Passwords that Put You at Risk

If you are in the habit of using passwords like ‘password’, ‘qwerty’ or ‘123456’, you may be helping hackers and online thieves steal your data. Security experts have compiled a list of the 25 most common passwords – passwords that you should avoid. If you think using ‘password’ as your password is no big deal,…

Hide Windows Desktop Gadgets Quickly

If you are using Windows Gadgets (or those small mini-applications that are embedded on your desktop that show interesting things like the latest news, weather updates, or sports scores), you may sometimes wish you can just quickly hide them to declutter your workspace. In Windows 7, you can do just that. Simply right-click on the…

Fortinet Reveals Top 8 Security Predictions for 2012

Tis the season for many things, like spreading holiday cheer, grabbing swank electronics gear on sale, and watching holiday classics like National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation and A Christmas Story (funny movies no matter which, if any, holiday you celebrate this time of year). It’s also the season for making lists. Fortinet, a Sunnyvale-based firm specializing…

Trend Micro’s 4 Million Bot Bust

A joint operation between the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), authorities in Estonia, and IT security firm Trend Micro recently put down a massive bot network that victimized an estimated 4-5 million users around the globe. Four million is a big number – which makes four million bots, in security terms, a staggering…

Cloud adoption is moving much faster in small businesses than in corporates

Globally the annual mid-market (companies with fewer than 1000 staff) spend for IT hardware, software and services exceeds $250B acording to Andy Monshaw, IBM’s General Manager for Mid-Market.  Andy lives and breathes mid-market, he personally leads as many as 15 end user and IBM partner round tables a month, spending his time listening to customer problems and getting intimately…

Espionage hack attack preys on chemical firms

More than two months after the discovery of an organized malware campaign targeting dozens of companies in the defense and chemical industries, the espionage hack attack shows no signs of letting up. According to a blog post published on Monday, the same group that targeted at least 38 companies between July and September is continuing…

Unsend Emails Sent Using Gmail

Have you ever sent an email and then immediately regretted sending it? If you are using Gmail as your mail client, you can do just that with an interesting but buried option in Gmail settings. To enable this feature, go to Mail Settings in Gmail (upper right corner, under the gear icon). Navigate to the…

More Sykipot Malware Clues Point To China

The Sykipot malware used in recent, targeted attacks against defense contractors appears to have been designed, at least in part, to steal information relating to U.S. military drones and unmanned aerial vehicles. To date, “there have been a lot of different campaigns with different command-and-control servers,” said researchers at Alienvault Labs in a blog post.…