Apple FaceTime flaw

Apple has fixed it flaw in the FaceTime program. It is safe to turn on again, after updating your device.

 

This is an urgent alert for Apple FaceTime users. A serious flaw has been discovered in Apples FaceTime app on all platforms.

The remedy

Until further notice, Apple recommends turning off FaceTime on your devices and Apple computers.

To do this, go to SETTINGS —> FaceTime and then turn off.

However

If you simply cannot live without Facetime, then you need to read the next bit to see what the problem is and how it affects you.

What has happened

Today, Tuesday 29th January 2019, Apple has reported that they have discovered a serious flaw in their FaceTime app. In short, the issue is that the person calling you may be able to hear or see you before you accept or decline the call. So if you don’t want to turn it off then you must remember that they may be able to see you or hear you before you answer, so no swearing about who‘s calling you!
Apple are working on the issue and will hopefully have a patch out later this week or next week so make sure you update your devices.
They have begun turning off the group chat function on their servers which is believed to be the cause of the issue but some users are still reporting the problem exists.
We will let you know when it is fixed.
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CritchCorp Computers Support Team

WhatsApp Security Flaw

WhatsApp security flaw

Anyone who uses WhatsApp will know how easy it is to use. That is because they have made it as user friendly as possible, but with ease of use comes a trade-off of security and privacy.

You either have easy to use or secure; it is a sliding scale between the two!

The way WhatsApp works, is that it ties your account to your phone number. Your device and their servers will have a set of encryption keys that make it secure to communicate with them. Now the problem comes when you change your phone number. What happens to your old phone number? Well someone else will likely get it because phone providers recycle numbers. Can you see where this is going? The new owner of your phone number will now have access to at least some of your messages when they sign in to WhatsApp with their new phone number (your old number) or vice versa. It is reported that they do not necessarily have full access to everything but they can have enough access to find out a lot about you.
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Google appeals record GDPR fine

Google GDPR fineGoogle is appealing the record breaking fine for GDPR violations in France. The new European Data protection law (adopted in to UK law as Data Protection Act 2018) sets out rules nd regulations for the way that personal data is collected and how people have a right to know what is collected and how it is being used and furthermore be able to see and opt out of data collection. It also imposes an Opt-out default stance which means that companies are supposed to presume you do not want them to collect or use your data, including for marketing emails unless you specifically give permission. In simple terms this means that the tick box asking if you want to be included in their marketing emails must be unticked by default until you tick it. It also means that they must keep and be able to prove for each person that they requested the communication or data retention and can opt out again as easily. It gives people the right to control over their personal data, something that was missing in Europe.

The latest fine imposed on Google is for a breach of this new law and the fact that they do not inform people correctly how they collect the data and how they are using it to serve them with advertising, something that anyone in the industry understands but now has to be explained to everyone so that they understand it. You can read more on What Google and other social media and FREE apps do with your data in our new article: https://cc-computers.com/why-pay-for-email-when-gmail-is-free/.

Google has recently been slapped with much larger fines, such as the $5 billion fine for anti-competitive Android practices and the $2.7 billion fine ever Google shopping, but this one is the largest to date for a GDPR breach.

To get your company, website and network checked for GDPR compliance, submit a support ticket.

EU Fines Google for GDPR breach

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CritchCorp Computers Ltd

New Chromecast security isssue

Google Chromecast hack by Pewdiepie supporter

A new Chromecast issue has been affecting people around the world. Two hacker have been forcing people with a Google Chromecast device in their home to watch a video, which tells them that they have a problem and also tells them to follow Pewdiepie on YouTube in the on-going war between Pewdiepie and T-series.

Brief history of Pewdiepie v’s T-series

Pewdiepie, for those who don’t know, is the person who has the most followers on YouTube, Googles video sharing platform. He was threatened by t-series an Indian Music and Film company that was about to push Pewdiepie in to second spot. There was a recent hack where a supporter of Pewdiepie hacked in to 50,000 printers and printed a page asking the user to subscribe to Pewdiepie and unsubscribe to t-series and to fix their printer because someone might hack it.

What’s happened now?

Well the same hacker and another have hacked in to peoples Chromecast devices and shown them a video that pretty much says the same thing as the first, Follow Pewdiepie and unfollow t-series and fix your Chromecast device.

Google, who make the Chromecast have said that the issue is nothing to do with them but is a problem with the user’s router, so they are not going to do anything about it.

At the time of writing this I do not understand how they think they can say this as it is a known issue with the Chromecast that when you install it, it asks the router to open up some ports to allow inbound traffic directly to the Chromecast device. The use of this Universal Plug and Play (uPNP) is not out of the ordinary as there are many devices that will do the same. X-box is another that comes to mind. However they should have a way to turn it off if you don’t want it. Anyone who has their Internet setup by us will by default have this turned off due to the security problems that it poses and only in a small amount of cases where the user has had it explain to them and they still need it is it turned on. Most things that are done through uPNP can be done manually, although this does require some technical knowledge. It is not fair to blame this problem on the router, although we think it should be turned off on routers by default as well, as they should also have a switch to turn it off.

What to if you are affected by this

If you have been affected by this issue or think you might be, then get in contact with your IT support company and ask them to check that uPNP is turned off inside your router, just be careful if you are using it on any other devices then they will not be able to connect. You must make static mappings for those devices. If you have a Chromecast device then you must check to see if you have uPNP turned off in your router.

If you don’t have your own IT support company then please get in contact by submitting a support ticket.

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CritchCorp Computers Ltd

Crypto-mining takes over from ransomware as fastest growing threat

Crypto miners take over from ransomware

 

With the invention of bitcoin, Ransomware was made possible. Prior to bitcoin it was difficult for the bad guys to get paid as it was easy to follow the money back to them. With bitcoin it is very difficult to impossible to follow the money back. Ransomware is a form of virus or malware that infects a computer and encrypts all of your documents, pictures and even music and videos on your computer and generally will then go out over the network and encrypt any other resources that it can find. They then ask for money to give you the keys to unencrypt your information. This has been the single biggest problem for a number of years and there are many of knock-off versions of the original which were not as well written as the first and have caused even more problems in that, even after paying the ransom, people have not got their data back due to several errors in the process.

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New name for our store

We have rebranded our store from yesDomains to store.cc-computers.com. It has now been rebranded to our CritchCorp brand to make it more clear and easy to use. yesDomains links will continue to work for most of January but will then be repurposed after this time to make a new site dedicated to domain names and DNS and will link to the new store for purchases, billing and control over your purchases. It will in short become one of our brands and an informational site to help promote the brand.

Make sure all your links are updated in the next couple of weeks to the new URL of store.cc-computers.com/

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CritchCorp Computers Ltd

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Happy New Year – 2019

Happy New Year to all, we wish you a prosperous and happy year!

We look forward to working with our clients over the next 12 months to make it a good year for all.

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CritchCorp Computers Ltd

SecuredMail.App

Secure, easy to use email at a low cost

Get your SecuredMail.App email account and keep your email and attachments private. Your mail is always your mail, and only £2.00 inc VAT/month for 2 email accounts.

Get yours now; get away from those free email accounts and take back control of your data.

Includes - spam and virus filtering, 5GB account, POP/IMAP access, webmail, calendar, auto-responders, import email from your old free account, Address book and much, much more, click below for more details.