Protecting your online identity

A few months ago a small add-on for Firefox and Chrome was released. Called Privacyfix the add-on is designed to check and update your privacy settings for various online services including Facebook and Google. I had always been vaguely aware that Facebook is the internet’s Mac Daddy of privacy violation but even so the results…

Beware of smartphone malware

You know that smartphone in your back pocket? If it happens to run Android (and there’s a 38.8% chance it does according to IDC’s latest Aussie statistics) then cyber criminals have you firmly in their crosshairs. IDC’s latest Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker puts Android as commanding 59% of the smartphone market share with a…

Better browsing: playing guest to your hosts

With the proliferation of the internet we have one of the most powerful tools in our history. And like many innovations just as it helps build societies and communities it also plays host to the less scrupulous side of human nature. In between browsing our favourite sites or watching the latest video you sometimes have…

The threat landscape: how it’s changing and what it means for you

Talk to security software vendors and you’ll discover there’s a common theme in the changing landscape of threats faced by users: cybercrime is now fully industrialised. What started off as attention-getting individuals writing simple malicious scripts has evolved into a fully-fledged underground criminal economy. Far from being conquered cybercrime is exploding. According to researchers at…

Masterclass: The Essential SEO Toolkit for better search rankings

Many SEO consultants say they never use tools for their work. This is not true. They have to use at least one authoritative tool:  Google Search and possibly Yahoo Search. Yes the search engines are the primary tool for competitive research reverse-engineering of the algorithms and to make ranking checks.In this series we have already…

Stop using IE6, IE7 NOW, warns Microsoft

The software giant today issued an advisory warning companies and individuals to upgrade to Internet Explorer 8 as soon as possible to protect themselves from the vulnerability that allowed Chinese hackers to infiltrate and steal software source code from some of the world’s largest software companies including Google and Adobe. While Microsoft says the hackers…

Big patch day for all Windows versions, including 7

With nine “Critical” and five “Important” updates October’s patch Tuesday is a biggie if not a record for Microsoft which addresses some 34 vulnerabilities. Among the critical updates are a host of fixes to prevent remote code execution and block security holes across Windows Internet Explorer 8 Silverlight and other components of the modern desktop.…

Why Commonwealth Bank spam is slipping through spam filters

An ongoing campaign of Commonwealth Bank phishing email isn’t just a nuisance for consumers. It’s also proving a considerable challenge for security vendors who can’t risk annoying their lucrative bank customers by blocking their internal emails while trying to cut off the scammers.Since the beginning of May the Commonwealth Bank has been the subject of…