The following alerts have been updated to reflect new and important security protection schemes:
5/12/2017: Wanna Cry ransomware is spreading fast. It exploits a Microsoft bug that was patched in March 2017. It is more infectious because it can spread throughout a local network.
WannaKiwi – Decrypts files WannaCryp ransomware. Do not reboot after getting infected.
A basic lesson in patching right away and stop running old Operating systems. Microsoft took the unusual step to put out a Windows XP, 8 , Windows Server 2003 patch to help stop this. If you use any of these OS’s, upgrade to Windows 10 now.
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..
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Last Updated: July 20, 2017
Google’s Android operating system powers many popular cellphones including the popular Samsung Galaxy S8. Most Android Smartphone users as well as most of the pubic at large do not think very much about security.
If your phone is not running the latest Android security patches, you are open to attack. A recent Wall Street Journal article showed that only 2.8% of Android devices have the latest security patches. Compare that to 79% of iPhones due to Apple’s uniform eco-system.
Google Play Protect
- Be sure your device is running Google Play Protect. It scans for Malware and bad apps. This was release in July 2017 and runs on Google Play Services 11 or higher. This is a unification of Android security systems like Verify Apps, browser protection, and anti-theft measures.
Most Up to Date Android phone
This flagship phone runs the latest Android version and is patched regularly. Sold directly from Google or from a couple carriers.
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Last Update: 5/4/2017
The International Travel Security Problem
Many of us travel internationally but few realize how important computer security can be when we visit other countries. People doing business in countries like China and Russia (or any other country for that matter) need to pay strict attention to their technology security protocols to prevent the real and growing threat of high tech espionage. There have been instances of people returning from abroad and having their laptops or smartphones compromised. A mobile device used internationally and later hooked up to the Company’s network provides an excellent infection vector. The folks intent on stealing information could be government or corporate based.
Learn how to use your iPhone or Android Smartphone in China
How to Protect Yourself When Traveling
Some people might find the following list a bit paranoid, but you never can be too safe. People that work for major corporations, government, or security firms need maximum protection from attackers. There are tools that can detect the location of a mobile device to within 100 feet and can target phones by the phone number, IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identity) number and intercept all communications from the mobile device.
- Leave your cell phone and laptop at home
- Buy a phone and SIM card in the other country
- Beware of any SMS message especially if they have links
- Do not bring any sensitive data or passwords
- Use temporary or loaner cell phones and laptops which will be erased when you get home
- Make sure all gadgets are fully up to date and have security software enabled. The best encryption should be utilized
- Never let your electronics out of your site
- If your device gets inspected at the border, it should never be connected to the Company’s network again
- Turn off Bluetooth and Wi-Fi
- Avoid public Wi-Fi altogether
- Do not use a public phone charging cable, it could be capturing video while you charge
- Disable microphones and cameras
- During meetings, turn off your devices and remove their batteries. (Prevents possible recording)
- Use a VPN with heavy encryption to connect to the Internet
- Use Google Voice to create a “throw away” voice accounts
- Do not connect to your Company’s or government’s network while abroad
- Use coded language when discussing sensitive matters
- Cut and paste passwords to prevent keylogging
- Change any and all passwords you used on the trip, immediately
- Enable two factor authentication for services that support this; Facebook, Gmail, eBay, etc.
- Two factor authentication system using SMS text messages is not secure, due to the weak SS7 routing system. We suggest only using two factor when you can use a token or a time based authenticator like Googles.
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Welcome to Safegadget.com, the one-stop website for securing your computer and gadgets. Don’t wait until you have become a victim of malware. While it is impossible to prevent all attacks, it is important that we all secure our systems so we aren’t easily hacked. This is akin to wearing a seat belt to prevent an accident.
We feature many different security tutorials.
Harden the Security of your Browser
Boost the Security of your Smartphones and Tablets
Learn how to perform the following Safely and Securely
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The BuyVia iOS app and website bring together the strongest smart shopping arsenal available, making it easy to find the best products/deals possible across all of the devices people own – including smartphones, laptops/desktops and tablets – without tedious and time-consuming research.
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