Consider managed services to reduce downtime and frustration for your business!

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If you run a small or medium business without a dedicated IT department, you are probably painfully aware of the costs associated with keeping your computers and servers up to date with security patches and updates. Whether you are paying an IT company to perform preventive maintenance, or if you or another staff member are taking time out of your …

Backdoor.MAC.Eleanor trojan might encourage you to get anti-virus on your Mac

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A story over on the Bitdefender blog warns that a trojan that is posing as a file converter (EasyDoc Converter.app) is out in the wild and once it is run, creates a connection to the outside world, allowing full control of your Apple Mac computer. If you do not have current anti-virus / anti-malware software on your Mac, this will …

Adobe out of band patch fixes flash vulnerability (Windows / Mac / Linux)

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Adobe has released an out of band patch that corrects a flaw in Flash player which could permit an attacker to take control of an exploited system. This is actively being exploited by hackers and we recommend that the patch be applied immediately. More information about this security issue can be found on Adobe’s security website. If you require any …

Don’t FREAK out – Apple has fixed their vulnerabilities

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There’s a major web encryption flaw that has been documented and widely covered in the media which permits a “man in the middle” type attack to occur from your web browser How does it work? It allows an attacker to intercept HTTPS traffic between vulnerable clients and servers, and then forces them to use an export-grade cryptography, which can then …

Homeland Secure IT is your Upstate Adobe Reseller

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If you or your business needs Adobe Acrobat Pro, Illustrator or Photoshop for one computer, you will likely make an online purchase or buy from a big box store. However, if you are buying for users, or 100, or even 1000, then you will want to turn to an authorized Adobe reseller. Homeland Secure IT is your Upstate Adobe Reseller …

Kevin Mitnick demonstrates a Microsoft Word document exploit

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Did you know that most successful computer exploits that we encounter are because the user simply clicked a link, or opened a document without giving it a second thought? I think we’re all guilty of receiving an email from someone we know, or assume we know, then opening the email and following that link. I know I have done it, …

Microsoft FixIt for Word / Office should be applied without hesitation

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Yesterday’s Microsoft Security Advisory announced a vulnerability in Microsoft Word which could permit remote code execution. The summary of this advisory simply states that people are being exploited due to a vulnerability. It happens when someone opens, or even previews an RTF in email using Microsoft Word as the email viewer. While Microsoft has not released a full patch at …

Zero Day Vulnerabilities addressed by Adobe and Microsoft – Get it while it’s hot!

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It’s time for updates to come out from from your favorite software vendors, and whether you are using a Windows based PC or a Mac, there’s something for you this month! Applying these updates is VERY IMPORTANT – your machines are vulnerable unless you take steps to secure them. Up for your patching pleasure are the following (as listed by …

Microsoft Office 2003 and Office for Mac 2011 Document Handling Vulnerability

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This comes straight from our partners over at WatchGuard Security Center blog and may affect you if you are using Office 2003 for Windows or Office for Mac 2011. We happen to concur with the author’s thoughts that this is probably much more severe than Microsoft’s own rating of “important”. If you need assistance with this, or any other computer …

Apple owners rejoice! Security updates are available for you – apply them please!

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Article HT5784 over on the Apple Support page, indicates that there’s something fun waiting for you in OS X Mountain Lion v10.8.4 and Security Update 2013-002 It would be wise to get yourself up to date so you can sleep better at night. Well, at least I will sleep better at night with the knowledge that you are safe and …