security

Canada Post’s New Outlet Concept

Canada Post is now offering more secure options via their new outlet concept stores in Richmond (British Columbia), Edmonton (Alberta) and Vancouver (British Columbia).

These stores have drive-thru parcel pickup services, free wi-fi, changing rooms and vending machines that sell stamps, prepaid envelopes and anything you need to ship 24/7 – Great for anyone that wants to shop and ship at all hours of the night.

People who have issues with “porch bandits” can also use these new concept stores or the existing self-service options found at the Vancouver, Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal post offices listed on the Canada Post statement.

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Have you rebooted your router yet?

If you have a Linksys, MikroTik, Netgear or TP-Link router, please reboot it as soon as possible. You should also reboot your router if you have a QNAP network attached storage (NAS) device.

Click here to read more on VPNFilter.

Get Your Security Updates !

A new Wi-Fi exploit has been discovered and you should update all of your devices a.s.a.p.

That includes anything that uses wi-fi, from your desktop/laptop to tablet/cell phone. And yes, some devices will not be patched immediately so keep trying.

Microsoft has patched their software, from Windows 7 to 10, and Apple is currently working on getting their iOS patches up and running, having already released them for developers. But Android users may need to wait until November 6th, 2017 for an update.

In the case of Linux operating systems and routers, OpenBSD systems have already been patched and patches are available for Debian-based systems. But most of the router manufacturers are working on firmware updates so you’ll need to contact your Internet Provider or Router manufacturer for details on that.

The problem is the KRACK wi-fi vulnerability, which is an issue to anyone that accesses non-secured websites online and doesn’t use a Virtual Private Network to do so. But it should be noted that Android and Linux users are more vulnerable to the exploit than anyone else because most of the other desktop and laptop operating systems are more complex.

The good news is that if you rent a cable modem from your internet provider, it will be updated by your internet provider soon (if it isn’t already updated). And if you don’t use your tablet and phone to browse the net outside your home, you will likely not have an issue.

If you use public wi-fi services in hotels or at your local coffee shop/restaurant, then I would recommend keeping an eye on updates and getting a virtual private network set up on your device to encrypt your internet, including those unencrypted sites you browse on.

By the way, there’s no point in changing your wireless password but you should change your router’s admin password, especially if it’s been left at default. :-/

Apple & Microsoft Security and Glitch Fixes

It’s a long weekend so perhaps you should consider updating your operating systems to get rid of some nasty security issues and glitches ?

Apple had noticed a security issue for their El Capitain, Yosemite, Safari and iOS software so they’ve issued updates for their computers, tables and iPhones.

Microsoft’s Anniversary version of Windows 10 operating system had freezing issues so they also issued updates this weekend.

Have a safe weekend !

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Canada Post Security Warning + Postal Strike Update

Canada Post has issued a warning stating that official looking emails have been circulating asking people to click on link for tracking information on parcels that are non-existent.

Clicking on this link results in the downloading of a virus so Canada Post advises people to copy and paste the tracking number of these parcels into the official site.

If you receive one of these emails and are not waiting for a package to be delivered, delete the email.

In regards to the possibility of a postal strike, the 30 day extension will end on the 8th of August and both parties are expected to enter into binding arbitration. The Union is planning a rally in Montreal on the 6th from Parc Saint-Alphonse to the Prime Minister’s constituency office on Jarry Street East.

Security Warning – Pokeman GO

Pokémon GO is now officially available to Canadians and players should definitely take the opportunity to secure their devices a.s.a.p.

Security software for mobile devices can be obtained from Avira Mobile Security (iOS), ESET, Kaspersky Labs (Visit the Kaspersky Lab Canada e-Store), Lookout (iOS), McAfee (iOS), Norton Canada, VIPRE Antivirus and Zone Alarm. And please pay attention to your surroundings when playing.

By the way, the Pokémon GO game itself is available from iTunes (iPhone/iPad) and from Google Play (Android).