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How to Install Latest Java Update | July 2014 | Java Version 7 Update 65

Java has been one of the most vulnerable of softwares around and hence it has been updated nearly 4 to 8 times a year to ensure that security loopholes are not compromised.

Today we are going to have a look at how to install latest java update released in the month of July 2014. The latest update is Java Version 7 update 65. Normally when you have Java installed it should have an automatic update setting. However, if you do not have that, then listed herebelow are the steps to install java securely on your computer. There are malicious software out there which would pop up on your computer telling you to update Java, so you have to be careful where you click on.

We start with going to the official site for Oracle Java. 
Once you see the site then you click on Free Java Download

How to Install Latest Java Update

Then click on Agree and Start Free Download 

How to Install Latest Java Update

Then it will go ahead and download the latest Java update installation file. Once the installation file is downloaded double click on it or run it. That should start the process for installing the latest java update on your computer.

How to Install Latest Java Update

Then you uncheck the install ask option and it will automatically uncheck the other download options too. Before you click on next it is best to close all open web browsers. Once done click Next. 

How to Install Latest Java Update

Then it will start the installation process for the latest Java update.

How to Install Latest Java Update

Once done it will let you know that you have successfully installed Java.

How to Install Latest Java Update

After you click on close it will automatically open up a webpage in your default web browser. You click on agree and continue.

How to Install Latest Java Update

Then you should get a pop-up asking you if you want to run this application. Check the box that says Do not show this again... and then click Run.

How to Install Latest Java Update

Then it will load the wegpage in your browser confirming that you have the latest Java update on your computer.

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How to Protect Your Computer | Two Factor Authentication

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They say precaution is better than cure, and it is always better to do what you can to protect your computer. 

Two Factor Authentication

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Some sites like Google give you the option for two factor authentication. What it means is when you log in or change password there is a two step process. The first part is your password itself, and the second part is a code sent to your smartphone which would be on the number you registered while setting up the two factor authentication. 

It is a better way to protect your computer, because if someone hacks into your account by getting to know of your password, they would still need the code that could come to only your phone. It is not fool proof, but it adds an extra layer of security and gives you a better sense of security in protecting your computer. 

How to Protect your Computer | Use a Password Manager

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How to Protect your Computer

They say precaution is better than cure, and it is always better to do what you can to protect your computer. 

Use a Password Manager

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Nowadays, different sites have different norms for the type of password you can choose, unlike earlier when people used to have the same password for all sites, to be able to remember them. So you might need to have a caps, number, special character, etc. And then there are secure measures where you have to change your password every now and then, and the new password cant match the earlier password. So with all this it can get really difficult to remember passwords.

There are a couple of options available to help the situation and protect your computer and sensitive information. One of them being signing into google chrome with your gmail account and saving passwords for each site. Google has now secured the platform wherein if you wanted to check the password in setttings, you need to enter your computers password.

Your security software like Norton offers an inbuilt password manager. Another viable option is installing a password manager like LastPass, Dashlane, 1Password or KeePass.

Ebay accounts hacked into

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One of the latest victims of cyber criminals is eBay. And it is strongly advised that anyone who has an account on eBay change their password immediately.

Email sent to ebay users by ebay


Dear eBay Member,

To help ensure customers' trust and security on eBay, I am asking all eBay users to change their passwords.

Here's why: Recently, our company discovered a cyberattack on our corporate information network. This attack compromised a database containing eBay user passwords.

What's important for you to know: We have no evidence that your financial information was accessed or compromised. And your password was encrypted.

What I ask of you:
Go to eBay and change your password. If you changed your password on May 21 or later, we do not need you to take any additional action at this time.

Changing your password may be inconvenient. I realize that. We are doing everything we can to protect your data and changing your password is an extra precautionary step, in addition to the other security measures we have in place.

If you have only visited eBay as a guest user, we do not have a password on file.

If you used the same eBay password on any other site, I encourage you to change your password on those sites too. And if you are a PayPal user, we have no evidence that this attack affected your PayPal account or any PayPal financial information, which is encrypted and stored on a separate secure network.

Here are other steps we are taking:
  • As always, we have strong protections in place for both buyers and sellers in the event of any unauthorized activity on your account.
  • We are applying additional security to protect our customers.
  • We are working with law enforcement and leading security experts to aggressively investigate the matter.

