We have mentioned Conficker before and how Microsoft is seeking help to find the source. Apparently, it is still unaccounted for and there may be a serious problem as of April 1. The program turns off security settings in Microsoft Windows and the fear is that infected computers may contact a control system on that date. Dan Kaminsky, a consultant for IOActive, says that it might go after corporate networks, especially if they run older Window versions.
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Thermaltake contracted BMW DesignWorksUSA, a subsidiary of the German auto company, to co-create a new game system concept. Components are placed on the outside of the “Level 10” to remain cool and are enclosed in their own protective cases for interchangeability. The team calls the design a “strong architectural statement.” The gaming tower also features a smart lock system with a USB memory key that activates the system as well as keeping personal data secure.
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Looking for a job on Monster? Then you may be at risk of security theft. Apparently their database was hacked into worldwide and data such as user IDs and passwords, email addresses, names, phone numbers and some basic demographic data was accessed. The site suggests that you change your password and has a security page with more guidelines. They do not ever contact you by email, so if you see one that looks Monster related, delete it quickly as it may be a phishing scheme. We would suggest that you never post a resume online as this is way more info than you should put out there.
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Every time we throw out a bank or credit card statement, we carefully destroy the part that has our account number and toss it into at least two different trash bags. Would that we had the Handheld Paper Shredder. Running on 4 AA batteries (included,) it has 28 steel cutting plates and can handle up to 5 pages at a time. At a size of 5 x 5 x 25.5cm, you can carry it with you to take care of restaurant and ATM receipts on the spot. Pre-order for $35.96 and you will get an email notice when the shredder arrives.
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After a two-day “cyberwar” simulation, it was determined that the U.S. isn’t properly prepared. With a participation of 230 government reps, security agents, civil groups and private companies, the exercise resulted in errors in planning, leadership and communications. If such an incident occurred, there could be a banking or electric system failure. Mark Gerencser, of the Booz Allen Hamilton consulting service which ran the simulation, claimed that, “There isn’t really anybody in charge.” How comforting.
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Security experts suggest that you change your log-in information often to avoid identity theft. Atek’s Logio Secure Password Organizer will keep track of all of them with only one master passcode to access the data. The 1/8-inch thick organizer stores over 200 logins, ATM and debit card pin codes, credit card numbers, frequent flier program numbers and driver’s license numbers, as well as other data that is important. Available in black or white, it carries a MSRP $29.95 and is recommended for anyone who forgets their passwords but not their wallets.
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Someone has finally come up with an idea to make traveling through airports a quicker experience. Clear is a plastic card with your photo and images of iris and fingerprint embedded so that you can whisk through security checkpoints with the help of Clear concierges. Register online or at one of their 12 kiosks. Available at 20 airports (and several football stadiums,) the $199.99 a year subscription seems expensive unless you tend to have airport rage.
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Microsoft has announced that they will be offering free antivirus software late next year for Windows XP/Vista/7 and the upcoming IE 8. Referred to as Morro, the software will provide “comprehensive protection from malware including viruses, spyware, rootkits and trojans.” Because it is smaller, it is a welcome relief for those of us with aging PCs. Although they are discontinuing their OneCare subscription service in June, users should be happy they are saving a few bucks.
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He may soon be the 44th President of the United States, but security concerns and record-keeping laws mean that Barack Obama is unlikely to become the first e-mailing president.
When the President-elect is sworn in 64 days from now, we expect that his advisers will insist that he hand over his favorite little gadget, his BlackBerry. Not only are there serious concerns about e-mail security (if it’s connected to the internet, it can be hacked), he also faces the Presidential Records Act, which means that all correspondence must be put in the official record and is ultimately subject to public review and possible subpoenas. Although he could, theoretically, craft an Executive Order allowing BlackBerry use — or e-mail in general — there are plenty of aides who can deal with electronic communication for him, likely making presidential BlackBerry use unnecessary.
Obama is, however, sending a clear signal that he is venturing into new, uncharted territory; for the first time, the weekly Democratic radio address has been released as a web video on YouTube (up top) — it will also continue to air on the radio and the President-elect plans to publish these weekly updates through the transition and then from the White House. We’re hoping this will encourage more Americans to take an active, well-informed role in the political process — and rumor has it that in those future presidential videos there will be one previously absent device gracing the historic presidential desk: a laptop computer. Only time will tell.
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Although biometric access controls such as retina and fingerprint recognition are nothing new, in the search for ultimate security, the Biovein security control system from French innovator Easydentic Group, verifies your identity through vascular recognition. WHAT??? Here’s how it works: Based on the Hitachi technology known as VeinID, the system scans the finger’s vascular area and authorizes access only after recognizing the image. Even if you had the technology to forge finger vein patterns, you’d have to get your hands on the original – and few bad guys are willing to take things that far…
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