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Apple's early computers ran on a variety of operating systems, including a Pascal version and one based on CP/M, before releasing its ProDOS with the advent of its 16-bit computer. With the release of the Lisa, which had its own OS, Apple and computing entered the graphical age; it was followed by the Macintosh, which offered a series of "System" operating systems. Other Mac operating systems included PowerPC until Apple acquired NeXT and folded it into the Mac OS. Current operating systems for Apple devices are Mac OS-X and iOS.

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Hello, EE!

      Just a quick update for my Apple brethren; Apple has just pushed out the security update/patch for Spectre (yes, one of those vulnerabilities that everyone's talking about at the water cooler). The security update is for the iPhone, iPad, and Mac (your Apple Watch is safe according to Apple), so please update them as soon as possible. Lastly, I recommend setting aside 20-30 mins to download & install the updates but of course, times vary because systems are different. That's it for now and take care, everyone.
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by:Erin Wooddell
Thank you, Justin, for this update!
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by:Justin Pierce, CEH, CNDA
Hi Erin,

You're very welcome. Unfortunately, even with this patching, the Spectre problem won't go away since it deals with hardware vulnerabilities. :( However, it's not all bad news since companies will have a heightened awareness for any attacks that deal with Spectre (extremely fast patching will become a thing), which is a good note for end-users.
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Hello EE Experts,

    Happy New Year! 2018 promises to be yet another cyberbattle between the black and white hat hackers, in a never-ending war. While you may not don either cap, you are here at EE and are more likely than not interested in how to protect yourself and your end-users (if you're an IT person) from being a casualty. Well, since I'm an Apple guy I'll give you the latest macOS exploit (see article). Essentially, it boils down to Apple having to fix this with their next security rollout, but it doesn't hurt to make sure that you're doing all you can to keep people off of your Mac. Here are some steps:

1) Open "System Preferences"

2) Click on "Users & Groups"

3) Click on "Guest User" and make sure it is "Off"

4) Next, click on "Login Options" and on the righthand side tap on the "Automatic Login" drop-down box and select "Off"

5) Select "Name and Password" (It makes it harder for someone to guess both the Username & Password, than just the password, which is all they have to guess if you select "List of Users".) If you don't want to select this option, then make sure you create a password that is 10-12 alpha-numeric characters long with a few special ones thrown in. To ease the process of creating such a password, use an app like "Last Pass" to create and hold your passwords (you can get it both for your Mac and iPhone/iPad)

6) Now, uncheck "Show Input menu in login window", "Show password hints", "Show …
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Good morning, Everyone!

Yesterday Apple released a security update for Mac that you should download and install immediately. To be brief, it closes a hole that allows a user to bypass Administrator authentication without using the Administrator password. The download isn't very big, so it won't take too much time out of your day to update your system.

Have a great day EE fans and Experts!

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They rolled out a patch quickly. Update asap. https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT208315
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Hello, Apple Geeks & EE Experts!

Please update your Apple devices when you get home (iOS 11.1 & macOS High Sierra 10.13.1). This update is to fix the WPA2 KRACK vulnerability (the Wi-Fi issue). Kudos to John Hurst (one of EE's top Experts) for sounding the horn.
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Thank you for your very gracious comment. I appreciated it. IOS 11.1 is working just fine on both our phones here. IOS 11.1 is also supposed to protect against KRACK Wi-Fi attacks.
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11.1.1 is now out. Updating now. Fix to a keyboard issue and Siri not working.
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Hello, EE Experts!

I wanted to make sure that all Apple users understand what's going on with the new Wi-Fi (WPA2) vulnerability "KRACK."

Apple is working on a fix to roll out as soon as possible to all its users. They've stated that there is a fix for this vulnerability in the beta versions, but that the fix is not in the latest update you have on your device.

So, what can you do?

Don't connect to Wi-Fi at hotels, coffee shops, or anywhere outside your place of business or home. Even at your house or area of work use a VPN.

Wait, even at my house?

Yes. Essentially the attacker can read all the information that is being transmitted wirelessly throughout your home. That said, if you use a VPN you're making an encrypted tunnel around the information you're sending and not relying on the WPA2 protocol that should keep your data safe. So, even if the attacker is looking at the data on your home network, the VPN is making it unreadable.

Also, if you're out and about, please turn off the Wi-Fi capability on your iPhone or iPad. By turning off the Wi-Fi, you're making your iPhone or iPad solely dependent upon cellular data, which is not susceptible to this attack.

Where can I get a VPN?

I use Encypt.me because it's fast, simple, relatively cheap, and works on all of my devices without In-app purchases. However, there are free VPNs that you can grab …
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IOS 11.1 is out today to address the Wi-Fi vulnerability. I am updating both phones here. Carrier settings are being updated at the same time.
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Hello, EE Experts!

If you haven't already updated your iOS devices to 11.0.3, please do so. I've tested it out (it's only been out two days), and it seems stable. That's it! Take care everyone.

