Posts Categorized: Security

Samsung Galaxy Security Update

iPhone and Android Smartphones

According to a researcher in the Security in Communications department at Technical University Berlin, a malicious code circulating the internet could make Samsung Galaxy S2 and S3 phones vulnerable to a flaw, allowing their personal data to be deleted from their device. The researcher showed how the flaw could be exploited using just a single code embedded… Read more »

LastPass, UnPwned

Lastpass & Unpwned Team Up

This week LastPass announced a partnership with PwnedList, a website which identifies  hacked accounts. PwnedList will make available its continuously updated database so that LastPass users can receive notifications for any username/password combinations that have been compromised. Amber Gott, a LastPass spokesperson, explained how the new service will work: “We do batch checking nightly, against… Read more »

Viruses,Trojans, and Rootkits… Oh my!

Scareware: Fake Antivirus Software

When it comes to computers, the term used to describe nasty infections is “Malware.” But what exactly is malware? Well, it’s a nebulous term touted by techies, bloggers, and even mainstream media outlets for nearly everything created to harm your system. But that definition is a bit too vague to understand. In an effort to… Read more »

Change Your DropBox Password

Change your Dropbox Password | Ripple IT

DropBox has announced that a number of usernames and passwords stolen from other websites have been used to hack into DropBox accounts. This came to their attention a few weeks ago when people reported receiving spam from a number of DropBox.com email addresses. As it turns out, one of the stolen passwords was that of… Read more »

Flame On: Government-Sponsored Malware

Ripple reports on malware known as Flame

Earlier this week, Kaspersky Lab announced that a staggering amount of private data had been collected via a malware known as Flame, which had been active since 2010. Although it doesn’t appear that the data collected was made public, or used for the purpose of identity theft, Flame is thought to have been the product of state-sponsored… Read more »

Let Us Update Ya!

Antikythera Mechanism | Ripple IT Support

Keeping your technology (workstations, servers, software, etc) up-to-date is important, but it’s often seen as something that can be shelved. Unfortunately, putting technology updates on hold has more than a few negative effects: 1. You can’t get support for outdated technology. Eventually, hardware and software companies stop offering support and updates for older products. That’s… Read more »

Twitter Passwords Leaked #dontpanic

Twitter | Passwords Leaked | Ripple IT Support

Hey all you users of that popular social media application that begins with a ‘T’ and ends with ‘witter’, we suggest you take the time today to make a password change. As mentioned here, over 50,000 Twitter accounts were compromised earlier this week when corresponding email addresses and passwords were posted to Pastebin. Fortunately, further investigation… Read more »

Using LastPass To Manage Passwords

Last Pass | Ripple IT

A few months ago, I realized that being a marketing coordinator for Ripple requires signing up for a ton of sites and web apps. And all of those require user names and passwords. Passwords which should be unique to each site. Before my days in IT, I was blissfully ignorant of the dangers of repeating… Read more »