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LogMeIn removes free service overnight

Users of the remote computer access software, LogMeIn, will be confronted with the news that the service will no longer be free after an announcement appeared overnight. Users will be prompted to choose an upgrade upon their next LogIn, or stop using the product after a seven day grace period.

Antivirus Products compared by independent test lab

Bitdefender and Kaspersky have come out on top when the independent test lab, AV-Test, compared the antivirus products on Windows 8/8.1. 25 consumer and 9 business products were evaluated. The software was judged on protection, usability (which in this case refers to the number of false negatives) and performance.

Facebook rewards Web Researcher after vulnerability find

Facebook has awarded $33,500 to a Brazilian web security researcher after he discovered a serious weakness in the site that could have allowed hackers into the system.

The issue, known as an XML external entity vulnerability is explained by Computer engineer Reginald Silva in his blog. ‘They allow you to read any files on the filesystem, make arbitrary network connections,’ and could even be susceptible to hacking the email recovery system.

Most common passwords of the year revealed

The annual ‘Worst Passwords’ list by Splashdata has been released, revealing the 25 most used passwords found online. At the top of the list is ‘123456’, leaving ‘password’ in second place for the first time since Splashdata began compiling the list. The information from 2013 was influenced by the passwords published as a result of Adobe’s security breach.

Windows XP users – please update before April 2014

Microsoft has announced its plans to postpone the withdrawal of virus warnings for Windows XP until 2015. All support for the 12 year old operating system was scheduled to stop on 8th April 2014, however Microsoft rethought this decision because of the amount of people still using the outdated OS. XP computers will now continue to receive information to help them detect malware, however all other updates and support will still stop in April. It is estimated that 30% of desktops are still running Windows XP, partly due to the issues associated with its successor, Windows Vista. In a statement on its blog, Microsoft warned customers that using obsolete operating systems made them vulnerable to modern malware attacks. Users are advised to update their PCs to a more up to date OS in order to keep computers safe and secure.