Posts made in March, 2015

2015 03 26 Microsoft does not distribute security updates via email

Posted by on Mar 26, 2015 | 0 comments

Today I received the Microsoft Security Advisory Notification shown below in its entirety.   I felt this deserved some special attention.  Read the following excerpt from the advisory: “If you receive an email message that claims to be distributing a Microsoft security update, it is a hoax that may contain malware or pointers to malicious websites. Microsoft does not distribute security updates via email.” Microsoft has issued this statement because a great many people are being tricked into executing malicious attachments sent to them in bogus emails from Microsoft. The results of executing these malicious attachments are varied.  You might have just...

Read More

From Antivirus to Threats

Posted by on Mar 23, 2015 | 0 comments

By Dennis Strain © March 2015  You might ask yourself “do I need antivirus?”  “I never had antivirus before and everything is ok,” you might say. Well, let’s talk about it. This is how Wikipedia defines a computer virus:  A computer virus is a malware program that, when executed, replicates by inserting copies of itself (possibly modified) into other computer programs, data files, or the boot sector of the hard drive; when this replication succeeds, the affected areas are then said to be “infected”. *1   That’s a pretty good definition, and well illustrates why we use the virus metaphor in this case.   The first known...

Read More