As mentioned in detail in our other blog, Firefox has been updated to v15. If you have not seen a Firefox update recently, please use the Help pull-down menu and choose About. There is an update button there for Windows PC users. Click on the link and read up on Cyber Crime in Russia and Adobe updates.
Here is an interesting Info Graph of Russia Cyber Criminals from infosecisland blog:
Interesting write up at The Register discussing protections against social media tracking what websites you visit and how to stop them from tracking you. If you monitor and watch which browsers you use and what addons or extensions are used, you can avoid a lot of this tracking.
According to the article social media buttons and badges can be controlled:
Get Off My Lawn offers a more basic blocking set for Opera and Safari, while Chrome has Widgetblock.
Firefox offers an experimental plug-in called Share Me Not, which prevents tracking without removing the button functionality from the website.
The article also goes on about considering
TACO, Beef Taco (Firefox), and Keep My Opt Outs (Chrome), make use of permanent “opt-out” cookies to inform advertising networks that the user of this browser does not want to be tracked. Along with the various browser-specific do not track flags, these are ways of ensuring many of the most prolific advertising companies will grant you your privacy. Another terrific addon to consider for cookie handling is Privacy Block that will remove LSO cookies that embed themselves into the operating system and give you the choice to remove them when you close out your browser.
As with any computer technology, only select one tool for a specific purpose. Too many Internet Explorer extensions, Chrome extensions or Firefox Addons can lead to instability of the browsers. SO be cautious about using more than one addon or extension for each kind of privacy protection.
London Stock Exchange Website Ads
Due to a security hole in the servers at an online ad agency – used by sites like Autotrader and the London Stock Exchange. People were caught by being manipulated by fake computer security warnings. They were asked for payments to remove these warnings.
Details of the story can be found here.
Just found this terrific animation explaining the difference between a search engine, browser and operating system and thought I would post this for anyone who was confused about it.
Since we are so concerned about security at Menlo Technical Consulting, we will regularly offer up suggestions and links for alternative web browsers, to Windows Internet Explorer. Here are links to alternative browsers:
Many find Mozilla’s Firefox and other browsers have trouble working with certain web sites. This can be fixed easily by downloading and installing this program:
Adobe Flash Player
A lot of my clients are now complaining about a bug that tells you that Windows has been infected, and to give them your credit card to remove this bug. There are many names for this, but it is extortion. The developers of this device have moved their servers and business off shore, so they are immune to US Law. There is no point in trying to give them money. Having a bug on your machine is hard enough, no need to ahnd over your credit card information and identity in addition to having to rebuild your machine.
If you are opposed to installing Firefox (don’t forget to include Java Runtime Envinronment and Flash player – so that most of the web works properly in Firefox), then consider shutting off ActiveX. Do do so, follow these steps:
Select Tools (or press the keys Alt T ) — Then select Internet Options
Select the Security tab – press the Custom level… button
In the bottom area of this tab area, Under Reset customer settings, Reset to: select the down arrow in the pull down list and choose High, and press the OK button and then OK again.
What you are turning off here is the ability of your computer to get infected using Internet Explorer.
In general, many of the bugs that jump on your windows computer are relying on ActiveX to be turned on. If you were using Linux, Mac OS X, or FireFox you will not have this problem.