August, 2016

Tuesday Tip – Ransomeware

Tuesday Tip – Ransomeware

Today’s tip deals with one of the most devious and current computer threats – Ransomeware. By definition it’s “a type of malicious software designed to block access to a computer system until a sum of money is paid.” The majority of these attacks go after small to medium sized business, ones that most likly have inadequate security measures in place, and have the necessity to pay the ransome demands. Below is a link to an article by Malwarebytes about how to deal with Ransomeware. It’s a long read, so even a scan of the article will give you info to help defend yourself. 

https://blog.malwarebytes.com/101/2016/03/how-to-beat-ransomware-prevent-dont-react/?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social

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Critical iOS Update Released

Critical iOS Update Released

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Apple released an out of cycle update for all iOS devices late this afternoon (Aug 25, 2016). The update closes 3 vulnerabilities that allows an attacker to open a device often known as “Jailbreak”, and perform whatever actions they deem.

It’s being reported the vulnerability named “Trident” has been used by some governments to spy on targeted people and groups. In order for the exploit to be launched, a user must be social engineered or tricked into clicking a link that will execute the attack without the user even knowing it just occurred.

This update 9.3.5, should be installed immediately. You can do so via download thru iTunes or over the air on your iPhone or iPad. On your iPhone/iPad go to “Settings” – “General” – “Software Update”. As allows, make sure to perform a back up prior to updating.

Read more about the vulnerability here: https://threatpost.com/emergency-ios-update-patches-zero-days-used-by-government-spyware/120158/

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Happy 25th Anniversary Internet!

Happy 25th Anniversary Internet!

Today 25 years ago, Tim Berners-Lee and his NeXT computer (designed by Steve Jobs) launched the “World Wide Web”.

 The Internet day also called Internaut Day is celebrated on August 23, as the anniversary of the World Wide Web, which was developed in the CERN laboratories (Enquire / EV project) in Switzerland during 1989 – 1990, and opened to new users after that day in 1991.

More details about this day. Click this link below: 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internaut

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Summer “Break”

Summer “Break”

 Its back to school time again, and Summer Break is over. But, is there still a “Summer Break” in your pocket or backpack? If so we’ve got one more break for you, a price break. If you have an iPhone, iPod, or iPad in need of repair, now is the time to schedule a repair. We’ve dropped the cost to have your iDevice repaired.

To help even more, thru this weekend all iDevice’s that get scheduled for repair will receive an additional 10% off our new prices, or a Tempered Glass Screen Cover.

Most repairs take 1 hour, or same day! We use only the best quality parts and include a warranty on all repairs.

Get your iDevice scheduled today. Contact us via phone or text at 806-553-0832, Facebook or via our website at: MaxM Technology. Thank you for trusting us to take care of your technology needs, and mobile devices.

Offer ends 8/28/16, at 11:59pm

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Patch Tuesday

This months patch brings a small number of security updates at nine; but 5 are rated as critical. The

emote code execution (RCE) vulnerabilities.

Turn on and use Automatic Updates
Turn on Automatic Updates.
Windows 8 and Windows 8.1
To turn on Automatic Updates yourself, follow these steps:

Open Windows Update by swiping in from the right edge of the screen (or, if you’re using a mouse, by pointing to the lower-right corner of the screen and moving the mouse pointer up), then tapping or clicking Settings, tapping or clicking Change PC settings, and then tapping or clicking Update and recovery.

Tap or click Choose how updates get installed.

Under Important updates, select the option that you want.

Under Recommended updates, select the Give me recommended updates the same way I receive important updates check box, and then click Apply.

Windows Vista and Windows 7
To turn on Automatic Updates yourself, follow these steps:

Click Start, type Windows update in the search box, and then click Windows Update in the Programs list.

In the left pane, click Change settings.

Select the option that you want.

Under Recommended updates, select the Give me recommended updates the same way I receive important updates or Include recommended updates when downloading, installing, or notifying me about updates check box, and then click OK.

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