Maximizing Online Networks for Your Business

Online social networks and communities have been another important online tool for companies to consider when creating an overall online marketing strategy. This extends the reach and effectiveness of your basic web site by adding connected accounts on LinkedIn, Facebook, and depending on your business, MySpace. You can create a LinkedIn Group as well, if your business would benefit from an interactive space for your customers or user’s group. LinkedIn also provides an easy way ...

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Watch Out for Facebook “System Error Check” Malware

There is an important article on ITworld Today that impacts Facebooks users. The link is: http://www.itworld.com/security/63126/facebook-system-error-check-malware?source=nlt_today. Basically, this is another entry in the long list of bogus security downloads that you do not what to get. Please read the entire article if you are on Facebook. It is a short article.

More about Conficker Worm Removal

Conficker is the new Storm worm variant that can be spread by a USB flash drive, amoung other vectors of attack. Microsoft has posted an excellent article that explains who the worm spreads, and more importantly, how to remove it if you become inflected. The link to the article is here. This came to me from Microsoft in their “Security for Home Computer Users” newsletter, which I recommend for my clients who are interested ...

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Want To Help End Spam?

Microsoft has released, via Windows Update, a newer version of the Malicious Software Removal Tool that finally finds and removes the Srizbi spam sending botnet code. Almost all spam is sent from compromised PCs like yours (and maybe you are actually infected!!), and this free Microsoft tool will find this malicious code on your PC and remove it.

So … maybe you should be absolutely certain to run Windows Update. For more details you can read the article on ...

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More on Rogue Anti-Malware Programs

I just finished removing “Antispyware360” and a second rogue program from a client computer using PC Tools Spyware Doctor, one of my favorite products for this sort of work . Then this morning I read an article in TechRepublic about how to identify the rogue anti-malware programs from te real thing. Here is a link to the article.

The author, Michael Kassner, listed some of his favorite sites ...

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New Malware Spreads Via USB Flash Drives

There are a couple of new malware products out their that spread when you insert a flash drive into a USB port. One is called Conficker and is a variant of the Storm worm. Another one is the Obama worm. You know you have it if, on Monday, you can see Obama’s head in the lower right hand corner of your screen. This worm is evidently so porrly coded that your machine will eventually become unbootable. The face ...
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Internet Explorer 7 Thinks Protected Mode Is Off

An alert client of mine called me in to “fix” a problem with their browser. IE7 was indicating in the status bar at the bottom of the window that Protected Mode was off. (see illustration)

Going to the Tools menu, I opened Internet Options and clicked the Security tab. Protected mode was showing as enabled!! What gives??

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President Obama’s Smart Phone

President Obama is getting to keep his Blackberry, sort of…. As a technologist, I did refuse to vote for a Presidential candidate who could not even do his own e-mail. Frankly, I am tired of the fact that technological kindergarteners, illiterates, and phobics make technology policy in the country, and the fact that Obama “gets” tech and uses it was a big plus for me. Not quite enough to have gotten my vote, but the ...

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Botnets and Identity Thieves – Its the Money Part 2

I read a number of computer security related blogs and email newsletters, and a couple of items came across my desk (ok, through my inbox) today that I thought worth passing on. For those of you who wonder why people write malware, here are a couple of articles worth a read. (I won’t call this stuff a “viruses” anymore. These are high quality malicious software programs – i.e. “malware,” written by professional software designers.)
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