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eDellRoot – the Security Hole within some Dell Machines

It was only a few months ago when Lenovo were accused of installing hidden adware in their computers, but now Dell have also been accused of a similar matter with a plugin dubbed eDellRoot. Like Lenovo’s Superfish adware, it has been discovered that Dell have been sending out PC’s and laptops with a hidden security hole called eDellRoot. This means specific affected computers are being shipped from manufacture with a pre-installed trusted root certificate (called eDellRoot) that can intercept HTTPS encrypted traffic for any website the user visits. Dell have swiftly come forward announcing that eDellRoot is an unintentional security…

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Acunetix Web Application Vulnerability Report 2015

Acunetix have released their 2015 Web Application Vulnerability report which has aggregated the findings of over 15,000 scans performed from around 1.9 million files between a 12 month period between 2014 – 2015. Their report details an increase in web application vulnerabilities “posing serious threats to organizations’ overall security posture, such as data loss or alteration, system down-time, loss of reputation and severe fines from the regulators”. Data was taken from a random sample of 5,500 users of ‘Acunetix Online Vulnerability Scanner’ who have successfully scanned at least one scan target, out of a possible 18,000 subscribers. Signal Networks and…

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Acunetix and Fortinet Partner up to Provide Instant Vulnerability Detection

Acunetix have recently announced a partnership with Fortinet to provide instant vulnerability detection using Acunetix Web Vulnerability Scanner (WVS) and Fortinet’s FortiWeb web application Firewall (WAF). This partnership means that any scan results will be imported into the new FortiWeb 4000E and 3000E Web Application Firewalls where it will construct settings to diminish the detected vulnerabilities. Acunetix is a web vulnerability scanner that’s designed to replicate a hacker’s methods used to expose dangerous weaknesses on an organisations network or website. It features automated and manual penetration testing tools allowing an IT security analysts to perform vulnerability detection assessments, and repair detected…

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ESET Smart Security Version 9

ESET have recently released version 9 of their ESET Smart Security software making it even safer for a user to go online. Users of ESET Smart Security (the internet security software) can enjoy enhanced benefits including safer banking and online payments with additional botnet protection. Features include: New Banking and Payment Protection A special secured browser through which you can safely pay online Automatically protects you on Internet banking sites Encrypts the communication between the keyboard and the browser for safer transactions Protects you from key-loggers Enhanced Botnet Protection Added layer of security that protects against botnet malware – preventing your…

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Spoofed Emails

In the last few months, the team at Signal Networks have seen a dramatic rise in the number and sophistication of spoofed emails being sent. It’s vital that organisations stay aware of spoofed emails and have the correct procedures in place should one get past your security procedures due to human error. Spoofed emails are malicious emails sent by spammers but with a disguise on them. This disguise is a masquerade to trick users into believing it’s been sent from a reputable source when in fact, it’s an unknown and harmful source. Usually spoofed emails are sent from email addresses…

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How to Control your Privacy in Windows 10

It’s been three weeks since users gained access to Windows 10, however there has already been a steady increase in the number of complaints about privacy in Windows 10. The new platform has been designed to give the user a more secure and robust experience but this comes with some concerns. With this in mind, we’ve noted down seven simple actions that can be used to combat some of the many privacy concerns users have complained about: Think Twice About Cortana- Cortana operates using machine-learning techniques that pick up on how you work and adapts to your needs. In order to do…

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It’s Not Always About Flashy Security Widgets

At Signal Networks, we believe basic security ‘hygiene’ is a must for any organisation whatever their size, location or budget. Ensuring your business is up-to-date and actively protecting itself from any hackers or opportunists needs to be a standard practice that is constantly maintained. In the same way you’d brush your teeth for a few minutes every day, you need to be protecting your IT network from security threats for a few minutes every day. These steps do not need to take up all of your time, and in some instances, once you’ve put the groundwork in place, they can…

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Microsoft Automatically Installing Upgrade Preparatory Package for Windows 10

Microsoft have finally released Windows 10 and are rolling out preparatory automatic installs on Windows 7 and Windows 8 machines. Microsoft announced that Windows 10 will be free for life for specific Windows 7 and 8 users and Windows 10 Beta Testers as long as they upgrade within a year of the release (until 29 July 2016). The minimum system requirements for this are 1GHz processor, 1GB of RAM with 20GB of free space needed. The Windows 10 download is between 4 and 5GB. Features of Windows 10 include: Cortana- ‘your own personal assistant to help you get things done’…

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Security Issues for Jeep and Land Rover Owners

Owners of Jeep and Land Rover cars have had a shock this week with news reports highlighting security issues within both manufacturers’ cars specifically Jeep’s Cherokee and Land Rover’s Range Rover Sport models. Jaguar Land Rover announced that their security issues could result in the cars doors being locked and unlocked without the owner’s consent (one instance reported this happened whilst the car was moving). Land Rover has assured the public that no accidents or injuries have happened because of this glitch. Over 65,000 affected owners of the Range Rover Sport model will be notified that they will need to return…

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Important: Update Adobe Flash Now

UPDATE- After this article was published, Flash re-released another updated version 18.0.0.209 . This can be found by clicking here.   Users have been advised to update Adobe Flash as soon as possible following the discovery of a Neutrino exploit kit that is using a Flash Zero-day exploit. This exploit was revealed during the recent hacking of a company called ‘Hacking Team’ who “sells malware and spyware technology to governments and law enforcement and intelligence agencies”. Hacking Team were hit by an unknown user/s on 6/7/15 who took control of their Twitter page and posted links to a torrent file containing over 400GB…

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