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Meltdown and Spectre Flaws Pretty Much Affect ALL of Us! PSA Here!

About 48 Hrs ago we all learned about the major flaws in Intel, AMD and ARM architectures that essentially leave all systems powered by these devices open to huge security holes that would allow hackers to essentially steal your data.

Yeah, that is a scary scenario and it means that every corporation, every server, every PC/notebook/laptop/tablet/smartphone is at risk! Check the end of this article for some links on the current info available. You can also Google it to find the latest info.

Ignore the hype for a moment and take a step back.  This might mean a whole new crop of processors based on totally new instruction sets and yeah, it may mean that every device out there now is totally obsolete.

Think about that for a moment, that means literally billions of smartphones, tablets, notebooks, laptops and servers being relegated to the junk pile.

Perhaps we all get patches for what ever operating system we have, but based on what I read this may be just a band-aid process.  Remember this is not really an operating system issue, it is the actual CPU architecture issue. We have essentially been running the same architectures for decades  and it may require a complete re-think from those providing these SoC’s, CPU/GPU’s, etc.

Patching software is easy, and “might” fix the issue, but patching your processor isn’t easy or damned near impossible. So now we wait… and in the meantime hackers are dancing their ‘happy dance’.

On the other hand this does mean that we might seen an entire new generation of processor/motherboard technology and while being expensive for many folks, it might actually mean a huge boom in new device sales in 6 -8 months.

My advice, is to give this issue serious consideration before purchasing any new device, because you might need a new one very shortly to keep your information secure. The last thing I want to do is to keep people from clicking on my ads on this site, but it is my ethical duty to provide this info and therefore I have to post this.

Latest news:

ARS Technica Link

TechCrunch report

I suggest searching  your favorite search engines to keep up on the latest updates to this absolutely scary flaw in your devices!

Here are a few videos for your education, by no means complete in info, but worth watching!

That is all for this evening,

Tim

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The HiBook News: The Zotac Nano Mini Got The Windows 10 Creator Update But Then I Had a Strange Occurence

Neither tablet I own has received the latest Windows 10 Creators Update, but my primary server which runs on the Zotac Nano Ci323 did get the update late this afternoon. It took forever to run and all appeared well.

However after the final restart all hell broke loose. The last restart causes the Edge browser to pop up and show you the cool new features, but alas once I clicked on one of the links, I was greeted with the very same web site claiming to be Microsoft support and indicating that I needed to call or the system would be shut down.

Now this was exactly the same sort of message that was being sent out on the primary server after it was hacked. That hack was fixed about a week ago, but my only guess is that I may have used the Edge browser when checking the server out. Perhaps it was in the cache/temporary files.

I did the usual, scan with Defender, ran Malwarebytes and found nothing. Of course before doing the aforementioned I had already cleared the cache in Edge so perhaps that was all that was necessary, but it certainly was disturbing. The site producing the warning showed up as  search.hub.

Last note here, this didn’t affect any of my web sites since they run in a Virtual Machine on Linux and were not on when the update ran.

I will post more if I find anything new. That is all for now,

Tim

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Security Hole in Microsoft Windows 10 Wireless Settings

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Security issue?

Today I was playing with the wireless settings on the Chuwi and I found that you can go into the advanced settings and actually see the password for a router.

On an Android I know that the passwords can not be viewed. I just find this rather disturbing because if someone gets a hold of your tablet/notebook and you have company wireless passwords on your device they can easily gain access to your corporate wireless passwords.

Of course this is strictly my opinion, but it does appear to be a security flaw.

Tim

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