Microsoft's Patch Tuesday for March 2014, the second-to-last scheduled patch that Windows XP users are ever going to see, will fix critical holes in all versions of Windows.
OK, not quite all: Server Core installations will receive updates, but not critical ones.
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
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.)
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...
Advertisements don't have a great track record for safety and we are beginning to see more frequent abuse of search and mobile ads to deliver unwanted addons purporting to be legitimate tools. Be careful where you click and closely scrutinize software options before installation.
Chet and Duck review the week's news in their informed and entertainingly serious style, discussing the prizes on offer at this year's PWN2OWN competition, talking about a new twist in Android malware, and reviewing the latest attack reports from Yahoo and Target...
It's called PWN2OWN because if you successfully pwn, or hack into, the competition laptop, you own it *literally* - you get to take it home with you.
But there's also $645,000 in cash up for grabs, including a Grand Prize for finding, wait for it, an "exploit unicorn"...
Surely not another payment card breach? Android malware that jumps the airgap? And what's this about a Privacy Plan Diet?
60 Sec Security - 01 Feb 2014.
Here's an intriguing tale of an Android malware curveball spotted recently in SophosLabs.
You're expecting the pitch to come at you in a predictable direction, but a hidden twist in the action brings the onslaught from another angle altogether...