Thursday, December 10, 2009

Internet Explorer and Adobe Flash player update

It is time to make sure your patches have been run again. You will want to make sure that all of your Microsoft Windows patches have been applied. You will also want to check on any Adobe software installed on your system. Most notably Flash Player, which just had an important security fix released this past Tuesday.

The bug fixed in Internet Explorer was also a critical security issue, and should be addressed right away. This issue affects just about all versions of Internet Explorer. You can find more details about the issue on the Microsoft Security Bulletin page.

Humbly yours,

Sensei Metajunkie

Google Launches A Public DNS Service

Google recently launched a public DNS service which is an experiment in improving both the speed of DNS queries (which are required for all of your web browsing) and the security of the caching and DNS transactions (which is a major problem on the Internet today).

You can get introductory information about their Public DNS here.

When you are ready to set your DNS server configuration to point to the Google Public DNS Servers, you will want to check out this page on Using Google Public DNS.

For those of us who are particularly interested in the security aspects of these google DNS servers, we will want to read the information posted about the Security Benefits.

You all will no doubt want to read about the Privacy Issues , and how Google is addressing them. In short they are promising to only keep personally identifiable information for no more than 48 hours.

May all your holiday DNS queries be fast and secure!

Sensei Metajunkie