Microsoft Security Essentials

mseMicrosoft Security Essentials provides real-time protection for your home PC that guards against viruses, spyware, and other malicious software.

Microsoft Security Essentials is a free download (for genuine Windows) from Microsoft that is simple to install, easy to use, and always kept up to date so you can be assured your PC is protected by the latest technology. It’s easy to tell if your PC is secure — when you’re green, you’re good. It’s that simple.

Microsoft Security Essentials runs quietly and efficiently in the background so that you are free to use your Windows-based PC the way you want—without interruptions or long computer wait times.

Posted by Niranjan on October 1st, 2009 in Anti-Virus, Freeware, Tools, Windows |
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Nsmxpress-FrontJuniper Networks® NSMXpress is an appliance version of Juniper Networks Network and Security Manager (NSM). It simplifies the complexity of security device administration by providing a single integrated management interface that controls every device parameter. This robust hardware management system installs in minutes with full High Availability (HA) support, which also makes it easy to scale and deploy. Enterprise customers with limited resources can benefit significantly from NSMXpress. That is because it eliminates the need to have dedicated resources for maintaining a security management solution. NSMXpress makes it easy for administrators to control all aspects of Juniper Networks firewall/VPN, SA Series SSL VPN Appliances, IC Series Unified Access Control Appliances, J Series Services Routers, EX Series Ethernet Switches, and IDP Series Intrusion Detection and Prevention Appliances which include device configuration, network settings and security policy.

Posted by Niranjan on September 18th, 2009 in Firewall, Hardware, Linux/Unix, Network, Patch Management, Tools, VPN |
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Korea to train 3,000 ‘cyber sheriffs’

Korea seems quite ahead in the security game.

The government will train 3,000 “cyber sheriffs” by next year to protect the country from future cyber attacks, officials said yesterday.
Cyber sheriffs are trained experts capable of maintaining cyber security for businesses from cyber attacks and malicious hackers. The government plans to encourage colleges to open intensive courses to train cyber experts. Graduates of the courses will be hired by government offices and businesses in the future, officials said.
According to the plan, the National Intelligence Service is to take a leading role when cyber attacks are launched. They will cooperate with other government offices and businesses to minimize damage from the possible “cyber terrorists.”

Posted by Niranjan on September 16th, 2009 in News |
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FortiClient standard edition

Forticlient-StandardFortiClient™ standard edition offers one of the most comprehensive security suites for your PC available – including a full range of Fortinet threat protections for PCs and laptops, even when used on insecure public networks. This free download provides SSL and IPSec VPN, a personal firewall, antivirus/antispyware scanning, Intrusion Prevention and web filtering. FortiGate™ users complete their network security framework with Endpoint Control, Application Detection and WAN Optimization. Automatic updates from the FortiGuard™ subscription service ensure protection against the latest threats.

Posted by Niranjan on September 16th, 2009 in Anti-Spyware, Anti-Virus, Firewall, Freeware, IDS/IPS, Network, Tools, Windows |
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10 Solid Tips to Safeguard Your Facebook Privacy

Facebook-Logo1An excellent Guide to secure your Facebook account and safeguard your privacy.

Facebook statistics show that it has 250 million active users each with an average 120 friends. More than 1 billion photos are uploaded every month by its users, over 70% of whom use applications like games and quizzes in Facebook. Unfortunately, most users don’t know the implications of entering personal information, making friends, and playing games on Facebook.

Posted by Niranjan on September 14th, 2009 in Tips |
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K9 Web Protection

K9LogoBlue Coat’s K9 Web Protection is a free Internet and parental controls filter that gives parents control over their family’s use of the Internet. It enables parents to monitor and control what sites their children access and enables them to block offensive or potentially dangerous sites. K9 Web Protection relies on the same enterprise-class Web filtering technology used by Blue Coat enterprise customers around the world, and is wrapped in a simple, easy-to-manage software application that is compatible with both Mac and PC computers. To protect against newly discovered threats, K9 Web Protection is continuously updated by the WebPulse™ service, the Blue Coat cloud-based community watch environment that also updates Blue Coat WebFilter™ and ProxyClient® enterprise products. In this community watch environment, the identification of malware by one member is shared with all to prevent infections or other harm.

