Is Windows Defender Good Enough?

windowsdefender_lead_w_180[1]Windows 8 and 8.1 come with a security software product preinstalled in the operating system, Microsoft’s Windows Defender.  This is an extension of the Microsoft Security Essentials products that has been freely available for some time.  Most computer manufacturers continue to sell Windows 8.1 systems with other security products from Kaspersky, ...

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Sunday Funnies–Etymology Division

The problem with following someone is you never really know where you are going to end up.  So it goes today, in a post where the old English major pops back to life.  I have always been fascinated with where words come from, and how then change over time.  Found the following article by way of Silicon Beat.  I rarely repost something in it’s entirety like this, but it happens.  Hope you enjoy.

This article is courtesy of Mental ...

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Five Methods of Two Factor Authentication

The password may not be dead, but it is on life support, and the prognosis is bad.  Death is not only inevitable, it is immanent.  The increasing power of password cracking software and machines, and the proliferation of complete Rainbow tables of solved passwords on the Dark Web markets mean your clever 8, 9 or 10 character password probably has been cracked already and is for sale on the Internet.

One solution to this situation has been the increased use of ...

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Peeling the Onion: How the FBI Hacked TOR

The FBI and other international law enforcement agencies recently scored a big coup in Operation Onymous.  They managed to track down and shutter over 410 services running 27 dark web markets including the notorious Silk Road 2.0.  These operations were all running on the “Dark Web” and using TOR (The Onion Router) and it’s huge network of proxy servers to obscure their Internet address and hide the physical location of their illegal operations from discovery.

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Is Siri a Security Hole?

Recently researchers at AVG investigated how easily Siri could be fooled by voices other than the device’s owner.  In addition to using  human voices, they also used synthesized voice commands, and found that Siri, and the virtual assistants available for Android phones do not discriminate between commands from their owner, and commands issued by others.  They said:

However, these voice recognition technologies – that are so necessary on smart devices – are perhaps not as secure as we give ...

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Why Do We Always Get Hosed in America?

Everyone knows that American made drugs are cheaper in Canada.  Same drugs as here.  Some of you may know that American made cars are cheaper in Canada, too.  Same cars as here.  We have heard that medical procedures are more affordable overseas in places like India, even after you add in the price of airfare and lodging.  And the doctors are excellent US and British trained specialists.  And retiring to Belize is more affordable than living in the US.

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Happy Thanksgiving From WyzGuys

The Christmas shopping season opens today.  Black Friday, Plaid Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday.  28 shopping days until Christmas.

In this day of excessive commercialism, and the never ending retail encroachment on our Thanksgiving holiday traditions, whatever those are for you, we wish you a happy Thanksgiving day filled with family, feasting, and football.  If you are one of those who will be shopping today, be sure to wish a happy Thanksgiving on those less fortunate, and I mean the ...

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Employees A Cyber-Threat? FBI Says Yes

We have talked at length about how your employees may be inadvertently opening the door to cyber attacks by clicking on links and opening attachments in email.  But could your employees be actively and purposefully looking to sabotage your network and steal intellectual property, or financial assets over your own computer network.  The FBI recently released information about insider threats and the effects on businesses.  The report said:

A review of recent FBI cyber investigations revealed victim businesses incur ...

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