security

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).

Windows Security Update

It appears that Google has found some serious issues in Symantec security software products so users of this Norton software may want to consider purchasing a Fixme Stick to clean their computers of unwanted malicious software.

I’ve tried the latter and it’s great. Easy to use to clean out the junk that’s missed by most anti-virus software.

Symantec will likely be working on correcting this issue soon so Norton users should keep those updates recent.

By the way, if you were planning on upgrading your PC’s operating system to Windows 10 you have until July 29th, 2016 to do it for free. An upgrade cost you $120 afterwards, more if you upgrade to Pro.

Most users of the previous operators systems will be prompted to upgrade through-out the month, some with full screen warnings.

Windows Users : Uninstall Quicktime

Apple has stated they will not longer support Windows installations of this software and the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team issued an alert advising users to uninstall this program due to the existence of two vulnerabilities found in this program.

Click here for information on how to uninstall this program from Windows machines.