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Rombertik: Malware that destroys your computer when detected

12th May 2015

It has been announced in the last few days that a new computer virus has been discovered which has been named Rombertik. The malware is designed to capture any plain text entered into a browser. Nicknamed by Cisco Systems, Rombertik’s primary purpose is a big worry but this new type of malware has an additional destructive threat. Once setup on a Windows computer, Rombertik will check to see if it has been detected. The malware performs several regular internal checks…

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Which internet browser is best for you?

27th April 2015

For most people, opening an internet browser is a case of double clicking on the icon we are most familiar with. Internet browsers are applications that translate website code, allowing users to easily navigate and gather information throughout this vast global resource. Today, the internet plays a massive role in modern life and the right browser could help you make the most of your time and increase productivity. Google Chrome is one of the top ranking browsers as users who…

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Is this the end of Internet Explorer?

19th March 2015

Microsoft has announced that its iconic browser – Internet Explorer – will not be the main web browser when they launch the eagerly anticipated Windows 10, in a move that would appear to signal the end for the now 20 year old “IE”. Microsoft has instead announced that a completely new browser, currently code-named “Project Spartan” will replace Internet Explorer as the main browser with the new operating system. Chris Capossela, Microsoft’s Head of Marketing, told a conference this week…

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Millions of computer users at risk from “Freak”

11th March 2015

At the end of last week, Microsoft issued a major security warning about a computer bug that has been named “Freak” and announced that it was working on a security update to tackle it. Initially it was thought that only some users of Android and Blackberry phones were at risk, along with users of Apple’s Safari web browser, but it was later discovered that in fact millions of computer users are at risk. The bug is a loophole that has…

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Most security threats are “well-known” says HP

25th February 2015

An annual cyber-security report by technology firm HP has found that despite advancements in cyber attacks, the majority of cyber-security incidents in 2014 took advantage of well-known vulnerabilities that have existed for years. The report, which looked at a range of business that had their security compromised in the least year, found that many of the issues which led to their security breaches are not new developments and that they exploited code written years or even decades earlier. “We can’t…

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Microsoft no longer forced to offer web browser choices

19th December 2014

A rule forcing Microsoft to offer new Windows users in Europe options for web browsers has come to an end, five years after it was introduced. The so called Browser Ballot had forced Microsoft to give as much prominence to non-Microsoft browsers such as Firefox and Chrome on Windows as it does to Internet Explorer (IE). The deal had supposedly been about giving Windows users choice, and was drawn up in 2009 after rivals of Microsoft complained that because IE…

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“Most sophisticated spyware” discovered by Symantec

2nd December 2014

One of the most sophisticated pieces of computer spyware ever seen has been discovered by the leading computer security company, Symantec. The bug goes by the name Regin and has been dubbed “super-spyware”. It was probably created by a government according to Symantec, due to how sophisticated it is. They believe it would have taken years to create and that it has probably been used for about six years, since at least 2008, against a range of targets around the…

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Still running Windows Server 2003? It’s time to switch

29th October 2014

Anyone still using Microsoft Windows Server 2003 is being urged to upgrade after Microsoft announced that they will no longer offer extended support as of July 14th 2015. But what does this mean to current users and why should they switch? It’s estimated that there are currently 10 million machines still running Windows Server 2003 (WS2003) at present, and users who have failed to upgrade by next July to a newer server will unfortunately find themselves in hot water. Users…

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Shellshock: the latest major computer bug

26th September 2014

The discovery of a major new computer bug was announced yesterday, which has the potential to affect Mac and Linux users. Shellshock has been described as a “deadly serious” bug, and “about as bad as it gets”. It has the potential to affect hundreds of millions of computers, servers and devices. It can be used to easily take remote control of almost any system using a software component called Bash. Bash stands for Bourne-Again Shell. It is a command prompt…

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Problems with upgrading Windows XP

4th September 2014

Microsoft officially stopped supporting the Windows XP operating system on 8th April this year after more than a decade. This means that it no longer provides technical support services, but more importantly it also stopped updating the software. So, no more bug fixes, and most crucially of all, no more security patches. Desktops or laptops still using the XP operating system are now much more vulnerable to cyber attacks as a result. XP hasn’t updated since 8th April 2014, which…

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