Stop Reading Facebook, and go Patch your PCs, now.

There is a massive crypto worm running around the internet destroying computers and networks.  You need to patch your machine. The reason that patching is so

Screenshot of the CryptoWare Screenshot: MalwareHunterTeam (via Gawker)

important to get protected from this work, is that this worm doesn’t require that you click on anything to attack you. Once it’s in your companies network it can start hitting machines around the network that aren’t patched and it could, depending on your patching settings, encrypt every machine in your network.

This is bad.  In just a day 45,000+ computers have been encrypted.

In case you missed it, patch … NOW!!!!!!

If you want to read up, this is the security hole that you need to fix.

This page from Microsoft shows how to ensure that you are fully patched.

It’s Mothers Day in the US this weekend, so you’re going to call Mom anyway. Tell her to patch her computer.


Reposted from ITKE.

Your PIN Number Is Not As Secure As You Think

I ran across an older blog post that I think is very relevant given the Target breach as so any people will be setting up new ATM pin numbers to secure their ATM cards.

The most popular password is 1234 with nearly 11% of the 3.4 million passwords are 1234 !!!

I knew that 1234 would be popular but 11% is just a really high percentage of people using this PIN number. When taking the top 20 most popular PIN numbers in this sample set a little over 25% of the populations PIN numbers are used. That’s the top 20 most popular PIN numbers out of the total possible 10,000 PIN numbers which are available when using a 4 digit PIN which is what basically all banks use.

The blog post is a little geeky on the math and statistics side of things, but it makes for some interesting reading.