Here's what we know: This attack occurred between late February and early March and resulted in unauthorized access to a database of eBay users that includes customers' name, encrypted password, email address, physical address, phone number and date of birth.

However, the file did not contain financial information. And, after conducting extensive testing and analysis of our systems, we have no evidence that any customer financial or credit card information was involved. We also have no indication of a significant spike in fraudulent activity on our site.

We apologize for any inconvenience or concern that this situation may cause you. As a global marketplace, nothing is more important to eBay than the security and trust of our customers. We know our customers have high expectations of us, and we are committed to ensuring a safe and secure online experience for you on any connected device.
Devin Wenig
President, eBay Marketplaces

Microsoft issues update for IE security flaw

Today Microsoft issued a fix for the security flaw in Internet Explorer that led the Department of Homeland Security to suggest computer users not use IE until the problem was solved.

The fix updates the computers of all users of Windows who have automatic updates turned on. If your computer is not set to automatically update, manually update it now.

Users should click on the "Check for Updates" button on the Windows Update portion of their Control Panel.

The fix also includes code for the Windows XP operating system, which Microsoft officially stopped supporting on April 8.

Because the security flaw came to light so close to the end of Microsoft support of the still-popular operating system, the decision was made to help out XP users.

Windows XP users are requested to upgrade to a modern, more secure operating system like Windows 7 or Windows 8.1.

Internet Explorer 6 to 11 security flaw allows hackers to get around security protections in Windows XP to Windows 8.1.  The computers can then can be infected when the user visits a compromised website on IE.

The security update was pushed out by Microsoft to consumers' computers through a function in the Windows operating system called Windows Update.

The fix is outside of Microsoft's usual monthly security update cycle.

The security flaw was first publicized on Saturday after observation of a known hacking group launching "spear fishing attacks" against some of their customers.

Someone within the targeted company would get an email with a link to a web site the attackers controlled (the spear thrown to the fish. The victim would click on the link and simply by going to the page, their system would be compromised.

The attacks appeared to have been mainly done for industrial espionage, targeting intellectual property or corporate secrets.

Because of that, it appears the group wasn't interested in the computers of regular consumers.

However, in many such cases the computer code necessary to carry out the attack is relatively quickly dispersed out to less sophisticated groups simply looking to steal credit card information.

Because Microsoft released its patch so quickly, that doesn't appear to have had time to happen.

Caramava Adware

Caramava Adware

I just got a call from a customer who was getting this annoying ads whenever he was trying to window shop for something online. I remotely connected to his computer and saw the Caramava adware in action. 

Every page that he would go to, he would get a Caramava ad pop up which would link to other products and when he tried to close it would just open up another pop-up which would link to a malicious site.

The Caramava adware would also load up on google search pages linking to malicious ads.

What is Caramava?

Caramava is an adware plugin distributed maliciously. They get paid to redirect you to sites other than the ones you are actually looking to go to.

Information about Caramava on its own website

If you still are facing problems with Caramava adware, send us an email with your contact info, best day and time to be reached, and we will call you back to fix an appointment to assist you with it.

Latest Java Version 7 Update 55 April 2014

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Java Version 7 Update 55
Latest Java Update April 2014

UPDATE: Java has released a new update in July 2014 Java Version 7 Update 65 please click this link for how to install the latest Java update 

Oracle released the latest Java update Version 7 Update 55. This would be the next in series from the last Java update which was Version 7 Update 51.  The next update would be due on July 15, 2014.

To download and install this update visit
CAUTION: Do not click or download from any other malicious link that prompt you to update Java or Adobe Flash Player.

New Features and Changes in the latest Java update Java Version 7 Update 55
The frequency of some security dialogs has been reduced on systems that run the same RIA multiple times.

Notable bug fixes in the latest Java update

Area: deploy/plugin
Synopsis: java plugin compatibility with windows 8.1 / IE 11 enhanced protected mode

Starting in this release Java Plug-in is compatible with Windows Enhanced Protected Mode (EPM) on Windows 8.1 and IE 11. You should no longer see any warning related to EPM when trying to run an applet in Internet Explorer (IE). There is a special case for 64-bit Windows - EPM requires both 32-bit and 64-bit Plug-in installed. Please make sure you have both 32-bit and 64-bit JRE installed, otherwise there will be a warning from IE, but Java Plug-in will still run under EPM. 

