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Top Mac AV programs have a 100% hit rate

01 August, 2016 by Dylan Bushell-Embling

AV-Comparatives has tested the major third-party Mac antivirus programs, and each was able to detect 100% of the top 50 most popular and recent malware samples.

PC users getting better at patching Windows

27 April, 2016 by Dylan Bushell-Embling

The percentage of Australian PC owners still running unpatched versions of Windows more than halved in the first quarter to just 5.9%, but popular third-party software remains more likely to stay vulnerable.

1 in 5 Aussie businesses use obsolete server software

14 July, 2015 by Dylan Bushell-Embling

As Windows Server 2003 reaches its end of extended life, research from Telsyte shows that 20% of Australian businesses are still running the antiquated software or an even older version.

Windows Server 2003? Your time is up

08 April, 2015 by Greg Stone

Support for Windows Server 2003 will cease 100 days from now, yet almost 60% of businesses are still reliant on it. Microsoft Australia's CTO, Greg Stone, talks us through what to do about upgrading.

Most vulnerable OSes and applications in 2014

27 February, 2015 by Cristian Florian, GFI LanGuard Product Manager, GFI Software

Apple leads the way in operating system vulnerabilities, according to data from the US National Vulnerability Database.

Microsoft patches critical Windows bugs

12 February, 2015 by Dylan Bushell-Embling

Microsoft's latest Patch Tuesday includes fixes designed to address a previously undiscovered Windows design flaw that dates back 15 years and could potentially allow remote code execution on all supported versions.

Google publishes more Windows bugs before a fix

19 January, 2015 by Dylan Bushell-Embling

Google has disclosed two new security flaws in Windows before a fix has been implemented, days after Microsoft asked the web giant to change its policies to avoid such a situation.

Windows 7 reaches end of mainstream life

14 January, 2015 by Dylan Bushell-Embling

Microsoft has ended mainstream support for Windows 7, sparred with Google over the disclosure of Windows vulnerabilities before a fix has been pushed out and teased a test program for Windows 10 on mobiles.

Google won't patch WebView for older Android versions

14 January, 2015 by Dylan Bushell-Embling

Google revealed it will no longer provide fixes for vulnerabilities found in the WebView component of Android versions older than 4.4, drawing criticism from security experts.

Microsoft enforces "new world order" with 8.1 Update

24 April, 2014 by Dylan Bushell-Embling

Microsoft has been accused of bullying and employing high-pressure tactics for its decision to end support for Windows 8.1 for consumers in May, unless they have downloaded a cumulative update.

Securing Windows XP after support cut off

15 April, 2014 by Andrew Collins

Continuing to use Windows XP after the support cut-off is a risky endeavour. However, it is possible to reduce this risk, and potentially avoid paying Microsoft for expensive custom support.

Australia and NZ ahead of Windows XP upgrade curve

02 April, 2014 by Dylan Bushell-Embling

Only 6.5% of PCs in Australia and New Zealand are still running Windows XP, compared to 32% worldwide, but Trend Micro warns that these laggards are posing a "public health risk to the internet".

Time to upgrade from XP, consultancy warns

27 March, 2014 by Dylan Bushell-Embling

Pure Hacking has urged Australian individuals and businesses still using Windows XP to upgrade now, before Microsoft pulls the support plug on the OS next month.

Intel to phase out McAfee brand

13 January, 2014 by Dylan Bushell-Embling

Intel has revealed plans to progressively replace the long-lasting McAfee brand with a new name - Intel Security - and to branch out into the emerging wearable devices segment.

Is Google's Bouncer enough to deter Android hackers and malware developers?

05 April, 2012 by Alexandru Balan*, Senior Product Manager, Bitdefender

Google’s Android is fast becoming the most popular mobile OS in the world. But the operating system’s security profile does not match its popularity - its open architecture and its ability to install applications from third party sources make it a target for malicious minds. Google’s recently announced ‘Bouncer’ program will increase Android security somewhat - but does it go far enough? Bitdefender's Alexandru Balan weighs in on the topic.

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