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Apple iOS 12.1.2 Causes iPhone WiFi Problems

iPhone WiFi Problem:

If your having iPhone WiFi issues, it’s not a setting.  Apple pushed out iOS 12.1.2 and it’s breaking WiFi.

The most common issue is what this Pennsylvania poster encountered:  “@AppleSupport iOS 12.1.2 update broke WiFi sign in on the iPhone SE. Getting a random PW is incorrect even when was signed on to said WiFi. #MightWantToFixThat”

Apple is remaining silent about the issue but hopefully will release a fix shortly.  In the meantime, if you have not upgraded to 12.1.2 hold off.

“With millions of users around the world still upgrading to iOS 12.1.2 despite warnings (including one Maine, US user taking matters into his own hands), it has now emerged that the update is breaking WiFi as well. Worse still, a lot of users hit with the cellular data bug are suffering from broken WiFi on top, turning their iPhones into expensive paperweights.

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Once again, complaints from users about the iOS 12.1.2 WiFi problems can be found in every major continent: from North America and South America to Europe and Asia. Furthermore, like the mobile data bug, iPhone owners in the United States are suffering more than most.”

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RELEASE: Security Baseline (FINAL) for Windows 10 v1809 and Windows Server 2019

by kurtsh 

 

New security baseline for our OSs was released:
Microsoft is pleased to announce the final release of the security configuration baseline settings for Windows 10 October 2018 Update (a.k.a., version 1809, “Redstone 5” or “RS5”), and for Windows Server 2019.
For now, download the content here: Windows-10-1809-Security-Baseline-FINAL. It will be posted to the Security Compliance Toolkit download site very soon.

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This announcement should indicate that the “October” release of Windows 10 will released to manufacture (RTM) soon. New features include Autopilot, Kiosk Mode, many security features.  Here’s a list of features coming in Windows 10 Release 1809.

Read the entire blog announcement here:
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How to Spot Phishing Messages Like a Pro

Update to STAY SAFE FROM PHISHING. 5 Ways to Stay Safe

June 2018 Volume 13 Issue 06

From the desk of Thomas F. Duffy, MS-ISAC Chair

The Federal Trade Commission’s definition of phishing is “when a scammer uses fraudulent emails or texts, or copycat websites, to get you to share valuable personal information.”[1] When a user falls for a phishing message, the malicious actor achieves their purpose of getting the victim to hand over sensitive information such as login names and passwords. Though we count on technologies and controls to minimize threats, phishing exploits users through social engineering, which allows the malicious actors to side step these protections. This is why it is important that everyone learn to spot these fraudulent messages. Let’s take a look at some example emails of phishing messages.

Message #1

Subject: Low Cost Dream Vacation loans!!!

Dear John,

We understand that money can be tight and you may not be able to afford to go on vacation this year.   However, we have a solution. My company, World Bank and Trust is willing to offer low cost loans to get your through the vacation season. Interest rates are as low at 3% for 2 years. If you are interested in getting a loan, please fill out the attached contact form and send it back to us. We contact you within 2 days to arrange a deposit into your checking account.

Please email your completed form to VacationLoans@worldbankandtrust.com.

Your dream vacation is just a few clicks away!

Dr. Stephen Strange

World Bank and Trust

177a Bleecker Street, New York, NY10012

What did you notice in message #1? 

In this message, you can see that the phisher wants to give us a low-cost loan with no credit check. They say we just need to send them our information and they will give us money, right? Not only does it seem too good to be true, but also when you hover the cursor over the email address to examine it further, you see that the link actually has a different destination. It is the email address of the attacker. Lastly, as much as you might like Dr. Strange, he’s probably not working for a bank part-time.

Message #2

Subject: Free Amazon Gift Card!!!

Dear Sally,

You name has been randomly selected to win a $1000 Amozan gift card. In order to collect your prize, you need to log in with your Amazon account at the link below and update your contact information so we can put your prize in the mail. This is a limited time offer, so please respond to the request within 2 business days.  Failure to respond will forfeit your prize and we will select another winner.

www.amozan.com/giftredemption2321

What did you notice in message #2? 

Aside from this seeming too good to be true, you can see that “Amazon” is misspelled as “Amozan” on the link provided. If you read this quickly, you may think you are responding to the real company to get your gift certificate. In reality, you are providing your information to the attacker. For the purposes of this example, the link actually navigates to the Center for Internet Security, which is a trustworthy site.

Message #3

Subject: Urgent – Take Action Before Your Email Account is Deactivated

Dear User,

Following changes to our Microsoft email systems, each user must authenticate their account to prevent it from being deactivated. You can accomplish this by heading to the link below and entering your Microsoft Outlook email account credentials, and then we will know your account is active and should remain so.

https://www.microsoft.com/

Thank you,

Information Technology

Helpdesk Support Team

What did you notice in message #3?

This email is fairly well crafted without errors. Note that it establishes a sense of urgency that the malicious actor hopes will cloud your judgment and threatens the deactivation of your email account. Additionally, the link at the bottom looks like a link to Microsoft, yet it is, in fact, heading somewhere else! Luckily, for the purposes of this example, that link simply leads to the Center for Internet Security, which is a legitimate site.

