WhatsApp threat allows hackers to listen to your conversations

Facebook released a security advisory alerting users to a spyware threat that allows another party to listen in on your conversations. The threat is spread simply by placing a phone call through WhatsApp.

If you have WhatsApp installed on your phone, it is highly recommended to update the app to the latest version from the app store as soon as possible.

WhatsApp traced the origins of the hack to an Israli firm believed to be able to take control of a phone simply by placing a call through the app. The firm in question denied involvement.

This is not the first time the security of WhatsApp has been in question. A cybersecurity firm questioned its safety in 2018, claiming hackers could intercept and manipulate messages.

Read the full security advisory from Facebook:

CVE-2019-3568 Description: A buffer overflow vulnerability in WhatsApp VOIP stack allowed remote code execution via specially crafted series of SRTCP packets sent to a target phone number. Affected Versions: The issue affects WhatsApp for Android prior to v2.19.134, WhatsApp Business for Android prior to v2.19.44, WhatsApp for iOS prior to v2.19.51, WhatsApp Business for iOS prior to v2.19.51, WhatsApp for Windows Phone prior to v2.18.348, and WhatsApp for Tizen prior to v2.18.15. Last Updated: 2019-05-13

Please contact ProVisionIT, 407-608-6700, to address your cybersecurity needs.

SO ANNOYING–How to stop iPhone “Congratulations” popups

Are you tired of seeing the annoying “Congratulations!!!” popups on your iPhone? Do you want to stop iPhone congratulations popup messages? If I truly won every prize I was told I won, it would have already retired to some island paradise.

To fight these annoying popups, try two things: first, reset and clear the browsing history on your Safari app. Second, clear the browsing history from within the Facebook app.

Resetting Safari: you can reset your Safari app by doing the following steps:

Step 1: Close Safari

Don’t click the “Close (X)” on the popup itself, since this may only generate another popup. Instead, double click your home button to bring up a list of open apps. Swipe right or left until you find the Safari app. Swipe up on the safari app to force it closed.

Step 2: Reset Safari

Click on the “Settings” app and scroll down to select Safari. Scroll down and choose the option “Clear History and Website Data”

Clear Facebook Browsing History — sometimes the popups use your Facebook browsing history. If you have the Facebook app installed on your iPhone, you can clear its history from within the app using the following steps:

  1. Open Facebook App
  2. Click the Menu icon in the very bottom right corner
  3. Scroll down and select “Settings & Privacy”
  4. Select Settings
  5. Under “Media & Contacts” select Browser
  6. Press “Clear Data”

Internet Security Tips

Here are some of the best computer network security tips on the internet of how to keep your data secure:

  1. Patch, Patch, PATCH!
  2. Install protective software.
  3. Choose strong passwords.
  4. Back up on a regular basis.
  5. Control access to your machine.
  6. Use email and the internet safely.
  7. Use secure connections.
  8. Protect sensitive data.
  9. Use desktop firewalls.
  10. Most importantly, stay informed.

Source: MIT

Digital Guardian Data Protection Tips: An author Nate Lord at a website Digital Guardian recently published a comprehensive list of 101 tips on keeping your data and private information safe. You can read his list here. Be aware the page is designed to motivate you to download an e-book, but he tips are helpful.

UC Berkley Computer Security Tips: UC Berkley’s information security teams published a list of Top 10 Computer Security Tips which, while not as extensive as the 101 Digital Guardian tips, can function as a good checklist for your IT department.

Looking for an experienced computer network security team to keep you navigate the challenges of cybersecurity? We would love to talk about how ProVisionIT can keep your data safe.

iPhone Text Messages Show Number, not Person’s Name

Issue: my text messages show the phone number, not the person’s name

A client complained that their text messages only displayed the person’s phone number. Even though the contact was saved in their phone, it would not display the contact’s name in the text message. It only showed the phone number. We resolved this by taking the following steps:

  1. Click “Settings” –> “Contacts” –> Short Name
  2. Toggle the green button next to “Short Name” to the OFF position
  3. Toggle the green button next to “Short Name” back to the ON position
  4. Double click the HOME button
  5. Find the messages app in the list of open apps and scroll up to close
  6. Click HOME and re-open your text messages

This did the trick for the client. The text messages displayed the contacts name as expected.

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