Category: Security/Firewalls

Restricting users from writing to USB flash drives in Windows XP 0

Restricting users from writing to USB flash drives in Windows XP

A lot of companies with higher security requirements are concerned about the possibility of users copying confidential data on to their USB memory sticks and taking it off site. Luckily Windows XP Service Pack...

Mistake puts law students’ records online 0

Mistake puts law students’ records online

Officials at the City University of New York blamed human error for making sensitive financial information for 300 law school students public on the Web. The information included a spreadsheet with names, Social Security...

Corporate PC Users Ignore Phishing Risks 0

Corporate PC Users Ignore Phishing Risks

According to an online survey of 1,200 corporate end users in the US, Germany and Japan, most corporate users are rather complacent about the risk of viruses, phishing, spam and spyware because they tend...

Security Issue With Mac Widgets 0

Security Issue With Mac Widgets

With Apple’s release of Mac OS X Tiger 10.4 users discovered the first security issue that effected the Apple portion of the operating system directly. The security issue has to do with the ability...

Anti-Spyware for Macs 0

Anti-Spyware for Macs

MacScan (currently in beta) is the world’s first remote administration software detection title for the Macintosh. Using advanced detection methods MacScan can detect, isolate and remove the program which could allow remote administration and...

U.S. to Begin Issuing Electronic Passports 1

U.S. to Begin Issuing Electronic Passports

According to the U.S. State Department, United States will begin issuing electronic passports starting December 2005 to enhance border security and prevent forgery. The electronic passports will essentially have the same information that we...

Microsoft Word 2003 Redaction Tool 0

Microsoft Word 2003 Redaction Tool

Redaction is the editing of a document to remove confidential information. Using this free add-on for Word, you can mark sections of your documents for redaction. You can then create another redacted version of...

Deploy ISA Server 2004 in Minutes with Hardware Solutions 0

Deploy ISA Server 2004 in Minutes with Hardware Solutions

Microsoft has joined with key Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) to bring Internet Security and Acceleration (ISA) Server 2004-based security appliances to market. These solutions combine the best of ISA Server 2004 with a hardened...

ISA Server 2004 tools released by Microsoft 0

ISA Server 2004 tools released by Microsoft

Microsoft has just released three updated tools for ISA Server 2004. MSDEToText.vbs tool allows you to display the contents of an MSDE Firewall and Web Proxy log on screen, or you can write it...

Do Google Ads Help Fund Spyware? 0

Do Google Ads Help Fund Spyware?

Google’s sponsored-link ads may have helped turn the world’s best-known search engine into a financial powerhouse, but they also are coming under attack for contributing to spyware practices that undermine trust on the Web....

Man charged with wireless trespassing 0

Man charged with wireless trespassing

Police have charged a Florida man with a third-degree felony charge, after he was arrested for accessing a St. Petersburg resident’s wireless Internet network without permission. According to the police, Benjamin Smith III was...

Publishing a VPN Server Behind the ISA Server 2004 Firewall 0

Publishing a VPN Server Behind the ISA Server 2004 Firewall

ISA Server allows you to configure Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) so you can create a Point-to-Point Protocol (PPTP) or Layer 2 Tunneling Protocol (L2TP) over IPSec tunnels to the ISA Server. ISA Server also...

Nuclear secrets go global on the Web 0

Nuclear secrets go global on the Web

Thanks to a virus infection, a Japanese power plant worker has inadvertently leaked nuclear secrets onto the Web. The unnamed employee had stored about 40MB of confidential reports on his home PC. When the...

Spoofed security warning from Microsoft 0

Spoofed security warning from Microsoft

We all have seen spoofed e-mails at times. For IT professionals these are relatively easy to pinpoint. Some bad guys are educated, others are not so lucky. Here’s an example of a spoofed e-mail...

Options for Authenticating Users in ISA Server 2004 0

Options for Authenticating Users in ISA Server 2004

When configuring ISA Server 2004, one challenge a lot of people face is how to design the services so you can use Active Directory groups to configure ISA Server rules. If you want to...

Modify Default Port Number for Terminal Services/Remote Desktop 0

Modify Default Port Number for Terminal Services/Remote Desktop

By default, Terminal Services (and Remote Desktop) uses TCP port 3389. If you use Remote Desktop or Terminal Services to connect to your Windows computer, you might want to consider modifying the default port...

Beware of Rogue Antispyware and Antipop-up Products 0

Beware of Rogue Antispyware and Antipop-up Products

The most popular antispyware products are Ad-Aware, Spybot Search and Destroy, and SpySweeper, all of which have free versions (Spybot S&D is donation ware). The free versions will do both scan and clean most...

Microsoft’s Malicious Sofware Removal Tool 0

Microsoft’s Malicious Sofware Removal Tool

Microsoft’s Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool checks Windows XP/2000/2003 computers for infections by malicious software such as Blaster, Mydoom, and Sasser, and then aids in removing malicious software. The tool also gives you a...

Afraid Microsoft’s anti-spyware will muck up your hard drive, erasing your digital photos, music collection and work files? 0

Afraid Microsoft’s anti-spyware will muck up your hard drive, erasing your digital photos, music collection and work files?

Don’t worry, you’ve got a US$5 rebate coming your way in this worst-case scenario–enough to buy five songs on iTunes. That is, if you read and take advantage of Microsoft’s legal promise. According to...

ISA Server 2000 Error Preventing SP2 Installation 0

ISA Server 2000 Error Preventing SP2 Installation

Today I was installing ISA Server SP2 on an ISA Server 2000 computer and ran into this roadblock where it simply wouldn’t install the SP2. Here’s what the computer configuration looked like. Windows 2000...

A Compact and Secure E-mail Client 0

A Compact and Secure E-mail Client

I stumbled upon this e-mail client one day when I was looking for a tool to clean up a message stuck in my mailbox that was causing Outlook to crash constantly. This product was...

Spoofed Message Pretending To Be From PayPal 0

Spoofed Message Pretending To Be From PayPal

After similar fake notifications from eBay, which are still circling the Internet, now we have this spoofed message from service@PayPal. Such messages are not new. They have been going around for the past several...

Phishers Learn to Exploit VeriSign 0

Phishers Learn to Exploit VeriSign

At least one Net scammer has co-opted the Web security-assurance company’s seal of approval to offer a false impression of safety. Everyone knows not to believe everything they read on the Web. But things...

Browsing the Web and Reading E-mail Safely as an Administrator 0

Browsing the Web and Reading E-mail Safely as an Administrator

We all know that it’s a bad idea to surf the Web on a network server. In fact, it’s not a good idea to surf the Web on any computer where you are logged...

Chipping Away at Privacy Fears 0

Chipping Away at Privacy Fears

This month, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved a microchip that can be implanted in humans to provide access to medical records. Privacy regulation advocates were predictably horrified, but the chip does not...