With these three examples considered, here are some basic recommendations to help protect you from becoming a phishing victim:

  • If it seems too good to be true, it probably is;
  • Hover your cursor over links in messages to find where the link is actually going;
  • Look for misspellings and poor grammar, which can be good signs a message is a fraud;
  • And, never respond to an email requesting sensitive personal information (birthday, Social Security Number, username/password, etc.).

 

Additional information and a phishing game can be found on the FTC’s website, https://www.ftc.gov/.

 

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STAY SAFE FROM PHISHING. 5 Ways to Stay Safe

Phishing attacks are getting more sophisticated.  Use this post to arm yourself with 5 tips to spot a fake email.

  1. Check the Sender
  • Make sure the organization name in the “From” field matches the address between the brackets. Watch out for addresses that contain typos in the organization name (think amaz0n.com).
  1. Check the salutation
  • If you do business with an organization, the first line of the email should always contain your name. Don’t trust impersonal introductions like “Dear Customer.”
  1. Use your mouse to hover over links
  • Hover over an email link to see the full URL it will direct you to. Do NOT click the link—just hover. If the address isn’t where you’d expect to go, don’t click it. Check all the links—if the URLs are all the same, it’s likely a phishing email.
  1. Examine the footer
  • The footer of any legitimate email should contain, at minimum:
    • A physical address for the brand or institution
    • An unsubscribe button
  • If either of these items are missing, it’s probably fake.
  1. If it’s doubtful don’t click on it.  Delete it.
  • If you don’t know the sender, or even if something seems off, delete the email. If it’s not fake, the sender will contact you another way or send the message again.
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Myths around data science

6 Myths Around Data Science Debunked

Data science is a competitive weapon for organizations globally. Like other technologies and processes that can change the way businesses operate, there are a lot of contradictory information and myths around data science on social media, blogs, and case studies that causes considerable confusion.

While most business leaders are aware of the fact that people adept at data science can enhance operational efficiency and customer relationships, they do not have right guidance in place and take the wrong steps by considering myths as facts. Below are six myths around data science, which are good to know in order to to position yourself better in this realm.

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General Networks Named Among Leading Los Angeles IT Services Firms

General Networks is proud to announce that we were recently named among the top 5 IT consulting companies in the Los Angeles metro area by Clutch, a technology research firm. It was an especially competitive category with over 100 companies being considered.  The rankings were determined by analyzing our past work, market presence, and client feedback.

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One client, an agency from the California State Government,  gave us a standout evaluation regarding a documentation management migration project. For this client, General Networks helped them migrate million of documents from eDocs to Content Server.

“General Networks does what they say they’re going to do for the amount that they’ve quoted, and their work product is very good….their team is just very friendly. They rarely, if ever, make mistakes.”

The General Networks team is dedicated to providing the highest quality work, and it is great to hear our clients validate our claims.

If you are interested in learning more about our award winning work, you can check out our case studies or our Clutch profile to read full reviews.

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Document Management: Is Software as a Service or On Premise Right for Your Business?

Information management delivered via the Cloud, or Software as a Service is a great opportunity for many businesses, regardless of size, industry or location. There are scores of cloud solutions for document management, which have matured a great deal over the past several years; however there are still varying opinions whether public, or even private Cloud solutions will ever effectively replace on premise solutions. In many cases, hybrid file management solutions are the most viable option for medium to large enterprise companies.
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How Can Businesses Defend against Cyberthreats in 2015?

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As we head into 2015, businesses must put an emphasis on IT security. 2014 was dubbed by many experts as the Year of Cyber Threats with notable attacks on Michaels, Home Depot and Target. In total, businesses across all industries reported 42.8 million detected attacks in 2014. This is up by almost a half from the year before. 2015 doesn’t look much better, which is why businesses must be proactive in safeguarding their infrastructure. With that in mind, we asked a General Networks security expert to talk about the most common cyberthreats out there and how businsses can fight back:
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Alfresco Software Wins Prestigious Red Herring Top 100 Award

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Alfresco Software was recently named a winner of the Red Herring Top 100 America, an award that honors the year’s most promising private technology ventures.  The company was selected from close to 3,000 tech startups from the United States and Canada.  In the past, Red Herring editors were among the first to recognize that companies such as Facebook, Twitter, Google, Yahoo, Skype, Salesforce.com, YouTube, and eBay would change the way we live and work.

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About Alfresco

Alfresco provides modern enterprise content management (ECM) software built on open standards that enables organizations to unlock the power of their business-critical content. With the controls that IT demands and the simplicity that end users love, Alfresco’s open source technology enables global organizations to collaborate more effectively across cloud, mobile, hybrid and on-premise environments. More than 1,800 organizations in 212 countries turn to Alfresco for its hybrid, enterprise-grade platform. Innovating at the intersection of content, collaboration and business process, Alfresco manages over seven billion documents, powering the daily tasks of more than 11 million users worldwide. Select Alfresco customers include: Amnesty International, Cisco, DAB Bank, FOX, NASA, PGA Tour, and Sony Entertainment.

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