Avast just released the 2014 updates to its family of antivirus and internet security software with a redesigned UI that is clean and pleasing to the eye, not to mention its attempt to be your one stop hub for all of your security needs. As the #1 most downloaded software on Download.com, Avast is easily one of the most popular antivirus solutions for consumers worldwide.Avast Internet Security 2014 debuts new technologies to give you the protection you need before it's too late. Combined with its cloud scanning features and crowdsourced analysis of suspicious items, the files pass … Read more
Years after Microsoft, Google, and many others made Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) security the standard for their Web mail systems, Yahoo says that it too will modernize Yahoo Mail's security.
SSL is a cryptographic protocol that encrypts Web mail as it travels between Yahoo's servers and your computer's browser. Yahoo says that it will activate the protection for all Yahoo Mail users on January 8, 2014, a full year after it first offered SSL protection as an option that users had to activate on their own, reports the Washington Post.
Yahoo has lagged behind every other major … Read more
When I go to the local sandwich shop, I don't care whether the person taking my order knows my birthday or my mother's maiden name.
So why does Google or some other Web site I register with need to know so much about me? Especially considering the company is likely to barter and sell the information to third parties, who aggregate, analyze, repackage, and resell it.
There's nothing new about purposely providing false information when registering for a Web service -- from a simple throwaway e-mail address all the way to a phony name. Totally false identities … Read more
Pushed both by corporate desires for better security and less wholesome motives, the market for finding security holes is getting bigger.
In an attempt to improve security for software it and many others use on the Internet, Google said Wednesday it's offering to pay programmers $500 to $3,133.70 for changes that make widely used open-source software less vulnerable to attack.
With the Chrome reward program and the vulnerability reward program, Google already offers two mechanisms to pay people for finding specific weaknesses in its browser and its online services. The new patch rewards program goes a step … Read more
Remember the self-funded high-end smartphone with an approach to security so strong, it promises to rebuff data thieves? Well, startup QSAlpha announced on Wednesday that its Quasar IV Android smartphone is now going into production.
What's more, the company reveals that its manufacturing partner is "one of the world's largest consumer electronics OEM manufacturers."
My instinct says this mystery partner is Samsung, based on the company's interest in security through its Samsung Knox product, and in Samsung's willingness to take risks with unique and niche products, like the deeply curved Samsung Galaxy Round, Samsung Galaxy Golden Android flip phone, … Read more
The permanent patch is for an exploit known as CVE-2013-3893, which had the capability to work its way into all supported versions of Internet Explorer. Microsoft announced the existence of the vulnerability in September and released a downloadable "Fix It" tool until the permanent patch was ready.
"The most severe vulnerabilities could allow remote code execution if a customer views a specially crafted webpage using Internet Explorer," Microsoft'… Read more
A total of six researchers have found 15 vulnerabilities within the preview version of Internet Explorer 11. And, Microsoft has paid them more than $28,000 to date.
Microsoft announced its month-long bug bounty program for IE 11 in June. The company's goal is to stamp out security vulnerabilities in its software as early on as possible. Microsoft offered researchers up to $11,000 … Read more
Come Tuesday, people should begin to see colorful newly redesigned $100 bills in circulation. This is good news for shops and businesses that need to verify the money and bad news for counterfeiters.
The Federal Reserve Board, which hasn't been shuttered in the government shutdown, announced that the new Benjamin Franklins will make their debut chockfull of security features -- most notably a blue 3D security ribbon and a color-changing image of the Liberty Bell.
The security ribbon is said to be easy for people to verify but difficult for counterfeiters to replicate. It's a blue ribbon woven … Read more
Adobe announced on Thursday that it has been the target of a major security breach in which sensitive and personal data about millions of its customers have been put at risk.
Brad Arkin, senior director of security for Adobe products and services, explained in a blog post that the attack concerns both customer information and illegal access to source codes for "numerous Adobe products."
A few examples include Adobe Acrobat, ColdFusion, and the ColdFusion Builder. However, as far as the source code is concerned, Adobe assured that there is no "increased risk to customers as a result … Read more
Following the aftermath of a security firm revealing its reward -- $12.50 t-shirts -- for finding severe vulnerabilities in Yahoo services, the tech giant has begun a review of its Bug Bounty policies.
In September, researchers from High-Tech Bridge found a number of XSS vulnerabilities. The security team notified Yahoo of four XSS issues, which affected the marketingsolutions.yahoo.com domain, ecom.yahoo.com and adserver.yahoo.com domains.
Each security flaw allowed any @yahoo.com email account to be compromised by sending a specially crafted link to a logged-in Yahoo user and making them click on it, according … Read more