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  • Windows XP lives on: Avast survey shows 27 percent of its XP users don't plan to switch

    By Mark Hachman | 15 April, 2014 23:04

    Microsoft may have ended support for Windows XP, but free antivirus software vendor Avast projects that for millions of users, that won't mean squat.

  • Windows XP still going strong despite looming end of support deadline

    By Ian Paul | 03 April, 2014 03:10

    With less than a week to go until Microsoft officially ends support for Windows XP the number of users sticking with the aging OS is still significant. The latest numbers from NetMarketShare show Windows XP is going strong, powering 27.69 percent of all worldwide PC usage during the month of March.

  • The risks of sticking with Windows XP

    By Anthony Caruana | 13 March, 2014 11:48

    Windows XP is just a few short weeks away from coming out of support from Microsoft. And that means no more updates for security vulnerabilities. So, what's that mean for businesses? Can they just carry on as if nothing has changed or will retaining Microsoft's most popular OS create new risks for the enterprise?

  • Nov'IT says flashing a new ROM onto your Android phone can make it more secure

    By Peter Sayer | 25 February, 2014 18:27

    Rooting your Android phone and flashing it with a new ROM -- a different version of the OS -- is usually accompanied by dire warnings from the manufacturer and occasionally even the supplier of the ROM image that it can make your phone less secure. Nov'IT, exhibiting at Mobile World Congress this week, says that its ROM will help keep your data and communications safe from prying eyes.

  • The top 5 security threats to watch for in 2014

    By Tony Bradley | 30 January, 2014 14:21

    The year's barely started, and we've already had enough data breaches at major retailers to make a barter economy seem like a good idea. Unfortunately there are yet more security threats to look forward to in 2014. Here are the biggest ones we anticipate.

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  • How to temporarily disable Microsoft Security Essentials

    By Rick Broida | 18 January, 2013 20:38

    When it comes to keeping my PC secure, I rely on a small handful of tools: Windows 7's built-in firewall, Gmail's spam filtering, Web of Trust's helpful browser plug-in, and Microsoft's free Security Essentials anti-virus utility.

  • How to activate Windows Defender in Windows 8

    By Brad Chacos | 15 December, 2012 23:33

    Like every new Windows release, Windows 8 is more secure than the operating systems that came before it. That's due in large part to three major enhancements: An increased emphasis on UEFI Secure Boot optimizations, the extension of the SmartScreen Filter across the operating system, and the default inclusion of a more robust version of Windows Defender, which now protects against all kinds of malware--not just spyware.

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Incident handling is a vast topic, but here are a few tips for you to consider in your incident response. I hope you never have to use them, but the odds are at some point you will and I hope being ready saves you pain (or your job!).


  1. Have an incident response plan.

  2. Pre-define your incident response team 

  3. Define your approach: watch and learn or contain and recover.

  4. Pre-distribute call cards.

  5. Forensic and incident response data capture.

  6. Get your users on-side.

  7. Know how to report crimes and engage law enforcement. 

  8. Practice makes perfect.

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Warning: Tips for secure mobile holiday shopping

I’m dating myself, but I remember when holiday shopping involved pouring through ads in the Sunday paper, placing actual phone calls from tethered land lines to research product stock and availability, and actually driving places to pick things up. Now, holiday shoppers can do all of that from a smartphone or tablet in a few seconds, but there are some security pitfalls to be aware of.