Germany provides a secure way to deal with spam

“In theory, stopping spam is easy: just make it uneconomic to send millions of messages by charging for each one sent, or make senders authenticate their identity to stop address spoofing and simplify blocking. In practice, that would involve building a secure, parallel email infrastructure linking electronic authentication with real-world identities: a daunting task. Yet…

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Windows 7 Security Primer

Good series of articles about Windows 7 security:http://www.windowsecurity.com/articles/Windows-7-Security-Primer-Part1.htmlhttp://www.windowsecurity.com/articles/Windows-7-Security-Primer-Part2.htmlhttp://www.windowsecurity.com/articles/Windows-7-Security-Primer-Part3.html These articles cover the fundamental information how to secure Windows 7 and some of the lesser known security functionality it provides. – Urs  

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A strong Password isn’t the strongest Security

Make your password strong, with a unique jumble of letters, numbers and punctuation marks. But memorize it — never write it down. And, oh yes, change it every few months… Yes, that’s it? Or not?  “Keeping a keylogger off your machine is about a trillion times more important than the strength of any one of…

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Microsoft releases Windows Phone 7 to manufacturers (RTM)

Security relevant? Not sure… Fun? Definitely! Can’t await mine… 😉But to still give it a security touch, let’s put this under ‘Consumerization of IT’. http://www.cnet.com/8301-17918_1-20015314-85.html?tag=mncol;1n -Urs  

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Security Secrets the Bad Guys don’t want you to know

[PCWorld] You already know the basics of internet security, right? But when you’ve got the basics covered, but you still don’t feel secure, what can you do? Here are a few advanced security tips to help you thwart some of today’s most common attacks. http://www.pcworld.com/article/201309/security_secrets_the_bad_guys_dont_want_you_to_know.html?&tk=hp_fv Urs    

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Microsoft Malware Protection Center – The Stuxnet Sting

For the past week or so, MSRC has been closely tracking a new family of threats called Stuxnet (a name derived from some of the filename/strings in the malware — mrxcls.sys, mrxnet.sys).  In the past few days, it has become a  popular topic of discussion amongst security researchers and in the media. First and foremost, MSRC…

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What does it mean if my version of Windows is no longer supported?

An unsupported version of Windows will no longer receive software updates from Windows Update. These include security updates that can help protect your PC from harmful viruses, spyware, and other malicious software, which can steal your personal information. Windows Update also installs the latest software updates to improve the reliability of Windows—new drivers for your…

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Reminder: Support for Windows XP SP2 and Windows 2000 ended July 13, 2010

As Microsoft announced in 2008, support for Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2) will end on July 13, 2010. Support for Windows 2000 will end on the same date. Customers running an unsupported version of Windows or Windows service pack will not be eligible for any Microsoft support options. Updates, including security updates released with…

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3.7 Billion Phishing Emails were sent in the last 12 Months

[Network World] Cyber criminals sent 3.7 billion phishing emails over the last year, in a bid to steal money from unsuspecting web users, says CPP.  Research by the life assistance company revealed that 55 percent of phishing scams are fake bank emails, which try and dupe web users into giving hackers their credit card number…

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Microsoft Unveils One-Stop Service for Reporting Stolen Accounts

Microsoft on Thursday unveiled a program to alert banks and online services when accounts they oversee are compromised. The Internet Fraud Alert will serve as a centralized repository for stolen account credentials and personal information, Microsoft said in a press release announcing the system.  http://www.microsoft.com/Presspass/press/2010/jun10/06-17FraudAlertPR.mspx Urs  

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