Friday, November 16, 2018

Getting Slammed With Apple Phishing Emails and Apple Denies Reporting of Phishing Emails

In slight twist of fate, I am try to do the right thing by reporting Apple phishing emails to the right place at abuse@apple.com, as recommended by Apple, but I can no longer do so.

I guess recently, and as part of this blog I have submitted to many. I have been able to submit about 1 per month over course of last few years, but recently I phishing attack has reached my inbox almost daily of course of last 3 months. Then suddenly, I got cut off, see notice below. 

I guess this is one way Apple can trim it's responsibility and reported phishing claims, just don't let people report them! Rather discouraging!






Thursday, November 15, 2018

Latest Antivirus Product Comparison Testing Roundup Sept 2018

SE Labs tests security products that are designed to protect your computer systems and mobile devices.

Get review of Antivirus Products for Sept 2018 here



Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Get it Spectre / Meltdown BIOS fix for older processors Windows 8, 7 and XP

Intel fixed the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities allow speculative execution side-channel attacks, specifically CVE-2017-5715, CVE-2017-5753, CVE-2017-5754 but only for modern CPUs.  Essentially CPUs sold running with Windows 10 pre-installed on the machines, leaving a larger part of CPUs unsupported. 

Check Intel's official support page for CPUs fixed. 

Not to be detered Eran "Regeneration" Badit created the Intel Microcode Boot Loader, which fixes this but in a round-about perhaps uncomfortable way, you have have plugged in a USB stick with the fix every time you boot the computer.


























The tool will use the Intel BIOS Implementation Test Suite (BITS) and the Syslinux bootloader to automatically detect and apply the most current microcodes for an Intel processor.  This allows computer using old processors to become protected.

See 
Intel Microcode Boot Loader official post for instructions to install.

The current release includes the latest ucodes for 392 Intel CPUs produced from 1996 to 2018.