Archive for February 6, 2019

Introducing “Linksys Shield”: New Security Features For Velop Tri-Band Users

Posted in Commentary with tags on February 6, 2019 by itnerd

Linksys, the connected home division within newly merged Belkin International and Foxconn Interconnect Technology (FIT) entity, today announces new software updates for Velop Tri-Band users aptly named Linksys Shield.Powered by Trend Micro, a global leader in cybersecurity solutions, Linksys Shield is a premium subscription software service for users to block unwanted content/category and provide an additional layer of digital protection for your connected devices and family.

Additional Security Features:

  • Content filtering flags sites that contain adult, violent or unwanted content and allows you to choose which types of sites your kids can visit
  • Advanced browsing protection by checking the sites you visit against a database of millions of known threats, can help prevent you and your family from unsuspectingly visiting malicious sites
  • Age-based content filtering, ability to schedule screen time and pause the Internet on specific devices


Velop Tri-Band users in most countries worldwide; available today via firmware and app update


  • Parental Control Subscription is $4.99 per month or one year for $49.99 and is available today via firmware and app update
  • Network Security Subscription is $1.99 per month or one year for $19.99 and will be available later this year

Huawei Ban From Canada’s 5G Networks Is Coming: Bloomberg

Posted in Commentary with tags on February 6, 2019 by itnerd

If you believe a new report from Bloomberg, the Canadian government is going to ban Huawei from Canada’s 5G networks. But that won’t be announced until the situation with the Canadians that China is holding in retaliation for the arrest of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou at the request of the Americans who want to put her in jail for a very long time is fully sorted.

Canada by banning Huawei from its 5G networks would join countries including the U.S., Australia and New Zealand that have blocked or limited the use of Huawei equipment. Other countries are looking at doing the same thing. It will also send Telus and Bell scrambling to find alternate networking gear as they are known to use Huawei. It will be interesting to see how China reacts to this report and if they alter their behavior as a result.


Review: 2019 Mazda CX-5 Signature – Part 3

Posted in Products with tags on February 6, 2019 by itnerd

The interior of the Mazda CX-5 Signature is one that will humble the interiors of a lot of luxury cars. Let me walk you through it and you’ll see why I feel that way.


A nice touch is the fact that the door wraps around the bottom of the door frame. That way, your pants don’t get dirty.


The door has a mix of stitched Nappa leather, Abachi wood trim that is very classy. The window and mirror controls have a piano black finish around them that looks very upscale.


You can see the stitching, Nappa leather, and Abachi wood trim on the left.


The drivers seat is made of Nappa leather and is heated and cooled. It’s 10-way power-adjustable as well. It is comfortable to sit in, but for a 6 foot tall guy like me, it could use a  bit more length for long thighs. You also get two memory settings as well.


The cockpit has a dead pedal for long drives and the pedals are easy to modulate. All the controls fall to hand easily.


The steering wheel is heated and is on the chunky side. My wife who has small hands found it a bit too big for her. I found it to be fine. Your mileage may vary. Redundant controls for the infotainment system and the controls for the cruise control are on the steering wheel.


The left and right gauges are real. The center gauge is a TFT screen that you can customize to display to the information that you want to see.


Audio is supplied by an amazing 10 speaker system made by Bose. More on that tomorrow.


There’s a 7″ color touchscreen display on the top of the dash.


The HVAC controls are below the touchscreen. There’s also a cubby that fits my iPhone XS.


The shifter is leather wrapped. To the left of that is the sport mode switch. Below that is the electronic parking brake and the switch to hold the CX-5 Signature on a hill. To the right of that is the HMI Commander Switch that controls the infotainment system. There’s a piano black finish that is a bit of a fingerprint and dust magnet though when it is clean it looks very upscale.


There are two cupholders that hold a Venti sized Starbucks coffee with ease.


There’s a storage cubby that doubles as an armrest. It has a removable shelf, two USB ports and a 12V outlet.


There’s a frameless rear view mirror that provides a lot more real estate to see what’s behind you.


The foot well is lit which adds a touch of class.


The glove box is also lit and is decently sized.


There’s a power moonroof with a manual sunshade.


The rear seat sits two comfortably. Three might be a bit of a stretch. The seats are heated.


There’s a HVAC vent for the back seat passengers.


The middle seat has a panel that has two cupholders, two USB ports, and the controls for the heated seats.

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The CX-5 Signature has 40-20-40 folding seats that give you a mostly flat cargo area and a whole lot of flexibility.


But with the seats up there’s loads of space. Our weekly shopping fit in her with tons fo space left over.


You can flip the seats down using this handle. There is one on each side of the cargo area of the CX-5 Signature.


Also in the cargo area is a 12V outlet. Handy for tailgating.

Overall the interior is first class in every way possible. Mazda really did a great job putting the interior together as it it really impresses anyone who sees it. I should also note that there’s very good vision in every direction for the driver. No rattles, squeaks, or other annoyances were noted during my week with the CX-5 Signature.

Tomorrow I will talk about the technology in the CX-5 Signature. Stay tuned for that.


Security Researcher Discovers Exploit That Steals Passwords Stored In The macOS Keychain… But He Won’t Talk To Apple

Posted in Commentary with tags on February 6, 2019 by itnerd

Well here’s an interesting situation. Security researcher Linuz Henze has shared a video of an exploit that allows someone to steal passwords that are stored in the macOS (Mojave specifically) keychain without needing admin level access. Not only that, there is almost no way to stop the exploit. Here’s the YouTube video of the exploit in action:

The only way to stop it is to password protect the login keychain. But that would add complexity from a user experience perspective which may not make this the best way to approach fixing this. Thus Apple likely needs to step in and fix this. And that’s where the problems begin as Henze isn’t handing over the details to Apple because Henze is frustrated that Apple’s bug bounty program only applies to iOS and not macOS according to this German publication. That likely means that others will try to reverse engineer this and turn it into something that can be weaponized unless Apple can reverse engineer it and quickly fix it. Or they play nice with the security community and improve their bug bounty program. We’ll see which path they take.