As briefly described in the last post, Microsoft released a record number of patches and updates for Windows yesterday on it’s monthly Patch Tuesday release cycle. In total, 14 patches addressing 34 vulnerabilities, only a few of which are critical, but all should be downloaded and installed via Windows Update. Waiting to update could potentially mean leaving Windows at risk to be infected by viruses specifically designed to take advantage of the flaws in Windows at some point.Details
One of our Nerds, Talia Johnson sent us this good news…
“This morning David R. asked me if Astaro protected from this type of infection.
I contacted Astaro for confirmation and was informed that Astaro has had protection from this infection for a number of weeks now. If your clients have the Astaro Security Gateway with web and mail filtering they do not need to worry about being infected by this online.
Microsoft has not yet patched the .lnk vulnerability I wrote about last week. In the meantime, though, AV vendor Sophos has released a free tool that they claim will fix the problem. This has been a serious issue. A number of malware writers have already released exploits targeting this flaw. Everyone should exercise even more…Details
Several folks responded to the previous post with the same question regarding the CVV code on credit cards. This is the three-digit code stamped on the back of the card. Actually, Visa calls it a CVV. It is also referred to as a CVC, CVC2, CVV2, or CID by other card issuers. It often appears…Details
We hear about compromises of credit card information all the time. The biggest headlines seem to be precipitated when financial indstitutions or large retailers are attacked. According to a study released eariler this year by the data-security consulting company Trustwave, though, the industry that sees the most compromises is actually hotels. According to the study…Details
The hardest thing about hiring a developer is determining their level of expertise so that you are not paying more money in the end to fix what you paid them in the beginning to do right. Local Independent Developer: – Just one developer, usually working alone – Limited solutions they can deliver as a sole…Details
Update to the most recent Windows vunerability: I wrote about this earlier in the week and wanted to add some updates. This vulnerability, which exploits a flaw in the way .lnk (all those shortcut files in windows that point to a file in another location, including desktop and browser shortcuts) are displayed, originally targeted software…Details