Updated Safe Gadget Security Tutorials – Security Alerts 2017

The following alerts have been updated to reflect new and important security protection schemes:

4/12/2017: 2 easy ways to increase your security and not have to constantly update are:

4/4/2017: Google Project Zero has found a major flaw in a WiFi chip that is used on many Android and iPhones. Hackers can run malware on devices. Apple iOS 10.3.1 and newer fixes the bug. Android patches are rolling out soon. Make sure you update your device. Any phone that does not get security updates any more, should be recycled and replaced.

3/16/2017: Matthew Green, a well respected cryptographer and professor at Johns Hopkins has a great article discussing Secure Computing – Desktops vs Smartphones, iOS vs Android and more..

3/15/2017: ID Thieves are using the IRS and filing fake tax returns. Remember that the IRS never calls or sends email to you.  They use old fashion US mail.

2/16/2017: Apricorn makes a secure USB flash drives that require a pin code to be entered before they function.  No software or drivers required, so it works with any operating system. Dust and water resistant durable aluminium housing

2/2/2017: Laser Printers are vulnerable to security issues. Popular printer models manufactured by Dell, Brother, Konica, Samsung, HP, and Lexmark are all affected.

2/1/2017: Netgear has updated firmware for many routers that fixes a major security hole.

1/30/2017: Security minded people use VPNs to secure their communications. Many Android VPN clients have privacy and security risks.  Be careful which you use.

12/12/2016: 26 different low cost Android devices on the MTK platform have Trojan horses built in.

12/8/2016: Keyless Car Entry: Security minded folks would never buy a car that has this feature. The National Insurance Crime Bureau has a post on how a Mystery Device is used to relay your key fob’s signal to steal cars.  It is best to wrap your key fob in foil or some RF blocking shield when you are away from the vehicle.

11/30/2016: Gooligan Malware has infected over 1million Android phones, most of which downloaded apps outside the official Google Play store. Check your email address

11/15/2016: Some Cheap cell phones made in China have spyware that sends all your texts to China. This includes the $50 BLU R1 HD sold by amazon! Update the firmware of this device NOW.

10/2/2016: D-Link DWR-932B  and Quanta 4G LTE QDH routers have major security holes- Upgrade it to the latest firmware. Details

9/22/2016: Do you run a website? If so make sure you test it for security vulnerabilities. Tinfoil Security has a nice free 90 day trial.

9/21/2016: Yahoo finally admits to a biggest breach ever. It happened back in 2014 of 500 million accounts. Change your passwords, never enter ‘real’ information into security questions. Use a Yahoo Account Key instead of a password.

9/18/2016: The Rowhammer memory vulnerability is getting important everyday. See if your hardware is vulnerable using Memtest86.

7/29/2016: No More Ransom.org (Kaspersky Lab in collaboration with Europol, the Dutch National Police and Intel Security) has a new site to help vicitims.  It has a page with Decryption Tools.

7/12/2016: Kanguru makes a fast USB 3.0 flash drive with physical write protect switch and a digitally signed secure firmware to protect against Badusb.  One of the first to do this. Get item to put a Linux Live CD like Ubuntu on and keep it from getting modified by malware.

5/20/2016: ID Ransomware helps you figure out which ransomware you are effected by, so you can look for remedies other than paying. Bleeping Computer has a Support forum for Ransomware

  • ESET has a decryptor for TeslaCrypt infections

2/24/2016: MouseJack is a new security vulnerability that allows a malware to be remotely downloaded onto a computer via a hijacked wireless mouse or keyboard connection. A hacker could remotely type in commands or move your mouse. Update the firmware on your wireless mouse/keyboard if possible, otherwise use a wired mouse – keyboard.

Logitech Update – Worked for us, but required several tries.

2/5/2016: Netgear Wireless routers do not automatically add passwords to hard drives that are plugged into them, leaving them accessible to anyone on the Internet. Make sure you change the default password. Hackers can use Shodan to find you quickly.

1/19/2016: The Wall Street Journal commissioned a security researcher to test 20 popular internet Wireless Routers. 10 had known security weaknesses. 4 had old firmware that when upgraded could contain undocumented security problems.  Keep your router’s software update and if it is older than 2 years, you should buy a new one. Most networking companies’ stop updating them after a year or two. How to setup a Secure Wireless Router was updated.

11/17/2015: Several tutorials have updated lists of secure instant messaging apps. Forget about using popular ones like Whatsapp, Line, Viber, WeChat, they have all been monitored.

Try ones like:

  • Silent Circle
  • Redphone
  • OSTel
  • Chat Secure
  • Signal (Formerly Textsecure)

7/24/2015: First of its kind. 1.4 Million 2013-2015 model year Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep Vehicles are vulnerable to remote hacking that can cause the vehicle to be controlled remotely. Get the special USB drive and update your car now.

4/28/2014: A new Internet Explorer Vulnerability that has no patch, is being actively exploited by malware. US Computer Emergency Readiness Team suggests people stop using Internet Explorer. Windows XP users need to use an alternative browser like Chrome or Firefox.

If you have to run Internet Explorer, you should install the Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit or unregister the VGX.dll as mention in Microsoft’s Security Bulletin

4/10/2014: Heartbleed Security Hole. Servers that use certain versions of OpenSSL software to create secure connections are vulnerable to a major bug. Lastpass has a page that can help you test websites for this bug. Flippie.io has one too.

4/7/2014: Users should change their passwords for the following sites due to the Heartbleed Internet Security Bug: fitbit.com, github.com, rememberthemilk.com, yahoo.com. Cnet has a nice list.

2/1/2014: If you own an Asus or Linksys E-series wireless router, make sure it has been updated to prevent the Moon worm. How to setup a Secure Wireless Router was updated.

Author: SafeGadget

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