Thursday, March 12, 2015

2015-03-12 WBKV Talking Points (March 12 2015)

Superfish bug on some Lenovo laptops is a real risk:
A test for Superfish is here, removal instructions are here.
Firefox vers. 36.0.1 has protection against SF, vers. 37 will further improve certificate checking!

Confirmed sensation: Microsoft will allow all Win 7 & 8 users to upgrade to Win10 for free � for one year (only?). But then the licensing will kick in? A rented operating system? Home user be careful! Microsoft does not give anything away for free; that is the first concrete step to get us all to accept a licensing model, that means yearly payments. This way Microsoft will in the medium and long term make oodles of money more than by selling the software.

More dangerous bugs in Adobe Flash Player! Currently (as of March 12 2015) officially released version is 16.0.0.305! The catch: Many fake updates around! Mostly the user is tricked to download and install a fake plugin that then installs a key logger to collect log in info & passwords. User beware! 

Scam phone calls: Microsoft does not even know that we exist. MS's own advice:
  • If anyone calls you and claims to be in any way affiliated with Microsoft IT IS A SCAM!
  • Do not purchase any software or services.
  • Ask if there is a fee or subscription associated with the �service.� If there is, hang up.
  • Never give control of your computer to a third party unless you can confirm that it is a legitimate person you personally know and trust and/or are already a customer of.
  • Never provide your credit card or financial information to someone claiming to be from Microsoft tech support.
  • Take the caller�s information down and immediately report it to your local authorities.
Download portals (cnet.com, download.com. softonic.com et al) are huge malware slingers.

Have your DNS settings been tampered with? Test here (but know what is correct�)

Adobe's cash-less bug bounty program: Can it ever work?

Symantec splitting security (Norton) from storage business. The beginning of the end (like HP)?

FREAK bug (low quality encryption): Check your web browser here.
News March 12 2015: Fixed with this month's batch of updates for Windows

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