Other bug fixes in the latest Java update in April 2014

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How to install the Latest Java Update

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Click on Free Java Download

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Click on Agree and Start Free Download

It will then download the latest Java update installation file.

Double Click or Run the downloaded latest Java update installation file and Install Java on your computer.

Once done installing, it will open up in your default browser and check the installation.

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Heartbleed Bug, Major Online Security concern

Security experts warn there is little Internet users can do to protect themselves from the recently uncovered 'Heartbleed' bug that exposes data to hackers, at least not until vulnerable websites upgrade their software.

Heartbleed affects encryption technology designed to protect online accounts for email, instant messaging and e-commerce.

Millions of passwords, credit card numbers and other personal information may be at risk as a result of a major breakdown in Internet security revealed earlier this week.

The damage caused by the "Heartbleed" bug is currently unknown. The security hole exists on a vast number of the Internet's Web servers and went undetected for more than two years. While it's conceivable that the flaw was never discovered by hackers, it's nearly impossible to tell.

There isn't much that people can do to protect themselves until the affected websites implement a fix.

Also Read
DHS Alert (TA14-098A) OpenSSL 'Heartbleed' vulnerability (CVE-2014-0160)

Here are answers to some common questions about Heartbleed and how you can protect yourself:

About Heartbleed and why is it a big deal?

Heartbleed affects the encryption technology designed to protect online accounts for email, instant messaging and e-commerce. It was discovered by a team of researchers from the Finnish security firm Codenomicon, along with a Google Inc. researcher who was working separately.
It's unclear whether any information has been stolen as a result of Heartbleed, but security experts are particularly worried about the bug because it went undetected for more than two years.

How does Heartbleed work?

Heartbleed creates an opening in SSL/TLS, an encryption technology marked by the small, closed padlock and "https:" on Web browsers to show that traffic is secure. The flaw makes it possible to snoop on Internet traffic even if the padlock is closed. Interlopers can also grab the keys for deciphering encrypted data without the website owners knowing the theft occurred. The problem affects only the variant of SSL/TLS known as OpenSSL, but that happens to be one of the most common on the Internet.

So, if the problem has been identified, it's been fixed and I have nothing to worry about. Right?

It depends on the website. A fixed version of OpenSSL has been released, but it's up to the individual website administrators to put it into place. Yahoo Inc., which has more than 800 million users around the world, said Tuesday that most of its popular services — including sports, finance and Tumblr — had been fixed, but work was still being done on other products that it didn't identify.

So what can I do to protect myself?

Ultimately, you'll need to change your passwords, but that won't do any good until the sites you use adopt the fix. It's also up to the Internet services affected by the bug to let users know of the potential risks and encourage them to change their passwords.

You can also install a plugin available for Google Chrome, called ChromeBleed

I plan to file my income taxes online. Is that safe considering how much personal information is involved?

The IRS released a statement on Wednesday saying that it's not affected by the bug or aware of any related security flaws. It advised taxpayers to continue filing their returns as they normally would in advance of the April 15 deadline.

Credits: NYTimes, AP, DHS

Also Read
DHS Alert (TA14-098A) OpenSSL 'Heartbleed' vulnerability (CVE-2014-0160)

Upgrade Windows XP to Windows 7

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After 12 years, support for Windows XP ended on April 8, 2014. There will be no more security updates or technical support for the Windows XP operating system. It is very important that customers and partners migrate to a modern operating system, like Windows 7.

It means you should take action. After April 8, 2014, Microsoft will no longer provide security updates or technical support for Windows XP. Security updates patch vulnerabilities that may be exploited by malware and help keep users and their data safer. PCs running Windows XP after April 8, 2014, should not be considered to be protected, and it is important that you migrate to a current supported operating system, for example Windows 7.

With Microsoft ending support to Windows XP, home users of Windows XP Desktops and Laptops, have 3 choices.

1) Continue to use the Windows XP computer as is, and take the risk of being susceptible to infections.
There are hackers out there that would be looking at taking advantage of the vulnerabilities in XP since it wont be plugged anymore by Microsoft.

2) Buy a new Windows 8 computer.
Many people do not like Windows 8 and could be left with no option but to buy a new computer with Windows 8 on it.

3) Install Windows 7 on your XP computer.

Today we are going to be talking in depth about Option 3, Upgrade XP to 7.

