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Apple tool to combat Flashback Trojan

Posted on: April 16th, 2012 by Tetrabyte No Comments


Apple has now release a Java update to eradicate the Flashback Trojan that have been infecting Mac computers on a large scale in recent weeks.

The Flashback Malware exploiting a security vulnerability in the Mac Operating System (OS) allowing hackers to take control of the users machine.

Apple released the update two days after it reported taking the issue on and one week after the anti-virus firm Dr Web said over 600,000 Macs had been infected.

Apple has been highly criticised for the extended amount of time it took to resolve the issue.

Kaspersky, recalled its own Trojan-removal tool after it was reportedly affecting some user settings.

Apple have only released a fix for machines running their latest versions of the operating system. “Snow Leopard” and “Lion” all earlier versions have been told to disable Java in their web browser to resolve the problem.

Apple has been reported to be working to shut down servers hosted by the authors of the Malware, to prevent the Malware from running many of its critical functions.

Some analysts are reporting they believe Apple could of been able to avoided the attack if it had acted sooner.

Confused

Oracle The Java’s developer had issued a fix for other systems eight weeks before Apple’s first security update.

Rik Ferguson, the director of security at Trend Micro said the following on the matter: “Apple’s sluggishness on security updates could perhaps have been defended in the past by the relative paucity of malware on that operating system. However, Mac OS is increasingly attractive and increasingly exploited by criminals.”

Apple is also trying to improve the security of its web stores iTunes, most likely trying to address a worrying increase in the number users complaining about accounts being “hacked”.

Users are currently being prompted on Apples websites to add back-up email addresses and answer security questions to protect their user accounts and data.

Apple has not yet commented on their actions, which has been reported to of confused a large amount of Apple’s regular users.


Irony: BT’s Broadband services status information page suffers downtime.

Posted on: April 13th, 2012 by Tetrabyte No Comments


Here is an image of BT’s Service Status Information Page

IT Support Downtime

BT FAIL

BT have left a customer notice stating “We are currently experiencing problems with the BT MyOffice Portal, which may mean that some customers may have trouble accessing: Help & Support and Web Chat. Sorry about this. Our engineers are investigating the situation and we hope to have it resolved shortly.”

You can almost taste the irony when the page that informs customers whether or not their services is experiencing downtime, suffers from downtime.

Since posting this message services seems to be in the process of returning to normal, but it’s still worth remembering; nobody is perfect.

 

UK is the largest internet-based economy

Posted on: March 20th, 2012 by Tetrabyte No Comments


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Internet is on the rise in the UK

A recent report from the BBC claims that the Internet currently contributes a larger share of the UK’s economy than any of the other major world economies.

Statistics suggest that the Internet contributes to at least 8.3% of the UK’s entire economy.

In 2010 the UK’s “internet economy” was worth £121bn, more than £2,000 per person, according to researchers at the Boston Consulting Group (BCG).

This makes it one of the largest markets in the country, larger than healthcare, construction and education.

The report also state that “13.5% of all purchases were done over the internet in 2010…and this is projected to rise to 23% by 2016.”

Business I.T. Support – Outlook: How to manage your life

Posted on: February 10th, 2012 by Tetrabyte No Comments


The latest version of Microsoft’s Outlook, Outlook 2010 is certainly the best update of the software so far, and Microsoft shows off their usual charm in this fun and funky showcase for their software. A working mum tries to make time for her Yoga, but can’t seem to find time to just relax and get on with it, Outlook comes to the rescue to help her organise her daily living with simple functionality, and shows off that Microsoft’s Outlook isn’t just an email program.

 

I.T. News: IBM Releases Free Internet Security Training Tools to Educate on Digital Responsibility

Posted on: February 8th, 2012 by Tetrabyte No Comments


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Free Internet Tools from IBM

Yesterday IMB announced they would be releasing a selection of free internet security tools to help educate and raise public awareness of digital responsibility. The release will be given to teachers, students and businesses as a part of the three part package.

Control Your Online Identity is a volunteer education kit designed to help teenagers learn to protect their personal data and reputation online. Although t most teenagers appear to be knowledgeable about the basic functions and use of social media and online accounts. They are usually unaware of how data they share is used. Designed to help students learn how to protect personal data and how to reduce the risk of their identity being stolen or abused online.

Internet Safety Coaching is designed for teachers or personnel working with children. It is a general guide on basic Internet safety. Providing information about common Internet activities by young people including social media, blogging and instant messaging.  Specifically designed to raise awareness of the best online safety policies and how best to discuss this topic with children.

Cyberbullying is a constant threat for young people and adults alike on the world wide web, This tool is aimed at parents or adults who work with children. It is designed to help adults learn about how young people use the Internet today, how to recognize cyberbullying symptoms, and how to prevent online bullying from happening. There is also information on what steps to take if cyberbullying is discovered.

The release coincides with Safer Internet Day which is a global drive by awareness-raising partners to promote a safer Internet for all users. Organised by INSAFE in the framework of the European Commission’s Safer Internet Programme.

 

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