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  • Question

    How can a DDoS attack on a single company slow down the entire internet?

    Posted March 27, 2013 - 4:20 pm

    The news wires have been reporting the largest DDoS attack in history is taking place today against a company called Spamhaus. I haven't noticed much of an impact, but the news reports suggest that the effect is being felt by companies including Netflix. How can a single attack have such a wide impact?
  • Question

    Are criminal penalties for hacking excessive?

    Posted March 19, 2013 - 1:00 pm

    This week Andrew Auernheimer was sentence to 41 months (!) in prison for exposing an AT&T security flaw.
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    what is the best free antivirus for 2013 ???

    Posted March 19, 2013 - 9:27 am

    Recently I had some problems with my pc. My keyboard stopped working properly. pc started doing things on it's own and it is slower than it should be.I have windows 7.
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    How to use Google 2-step verification with an older smartphone?

    Posted March 18, 2013 - 12:18 pm

    I've finally started practicing what I preach and using 2 step verification to log into my Google account since so much of my online life is so deeply integrated with Google - email, voice, wallet, play, et al. One of my Android phones is an old Motorola running 2.2 Froyo.
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    Could wearable authentication tokens replace passwords?

    Posted March 12, 2013 - 1:17 pm

    I saw that Google is testing a ring that acts as an authentication token. Obviously, a fair number of businesses use physical authentication tokens, but as far as I know they haven't been adopted for individual private use. Ok, I'm sure there are a few people out there using them, but I've never met them.
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    What are "hashed and salted" passwords?

    Posted March 4, 2013 - 4:20 pm

    I was one of the millions of Evernote users who had to reset their Evernote password this morning due to a security breach, but it seemed like most of the articles I saw about it downplayed the risk because passwords were "hashed and salted." While it sounds like a great breakfast order for WaffleHouse, what does hashed and salted mean regarding
  • Question

    What's the best way to check for keyloggers?

    Posted February 21, 2013 - 2:28 pm

    I may be paranoid, but like the old saying, just because you're paranoid doesn't mean that they aren't watching you.
  • Question

    What is pwning?

    Posted February 20, 2013 - 10:35 am

  • Question

    How often should you conduct penetration testing?

    Posted February 13, 2013 - 4:56 pm

    What is a good rule of thumb to follow for penetration testing for IT security? How often is sufficient vs. being a waste of resources?
  • Question

    How reliable is VeriFace facial recognition software?

    Posted February 6, 2013 - 12:11 pm

    I use VeriFace to log onto my Lenovo laptop by default. It is quick and logs me in easily, but I have to wonder how secure it really is. Would some other brown haired, blue-eyed guy in his 30s fool the software on my laptop, for example? I'm a big fan of making things easier for myself, but I do need a modicum of security too.
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    Why are there so many issues with Java?

    Posted January 22, 2013 - 1:24 pm

    It seems that whenever there is a zero day vulnerability, there is a better than even chance that it will have something to do with Java. What is it about Java that makes it so prone to security threats? Oracle isn't exactly some start-up operating out of a garage, you would think they would have this Java thing figured out by now.
  • Question

    Any risk from Java if you use a Mac?

    Posted January 16, 2013 - 1:54 pm

    Is there a risk to Mac users from Java 7, or does it only apply to Windows PCs?
  • Question

    How to disable Java in Firefox

    Posted January 14, 2013 - 8:53 pm

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    Should Android users worry about Java?

    Posted January 14, 2013 - 2:18 pm

    The US Government's security warning about Java on computers has been widely reported at this point, but I can seem to find what that means for Android users. After all, doesn't Android inherently use Java? Does the security vulnerability warned about apply to Android devices, and if so, what do you do about it?
  • Question

    How do you set up a VPN on Windows 8?

    Posted January 10, 2013 - 4:59 pm

    Anyone set up a VPN on Windows 8 yet?
  • Question

    How can I keep up to date on security issues?

    Posted December 28, 2012 - 12:32 pm

    It seems as if every day bring a new security threat, and I find it hard to keep up sometimes. Are there any sources/websites that are can help me keep up with security issues without draining all of my time?
  • Question

    Sites that are known to drop malware

    Posted December 20, 2012 - 12:02 pm

    Does anyone publish (or know about) a list of web sites that are known to drop malware when you browse to them?
  • Question

    How secure is FileVault?

    Posted December 19, 2012 - 1:21 pm

    I'm pretty new to the world of Mac, having used mostly Windows PCs for more years than I like to admit. I've never used FileVault before, but I just turned on FileVault on my work issued MacBook. Is this really a secure encryption method, or is it just a weak "consumer use" security blanket?
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    Is it ok to run Windows Defender while using avast! anti-virus software?

    Posted November 19, 2012 - 1:10 pm

    One of the "rules" I've always understood but never really tested is to be sure that you only have one anti-virus program running at a time. I'm using avast! on my Window 7 PC, and I have started using Windows Defender too. I haven't seen any issues. Should I stop using one of them? What will happen if I continue to use both?
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    How valid are the security concerns over Huawei and ZTE products?

    Posted October 9, 2012 - 12:14 pm

    Since the House Intelligence Committee released a report that warned against using network equipment from China due to security risks, and mentioned Huawei and ZTE by name.
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    Is NAT just another name for a firewall?

    Posted October 3, 2012 - 11:21 am

    I was at my brother's house, and home network security came up. He claims that his NAT router makes it unnecessary for him to set up a firewall. Honestly NAT (Network Address Translation) is something that I'm just not that familiar with. Is he correct.
  • Question

    Should I ditch Internet Explorer over privacy concerns?

    Posted September 20, 2012 - 11:27 am

    I've been reading a lot in the news about Internet Explorer privacy problems. Should I replace it with another browser? If so, which?
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    Should we stop using Internet Explorer until the newest fix is released?

    Posted September 19, 2012 - 11:59 am

    The German government recommended that users stop using IE in light of the security vulnerability that was revealed by Eric Romang of Is the vulnerability so significant that this is really necessary, or is this overkill?
  • Question

    What's the easiest way to encrypt data on a thumb drive?

    Posted September 14, 2012 - 11:48 am

    What the best way for a lazy guy that still wants to make sure data on a thumb drive is encrypted to do it?
  • Question

    How can I make sure data on old hard drives is erased before disposal?

    Posted August 28, 2012 - 12:08 pm

    I know that reformatting and deleting partitions doesn't really do the trick. Is there an straightforward way to make sure the data can't be recovered before I get rid of old hard drives?

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