Side note: Be on the lookout for my article on the Apple Watch 3 Series with LTE, since my wife and I are pushing them to the limits to give you the best information on whether or not you should buy one.
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by:John Hurst
IOS 11.1 is now out and addresses the wireless vulnerability.
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by:Justin Pierce, CEH, CNDA
Hi, John!

10.13.1 for Mac is also available (of course the updates usually come in pairs).  ;)
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by:Brian Matis
Whoops! Thanks for the head's up!
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Good morning, EE Experts!

I read an interesting article about both Macs & PCs being vulnerable to a firmware attack. To sum up the piece, some Macs weren't updating their firmware when their dutiful owners were performing common updates. Once notified of the issue Apple immediately jumped on it and fixed the problems. In short, if you update to macOS High Sierra your Mac will automatically check every week for firmware updates. As for you PC enthusiast, I recommend that you check your manufacturer's website for any new firmware updates. Have a great Monday everyone and take care.
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iOS 11Good morning, EE Experts!

Apple released iOS 11.0.1 yesterday, which fixes the pesky Exchange bug that was stopping users from emailing out. This does not squash all bugs or problems found with iOS 11 since its release, but that doesn't mean it's still not a solid update from iOS 10. That's it for the big Apple news!

Side note: I'll be submitting my iOS 11 tips and tricks article to the EE gods and goddesses soon, so be on the lookout for it.
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by:John Hurst
FWIW IOS 11.0.2 just came out today. Working fine.
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I just grabbed it too. ;)
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UpdateGood morning, EE!

Today is the release of macOS High Sierra, the OS that many of us Apple geeks want on our Macs as of yesterday. It will be available for download at 1 PM EST, so make sure that you have your ducks in order before you make the switch.

Here is a short list of things to consider before upgrading:

1) Update your antivirus application and perform a full scan. What? Your Mac doesn't have an antivirus? Well, then you might be carrying malware with you to the new OS. Even if your Mac hasn't been showing the classic signs of being infected, you might be smuggling Windows viruses into your new operating system. (No, Windows viruses don't infect Macintosh computers, but that's no reason to keep them around.)

Side note: It's important to know that malware is growing for Mac with no end in sight. While some purists believe that it's still fine to run Macs without antivirus, there are more of us security guys/gals sounding the alarm that times have changed and Macs are no longer impervious. Lastly, if you use your Mac for any business related functions, you're more likely than not sharing documents with your colleagues who are using Windows systems. Meaning that you don't want to be the person who hands them a work altering piece of malware.

2) Make a Time Machine backup.

3) Manually move significant folders onto an Ext HDD in case your Time Machine backup fails at some point in the future. This extra step ensures that you're …
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by:Brian Matis
Happy to say that my upgrade went smoothly last night!
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iOS 11 is here! If you need a few pointers (who doesn't) then MacLife has a great free 147 tips guide: Link

Enjoy!
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Thanks for the head's up Andy! I already did the update last night and fortunately for me, I'm not using Microsoft based email so the issue didn't bite me. Big bummer for those that were hit with it!

And yes, I'm loving this update! The new dock on iPad is the real standout for me, along with the multi-tasking improvements. iPad is feeling like waaaay more of a desktop replacement in a lot of cases now. (Although the downside is how it's starting to make me crave a bigger screen, like the larger iPad Pro model. All part of Apple's nefarious plan to sell more iPads, I'm sure ;-)

On iPhone, the new Control Center is pretty sweet.

Still exploring a lot of the changes though, but this feels like one of the best major iOS versions in a while (well, other than that Outlook bug. That part is lame.)
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by:Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)
Driving Mode is KEWL, and turns on Do not Distrub me, and sends Auto Texts!

It's a Good Reason for me, to let people know I cannot email whilst I await a patch from my Phone!

We drew straws in the office today, who should be the gambler and upgrade, last time we upgrade a major iOS we ended up with a brick!

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Apple cut the pay of people jumping off the roof as well.....No harm, no foul.
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by:Justin Pierce, CEH, CNDA
Hi Brian,

That simply isn't true. What you meant to say is that Foxconn aka Hon Hai Precision Industry (a Chinese manufacturer that is used by other big computer companies: Dell, HP, Microsoft, and Nintendo) were implementing third world practices without Apple knowing. Apple did what any good company would do and worked with Foxconn to fix the issues. In fact, Apple did the smart thing and allowed an independent investigation by the Fair Labor Association (FLA) to catch all the problems that its management wouldn't be able to find. The investigation was akin to looking into the mirror with your delinquent friend and offering your assistance to help them change their ways (Apple was too intertwined with Foxconn to let them go).

The CBS article: Link

Summarizing the report: The Students and Scholars Against Corporate Misbehavior (SACOM) investigated and found that Foxconn was abusing their employees in third world fashion. The workers were stressed out, checks weren't being paid on time or at all, living conditions were horrible, rules and punishments were strict, and it was a nightmare for those that stayed to help bring in a paycheck for their families. This reporting went hand-in-hand with the FLA investigation.

