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Security Fix: October 16, 2005 - October 22, 2005

The Seattle Shuffle

I'm blogging from beautiful Seattle, having just spent the day touring the facilities of adware maker 180Solutions Inc. and interviewing at least five of their top executives for a story I'm working on for the Washington Post Magazine. Fall is...

By Brian Krebs  |  October 21, 2005; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
 
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Why You Need to Guard Your Computer

Occasionally, I'll hear from readers who are sick of how difficult and complex it is to keep a PC safe on the Internet but who simultaneously can't give up going online. So they adopt a certain fatalism, saying, in effect,...

By Brian Krebs  |  October 20, 2005; 5:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Safety Tips  
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Help Me Test a Spyware Solution

In my day job (i.e., when I'm not filling in on this blog for Brian Krebs), I write the Help File how-to column in Sunday's Business section. Spyware is a perennial topic in that space, and by far the worst...

By Brian Krebs  |  October 20, 2005; 1:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  From the Bunker  
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Longer Logins at Online Banks?

Last week, the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council issued a report recommending that banks tighten up their online-login procedures. The council's guidance says "single-factor authentication" -- where you only need to provide one piece of data, such as a PIN...

By Brian Krebs  |  October 19, 2005; 1:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
 
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Microsoft's Auto-Update Too Slow?

Yesterday I woke up to find my computer presenting me with the Windows login screen. I know that Microsoft's auto-update feature -- which is enabled on my main home machine -- after a period of time automatically restarts your...

By Brian Krebs  |  October 18, 2005; 2:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (65)
Categories:  From the Bunker  
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Attack of the Splogs

Spam watchers have seen a huge spike over the past couple of weeks in the number of new "splogs," or fake blogs created by junk e-mail artists for the sole purpose of increasing the search engine rankings of the Web...

By Brian Krebs  |  October 18, 2005; 10:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Fraud  
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Extreme File Sharing

Spent a few hours over the weekend poking around Limewire, an online peer-to-peer file-sharing network where an estimated 2 million users share and swap MP3 files, movies, software titles and just about anything and everything else made up of ones...

By Brian Krebs  |  October 17, 2005; 3:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  Latest Warnings  
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