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Monthly Archives: December 2011

Avira TechBlog wishes you Happy Holidays

As we are approaching Christmas, Avira Techblog will take a break until next year. We would like to thank all our readers, Facebook fans, Twitter followers and users for being with us this year. We hope that we successfully managed … Continue reading

Improve your security #7: password protect your smartphone

A recent study published in various online magazines showed that more and more people tend to replace their traditional mobile phones with smartphones. This trend applies not only to young people who are usually more interested in new technologies but … Continue reading

No, Microsoft will not give you 1 million dollars

No, no matter how good the document is looking,  Microsoft will not give you any money, because there is no such thing as a Microsoft lottery.   Of course,  the same applies to Nokia and AOL Online. In the last … Continue reading

Critical vulnerabilities in Firefox, Thunderbird and Seamonkey

Mozilla has announced that a critical vulnerability is affecting versions earlier than 9 of Firefox (except v3.6) and Thunderbird and versions earlier than 2.6 of SeaMonkey communication suite. The vulnerability could allow an attacker to execute malicious code on a machine  using … Continue reading

Adobe released the promised security fixes for Adobe Reader and Acrobat 9.x for Windows

We have discussed in details the problems created by the recent exploits in two separate posts here  (Security Advisory for Adobe Reader and Acrobat (Update) and Brief analysis of the Adobe vulnerability ). On Friday, Adobe published the fixes for the vulnerabilities CVE-2011-2462, … Continue reading

Microsoft to automatically upgrade IE, but there is a catch

Microsoft announced that they will start in January to automatically upgrade IE on all supported operating systems. The title of the post in the Microsoft’s Windows Team Blog is quite clear, IE to Start Automatic Upgrades across Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7, … Continue reading

Brief analysis of the Adobe vulnerability

We have published the Security Advisory for Adobe Reader and Acrobat informing the users about the vulnerability found in the Adobe Acrobat and Adobe Reader which is currently actively exploited. The vulnerability in the U3D component allows remote attackers to … Continue reading

Security Advisory for Adobe Reader and Acrobat (Update)

Adobe announced that a critical vulnerability has been identified in Adobe Reader X (10.1.1) and earlier versions for Windows and Macintosh, Adobe Reader 9.4.6 and earlier 9.x versions for UNIX, and Adobe Acrobat X (10.1.1) and earlier versions for Windows and Macintosh. … Continue reading

Facebook and Youtube phishing emails claim that you’ve sent too many emails

It is not the first time when we see phishing emails targeting Facebook users. It is also quite normal to see brands like Facebook, Google, Twitter and others used to advertised online pharmacies. Actually, we have blogged many times about … Continue reading

Holiday phishing season is starting

As in previous years, we are used to see a peak in the phishing attacks starting at the beginning of December and ending in the middle of January. If beginning of December makes perfectly sense, you might have asked yourself why middle … Continue reading