Welcome to the last WServerNews issue this year. The next one you will get
is the 2009 Crystal Ball Special. Send me your own 2009 predictions to
[email protected] and if yours gets printed we'll get you a VIPRE
t-shirt. (include your snail mail address). -- If you waited to get special
end-of year deals, now is the time to act and get those PO's in before
December 31st -- Happy Holidays and a great New Year!
Want To Get Your Hands On Win7 Beta?
In that case you want to make it to the MSDN Developer Conference in January.
Redmond will be giving people DVDs with Win7 beta. If you are antsy and a
TechNet subscriber you can at least start with a Vista SP2 download. SP2
has improvements on performance and security, and what they claimed "support
for new types of hardware and emerging standards that will grow in importance
in the coming months". SP2 also has support for the most recent Bluetooth
specs and Blu-ray high-def media encoding. Last but not least, it has the
new Windows Connect Now Wi-Fi config tool. You could see Vista SP2 as the
new gold standard, as this code will carry on in the new, optimized Win7.
In other Redmond related news, they just released their biggest security update
in five years which fixes 28 flaws in Windows, Office, IE, ActiveX development
tools and more. Make sure you TEST these fixes before you deploy them.
VIPRE Enterprise Finalist in 2009 SC Awards // 20-40% More Efficient
VIPRE Enterprise has been named a finalist in the 2009 SC Awards program for
outstanding achievement in information technology (IT) security. VIPRE was
named in the Best Anti-Malware Solution category of the Reader Trust Award
competition, which honors best-in-class security products and services.
VIPRE Enterprise was selected from more than 600 entries submitted in more
than 30 technology categories. Winners will be chosen by a panel of readers
that represent the circulation of SC Magazine.
"VIPRE Enterprise is among today's most respected security products as
chosen by our panel. Security is a key challenge for IT organizations and
businesses worldwide, and our readers recognize that companies such as
Sunbelt Software are helping them meet their security challenges." said SC
Magazine Editor-in-Chief Illena Armstrong. Here are the other nominees,
useful for short-lists:
And this week more VIPRE news was released. Analyst research confirms that
VIPRE Enterprise is 20-40% more efficient than competitors' bloated antivirus
architectures. Titled 'VIPRE Takes a Bite out of Bloatware,' the October
2008 report surveyed 50 small and midsized consultants and corporate SMBs
with 30 to 500 end users to determine their views on the current state
of antivirus, antispyware and anti-malware technologies. While respondents
regarded these technologies as essential to combating security threats posed
by rogue code including viruses, trojans, bots, zombies, spyware, spam and
blended malware, they complained about the poor performance of most products
and the effects on their operations: here's the report - PDF (no registration)
Microsoft Warns Of New Windows Bug, Says Attacks Under Way
On the same day that Redmond released its biggest batch of security updates in
more than five years, they also warned Windows users of a critical zero-day
IE7 bug. Microsoft downplayed the threat posed by the IE7 bug, which
researchers have said is in a browser rendering component and is
triggered by misuse of the HTML "span" tag. The fix is do three things:
- Set "Internet" and "Local intranet" security zones to "high." To do that,
users must select "Internet Options" from the Tools menu, click the Security
tab, click on "Internet," then move the slider to the "High" setting. Repeat
for "Local intranet." Click OK.
- Disable Active Scripting. Choose "Internet Options" from the Tools menu,
click the Security tab, click the "Internet" icon and then the "Custom level"
button. In the ensuing dialog, under the "Scripting" section, in the "Active
scripting" item, click "Disable," then OK.
- Enable DEP (data execution prevention). Select "Internet Options" from the
Tools menu, click the Advanced tab, then check "Enable memory protection to
help mitigate online attacks." Click OK.
Quotes of the Week
"To be kind to all, to like many and love a few, to be needed and wanted
by those we love, is certainly the nearest we can come to happiness."
-- Scottish Queen- Mary Stuart, born December 8, 1542.
"The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly is to fill
the world with fools." -- Herbert Spencer, (1820-1903) British author,
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