Important: Security Check Required

Filed July 26, 2008 at 8:40 am.

This is an urgent security notice from RyAnd Computing. All customers should follow these steps.

Recently a serious flaw in some basic internet services was discovered that can allow a malicious individual to redirect your usage of the internet. For example, you could type in www.wellsfargo.com hoping to get to your bank, but silently and without any indication to you, your username and password when you log in is being stolen despite being on a secure site, because you have had the connection redirected. While the fix has been available for some time, not all Internet providers have applied it, and there is now functional software to take advantage of the problem.

To test for this issue, click here and then click “Check My DNS.” If it says that your name server appears to be vulnerable, please call me at 920-471-1898 as soon as possible. Until I can come over and apply the work-around fix, do not shop online, access online banking, or input any other information that you would not want stolen. The fix itself is quick for me to apply, and if I installed a router for you and you have the access codes I gave you for it, I can do it in less than five minutes. It is, however, essential that you call and have me resolve this.

IMPORTANT: Notebook (Laptop) Computer Battery Recalls (Updated)

Filed September 29, 2006 at 6:01 pm.

Updated – Gateway and Sony battery replacement links added.

If you or anyone you know has a laptop from one of these manufacturers, please follow their instructions to find out if your battery is one of the recalled ones. If it is, turn off your notebook computer, remove the battery, then plug it in using AC power and do not use the battery until it is replaced. All these batteries were manufacturered by Sony and have a defect that in rare cases could lead to explosion or fire. The recalled quantity of batteries is by far the largest for Dell systems, but several other computer companies are offering free replacement of potentially defective batteries. If you need help following these instructions, please contact RyAnd Computing – visit www.ryand.net

“Zero-Day” Exploit for Internet Explorer

Filed September 20, 2006 at 11:01 pm.

A “Zero-Day” exploit for Internet Explorer has been found in the wild. What does this mean?

“Zero-day” means that there are programs that are using this vulnerability to infect computers on the day that the problem was discovered. There is no patch for this yet. For this reason, if you are not already using Mozilla Firefox instead of Internet Explorer or other browsers (AOL, SBC/Yahoo) to do your web browsing, or if you were using Mozilla Firefox but have slipped back into the IE habit… :) Now is an important time to make sure you’re on Mozilla! Visit www.mozilla.com to download the latest version of Mozilla Firefox, if you do not already have it. If you do already have it, it will automatically be updating itself so you have nothing to worry about there.

So basically, in summary – additional flaws have been found and utilized in Internet Explorer that could put your computer at risk if you use Internet Explorer, Outlook Express, AOL or AOL Explorer, MSN Explorer, or nearly any other browser than Mozilla Firefox. Those using Mozilla Firefox exclusively should be relatively safe, as long as they have been following safe computer practices.

If you have any questions or want assistance, please feel free to contact us!