Blog Archives

Chrome 36

Security Updates for this month.  Chrome will automatically update itself.

Bing, Google and the right to be forgotten

Users of Google and Bing can ask to have their information excluded from search results.  How do they guarantee the identity of the requester?

USA: “All ur data belong to us”

“In essence, President Barack Obama’s administration claims that any company with operations in the United States must comply with valid warrants for data, even if the content is stored overseas. It’s a position Microsoft and companies like Apple say is wrong, arguing that the enforcement of US law stops at the border.”

Microsoft, “Use weak passwords for non-important sites.”

It’s too difficult for the average person to have strong passwords for all sites.

Oracle releases patches

Critical fixes for Java and other products.  Update Java or get rid of it if you can.

AVG “Secure” Toolbar introduces vulnerability

If you install AVG antivirus you will be prompted to install the AVG Toolbar, uncheck the box.

Android “Factory Reset” doesn’t securely delete phone’s contents.

If you are getting rid of your phone, a factory reset won’t prevent someone from “undeleting” your files.  Make sure to use something that securely deletes files.

Adobe Patches Flash Player

All users should upgrade.  Chrome automatically patches it’s copy of Flash.  Windows 8 provides Flash patches for Internet Explorer.

Microsoft Patch Tuesday for July

Two critical patches, make sure to update.

No more Java for XP

Oracle no longer supports Java for Windows XP.