Internet Explorer 10 is on its way and here to stay

Posted on: March 1st, 2013 by Ashley No Comments

After the long wait from Microsoft, the development team have released Internet Explorer 10 to users of Windows 7. Users of Windows 7 will get the update from the windows update service over the next few days.

This update has been on hold while the Windows 8 quick fixes and updates were rolling out during the launch phase.  With Internet Explorer being Microsoft’s preferred browser of choice for Windows 8 and Server 2012, preparing IE10 for Windows 7 was not such an easy task. Currently there are no plans for any updates for Windows Vista or indeed the dying Windows XP.

A statement from the Internet Explorer development team said: “With this final release, IE10 brings the same leading standards support, with improved performance, security, privacy, reliability that consumers enjoy on Windows 8, to Windows 7 customers,”

Sources for Internet Explorer 10 have said that the new version is 20% faster for real websites in tests against the current top dog Google Chrome. As well as this, the new version also states compatibility with 30 new web standards that were not compatible in Internet Explorer 9. This pushes the standards forward providing improvements to hardware acceleration for many features.

To demonstrate the new features and improvements Microsoft decided to show off with a fully working game of Minesweeper that is based on HTML5 and other recent web standards.

No official date has been given for the start of the roll out via Windows Update, only that it will be in the next few weeks and all customers running Windows Seven and Server 2008 R2 SP1 will be able to receive the update.

Android Phones Vulnerability – NFC Exploited

Posted on: July 27th, 2012 by Tetrabyte No Comments

Charlie Miller, an experienced hacker has managed to hack into Android phones using nothing but a short range radio technology called ‘Near Field Communication’ (or NFC for short).

The short range technology can inject an Android phone with a particular set of code and direct it to websites, activate viruses and even steal data stored on the device.

NFC is being introduced in mobile phones in order to enter the credit card market – it has recently been announced that the iPhone 5 will contain an NFC chip, potentially making it possible to make transactions using the flagship phone.

Hotel Rooms Insecure – Key Card Hacking

Posted on: July 25th, 2012 by Tetrabyte No Comments

Security researcher Cody Brocious has made a brave statement – apparently hotel key cards are insecure and open to be hacked.

Cody Brocious claims that he is able to unlock a hotel door simply by plugging a power cable into the lock with the other end attached to a custom portable programming device, built for around £30.

The reason behind this security flaw is due to the memory chip inside the locks; they are easily readable causing the exposure of the security codes inside.

Anti-Virus – Which is The Best?

Posted on: June 13th, 2012 by Tetrabyte No Comments

One of the main things to consider when using a computer is which Anti-Virus to purchase.

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There are both free versions and paid versions – generally the paid versions have more features, such as Anti-Spam, Identity Theft Protection and Parental Controls, but do you really need these features from your Anti-Virus suite?

E-Mails – most people use providers such as Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo and similar online providers which already have this built-in.

Parental Controls – Do you have kids? If so this may be a good idea to have, but there are numerous free options to this such as OpenDNS.

Identity Theft Protection – To be honest, this doesn’t mean much. It may flag up phishing websites here and there but your Anti-Spam will block these from your E-Mails, and Internet Browsers such as FireFox, Internet Explorer and Google Chrome do this automatically based on large open-source databases.

The best free Anti-Virus software I would recommend is Microsoft Security Essentials. It doesn’t take up much of your computer resources and isn’t intrusive – it will only pop-up if it detects a virus, and with real-time scanning in the background you’re generally pretty safe.

If you’re interested in Tetrabyte Managed Anti-Virus and Anti-Spyware, then click here – let us manage the security of your network to allow you to carry on without interruption or the stress of stolen information.

LinkedIn Password Database Exploited

Posted on: June 7th, 2012 by Tetrabyte No Comments

LinkedIn has reportedly been hacked by users of an online Russian forum – the database of passwords (encrypted and salted) has been forcibly exported from the site, along with the details along with the associated user accounts.

Tetrabyte Managed I.T. recommends that you login to LinkedIn and changed your password – ensure that you include capital letters and punctuation within your password so that it can’t be guessed as easily.

We would also recommend that you change your password on any other websites that use the same E-Mail address and password.

Whilst the passwords are encrypted in such a fashion that would be difficult to crack, the Russian forum community has invited users to attempt to crack these passwords.

Iran Finds Cure to Malware Attack

Posted on: May 30th, 2012 by Tetrabyte No Comments

Iran has found a cure to the malware known as ‘Flame’ – a sophisticated piece of malware designed to infiltrate any network it can and steal data.

The malware injects itself into a network, scans to see what ant-virus software there is on the network and then adjusts itself accordingly to be invisible to the anti-virus software.

Iran has developed tools which can detect Flame and remove the malware from infected machines.

The malware was discovered by a number of security firms working together after thousands of machines hard drives have been miraculously wiped across the Middle East.

Russian Cyber-Criminal Sentenced in Armenian Court

Posted on: May 29th, 2012 by Tetrabyte No Comments

The cybercrime mastermind who created the ‘Bredolab’ botnet has been sentenced to four years in jail.

Georgiy Avanesov of Russia has been sentenced in an Armenian court – the first time a cyber-criminal has been convicted in Armenia.

The botnet was sending out an estimated 3.0 billion E-Mails a day on behalf of scammers; this was all done using a network of standard everyday computers from all over the world.

The owner of the botnet has an income of about £80,000 a month for his efforts – at the cost of money from the people who were scammed.

In 2010 the police managed to corner the botnet and take control – releasing those computers which were infected and stopping the high volume of spam from being sent.

Google Chrome 19 Released

Posted on: May 16th, 2012 by Tetrabyte No Comments

Google has released the 19th version of it’s flagship browser – Google Chrome.

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This latest release has squashed eight major bugs and fourteen minor bugs.

Google has reportedly paid those who reported these issues a total of about $7500.

If you fancy making some money and helping out those users of Google Chrome then check out the Google Chrome support page. If you find any serious bugs or flaws then let Google know – if their panel of judges finds the bug serious or interesting then you may be rewarded with a payout of up to $3133.70.

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