Big Brother Internet Will Watch Your Home For You

Dropcam is a startup that offers a whole new take on video surveillance.  If you decide to pay for the provided package, you are getting a webcam and access to an application that shows you what the camera is recording at any given time.  You can actually view the live video feed anywhere you have an Internet connection.  It is also available on the iPhone and iPad.

You can choose to receive email or mobile alerts based on criteria such as motion capture and time of day.  By paying the monthly fee, not only do you get access to the live feed, but you can also record and archive video whenever you want.  You can record and download several full days of footage per month.   Read more of this post

Polymorphic viruses explained

Some people have been affected by a new sophisticated type of virus which can wreak havoc on a computer system and avoid detection.
Now I have always been interested in topics such as computer network security and hacking and recently I have come across a threat which is relatively unknown within the public domain and hardly ever explained. Indeed most definitions of a polymorphic virus are confined within the offices of computer scientists specializing in network security. Polymorphic viruses are a prime example of the fact that even if you take the highest precautions then your computer can still become infected. Read more of this post

Android Wallpaper App That Steals Data Downloaded By Millions

Editor’s Note: This app shows “no evidence of malicious behavior,” researchers say.  It is, however, being regarded as suspicious.  Read about that here.

According to mobile security firm Lookout, a questionable Android wallpaper app that collects data and sends it to a mysterious website based in China has been downloaded by millions of users.

Apps that seem good but could actually be stealing your data are a huge risk as mobile apps are skyrocketing on smartphones, said John Hering, chief executive, and Kevin MaHaffey, chief technology officer of Lookout, in their talk at the Black Hat security conference yesterday.   Read more of this post

Don’t Hit F1!

DON’T PRESS F1!! Alright, that was close. Now that you aren’t going to press F1 I can tell you why not. Somehow, someone has managed to exploit Internet Explorer. Yup. Internet Explorer.

Now I know what you’re thinking. Either, ‘How could this happen?!?!’ or ‘Who uses IE anymore anyways??’ According to these stats, over 35% of people still use some form of Internet Explorer. And according to Wikipedia, almost 60% of people still use IE. Trust whichever you like or take the average, it’s still more than it should be.

A recent Microsoft Security Advisory came out saying:

The vulnerability exists in the way that VBScript interacts with Windows Help files when using Internet Explorer. If a malicious Web site displayed a specially crafted dialog box and a user pressed the F1 key, arbitrary code could be executed in the security context of the currently logged-on user.

So all that means, is if you’re still using Internet Explorer and either Windows 2000 or XP, don’t press F1 and then upgrade your browser to something like Opera, Firefox, or Chrome.

Thanks to Gizmodo and LifeHacker for information.

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