Virus

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.

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.

Be Careful !

The Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre has issued a warning in regards to fake invoices being distributed by email.

These emails look legit but actually contain links to websites that install malware on computers or solicit additional information that could be used to defraud individual consumers.

If you ever receive an email saying a suspicious purchase was made on your behalf do not click on any of the links on this email. Access the retailer’s official web site via your browser instead.

Security Flaw Found In IE

Microsofticon is currently working on fixing a bug that has been found in versions 6 to 11 of Internet Explorer and the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team has issued a press release asking individuals to use alternative browsers until the bug is fixed :

Click here to download Firefox

Click here to download Chrome

Click here to download Opera

This bug is exploited by malicious web sites so IE users can continue to use their browsers by avoiding potentially dangerous sites. XP Users should use alternative browsers.

Important Message For PC Users

Microsofticon will be ending their support for XP on April 8th, 2014.

This means that you have a month to upgrade to retain support for your PC.

Their will be no new security updates, non-security hotfixes, free or paid assisted support options or online technical content updates for this operating system so upgrading to Windows 7icon or Windows 8icon is recommended.

Please note that an upgrade to Windows 8.1icon is provided free to those upgrading from XP or Vista to Windows 8icon and that file backups are recommended prior to upgrading.

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Security Alert – Java Vulnerabilities

Last week the Department of Homeland Security advised individuals to disable Java in their browsers in response to the release of vulnerability information on the web.

“Web exploit packs” have been sold online enabling amateurs to perform numerous malicious tasks on machines on which Java is installed.

Java has since released an update but the warning remains at Homeland Security.