Cyberstranger danger: Traveling safely on the info highway

Just as there are “bad parts of town” populated by drug pushers and other criminals, there are bad web sites, full of pornography, hateful propaganda, and lies that can seduce young, naïve minds. In the U.S., the federal government recognized the potential for abuse back in 2000 and passed the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA), amidst a good bit of controversy from civil libertarians over the censorship aspect. More in this post.

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September Patch Tuesday roundup

Microsoft give us a relatively light slate of security updates this month. Of the four updates coming our way this time, only one is critical.

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September Advance Notification: Fall starts small

After last month’s nine updates, several of which caused problems and had to be recalled and re-issued, Microsoft is releasing only four security bulletins for September’s Patch Tuesday, and only one of these is rated critical.

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What’s the user interface of the future?

For many people today, the social network itself has become the primary interface… Are we narrowing our scope of information (and maybe our minds) by spending so much time on our social site of choice?

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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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