Monday, April 6, 2015

2015-04-06 WTKM Talking Points (April 6th 2015)

Free Panda Ant Virus bricks computers! My advice: stay with MS Security Essentials or Defender.

Danger from USB drives: A newly demonstrated device has the potential to fry the USB port and possibly other components on motherboards, even the CPU!

A test for the Superfish bug is here, removal instructions are here.
Firefox vers. 36.0.1 has protection against SF, vers. 37 (current as of last week!) further improves certificate checking!

All Win 7 & 8 users can upgrade to Win10 for free – for one year (only?).
Then licensing will kick in? Home user be careful! I assume MS goes to a subscription model, that is yearly licensing. Win7 is paid for and good until Jan, 2020, Win8 until Jan 2023.
2016 is free but you would have to
pay again for 2017, 18,19 (20, 21, 22).

Seagate reluctant to fix serious bug in some of their NAS drives.

More bugs in Adobe Flash Player! Per April 6 officially released version is!
Many fake Flash Player updates! Users are tricked to download and install a fake plugin that then installs a key logger to collect log in info & passwords. User beware! 

If anyone calls you and claims to be in any way affiliated with Microsoft IT IS A SCAM!

Download portals (, 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)?

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