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All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Security’

Microsoft Postpones IE Java-Blocking Feature

Microsoft recently posted to its Internet Explorer blog that it would begin blocking out-of-date ActiveX controls as part of its “ongoing commitment to delivering a more secure browser”. It then updated the blog to announce that it had postponed it until September 9th. According to a recent Microsoft Security Intelligence report, Java exploits represented 84.6% to 98.5% of exploit kit-related …

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Gmail Takes Security Precautions Related To New Non-Latin Character Support

Last week, Google announced that it started recognizing non-Latin characters in email addresses, opening up the ability for users to send and receive emails in more languages. By doing this, however, they were potentially opening the door to more spam slipping through the cracks courtesy of bad actors using sneak character combinations. Google isn’t letting this happen though. The company …

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Yahoo Follows Google Into Better Mail Encryption

Yahoo security chief Alex Stamos announced on Thursday that by sometime next year, Yahoo Mail will be encrypted end-to-end, and will be compatible with end-to-end encryption in Gmail. CNET shares this statement from Stamos: “What this means is that eventually not only will Yahoo Mail users be able to communicate in an encrypted manner with other Yahoo Mail users, but …

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What Google’s New Ranking Signal Means For You

This week, Google introduced the webmaster and SEO world to a new ranking signal. Webmasters using HTTPS (HTTP over TLS, or Transport Layer Security) to make their sites more secure will be looked upon more favorably than those that don’t in Google’s search engine. Do you think Google should use HTTPS as a ranking signal? If so, do you think …

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Facebook Announces Acquisition Of PrivateCore

Facebook is buying PrivateCore, a secure server technology company. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Joe Sullivan, Facebook’s Chief Security Officer announced the news in a post today (via TechCrunch): I’ve seen how much people care about the security of data they entrust to services like Facebook. We finished implementing HTTPS encryption by default over a year ago, …

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Google Announces New Ranking Signal

Google announced that HTTPS is now a ranking signal used in its algorithm. The company has been pushing the use of HTTPS (HTTP over TLS/Transport Layer Security) for quite some time, and called for “HTTPS everywhere” at Google I/O, so this shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. The company says it’s seeing more and more webmasters adopting it, and …

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Over 1 Billion Online Usernames, Passwords Reportedly Stolen

Wow, this is a big one. A first reported by The New York Times, Hold Security discovered that a Russian crime ring has stolen 1.2 billion user name and passwords combinations and over 500 million email addresses from 420,000 websites “including household names and small Internet sites”. The Times reports: Hold Security would not name the victims, citing nondisclosure agreements …

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BlackBerry Acquires ‘Anti-Eavesdropping’ Company Secusmart

BlackBerry announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire Secusmart, a voice and data encryption company, which makes “anti-eavesdropping” solutions for government organizations and companies. The two companies have partnered in the past, offering Secusmart technology, including the SecuSUITE for BlackBerry 10 solution, to BlackBerry customers. “We are always improving our security solutions to keep up with the growing …

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Justin Bieber Lucks Out With FAA

Justin Bieber has been dealt a ‘get out of jail free’ pass–at least by the FAA. The Federal Aviation Administration has closed its investigation into what happened on the private jet the As Long As You Love me singer and his entourage were traveling on and were briefly detained on back in January. Bieber and his friends flew into Teterboro …

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Feedly And Evernote Go Down, Hit By DDoS Attacks

No, it’s not just you. Feedly is down because it’s been attacked. In fact, both Feedly and Evernote were hit by denial of service attacks. Evernote says it’s back up and running now, but notes that there could still be some hiccups in service. Feedly is still down. Here’s a sequence of tweets from Evernote explaining its situation: Evernote service …

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Shockwave Found To Bundle Outdated, Dangerous Version Of Flash

It was recently discovered that Adobe Shockwave has been bundling a version of Flash Player that is over fifteen months old, and behind on important security updates. From the Vulnerability Notes Database at kb.cert.org: Adobe Macromedia Shockwave Player is software that plays active web content developed in Macromedia and Adobe Director. Shockwave Player is available as an ActiveX control for …

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Google Tightens Security On Chrome For Windows

Google announced back in November that it would start requiring all Chrome extensions to be hosted in the Chrome Web Store for its Windows stable and beta channels (starting in January). Google announced today that it is now enforcing this. Extensions will only be able to be installed if they’re hosted on the Chrome Web Store. Previously installed extensions may …

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