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By Michael A Segina on Thursday, February 27, 2014
This week, Apple released iOS 7.0.6, to fix a SSL connection verification flaw. The same SSL fix was also released for iOS 6 devices and the Apple TV devices. This update should be applied to all IOS devices as soon as possible including the IPhone 4 and newer, IPad's and Apple TV's.

Nicknamed gotofail, the flaw has been present since the release of IOS 6, and it still hasn't been patched in OS X.

Until now, iOS devices using the internet over a SSL connection have been vulnerable to hackers intercepting...
By Michael A Segina on Thursday, January 23, 2014
Last week a federal appeals court struck down several parts of the FCC 2010 net neutrality rules.

What is net neutrality? Wikipedia defines net neutrality as "the principle that Internet service providers and governments should treat all data on the Internet equally, not discriminating or charging differentially by user, content, site, platform, application, type of attached equipment, and modes of communication."

This prevents your internet service provider from intentionally blocking or limiting...
By Michael A Segina on Monday, December 9, 2013
The hard drive in your computer is only one of several mechanical parts, and over time these parts can wear out. Many factors contribute to the life expectancy of your hard drive including: heat, shock, and usage so individual results will vary, but just how long do them last?

Most hard drive manufactures offer warranties ranging from 1 to 5 years. The longer the manufacturer's warranty, usual, is related to build quality and price. As with all electronics sometimes they just fail.

BackBlaze...
By Michael A Segina on Monday, December 2, 2013
We use password as keys to our computers and our online accounts same as we do with our cars and homes. The idea is simple, to place a barrier between someone attempting to access your property. Unfortunately most people choose passwords that are easy to remember like first names of their children or spouse. Easy passwords are used because they are easy to remember and allows for quick logins.

I read an article this weekend that was a little frightening this weekend....
By Michael A Segina on Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Today there are many different terms for the various threats computer users face. Each of these affects users in different ways.

Almost every time we help clients with a virus or malware issue we typically get asked how did it happen, or what did I do wrong. More often than not, nothing was done wrong. Hackers who develop these forms of malicious code continually find new and innovative ways to distribute their creations. Knowing the difference in the types of malicious code can help protect you from...
By Michael A Segina on Friday, November 15, 2013
On October 25, 2001 Microsoft released it Windows XP operating system. Since then Windows XP has been installed by millions of business all across the world making it by far one of the most popular operating systems.

Its success and wide adoption by businesses has been its greats triumph, but it ultimately could be the one of the largest security. It has been projected that on April 8th, 2014 that 33.5% of all personal computers will still have Windows XP installed.

As of April 14th, 2009 Windows...

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