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Thu
18
Dec
Brandon Dimmel's picture

TorrentLocker Ransomware Spreading Fast: Report

A new report from security firm ESET finds that the TorrentLocker ransomware scam has now encrypted an estimated 285 million files. Unfortunately, ESET security experts don't see the rate of infections dropping off any time soon. A TorrentLocker ... infection, like other ransomware schemes (such as CryptoWall or CryptoLocker ), usually takes place when a victim downloads a malicious file. Although the name TorrentLocker might suggest infections come through the way of torrents (a file typically used for file sharing), it does not; in fact, most TorrentLocker infections come through email. ... (view more)

Tue
16
Dec
Brandon Dimmel's picture

Study: Checking Email in Spurts Reduces Stress

How often do you check your email each day? A new study suggests that consulting your inbox more than three times a day could significantly increase your stress levels. The study, which comes from researchers at the University of British Columbia, ... involved asking 124 adults to restrict their inbox-checking to just three times a day for a one-week period. Once that week was over, study participants were allowed to check their email as much as they liked. Less Email, Less Stress, Study Suggests Throughout the process participants were asked to fill out daily 10-minute questionnaires about their ... (view more)

Tue
09
Dec
Brandon Dimmel's picture

Shop Online? Watch out for Fake Email Order Scam

A new report suggests that hackers are using fake email orders with malicious links to fool victims into installing malware onto their machines. Security experts are therefore warning all Internet shoppers to take extra care when opening their ... emails this holiday season. According to Brian Krebs, a former Washington Post writer who covers cyber crime, the problem is becoming more and more prevalent. "If you receive an email this holiday season asking you to 'confirm' an online e-commerce order or package shipment, please resist the urge to click the included link or attachment, ... (view more)

Wed
12
Nov
John Lister's picture

Is it Spam? MS Outlook Receives 'Bacon' Email Filter

Microsoft has launched a new tool for MS Outlook designed to make it easier to deal with email overload. It will be available for business users at first, but could later be rolled out for home users. The feature will be available as part of Office ... 365 for business: that's the online edition of the Office suite, which is automatically updated when Microsoft adds new features or makes changes. The name of the feature comes from the problem Microsoft is trying to tackle: Clutter. That's meant to describe the category of emails that are from legitimate senders, but which you don't ... (view more)

Fri
03
Oct
Brandon Dimmel's picture

'York 1.61', and 'Howard 1.26'

York 1.61 Know more about your network traffic with York, which can help you log all of the traffic on your network card. York can also help analyze and parse network packets; it can even capture transmitted files and passwords - something which can ... have nefarious consequences. http://thesz.diecru.eu/ Howard 1.26 Get alerts about all of your different email clients - including Outlook, Hotmail, Gmail, and Yahoo Mail - with Howard, the one-stop email shop. A special sound and text notification will alert you when each new email comes in. http://thesz.diecru.eu/ (view more)

Wed
26
Mar
John Lister's picture

Google Wiretap, Data Mining Class Action Dismissed

Google says it is going to mediation over claims it unlawfully scanned the contents of emails for advertising purposes. It's a surprise move, considering that Google recently won a major court victory over the affair. The legal dispute centers on ... the fact that Google's computers scan through the contents of email messages sent via its free Gmail service. Google then uses keywords that appear in messages to produce advertisements that appear alongside the message in the user's inbox. As an example: if you received a message from a friend mentioning an upcoming golf game, you might ... (view more)

Mon
24
Mar
Brandon Dimmel's picture

Microsoft Admits Email Snoop, Revises Privacy Policy

Microsoft has revised its Hotmail / Outlook email privacy policy. It's in response to concerns after the company admitted to reading emails and instant messages of a blogger who allegedly tried to sell Microsoft intellectual property without ... permission. Former Microsoft employee Alex Kibkalo is currently being investigated for stealing Microsoft trade secrets. According to Microsoft, in 2012 Kibkalo acquired pre-release Windows 8 source code, which he emailed to a mysterious blogger who has not been named. It's the anonymous blogger who had his email and instant messages snooped. ... (view more)

Wed
11
Sep
Dennis Faas's picture

Patch Tuesday: Microsoft Fixes Serious Outlook Flaw

Another monthly Patch Tuesday security update has arrived and this time Microsoft is providing fixes for 'critical' flaws in its Internet Explorer web browser and its Outlook email manager. In total, Microsoft's Patch Tuesday offering includes 13 ... bulletins, four of which have been marked critical -- Microsoft's highest security rating. Many security experts are pointing to the critical bulletin affecting Outlook as the most important security issue this month. Code Execution Flaw Affects Outlook Wolfgang Kandek, chief technology officer at IT security firm Qualys, says it's imperative that ... (view more)

Fri
08
Feb
Dennis Faas's picture

Microsoft: Google Scans Gmail Messages

Microsoft is targeting Google's Gmail in a new campaign designed to steer Internet email users towards the Redmond, Washington-based firm's own Outlook.com service. The basis for that attack: Google doesn't do enough to protect the privacy of Gmail ... users. The Microsoft campaign, which is being carried out across the United States, is called "Don't get scroogled by Gmail." At the heart of that campaign: the fact that Google scans Gmail inboxes to figure out which advertisements should be displayed along with the messages. Microsoft Investigates Responses to Gmail ... (view more)

Mon
31
Dec
Dennis Faas's picture

Windows 8: How to Use the Windows 8 Mail App

If you've been stymied by the intricacies of email in Windows 8, you're not alone. An Infopackets subscriber asks: "Dear Infopackets, I just got Windows 8 and am interested in trying out the new Windows 8 Mail program. But I can't figure it out. It ... seems things have changed a lot since I last used Outlook in Windows 7. Do you have any tips on how to use this software properly? Thanks, Brian D." My response: You're right, Brian. Windows 8 Mail is a lot different from Outlook, Windows Live Mail, or any other email client you've used before. But that's not necessarily a bad thing. Microsoft has ... (view more)

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