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Protect yourself against MELTDOWN & SPECTRE

joomla support coach trainer cheshire manchester merseyside ukIn my last blog post I relayed the BBC report that nearly all computers worldwide - and many other devices - have been exposed to security flaws which leave them vulnerable to attacks by hackers.

Here are some practical steps to help minimise the risk of your computer or mobile device being compromised.

This will in turn help protect your Joomla! website from being compromised as a result of your administrator login credentials being stolen.

The steps:

  1. Check your device is using the latest available version and release of its Operating System.
  2. Check you are using the latest available release of Web Browser.

Read on for more details.

Intel, ARM and AMD chip scare: How should we respond?

joomla support coach trainer cheshire manchester merseyside uk"Nearly all computers worldwide - and many other devices - have been exposed to security flaws (aka MELTDOWN and SPECTRE) which leave them vulnerable to attacks by hackers.

Researchers discovered gaps in security stemming from Central Processing Units - better known as the chip or microchip - which could allow privately stored data in computers and networks to be hacked."

Source: BBC Technology News 4 Jan 2018.

How should we respond?

The UK National Cyber Security Centre state that no data breaches have been reported since chip developers became aware of these flaws.

Most likely reason: the flaws were kept secret.

But not any more, so we can be sure that someone somewhere will now be seeking to exploit them.

So how should we respond?

We recommend free Lets Encrypt SSL certificates

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Two of the web hosting providers with whom we work on behalf of customers recently enabled their hosting control panels (cPanel & Plesk) to install Lets Encrypt SSL Certificates.

We in turn took up the offer to encrypt communication to our company websites, and we have been very pleased with the results.

Here are FIVE reasons why we use Lets Encrypt SSL.

VISITOR REASSURANCE

When someone visits our web pages via HTTPS they now see a reassuring padlock in the address bar of their browser window.

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Now, when customers sign in at our website they know that their confidential login details are encrypted and therefore protected from eavesdroppers.

Incredible: 90% NHS computers use Windows XP!

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I have just fallen out of bed!

Did I just hear BBC Radio 4 Today report that the NHS is running Windows XP on 90% of its computers?

If this is true, and not a dose of FAKE NEWS, then what the hell is going on?

Why have NHS Trusts not updated their operating systems?

Why has the UK Government not mandated them to do so?

Why has Microsoft not been able to convince NHS operators to upgrade their OS (operating system)?

What steps are being taken to protect UK national infrastructure and strategic resources?

It just occurred to me that our nuclear sub command and control system might be using Windows XP as well - nothing would surpise me any more!

If yes (and I hope not!) then maybe we should scrap Trident renewal and renew UK PLC operating systems instead.

Instead of a Trident Renewal Programme we could have an XP Replacement Programme.

Come on CND this is a gift for peaceniks everywhere: ban the bomb and XP!

Two bans for the price of one!

Sorry about all the exclamation marks!

Here's another one!

Listen to Radio4 Today (Sat 13 May 2017).

Read more: BBC News Report.

My manifesto for change!

If I were to draw up my own manifesto and run for Parliament it would include the following 7 propoals:

Happy Unique Complex Password Day!

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12.01 AM on the first Thursday in May saw the dawning of this year's World Password Day.

So I could wish you 'Happy World Password Day'.

But I would rather wish you a Happy Unique Complex Password Day instead!

Why wish you a Happy Unique Complex Password Day?

Using any old password will not protect you for more than a few seconds in the face of a brute force attack.

If you want to protect your Joomla! website or anything else from a brute force attack then you MUST use a UNIQUE and COMPLEX password for every application and website you use.

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