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17 May 2018 - Opera Touch. The dream Android browser?

Opera Touch is a dream Android browser for users who are always on the go

If you're looking for an Android web browser that makes on-the-go browsing simple, Opera Touch might be just the ticket.

Designed for people who use their phone one handed, Opera has hit that particular nail square on its head. Opera Touch makes one-handed usage not only possible for all, but easy.

Upon launch you have easy access to the Keyboard/search bar, the Mic and a QR Code/Barcode scanner.

For those who frequently find themselves using their mobile devices with one hand, Opera Touch might well be the best laid out mobile browser for this purpose. Combine that with the Flow feature and Opera is seriously onto something. Give Opera Touch a go and see if it doesn't wind up your default Android browser.

Full article @ TechRepublic

17 May 2018 - Dire Linux vulnerability gives attackers root access

A flaw related to a NetworkManager integration script is trivially easy for attackers to leverage.

A command injection vulnerability has been discovered in the DHCP client included in Red Hat Enterprise Linux.

The proof-of-exploit code is small enough to fit in a tweet and Red Hat considers it a critical vulnerability.

This bug affects RHEL 6.x and 7x, as well as CentOS 6.x and 7.x, and Fedora 26, 27, 28, and Rawhide. Other operating systems built on top of Fedora/RHEL are likely to be affected, including HPE's ClearOS and Oracle Linux, as well as the recently-discontinued Korora Linux.

Full article @ TechRepiblic

11 May 2018 - Latest Windows 10 Patch (KB4103721) may cause boot-loop

The first cumulative patch for the Windows 10 April 2018 update is causing some PCs to enter a cycle of failed boots.

The bug in update KB4103721 may cause devices with Intel SSD 600p Series or Intel SSD Pro 6000p Series to repeatedly enter a UEFI screen after restart or stop working.

KB4103721 was designed to fix a number of issues that have arisen in the April 2018 update, but inadvertently caused a much more serious one.

If you have been affected with this please contact us for remedial action.

09 May 2018 - Windows 10 April update (v1803) is here

The next version of Windows 10 (v1803) has arrived. All Windows 10 users should start receiving upgrade notifications this week.

We have been testing the latest version for the past 3 weeks and have noticed no issues, however in a business scenario we recommend you be prudent, upgrade a single machine and test all your line of business applications before committing to upgrading the rest of your devices.

Of course if you need any assistance then please give us a call.

01 May 2018 - Windows 10 April 2018 Update - What to expect

Windows 10 is never finished, with Microsoft adding a bevvy of new features to the OS twice a year.

The latest bundle of improvements is almost here, with the April 2018 Update available to download from Monday 30 April. The update has arrived slightly later than anticipated, and with a different name than the expected "Spring Creators Update".

Windows 10 users can expect a smattering of improvements, the most interesting of which is Timeline, which allows users to easily jump back to what they were doing on a Windows 10 device at an earlier point, while IT admins and developers also get some smart upgrades to command line tools and Linux support.

Of course, not everyone will be thrilled to have a major update pushed upon them, even if it will be quicker to install than earlier releases, but there are ways to put off the upgrade.

Full article @ TechRepublic

24 Apr 2018 - Tech support scams rose by 24% in 2017, costing some victims thousands

Tech support scams, which rose by 24% in 2017, may require industry-wide cooperation to solve, Microsoft said.

The scams, which involve tricking an unsuspecting user into paying a scammer to remove fake or non-existent malware, are an attractive alternative to complicated coding and make online crime accessible to the average criminal without a tech background. Most instances of tech support scams only net the attacker a few hundred dollars, but some have managed to clear out entire bank accounts.

Full article @ TechRepublic

19 Apr 2018 - 12 months after WannaCRy attack, NHS security still woefull

Almost a year after the WannaCry ransomware attack took out banks, public transit systems, hospitals, and universities worldwide, several of the UK organizations hit have not adequately implemented cybersecurity practices that can prevent future threats, according to a Tuesday report from the UK's Committee of Public Accounts.

"The extensive disruption caused by WannaCry laid bare serious vulnerabilities in the cyber security and response plans of the NHS," committee chair Meg Hillier said in a statement on the report. "It is therefore alarming that, nearly a year on from WannaCry, plans to implement the lessons learned are still to be agreed."

Full Article @ TechRepublic

08 Apr 2018 - 4IT Website Refresh

We've refreshed our website to modernise the design and make it more mobile/tablet friendly.

We hope you enjoy our new look-and-feel, if you encounter any problems please let us know!

30 Mar 2018 - Microsoft Word document and zero-day attacks on the rise

Cyber Criminals are increasingly turning to zero day exploits and Microsoft Office to execute their attacks.

