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Oops! We’ve lost your data!

Over 100,000 former adult students in Virginia are being contacted by the education authorities after a USB stick with information including their names, social security numbers and employment and demographic details, was misplaced. The data was not encrypted, the Washington Post reported this week. The data was lost after a department employee handed over the […]

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GFI MAX visits SMB Nation 2009 in Riviera, Las Vegas

It was a warm, arid evening when MAX stepped off the plane in McClaren Airport in fabulous Las Vegas, Nevada.  MAX brought his favorite crew – Kevin Hodak, Sales Engineer, Anne Murphy, Channel Marketing Manager and Kelly O’Bray, Post Sales Support as well as his favorite MVP, Dave Sanders. They were itching to make a scene […]

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Mind that password… again

Last week I commented on the phishing attack that resulted in more than 10,000 passwords being leaked online. An analysis of the passwords showed that many computer users are more concerned with choosing a password that they can remember rather than one that is strong and reduces the risk of it being hacked. Now a […]

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Mind that password

The phishing attack that led to more than 10,000 Hotmail, MSN and passwords being exposed online earlier this week has provided an interesting glimpse into the mindset of email users when setting up their accounts. A researcher who managed to look at the 10,000 or so Hotmail, MSN and passwords published an analysis […]

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Scareware on the increase

A report by the Antiphishing Working Group this week reveals that the number of people downloading and installing rogue anti-virus programs is on the rise with one security company claiming that cybercriminals were making up to $34 million a MONTH from gullible users. According to the findings, in the first quarter of 2009 alone, more […]

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Enter to Win $999 Free SMB Nation Pass: Oct 2nd – 4th, in Las Vegas

GFI Software is coming to SMB Nation in Las Vegas and you are invited! Visit to register and enter gfi to receive an additional 10 percent discount to the show. GFI will be at booth #327. We are also holding a contest where you can win a free pass to the show – email […]

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People do reply to email spam

I sometimes wonder how spammers can be so successful in what they do. They send out millions of emails every day promising the world – get rich offers, a pile of cash waiting just for you to claim ownership, pills and creams that work wonders, financial advice and dozens of other schemes and offers. Junk, […]

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10 Security Threats to an Organization – Part 2

When looking at the first five security threats that can hit an organization we dealt with the harmful effects of spam, viruses and malware and how monitoring your network and investing in patch management is an effective way of preventing such threats from attacking your network and infecting your machines. Not all threats are external, and not all […]

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10 Security Threats to an Organization – Part 1

Every organization is aware of the importance of security – security of the building, security for employees and financial security are all a priority; however, an organization comprises many other assets that require security, most notably its IT infrastructure. An organization’s network is the lifeline that employees rely on to do their jobs and subsequently […]

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Security policies: making them work for you – Part 2

In the first of this two part article, the discussion centered around the creation of IT security policies and why there often is strong resistance to their existence and implementation. Successfully implementing IT security polices goes beyond the technology and encompasses an understanding of organizational structures and workplace psychology. In the second part, I will […]

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