As more people try too protect their passwords, hackers are determined to compromise them. Password managers are great, unless you get infected by malware which steals your master encryption key… Two factor authentication can help if your passwords are ever stolen, so be sure to enable it for all sites that support it!


Citadel attackers aim to steal victims’ master passwords
arstechnica.com
Researchers find a malware variant that targets two password managers.

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  • Private browsing mode isn't just for hiding your tracks. It can be very useful for logging into accounts from public computers, avoiding account conflicts on the same site, and more…


    All the things you can use private browsing mode for
    www.ghacks.net
    This guide looks at things that you can use a web browser's private browsing mode for.

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  • Ever wonder if you've completely deleted something? What about that old computer you want to donate? This explains how files get deleted and what it takes to REALLY delete them. IT Xpress can help! We have devices which will perform military grade scrubbing on hard drives to ensure your data is GONE before donating computers to charity or recycling them.


    What Really Happens When You Delete Something from Your PC
    lifehacker.com
    If you want to sell or get rid of your computer, it's important to make sure there isn't any leftover data that someone could get to. When it comes to NTFS-formatted hard drives, simply deleting your files isn't enough–even if you empty your recycle bin–but there are still a few things you can do.

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  • Flash should auto update (if you use Google Chrome it's built in and updated). You can also go to adobe.com to make sure. Just be sure to UNCHECK whatever add on software they try to include when you grab the latest version. My ITXpert clients will always get the latest version even if auto update is broken.

    Bitdefender:

    Adobe fixed 18 critical flaws in Flash Player: updates are made automatically for browser plug-ins.
    We advise you to make sure the auto update feature from the desktop Flash Player release is turned on. http://bit.ly/Adobe_fix_

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  • Many people assume hotel WiFi is safe – but if you're not using VPN – you're very vulnerable. And even with a VPN connection, if you're infected with malware via a fake ad for a Flash Player update, etc. you'll be completely compromised AND they'll gain access to your corporate network. Always make sure your browser 'lock' is green/solid indicating valid encryption.


    “DarkHotel” uses bogus crypto certificates to snare Wi-Fi-connected execs
    arstechnica.com
    Malware operators know in advance when targeted fat cats will check in and out.

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  • Microsoft usually releases patches once a month – but occasionally the vulnerability is bad enough that they release the patch immediately. This is one of those patches – download and install it today!


    Microsoft Posts Patch for Critical Vulnerability, Download It Now
    lifehacker.com
    Microsoft has released a critical patch via Windows Update today that seals up a vulnerability that affects every modern version of Windows, including Windows Server 2003/2008/2012, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, and Windows RT.

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  • Encryption viruses are becoming more common. A virus infects your computer, encrypts all your files, then holds them ransom for $300-$1000. We have had a number of clients hit by these and the only way to get your data back without paying the ransom is to have a current backup. Let IT Xpress help you with your backup needs, often for as little as $5/month. My ITXpert Premium clients get unlimited online backup as part of their package of system monitoring, remote support, and malware prevention. See http://myitxpert.biz/ for more information.


    CryptoWall and DECRYPT_INSTRUCTION Ransomware Information Guide and FAQ
    www.bleepingcomputer.com
    This guide provides information and answers to frequently asked questions regarding the CryptoWall ransomware. It provides a break down of what this infection does, how it encrypts your data, and how you can recover your files.

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  • Encryption viruses are becoming more common. A virus infects your computer, encrypts all your files, then holds them ransom for $300-$1000. We have had a number of clients hit by these and the only way to get your data back without paying the ransom is to have a current backup. Let IT Xpress help you with your backup needs, often for as little as $5/month. My ITXpert Premium clients get unlimited online backup as part of their package of system monitoring, remote support, and malware prevention. See http://myitxpert.biz/ for more information.


    CryptoWall and DECRYPT_INSTRUCTION Ransomware Information Guide and FAQ
    www.bleepingcomputer.com
    This guide provides information and answers to frequently asked questions regarding the CryptoWall ransomware. It provides a break down of what this infection does, how it encrypts your data, and how you can recover your files.

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  • This has been an unusual week for us at IT Xpress – we've had an extraordinary number of data recoveries. From 250GB hard drives to 3TB external disk drives and 4TB disk arrays. Storing data on an external drive is ONE layer of data security. But encryption viruses can wipe out every drive they can find – even ones mounted from other machines! So your backup strategy should always include an off-site backup. Our backup partner BackBlaze provides unlimited secure online backup for $5/month. See http://goo.gl/zKJjzX for more details and a free trial.


    Beware of CryptoWall, a Virus That Knocked Out a Police Department's Computers – SocialTimes
    socialtimes.com
    Despite being given a threat ranking of very low, CryptoWall has spread, even infecting a New Hampshire police department.

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  • Here at IT Xpress, we've found all sorts of creepy things inside PCs, but have to admit we've yet to find mice or frogs… Get your PC cleaned annually to ensure peak performance. Overheating is a top cause of premature hardware failure!


    The Disgusting Things Found Inside PCs
    seriouslyforreal.com
    Pure gross… Disgusting things Found inside PCs…

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  • Some great advice for our clients that use Yahoo for email! They are phasing out the login shield (sadly – it was a good feature), so you still have to rely on looking for the 'lock' in the address bar when you login. But two factor authentication is a must!


    3 ways to make your Yahoo Mail account safer
    nakedsecurity.sophos.com
    Following on from our detailed guide to securing your webmail, here's a quick breakdown of how to make the most important fixes, for users of Yahoo Mail.

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  • If you've ever wondered how secure the apps you use to communicate are, the EFF has a handy report card that measures their security in various ways.


    Secure Messaging Scorecard | Electronic Frontier Foundation
    www.eff.org
    Which apps and tools actually keep your messages safe?In the face of widespread Internet surveillance, we need a secure and practical means of talking to each other from our phones and computers. Many companies offer “secure messaging” products—but are these systems actually secure? We decided to fi…

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  • If you've ever wondered how secure the apps you use to communicate are, the EFF has a handy report card that measures their security in various ways.


    Secure Messaging Scorecard | Electronic Frontier Foundation
    www.eff.org
    Which apps and tools actually keep your messages safe?In the face of widespread Internet surveillance, we need a secure and practical means of talking to each other from our phones and computers. Many companies offer “secure messaging” products—but are these systems actually secure? We decided to fi…

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  • Mac and iPhone users have always felt secure in the fact that infecting OSX and iOS is not easy. But it was only a matter of time before hackers developed toolsets that would allow them to compromise iMacs and iPhones. That time is now. If you aren't running antivirus on your Mac – you need to get one… Soon.


    “Unprecendented” new strain of iOS, OSX malware discovered – SlashGear
    www.slashgear.com
    Just when you thought only Windows received the bulk of horrifying viruses and crapware, here comes WireLurker, a new family of malware, not even just a single

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  • Mac and iPhone users have always felt secure in the fact that infecting OSX and iOS is not easy. But it was only a matter of time before hackers developed toolsets that would allow them to compromise iMacs and iPhones. That time is now. If you aren't running antivirus on your Mac – you need to get one… Soon.


    “Unprecendented” new strain of iOS, OSX malware discovered – SlashGear
    www.slashgear.com
    Just when you thought only Windows received the bulk of horrifying viruses and crapware, here comes WireLurker, a new family of malware, not even just a single

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