50% of Spam comes from Asia

Where does all the spam come from?  Well, almost half (49.7%) of it originates somewhere in Asia, with India leading the pack at 11.4%.  This does not mean that Indians or other Asians are the “perpetrators.”  What this means is that computer users in Asian have become unwitting accomplices after having their poorly secured or unsecured computers hacked and added to some cyber-criminal’s botnet.

Here are the top 10 Spam relaying countries in the world for April to June 2012.  They ...

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Windows 7 Surpasses Windows XP–Finally!

It has been nearly 3 years since Windows 7 was launched, and it has finally surpassed the 11 year old and somewhat long in the tooth Windows XP in percentage of Windows computers in use.  Windows 7 has a 42% share with windows XP falling to 41% as users replace their older systems.  Windows Vista, never very popular with users, has a 7% share, down from its highest share of 13%.  It is expected that Windows 7 with achieve 48% ...

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Beware Facebook Photo Tag Announcements–They Could Be Malware

Malware is spreading on the Facebook platform posing as emails from Facebook saying you have been tagged in a photo.  Clicking on the link will redirect you to a malware download site, and then almost immediately to Facebook, so you may not even know that this has happened.  Please be careful opening these emails.  It is usually a better course of action to simply go to your Facebook page and search for the photo tag there.  Of course, in this ...

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Beware Facebook Photo Tag Announcements–They Could Be Malware

Malware is spreading on the Facebook platform posing as emails from Facebook saying you have been tagged in a photo.  Clicking on the link will redirect you to a malware download site, and then almost immediately to Facebook, so you may not even know that this has happened.  Please be careful opening these emails.  It is usually a better course of action to simply go to your Facebook page and search for the photo tag there.  Of course, in this ...

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Happy System Administrator’s Day

Today is System Administrator’s Day.  Yes, this is official.  Today is a day to remember those shy, quiet,  and largely unseen gnomes who run your computer world.  I am one of those guys.

So send your favorite computer buddy (you know the one who you call when you get that goofy error message) a little shout out by email, text, or Facebook.  Trust me, they will appreciate it.

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Ten Security Techniques You Can Use

From ITWorld.  Here are some security techniques you can use that, in spite of how goofy they may sound, actually do provide an increased security profile.

  1. Renaming administrative accounts.  While this is often recommended, it is seldom done.  Please be aware that in the history of automated malware exploits,  they have always gone after the built-in administrative account names.  By changing them, you defeat the authors with a simple name change, plus it is easier to monitor login attempts ...
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Microsoft Warns of Security Flaw in Gadgets

Microsoft has issued a security warning to users of the Gadget sidebar in Windows Vista and Gadgets in Windows 7.  Gadgets are the little applets like a clock, news headline feed, or weather feed that can be added to the desktop area.  Apparently a method has been developed to allow for the creation of custom gadgets, that when added to their computer system by users, would allow the providers of the gadget remote access and control of the computer, and ...

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Illegal BitTorrent Porn Downloaders Extorted by Porn Industry

People who have been using BitTorrent to “share” pornographic videos online are finding themselves being sued by the porn production companies, a la the RIAA, but with a twist.  While the recording industry has spent a small fortune suing grandmas, parents of small children, people without computers, and other individuals for sharing and downloading songs illegally, the pornography industry is simply trying to monetize the process.  In letters sent out to suspected downloaders of porn, the industry threatens the cost ...

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Microsoft Warns of Security Flaw in Gadgets

Microsoft has issued a security warning to users of the Gadget sidebar in Windows Vista and Gadgets in Windows 7.  Gadgets are the little applets like a clock, news headline feed, or weather feed that can be added to the desktop area.  Apparently a method has been developed to allow for the creation of custom gadgets, that when added to their computer system by users, would allow the providers of the gadget remote access and control of the computer, and ...

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Windows 7 Surpasses Windows XP–Finally!

It has been nearly 3 years since Windows 7 was launched, and it has finally surpassed the 11 year old and somewhat long in the tooth Windows XP in percentage of Windows computers in use.  Windows 7 has a 42% share with windows XP falling to 41% as users replace their older systems.  Windows Vista, never very popular with users, has a 7% share, down from its highest share of 13%.  It is expected that Windows 7 with achieve 48% ...

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