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Heartbleed Aftermath

heartbleedA security exploit was discovered on Monday, April 7th, 2014, that affects the entire Internet.  This vulnerability, called Heartbleed, is a flaw in the security protocol used by websites called OpenSSL.  This flaw is not specific to Mac or PC or iPhone or Android as it affects traffic between your device and the web.  It is important to note that changing all of your passwords at this point is not wise.  Changing a password on an affected site that has not been updated to a patched version of OpenSSL could potentially lead to both the old and new passwords being exploited.

 

Mashable has put together a list of some top websites that were known to be affected AND have patched their site.  These are the sites that you should change your password RIGHT NOW.  The highlights of this list include: Read more…

 
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Malware and Virus Removal

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::UPDATED:: 4/17/14

The best post-infection removal success rate can be had by using a Rescue CD / USB.  Here are three that are free:

Bitdefender RescueCD

Kaspersky Rescue Disc 10

Avast! 2014

note: Avast! requires a full installation on an unaffected machine to download and create the ISO file.  Bitdefender and Kaspersky will let you download ISO files directly to burn to disc or create a bootable USB drive.  In addition, Bitdefender comes with Team Viewer for Linux pre-installed to allow easy remote desktop sharing for support.

Business Protection

The best real time protection for your business is the one that gives you a complete overview of your company network health.  I have found these two products to be the best in terms of features and confidently recommend Webroot Secure Anywhere for their great support.  Bitdefender does get the highest marks in online A/V tests.  However, I have found their tech support completely underwhelming, often taking days to respond to phone calls.

Webroot Secure Anywhere Endpoint Protection for Business

Bitdefender Cloud

The following is a round-up of many available free antivirus programs and malware removal tools.

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Citrix VDI-in-a-Box for M|G Office

Remove existing Citrix Receiver Web app if installed.

Use Microsoft Fix-it Tool for removal if needed:

MicrosoftFixit.ProgramInstallUninstall.RNP.108291294375610924.1.1.Run

Install Citrix Receiver Enterprise 3.3 from here:

http://www.citrix.com/downloads/citrix-receiver/legacy-client-software/receiver-for-windows-33-legacy-pna.html

Connect VPN and then enter URL / Server Address info for Citrix Receiver:

https://remote.lawmg.net/dt/PNAgent/config.xml

Log on using your LawMG Windows credentials.

About Citrix Reciever > Advanced > Online Plug-in Settings > Options > Application Display > Check “Show Applications on Desktop”

Shortcut “BASE WIN7 SP1″ icon should now appear on desktop.  connect to remote machine via double click.

 

 
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Preventing Computer Disasters

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” -Benjamin Franklin

This old saying holds just as true in today’s modern world of electronics.  This short post will deal with a few simple steps to make sure your computer and your data are secure from disaster.  First, we will focus on making sure software is secure and up to date.  Second, I will discuss free antivirus and antimalware real time protection software. Third, I will rehash some best practices regarding passwords.  Finally, I will try to drive home the security hole of Java.

Keep Software Up-To-Date

Stop using Windows XP.  Period.  Technically, you still have one year of critical security updates left.  Microsoft will officially stop supporting Windows XP in April of 2014, a full TWELVE years after its original release.  But why wait until then?  Get your data backed up and either install a free operating system such as Ubuntu, install a paid upgrade of Windows 8 or 7 ($199), or purchase a new computer running Windows 8 for well south of $500.  Preventing a security breach and stolen identity is worth far more than the pain of a new computer system.

winupdateENABLE WINDOWS UPDATE. Control PanelSystem and SecurityWindows Update – First, change the default setting of updates to also install updates for all Microsoft software  (not just Windows i.e. MS Office).  Once this is changed, the Windows Update window will read “You Receive Updates: For Windows and Other Products from Microsoft Update”.

Now click “Change Settings” in the left panel or go to Control PanelSystem and SecurityWindows UpdateChange settings & Choose “Install Updates Automatically“.  Also,    Laptop users might want to change the update frequency to “Check for Updates, but let me choose when to download and install them.”  This is especially true if you are using a metered 4G cellular connection.  If you do this, you MUST be sure to keep an eye out for the Windows System Update icon next to the System Clock.  Speaking of which…

notifyareaEnable “Always show all icons and notifications on the taskbar“.  Control PanelAll Control Panel ItemsNotification Area Icons.  Check box for “Always Show”.  Taskbar icons are typically where applications will nag you to update them.  Do not ignore these icons.  Certain running programs minimize to this area as well, such as antivirus, sound settings, network settings, dropbox, boxcryptor, etc.   Get to know what should be there when everything is up to date and notice when something changes.

Last – use an automated software updater program.  Microsoft Windows Updates are wonderful at updating security fixes for the Operating System, Word, and Excel, but what about all those security updates to Java, Adobe, Firefox, etc?  Secunia software has a FREE application called Personal Software Inspector that can handle this automatically.

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