Malware attacks have grown significantly over the past few months, zero-day malware instances rose steeply by 167% compared with the previous quarter.

Cyber criminals are continuing to use sophisticated, evasive attacks and resourceful malware delivery schemes to steal valuable data.

As always user caution is the key. Do not open ANY e-mail attachments unless you BOTH KNOW who the sender is AND you are expecting to receive the attachment. No amount of security software can 100% guard against a careless user.

Full article @ Computer Weekly.

 

If you have security concerns or would like to discuss your security requirements please contact us

28 Mar 2018 - Easter Opening Times

We will be closing at 2:30pm Good Friday (30/03/18) and will reopen again on Tuesday 03/04/18 with usual business hours.

26 Mar 2018 - Bitdefender 2018 home products now available

Bitdefender 2018 home products now available

We're please to announce we can now supply our residential customers with the full range of Bitdefender home security products.

Bitdefender Antivirus Plus 2018

Bitdefender Internet Security 2018

Bitdefender Total Security 2018

Price breaks are available on multi-year subscriptions

For full details visit the Bitdefender website

23 Feb 2018 - Highly Targetted Fraud E-Mail

Today we received a highly targeted fraud e-mail. The e-mail was directed to our accounts dept., purporting to be from our director (Mark Moran) requesting a BACS transfer of £9711 be made to a supplied account number.

The e-mail was footed with the directors full name and included the full confidentiality notice we attach to the bottom of all our e-mail. The true originator e-mail address was hidden as well as the reply address but instead a valid @4-it.co.uk was displayed.

This is the first time we have seen this level of targeting in an e-mail and advise All of our clients to pay close attention to any unsolicited e-mails making unusual payment requests.

14 Feb 2018 - Brazen E-Mail Extortion Attempt!

Over the last 14 years of trading we thought we'd seen all the spam/scam e-mails going but the one we received today took the biscuit, if just for the bare faced cheek of it!

As IT professionals we could immediately tell that the claims made were both ridiculous and laughable but likewise could understand why some basic users could fall for it.

It shares characteristics with most spam/scam e-mails, it's illiterate, uses scary or threatening language and is demanding money. Treat it with the contempt it deserves!

We've included the text of the e-mail below for your enjoyment! :-)

Ticкеt#534445080: 14.02.2018 07:28:38 We cracked your system

I am from the squad of web criminals in Korea.We contact with you by your corp mail because we think that you will check it.

The other day my crew uploaded a malicious program in web-site with porn and after you tapped on a play your system began recording your screen and using cam to cop you masturbating.Finally I guess you realize which content Ive got.Moreover, this program force your device work as dedicated server with many possibilities like keylogger,parser etc. To sum up, my soft collected all information,especially all your contacts from messengers,e-mails,social networks.

If you wanna make me silent you should pay 320 dollars in bitcoins. 1NoBogLFrnXXXXXXXXUCtn9aDDzESsC

Just copy and past it. If I receive this sum we will be silent.There are a lot of information about how to buy bitcoins, just read it... For example you can buy them at localbitcoins, just find seller in your country.If you have a problem with this, you can search the nearest ATM for bitcoin through coin atm radar.

I give you exactly 1 day from the time you read this message for making a payment.Dont try to play with us we use botnet, also I live abroad.If you want proofs I will share it to 8 your friends then we will share their contacts. So you will be able to ask if something strange was received about you.

For some questions just reply.Think better,AmAZinGcRackeR$.

05 Feb 2018 - Adobe responds to North Korean hackers exploiting Flash zero-day for TWO MONTHS

Hackers linked to North Korea have been taking advantage of an Adobe Flash zero-day flaw since November - but the software company has only just got round to issuing a warning about it.

Cyber security researchers and South Korean authorities have long warned that cyber attackers based in the North have been tapping into a new Adobe Flash zero day flaw.

 

Full article @ Adobe finally responds to claims of North Korean hackers exploiting Flash zero-day for TWO MONTHS

 

Opinion

Security flaws in Flash have, over the years, repeatedly been used to attack pcs. It is an insecure and outdated technology and many website creators have abandoned it in favour of the newer features of HTML5. We feel there is no reason to have this on your PC and recommend all users remove it.

The best fix for Adobe Flash security flaws is to uninstall it!

10 Jan 2018 - Emergency Windows Meltdown patch locks some AMD PCs into endless loop

After installing the update users say their PCs are unable to boot and eventually get stuck in an endless loop, as they try to roll back to an earlier version of the OS.

A Windows patch to reduce the risk from exploits for the Meltdown and Spectre CPU flaws is reportedly preventing PCs with older AMD processors from booting.

