When the chips are down…. Intel processor security flaws – what you need to know!



F**CKWIT, aka KAISER, aka KPTI, Meltdown & Spectre – Intel CPU flaw needs low-level OS patches.

A fundamental design flaw in Intel’s processor chips has forced a significant redesign of the Linux and Windows kernels to resolve the chip-level security bug. Similar operating systems, such as Apple’s 64-bit macOS, will also need to be updated – the flaw is in the Intel hardware and the only was to fix it is at the Operating System level – or worst case to be totally sure you can go buy a new processor without the design fault.

Microsoft have already released an update which will automatically be applied to Windows 10 machines. For users running any other Operating System we recommend you manually check and apply any pending system updates to ensure you are protected. Antivirus providers are also reacting by releasing software updates to combat any potential risks from the newly discovered flaw.

If you run Sophos (our recommended security software) then you are already protected as updates were released on January 5th. You can read more here – https://community.sophos.com/kb/en-us/128053

Ransomware cyber-attack threat escalating – customer guidance for WannaCrypt attacks.

There have recently been a huge increase in ransomware and cryptolocker attacks. This is rapidly becoming one of the most significant threats to UK organisations.

Friday’s high profile cyber-attack has affected more than 200,000 victims in 150 countries as of Sunday PM 14/05/17.

It is imperative if you are running an affected system that you apply the latest security patch from Microsoft as there are reports of a new version of the ransomware already in circulation.

Microsoft have released guidance for those that may be affected.

Customers who are running supported versions of the operating system (Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012, Windows 10, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Server 2016) will have received the security update MS17-010 in March. If customers have automatic updates enabled or have installed the update, they are protected. For other customers, we encourage them to install the update as soon as possible.

For those organizations who have not yet applied the security update, we suggest you immediately deploy Microsoft Security Bulletin MS17-010. Customers running Windows 10 are not affected by this attack and need take no action.

 

Three easy things you can do to protect yourself online:

1, Install security patches – keeping your operating system up to date with the latest security hot-fixes and patches is one of the most effective ways to stay safe online.  Automatic updates are enabled by default on the latest Microsoft operating systems.

2, Don’t open unexpected attachments – if you don’t expect to receive an attachment don’t open it. Also do not click on links from within an email. Instead type the website address manually into your web browser if you are unsure.

3, Update to the latest operating system – running older operating systems such as Windows XP means you are more vulnerable to these sorts of attacks. Upgrade where possible to the latest operating system for the most secure experience.

As a silver Sophos partner we have the expertise and experience to plan, deploy and manage your security solution. To find out how boxportable can help secure your business contact us today or to find out more about our recommended security solutions click here.

Happy Easter from the team!

Happy Easter from all of us here at boxportable.  We just wanted to let you know the eggcellent news…..we are open as usual over Easter and happy to get cracking with any of your IT requirements.

If you are having problems with your IT services and wondering if now is the time to hunt for a new IT services company  hop over to our website for more information on our range of services we can offer including IT Support and Cloud Computing.  We will ensure you spend less time worrying about your IT and more time enjoying the goodies this Easter.

Now get rolling and get in touch today and we will take care of everything for you because taking care of your IT is our business, so you can focus on what matters most to yours!

Web and email hosting platform upgrades

Web hosting server

We are currently embarking on an upgrade to our existing high performance web hosting and email service. This work, scheduled to be completed over the coming weeks will ultimately improve further our service delivery and commitment to both our new and existing client base.

Our standard web hosting package is being redesigned to offer a range of value added services starting from an amazingly competitive price of only £90.00 + VAT per annum.

Standard features include:

– Unlimited blisteringly fast 100% SSD storage.
– Unlimited bandwidth – no restrictive monthly quotas to worry about.
– Online customer control panel meaning you can administer your services online 24/7 including mailbox password resets etc.
– 1GB MySQL databases on load balanced auto scaling cloud servers.
– Unlimited 10GB mailboxes with outgoing SMTP mail, antivirus and spam protection as standard.
– SSL certificates provided as standard at no additional cost.
– UK based data centre manned 24 x 7 connected by multiple ISP 40Gbps connectivity.
– 30 days backup of your website + MySQL database stored as standard.
– Fanatical support – access to our team of experienced staff.

Your service will automatically be migrated over the coming days and weeks however should you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact us. We will also be updating our support articles and knowledge-base to reflect these changes.

Our domain registration and management services will also be migrated to this new platform – however clients should notice no impact to services. Renewal fees will be as follows and are charged on an annual basis unless otherwise specified:

– .co.uk, .uk, .org.uk   £20.00 + VAT
– .com, .net, .org, .info, .biz  £25.00 + VAT
– .scot, .co  £40.00 + VAT
– .ws, .property, .ws £45.00 + VAT

Please note as always – we require 45 days written notice prior to any renewal date should you require to cancel a domain registration otherwise renewal will happen automatically.