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- Microsoft confirms HTTP Strict Transport Security for IE 12
Microsoft's combination of application reputation technology and URL filtering gave Internet Explorer a malware block rate that blew pass Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Apple Safari.
HP's annual Pwn2Own contest has been run and won. Critical flaws in every major browser, which allowed remote code execution, were found as well as issues with Adobe's Flash and Reader products. Pwn2Own is a hacker contest that runs within the CanSecWest event in Vancouver. Hackers are offered cash prizes as incentives as well as donations of computer hardware and other prizes given to the security researchers.
Modern browsers are chock full of powerful hidden features, but one of the most overlooked features is incognito or private mode. If you've heard of this feature, chances are you know it, rather infamously, as "porn mode."
Today is Patch Tuesday. It also happens to be the 10-year anniversary of the monthly security patch update. For October, Microsoft released eight new security bulletins--four rated as Critical and four Important. There is one in particular, though, that deserves the most urgent attention.
Infrastructure and tools used by hackers originate from network infrastructure in China, security firm Symantec says
Update, update, update: Form that habit now, if you haven't already, to keep up with security fixes. The latest include the usual tweaks to fend off malicious attacks, and a fix to Java that should prevent it from disabling itself constantly. That would be nice.
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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!).
- Have an incident response plan.
- Pre-define your incident response team
- Define your approach: watch and learn or contain and recover.
- Pre-distribute call cards.
- Forensic and incident response data capture.
- Get your users on-side.
- Know how to report crimes and engage law enforcement.
- Practice makes perfect.
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.