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The Heartbleed Bug

Just a heads up for our customers...
Heartbleed is a leak in that system that lets anyone read the memory of servers running OpenSSL. "This compromises the secret keys used to identify the service providers and to encrypt the traffic, the names and passwords of the users and the actual content," reads a statement from a Heartbleed website set up by Codenomicon to explain the bug. "This allows attackers to eavesdrop on communications, steal data directly from the services and users and to impersonate services and users."
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National Cable Television Cooperative and Viacom Reach Deal to Renew Carriage Agreement

Lenexa, KS and New York, NY – April 1, 2014 – The National Cable Television Cooperative (NCTC) and Viacom reached an agreement to renew carriage of Viacom’s media networks by NCTC’s more than 800 member companies. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
Judy Meyka, NCTC Executive Vice President of Programming, said: “Viacom is and remains one of NCTC’s largest content providers and we are pleased to have reached an agreement that will provide opportunities for our members to distribute their content over multiple platforms.”
“We’re grateful to have reached an agreement with NCTC that will allow millions of viewers nationwide to continue to enjoy our programming,” said Denise Denson, Executive Vice President, Content Distribution and Marketing, Viacom. “We commend NCTC for collaborating with Viacom to reach a fair deal that puts viewers first.”
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Windows scareware fakes drive failure to get your money

Scammers are trying to trick Windows users into paying to fix bogus hard drive errors that have apparently erased important files, a researcher said today.

The con is a variant of "scareware," also called "rogueware," software that pretends to be legitimate but actually is just a sales pitch based on spooking users into panicking. Most scareware masquerades as antivirus software. Users are getting wise to the fake infection messages, so the malware writers created a new message, with a new, authentic-looking popup picture, to scare people into coughing up their money.

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Backup Tips for the 21st Century: Backup procedures so easy, your Mom could (and should) do it

This guide is not specifically geared toward IT pros. Rather, this is a guide that you should give to anyone and everyone you know with a computer. IT backup and restore procedures will be significantly different than this. This is for "regular Joe and Jane" with one, two or maybe three computers in the house. You never know what is going to happen to your data. There are seven things you need to do to keep absolutely safe. If you did just one, you would still be better off than most people. Doing all seven is a near guarantee you will not be "up the creek when the water really hits."

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