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Windows Users: Uninstall QuickTime NOW

Just a quick, but VERY IMPORTANT advisory today. Word came from Apple late last week that a potentially catastrophic security hole has been found in the Windows version of their QuickTime video player software/web browser plugin, and APPLE HAS NO PLANS TO RELEASE A PATCH. Apple and Microsoft are BOTH warning Windows users to uninstall […]

Another Day, Another Adobe Flash Malware Warning

I’ve written about the dangers of the Adobe Flash plug-in many times, but I know lots of people are still using it. So maybe if all the warnings to date haven’t convinced them to dump the Flash plugin, Adobe’s emergency rollout of a patch to prevent a Flash ransomware problem last week will make them […]

Domain Squatting: Typos Open Consumers To Phishing Attack

Typos used to be merely annoying, but now they can make you the target of a phishing attack.     Scammers are reserving the URLs for misspelled versions of legitimate websites in order to trick people into giving up their logins and other personal and financial information. As reported by Slate: Cybersecurity firm Endgame noticed […]

New Ransomware Threat Targets Gamers

Last week Ars Technica reported on a new spike in ransomware infections that largely put gamers in the crosshairs. The article is fairly technical, but the key takeaway for consumers is: In the past four days, researchers from three separate security firms have reported that a large number of legitimate WordPress sites have been hacked […]

Recently Discovered Security Holes in Dell, Lenovo & Toshiba Computers, and How To Close Them

Yesterday Computerworld reported on the serious security flaws that are shipping in the pre-loaded software (which some call “bloatware”) of Dell, Lenovo and Toshiba computers. With so many people sure to get new computers for the holidays, it’s important to get the word out on this.     From Computerworld: If you have a Lenovo […]