Monthly Archives - October 2019

Tamper Protection Enabled By Default In Windows 10 Update

Do you have the new Windows 10? If you're not sure, the most recent version (as of the time this article was written) is version 1903, which was the May 2019 update. Assuming you've got that version or later, you should have Microsoft's Tamper Protection enabled by default. If you're not sure what the big deal is, in a nutshell, Windows Tamper Protection blocks scripts, apps and programs from making changes to your security settings and to Microsoft Defender.  That's a very...

Update Whatsapp Or Risk Security Vulnerability

Do you use Whatsapp on an Android device if so, you'll want to upgrade to the latest version as soon as possible. Recently, a critical vulnerability being tracked as 'CVE-2019-11932' was discovered that allows hackers to gain access to your chat logs and personal information by sending you a poisoned GIF. The flaw is called a "Double-free vulnerability" because it's triggered when the free() parameter is called twice on the same value and argument inside the software. When this happens, it...

Zynga Games Has Data Breach Including Personal Information

Zynga is a wildly successful gaming company with a number of hit titles under its belt including FarmVille, Words with Friends, Zynga Poker, Mafia Wars, and Café World. Their titles boast more than a billion players, worldwide, which is a number that would make most gaming outfits green with envy. Naturally, their success has painted a giant target on the company. Recently, a Pakistani hacker going by the alias Gnosticplayers has claimed that he successfully breached Words With Friends and made...

Google Adds Several New Password Features To Help Users

Google is taking additional steps to provide a safer and more secure environment for their massive user base.  Chrome is the most widely used browser in the world. In recent months, Google has made moves to provide better password security. Most recently, they released a Chrome Extension called Password Checkup that scans all of your stored login credentials to see if they've been found in data breaches. If they have been breached, it prompts you to change them. As good...

New Exploit Discovered That Adds Malware To Advertisements

Hackers and scammers have a new tool in their toolbox, and they're making rapid use of it.  Recently, researchers from Confiant have discovered a new campaign involving a Chrome for iOS exploit. They discovered an unknown group of attackers getting around the browser's built-in pop-up blocker to deliver fake ads. This happened to half a billion users from the US and Europe in less than a week. The group has been named 'gobbler' and they're not picky.  Since Confiant began...

Some Android Apps Are Charging People Big Money

Security researchers at Sophos Labs have alerted Google to the presence of more than two dozen apps on the Play Store that are abusing a loophole in Google's policies that allow them to charge hefty fees to unsuspecting users.  Here's how it works: Many apps offer a free and subscription-based service, and many of those allow users to try the full version of the app for a free trial period. If they decide they don't want to pay for the...

Attachment Extensions Carrying Malware Banned On Microsoft Outlook

One of the most common means by which malware winds up on the computers of its victims is via an email attachment.  All it takes is one careless moment.  One-click to open a file that turns out to be poisoned and you're in for a world of trouble. That's the exact reason why email providers tend to be incredibly selective about what kinds of attachments their services allow. Microsoft recently announced that they're further restricting their number of allowable extension types,...