Bradley | 28 May, 2014 23:20

    If you're one of the two out of three Windows users who also own Apple products, you may not realize you can use the traditionally adversarial platforms to get a productivity edge. Microsoft made waves when it launched Office Mobile for iPhone and the Office for iPad apps, but those were just the biggest steps in a strategy the company has been building for awhile. As a result, there are a slew of iPhone apps to help those who depend on Microsoft tools to get things done. Here are the 10 most essential.

  • eBay hack could result in social engineering schemes

    By Tony Bradley | 22 May, 2014 07:00

    You've probably heard by now that eBay is the latest victim of a massive data breach. The popular online auction site has asked users to reset their passwords as a precautionary measure, but the data that matters most is already compromised, and there is nothing you can do to "reset" it.

  • Attack of the clones: detect fake antimalware with these tips

    By Tony Bradley | 17 May, 2014 08:32

    Security researchers have been stressing the dramatic rise in mobile malware for a few years now--which naturally leads to more users downloading and using some sort of mobile antimalware app. But now even malware protection has become a risk: last month the popular Virus Shield Android app was outed as fraud, and this week Kaspersky announced the discovery of a pair of fake apps using its name in the Google and Windows Phone app stores.

  • iCloud vs. iTunes backups: The crucial differences that affect your data

    By Tony Bradley | 15 May, 2014 22:59

    Once upon a time one of the primary handicaps of iOS devices was the fact that you had to physically connect it to a Windows or Mac PC with a USB sync cable to back it up using iTunes. With iOS 5 Apple introduced iCloud, essentially allowing users to cut the cord. But these iOS backup methods were not created equal, and if you don't choose carefully you could be risking significant data loss. To ensure your iPhone or iPad data is fully protected, here's a look at what each option backs up and when to use it.

  • Report: Phishing scams increasingly using mobile apps to bait victims

    By Tony Bradley | 08 May, 2014 02:28

    When it comes down to it, spam and phishing scams rely primarily on exploiting trust. If the attacker can find a way to make the message appear to be from a known source, the odds that a user will take the bait are much higher. This has led to malware infections that access your contacts and send out infected emails on your behalf to everyone you know, and those same basic techniques have been adapted for instant messaging, social networks, and even SMS text messaging. According to a new report from Kaspersky Lab, Mobile apps are the new frontier.

  • Microsoft takes fight to Google's home turf with Office Online Apps

    By Tony Bradley | 16 April, 2014 06:01

    Microsoft has adopted a new strategy for its Office productivity tools. Rather than holding Office hostage on Windows devices in an effort to attract customers, it will try and make the suite the default productivity choice no matter what platform or device people are using--including Chrome OS and Chromebooks.

  • Reverse Heartbleed puts your PC and devices at risk of OpenSSL attack

    By Tony Bradley | 15 April, 2014 05:58

    The Internet has been abuzz for the last week or so in response to the Heartbleed vulnerability in OpenSSL. While almost all of the attention has centered on patching Web servers and advising users to change their passwords, security researchers have discovered that individual client PCs and devices are also at risk thanks to "Reverse Heartbleed."

 

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