Here is the link to the initial FLA report: Link


Summing it up, the report finds 50 issues that broke the FLA Code and Chinese labor laws. All of it rested on the shoulders of Foxconn because they were using inappropriate rules to try and meet the demand for Apple. The demand and inadequate workforce (Foxconn had an extremely high turnover rate) were the main reasons why people were jumping from the rooftops; they simply weren't getting enough sleep. The report also finds that despite the workers getting paid an above average wage for the country, they, of course, wanted to make a few extra bucks (which Foxconn used 30-minute increments in where 29-minutes resulted in no pay and 58 minutes led to half pay). Along with the third world rules, harsh punishments,
substandard living quarters, and the hopelessness that no matter how hard or long they worked it was impossible to get ahead. Naturally, the workers became depressed and or suicidal. It's important to know that many people just quit the job instead of ending their lives, but not everyone handles stressors the same. All of that said, there was no excuse for Foxconn to be cutting corners in pay, living quarters, or work/life hours. It was plain greed to redistribute the wealth to the top instead of the bottom. Again all of this is shameful and not uncommon for third world countries to do (it's what they've known and done for a long time), but it was acted out without Apple's knowledge. The report ends with both Apple and Foxconn agreeing to put all remediations into place.

Then there was Mike Daisey.

The Slate article on Mike Daisey: Link

In brief, Mike Daisey lied to get fame and money.

The Reuters Piece: Link

The article shows a fundamental change for Foxconn in how they see living and factory conditions for workers. Also, the cost would be split between Apple and Foxconn to hire and improve such conditions.

Here is the second FLA report: Link

It states that 178,000 workers were hired to help lower the hours needed to meet Apple's product demand, Unions with declining management participation were implemented to protect workers (employees liked this), and living conditions were improved. Breaks were now standard policy, better equipment was in use, and working hours reduced to 60 hours per week (consistent with FLA and Apple code standards), but it still didn't meet the maximum of 49 hours (including overtime) for China labor laws. In short, Foxconn had made huge strides in fixing their corporate culture but still needed to hire more people to lower overall working hours.

The FLA Press Release: Link

The Press Release is easier to read but states the same thing as above, Foxconn has and is continuing to make huge improvements for workers (with Apple's help).

The Atlantic Piece: https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2012/05/how-apple-fixed-its-foxconn-problem/328307/

The Atlantic article reluctantly applauded Apple for saying the right things and backing up those words with money. In short, Apple and Foxconn shared the expenses and increased the pay for employees, and promised to hire more workers to lower the overtime hours needed to meet the demand for Apple products.


I understand that you may not like Apple for whatever reasons that upset you but to take a complicated issue (dealing with third world practices) and say, "Apple cut the pay of people jumping off the roof..." is mean-spirited and wrong. Remember those same methods were being used to build Microsoft, HP, and Dell products as well, but since demand for Apple's products was higher at the time, Apple became the face for Foxconn in the West.
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This sounds pretty cool! I'm especially excited for Disney's recent announcement that they will have a dedicated ESPN streaming service that isn't tied to a cable subscription.  I just "cut the cord" again, and live sports are really the only thing  that we miss and is frustrating to access.
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by:Justin Pierce, CEH, CNDA
That's awesome about Disney! Welcome back to us cable-cutters btw. ;)
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Apple's iPad Pro and Microsoft's Surface Pro aren't supposed to be competitors in my eyes, but Consumer Reports (CR) sees it a bit differently.

If you would like my take on it, the Surface Pro is just a smaller laptop that has tablet functionality. While the iPad Pro is a tablet that has laptop functionality but only depending on what apps you have. Meaning that you can use the iPad Pro for strictly playing games from the App Store, or you can turn it into a laptop replacement and use it to knock out those daily business chores.

All in all, we should all agree that we like what we like. If you're an MS fan, I'm sorry you got dinged like this, but if you're an Apple fan know that the iPad Pro can be a laptop replacement if you choose to use it that way. Oh, and don't go laughing at your MS buddies because CR smacked them on the hand. What goes around comes around, and we should all just respect that we have different taste and love to drive the machine of our choice.

Take care everyone.
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by:Colleen Kayter
Justin, the one that caught my attention is facetime. ugh! the only people you can connect with are other Apple devices. And I wasn't talking about using my Surface to manage SharePoint, I was talking about being able to see/use SharePoint and OneDrive from within Word, PowerPoint, Excel. The cloud storage is treated just like any other folder on my computer.

And I'm jealous of the vette.
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BTW, Justin... what you said about going to your Mac to get some stuff done? That. What if you could squeeze your Mac into your iPad? That's why Surface is not like an iPad.
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Keen on getting Apple tech news updates?  A longtime member just showed me this guy's website.  Pretty neat.

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Apple's early computers ran on a variety of operating systems, including a Pascal version and one based on CP/M, before releasing its ProDOS with the advent of its 16-bit computer. With the release of the Lisa, which had its own OS, Apple and computing entered the graphical age; it was followed by the Macintosh, which offered a series of "System" operating systems. Other Mac operating systems included PowerPC until Apple acquired NeXT and folded it into the Mac OS. Current operating systems for Apple devices are Mac OS-X and iOS.

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