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Article in German on Focus.de: Smartphone-SicherheitSchutz vor Hacker und Viren: So machen Sie Ihr Handy sicher

Smartphone-SicherheitSchutz vor Hacker und Viren: So machen Sie Ihr Handy sicher Mittwoch, 15.06.2016, 12:24 · von FOCUS-Online-Experte Sorin Mustaca   Zur Person Sorin Mustaca arbeitet seit dem Jahr 2000 in der IT-Sicherheitsbranche. So war er von 2003 bis 2014 bei Avira beschäftigt und dort als Product Manager für Avira Antivir zuständig. Inzwischen arbeitet er als Berater. Mustaca betreibt den Blog http://www.sorinmustaca.com/ Smartphones sind mittlerweile kleine Computer und damit anfällig für Viren und Hackerangriffe. Viele Nutzer machen sich darüber aber keine Gedanken – dabei lässt sich schon mit wenigen Maßnahmen die Sicherheit erhöhen. Handys sind inzwischen mehr kleine Computer als Mini-Telefone. Trotzdem machen sich…


Myspace.com was apparently hacked, 360Mil accounts on sale and nobody knows any details

“Myspace was hacked” writes LeakedSource on their dedicated page for MySpace.com. They do not add any kind of details about this hack except that they received a copy of the data from an email address (not from the hacker). As a matter of fact, there is nowhere on the web any kind of details, not to even say proof, that this has indeed happened. This includes Myspace’s site as well. Leakedsource appears to be the only entity that knows something about these over 427 Mil passwords (for 360 Mil users). But then, Leakedsource only retweets on their wall what two…


Dramatic change to storage limits in OneDrive!

OneDrive’s only advantage in comparison to Dropbox, GDrive and others were:  15 GB of space (OK, Google offers the same, but for all your data, including photos and email) Availability on all types of devices through apps (also non Microsoft) Now, they reduced the space 3 times ! Starting July 27 you get only 5 GBs! I wonder why… Probably due to abuse.   Changes to OneDrive We want to let you know about some upcoming changes to OneDrive. On July 27, 2016, the amount of storage that comes with OneDrive will change from 15 GB to 5 GB. We are also discontinuing…


A new type of fraud: News Scareware

After posting the article with the ads, I thought that I covered all stupid things that online publications do to force their readers to pay, subscribe or to disable ad blockers. Well, this was not correct… The stupidity goes on… with Washington Post.   They request your email address in order to allow you to read any article. I tried first to add some bogus email address so that I move on. But, these guys take things really serious. They connect to the SMTP server and try to authenticate if the user exists. If it doesn’t work, you get an…


Self-driving car: security and liability

I read about Google’s vision of driverless cars. I like it, but I can’t stop to ask myself a few questions. Before that, Google’s driverless car just got its driver license 🙂 The NHTSA letter isn’t a ruling; it’s a clarification about how the agency will interpret the law in the future. You can read the full thing here (warning: It’s a mess), but the key part is below: As a foundational starting point for the interpretations below, NHTSA will interpret driver in the context of Google’s described motor vehicle design as referring to the SDS, and not to any…


Cyber Security is a Shared Responsibility: October is Cyber Security Month

The 3rd consecutive year, celebrating the European Cyber Security Month (ECSM) through-out October, has just been kicked-off in Brussels.     Here is the agenda: WEEK 1 Cyber Security Training for Employees WEEK 2 Creating a Culture of Cyber Security at Work WEEK 3 Code Week for All WEEK 4 Understanding Cloud Solutions for All WEEK 5 Digital Single Market for All   In the Activities page, depending of where you are, you can filter which activities to see: Germany, USA If you’re a hand-on cyber security professional, you may want to start with the Toolbox. In the awareness files you can…


T-Mobile advises 15 Mil customers affected by the Experian breach to use Experian’s ProtectMyID service

From time to time there is a WTF Moment when you ask yourself: Is he kidding?, Is he stupid?, or Does he really think that everyone else is stupid?   T-Mobile CEO on Experian’s Data Breach The investigation is ongoing, but what we know right now is that the hacker acquired the records of approximately 15 million people, including new applicants requiring a credit check for service or device financing from September 1, 2013 through September 16, 2015. These records include information such as name, address and birthdate as well as encrypted fields with Social Security number and ID number…


WinRAR: The wrong way of answering to a critical vulnerability

With over 500 million users worldwide, WinRAR is by far the most popular compression program. An independent security lab found a remote code execution vulnerability in the official WInRAR SFX v5.21 software. The vulnerability allows remote attackers to unauthorized execute system specific code to compromise a target system. The issue is located in the Text and Icon function of the Text to display in SFX window module.  Remote attackers are able to generate own compressed archives with malicious payloads to execute system specific codes for compromise. The security risk of the code execution vulnerability is estimated as critical with a CVSS(common…


Security release 4.2.4 for WordPress is available – update now

This release addresses six issues, including three cross-site scripting vulnerabilities and a potential SQL injection that could be used to compromise a site. Read more here: https://wordpress.org/news/2015/08/wordpress-4-2-4-security-and-maintenance-release/ WordPress 4.2.4 also fixes four bugs. For more information, see the release notes or consult the list of changes.   If you have your site already at WordPress 4.x and it is properly configured, you should only see this email in your inbox: Howdy! Your site at http://www.sorinmustaca.com has been updated automatically to WordPress 4.2.4. No further action is needed on your part. For more on version 4.2.4, see the About WordPress screen: http://www.sorinmustaca.com/wp-admin/about.php If you experience any issues…


Here is how to stop Windows 10 to deliver updates from your PC to complete strangers

If you have a Windows 7 or 8.x, chances are that you already upgraded to the latest Windows version. What you don’t know is that Windows Update Delivery optimization (WUDO) has set up your computer in a Peer to Peer network to deliver updates for other Windows 10 users. „Windows Update Delivery Optimization lets you get Windows updates and Windows Store apps from sources in addition to Microsoft. This can help you get updates and apps more quickly if you have a limited or unreliable Internet connection. And if you own more than one PC, it can reduce the amount…


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