Does anonymity breed contempt?

With the advent of social networks such as Facebook, LinkedIn and Google+, whose terms of service require that you use your real name, anonymity is rapidly disappearing. Is that a good thing or a bad thing?

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Trying again: Microsoft re-releases flawed patch

If you’re one of the small but significant number of users whose computer crashed due to the Patch Tuesday updates, the fixes – imperfect as they are – will be welcomed. If you’re not, you’re probably going to be a bit irritated at having to “fix what’s not broken” and possibly risk brand new problems.

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Third party patch and vulnerability roundup – August 2014

While Microsoft’s batch of second-Tuesday patches this month resulted in ongoing problems, on the third party front, things were a little quieter – here’s the roundup.

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Organized cybercrime: bad guys go pro, highlighting “customer service”

This increasing “professionalization” of the cybercrime industry is troubling for many reasons. Security expert, Deb Shinder looks into this.

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UPDATE 2: Microsoft recommends uninstalling problematic updates

Microsoft has reportedly recommended to customers that they uninstall the KB2982791 (MS14-045) update, which is an update that was supposed to fix kernel-mode driver vulnerabilities. It’s also investigating additional problems with three more of the August update.

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UPDATE: Patch problems galore – and a community-provided fix

Microsoft update causes problems for users affecting Outlook archived mailboxes and some experiencing blue screens. Community provided fix available.

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You’ve got (malicious) mail

Unfortunately, email-based malware has gotten much more malevolent over time. And security pros should not see email as “old hat” or an outdated form of attack. Deb Shinder explains why.

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August Patch Tuesday roundup

Nine security bulletins were released in August, addressing 37 vulnerabilities, most of them in Windows and a few in server products.

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Microsoft bumps up security on IE after it earns title of “most exploited browser”

Microsoft is adding a new security feature to Internet Explorer. It’s called Out-of-date ActiveX Control Blocking.

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More bad news for iOS users

At Black Hat USA 2014, researchers presented new ways to “exploit unpatched iOS vulnerabilities for fun and profit”. Deb Shinder tells us more about this in her post.

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