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Investigation of missing IRS email holds lessons for your business

Congress has been pursuing an investigation into alleged misconduct at the IRS, and as a part of that investigation it requested emails from former IRS director Lois Lerner for the timeframe in question. The response Congress got was those emails—along with any archive or backups of those emails—have been erased and are no longer available. There are legal and compliance requirements organizations must abide by when it comes to retention of information, and the IRS apparently dropped the ball.

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Microsoft password research has fatal flaw

I wrote yesterday about a report from Microsoft researchers, which goes against established password security best practices. The new guidance from the Microsoft researchers makes sense to me, because it fits how I handle password management already. However, at least one security expert feels that there is a fatal flaw that makes the new password advice impractical: You.

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Microsoft researchers: Use simple passwords for most of your accounts

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: You should use unique, complex passwords for every login you have to manage, and you should employ a password management utility to keep track of it all. That is the prevailing advice, but a couple Microsoft researchers have come to the conclusion that it might be the wrong approach.

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The game isn’t over yet for Gameover malware

In early June the U.S. Department of Justice revealed that the Gameover Zeus (GOZ) botnet had been disabled thanks to the success of a joint effort dubbed “Operation Tovar.” The celebration appears to have been premature, though, as security researchers have already discovered a resurgence of Gameover malware infections.

While the Gameover botnet has lain dormant since the takedown, a new massive spam campaign has Sophos Labs researcher James Wyke concerned the threat has returned. A blog post reveals details of why it seems to be part of the same malware family.

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Internet Explorer is still the star of Patch Tuesday

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Microsoft plans six security bulletins for July Patch Tuesday

As much of the workforce in the United States coasts through the rest of the day looking forward to an extended weekend to grill hot dogs and drink beer—I mean, celebrate the nation’s independence—Microsoft released its advance notification for next week’s Patch Tuesday. The six security bulletins include two ranked Critical, three Important, and one listed merely as Moderate.

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OneDrive or Drive for Work: Choosing the best cloud storage option

If you want to store your photos, music, videos, or other personal data online, there is certainly no shortage of available cloud storage choices to pick from. As Microsoft and Google battle for cloud storage supremacy, the customers win, but you have to do a little homework to determine which service is the right one for you.

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Box brings Box Notes to its iOS apps

About a month ago Box launched Box Notes—a note-taking tool built right into the Box site. Now, Box is extending support for Box Notes to iPhone and iPad users.

The underlying concept of Box Notes is not unique. Popular tools like Evernote and OneNote accomplish the same goal. But what sets Box Notes apart for businesses that rely on Box for file storage and sharing, is the fact that it’s tied in to the same security controls, file sharing permissions, and data encryption as the rest of the data they store and manage in Box.

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Study: 7 in 10 concerned about security of Internet-of-Things

The Internet-of-Things is a thing. If you haven’t heard about it yet, get ready because we’re in the early stages of an explosion of technology that will connect, monitor, and in some cases share almost every aspect of our lives. Fortinet conducted a survey of consumers to find out what people think about the security and privacy concerns of the Internet-of-Things.

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