Archive for May, 2011

Scareware on the Mac on increase – some advice on how to not get burned

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

Macintosh users are now becoming a larger target for malware producers. Please see the following content to help ensure your customers don’t become victims. http://www.networkworld.com/cgi-bin/mailto/x.cgi?pagetosend=/news/2011/052311-7-questions-about-the-mac.html&pagename=/news/2011/052311-7-questions-about-the-mac.html 7 questions about the Mac malware scare A few answers help clarify what the MacDefender scareware plague really means for Mac users and administrators   Update May 25 Apple to […]

Updates for Adobe Flash products – Player, Media Server, Audition and RoboHelp

Friday, May 13th, 2011

Adobe issued security updates for the Flash products on May 12. Please patch the respective products that you have deployed.  Details are available from the following URL. http://www.adobe.com/support/security/bulletins/apsb11-12.html Flash player for Windows was updated to version 10.3.181.14 from 10.2.159.1 Flash for Chrome and Android phones was also updated.

Process associated with surplusing harddrives.

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

The University Surplus Property office has recently obtained a media shredder that can be used to properly destroy hard-drives that contain confidential information.  Procedures involve completing the E-Scrap form included in this post and carrying the media to Surplus.  If required, the destruction process can be observed by the IT staff.  If there are questions […]

Version 6.25 of Java was released on April 27 without much fanfare – no security updates

Friday, May 6th, 2011

A new version of Java was released on April 27.  The new version is 6.25 and does not include any security improvements over 6.24. The new version only includes performance improvements. It can be downloaded from – http://java.com/en/download/index.jsp

Microsoft patches for May – only two to be issued – one Critical and one important

Friday, May 6th, 2011

On Thursday, May 5, Microsoft released their advance notification for the patches scheduled to be released on Tuesday, May 10.  There are only two patches scheduled to be released – yes just TWO.  One is classified as critical and the second important. The patch classified as critical applies only to server operating systems.  The following […]

Good youtube video for password best practices.

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3lx1-0ze_bs Lab Matters – Password Security: Dos and Don’ts