Get that chip off your shoulder and put it on your credit card

Chip-enabled credit and debit cards will almost entirely replace magnetic strip cards within the next five years – perhaps sooner, e-payment experts say. Vastly improved security will be the most tangible impact of

Published on: October 31st, 2008 Kavita Gosyne

Spammers step up “hit-and-run” operations

They were all the rage last year, but image and file attachment spam is definitely out in 2008, as spammers abandon complex techniques for simpler URL-based methods.Around 90 per cent of all spam

Published on: July 31st, 2008 Nestor Arellano

Apple slammed for leaving DNS flaw unpatched

Apple Inc. has not yet patched a critical Domain Name System (DNS) bug in its Mac OS Xoperating system, analysts and security researchers noted today as some criticized the company for dragging its

Published on: July 31st, 2008 Gregg Keizer

Colorado Spam King found dead

Convicted penny-stock spammer Eddie Davidson has died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, apparently after killing his wife and 3-year-old daughter in his home town of Bennet, Colorado, the U.S. Department of Justice said

Published on: July 28th, 2008 Robert MacMillan

SMBs lulled into false sense of online security

A majority of small to medium-size businesses in North America mistakenly assume that they are too low a target for cyber crooks, but a new survey indicates that the sector is in fact

Published on: July 24th, 2008 Nestor Arellano

Dealing with bunglers and prima donnas on your IT security staff

Think your security staffers are trustworthy? Competent? Knowledgeable? Ask a security professional for horror stories and you might think again.Here's one from Kevin McDonald, executive vice president at managed services provider Alvaka Networks,

Published on: July 22nd, 2008 Lisa Vaas

Google Desktop, Word may expose encrypted data

If you're using encryption software to keep part of your computer's hard drive private, you may have a problem, according to researchers at the University of Washington and British Telecommunications.They've discovered that popular

Published on: July 17th, 2008 Robert MacMillan

Flower shop employee fired for death threat delivered through her e-mail account

An employee of 1-800-Flowers.com has been fired after an e-mailed death threat was linked to her account.The crudely worded e-mail was sent Sunday to Paul "PZ" Myers, an associate professor of biology at

Published on: July 17th, 2008 Robert McMillan

Symantec offers small businesses “hassle free” security apps

Small business operators often carp about resource-guzzling security products that eat up precious computer memory, slow down their processes, and require extra time to maintain.But Symantec Corp. says it has the antidote –

Published on: July 16th, 2008 Nestor Arellano

Cybercrime gangs, Mafia share similar DNA

The chain of command of a cybercrime gang is not unlike the Mafia, an evolution that shows how online crime is becoming a broad, well-organized endeavor.The latest research from Web security company Finjan

Published on: July 16th, 2008 Jeremy Kirk

‘Passphrases’- a better alternative to passwords

One of the members of the Master Mind Security Panel during the ITEC show in Charlotte, Dan Colby, made a great point. Basically, he said "quit using passwords." Colby is president and CEO

Published on: July 15th, 2008 James E. Gaskin

Savings windfall for firm that moved from Microsoft Outlook to Gmail

Taylor Woodrow, a UK-based construction company, has switched its 1,800 employees' e-mail from Microsoft Outlook to enterprise Gmail. The company is also beginning to use other components of Google Apps, the suite of

Published on: July 14th, 2008 C.G. Lynch

Should Apple iTunes be allowed on company computers?

Apple's iTunes is by far one of the most popular and widely-used consumer IT applications available today. It's likely more of your users have an iPod and employ iTunes than staffers that don't,

Published on: July 14th, 2008 Al Sacco and Ben Worthen

Chip maker goes to court to prevent smart cards flaws being made public

A semiconductor company is suing a Dutch university to keep its researchers from publishing information about security flaws in the RFID chips used in up to 2 billion smart cards. p>The cards are

Published on: July 14th, 2008 Sharon Gaudin