In the Wild
Don’t shoot the messenger when it comes to AV test results.
The fact that MSE barely got certified by AV-Test.org shouldn’t be easily dismissed — not without considering all the facts.
Security in businesses large and small is increasingly threatened by flaws in everyday applications such as Adobe Flash Player, Adobe Reader, and Acrobat that are embedded in Microsoft Office products.
Adobe and Microsoft need to move more swiftly to protect users, especially when so few tools presently exist to help users help themselves.
At this year’s Pwn2Own browser-hacking competition, a component of the CanSecWest security conference, clever new exploits took down Internet Explorer 8.
Released just days later, Internet Explorer 9 is immune — and offers additional security enhancements.
You wouldn’t drive your car at night without at least buckling up and turning on the headlights, so why would you surf the Web without using basic safety procedures?
Our Windows Secrets Security Baseline is a simple summary of the products and services that give PC users a minimum safe PC configuration.
New research on the Stuxnet worm suggests USBs will be an active malware vector in the future.
Turning off Autorun features in Windows might seem like a viable defense against USB-based malware, but turning off Windows Update for automatic drivers might be a better strategy.
Using Amazon’s cloud-based servers, a German researcher claims he can
crack your WPA-PSK wireless network encryption in 20 minutes or less.
The risk is real, but you can take steps to protect yourself.
Adobe’s Reader X is now available and should be downloaded as soon as possible.
However, don’t expect those pesky PDF exploits to stop anytime soon. The added security that sandboxing provides Reader is far from complete.
A recent blog by the Microsoft Malware Protection Center reported that attacks on Java code far exceeded Adobe exploits in 2010.
In light of this finding, it’s time to review your PC for any unneeded or out-of-date versions of Oracle’s OS.
A security researcher’s new tool shows how easy it is to pluck session cookies out of public Wi-Fi networks and gain access to users’ online accounts.
That this circa-2007 hack is still a threat is scary. But the real concern for all Web users should be the slow adoption of secure HTTPS.
In the ongoing battle to keep malware off your PC, keeping your browser up-to-date is critical.
In this monthly refresh of the Windows Secrets Security Baseline, I look at security features in the latest Chrome and upcoming versions of Firefox and Internet Explorer.