XP is counting down - are you ready? Would you pay the CryptoLocker crooks? And should you use Full Disk Encryption?
Find out in just a minute...watch 60 Sec Security for 08 March 2014!
Microsoft has announced that from Saturday 08 March 2014, Windows XP will openly start talking itself out of a job on your PC.
Watch out for unsolicited invitations to help you install the latest version of Windows in its place...
A tiny but intriguing open source project entitled iCloudHacker attracted interest over the weekend.
It claims to "bypass Apple's theft protection" - and although that's streching the truth a bit, it has some lessons to teach us about encryption...
How harmless is that "Facebook shutting down on 29 February" hoax?
Is system reimaging really a security tool?
Find out this and more! 60 Sec Security - 01 Mar 2014
Chester ducks out of booth duties at the RSA 2014 conference in San Francisco to bring you this week's Chet Chat.
From Apple's SSL bug to Adobe's second-in-a-month emergency Flash update, Chet and Duck once again help you to learn from others' mistakes.
A new Google Chrome browser extension lets email senders using Google accounts see when recipients open email, who exactly opened the email, and where the recipient is located. And sorry, but no, recipients don't have a say in the matter whatsoever, since we don't have to sign up for the extension to have it blab about us.
MasterCard and Syniverse are running a pilot scheme that aims to reduce credit card fraud by making sure that a customer's card and mobile phone are in the same location when the card is used.
Do you use a mobile device? (Of course you do!)
Read Sophos researcher Vanja Svajcer's paper, "Mobile Security Threat Report," and check out our expert tips for keeping the crooks away...
Apple just patched an SSL/TLS bug in iOS - but the flaw is not yet fixed in OS X.
Paul Ducklin comes to the rescue with explanations, mitigations, and even an unofficial patch! (For educational purposes only, you understand.)
Another Flash emergency already? More SEA hacking? Why have the password "changeme" if you don't? How big a fine for a 20,000,000 record breach?
It'll only take you a minute to find out!
For the last week, the internet - and Facebook in particular - has been positively moist with the foamy, spittle flecks of an outraged, pitchfork wielding mob. The outrage has been so verbose and so sudden that the internet has all but run out of upper case letters.
Did you really think XP would go patch-free? Is Flappy Bird really dead? Did you really use the same password on more than one site?
60 Sec Security - 15 Feb 2014
Illegal GPS jammers, sold cheap online, can endanger space stations and ship navigation, not to mention potentially preventing emergency calls or keeping rescue teams from homing in on injured people. But recently, a new version of an old, longwave technology, eLORAN, is showing great promise in jamming the jammers.
Here's our latest security podcast, featuring Sophos experts Chester Wisniewski and Paul Ducklin.
Join the dynamic duo as they turn the latest news into a quarter-hour podcast that is informative, entertaining and educational.
February's patch roundup sees seven patches from Microsoft and one from Adobe. All supported versions of Windows are impacted, be sure to update as soon as possible.
News about celebrities to do with births, deaths and marriages often prove to be handy hooks for cybercrooks.
So when the ultra-popular game Flappy Bird was withdrawn recently, the crooks wasted no time pretending to keep him alive...
Paul Ducklin looks into a malware writer's poisoned-image trick that tells an interesting (and, though it hurts to say it, an amusing) story of subterfuge and guile...
The warning flare comes as a window for Windows users that features a "reset" button to get the browser back to factory-fresh settings.
Even though yesterday wasn't a Patch Tuesday, we ended up with two major browser-related updates: an unscheduled Adobe Flash patch, and an expected one: the update from Firefox 26 to Firefox 27.
Paul Ducklin takes a quick look...