WiFi is vulnerable, here's what to do

Recently a vulnerability in the WiFi protocol was found and disclosed. For the technically inclined I'll link to the article and research papers below. For everyone else, I'll summarise and provide a good rule of thumb to use to keep you safe.

The attack is thought to affect everything with WiFi, from phones and computers to SmartTV's and WiFi toasters. Pretty soon the electronics industry will be pushing updates for everything imaginable, once patched the vulnerability cannot affect your devices. It is a short range attack, meaning the attacker would need to be on the same network as you - generally within 10 meters. So at home is probably safe, but maybe when you're out and about it's more of a risk.

Until those updates start kicking in, turn off WiFi on your devices whenever you don't need it. If you're already in the habit of checking to see if your websites are 'locked', then you're okay. If you're not in the habit, now is a perfect time to start.

When it comes to updating your devices, some will be really easy, however you might need a hand with modem/routers and other odd devices, get in touch and we'll do our best to help out.

Don't have long, here's a short list

  1. Updates are coming, and are important, where possible install them.
  2. Turn off WiFi on your phone/laptop when you're not using it.
  3. Check to make sure your websites are 'locked' before entering personal information

ATTENTION PEOPLE WHO USE EMAIL

On the 30th of August, a malicious software exposed a large number of files containing personal information. In total, there were 711 million unique email addresses, many of which were also accompanied by corresponding passwords. Macs-4-U recommends that you change all of your email passwords and if you use the same password on any other sites to change that too. If you want to check if your email address was compromised you can check using this site: https://haveibeenpwned.com/ you can read the full article here: https://www.troyhunt.com/inside-the-massive-711-million-record-onliner-spambot-dump/ If you have any questions or if you think your Mac has been compromised you can contact us on (08) 9274 7111 and book in for an adware and virus removal for just $60

Workshop: Ensuring Security on your Mac, iPad and iPhone

15th & 18th February

 Macs-4-U will host a workshop on one of the least well understood aspects of modern life, security and protection. By taking a realistic look at the threats we face, a handful of simple strategies can be used to give piece of mind, and protection against the most common threats.

We will begin with a short presentation, then open the floor to questions to address specific situations and concerns such as remaining secure when using the internet, choosing strong passwords, or knowing what to do if you think you are hacked.

Workshop: The Cloud and iCloud - How to use them safely.

19th & 22nd April 2017

We can't take you to Maui for Cloud Surfing, but we will try to make the "Cloud" and "iCloud" a bit more enjoyable to use. There will be a 30 minute presentation followed by a 30 minute question and answer period.

Below are some of the topics to be covered:

  • Security in the Cloud
  • Setting up iCloud or other cloud-based email accounts
  • Sharing and syncing photos using iCloud
  • Setting up and using "Find my Phone/iPad/MacBook"
  • Making use of Calendar & Contact Syncing with iCloud.

Introducing iOS 10

Macs-4-U will host a workshop introducing iOS 10 to local Mac enthusiasts.

iOS 10 is the biggest release from Apple yet, with powerful upgrades to your most-used features—Messages, Maps, Siri, Photos, and more. The free iOS 10 Software Update is available from Apple. Learn more at www.apple.com/ios.

There will be two sessions available

  • 9 - 10 AM on Wednesday the 28th of September
  • 9 - 10 AM on Saturday the 1st of October

To book a seat at either of the available times, please use the Eventbrite link.