“Hey Cortana, can you change my password?”

Do you ever save passwords to a text file on your computer? If you do, then Cortana – Microsoft’s assistant for Windows 10 – may allow someone to gain access to your computer even while it’s locked. This flaw was patched in the Microsoft Patch update released yesterday. The security flaw relates to the fact that Cortana (which can be activated by saying Hey Cortana) … Continue reading “Hey Cortana, can you change my password?”

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Facebook kills API ecosystem to give users better privacy

After much speculation, today Facebook has confirmed around 300 000 Australian accounts, mostly from Australian’s living overseas, may have had their data exposed in the Cambridge Analytica saga that has been unfolding. But perhaps the bigger news is that Facebook is making sweeping changes to it’s API services for third party developers, reducing limits for queries, revoking access and requiring more stringent reviews by Facebook. … Continue reading Facebook kills API ecosystem to give users better privacy

Don’t get caught by the latest Drupal Critical Security Vulnerability

Over the last 10 years, Real World has been involved in delivering a number of Drupal based website solutions to our clients. One of the reasons we love Drupal is they have an active security community which constantly monitors their software for potential vulnerabilities and has a process to manage and update these. Yesterday, the Drupal Security Team have released an advisory (SA-CORE-2018-002) for a … Continue reading Don’t get caught by the latest Drupal Critical Security Vulnerability

How to keep your data secure with a good password

Keeping your data safe has never been more important. Malware, viruses, botnets and more are targeting any user they can find to try and steal, encrypt or gain access to information. Your password is your first line of defence. With so much advice out there about passwords, we know it can be hard to work out what to do, and what the best practice guidance … Continue reading How to keep your data secure with a good password

I Cry, You Cry, We all Cry

Over the past few days, we — like most of the internet — have become aware of media reports about WannaCry/WCRY ransomware, an unprecedented surge in ransomware infections affecting many organisations and individual users globally. A number of customers have contacted us today to seek clarity around how this ransomware may affect their business. At Real World, we value clear, transparent communication about issues and updates that might affect … Continue reading I Cry, You Cry, We all Cry

Spam, Phishing and Email

The price of liberty is eternal vigilance. And even more so when it comes to emails these days. The last few days have seen yet another re-emergence of specific SPAM messages from organisations such as Australia Post, Energy Australia, the Australian Tax Office, and the Australian Federal Police that are designed to trick normal, smart, and sensible people into opening them and compromising their computers. When … Continue reading Spam, Phishing and Email

Updated: Firefox Security Vulnerability

If you use Firefox as your web browser, you should update it now to version 50.0.2 (or a later one if it exists). Late last night, someone disclosed a vulnerability that is present in the ToR and Firefox web browsers on a public mailing list. This vulnerability may allow an attacker to run code on your computer if you visit an infected web site. You … Continue reading Updated: Firefox Security Vulnerability