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From a Bill Gates memo to an industry practice: The story of Security Development Lifecycle

From a Bill Gates memo to an industry practice: The story of Security Development Lifecycle

Abhishek Baxi 13

Most people would agree that Microsoft has come a long way from the dark days of frequent malware attacks and security flaws making headlines. Microsoft has now shared the untold, and thrilling, story of the Security Development Lifecycle at SDLstory.com with anecdotes of the early days, and never-before-seen video footage and photos of the key players. While in the earliest days,...

Microsoft to fix Internet Explorer vulnerability along with other system exploits next week

Microsoft to fix Internet Explorer vulnerability along with other system exploits next week

Michael Archambault 32

Next week, Microsoft is set to patch a collection of security loopholes that have served as a major vulnerability within Internet Explorer. A few months ago, security firm FireEye, discovered that they could exploit machines by using a piece of code that was drilled up by hackers. A second security confirm, Websense, later confirmed the issue and now a patch is ready to be sent out this...

Windows Phone Store permissions flaw patched by Microsoft, allowed apps to access photos

Windows Phone Store permissions flaw patched by Microsoft, allowed apps to access photos

Rafael Rivera 36

The Windows Phone Store received a bug fix recently, closing a hole that allowed developers to publish applications that can access a user’s photo library without their permission. The quirk was originally brought to our attention by developer Al Gihuni, who makes the popular Sound Cloud app SoundClone for Windows Phone (don't worry, that app is safe). Gihuni demonstrated this quirk...

Encrypted messenger service Telegram will be in beta by February, final release due weeks later for Windows Phone

Encrypted messenger service Telegram will be in beta by February, final release due weeks later for Windows Phone

Daniel Rubino 57

Back in November, we reported on Telegram, a new WhatsApp-like messenger service that is available on iOS and Android. Hailing from Russia and created the founders of VKontakte, Telegram (www.telegram.org) is a decentralized, cloud-based and encrypted messaging service that promises to be the fastest and most secure out there (it supports RSA 2048 encryption and Diffie–Hellman secure...

Microsoft Security Essentials to continue to 2015
XP is still end of line

Microsoft Security Essentials to continue to 2015

Michael Archambault 62

There has been a bit of confusion for Windows XP users (yes, they still exist) over whether or not they would be able to obtain antivirus support after July 2015. Let us take a few moments to talk about what antivirus support you won’t have after the 2015 date, but what might still be available. In addition, take a second to learn why you will still be at risk after this April even if...

Microsoft fights back against the National Security Agency - fortifies their security

Microsoft fights back against the National Security Agency - fortifies their security

Michael Archambault 70

Many people have had their trust shaken by the United States National Security Agency’s involvement with top technology companies around the globe including Google, Apple, Facebook, Microsoft, and many more. To this day, many people still feel at least a bit of lost faith towards the aforementioned technology giants and any personal data that they may hold. The paranoia can be seen in...

InPic for Instagram on Windows Phone 8 goes on a diet, gets security fixes in latest update

InPic for Instagram on Windows Phone 8 goes on a diet, gets security fixes in latest update

Daniel Rubino 32

InPic, developed by ApplyF, is full featured Instagram client for Windows Phone 8. It falls into the same camp as Instance and 6tag in that it allows users to directly post to the popular photo sharing network. It’s also available as a Windows 8 app, is completely free and it easily has one of the nicest UIs we’ve come across. Version 1.1 is now live in the Store and with it, brings...

Nokia and Bristol University working on bringing quantum cryptography to the smartphone

Nokia and Bristol University working on bringing quantum cryptography to the smartphone

Rich Edmonds 17

Nokia has joined forces with the University of Bristol in the UK to develop the first practical way of processing quantum cryptography on a mobile phone. What does this mean with a mini jargon buster? It would essentially enable you to send encrypted messages or data in secrecy. Currently utilised by banks and other organisations who can afford such expensive technology, the work...

[UPDATE] German government calls security within Windows 8 "unacceptable" – continues switching their machines over to Linux

[UPDATE] German government calls security within Windows 8 "unacceptable" – continues switching their machines over to Linux

Michael Archambault 96

Do you trust Microsoft’s latest operating system, Windows 8? If you are the Federal Republic of Germany, the answer to that question is "no". Last week internal documents from IT professionals within the government showed a strong rejection of the new operating system calling it "unacceptable for the federal administration and the operators of critical infrastructure". The German...

6tag Instagram client gets speedy update for security and secret ability to open IE links

6tag Instagram client gets speedy update for security and secret ability to open IE links

Daniel Rubino 92

Earlier this week we saw the release of the highly anticipated Instagram client for Windows Phone called 6tag. Developed by Rudy Huyn in just a few weeks’ time, the app has skyrocketed to the top of the Windows Phone Store. While the app is not official or endorsed by Instagram, the company signed off on the name as not conflicting with their brand, in addition to looking the other way...

Microsoft enforces new Windows Phone Store policy; removes apps with vulnerabilities

Microsoft enforces new Windows Phone Store policy; removes apps with vulnerabilities

Rich Edmonds 43

Microsoft has announced this week that it will be removing Windows Phone apps that the company deems to have critical vulnerabilities. Microsoft notes in a TechNet blog post that developers will be provided 180 days to patch the issues in their app or their work will be pulled from the store, preventing consumers from accessing the app from their smartphones or via the web. The 180 day...