AVG Internet Security Scores Highly On VB100 Test

I subscribe to a newsletter called the Virus Bulletin, and earlier in August they sent out the results of their latest lab test of 54 for the most popular anti-malware products on the market.  You can see the results here.  The Reactive and Proactive Quadrant shown in the article rates a products ability to react to known virus and malware attacks, as well as its ability to proactively deal with unknown or new threats, based on technologies such ...

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Facebook Survey Email is a Hoax

I have been getting several survey requests from Facebook in my email lately, and most end up in my SPAM folder, where they belong.   Do not click on any links or worse yet take the survey.  This is an exploit to allow criminal hackers to acquire your Facebook credentials and hijack your Facebook account in order to steal your identity and raise funds from your Facebook Friends.

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What Am I Doing On Twitter?

This, unfortunately, is a really good question, and one that I may finally, after a year, be able to answer, at least partially.  My reason for signing up on Twitter was initially a defensive play, I have a significant web presence I have developed over the years around my domain name, WyzGuys.  So when Twitter launched I immediately signed up as wyzguy in Twitter.  Now you know where to follow me.

I had some difficulty finding my Twitter “voice.”  What to ...

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What’s New in Office 2010

Microsoft Office 2010 is officially released, with some new features and small changes that make this productivity suite easier to use.  The list of changes is pretty long, so we will cover them in a series of posts over the next couple of months, as I get a chance to play with the new Office myself.

The first thing to talk about is what has not changed, and that is the new ribbon user interface.  Those clients who made the upgrade ...

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McAfee Posts Refund Link – Just Barely

As many of you know McAfee sent out a virus signature file a couple week ago that falsely reported essential Windows service svchost.exe as a virus, crippling Windows systems running McAfee security products.  This issue caused the a lot of mayhem for McAfee users, and cause several of their large corporate clients to shut down all computer operations while they dealt with this mistake.

McAfee’s CEO promised to reimburse McAfee users for any expenses incurred to restore their computers to working ...

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$50 iTunes Gift Card Email Carries Malicious Exploit

I got an email today from Sophos.  Their alert read:

Hackers have spammed out widely a malicious email attack, posing as a gift certificate for Apple iTunes. The emails, which claim that the recipient has received a $50 iTunes Gift Certificate, carry a dangerous ZIP file which can infect Windows computers.

The emails read as follows:

Subject: Thank you for buying iTunes Gift Certificate!
From: "iTunes Online Store" <software@itunes.com> ...

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The Power of Word of Mouth Marketing

Many of you know I belong to BNI.  BNI or Business Network International, is an professionally run weekly meeting of business professionals who meet with the sole purpose of passing referrals and making introductions to each others clients.  In Minnesota, there are over 160 chapters with more than 3900 members who collectively have passed almost $100 million in business in the last 12 months.  I know that a seat in my chapter, the East Side Alliance, is worth $20,000 per ...

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How Fast Can Your Password Be Cracked?

When I teach my computer security class, I show an example of how much difference using a longer or more complex password can make in terms of total number of attempts required to break a password using automated brute force methods that simply try all possible combinations against a password.  You can see the table here.

I came across a post by Internet standards expert, CEO of web company iFusion Labs, and blogger John Pozadzides.  He knows a ...

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AVG Internet Security Garners Awards Again

AVG Internet Security was ranked third out of a field of twenty top security products in a recent PCWorld Labs review in the May 2010 issue of their magazine.  It also as one of twenty security products out of a field of 60 entrants to receive the VB100 award from Virus Bulletin magazine.

We continue to use AVG ourselves and recommend this product to our clients.  It combines features that we appreciate the most:  it is effective at blocking, finding, and ...

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WyzGuys Awarded AVG Silver Partner Designation

Here at WyzGuys we have been recommending and selling AVG security products to our clients since November 2007.  Yesterday we received notification that we are AVG Silver Partners, because of our commitment to the product and thanks to our clients, who for the most part have accepted our recommendations and purchased AVG products for their own small business and personal computers.

AVG continues to be our favorite.  Always ranked in the top 5 security software products, we like it for the ...

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