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  • Is Bring Your Own Identity a security risk or advantage?

    By Ellen Messmer | 29 July, 2014 04:51

    The "Bring Your Own Identity" (BYOID) trend in which websites let users authenticate using identities established through Facebook, LinkedIn, Google, Amazon, Microsoft Live, Yahoo or other means raises some questions in the minds of IT and business managers. And a survey conducted by Ponemon Institute shows a vast difference in how the IT and business sides think about this so-called BYOID method of authentication.

  • EU, Google, Microsoft, Yahoo meet on 'right to be forgotten' but questions remain

    By Loek Essers | 25 July, 2014 23:57

    European data protection authorities still have questions after meeting with Google, Microsoft and Yahoo about the implementation of a recent ruling that gave European citizens the right to be forgotten by search engines.

  • Internet Explorer vulnerabilities surge to record levels in 2014, NVD figures reveal

    By John E Dunn | 25 July, 2014 20:21

    Microsoft's Internet Explorer experienced a record number of software vulnerabilities in the first half of 2014, far above any other popular program, a Bromium analysis of US National Vulnerability Database (NVD) figures has shown.

  • New SSL server rules go into effect Nov. 1

    By Ellen Messmer | 25 July, 2014 07:03

    Public certificate authorities (CAs) are warning that as of Nov. 1 they will reject requests for internal SSL server certificates that don't conform to new internal domain naming and IP address conventions designed to safeguard networks.

  • Malwarebytes questions poor showing in anti-malware protection-evaluation lab testing

    By Ellen Messmer | 25 July, 2014 02:41

    Dennis Technology Labs (DTL), which tests anti-malware products for effectiveness in protection, for the first time included the free version of the Malwarebytes software in the labs' competitive evaluation along with nine other vendor products, both paid and free. The results published by DTL today reveal Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free had a poor showing, with only Microsoft Security Essentials doing worse in terms of effectiveness of protection.

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  • How to create an anonymous email account

    By Ian Paul | 16 July, 2014 03:24

    A reader recently asked me how they could use aliases in Outlook.com to create an anonymous email account. My answer was simple: you really can't.

  • One tweak can make your Windows PC virtually invulnerable

    By Tony Bradley | 19 February, 2014 21:55

    Microsoft published 147 vulnerabilities in 2013 that were rated as Critical. Critical, however, is a relative term, and there is one simple thing anyone can do that would guard against almost every single Critical vulnerability according to a new report from Avecto.

  • How to recover files after a malware attack

    By Lincoln Spector | 13 January, 2014 18:25

    Malware infected Jones888's computer, and important files are no longer accessible. How can Jones get them back?

  • Save your Internet bacon with two-factor authentication

    By Nick Mediati | 30 October, 2013 19:00

    Anyone who's paid attention to computer security over the past few years will probably tell you that your password isn't enough. Passwords are often awkward and hard to remember--leading people to use the same password for multiple sites--and if someone gets a hold of your login credentials, they can wreak havoc with your personal information. Not good.

  • Disable Windows' logon password

    By Lincoln Spector | 28 October, 2013 19:52

    Don doesn't need to keep other people off his PC. He asked me how he could skip the logon screen and boot directly into Windows without a password.

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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.