The recent update, KB4056892, seems to be causing problems for computers running on Athlon X2 processors.

Despite being older machines, the CPUs date from about the mid-to-late 2000s, users say their PCs were running Windows 10 without issue before installing the update.

After installing the update users say their PCs are unable to boot and eventually get stuck in an endless loop, as they try to roll back to an earlier version of the OS.

Full article @ Emergency Windows Meltdown patch locks some AMD PCs into endless loop

09 Jan 2018 - Meltdown and Spectre Important Information

On January 3rd, 2018, Google Project Zero Team published details about critical CPU vulnerabilities dubbed Meltdown and Spectre. This issue affects most CPUs that have been on the market for the past decade.

Full public details about Meltdown and Spectre were scheduled to be released on January 9th, 2018. As a result, not all software vendors managed to release their security patches that mitigate the recently disclosed vulnerabilities.

Microsoft released important Operating System Security patches and guidlines on Jan 3rd, while Apple announced that Meldown vulnerability is fixed since December in it’s MacOSX 10.13.2. Not all Linux Distributions released their security patches and we expect more releases in coming days.

We strongly recommend you apply all validated patches from your Technology providers.

06 Jan 2018 - Meltdown and Spectre security flaw affects ALL chip manufacturers

Contrary to initial reports that just Intel chips were affected by the Spectre and Meltdown security flaws, we now know that chips from Intel, AMD & AIM are ALL affected.

Specific details of the flaws are still being kept secret until software manufacturers can issue security patches which should arrive within the week.

It is reported that these patches could have a significant impact on performance (up to 30%), however until issued this will be difficult to quantify.

21 Dec 2017 - US, UK finally blame North Korea for WannaCry attack

The UK government has publicly blamed a North Korean group for the WannaCry ransomware attack that hit the NHS earlier this year.

The Foreign Office said it is “highly likely” that the North Korea-based Lazarus Group was behind the attack in May.

However, the IT security community had already pointed the finger at North Korea many months ago.

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20 Dec 2017 - Christmas opening times.

We are open as normal until 2:30pm Friday 22nd Dec and will reopen at 9am Tuesday 2nd Jan.

If you are a customer requiring support during that period please use the normal support contact details.

Any non clients needing to contact us during our office closure please use the e-mail address sales@4-it.co.uk which will be monitored daily.

 

We would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very merry Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year

07 Dec 2017 - Microsoft Edge now available for iOS and Android

After a short 'preview' period and a positive community response, Microsoft today launch their Windows 10 Edge browser for the Android and Apple (iOS) mobile platforms.

Edge can be download free of charge from The Google Play Store (Android) or Apple Store (iOS).

Microsoft Edge for iOS and Android brings familiar features like your Favourites, Reading List, New Tab Page, Reading View, and Roaming Passwords across your PC and phone, so, no matter the device, your browsing goes with you. But what makes Microsoft Edge really stand out is the ability to continue on your PC, which enables you to immediately open the page you’re looking at right on your PC"or save it to work on later.

 

Full article @ Microsoft Windows Blog

27 Nov 2017 - New Microsoft tech support scam surfaces

Fake tech support sites will now automatically launch a device's phone dialer with a prompt to contact their "support team."

Tech support scam websites, as Microsoft said in the post, used to rely on a loop of popups and browser lockups to fool users into thinking something was wrong. Most browsers now have the ability to prevent sites from creating more dialog windows, effectively stopping those kinds of attacks, so scammers have been forced to adapt.

It you experience ANY kind of "Tech Support" warning or popup we recommend you immediately shut your PC down by using the power button on the device. Then restart your machine, if the fake support popup still persists switch it back off and call us immediately to get your machine professionally cleaned/disinfected.

Full article @ TechRepublic

14 Nov 2017 - US DHS successfully hack Boeing 757

Boeing 757 hacked on the tarmac by Department of Homeland Security in 'controlled experiment'

A team of aerospace experts working with the US Department of Homeland Security conducted a controlled hacking of a Boeing 757 on the ground at an Airport in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

The team of academics and industry experts were able to remotely crack the IT systems of the 757, which uses a form of computerised fly-by-wire system for control. The test demonstrates the inadequacy of security in many modern planes that, nevertheless, rely on IT to stay airborne.

Full article @ computing.co.uk

27 Oct 2017 - NAO blames imcompetent NHS IT for WannaCry attack

The National Audit Office (NAO) has pointed the primary finger of blame at lackadaisical NHS trusts for the spread of the WannaCry ransomware that affected at least 81 out of the 236 NHS trusts across England in May this year.

The ransomware also affected a further 603 primary care and other NHS organisations, including 595 GP surgeries.

