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7 TIPS TO FIND AND SECURE COMPANY, EMPLOYEE, AND CUSTOMERS’ DATA

May 5, 2017   //   by Darryl Santa   //   Tech Blog  //  No Comments
Cyber-Ninja

Watch Out for Cyber Ninjas!

COMMON PAYMENT CARD DATA HIDING PLACES (PAN*)

Due to poor processes and/or misconfigured software, payment card data can easily leak into networks, even those that shouldn’t store sensitive data.

Here are common places to look for hiding payment card data:

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Google Chrome Releases Patch for Chome

Dec 29, 2016   //   by Enrique Rodriguez   //   Tech Blog  //  No Comments

Google Chrome

Google Chrome


Google announced it released 12 High Severity flaws in Chrome. They are urging Chrome user’s to update to Chrome version 55.2883.75 for Windows, Mac and Linux. Several of these flaws would allow for cross site scripting on the Chrome browser. US-CERT also issued a same day alert regarding vulnerabilities in conjunction with Google to stress the severity of these vulnerabilities. If you need assistance updating your Google Chrome browser please Contact Alpha & Omega at (714) 964-6932>

Apple releases Patch to Fix 97 Vulnerabilities

Dec 29, 2016   //   by Enrique Rodriguez   //   Tech Blog  //  No Comments

Apple

Apple


Apple recently released a patch for their Sierra MacOS which corrects 97 vulnerabilities. The update corrects vulnerabilities in ICloud, Itunes, Safari and the OS itself, this comes days after releasing dozens of other updates for the Sierra iOS. Apple is urging all iOS customers to update their Macs so that they will not be vulnerable. If you need assistance with updating your Mac or are unsure if it has been updated or not please contact Alpha & Omega at (714) 964-6932.

Google and Microsoft to Block Flash in Edge and Chrome

Dec 28, 2016   //   by Enrique Rodriguez   //   Tech Blog  //  No Comments
Adobe flash

Adobe flash

Both Google(Chrome) and Microsoft(Edge) released statements that they would be blocking Flash by default from the Chrome and Edge browsers. They are following suit with Apple and Mozilla who are already blocking Flash by Default. The move comes as Adobe released yet another patch to fix a Zero day Vulnarbility and many are moving towards HTML5 which is more secure. Microsoft will continue to monitor the usage of Flash on their Edge browser. Google stated that starting January user’s will be prompted to run flash on a site by site basis and by October all sites running flash will require permission. If you have questions or concerns about Flash on your PC or Network please contact Alpha & Omega at (714) 964-6932.

Window’s Patch for Windows 10 Dropping Wi-Fi

Dec 28, 2016   //   by Enrique Rodriguez   //   Tech Blog  //  No Comments

Windows 10

Windows 10


If you upgraded to Windows you might be one of the millions of users that are affected by your Wi-Fi connection randomly dropping. Microsoft has acknowledged the issue and has released a patch (KB 3206632) to address the issue. If you need assistance installing the update or finding out if you are affected by this issue contact Alpha & Omega at (714) 964-6932.

DNS Changer Exploit

Dec 28, 2016   //   by Enrique Rodriguez   //   Tech Blog  //  No Comments

Wi-Fi

Wi-Fi


Research company Proofpoint recently discovered an exploit that targets user’s routers and changes the routers DNS to point to the attackers infected servers. The attackers start by placing fake adds on legitimate websites and when you click on the add it will infect your router. D-Link and Netgear have been found to be the most vulnerable routers and easiest to infect. This vulnerability is not the same vulnerability that was discovered on Netgear routers several weeks ago. According to Proofpoint there than 166 router models being affected by this Malicious software. If you need assistance with patching or replacing your current router, contact Alpha & Omega at (714) 964-6932.

