Saturday, May 28, 2011

Insider threat

Friends I talk to are confident that their personal information is not important or critical but this is a scary and real example of what hackers will do with your details.

No password needed

New malware targeting Mac OS X that will not prompt users to enter their administrator password before infecting the victim's machine. Mac users and Apple can continue to be in denial but it is a reality now.
Install an AV on your Mac.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Encrypted mails

I decided to install a digital certificate for my Gmail account. This is simple and free to set up.
  1. Apply for a free certificate from Comodo.
  2. The certificate will be automatically installed to your browser when you click on the link in the email from Comodo.
  3. Install the "Gmail S/MIME" addon from the Firefox addon source.
  4. Log into Gmail and the "Encrypt" icon is visible when you compose new mails.
You need to allow outbound TCP traffic on port 465 if you have a host firewall running on your system. If you want to export the installed certificate for use in other software, click on "Preferences">"Advanced">"Encryption">"View Certificates".

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Graphics Engine threat

A recently added Graphics Engine, WebGL, in Firefox 4 and Chrome 9 are vulnerable to exploit.
The article provisions solutions to disabling this component in both browsers. I will quickly summarise how to disable WebGL in Firefox 4.
  1. Type in "about:config" in the address bar.
  2. Search for "webgl".
  3. Set value for "webgl.disabled" to "true".
  4. Restart Firefox.
Simple steps that will give you peace of mind.