The World’s First Firmware Worm for Mac Is Here, and It Sounds Scary

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I’ve said for years “You NEED AntiVirus software on ANY computer”.  Sure you are less likely (for now) to get a Virus on a Mac, BUT it is defiantly possible.  So get a trusted AV and install it.  Worst case scenario install a free one and periodically scan.  It doesn’t hurt.  Not sure?  Just ask us, we love to help! – R.
“Oh don’t worry,” your uncle said when you were shopping for a new computer. “Macs are virtually virus proof.” Your uncle was wrong.
Source: The World’s First Firmware Worm for Mac Is Here, and It Sounds Scary

Mobile Threat Monday: Please Stop Installing Android Flashlight Apps | PCMag.com

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Remember that Cool “Free” app you downloaded for your Android phone?  You might end up paying for it, either in money, time,  privacy or all of the above.  The article below outlines one of the reasons I recommend iPhones over Android.  They are (IMO) much less susceptible to malware because (short of JailBreaking your phone) all of the software must go though Apple’s testing and the (Apple) App store.  iOS also has sandboxing and restricts the access applications have to your phone.  Ex.  If the application needs access to your Photos, GPS, Contacts, etc. it has to ask when installed.  If you say “no” it doesn’t get that access.  If your flashlight wants to access your microphone or GPS there is something really fishy about that.  “Just say no”.  Read more from PC Mag below. – Randy
This week, Malwarebytes points us towards a nasty flashlight app that tries to take over your phone
Source: Mobile Threat Monday: Please Stop Installing Android Flashlight Apps | PCMag.com

20 epic Microsoft Windows Automatic Update meltdowns | Network World

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I have experienced many woes with Windows Updates.  Including server updates corrupting systems.  This is not a good trend and rolling back the damage done by a failed server update often requires Repair or reinstallation of Windows.  NOT FUN! Remember this before you just click Ok on that windows server update.

Read about some of the more infamous failures below. 20 epic Microsoft Windows Automatic Update meltdowns | Network World.

Project Zero hits MS again!

Written by Randy on . Posted in Microsoft, Randy's Blog, Security, Tech, Tech Tip

Microsoft is upset that yet again Google has disclosed an as yet (at time of disclosure) unpatched flaw in Windows 8.1.  Google did give MS proper notification and a 90 day deadline to address the issue.  Microsoft if upset that Google didn’t extend its (set in stone) 90 day deadline to allow Microsoft to release the patch within it’s normal Patch window on what’s called “Patch Tuesday”. I agree with the cutoff myself.  Especially if you look at it like this..  Microsoft put out a product that has security issues in it, some have been there for years undiscovered by Microsoft as it releases new versions of it’s OS.  New versions that often are still susceptible to the same flaws.  Many of these flaws are brought to Microsoft’s attention from ethical outside sources including Google.  Unethical hacker may already know and be using these flaws for malicious purposes.  It’s reported that our own NSA knew about HeartBleed the SSL flaw for years and kept it silent to exploit it. So the question remains.  How much time should a company have to patch a flaw from the time it is informed of it?  Each day a fix is delayed is a possible exploit of systems and data.  Security breaches, stolen data, pictures, passwords, credit card & financial info.  So the question is…  Is 90 days long enough or is it too long?  Think of Sony, or iCloud or any other data breach you’ve heard of in the recent history.  Then think..  Should MS be upset about the  flaws being disclosed or should they Really be apologizing for not fixing it sooner? Read Network Worlds take on it at the link below.

Google discloses another unpatched Windows flaw, irritates Microsoft | Network World.

Another reminder that it’s good to change your Passwords.

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Hackers hacked….  Then they leaked passwords..  Was yours one?  We don’t know.  You don’t either.  So CHANGE your passwords now.  Especially for Hulu, Amazon,  Walmart, Xbox live and many others….  Just change it!  Do it often and DO NOT use the same one on different sites.  Read more on Gizmodo below.

Hackers Leak Thousands of Passwords Because This Is How We Live Now.