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Just wanted to wish everyone a Happy New Year!  I hope 2015 is a prosperous year for all of you!

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By now I am sure you have heard about the two recent “severe” risks we are facing on the Internet in the past couple of weeks.  Department of Homeland Security has issued statements on both these bugs.  In case you have not heard about these threats here is a brief summary.
 
Internet Explorer Zero Day Bug:  There is a vulnerability that was just discovered in “all versions of Internet Explorer” that has yet to be patched by Microsoft.  This bug can allow an attacker to take complete control of your PC from an infected web site if you surf in using Internet Explorer.  To avoid this threat be sure to use the latest version of either Mozilla’s Firefox browser, or Google’s Chrome browser.  You can read more about this threat here:

http://www.cnet.com/news/microsoft-tells-ie-users-how-to-defend-against-zero-day-bug/

The Heartbleed Bug: there was a discovery of a “bug” in the extremely popular OpenSSL cryptographic software library.  To put it mildly - this breach allowed access to millions of encrypted internet connections and transactions world-wide and it exposed user names and passwords at exposed web sites and also the “private keys” that are used to encrypt and decrypt your personal information.  Banks have assured customers that their online sites are fine.  According to an article at americanbanker.com: “Bank of America, Capital One Financial, JPMorgan Chase, Citigroup, TD Bank, U.S. Bancorp, Wells Fargo and PNC Financial Services Group have all publicly stated that they are not vulnerable to the Heartbleed bug.  Most have said they do not use OpenSSL.”  But there are millions of other web sites that do use OpenSSL and they are making changes to fix the bug as we speak.  Read more about this threat here:

http://www.pcworld.com/article/2140920/heartbleed-bug-in-openssl-puts-encrypted-communications-at-risk.html

On another note – support for Windows XP has ended.  This means Microsoft will not put out updates for the XP operating system when vulnerabilities are discovered.  So if you choose to continue to run XP be sure you use very good virus/malware protection.  Read more about the end of Windows XP here:

http://www.zdnet.com/windows-xp-support-ends-survival-tips-to-stay-safe-7000028188/

For all Windows-based PC’s I highly recommend you use 2 forms of protection on each of your computers:  Malwarebytes Professional (not the free version) and Microsoft Security Essentials (which is free).
 
Sincerely,
John Page
Page Computers
http://www.page-computers.com
678-793-9669
 
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