Spear Phishing – A Serious Sport

Remember the good old days when phishing schemes were easy to spot, at least to the trained eye? Errors in spelling or grammar, poor graphics, and general misuse of language were instant tip-offs. Those days are gone – modern phishing attacks are very sophisticated and very difficult to spot. Phishing pages are virtually indistinguishable from…

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4 steps for Conficker peace

If you’re confused about all the Conficker chatter everywhere, as an SME (Small & Medium Enterprise) owner or home user there are some simple steps you can take to be safe. Rest assured, if these instructions sound too complicated, we’re happy to help with these issues either on-site or remotely through the magic of the…

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Google-bombing Conficker

Careful what you search for and click on — at least if you’re using Google you benefit from its association with Badware.org. Of course as I searched for “Conficker nmap” this just now, the first hit is: googlesearch-confickernmap As I click on it, here’s the warning: googlesearch-confickernmap-badware If you click on “Why was this site…

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TinyURL and Bit.ly Security Issues WSINWIG (What You See Is NOT What You Get)

We have all seen URLs like this one: http://www.computerworld.com/action/article.do?command=viewArticleBasic&taxonomyName=Security&articleId=9129269&taxonomyId=17&pageNumber=1 It is, well, a bit long. Sites like TinyURL.com and For the security conscious among us, this represents a troubling security issue. Normally, hovering the mouse cursor over a link will show the actual URL, regardless of the text used in the link. This is a…

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Wifi in Airports are Risky

This is hardly shocking, wi-fi networks in airports are very risky. It is crucial to set up SSL connections and/or a VPN connection to secure communications on public networks. Laptops should be configured to connect to infrastructure networks only – airports are full of rogue ad-hoc “free” wi-fi opportunities (as in opportunities to be hacked).