Automatic Login for Windows XP & Mac OS X

This feature allows other users to start your computer and use the account that you establish to automatically log on. Enabling auto logon makes your computer more convenient to use, but can pose a security risk since anyone can just turn the machine on and access your files. Mac OS X This may vary slightly depending […]

Google pulls app that revealed Android flaw, issues fix

Google pulled an app from the Android marketplace that was created to illustrate a flaw in the mobile framework that allowed apps to be installed without a user’s knowledge. It then issued a fix for bug. Jon Oberheide, chief technology officer of Scio Security, created a proof-of-concept app disguised as an expansion for the popular […]

Microsoft releases the first security patch to Office 2011 (v14.0.1)

Microsoft has released its first update to Office 2011, which, in addition to bug fixes, patches a security vulnerability that could allow remote code execution if a user opens or previews a specially crafted RTF e-mail message. Users can download the 110.5 MB update here, or via the Microsoft AutoUpdate tool. More information about the update is here.Computerworld points […]

Google sues feds over Microsoft-centric bidding requirement

So the government, is asking for bids, from multiple vendors for a product that can only be created by one vendor.  So if anyone else wants to win the bid, they have to purchase services / product from Microsoft.  Yes indeed.  This is your money at work, within the government.  Especially since there are tons […]

Uninstalling Norton Antivirus & related Security Products

One major issue that I have seen is that Norton Antivirus & Security Products don’t always uninstall cleanly. Often, in the past, they have left the computer unable to connect properly to the internet, or having odd symptoms… What I have found is using the custom Norton Uninstall Utility, works cleanly, and is often faster […]

VideoLan releases VLC media player fix

Developers of the VLC media player have released a new version that takes care of several bugs and adds other improvements. The latest version is now 1.1.3, which repairs a memory corruption problem in the TagLib plug-in that is rated as “critical” and affected VLC versions 0.9.0 through 1.1.2. The vulnerability could be exploited by […]

Schneier on Security: Intel Buys McAfee

Well, according to Bruce Schneier, Intel has purchased McAfee. Honestly, I don’t see this as a bad step.  The McAfee products were starting to become long in the tooth, and the fresh blood may just get the entire product back on it’s feet.  But this is all my opinion…  What do I know? Read Bruce’s […]

Try answering the question, or you’ve failed…

I just did something that I never have done in the past…. And I shouldn’t be surprised at the results… I just read the “What’s the risk” help screen for the ActiveX installer prompt.  You know the annoying prompt, where it asks “do you want to install this ActiveX control” or “What’s the risk?”. You […]