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Phishing scam not blocked by cloud spam filter – myGov

Another phishing scam is in the wild. Well designed, it is nothing but a simple email with a link and a couple of images embedded. The campaign is done using infected hosting servers hence it has the potential to pass through spam filters. It managed to go through our cloud spam filter which is a rare occurrence so it is obviously a well-designed attack. Clicking the embedded link “go to…

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Cleanup Your Inbox. Completely.

This post and the system it explains is a result of reading quite a lot about “Out of Sight, Out or Mind” recently – particularly a study report from the Princeton Neuroscience Institute that links visual clutter with lack of focus. De-cluttering the Inbox and organising the content of the Inbox in a simple fashion (rather than having hundreds of folders and sub-folders) has definitely changed the way I am dealing with the…

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Disable Adobe Flash Or Get Hacked!

Adobe has released a patch for its web browser Flash plugins to close a dangerous security vulnerability that was reportedly used in the past few weeks to deploy malware (including nasty ransomware) to computers regardless if the user clicks flash ads or not… This could have been a major issue if the bandits didn’t (apparently) botched the implementation of the exploit into one of the most popular malware-as-a-service kits. As…

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Don’t panic, but you should check your WordPress website!

A recent blog on Sucuri.net – a cloud provider of website firewall and security services – has sparked a lot of attention in the media. Apparently, there’s been “a spike” in malware infected WordPress websites that deliver malware infections to innocent visitors who believe they are safe because they don’t browse porn or pirate movies websites, rather inconspicuous business websites or blogs. We’ve known for years that bad security policies…

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Answer the bloody phone, your drone is calling!

What? You don’t think this may be what you hear from your smartphone someday soon? It may be from your virtual personal assistant notifying you that there’s an incoming call from… your flying drone in charge of the security of your backyard, who just detected that your autonomous lawn mower got entangled in the bush and is emitting alert noises… Or something along these lines… My point is, we’re living…

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Storage, Budget and Features…

Why you need storage devices Okay, let’s face it: we are producing immaterial data so much and so fast that in the last few years we’ve achieved a tremendous amount of installed storage. If replicated in books – someone took the time to calculate this! – the total amount of stored data could cover the surface of US or china in 13 layers of books! See for yourself if you don’t…

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HP to stop offering FREE Firmware fixes

Mary McCoy, Vice President HP Servers has announced in a blog entry on friday HP’s decision to stop offering firmware updates to customers that are NOT on a support agreement or with equipment out of warranty… Is this another sign that the market shift towards cloud services is upon us big time?

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They say PC market is nearly dead!…

The Gartner report on the 7th consecutive decline of PC shipments says tablet sales are the main culprit in emerging markets. This prompted some analysts to claim the PC market is nearly dead and that we will see no PC sales in three years from now.
Not only the speculations are wild but I guess they didn’t even look at the hard facts behind the major shifts currently happening in the marketplace.
There is a trend, an interesting one that gives us a surprising conclusion…

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Welcome to “Pay per service / Pay per usage” world

From Amazon to Microsoft, from Godaddy to Google, all major players are pushing pay per usage models – each more confusing to order and more interesting when advertised…
All good in principle and theory… but how can you make sure you don’t jump from the frying pan into the fire?…

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