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Apple iOS Airdrop has glaring security hole which has been fixed in iOS 9

Security information - PrivateRelay - Posted 16 Sep 2015 17:48 CET

Apple have fixed a security hole which exists in the file sharing facility Airdrop. The vulnerability allows malicious apps to be remotely installed on devices without even asking for the user to accept the program. Users can protect themselves by turning off AirDrop. This can be done by swiping up from the bottom of the screen, clicking Airdrop and then Disable. A permanent fix is to upgrade to the next release of iOS version 9 which should be released imminently... [Read more]

If you have upgraded to Windows 10 then it is time to check your privacy settings

Privacy information - PrivateRelay - Posted 16 Sep 2015 17:23 CET

The recent free Windows upgrade to version 10 has brought with it many new features, and brought back features which should not have been dropped in Windows 8. That aside Microsoft now seems to think it is quite acceptable to gain access to, and take a copy of, your personal data. This is not limited to: Web sites you visit Your contacts Your calendars The content of your emails Your current and all previous locations SMS and MMS meta data and contentThe fact that it almost makes it compulsory to sign in with a Microsoft account, assists the US company even further by then linking all this data to you individually... [Read more]

Adobe Flash is so riddled with security problems that Firefox say it should be retired

Security information - PrivateRelay - Posted 15 Jul 2015 15:41 CET

Firefox have now permanently deactivated by default the use of Flash in its browser. The browser plugin Flash, developed by Adobe, has been a security issue for many years. Some browser developers have been constantly disabling or enabling Flash based on reports of security issues found within it. Firefox have now gone one step further and deactivated it, even suggesting that Adobe should set out its retirement date... [Read more]

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