security

Bitly alerts users of widespread account compromises, claims no accounts have been accessed

Bitly alerts users of widespread account compromises, claims no accounts have been accessed

Chris Parsons 13

If you've ever created an account for the url shortening service Bitly before, you'll want to listen up. Bitly has now announced via their blog that they have reason to believe that Bitly account credentials have been compromised and are suggesting users change their API keys and OAuth tokens. We have reason to believe that Bitly account credentials have been compromised. We have...

John McAfee's Chadder aims to keep your messages private, lands on Windows Phone before iOS

John McAfee's Chadder aims to keep your messages private, lands on Windows Phone before iOS

Daniel Rubino 79

John McAfee and his new company, Future Tense Private Systems (FTC), have released an encrypted messaging app for mobile users. The app is named 'Chadder' and it is now available on Android and Windows Phone 8.1, with an iOS version due in the coming weeks. The app is meant to address the growing concerns of mobile users who worry about government eavesdropping, especially after the...

Microsoft issues warning about limited, targeted attack vulnerability in Internet Explorer

Microsoft issues warning about limited, targeted attack vulnerability in Internet Explorer

Rene Ritchie 136

Microsoft has issued a security advisory for Internet Explorer due to a "zero-day" limited, targeted attack vulnerability it's found "in the wild". Versions of IE include Internet Explorer 6, Internet Explorer 7, Internet Explorer 8, Internet Explorer 9, Internet Explorer 10, and Internet Explorer 11. "Zero day" means it came without warning and "in the wild" means it's already being...

Get secure by encrypting your PC with Microsoft BitLocker for Windows 8 Pro

Get secure by encrypting your PC with Microsoft BitLocker for Windows 8 Pro

Michael Archambault 78

While the release of Windows Vista was plagued with burden and its legacy was remembered as such, one excellent feature to rise out of the wreckage has served its way through Windows 7 up to current day Windows 8 operating systems. The feature that we are referring to is, of course, Microsoft’s BitLocker Drive Encryption – full disk encryption at the click of a button. WARNING: Disk...

Microsoft Store giving away $100 credit; simply trade up your Windows XP dinosaur (US and Canada Only)

Microsoft Store giving away $100 credit; simply trade up your Windows XP dinosaur (US and Canada Only)

Michael Archambault 52

We have been announcing the end days of Windows XP for some time now, and if you are not planning on upgrading your poor sad operating system to a nice new shiny one, then we are a bit of a loss what more to say. Microsoft on the other hand, has one more trick up their sleeves; they are willing to shell out a $100 instant savings credit if you trade up your existing Windows XP machine...

Microsoft says it's really time to dump Windows XP thru this clever infograph

Microsoft says it's really time to dump Windows XP thru this clever infograph

Michael Archambault 157

The sunset for Windows XP is approaching and if you have not left the operating system that launched twelve years ago – it is really time to move on now. Next month, support will be cut for the platform and your PC will become vulnerable to the terrible wrath of internet diseases and attacks. If you are feeling a bit stubborn and are digging your heels into the dirt, checkout this...

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...