Four myths about protecting your data

IT administrators may be the first line of defence against hackers eager to tap into companies’ networks. But even they may have some inaccurate beliefs about how hackers operate – and those can

Published on: August 8th, 2013 Candice So

Apple updates Mac OSX Lion to 10.7.4

Apple yesterday patched 36 vulnerabilities in Mac OS X, most of them critical, plugging a hole that revealed passwords used to encrypt folders with an older version of FileVault.p>Both Mac OS X 10.7,

Published on: May 10th, 2012 Computerworld Staff

Automatically track missing patches with Personal Software Inspector

Secunia has updated its Personal Software Inspector (PSI) with the ability to silently download and apply patches from multiple vendors soon after their release. PSI 2.0 is now available in an open beta

Published on: September 7th, 2010 Jeremy Kirk

McAfee ‘extremely sorry’ for update that wreaked havoc

McAfee Inc. apologized late Thursday for crippling thousands of customers' computers with a flawed update the day before. "I want to apologize on behalf of McAfee and say that we're extremely sorry for

Published on: April 26th, 2010 Gregg Keizer

Microsoft stands by Windows 7 security claims after Pwn2Own hack

Just days after a pair of researchers outwitted major Windows 7 defenses to exploit Internet Explorer and Firefox, Microsoft said the measures aren't meant to "prevent every attack forever."At the same time, it

Published on: March 31st, 2010 Gregg Keizer

Firms using XP vulnerable despite recent Microsoft patches

Since the Windows 7 operating system (OS) launch Microsoft Corp. has downgraded vulnerabilities it recently issued patches for. That's good news, say researchers at anti-virus firm Symantec Corp., as it's a sign security

Published on: March 12th, 2010 Nestor Arellano

Many businesses still vulnerable despite downgraded patches since Windows 7 rollout

Researchers at antivirus software company Symantec Corp. have some good news and some bad news.In one hand, since the rollout of the Windows 7 operating system (OS) Microsoft appears to have downgraded vulnerabilities

Published on: March 10th, 2010 Nestor Arellano

Microsoft’s ‘exploit prediction’ track record sucks

Microsoft Corp.'s monthly predictions about whether hackers will create reliable exploit code for its bugs were right only about a quarter of the time in the first half of 2009, the company acknowledged

Published on: November 6th, 2009 Gregg Keizer

Microsoft’s monster bug blast for Windows, Office, IE

Microsoft today issued 10 security updates that patched a record 31 vulnerabilities in Windows, Internet Explorer (IE), Excel, Word, Windows Search and other programs, including 18 bugs marked "critical."Of the 10 bulletins, six

Published on: June 11th, 2009 Gregg Keizer

Hacker attack exposes QuickTime vulnerability

A hacker has released attack code that exploits an unpatched vulnerability in Apple Inc.'s QuickTime, just a week after the company updated the media player to plug nine other serious vulnerabilities, a security

Published on: September 19th, 2008 Gregg Keizer

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

Apple “messed up” iPhone patching

Apple took more than three months to patch an iPhone vulnerability, even though it had technical details of the bug and had crafted a fix for Mac OS X, the researcher who reported

Published on: July 16th, 2008 Gregg Keizer

How to correctly install Windows XP SP3

Still on Windows XP? Me too. So we'll both want to be sure to install Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3), which should be available from Microsoft by the time you read this.

Published on: May 14th, 2008 Stuart J. Johnston

Microsoft patches 11 security bugs

Microsoft Corp. Tuesday released seven security bulletins that patch 11 vulnerabilities in Windows, Internet Explorer, Windows Media Player and other parts of the operating system. Two of the bugs are currently being exploited

Published on: December 12th, 2007 Gregg Keizer