Time to uninstall the Flash player - posted on: 7/02/2015

Well it's been a long while since I actually posted something here. I don't even know if anyone even reads this. But if you do, it's time to uninstall the Flash player.

In the last 3-4 weeks there have been 3 zero day exploits that abused critical leaks in the flash player and can result in malware being installed on your pc. Adobe released security patches but in the mean time there were already advertisements with malicious code being spread.

So it's time to see if you can do without Flash. The youtube players is already available in a HTML 5 player which doesn't suffer from the same issues. Remember you don't even need to do anything to get infected. It's enough to visit a site with infected ads and drive-by malware will be installed.

If you do still have a need for Flash it's best to, at the least, disable it by default and enable the "click to play" option.

posted by: Michiel

EMET 5.0 released - posted on: 4/08/2014

It's been a while since I posted something. Time to change that. Microsoft has released a new version of EMET, a tool to protect your pc from malware and zero day vulnerabilities. Download it here:


UPDATE: since I last posted this, EMET 5.1 has been released, download:

posted by: Michiel

Protection against file encrypting ransomware - posted on: 16/11/2013

Recently new ransomware has showed up. Ransomware comes in multiple variations. Some show a message pretending to be from the police saying they detected criminal activity originating from your pc and you can avoid punishment if you pay up. Others go even further by showing child porn sites on your pc in order to pressure you even more in paying up.

While these are, to say the least, annoying, following guides they can be removed. Lately however another variant popped up. This type of ransomware goes through your pc documents (photos, word, excel, pdf documents etc.) and then it encrypts them. What this means is that you can no longer view/access these files unless you pay up and get a code to access your files again. That is when you actually do receive a code when you pay, which is almost never the case, remember, the goal here is to extort you out of money!

Once the files are encrypted there is no way to reverse it, so you would need a backup to restore your files. What you can do is use a prevention tool from surfright called "HitmanPro Alert cyberguard" which detects the malicious attack and prevents it from encrypting your files. Afterward you will still need to clean your pc, but your files are safe. 

posted by: Michiel

EMET 4.1 released - blocks all exploits says F-secure - posted on: 16/11/2013

Microsoft released a new version of it's tool to protect yourself against exploits.

According to research by F-secure it is the most effective way to protect yourself against exploits. So install it already, it requires no configuration on your part so it is very easy to use!

posted by: Michiel

Photo album code version 1.0.0 available - posted on: 11/11/2013

I had some time so I've made the photo album code I created available on the code page for download. It's pretty straight forward to use. As mentioned it uses a lightbox overlay which does most of the work.

An example can be seen here: http://michielb.net/code/fotoalbum%20release/photos/

posted by: Michiel

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