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Google buys Motorola Mobility


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This morning Google announced that it will buy Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion. Larry Page explained in a conference call with analysts that the main reason for doing this was patents. Recently Google has been under scrutiny because of claims that Android violates several patents. By purchasing Motorola Mobility Google can now better defend Android and other hardware partners. Google has said that Android will continue to be an open platform for other vendors and that Motorola Mobility will continue to be run as a separate company.



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Are you ready for IPv6?


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You're probably saying "What is IPv6?" Well here's a quick explanation...

 

The internet is currently based on IPv4, which simply stands for Internet Protocol version 4. You may have heard of an IP Address. The most common one you may know is 192.168.1.1. This is very likely the the IP address of your home router. IPv4 addresses can range from 001.001.001.001 all the way to 255.255.255.255. This range yields about 40 Billion addresses. Every thing connected to the internet has one of these addresses. So with 40 billion that's about 5 per person in the world, we'll never run out! Well think again, with the addition of so many devices to the internet that's exactly what's happening. So what's the solution you might say... IPv6. Where IPv4 has 40 billion addresses IPv6 has about 37 trillion... YES 37,000,000,000,000! That mean each person in the world can have over 4000 IPv6 addresses. We'll NEVER run out now... well not in our life time. 

 

So what does this all mean to YOU?

As the average computer consumer probably not much. Most of this transition will happen behind the scenes with out you ever noticing. There in lies some of the problems. Right now you're computer is probably behind a firewall. A firewall protects you from the internet, blocking other people from simply connecting to your computer and taking it over. Unfortunately most firewalls don't protect or block IPv6 traffic. That's okay you might say I haven't enabled it. That may be correct you didn't enable it... but our friends at Microsoft have. As of Windows Vista IPv6 in enabled by default. This means that even though you have a router/firewall in your home or office you're computer is still directly connected to the internet with IPv6. 

 

Okay how can you fix this?

Well the first step would be blocking it in the Windows Firewall. By Default the windows firewall allows all IPv6 traffic. You should go into the advanced settings and find the references to IPv6 and change the to be blocked. You can do this by right clicking on the entry and choosing properties and changing the action to block. You mainly want to block the incoming IPv6 connections, you probably want to allow the outgoing IPv6. This will allow you to still use IPv6 as it becomes more widespread but still protect your computer. 

 

In a corporate environment you may want to consider getting a firewall appliance that can block IPv6. For the time being it's better to block all IPv6 then to allow potential hackers a way in. 

 

How can I try IPv6?

The first thing you can try is to go to an IPv6 website. You can try ipv6.google.com for startes. If it comes up at all then you have IPv6 working. We are also working on getting an IPv6 test server up and running. We will let you know as soon as we have one. Also June 8th 2011 is "World IPv6 Day", many of the larger internet companies will be switching on IPv6 for this day. Companies such as Google, Bing, Yahoo, Facebook and many other large companies are planing to be involved in this. You can visit http://isoc.org/wp/worldipv6day/participants/ for more information.

 

If you would like any other information on IPv6 please contacet us. Complete Microsystems is IPv6 certified by HE.net and we ready to help you prepare your home office or business for these changes.


Credit

Thanks to the guys at Hak5 tipping me off the the security risks here.


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Security Update for 10/25


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Adobe Acrobat Reader or Foxit Reader?

Adobe Acrobat Reader is a program that we probably all have. Recently, several security vulnerabilities have been discovered and/or announced. There have also been some emails going around with PDF attachments that, when open, exploit these security risks and install viruses. Adobe is working on fixing these problems. The next version, expected to be released later this month has several big changes aimed at addressing these problems. In the mean time the vulnerabilities are still there. In addition to these problems Adobe Acrobat Reader has become quite a large program, using excessive amounts of memory and processing power.

 

Not to long ago I heard about Foxit Reader, an alternative to Adobe Reader. Foxit Reader is a much smaller download and "lighter weight" program. They have also addressed many of the security problems that remain in Adobe Reader. To be fair they did just release a new version to fix some of their own security bugs. Many in the IT industry are recommending moving away from Adobe and using Foxit Reader. You can get Foxit Reader at http://www.foxitsoftware.com/pdf/reader/.

 

Do you need Java?

Another program in recent news is Java or JRE (Java Runtime Environment). They recently released an update that fixed 29 known security vulnerabilities. If you don't know that you need Java, then you probably don't. It's recommended that if you don't need it then you shouldn't have it installed. If you know that you need it, make sure that it is up to date. When you see the little java update icon by the clock don't ignore it, install the update. By default Java only checks for updates once a month. If you have to have Java I would change this to check weekly.

 

Security Tip

Microsoft has their own anti-malware program already on your computer, assuming you have all your windows updates. This is not a replacement for a traditional anti-virus but it is an extra tool. It already does a minimal scan once a week but in order to do a full scan you have to do it manually. Just go to your start menu and do a search for "run", or in XP just click run. In the run dialog type "mrt" and click OK. This will launch the Microsoft Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool. From there follow the prompts to run a scan. If the scan finds a problem it's best to contact a professional to make sure that it's been removed.

 

Shameless Plug

Need help making sure your computer is safe and secure? Call me today!. We can help you make clean and free from viruses and mal-ware. We can also help you apply any security patches and updates that you need. Go to our Contact us page to contact us.

 

 

Credit

Thanks to the guys at SecurityNow soe some of this info.


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