Scammers take advantage of Oslo with virus [ July 25th, 2011 ] Posted in » Virus

To show that some people have no regard for human life, shortly after the Oslo bombing a scam appeared which purported itself as a security camera showing the blast.   They are also tricking users into sharing it with their friends.

Here is some more information by the Sophos bloggers:

ActiveX Filtering for Java

We had a strange issue today where a third-party site that requires Flash would work under one user and not work under  a different user.  We first attempted all sorts of uninstall/reinstall, which did not fix the issue.

See blue icon showing that something was blocked

Eventually we found out that ActiveX filtering was turned on.  This is a new feature in Internet Explorer 9.  Supposedly it is off by default so the user must have turned it on somehow.  You can either click on the little blue icon and turn it off for that website, or go into Safety Options and turn it off altogether.

Option 1: Turn off ActiveX Filtering on current website

Option 2: Turn off ActiveX Filtering on all websites

This is one of those UI issues where Internet Explorer should let the user know a little more obviously that a control has been blocked (similar to a popup blocker notice).  I don’t like any of the notifications that IE does, the URL bar is too hidden and it’s frustrating to have the bottom of my browser taken up by a hovering notification bar.  Bring back the top notification bar!

The other issue I have is that the popupbox makes it sound like you are turning off all filtering when you are actually only turning it off for a particular website.

Here is some more information from Microsoft on ActiveX Filtering:

How to use Tracking Protection and ActiveX Filtering in Internet Explorer 9

About ActiveX Filtering

July 25th, 2011 | Leave a Comment

The inevitable death of Windows XP

Microsoft reminded us this week that there are now (less than) 1000 days left of extended support, expiring on 4-8-2014.  It truly is amazing that Microsoft has had such a stable operating system with Windows XP (after a few service packs), which I believe is one of the main reasons why businesses are hanging on so tightly to it.

The other big reason is our economy.  It is difficult to rationalize purchasing new equipment when the budget is tight.  Many companies hold on to the “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it” line as well.  Unfortunately, there is also plenty of third party software applications that do not officially support Windows 7.

However, the wake-up call is here.  You do not want to be running a computer that is running an operating system that will not be supported by Microsoft anymore.  While many will argue that they should continue to support it, we are talking about a 10 year old operating system that will be at least 3 versions behind the current operating system come 2014.  It is unreasonable to expect a company, no matter the size, to support a product in perpetuity, the cost is too high.

Many small businesses do not have a computer refresh cycle.  Now is the time to visit this concept to avoid having to purchase all new computers in one year.  Start your cycle this year if you can and break it up into thirds.

The reasons are not all doom and gloom, either.  You should see an added benefit of increased employee productivity with a faster computer.  Newer computers can be configured to be much more power efficient.  We also have a greater ability to keep the computers secure.

July 15th, 2011 | Leave a Comment

Powered by WordPress | Blue Weed by Blog Oh! Blog | Entries (RSS) and Comments (RSS).