mysql.com website hacked and used to serve malware to visitors

In what is becoming way too common, the popular site, mysql.com was exploited, and used to distribute malware by redirecting visitors to another site this week. Anyone browsing to mysql.com yesterday would have been redirected, and without even being prompted, then likely been exploited themselves by the software running on the rogue website which apparently looked for vulnerable browser plugins …

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Old and busted – MBR viruses… New hotness – BIOS viruses (again)

This may come as no surprise to those who have been around computer security for a while, but the BIOS viruses are making a comeback! One of the first made its debut back in 1999 and was known as “CIH”.  But Symantec is reporting a new killer on the block called “Trojan.Mebromi” that affects the Award BIOS and seizes control …

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Microsoft Office 2010 for students could be cheaper than you think

It’s that time of year again… School is starting up as I write this… This means many people are buying notebook and desktop computers for their school-bound children and many are paying full retail price for Microsoft Office 2010. It doesn’t have to be that way.  Microsoft has a special that lets students who purchase Microsoft Office 2010 Home & …

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Secure IT Alert: Microsoft to unleash a ration of updates in August Patch Tuesday….

Homeland Secure IT Alert for Friday, August 5th, 2011 Tired of boring Tuesdays? Feeling deprived by Microsoft? Well, coming this Patch Tuesday, something to make every Microsoft user smile!  Updates! You read that right, Microsoft has updates galore coming your way!  They cover every current version of the Microsoft Operating system including the almost forgotten Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, …

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Don’t forget – the 2011 South Carolina Sales Tax Holiday excludes items used in your business or trade…

It’s almost that time again!   Starting tomorrow, August 5th at 12:01am until August 7th at midnight, South Carolina’s Sales Tax Holiday will be in effect. During this time, you can save 6% state sales tax on purchases in many categories, including the one we are most interested in, electronics. A few examples from the www.sctax.org website of exempt products: …

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Microsoft Office 365 Cloud Computing Arrives With Little Fanfare

As a Microsoft Partner, we keep abreast of all the offerings that MS has that may be of interest to our clients.  One area of interest has been The Cloud as momentum in Cloud Computing / Cloud Services has been building slowly but steadily as businesses search for ways to save money and reduce personnel & IT costs. Google Apps …

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Microsoft Office 2010 Click-To-Run Got You Down?

A recurring issue we find is that people are having difficulty in using their Microsoft Office 2010 product to its fullest. A common complain is that the software needs to download components over and over and that gets annoying. This is due to the fact that you purchased Office 2010 online, or installed it as a trial, then purchased. To …

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Microsoft Office alternatives OpenOffice.org & LibreOffice battle it out in a steel cage

Posted today on InfoWorld is an interesting article about two competitors to Microsoft Office. (See “Open office dilemma: OpenOffice.org vs. LibreOffice“) While you have probably heard of OpenOffice.org, or the previous incarnation of it (StarOffice), a new alternative open source office suite is called LibraOffice, and it is being brought to you by the developers OpenOffice.org. Confused? Well, it’s that same …

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Business Printer Repair vs. Printer Replacement

It is Monday morning and you went to print your first batch of papers for the week but that didn’t go so well. Paper has been jammed in the printer, or maybe not even picked up out of the paper tray. What to do? Should you either replace that beast or call a printer repair technician? Replacing the printer is …

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