Avast’s CCleaner distributing malware

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This is a shocking bit of news. The popular “CCleaner” application from Avast which is used by millions of people, may have been distributing malware via a backdoor. Just as shocking is the fact that Avast didn’t notify users. (Avast is security software company and provider of anti-virus/anti-malware products). An update has been released, however. You should install if it …

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 …

Trend Micro Worry Free Business Security Service Pack 2 & Critical Update available!

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Many of the businesses that Homeland Secure IT serves are using Trend Micro Worry-Free Business Security as their weapon of choice against malware and even spam. Once the product is loaded on their server and installed on their desktops, it will generally automatically download the security updates required to keep it current. However, every once in a while, Trend Micro …

Watch out for fake Microsoft Windows 10 update email – Malware Warning!

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With all the excitement about Microsoft Windows 10 being a FREE update, some people signed up for the “Get Windows 10” promotion as prompted in their taskbar, to be put on a waiting list. So it’s not surprising that when an email comes in that looks legit, that someone might follow the link and attempt to install it.   Unfortunately for …

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 …

A Plethora of Patches for Microsoft’s Patch Tuesday – March 2015

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On Monday 2015-03-09, Apple released a slew of updates to address security issues, and on the regularly scheduled “Patch Tuesday” 2015-03-10, Microsoft made a rather large bundle of security updates available. Many security experts did not believe Microsoft would correct the FREAK vulnerability during this batch of patches, however it appears that they did. It is estimated that the FREAK …

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 …

Lenovo issues statement to partners concerning Superfish debacle

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If you have been watching the news or reading about computer security, you probably are already aware of the fact that Lenovo, one of the top computer manufacturers, has included a malicious piece of software called Superfish with new computers. Being a Lenovo dealer and having sold many of their products, we want to make sure you are aware of …

Is your business ready for Microsoft Server 2003 End of Support?

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Windows Server 2003 Support Ends in: Windows Server 2003 End of Support Microsoft has scheduled the End of Support for their Server 2003 product to for July 14th, 2015, after which, there will be no support, no updates, and no patches to help protect your business from security issues. That’s right, any of your line-of-business systems which are running on …

Microsoft Patch Tuesday should be taken seriously this time (Sept 2014)

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FORTY-ONE vulnerabilities have been addressed in this edition of Microsoft’s Patch Tuesday. There are 37 security flaws in Microsoft Internet Explorer alone which are being corrected. These range from “Important” all the way up to the “Critical” level, and include one fix for a “zero day vulnerability” that attackers have been exploiting. It is recommended that you apply the patches …