Some great advice and software from CIO.com. Many of these I use already, some were new to me and will be explored over the weekend.
Wish I had known about Ninite before I set up the new PC!
Security researchers say they’ve uncovered a weakness in iPhones that force users to connect to Wi-Fi networks that can then steal passwords or other sensitive information.
AT&T iPhones instruct the devices to automatically connect to a Wi-Fi network called attwifi when the signal becomes available, a service designed to speed up browsing. But attackers can set up their own rogue Wi-Fi networks with the same name and collect sensitive data as it passes through. AT&T are not the only company that are doing this, so don’t be smug if you have another carrier.
Researchers tested their hypothesis by setting up several Wi-Fi networks in public areas that used the same SSIDs as official carrier networks. During a presentation on Wednesday at the International Cyber Security Conference, the Skycure researchers set up a network that 448 people connected to during a two-and-a-half-hour period.
The most effective way to prevent iPhones from connecting to networks without the user’s knowledge is to turn off Wi-Fi whenever it’s not needed. Apps are also available that give users control over what SSIDs an iPhone will and won’t connect to.
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Install Linux alongside Windows to provide additional virus protection and access your data if Windows becomes inoperable
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As I mentioned in my last post, the first question I ask is whether people have a backup. The second question ask is whether they have up-to-date anti-virus software installed.
A shocking number of people fall into the group of having anti-virus software that hasn’t been updated since their trial period ended, and yet still believe they are protected.
Let me make this clear – if your subscription has expired then you are NOT protected.
But who can blame them? Anti-virus software is expensive, isn’t it?
If you go with what arrived on your PC then, yes, it is expensive. PC manufacturers make extra money by including software (known collectively as Bloatware) because vendors pay them. Norton and McAfee fully expect you to sign up when the trial period runs out…
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