Apple iOS 10.3.2

Time to update your iDevices to iOS 10.3.2.

Apple iOS 10.3.2 patches vulnerabilities in Webkit, Safari, Kernel, SQLite, and iBooks.

Vulnerabilities being patched may lead to arbitrary code execution, allow code to run with root or kernel privileges, or allow an attacker to read restricted memory.

iBooks can be exploited with a specially craft book, which may allow a malicious website to be opened without user permission. This could potentially be used to then exploit Safari and Webkit vulnerabilities, or lead to phishing websites.

Vulnerabilities in Webkit, which is used by Safari and other web browsers, can be exploited when a user visited a malicious website arbitrary code execution, or cross-site scripting.

Apple iOS 10.3.2 is available for iPhone 5 and later, iPad 4th generation and later, and iPod touch 6th generation and later.

Windows Updates May 2017

Microsoft have released patches for the month of May. Due to changes in the information released about patches, it is a little hard to break down everything that will be patched. Nonetheless, it is important to patch your systems as soon as possible to ensure all vulnerabilities in your systems are patched.

Those running Windows Vista will have noticed that there are no new updates available. Windows Vista reached end of life last month. Users still running Windows Vista should consider an upgrade as soon as possible.

Adobe have also released patches for Flash Player. Flash Player patches for Internet Explorer and Edge are included as part of Windows Updates. Many users will find that they do not require Flash Player on there machine. It is very easy to disable.

Installing Updates

  1. On your keyboard, hold the windows key and press R. This will display the run dialog box.
  2. Type in “control update” and press enter
  3. Click “Check for Updates”. This may take some time as Windows Update searches for the latest patches.
  4. Click on Install Updates, update will install, after which Windows will need to restart.

Malware Removal Tools

Malware is a term coined to cover all kinds of “Malicious Software”. This includes  Ransomware, Virus, Trojans, Adware, Spyware, and Toolbars. Malware varies in severity. Some malware changes your search page to display advertising. Other malware can allow an attacker to access your files or webcam. This post covers some tools and methods used with malware removal.

Preventing Malware

Prevention is better than cure. Preventing malware shouldn’t be a chore, and these few simple task will make a big difference.

Paid Antivirus/Internet Security – While there are many free Antivirus/Internet Security programs available, a paid solution is a safer option. I recommend ESET Internet Security. For more information regarding ESET please feel free to message us via our contacts page.

Install Updates – Updates are an important part of staying secure online. Updates patch vulnerabilities in your device. Some malware will exploit vulnerabilities to install itself on your device. Patching your system takes away the vulnerabilities some malware use to install itself.

Run an Adblocker – uBlock Origin is an ad blocker available for free for both Chrome and Firefox.  Some malware is delivered to your machine via malvertising (malicious advertising). uBlock origin blocks ads as well as malicious domains to help keep your device free from malware.

CyberReason RansomFree – Ransomfree is a free tool to help protect against ransomware. It creates and monitors several groups of files on your machine. If these files are modified, Ransomfree will attempt to neutralise the attack.

Attachments – Don’t open attachments from unknown sources. While a word document looks innocent enough, these document can be created to download malware onto your machine. Often without your knowledge. PDF files can also be created to perform malicious activities.

Removing Malware

Sometimes whatever you do, malware may still make in onto your machine. Whether it is bundled with other software or a momentary loss of concentration after which you open a malicious attachment. There are many tools available to help remove malware. In the worst cases of malware, you may need to format and reinstall your device. In a case like this you may need to restore from backup.

AdwCleaner &  Junkware Removal Tool – Remove adware, toolbars, browser hijacks, and other potentially unwanted software. Both these tools are free and provided by Malwarebytes. Malwarebytes also offer a paid service to help keep your PC clean from malware in real time.

Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool – Removes malicious software from your PC. This tool is updated and run as part of “Patch Tuesday”. You can manually download the latest version on the link above, or run the version installed on your machine, by opening the run dialog box (Windows Key + R) and typing mrt and pressing enter.

Clean Temporary Files – Malware often resides in Temporary Files. This can be cleaned up quickly and eliminate some threats by running disk-cleanup.

Antivirus – Antivirus scanning often happens in real time. Occasionally items can be missed. A full scan with your antivirus will ensure that any malware that may be hiding on your machine is removed.

This article is written for Windows devices but malware can affect all devices – yes, even your Mac. ESET do offer antivirus solutions for Mac, as well as other devices such as Android phone. To find out more, feel free to contact us.

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