Quicktime for Windows Security

Quicktime for Windows – Security Vulnerability

If you haven’t already seen something about it, Apple earlier this week announced that if you use Windows as your operating system and you have QuickTime (Apple’s movie player), you should probably remove it quickly. And it wasn’t only Apple that announced this; a U.S. government agency was actually the one to issue the ultimatum to uninstall QuickTime.

QuickTime is vulnerable to a zero-day exploit—a loophole that hackers know about before the company becomes aware of it—and Apple ended support for the Windows version of QuickTime in January of this year.

Graham Cluley says

If you are running QuickTime for Windows on your personal computer, you should uninstall it as soon as possible.

QuickTime is a multimedia solution designed by Apple. It allows a computer to handle video, audio, and interactive content on its computers. The software was originally released on Mac computers back in 1991, and eventually showed up on Windows machines at a later date.

Fast-forward to last year. In November of 2015, researchers at the Zero-Day Initiative (ZDI) discovered two remote code execution vulnerabilities in Windows installations of QuickTime.

You can read more of what they say here.

Wondering if you have QuickTime and want to know how to get rid of it? Give us a call and we can make sure that your computer is up-to-date and QuickTime-free. We know viruses are nasty, and we want to make sure you stay far away from them. Our computer security and computer repair services can keep you up to date and running smooth.

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New Macbook – The Force is Not With You

Apple announced yesterday that they were updating their MacBook line. Not to be mistaken for the ever-so-popular MacBook Pro, the MacBook is the slimmer, sleeker version of the Pro. Or is it?

The update to the MacBook amped up the processing speed and added battery life, but is that really necessary? With only one charging/peripheral/end-all port and a standard of 8GB of RAM, the MacBook might be great for your everyday use, but do anything slightly more than type emails, and you might as well forget the MacBook as an option. Actually, if you have a flash drive, want to charge your phone/iPad or do anything other than just charge the MacBook, forget it.

Mashable took to the update and explained it pretty well.

[T]here are some key missing and inferior features Apple failed to correct. The company squandered an entire year with a minor hardware component update and the addition of a new rose gold color (which is hideous in my opinion, and something I’d expect from HP, not Apple).

The most upsetting news is the new MacBook still has a single USB-C port. For the love of Steve Jobs, why isn’t there another port? The original MacBook Air was beautifully constructed, but only had one USB port. Apple remedied that two years later with by adding a second USB port and an SD card slot.

You can read Mashable’s whole article here. All in all, we agree with their take on the MacBook. Sure it’s cool to have a super-thin computer, but if you lose computing power and ease-of-access (namely with one port for everything), it’s probably not even worth it with a price tag of $1,300.

Wondering what we would suggest for your next computer? There are a number of considerations to take into account, including price and performance, ease of use, compatibility with your existing office network and software, computer security and when the time comes, computer repair and availability of parts. Not all computers are created equal, even with the same basic specs.  Give us a call and we can help you sort out which computer best fits your needs and budget!

Windows 10: Here We Go

Toshiba-Satellite Windows 8.1It looks like Windows 10 is still on tract for a mid-Summer release date. And by all accounts it looks like Microsoft got it right, both from a user interface experience perspective as well as from the server, network and workstation computer support standpoint as well.

New #Computerworld article on #Windows10 just came out recently.  Find out who gets it? When?  And how?  From what we’ve seen of Windows 10, it looks to be just what corporate IT departments and small businesses had hoped that Windows 8 would have been all along.

By the way, I love my Windows 8.1 Toshiba Laptop.