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We've been having a lot of IT/Tech questions in regards to troubleshooting computer issues to purchasing advice. Put all of that stuff in here now.

Mods, could you merge the other threads in here too? Thanks.

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Perfect. So I reserve the right to post random tech articles in here for awareness and discussion then when I have the time:

http://www.networkworld.com/article/2887240/microsoft-subnet/apple-linux-not-windows-most-vulnerable-operating-systems-in-2014-ie-wins-worst-app.html

A whopping average of 19 security vulnerabilities were reported every day in 2014. The number of vulnerabilities discovered each year in operating systems, applications, and hardware has skyrocketed in a nasty trend, according to analysis by GFI Software.

Operating systems with most security vulnerabilities in 2014

The top spot for vulnerabilities in operating systems no longer goes to Microsoft Windows; in fact, Windows isn't even listed in the top three. Instead, the most vulnerable OS was Apple Mac OS X, followed by Apple iOS and Linux kernel. As you can see in the list below, Mac OS X had 147 vulnerabilities, with 64 being rated as high-severity bugs. There were 127 in iOS, 32 of those rated as high. Linux kernel had a rough year, with 119 security vulnerabilities and 24 being rated as high-severity. The flip-side is that none of the security holes in Windows versions were rated as low severity.

2014-os-with-most-vulnerabilities-100569

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Mac OS X and iOS will be targeted more as more users use those devices. Windows is targeted so often because the majority of businesses in the world use it. 

 

Check this out: 

 

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http://www.pcworld.com/article/2896732/dont-trust-other-peoples-usb-flash-drives-they-could-fry-your-laptop.html

 

This is why you never plug random USB drives into your devices. This one in the above article could permanently destroy your motherboard. 

 

"The malicious USB thumb drive uses an inverting DC-to-DC converter to draw power from the computer’s USB port in order to charge a capacitor bank to -110 Volts (negative voltage). The power is then sent back into the USB interface via a transistor and the process is repeated in a loop."

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Mac OS X and iOS will be targeted more as more users use those devices. Windows is targeted so often because the majority of businesses in the world use it. 

Big reason why even though I love Android, I got my eyes open.

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Not a huge fan of giving my silverware an IP address, but all I ask if your going to give my everyday devices Internet access is to make them as secure as you can. Doesn't have to be NSA security, just at least do best practices and have this as part of the foundation and development. Saw some posts on facebook, said I'll check it out, then saw this from the people who make the vehicles.

http://www.nbcnews.com/tech/tech-news/chrysler-recalls-1-4-million-cars-after-remote-hacking-jeep-n397851

Chrysler Recalls 1.4 Million Cars After Remote Hacking of Jeep

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Chrysler is recalling about 1.4 million cars equipped with certain radios, a move related to a security flaw highlighted by hackers earlier this week, the company said in a press release Friday.

The recall, which includes Dodges, Jeeps, Rams and Chryslers, comes after Wired magazine published an article Tuesday in which two hackers were able to manipulate remotely a Jeep Cherokee's computer software.

Related: Hacking of Connected Vehicles Shifts From Theory to Very Scary

Chrysler is urging customers to contact the company for a software update if their vehicle is part of the recall.

Related: Jeep Hacker: I'm More Afraid of Texting and Driving

"The security of FCA US customers is a top priority, as is retaining their confidence in the Company's products," the company said in a press release. "Accordingly, FCA US has established a dedicated System Quality Engineering team focused on identifying and implementing best practices for software development and integration."

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Not a huge fan of password managers because they can be exploited as well, but that's just my opinion, and cool to see stuff like this.

Beutler_Google_Security-practices-v6.png

http://arstechnica.com/security/2015/07/what-amateurs-can-learn-from-security-pros-about-staying-safe-online/

What amateurs can learn from security pros about staying safe online

With the non-stop stream of zero-day exploits, website breaches, and criminal hacking enterprises, it's not always easy to know how best to stay safe online. New research from Google highlights three of the most overlooked security practices among security amateurs—installing security updates promptly, using a password manager, and employing two-factor authentication.

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Oh man Renegade, wait until Chipwich gets ahold of that post. You have no idea of the Pandora's box that you've opened.

