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Category Archives: IT Security

Blog articles about IT Security and keeping you and your computers safe.

Update your Adobe Flash Player today!

This week Adobe has released an emergency update for the Flash Media Player. The risks identified by a hacking team show vulnerabilities in the flash player that allow attackers to install malware on end-user computers. These vulnerabilities affect Flash versions on Windows, Mac OS X and Linux operating systems. DeFreitas Computers are recommending users to […]

Samsung have taken bloatware to a new level.

Samsung have taken bloatware to a new level. While many manufacturers include customised software on their branded desktops and notebooks, Samsung have taken this to a new level but is it causing even more harm? Selected Samsung laptops/notebooks come with a “software updater” tool which is designed to keep selected Samsung drivers and apps up […]

Do you suffer from Cyberchondria?

Cold and Flu season is upon us and like many people you may try self-diagnosing medical conditions by using the internet to search your symptoms. Many Australians are searching online for medical advice to avoid making that doctors appointment. At DeFreitas Computers we understand the risks surrounding internet safety and while most people associate internet […]

OpenSSL bug renders websites wide open

A serious vulnerability in the popular OpenSSL cryptographic library has been discovered that allows attackers to steal information unnoticed. Known as the Heartbleed bug, the vulnerability allows anyone on the Internet to read the memory of systems that run vulnerable versions of OpenSSL, revealing the secret authentication and encryption keys to protect the traffic. User […]

10 Tips to Stay Safe Online

These days we are all spending more time online, from making purchases online to interacting on social networking sites. The following tips can help you to protect your financial and personal information and they apply to smartphones, tablets, notebooks and computers. Install and update your security software and schedule regular virus and malware scans. Turn […]

How to boost your malware defense and protect your PC

Build up your computer’s defenses Don’t be tricked into downloading malware Build up your computer’s defenses Install antivirus and antispyware programs from a trusted source Never download anything in response to a warning from a program you didn’t install or don’t recognize that claims it will protect your PC or offers to remove viruses. It […]

How to help your kids use social websites more safely

These days, many kids draw little distinction between real life and online life. Whatever they’re doing, they should understand that many of these webpages can be viewed by anyone with access to the Internet. Kids can use the web to: Chat Play games Post and browse through photos and videos Blog Post an online profile […]

Avoid tech support phone scams

Cybercriminals don’t just send fraudulent email messages and set up fake websites. They might also call you on the telephone and claim to be from Microsoft. They might offer to help solve your computer problems or sell you a software license. Once they have access to your computer, they can do the following: Trick you […]

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