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A security issue with was found with Quicktime over the weekend.
The US Department of Homeland Security is warning people to uninstall Quicktime.
Apple is not longer supporting the program and will not release a fix.
This problem only affects Windows computers.

To uninstall QuickTime,
open the Control Panel,
click “Uninstall a program”
under Programs, select “QuickTime” in the list, and click “Uninstall.”

The QuickTime uninstaller will remove both the QuickTime desktop application and the QuickTime browser plug-in. If you don’t see QuickTime in the list here, you don’t have QuickTime installed.

CNet Information: http://www.cnet.com/news/you-should-uninstall-quicktime-for-windows/

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News came out today about a Russian Hacking Group that has been able to steel 1.2 billion usernames and passwords.
They have also gained access to over 500 million email accounts.

This is a good reminder for everyone to change your passwords every few months.
Alway use a good password containing capital and lowercase letters, numbers and special characters.
Also, don’t use the same username and password combo for every site.

Mashable’s Article:
http://mashable.com/2014/08/05/russian-hacker-passwords/

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eBay has announced it’s password database was hacked and user passwords have been compromised.
It’s important that all users change passwords ASAP.
Companies are attacked every day so it’s important to use complex passwords to protect your data as much as possible.
In this case the password database for eBay was compromised giving them access to all passwords.
eBay says no financial data was accessed but we recommend if you have a Paypal account linked to your eBay account change the password for Paypal.

Click here to read more about this latest hack at: CNet

 

Microsoft has released a critical security patch for Internet Explorer.
All users should run the Windows Update feature to install this patch.

Microsoft has also reminded users it’s important that they upgrade to a newer version of Windows.

“Windows XP is no longer supported by Microsoft, and we continue to encourage customers to migrate to a modern operating system, such as Windows 7 or 8.1. Additionally, customers are encouraged to upgrade to the latest version of Internet Explorer, IE 11.”

More information can be found on Mashable.com
http://tinyurl.com/m6jowxr

 

Microsoft has released a warning about a new security hole in all versions of Internet Explorer.
This flaw could allow an attacker to take complete control of your system.
At this time Homeland Security is recommending users stop using Internet Explorer until a patch has been released.
We suggest that user switch to either Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox.
Internet Explorer has a long history of security flaws which is why we feel its best to stop using the browser permanently if possible.

According to Reuters: News of the vulnerability surfaced over the weekend. Cybersecurity software maker FireEye Inc warned that a sophisticated group of hackers have been exploiting the bug in a campaign dubbed “Operation Clandestine Fox.”

Click here for the full Reuters Article.
http://tinyurl.com/jw9p625

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AOL has confirmed they have been hit with a large data breech.
They are requesting users to change passwords and security questions.
The company said attackers got hold of AOL users’ email addresses, home addresses, contact lists, encrypted (presumably hashed) passwords and encrypted answers to security questions.

Read more about this issue on these links

Toms Hardware: http://tinyurl.com/lfawxlv

The Hacker News: http://tinyurl.com/k92kwtz

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The Heartbleed bug is major security flaw that everyone should be aware of.
As companies install patches to resolve the issue there are passwords users need to change now.
Mashable has released the list of websites so please read down the full list and if you have an account on a listed website change your password.

http://mashable.com/2014/04/09/heartbleed-bug-websites-affected/


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The University of Maryland was targeted in a data breech which exposed 300,000 records.
According to CNet –
“The names, Social Security numbers, and birth dates of 309,079 individuals affiliated with school’s College Park and Shady Grove campuses who were issued a university identification card since 1998 were exposed in Tuesday’s attack, according to an apology issued Wednesday by university President Wallace Loh. However, no financial, academic, or contact information was compromised, Loh said.”

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