 

LOL Android OS is Linux which obviously Renegade has no clue about.

 

Meanwhile look at all the sad threads about Windows users trying to recover their machines from.  Ya never see a Mac thread in there.  I can tell ya with 7 years on a Mac, I have spent more hours cleaning windows garbage than Mac probably on a scale from 99% to 1%.

 

Bring on the threats!

 

 

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LOL Android OS is Linux which obviously Renegade has no clue about.

Meanwhile look at all the sad threads about Windows users trying to recover their machines from.  Ya never see a Mac thread in there.  I can tell ya with 7 years on a Mac, I have spent more hours cleaning windows garbage than Mac probably on a scale from 99% to 1%.

Bring on the threats!

You're making a lot of assumptions of me, Chip. Don't be an ***, we're trying share knowledge here.

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You're making a lot of assumptions of me, Chip. Don't be an ***, we're trying share knowledge here.

 

LOL you said Android and eyes wide open when Linux is third on that phony list.  Smells like ass.

 

Unix haters united on that poll.

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LOL you said Android and eyes wide open when Linux is third on that phony list.  Smells like ass.

Unix haters united on that poll.

Ya, like wide open and trying to stay aware security threats and not downloading flashlight apps that need access to my contacts and camera. What are you doing, man?

Take a chill pill.

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Ya, like wide open and trying to stay aware security threats and not downloading flashlight apps that need access to my contacts and camera. What are you doing, man?

 

Well you need to worry about that with Android.

 

http://www.howtogeek.com/198846/no-your-iphone-flashlight-is-not-spying-on-you/

 

http://antivirus.about.com/od/wirelessthreats/a/Is-Google-Play-Safe.htm

 

Keep your eye out bro.  I want you safe.

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Did somebody say fleshlight app?

 

Not sure but you can google it on a Mac, click a few links, and not need a new computer .  :lol:

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I can dig it, that's why I post that chart with the security threats because I want ya'll safe, too. Every OS has its strenghts and weaknesses, but they also all have vulnerabilities. Apple gets that, that's why they pushed out a mandatory update last year for the first time ever and now have automatic updates.

You saw that one about the iphone to iphone sms crash this year, right?

http://9to5mac.com/community/the-latest-iphone-security-vulnerability-imessages-bug/

I tested that when it came out, very real. I'd like this thread to stay peaceful, because one of the biggest issues I see in IT security from a general population standpoint is awareness.

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I tested that when it came out, very real. I'd like this thread to stay peaceful, because one of the biggest issues I see in IT security from a general population standpoint is awareness.

 

I keep seeing the Apple hate stuff.  As an owner of a Cyber Security company and a Mac and iPhone user for 7 years, all I can say is I literally spend 1% of the time I spent on Windows boxes fixing malware/virus issues.

 

I keep waiting for the axe to drop.  Maybe it's coming soon.  Can't wait.  I don't see it on Linux (Android is based on that) so you might be safe too.

 

Running sophos now, you have me worried.  Nope, I am clear.

 

 

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I keep seeing the Apple hate stuff; As an owner of a Cyber Security company and a Mac and iPhone user for 7 years, all I can say is I literally spend 1% of the time I spent on Windows boxes fixing malware/virus issues.

I keep waiting for the axe to drop.; Maybe it's coming soon.; Can't wait. I don't see it on Linux (Android is based on that) so you might be safe too.

Running sophos now, you have me worried.  Nope, I am clear.

Newer versions of the android OS have SELinux built into it, but it's becoming too popular, so I'm trying to stay optimistic. My father taught me that even if you're right on a topic, if you go about making that point the wrong way, it will be like you were never right in the first place. Relax : ) Edited by Renegade7
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Newer versions of the android OS have SELinux built into it, but it's becoming too popular, so I'm trying to stay optimistic. My father taught me that even if you're right on a topic, if you go about making that point the wrong way, it will be like you were never right in the first place. Relax : )

 

 

 

Not sure why all your posts are   maybe it's that Android  

 

My father taught me that when someone says to you don't be an ass, we are trying to share knowledge, than you lay the knowledge on them.   

 

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: ) it's probably that no-script thing. Seen with other posters, so didn't think much of it

Edit: there we go

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