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Internet Explorer Vulnerability (Security Advisory 2963983) Affects Every Single Version Of The Web Browser

Microsoft, on Saturday, April 26, 2014, issued a security advisory warning users of a vulnerability in Internet Explorer that could allow “remote code execution.” The latest Internet Explorer vulnerability affects all versions of the web browser, which includes Internet Explorer 6, Internet Explorer 7, Internet Explorer 8, Internet Explorer 9, Internet Explorer 10, and Internet Explorer 11. As of writing this article, Microsoft didn’t issue any patch to fix the Internet Explorer vulnerability. (we will update the page as soon as an official patch is issued) Update: Microsoft has issued a security update (Microsoft Security Bulletin MS14-021 – Critical)...

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iOS 7.1.1 Update Available for Download Brings Touch ID Improvements, Bug Fixes

Apple today released iOS 7.1.1 (build 11D201) for all compatible iPhone,iPad and iPod touch devices. Compared to the major update iOS 7.1, which we saw about a month and a half ago, iOS 7.1.1 is basically a minor update. The latest iOS software update focuses mainly on fixing bugs, Touch ID improvements and patching a number of security vulnerabilities. The last major update iOS 7.1 which Apple released for iOS 7.0 included a number of visual tweaks along with Siri improvements, Touch ID enhancement and added CarPlay support. iOS 7.1.1 Official Security Content iOS 7.1.1 offers improvements to Apple’s Touch ID, fixes a bug that impacts keyboard responsiveness,...

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Sticky Password 7 Review: Your Ideal Cross Platform Password Manager

The increasing number of web apps along with the multitude of different accounts needed to get access to them, has put a good password manager in the must-have software list. There are a few web apps that lets you log in using your existing Facebook or Google account, but there are many services like e-banking that needs specific credentials and this is where a password manager such as Sticky Password helps you out. You may think that you may not need a password manager. You can always use a short and easy to remember password, and use it on all of your...

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Review: Sticky Password Pro Keeps Your Passwords Safe, Organized [Plus Giveaway]

Every other day we hear news about reputed websites being hacked or user data are stolen. Although a normal user won’t be able to find out about the security practices used by their favorite websites like Dropbox, Google, Yahoo, LinkedIn, etc. But as a user they should definitely try to keep their own passwords strong and unique for each websites. This way, even if one site gets hacked, you can be sure that your other online accounts are safe. You may say, okay that’s a good suggestion but it’s insane to even trying to remember all unique username and...

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Patch Tuesday July 2013 Will Patch Issue In Kernel-Mode Drivers Component Of Windows

Microsoft has released advanced notification for the second Tuesday of the month, July 9, 2013, which is the tradition the Redmond software giant follows every month, popularly known as Patch Tuesday. In the advanced notification of July 2013’s Patch Tuesday, seven bulletins, out of which six are classified as Critical by Microsoft and the remaining one is Important. The six bulletins rated Critical addresses vulnerabilities in Microsoft Windows, .NET Framework, Silverlight, Internet Explorer and GDI+. The single bulletin which is rated Important will address an issue in Microsoft Security Software. All versions of Windows operating system are affected by at least three of the critical vulnerabilities. All versions of Internet Explorer are affected by a critical flaw which will be addressed by one of the fixes. July 2013 Patch Tuesday (Advance Notification) Details Tavis Ormandy, an Information Security Engineer, a Google employee, discovered a vulnerability in Microsoft Windows. Full Disclosure is posted to the SecLists mailing list. The vulnerability can be exploited by malicious, local users to cause a DoS (Denial of Service) or potentially gain escalated privileges. The vulnerability is caused due to an error within win32k.sys when processing certain objects. It can be exploited to cause a crash or execute arbitrary code with the kernel privilege. The vulnerability exists in almost all versions of Windows. Technically, Microsoft is issuing a patch to address CVE-2013-3660, which is a publicly known issue in the Kernel-Mode Drivers component of Windows. The EPATHOBJ::pprFlattenRec...

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Apple OS X Mountain Lion v10.8.4 Update Released, Available for Download

Apple has released OS X 10.8.4 update to fix bugs and close many security holes. The update includes Safari 6.0.5 update which fixes security issues found in the browser. A security update for earlier Mac OS X versions, Security Update 2013-002, was also released along. According to the security advisory released by Apple, OS X Mountain Lion v10.8.4 and Security Update 2013-002 update fixes 31 vulnerabilities in the operating system. Further 26 security issues were fixed in Safari 6.0.5. OS X 10.8 operating system flaws fixed in 10.8.4 update OpenSSL was updated to version 0.9.8x to address multiple vulnerabilities, which may...

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Protect Your LinkedIn Account With Two-Step Verification

Two-step verification adds an extra layer of protection to accounts in addition to traditional password-based authentication. Two-step verification is the most popular method to improve account security on the Internet. Internet companies such as Google, Dropbox, Yahoo, Twitter and more have already adopted the two-step verification feature to improve security. LinkedIn announced that it has implemented two-step verification for sign-in for all accounts on the professional social network site to improve account security. Two-step verification feature on your LinkedIn account is not enabled by default. You need to manually enable it (see how to enable two-factor authentication below) to...

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Public WiFi Networks: A Hotbed For Hacker Activity

Most people who constantly use public WiFi networks must understand the importance of having proper security measures to avoid exposing sensitive data. A recent report by ThreatMetrix found that banking information and personal files are vulnerable through WiFi networks, like those which are available open at the local coffee shop round the corner. The threat intensified with the increase in popularity of mobile devices like tablets, smartphones and laptops. “Consumers can easily access public WiFi networks from just about anywhere – and so can cybercriminals,” said ThreatMetrix Product Manager Dean Weinert. “Cyber threats are certainly a reality at local coffee shops...

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LivingSocial Hacked: 50 Million Customer Names, Emails, Encrypted Passwords Leaked

LivingSocial is the second biggest online daily deals website after Groupon in the US. LivingSocial is owned in part by Amazon has announced that it has been hacked. The attackers got away with data which includes names, email addresses, and encrypted passwords of 50 million customers. That’s a huge amount of data which is now in the hands of cyber crooks. The email addresses alone is a gold mine for spammers, shady marketers, and anyone in between. At least, LivingSocial kept its password database salted and hashed, which reduces the threat a lot. LivingSocial says that the database that...

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