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A Friday two-fer for you today:

  • If you’ve ever had a nagging feeling that computers you had as a kid felt faster than computers you use now, there may be a bit of truth to that.
  • Since that was a bit more technical, here’s something a bit more fun: Pizza Roulette where you tell it how many pizzas you want, pay for it, and your local Domino’s will deliver a bunch of pizzas with random ingredients.

Meltdown and Spectre Alert

Posted by on in Alerts

It seems we are sending these emails much too often these days, but yet another set of vulnerabilities have been found affecting basically every computer out there from Windows to Apple to Linux, as these particular vulnerabilities target the CPU or “brain” of your computer. These vulnerabilities have been reported in the mainstream media as “Meltdown” and “Spectre”

Microsoft released patches for Meltdown yesterday. We are in the process of rolling these out to our internal systems as we speak. If all goes well with our systems we will be rolling out the patches to all of our CompleteCare or other managed patching clients in the next couple of days.

As for Spectre, this one is a hardware vulnerability which is a lot harder to fix than a software patch, we await further information from Intel and other CPU manufacturers on how they will be addressing this issue and we will let you know more as further information becomes available.

Here are a couple of articles if you would like to know more:
https://www.pcworld.com/article/3245606/security/intel-x86-cpu-kernel-bug-faq-how-it-affects-pc-mac.html
https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/technology/security-flaws-put-virtually-all-phones-computers-at-risk/ar-BBHQ0UL?li=BBnbcA1

More technical details about the vulnerability can be found at https://spectreattack.com .

This is yet another reminder to be extremely vigilant about what links you click on, in social media and in banner ads on websites especially.

Even if you get an email with a link or attachment from someone that you know, if you were not expecting it, contact that person and make sure it was sent by them. Many of these attacks utilize software that will attempt to impersonate an email user and send an email to everyone in their contact list.

As always thanks for choosing Weston and Happy New Year!

Eric Spinney
Service Manager
Weston Technology Solutions

Tagged in: Hardware Security

2017 Gift Guide for Geeks

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GiftIt’s that time of year again! As we have in 2014, 2015 and 2016, we’re here to make shopping for that special geek on your list easier. All of the past gift guides are still tremendously helpful, and many of those gifts are still available and would be great ideas.

So this time around we’re going to be doing things a bit differently: We’re still going to linking to a bunch of random unique gift ideas (some good, some just funny), but we’re also going to be sharing some great sites that are chock full of great gift ideas. Read on for more!

Windows 10 Pro Workstation Edition – What is it?

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windows 10Microsoft recently announced a new version of Windows 10: Windows 10 Professional for Workstations. What makes this version of Windows special and do you need to consider it for your next workstation purchase?

HelpButtonWe are big believers in prevention being much less costly than the cure when it comes to technology. Here are five common things that can turn into emergencies for your business but are pretty easily avoided.