Social Navigation: City of Boston partners with Waze

The idea of posting information in a social venue while driving would seem, on the face of it, to carry a lot of risk – but is Waze actually making the streets safer? The City of Boston seems to think so.

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Managing your online persona(s)

Many of us lead busy lives and managing your online person(s) might sound like just another chore that you don’t need. However, in today’s business and social environments, the time invested can save you a great deal of grief – or even help you land that dream job or meet Mr. or Mrs. Right.

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Is it time for device vendors to stop “gifting” us with unwanted, risky software?

A few days ago, Yahoo! Tech reported that Lenovo has been selling laptops that come pre-installed with malware created by a company called Superfish, which is designed to inject advertisements in the web browser but also compromises the certificate-based security protocols that enable computers to detect imposter web sites and can make the computers vulnerable to HTTPS man-in-the-middle (MITM) attacks.

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Kaspersky Labs reports on unprecedented cyber robbery

The details were revealed this week in a report from Kaspersky Labs, which first got involved in tracking down how the attacks were happening back in 2013 when an automatic teller machine in Kiev was compromised in a high profile incident in which the ATM began to dispense money without any user action.

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February 2015 – Microsoft Patch Tuesday

Of the nine security updates that were issued today, there are four remote code execution vulnerabilities, two security feature bypasses, and one escalation of privilege and Information disclosure. Only three of the nine are classified as critical; the rest are rated important.

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Software vulnerabilities: Only half the story

Intermediary devices such as routers and WAPs can be targeted by attackers. The latest example is an exploit that takes aim at a security vulnerability in routers made by a number of popular vendors, including D-Link, ZTE and TP-Link.

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SMS for business gets the message across [Infographic]

According to statistics in a recent report by SAP, 74 percent of adults use SMS on a regular basis, and 64 percent said they believe businesses should make more use of SMS to interact with their customers.

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Third party patch roundup – January 2015

Although Microsoft issued only eight updates this month, Apple and Linux systems both saw fixes for more vulnerabilities than usual, Oracle released its regular quarterly critical update, and Adobe found itself having to get out not just one but two out-of-band updates.

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Adobe fixes second vulnerability in Flash

Last week, Adobe made the headlines again with a zero day vulnerability in their Flash Player software. Over the weekend, they put out an update to fix a second such vulnerability; this one impacts both IE and Firefox when running on all currently supported versions of Microsoft’s Windows operating system.

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Whose airwaves are they, anyway?

How do you balance private property rights with the right to use those public airwaves no matter where you are?

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