Posted by Niranjan on September 14th, 2009 in Content Filtering, Freeware, Network, OSX, Proxy, Tools, Windows |
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Check Point Power-1 Appliances

Power-1-AppliancesCheck Point Power-1 appliances enable organizations to maximize security in high-performance environments such as large campuses or data centers. They combine Check Point firewall, IPsec VPN, and intrusion prevention Software Blades with advanced acceleration and networking technologies that deliver a high-performance security platform for multi-Gbps environments.

Key Benefits

- Ensures availability of business-critical applications with up to 25 Gbps of firewall throughput and total system performance (Firewall + IPS) of up to 15 Gbps

- Field upgradeable for maximum performance flexibility (Power-1 11000 Series)

-Provides a comprehensive set of security Software Blades that is extensible on demand to include Web security, antivirus, anti-spyware, and anti-spam

- Simplifies administration with a single management console for all sites

- Protects against emerging threats with Software Blade update services

Posted by Niranjan on September 8th, 2009 in Anti-Spam, Anti-Spyware, Anti-Virus, Content Filtering, Encryption, Firewall, Hardware, IDS/IPS, Network, Packet Sniffer, Tools, VPN |
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Wordpress blogs hacked – Upgrade your Wordpress NOW!

wordpress-logo-stacked-bg-1Older versions of wordpress have security holes and are under attack. Scooble’s Scoble’s wordpress blog was hacked, after which he isn’t feeling very safe. The worst part – he didn’t have a backup!

I use wordpress form my blogs (including this one) and have upgraded all of them to 2.8.4. I urge everyone using wordpress to upgrade to the latest release.

Here’s how you can check if you’re already being attacked:

There are two clues that your WordPress site has been attacked.

There are strange additions to the pretty permalinks, such as$%7Beval(base64_decode($_SERVER%5BHTTP_REFERER%5D))%7D%7D|.+)&%/. The keywords are “eval” and “base64_decode.”

Here’s a blog post from wordpress on How to Keep Your Wordpress Secure:

A stitch in time saves nine. I couldn’t sew my way out of a bag, but it’s true advice for bloggers as well — a little bit of work on an upgrade now saves a lot of work fixing something later.

Posted by Niranjan on September 7th, 2009 in News |
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Cisco ASA 5500 Series Firewall

Cisco-AsaThe Cisco ASA 5500 Series Adaptive Security Appliance is a modular platform that provides the next generation of security and VPN services for small and medium-sized business and enterprise applications. The comprehensive portfolio of services within the Cisco ASA 5500 Series enables customization for location-specific needs through its four tailored package product editions: the Firewall, VPN, IPS, and Content Security Editions.

These packages enable superior protection by providing the right services for the right location. At the same time, they enable standardization on the Cisco ASA 5500 Series platform to reduce costs in management, training, and sparing. Finally, each Edition simplifies design and deployment by providing pre-packaged location-specific security solutions.Prod Brochure0900Aecd8048Dba8-4

Posted by Niranjan on September 4th, 2009 in Anti-Spam, Anti-Spyware, Anti-Virus, Content Filtering, Encryption, Firewall, Hardware, IDS/IPS, Network, Packet Sniffer, Tools, VPN |
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(IN)SECURE Magazine Issue 22 is out

(IN)SECURE Magazine (a free digital security publication discussing some of the hottest information security topics) Issue 22 is out.

Articles in this issue include:

- Using real-time events to drive your network scans
- Review: Data Locker
- The Nmap project: Open source with style
- Enterprise effectiveness of digital certificates: Are they ready for prime-time?
- A look at geolocation, URL shortening and top Twitter threats
- How “fake stuff” can make you more secure
- Making clouds secure
- Q&A: Dr. Herbert Thompson on security ROI and RSA Conference
- Book review – Cyber Crime Fighters: Tales from the Trenches
- Top 5 myths about wireless protection
- Securing the foundation of IT systems
- A layered approach to making your Web application a safer environment
- In mashups we trust?
- Adopting the security best practice of least privilege
- Is your data recovery provider a data security problem?
- New strategies for establishing a comprehensive lifetime data protection program
- Security for multi-enterprise applications
- EU data breach notification proposals: How will your business be affected?
- Book review – 97 Things Every Software Architect Should Know
- Safety in the cloud: How CIOs can ensure the safety of their data as they migrate to cloud applications
- Vulnerability management

Posted by Niranjan on September 1st, 2009 in Freeware, News, Tips |
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