The POODLE exploit

If you’re on the web much, have any online banking accounts or watch TV news, you’ve probably heard about POODLE in the last few weeks. Rather than reinvent the wheel, I’m going to post some links here for those of you who are interested to peruse. What you need to know about the SSLv3 “POODLE” flaw (CVE-2014-3566) If you use the Internet at all, you’ll want to disable...

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Avoid installing junk you don’t need

For quite some time, the applications we trust and use every day have been tricking us into installing extra stuff we don’t need during the update process. One example is Adobe Flash (pictured below). Sometimes, their “gift” to you is the Chrome browser. Other times, it’s the Ask toolbar. In this case, it’s McAfee Security Scanner. Almost always, you don’t...

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Add an extra level of protection for free with Norton ConnectSafe

Norton offers a free service called ConnectSafe for home users. Once you start using ConnectSafe, Norton checks the web sites you surf to against its extensive database to attempt to ascertain the site’s safety. If it’s deemed safe, you’re sent to your web site. If not, you receive a warning. Another feature is Unsafe Site Filter, which you can turn on or off. When the filter...

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Show your school spirit – but NOT in your password!

It’s great to be a loyal fan or follower of your school’s team, but the one thing you don’t want to do is use your team name as your password!  If you’re a UNC student or grad, and you’re using “tarheels” (or any variant thereof) as your password, change it now.  It’s insecure on many, many levels.  First, it’s a word in the dictionary. ...

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PayPal’s automatically billed payments

Here’s something to look out for! Have you ever paid for something with PayPal and expected that to be the last of it, but you ended up on a recurring billing plan? Here’s how you can check to see what’s been preapproved or has been scheduled. Login to PayPal Go to My Account Click on Profile Click More Options Click My Money Go to Preapproved Payments Use this page to manage...

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Unexpected email with an unexpected link? Don’t click on it!

No matter what Internet Security software you’ve installed (you DO have something installed, right?), don’t ever click on a link you receive from an unexpected source!  These can include, but are not limited to, notices from FedEx about a shipment to you, or that you sent, Verizon (or other company) phone bill that is extremely high, notice from a bank (with which you probably...

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