A review into IT security across the NHS commissioned by the Secretary of State for Health had warned a year before that healthcare IT systems might be vulnerable to compromise.

That review had recommended that "all health and care organisations needed to provide evidence that they were taking action to improve cyber security, including moving off old operating systems," according to the NAO report published today.

We blogged about this immediately after the attack and laid the blame squarely at the feet of the NHS's incompetent IT provision. Nice to see the NAO eventually agreeing with us!

Full article @ computing.co.uk

27 Oct 2017 - Windows 10 Fall Creators Update arrives

The latest major Window 10 update is here.

This update appears as "Feature update to Windows 10, version 1709".

If you are a Bitdefender Endpoint Security user and experience internet issues after installing this update, simply uninstall Bitdefender, reboot and reinstall.

26 Oct 2017 - BadRabbit Ransomware strikes worldwide

There is a new wave of ransomware attack, #BadRabbit, which struck on October 24th and has hit the market worldwide.

4IT customers running Bitdefender are safe. Endpoints running Bitdefender GravityZone and Bitdefender Elite were protected from zero hour against this attack wave and they are NOT impacted by this new family of ransomware.

Bitdefender GravityZone security solutions detected this threat as

Gen:Heur.Ransom.BadRabbit.1 and Gen:Variant.Ransom.BadRabbit.1.

25 Oct 2017 - Kaspersky admits infiltrating NSA via it's anti-virus software

Kaspersky admits filching NSA hacking tool source code via anti-virus software

Kaspersky has today admitted that it obtained the source code of National Security Agency hacking tools via anti-virus software running on a PC in the US.

The admission comes as part of the company's preliminary results from an internal inquiry over claims that Kaspersky Anti-Virus software was being used by the Russian government as part of its spy network.

In particular, the US government has claimed that a US National Security Agency worker had code exfiltrated by Kaspersky from his PC in 2014, while working on NSA tools at home.

This is a shocking admission and will be hugely damaging to their brand, we recommend customers do NOT use Kaspersky products.

Full article @ Computing.co.uk

18 Oct 2017 - Windows 10 Fall Creators Update contains Ransomware protection

The Windows 10 Fall Creators Update includes an amazing new feature: Folder protection against ransomware. Here's how to activate this essential security feature.

Ransomware is everywhere nowadays, and it's been nearly impossible to stop it. Microsoft thinks it may have the answer, and has therefore added a new feature to Windows Defender in the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update that is designed to stop the growing form of malware from snagging more victims.

The feature called Controlled Folder Access prevents programs from making any change to files or folders that are set as protected. By default that includes Windows system folders, Documents, Pictures, Videos, Music, Favourites, and Desktop folders for each user.

Exclusions for certain apps can be made, folders can be added, and Controlled Folder Access can be toggled on and off by taking the following steps.

  1. Open Windows Defender Security Center.
  2. Click on the Virus & Threat Protection menu item.
  3. Under that option click on Virus & Threat Protection Settings.
  4. Scroll down to the fourth item in the list that pops up: Controlled Folder Access. Toggle the button to On.
  5. Say yes to the popup window.
  6. Once it's on, the options to select folders and allow app exclusions will appear below the toggle button. Click on them if you want to make changes.

13 Oct 2017 - Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, Microsoft's next big upgrade

What is Windows 10 Fall Creators Update? Everything you need to know about Microsoft's big upgrade.

Rolling out from the 17th October, the ​Windows 10 Fall Creators Update promises to deliver new features big and small to Windows desktops.

The headline features in the free Fall Creators Update are changes to how Windows 10 handles cloud storage, easier sharing with friends and family, better security, longer battery life and a more-intuitive design for the OS and its apps.

As with previous updates, however, don't expect massive leaps forward, more general tinkering around the edges.

Full Article @ TechRepublic

12 Oct 2017 - Kaspersky software 'used by Russian state hackers to trawl for US secrets'

Popular anti-virus software used by hundreds of thousands of people and businesses in Britain was reportedly hijacked by Russian government hackers to trawl for American secrets.

Cyber spies allegedly used software from the Russian firm Kaspersky Lab which is installed on computers around the world to improvise a search tool and look for the codenames of secret US programs.

Discovery of the operation led the American government to last month order the removal of the software from its computers, the New York Times reported.

Full article @ New York Times

 

We recommend Kaspersky customers remove their product and switch to an alternative. We are currently recommending Bitdefender. Please contact us for more information.

07 Oct 2017 - Cryptocurrency mining malware swarms the internet

An increasing number of websites are turning the computers of unsuspecting visitors into cryptocurrency miners. Aside from slowing down CPU performance, these tools violate the privacy of users.

The mining malware we have seen so far is successfully blocked by Bitdefender.

Full details @ Futurism

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