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Six Security Tips For The Holidays

Employee vacations, workplace celebrations, unexpected visitors and hours and hours of online shopping loom. Time to take a pre-holiday look at your seasonal security preparations.

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More Java Warnings, More Java Worries

The attractiveness of unpatched Java as an attack entry-point continues to grow, as do calls for all users to patch Java immediately. But in order to do that, you need to know who's running which version of Java.

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SMB Winter Security Advance Checklist

The approach of winter, and the holiday season in the middle of it, means it's time for SMBs to take a few security steps, and implement a few security measures and practices aimed at keeping the chill away from your data and systems.

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Flash Exploit On The Move Via PDF File

A critical zero-day Flash exploit that arrives in a PDF file is being used in attacks aimed at Adobe Reader and Acrobat 9.x. The exploited vulnerability is found across all major platforms, and a patch is not expected to be available for a couple of weeks.

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Load Balancer Targets SMB Needs And Budgets

KEMP Technologies' LoadMaster DR, available as a hardware or appliance or software download, aims to insure that DMB customers have reliable access to the business's servers. And introductory price in the appliance aims to insure that SMBs can afford it.

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News Sites, Searches May Be Riskier Than Porn

Steer clear of gambling, porn and other known risky sites and related searches and you and your employees -- and your business -- are safer, right? Not according to a new Websense study which found that leading news and pop culture sites, and hot-trend search terms may be more dangerous than some of the ones you're steering clear of.

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Microsoft To Make Security Essentials Free To Smaller Businesses

Got 10 or fewer computers and users in your business and want to protect them for free? Next month Microsoft will make its Security Essentials anti-virus, anti-malware program available at no charge to businesses consisting of up to 10 users... as long as those users are running legit copies of Windows.

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Social Net Malware Tags One Of Three SMBs

Social networks --Facebook and YouTube at the top of the list -- have delivered a load of malware to small and midsized businesses, according to new survey from Panda Security. And that malware is taking quite a few of those businesses fro quite a bit of cash.

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Cybercrime Rates Rising For SMBs

U.S. SMB cybercrime rates rose 2% over last year, according to a new survey from Panda Security. Considering some of the other findings it's a wonder the rate didn't rise more.

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IE6 Still Used By 20% Despite Flaws

According to Zscaler's latest State of the Web report, one in five business users continue to browse with IE6, despite its being nine years old and far less secure than newer browsers

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Cybercrime Growth Accelerating

SonicWall's mid-year threat report indicates across-the-board growth in cybercrime trends with Web- and cloud-based attacks looming dangerously large and growing larger fast.

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Dell's New SMB Security Sevices Portfolio

Dell's announcement of a broad range of new and enhanced security tools and services for small and midsized businesses includes network endpoint security, and will ultimately, in partnership with SecureWorks, offer a hardware/software solution that includes security management and threat identification and monitoring.

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Safely Shaving SMB Security Costs

Cutting security expenditures is tough -- short-term savings can all too easily introduce long-term (or short-term) risks. Here are three solid, safe ways to save on security.

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Windows Shortcut Threat Spreads Via USB Drives

A Microsoft advisory warns of a new threat aimed at its Windows Shell, particularly at the way Windows handles shortcuts. The likeliest exploit uses AutoRun to launch malware. All versions of Windows are believed to be vulnerable.

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Mozilla Sniffer Firefox Add-On Steals Passwords

Mozilla Sniffer, a little-used and now disabled Firefox add-on, turns out be a log-in thief and has been disabled by Mozilla. Additionally the Firefox-maker disabled earlier versions of CoolPreviews, another, more popular add-on which carried vulnerabilities that could enable remote takeovers. Time to take a long look at your company's browser add-ons policy.

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Summer Worker Security

Temporary and summer workers offer the chance to increase production -- and increase your security risks. But taking on summer help also offers the opportunity to review, refresh and enhance your security policies and practices.

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Printers, Copiers And Other Unexpected Vulnerabilities

When's the last time you updated and patched your printer's firmware -- if you ever have. Yet networked printers, copiers and other common workplace devices, including UPS backups and security cameras, can contain vulnerabilities that can put your business at risk.

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Symantec Announces Backup Exec 2010 To Address Duplicate Data Issues

Backup Exec 2010, a new backup and deduplication service for midsized and growing businesses released today by Symantec is aimed at the explosive growth of data experienced by businesses of all sizes. The elimination of duplicate data promised by the company also promises to cut storage costs and reduce recovery time in the event of a disaster.

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Businesses Banning Social Networks? Not So Fast!

Social networks such Facebook and Twitter are the new porn, at least according to one security firm that finds three quarters of businesses blocking social nets. But social nets' business potential is so large that by banning them businesses are essentially cutting off their noses to spite their Facebook.

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E-Business Lessons From The New England Patriots

No, not the usual "Every business needs a quarterback callings its plays" sort of football=business yada yada. Plenty of those around already -- but there are also plenty of good e-business lessons the Patriots can teach The team is as ready for varying and intense Web traffic patterns as the players are for opposition shifts and shimmies.

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