Safari security updates

If you roll your eyes every time your Mac stalls for a moment for a new security update, don't ignore the Safari update released this week. Safari version 11.1.1 is an update that does require a restart, but it contains many stealthy security features that will protect your browser from being hijacked by trackers. One of them, called Intelligent Tracking Prevention, is designed to keep your browsing private. That's one way to avoid targeted advertising. 

Also, another new feature called Sandboxing, prevents malicious code from taking over the whole browser by automatically opening anything questionable in a separate tab that can be easily closed. No more fake red alerts with siren sound effects from malicious websites.

That's browsing you can feel safe with!

FBI PSA on Router Security

The FBI's Public Service Announcement on router security, posted May 25th, should be taken seriously. Particular attention should be paid to the last paragraph, under the heading "DEFENSE." In addition to restarting your router to address the threat outlined in this PSA, you should keep your router's firmware up-to-date, use complex passwords, and disable remote management as recommended by the FBI unless you absolutely need this functionality.

Many of us leave a router wide open by not resetting the temporary password that the manufacturer includes to begin your router's set up process. Change that default password to protect your router from being hijacked. In other words, "admin" or "1234" are not secure passwords!

Read the official FBI PSA for more information:

Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) | Foreign Cyber Actors Target Home and Office Routers and Networked Devices Worldwide

Your Very Own Time Machine

Want an easy, reliable system to back up the data on your Mac? Use Apple's Time Machine, baked right into macOS. All you need is an external hard drive, which we have available for purchase. Check out Apple's support article on the subject to learn more:

Have questions about Time Machine? Give us a call at 207-956-0586 or stop in to chat.

Data Recovery Gets Gritty

One of the challenges of successful data recovery is to be able to "see" the drive data on our recovery equipment. That can only happen with a direct SATA connection to the drive so data recovery equipment can "talk" to the drive through the SATA connection on the board. (SATA is what the standard type of connector is called on both desktop and laptop hard drives. It has a separate power connector and a data connector.)

What happens if that drive is one of the newer USB 3 external hard drives? These drives do not have a SATA connector, but a USB 3 connector--you know, one of those weird looking connectors with the crimp midway across the bottom part. Well, this is a challenge because USB connectors rely on circuitry that doesn't allow data recovery equipment to effectively "talk" to the drives. The only way to recover the data on a drive that does not have specific hardware damage--i.e. clicking, is to solder SATA connectors to specific points on the drive circuit board.

Challenging, no doubt about it, and something that makes data recovery from these convenient and popular drives a bit more complicated. At TechPort, we are working on solutions to these types of data recovery challenges.