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Reusing Passwords

About 20 percent of Microsoft Account logins are found on lists of compromised credentials in the wake of hack attacks on other service providers, Eric Doerr, Group Program Manager for Microsoft’s Account system said.

A significant proportion of compromised credentials Microsoft sees from other services have the same username and password on the Microsoft account system (formerly Windows Live ID) logins, which cover services such as Hotmail, Messenger and SkyDrive. These logins have not been compromised from the Microsoft server, but are instead based on login information leaked from other sites.

“These attacks shine a spotlight on the core issue people reuse passwords between different websites,” he said. Microsoft regularly gets lists of compromised third-party login details from ISPs, law enforcement and vendors, as well as from lists published on the internet by hackers, according to Doerr. This information is checked against Microsoft login details using an automated process to check for any overlap. While 20 percent is the average, in one recent breach it was only 4.5 percent, said Doerr.

Like Just last week, both Yahoo! Voices and the Android forums at website Phandroid were hacked, resulting in the leakage of almost 1.5 million usernames and passwords. When a list of usernames and passwords are leaked, it seems that Microsoft have been running these against its database looking for matches. The results are quite shocking.

Company also revealed that it is working to tighten its security and one of such measures is going to be increase in the character limit in passwords to make Brute Force attack more difficult.

We Request to Readers, DON’T REUSE YOUR PASSWORDS!

Thousands May Lose Net Access On July 9th July

Thousands May Lose Net Access On July 9th July

The warnings about the Internet problem have been splashed across Facebook and Google. Internet service providers have sent notices, and the FBI set up a special website.

Thousands of South Africans are among the hundreds of thousands of people around the world who might lose Internet access on July 9.That’s the day the FBI will shut down all the “clean servers” it set up to combat a massive hacking operation.

Last November the FBI arrested and charged six Estonian men behind the malware as part of Operation Ghost Click. These hackers were able to make a fortune off their project, raking in millions for ads placed on their fraudulent websites.On the eve of the arrests, the FBI hired Paul Vixie, chairman of the Internet Systems Consortium (ISC) to install two temporary Internet servers that would prevent infected users from losing access to the Internet once the DNSChanger botnet was shut down.

DNS (Domain Name System) is a core Internet technology used to convert human readable domain names such as facebook.com into an IP address such as 10.181.211.1, which a computer understands.

It’s estimated that there is still around 277,00 infections worldwide, despite a massive clean up operation. If you’re concerned about your own PC, or family members, then there’s a DNS checker website or more information over at the DNS Changer Working Group.

Running the temporary servers for eight months has cost the FBI $87,000. Both Facebook and Google created their own warning messages that showed up if someone using either site appeared to have an infected computer. Facebook users would get a message that says, “Your computer or network might be infected,” along with a link that users can click for more information.Google users got a similar message, displayed at the top of a Google search results page. It also provides information on correcting the problem.

Ensure that the DNS Servers are not within the following range of Internet Protocols (IPs):
– 85.255.112.0 through 85.255.127.255
– 67.210.0.0 through 67.210.15.255
– 93.188.160.0 through 93.188.167.255
– 77.67.83.0 through 77.67.83.255
– 213.109.64.0 through 213.109.79.255
– 64.28.176.0 through 64.28.191.255

If DNSChanger is detected, users may use Kaspersky Antivirus to clean the infection.

If you are unsure if you are infected, feel free to call us or email us and we will be able to check and give you piece of mind.

Metro Newspaper

Whilst looking for info on the recent power outages,  I came across a newley launched publication for Port Elizabeth residents called Metro Newspaper.  

 

The publication was launched at the start of April 2012 and has a downloadable edition as well as printed edition.  Best of all.  IT'S FREE!

 

The site layout is very easy to navigate and the articles are among the up to date I have seen, with local publishing heavyweights like Alan from www.mype.co.za being among the main contributors.  Unlike other printed publications that post articles 2 days after the printed version,  www.metronewspapaper.co.za updates the info as soon as it is available.

 

Congratulations and keep it up to the staff at Metro Newspaper.  Port Elizabeth sorely needs a current new source.  Thank you.

Feel free to post your experiences and reviews of their site in the comments

Newton Park Training Center

The Icon Era team has launched the Newton Park Training Center website located at www.newtonparktrainingcenter.co.za.

 

The frontpage still has to be completed, but please click the picture and browse the site. Let us know what you think. Drop us a line at www.facebook.com/iconera or www.twitter.com/iconera or post a comment at the bottom of this page

New Church Website

Icon Era is proud to announce the publishing of the new St Hughs Church website located at www.sthughschurch.co.za.

Feel free to post comments on this page about your thoughts and suggestions.

Airplanes grounded due to volcano ash

Just in case you were planning on flying to or from Cape Town / Port Elizabeth / East London tonight, tomorrow and probably Monday, think again.

See the volcano cloud forecast here

http://www.meteo.fr/vaac/2_echarts_SURF.html

Volcano cloud South Africa 19-June-2011

Volcano cloud South Africa 19-June-2011

Caused by

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2000166/Chile-volcano-seen-SPACE-spits-sky.html?ITO=1490

Chile volcano 18 June 2011 lightning

Chile volcano 18 June 2011 lightning

South African Police Service (SAPS) Success stories

This is not the normal type of article on our website, but after being robbed several times and having clients robbed, it’s good to see the Police are starting to describe their success stories. It may be small in comparison to the number of crimes commited, but it put some belief back in me that there can be some justice.

This site needs to be out in the public domain. Kuos to the police. Hope to see this success list grow rapidly, esp if everyone is checking it and waiting for the cops to add their stories.

http://www.sapsjournalonline.gov.za/dynamic/journal_dynamic.aspx?pageid=420&orderby=STORY_HEADING&rws=30&head=Police%20Successes&stid=2&HTTP_FROM=googlebot(at)googlebot.com&HTTP_IF_MODIFIED_SINCE=Sat,%2002%20Apr%202011%2018:22:19%20GMT

I also receive the local armed response companies weekly newsletters and it never ceases to amaze me how resourceful and out-of-the-box-thinking criminals are nowdays. Some people still live in the illusion that we live in a crime free society. Common sense can prevent a lot of unwanted situations. If you have been  the victim of a burgulary or worried that you might be in the future, pleae feel free to give us a call to access if a customised quality CCTV system would suit your situation. Though normally used for after the fact, fater reading some of the police stories and from our own clients experiences, CCTV cameras if installed correctly can help put ciminals behind bars.

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Connect To The Internet Using Your Cellphone

If you are struggling to connect to the internet using your cellphone and are receiving errors like 691 and 734, then try this

The following steps are for windows 7 but can be followed in the other windows vista and windows xp operating systems as well.

Click start, right click Computer, click manage

Click device manager, click the + sign on the left of modems, then doubleclick your phone modem. eg. samsung usb

click advanced, then add the following in extra initialisation commands

at+cgdcont=1,”IP”,”internet”

then try your connection again.  If you still need to create a dialup connection, then use the phone number *99#