INTERNET EXPLORER SECURITY FIX

Microsoft has rolled up all the security fixes for Internet Explorer from the last few months and put them in a single download. This is a highly recommended update for everyone. There are various versions for Internet Explorer 5.01, 5.5, and 6.0. Here’s the page with information about the various fixes and instructions for downloading the update. […] continued

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SECURITY: WINDOWS vs LINUX

As you probably read, Microsoft announced that it will focus on security rather than new features for the foreseeable future. According to one report, it has suspended all coding of anything new for the next month while the entire company focuses on hunting for bugs and security vulnerabilities. Microsoft also hired a security heavyweight to head the effort to make Microsoft’s products more secure. […] continued

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AUDIOGALAXY AND SPYWARE

“Spyware” is a new term that describes little programs that report on your web surfing to third parties – usually without your knowledge. They typically arrive on your system as an unwanted component tucked in with something you’re installing on purpose. RealPlayer would install a tempting utility to assist you with downloads – and buried in the fine print was a sentence acknowledging that information about the web sites you visited would be sent to RealNetworks. […] continued

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SECURITY UPDATE

Microsoft pledged to focus on security last week in an edict from Bill Gates that might be PR fluff – but not necessarily. Gates has a keen sense of when Microsoft has to turn itself around, and this might be one of those times when the company redefines itself and stays a step ahead. […] continued

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WINDOWS XP SECURITY HOLE MISREPRESENTED

The press has done a terrible job reporting on the Windows XP security vulnerability that turned up a few days ago. It was widely reported that any hacker with a modem could sit in a hut in Minsk and take over your computer, transmitting all your private files to credit reporting agencies, or something like that. […] continued

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WINDOWS SECURITY UPDATE

Somebody discovered a way to sneak remotely into Windows computers under some circumstances (only in the laboratory so far, but some smart person will figure it out in the real world eventually). Microsoft has a patch that eliminates the problem, and it’s trying so hard to be sensitive to security issues that a Microsoft guy took the lead in announcing that this was serious and awful and everybody should upgrade immediately. […] continued

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NORTON ANTIVIRUS & E-MAIL SCANNING

By default, Norton Antivirus 2002 scans outgoing e-mail for viruses. I’ve become unhappy with the way it handles that outgoing mail scan. It typically takes 10-30 seconds before anything happens to a message in the outbox, and then a big window appears in the middle of the screen while NAV scans – a window that sits on top of everything else onscreen and can take 5-15 seconds to go away. […] continued

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INTERNET EXPLORER SECURITY UPDATE

Microsoft released a huge patch for Internet Explorer 5.5 and 6 today. It is highly recommended that everyone install this patch immediately. It is a cumulative patch that includes all previous security updates for IE, and adds protection against three new vulnerabilities that were just discovered. Here’s an article about the patch, and here’s the Microsoft page where you can get it. […] continued

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OUTLOOK E-MAIL SECURITY

The responsibility of owning a computer today includes owning an antivirus program and keeping it up to date. If you haven’t affirmatively done something to update your virus definitions in the last two weeks, then you’re at risk, and you’re putting everyone in your address book at risk. It’s not difficult – the antivirus programs make it very easy to remember to stay up to date. […] continued

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GONER VIRUS

Another virus is running around today. It comes in as an attachment to an e-mail message with the subject “Hi.” The message body begins, “How are you? When I saw this screen saver, I immediately thought about you. I am in a harry, I promise you will love it!” If you click on the attachment named GONE.SCR, it will immediately begin sending itself out to everyone in your Outlook or Outlook Express address book. […] continued

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BADTRANS VIRUS

Another virus making the rounds these days. BADTRANS is the usual – arrives as an e-mail attachment, sends itself back out to lots of people with your name on the message as the sender, does a couple of dirty deeds on your computer. If you’re infected, here’s an explanation of what the virus does and how to get rid of it. […] continued

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NORTON ANTIVIRUS 2002

Generally I’m happy with Norton Antivirus 2002. It installs like a dream, the e-mail scanning works, and it’s easy to update.

But here’s an interesting side-effect. I just set up a new Dell Dimension 8200 – a very nice, very fast computer. Almost immediately I noticed that the clock was losing time – a lot of time, several hours every day. […] continued

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TERRORIST LEGENDS

The Register has a good article about the various urban legends that have circulated by e-mail since the terrorist attacks. Most of them will be familiar: the doctored photos, messages warning about the dangers of being in various places, the significance of the number “11”, the Wingdings fonts, the astrological warnings, Nostradamus predictions. […] continued

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URBAN LEGENDS AND VIRUS HOAXES

When I get e-mail messages that don’t smell right, the web site I check first is the Urban Legends site at About.com. You’re likely to find solid information about any e-mail chain letter that comes your way, as well as the hundreds of virus hoaxes that continue to travel from mailbox to mailbox. […] continued

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SIRCAM VIRUS WARNING

SirCam is a widely distributed virus. Within the next four days, you’d like to become very confident that you’re not infected with it.

According to one analysis of SirCam’s code, every year on Oct. 16 the worm will delete all the files and folders contained on the hard drives of randomly selected SirCam-infected computers. […] continued

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