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Security Risk in Firefox: How to turn off Firefox’s New Tab Page Completely | About Security


If you’re using Firefox, you should be awareof a possibility of information leakage through the new Tab Page that may disclose confidential information through the screenshots that are presented.

You should turn of this feature for the time being, as described in the article below.

Link: aboutse.cc

How to drink whisky


Very insightful video on Whisky testing

Ice? No Ice? Water? More whisky? Coke? Lemonade? How do you drink your whisky? It’s caused pub arguments for centuries and here’s Whyte & Mackay Master Blender Richard Paterson to show you why ice is a bad idea, water is OK – and why you should dip your finger in the water jug.

The malware factory

Interesting read…

Article Published on The Hacker New Magazine – June Edition “Malware” With the term malware we refer a heterogeneous family of malicious software designed with the purpose to disrupt computer operation, gather sensitive information, or gain unauthorized access to victims systems. With the term we indicate in fact several types of malicious code such as computer viruses, worms, trojan, spyware, ramsonware, adware, rootkits, and other applications. In recent years we have witnessed an unprecedented growth in the development of malware linked to rapidly changing of the technological context supported by the increased use of internet and the explosion of mobile services. 

Link: securityaffairs.co


Interesting article!

For many new Mac owners, the move to Mountain Lion represents your first major upgrade. To help users prepare to make the jump, Erica Sadun and I wrote Getting Ready for Mountain Lion, an Amazon/iBooks eBook. It's aimed at first-time upgraders and people looking for hints and tips about smoothing the transition. We're sharing some of our tips on TUAW in a series of posts about the 10.8 upgrade.

Although most Mac OS X upgrades go smoothly, there's always a chance that something can go wrong. Hundreds of thousands of files are changed during an upgrade, so there's a possibility that one or more of those changes can cause your Mac to decide to not boot up properly. Without a backup, your data might be gone forever.

Before you purchase Mountain Lion from the Mac App Store in July and begin the process of upgrading, make sure you back up your Mac! To begin with, you'll need an external disk drive that is at least twice the capacity of the drive that's built into your Mac. USB drives are surprisingly affordable; a glance at Amazon.com today showed a number of 2 TB drives for US$120 or less.

Backups don't have to be difficult, thanks to Apple's Time Machine app. Just plug your external drive into your Mac and OS X will ask if you wish to use that drive for Time Machine backups. Answer in the affirmative, and backups begin immediately.

I'm personally a fan of bootable backups, meaning that if the primary hard drive in your Mac fails, you can boot right off of the backup copy. To create these backups, I use SuperDuper! ($27.95). Every night, the app performs some file maintenance, then adds changed or new files to a full backup (SuperDuper! includes a scheduling tool for setting up backups at regular intervals). To make sure that the backup is indeed bootable, I test it once a month. Another amazing app for bootable backups is Carbon Copy Cloner (Free, but $20 recommended).

To test your bootable backup, go to System Preferences and click on "Startup Disk". Click on the backup drive icon to select it, and then click the Restart button. If all is well, your Mac should boot from the backup drive.

Doing daily backups should be part of your Mac OS X routine already, but if it isn't, then the move to Mountain Lion should be your impetus to start backing up now.

Link:  www.tuaw.com

Apple quietly publishes public guide to iOS security

Finally some guidelines from Apple

Without fanfare, Apple has recently published an extensive guide to both the mechanics and the philosophy taken with regards to security in iOS, discussing the architecture, encryption, network security and interaction with other devices among other topics. The paper, which lays out the company's approach to security, basically demonstrates the advanced security concepts that have lead to such practices as the sandboxing of apps due to be copied into OS X Mountain Lion….

Link: electronista.feedsportal.com