To upgrade XP to 7, first and foremost you need to check your computer's processor, it could either be a 32-bit, which it is most likely to be, or it could be a 64-bit processor. Either ways, the processor should have a processing speed of 1 gigahertz (GHz) or more.

The second most important criteria to upgrade from XP to 7, would be the memory (RAM) on your computer. That has to be a minimum of 1 GB RAM for 32-bit processors, or a minimum of 2 GB RAM for 64-bit processors.

The third most important criteria to upgrade from XP to 7, would be the Hard Drive capacity on your computer. It is recommended that you have a minimum of 64 GB hard drive space for installation of Windows 7 and basic usage thereafter.

How to find out the above information?
Click on Start
Right click on My Computer
Select Properties
It will pop-up a window with information on Processor and RAM
For hard drive space, click on my computer and right click on C drive and select properties, that should show you the total hard drive capacity.

You could also run the Microsoft Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor

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Once it is established that your computer is compatible to be upgraded from XP to 7, the next step is to figure out if you have important data like pictures, documents, music, etc, that you might want to save on a external hard drive, or online bakups like GDrive, OneDrive, etc.

Other than important information being backed up, you might also want to check on the programs that you might need, for example, MS Office, Outlook, Quicken, etc. These programs would either have installation disks with product codes or you could download them from your online account. Other than program installation files, you might also have program files like data files, which might also need to be backed up.

Once you are sure that all the information and programs you might need are secured for the upgrade from XP to 7, then you are ready to begin the Windows 7 installation.

There are a couple of options for the upgrade from XP to 7.
1) Do a clean format installation (completely wipe hard drive and install Windows 7)
2) Do a parallel installation (install Windows 7 on the same drive as Windows XP, which would automatically saves files into a Windows Old folder in Windows 7)
3) Do a multi-boot installation (wherein, you can log into Windows 7 as well as Windows XP)

If you need professional assistance to upgrade from XP to 7 Call Roy on (360) 244-4302 or email for a Free Consultation and a No Obligation Quote.

What does the process need and involve
1) Pre Installation (backup, securing important information, OS migration analysis)
2) Windows 7 Operating system (USB Device 8gb or more)
3) Installation process
4) Post Installation updates and installations.

Approximate time would be between 6-12 hours, and approximate cost all inclusive of the above $150-$210, and also comes with a 90-day service.

It would save you the expense of having to buy a new computer which would have Windows 8, which again you might not like, so as long as your computers hardware is compatible and is in a good condition it is advised to upgrade from XP to 7.  

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Virus Removal Service $49 Flat Fee

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Virus Removal 911 is offering a special limited time offer for remote virus removal for any computer across the United States at a flat fee of $49. Call Roy on (360) 244-4302 to fix an appointment for your virus infected computer to be remotely fixed.

This offer is limited till May 31st, 2014. This offer includes a discounted professional fee for a one time fix for the virus/viruses to be removed off your computer. 

This offer does not include cost of any software that maybe required in the process (which if needed would cost an additional $20). This offer does not include a 90-day service guarantee (which if needed would cost an additional $30).

You can call Roy on (360) 244-4302 from any number across the United States and fix an appointment for your computer to be fixed remotely off any virus/viruses that it may be infected with. The service starts with a FREE Diagnostic of your computer to check for any infections. If no infections are found, there would not be any charge. If infections are found they would be fixed for $49 flat fee. If infections are severe, there would be an additional cost of $20 for software needed in the computer virus disinfection process. If 90-day service guarantee is needed that would be provided at an additional fee of $30.

Remote connection would be done securely via password-protected and authentication-bound secure remote connection software (TeamViewer or LogMein- JoinMe). Payment mode is secure via Paypal Invoice sent to your email, which can be paid for via Credit/Debit card or Bank Account. No Financial information would be required over the phone.

Our Chief Technician Roy, who has several years of experience in fixing over a thousand virus infected computers, would be offering his service in remotely removing viruses from your computer. Roy has worked with IT Majors like Microsoft, Dell, HP and AT&T, and is a Microsoft Certified Technician, alongwith being a part of the Microsoft Partner Network. He will also provide his expertise in advising you on how to use your computer securely. With dreaded viruses in cyberspace today, which hold your computer at ransom, by locking it down and also encrypting data, it is at your advantage to have an expert technician at your side to help you secure your computer.

Virus Removal 911 looks forward to giving your computer a VIP treatment and bringing it back to a healthy, secure and optimized state.