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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.

Warning To Internet Explorer/Edge Users

Microsofticon recommends that you update to the latest version as soon as possible because of a potential security issue.

Older versions of Internet Explorer prior to 11 will also not be supported as of January 12th, 2016.

Microsoft

Russian Hackers Compromise 4.5 Billion Records

Hold Security had warned the media outlets that a gang of Russian hackers have gained access to 4.5 billion email addresses and passwords.

The Milwaukee based security firm estimates that 420,000 web and ftp sites, including some Fortune 500 company sites, have been compromised. But details on what specific websites were compromised were not released.

The New York Times have claimed to have had the information analyzed by a security expert not affiliated with the security firm who confirmed the authenticity of the database of stolen information. And The New York Times have also reported that some of the companies involved are aware of the situation.

Most of this information was gathered via a botnet, a collection of interconnected computers that have been infected with a virus that collects and forwards information to individuals who either sell it or use the information to send unsolicited commercial email or gain access to web sites and credit card information.

According to Hold Security the most vulnerable users are those that use a generic password on multiple sites, whose generic passwords can be used to gain access to sites that are not in the records.

They had found that out of the 4.5 billion records, only 1.2 billion had unique passwords so the firm suggest the use of more secure, unique passwords.

An individual password should not be used on multiple sites and a combination of letters (in upper and lower caps), numbers and special characters (punctuation, symbols, etc.) should be used to prevent predictability.

The use of a frequently updated anti-virus program also helps keep individual computers from being infected with viruses that keep track of the passwords used.