Stories by Ellen Messmer

Slapper worm slowly spreading

The Slapper worm identified late last week is slowly but surely infecting thousands of vulnerable Linux Apache Web servers across the Internet, according to security firms monitoring its progress.

Flaw discovered in Symantec firewall

A vulnerability has been discovered in Symantec firewall products that would let a knowledgeable attacker hijack any connection to Symantec's software-based or appliance-based firewalls, thereby potentially gaining unauthorized access to internal cor...

VeriSign and eBay in deal on domain names

Online marketplace eBay and VeriSign today announced a partnership to market VeriSign domain names on eBay as well as an agreement to have eBay make use of the VeriSign authentication service to establish the online identity of sellers in eBay's onli...

Sun earns certification for Trusted Solaris 8

A security-hardened version of the Sun Microsystems Solaris 8 operating system has achieved the international 'Common Criteria' certification after successfully passing a year of vigorous lab tests at Logica PLC, a U.K. lab.v

MS/DOJ - Judge grants one-week delay

Security experts are advising Linux and Unix software users to apply an update for the OpenSSH protocol since this "Secure Shell" protocol for remote administration of software has been found to have a programming error that would let a local authori...

Experts warn of error in 'Secure Shell' protocol

Security experts are advising Linux and Unix software users to apply an update for the OpenSSH protocol since this "Secure Shell" protocol for remote administration of software has been found to have a programming error that would let a local authori...

Antivirus software vendors warn of new mass-mailer worm

Antivirus software vendors are issuing warnings about a new variant of a Windows-based mass-mailer worm first seen almost eight months ago, that can install a backdoor Trojan on the victim's computer to enable an attacker to take control of it.

Code Red II includes dangerous 'backdoor' Trojan

The new and potentially more dangerous variant of the Code Red worm, which appeared over the weekend, can add a 'backdoor' Trojan to any Microsoft Corp. Web server that is vulnerable to a specific exploit. The Trojan could let anyone with a Web brows...

Sircam virus eludes Symantec anti-virus scanning update

The Sircam computer virus eluded Symantec Corp.'s corporate and consumer Norton Anti-Virus products, because the first software update Symantec created to combat Sircam failed to detect the virus through e-mail scanning at the gateway and desktop.

FBI Opens Investigation to Track Attacks

The FBI says it is investigating the string of attacks that knocked out several e-commerce and news Web sites in the past few days, but warns the investigation may take time as law enforcement agents gather high-tech evidence.

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Azadeh Williams

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.

Andrew Grant

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.

Ed Dawson

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.

Michael Hargreaves

Windows 10 for Business / Dell XPS 13

I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.

Aysha Strobbe

Windows 10 / HP Spectre x360

Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!

Mark Escubio

Windows 10 / Lenovo Yoga 910

For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.

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