Windows 10 Dropping your Wi-Fi connection

Dec 28, 2016   //   by Enrique Rodriguez   //   Tech Blog  //  No Comments

Windows 10

Windows 10


Users have voiced their frustrations at Microsoft after users updated their PC’s to Windows 10 and now have issues with their Wi-Fi connection dropping on a regular basis. Below are the most common complaints about Windows 10 dropping the connection. A current temporary solution is to update the Drivers or if needed use an external adapter that compatible with Windows 10. If you need assistance updating your drivers or purchasing an external adapter contact Alpha & Omega at (714) 964-6932

1. No Wi-Fi is available on my computer after Windows 10 update.
2. Windows 10 Wi-Fi is not working.
3. How to connect Window 10 laptop with Wi-Fi?
4. There’s no Wi-Fi connection in Windows 10 on my HP laptop.
5. Why there is dreaded broken Wi-Fi after I installed Windows 10? Can’t access Internet.
6. My computer Wi-Fi is not working on Windows 10, 64 bit.
7. No Internet connection after upgrade to Windows 10. No wireless network connections or Wi-Fi.
8. No Wi-Fi adapter found after Windows 10 upgrade. Wireless adapter not showing up in Device Manager.
9. My Wi-Fi doesn’t work after upgrading Windows 8 to Windows 10. Why? Wi-Fi button on Windows 10 not working. Help.
10. My Wi-Fi stopped working after update to Windows 10. I have no WiFi settings, no Wi-Fi drivers, and even no sign of Wi-Fi.

Netgear Router Vulnerabilities

Dec 27, 2016   //   by Enrique Rodriguez   //   Tech Blog  //  No Comments

Digital Privacy

Digital Privacy


Netgear recently issued a statement stating they found vulnerabilities affecting 8 of their routers. Netgear released a fix for several routers but not all. The Department of Homeland of Security issued a statement, saying anybody using the affected models should stop using these routers until they have been patched because they are vulnerable to being hacked or exposed to botnets. The affected routers are models (R6250, R6400, R6700, R7000, R7100LG, R7300, R7900, R8000). If you are using one of these models and need assistance with patching or replacing your current Router Please contact Alpha & Omega at (714) 964-6932.

New Tool Could Help in the Battle with Ransomware

Dec 14, 2016   //   by Enrique Rodriguez   //   Tech Blog  //  No Comments

Digital Privacy

Digital Privacy


With criminals ramping up their efforts to infect PC’s with Ransomware there could be a new tool that could help stop these criminals from infecting your PC. The FBI reported that in the 1st Quarter of the year Cyber Criminals were able to extort about $209 Million dollars and the yearly revenue could reach over 1 Billion dollars from Ramsomware payments. Ramsomware works by encrypting files on the PC and other Rasomware goes onto encrypt the Master Boot Record. Encrypting the Master Boot Record makes the PC unusable and essentially turns the PC into a paperweight and would most likely require a complete re-installation of the OS and Software. A company name Cisco Talos has released a tool that essentially stops any software from writing to the Master Boot Record thus preventing the Ransomware to install. This only protects you from Ransomware that goes after the MBR and does have some limitations such as preventing the legitimate software to write to the MBR if needed such as updates or new software installation. Alpha & Omega has implemented Zscaler in order to combat the Ramsomware threat. If you have any questions or need any information on Zscaler or Ranswomware please contact Alpha & Omega at (714) 964-6932.

Microsoft purchases Linked In

Dec 9, 2016   //   by Enrique Rodriguez   //   Tech Blog  //  No Comments

Linked in

Linked in


Microsoft made an official announcement that they have completed the purchase of Linked In for $26.2 Billion dollars. Microsoft and Linked In are stating that this will increase the usability of Linked In’s site for users and businesses. Full details of what enhancements will be made were not made public but they did mention several features they hope to make to integrate Linked In with Microsoft products. Several enhancements mentioned were integrating Office 365 with Linked In to help users with creating resumes and uploading them directly to their profile pages. Also mentioned was integrating excel graphs that would update to business profiles. Integration with other Microsoft products is also a possibility such as Skype’s video conferencing. We will have to wait and see, but expect to see several changes in the upcoming months. If you need assistance with any Microsoft product please contact Alpha & Omega at (714) 964-6932.

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