As you upgrade to the iPhone 5, please keep in mind some principles, both personal and business.
- If your iPhone will be handed down to a child, make sure ALL critical data is removed from there. This includes all business data, personal details, etc. It is highly critical to maintain your business and personal identity.
- As new devices are created, new threats are created as well. These security threats need to be identified and taken care of. Just because it is a new iPhone does not mean it’s immune from security threats. Security is a losing battle, because hackers are always trying to stay one-step ahead of programmers/developers. While developers are working around the clock trying to prepare these new capable hardware/software, hackers are doing the same working against them.
- The iPhone 5 is set to accelerate BYOD, which means better available options to network administrators. Things like data copying, wiping operations (erasing loads of data), etc.
- The iOS 6’s Passbook feature can store financial information for securing digital transactions. If you’re comfortable storing that information go ahead, otherwise just keep it off.
- Emails, texts, and calendar appointments can be modified by the Siri app, without requiring the administrator to log in to the device.
- If Apple succeeds in the acquisition of AuthenTec, it allows for a fingerprint identification security system for the device, making it more secure physically. But this technology is pending at the moment.
- Apple calls the iPhone 5 “The thinnest, lightest, fastest iPhone ever”, but they mention nothing about security do they?
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160 vulnerabilities are being fixed with a new release from Apple for iTunes 10.
The newest version number is 10.7. Update now!
Most of the fixes rolled out are involved with WebKit. WebKit is a layout engine from Apple, which allows webpages to be rendered in a browser. Therefore, the main problems faced in iTunes 10 are with the Store site. WebKit is also used in Safari browser by Apple and Chrome browser by Google. Google apparently helped get the fixes for Apple’s iTunes program.
Many of the vulnerabilities in WebKit are from bug reports in 2011. Just now fixing these flaws shows how low this is on the priority list with the Apple development team concerning iTunes. These same vulnerabilities were apparently fixed long ago in Safari and Chrome. So, what’s the excuse?
Users can get the security fixes by updating iTunes directly in the application.
Apple’s statement on the security update page:
Available for: Windows 7, Vista, XP SP2 or later
Impact: Visiting a maliciously crafted website may lead to an unexpected application termination or arbitrary code execution
Description: Multiple memory corruption issues existed in WebKit. These issues are addressed through improved memory handling.
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Many sources are talking about the new Windows 8 app, EMR Surface, that is now available for $499 (USD). It is apparently the most pricey app so far, which is fine, because most other solutions for the Windows platforms are much more expensive. This app provides a break from the cost and takes advantage of the new Windows 8 operating system.
The development team Pariscribe has engineered this app. This app was made specifically for the medical industry, and should be treated as such. It offers the ability, according to the app page, to check up on patient information and to “Add Appointment, Billing, Family History, Family History Details, Problems, Progress Note, Risk Factor, Vital Sign, Prescription, Drug Interactions, Reminders.”
Right now, apparently it is in pilot mode, being used in Samsung Series 7 Slate tablets. In 12 MB in size, it comes packed with tons of features, and provides an easy-to-use visual interface. Just may be the future of in-office consultations, instead of the medical laptop usage.
Now available on the Windows Store.
The University of Miami Hospital has begun to let patients know that a second data breach has occurred so far this year. Personal information is at risk and patients must know. This is the second breach, with the first one happening in July.
Apparently, according to a letter being sent to patients this month outlines the fact that two employees were apparently caught improperly accessing patient records that give doctors and other medical associates a quick glance at patient information.
Although the employees have been terminated, some worry that a portion of the sensitive data was sold. The affected data includes any patient records that have been at the hospital from October 2010 to July 2012. Those affected by the breach are being given a two-year membership to a credit monitoring service.
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Here’s a small update to yesterday’s Patch Tuesday. Microsoft seemed to have only two critical fixes…
The first patch, MS12-061, applies to Microsoft Visual Studio Team Foundation Server. The other update, MS12-062, fixes a flaw in Microsoft Systems Management Server 2003 and Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007.
Note to system administrators: Microsoft is urging you to test out the following update: KB2661254, which is an update to help mitigate the risks associated with the Flame malware. It won’t be released until October. But, it is available for testing purposes. It is best ot thicken your SSL certifications.
- September 2012 Patch Tuesday Update (ibm.com)
- Microsoft says “No!” to insecure certificate practices (nakedsecurity.sophos.com)
Go Daddy is finishing recovering from what appears to be a corruption in its router tables. Yesterday, Anonymous blabbered quickly that they had constructed a DDoS attack on GoDaddy.com, causing its servers from being inaccessible from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. PDT. However, Go Daddy CEO claims it’s not true:
The service outage was not caused by external influences. It was not a “hack” and it was not a denial of service attack (DDoS). We have determined the service outage was due to a series of internal network events that corrupted router data tables. Once the issues were identified, we took corrective actions to restore services for our customers and GoDaddy.com. We have implemented measures to prevent this from occurring again.
Go Daddy tweeted the following yesterday during this issue:
Status Alert: Hey, all. We’re aware of the trouble people are having with our site. We’re working on it.
— Go Daddy (@GoDaddy) September 10, 2012
As for if this attack was by hackers… NO it was not.
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Google has been improving its security arsenal for the past few years, especially with the development of its Chrome browser. The five star service (our opinion), VirusTotal, a product by Hispasec, is now going to be shared with Google.
The security intelligence from the Hispasec Sistemas s.l will be an awesome addition to the backbone of Google security. Although, terms of the deal between the two have not been disclosed. It’s important to note that the company was not acquired, just the product.
VirusTotal is a file scanning service, which checks files against a little over 40 anti-malware/antivirus scanners. In addition, it also provides a website scanning service, which is able to check sites for malware, among exploits, etc.
Much of the data that VirusTotal indexes and processes is also shared with the security companies, in a way to boost online security aggressively.
As VirusTotal said in their blog post on the acquisition:
- The quality and power of our malware research tools will keep improving, most likely faster; and
- Google’s infrastructure will ensure that our tools are always ready, right when you need them.
“Security is incredibly important to our users and we’ve invested many millions of dollars to help keep them safe online,” a Google spokesperson said in a statement. “VirusTotal also has a strong track record in Web security, and we’re delighted to be able to provide them with the infrastructure they need to ensure that their service continues to improve.”
The last awesome acquisition by Google was the reCAPTCHA deal.
- An update from VirusTotal (virustotal.com)
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