Tag Archives: Security

  • Encryption 101: Keys, Algorithms and You

    In today’s world, understanding at a minimum basic level how to protect data you’re both storing and transmitting is essential to your business’ survival. information technology professional Mike Chapple shows how to protect confidential information via encryption, and teaches the basics when it comes to selecting an encryption technology.

    Encryption provides the ability to use mathematical algorithms to protect the confidentiality and integrity of information transmitted via insecure means or stored in an insecure location. While the detailed mathematics underlying encryption may be intimidating, the basic concepts are quite accessible, and all technology professionals should have at least a basic understanding of how encryption provides these security benefits.

  • Oracle gives 21 (new) reasons to uninstall Java

    Oracle this week pushed an updated version of its Java runtime environment that fixes 21 security vulnerabilities, 19 of which allow attackers to remotely install malicious software on end-user machines.

    The company recommends users install Java 6 Update 24 as soon as possible, but before readers follow though, allow us to offer this modest proposal: Try uninstalling Java altogether. This will dramatically shrink the attack surface of your machine, and unless you use a handful of specific applications, you’ll never notice the difference.

  • Microsoft-Windows-CAPI2 Error

    You may not notice this error unless you checked your Event Viewer. When I checked mine, I got many since November 17, 2010. You can check your system by opening Windows’ Event Viewer (Start Button – Control Panel – System and Security, and then click the View event logs under Administrative Tools – see Figure 1).

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