One of the most common ways to get a virus or malware infection is to have out-of-date browser plug-ins. We’ve all seen those annoying pop-ups asking you to update your Java, Flash, Shockwave, or Adobe Reader, and it’s awfully tempting to just click “ignore.” But doing so is equivalent to neglecting to change your locks after your keys have been stolen. [Read more...]
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The Defcon Black Hat security conference took place this past week, so there’s been a lot of interesting security-related buzz, but possibly most interesting is the fact that seven security experts have been given the literal “keys to reboot the internet” in the event that a catastrophe takes it down. To be clear, what they are talking about specifically is the system of trust known as DNSSEC (Domain Name System Security Extensions) that serves as the Internet’s Yellow Pages database of web addresses.
Other interesting stories from Defcon: