Archive for September 8, 2022

Daylite Announces New Features For Their Mac Based CRM App

Posted in Commentary with tags on September 8, 2022 by itnerd

Following Apple’s big announcements yesterday, Daylite which is a Mac based CRM app has launched a new feature called ‘Opportunities Board’.

The Opportunities Board provides a unified view of every step of the sales pipeline so all team members can visually track, organize and prioritize business opportunities leading to a shorter sales cycle and more won deals. 

Increased transparency with the Opportunities Board means a reduction in time-consuming status update meetings and better team collaboration. Daylite visually tracks the status of opportunities across whole teams, so bottlenecks are identified and productivity and results are boosted.

The Board’s drag and drop functionality allows Daylite customers to move opportunities from one stage to the next and to classify deals as “won” or “lost” by dragging them to the respective status categories. This enables sales teams to spend more energy on the most important active leads and shift laggards to the sidelines.

There is an at a glance view to see all opportunities on one screen, making it easy to identify areas of concern. This empowers teams to take steps to move deals along and follow the best process to bring deals to fruition. 

Opportunities Board is designed to help Daylite customers master their sales process, boost collaboration, close more deals; and of course, celebrate successes. For more information about the Daylite Opportunities Board visit: https://marketcircle.blog/take-control-of-your-sales-with-daylite-opportunities-board/ 

Beyond the aforementioned new product functionality and the recent new sync system enhancements for better collaboration and increased team productivity, Daylite has also been made available on the Mac App Store, making it even easier to download Daylite on the App Store across iOS, iPadOS and macOS devices. Download Daylite on the App Store today.

QNAP Yet Again Warns Users About DeadBolt Ransomware And Pushes Software Updates To Mitigate Attacks

Posted in Commentary with tags on September 8, 2022 by itnerd

From the “this is sounding like a broken record” department comes this latest warning from NAS company QNAP. The company apparently has fixed an issue that opened the door to the DeadBolt ransomware that has been plaguing the company for over a year at this point. In the security advisory that was published over the weekend, users need to update to the latest version of QNAP’s Photo Station software to mitigate the threat. Plus the security advisory also has tips to further mitigate the threat that DeadBolt poses. Which amount to not exposing your NAS to the Internet and making sure that all the software on the NAS is up to date.

Now the reason why I started this post with “this is sounding like a broken record” is that I have posted about DeadBolt attacks on QNAP NAS devices here, here, here, here, here, here, here and here. And that was within this calendar year. The only other company that I have heard that has had issues with DeadBolt is ASUS. I am not hearing about this from any other NAS vendor which is only reinforcing my desire to move to another NAS. Because I don’t expose my NAS to the Internet, this isn’t a today problem. But clearly QNAP have some serious security issues that they simply set to be unable to solve. Which means since I take my security very seriously, I should be on some other NAS product unless QNAP give me a very compelling reason to stick with them. And constant disclosures of issues with DeadBolt isn’t a compelling reason to stick with them.

SCYTHE Announces SCYTHE 4.0

Posted in Commentary with tags on September 8, 2022 by itnerd

SCYTHE, a leader in adversarial emulation, announced the release of version 4.0 of the company’s flagship cybersecurity platform, offering new features and functionality that will extend capabilities for greater collaboration between blue, red, and purple teams. SCYTHE runs real-world adversary emulations that help security teams reduce detection and response rates, validate controls, and optimize resources by enabling teams to prioritize vulnerabilities, and focus on the highest risk issues to the business. Its scalable platform automates adversary emulations and expands your team’s threat intelligence skills so that you can multiply your cybersecurity team’s velocity and reduce cybersecurity risk.

SCYTHE has the largest, public library of threats in the breach attack simulation industry and has more capabilities than all other competitors combined as shown by Tidal Cyber’s Community Edition of their SaaS threat-informed defense platform.

With a redesigned UI, SCYTHE 4.0 makes threats easier to manage by bringing campaign details to the surface, allows for greater communication between team members, and makes it simpler to take action via Jira integrations—all available as an on-prem or SaaS offering. Through automation, communication, and integrations, SCYTHE 4.0 is designed to help security teams collaborate, as a purple team, on adversary emulation.

In addition to this, SCYTHE’s Cyber Threat Intelligence (CTI) Team just released offerings that are complementary to the SCYTHE platform capabilities and services that can serve as an extension of your security team. This includes emergency action emulation plans, custom plans, cloud-focused plans, and emulation plans covering more diverse tactics, techniques and procedures.

What’s New With 4.0?

SCYTHE version 4.0 was designed to enhance collaboration within security teams and improve the user experience. These updates include:

  • Collaboration features — SCYTHE enables greater collaboration between blue, red, and purple teams to create and leverage existing adversary emulation plans. The updated, user-friendly dashboard clearly displays outcomes and severity of campaign results. Users can have different access levels to create and personalize realistic attacks or re-run existing attacks. In-platform messaging now allows for better and faster communication between users.
  • Workflow automation — Users can take a more collaborative team approach and seamlessly share actionable insights through a Jira integration.
  • SaaS and on-prem — Previously an exclusively on-prem solution, SCYTHE 4.0 now has a SaaS offering available to provide flexibility to customers in any type of environment.

SCYTHE 4.0 will be available for customers in Q4.

Mujjo Announces New iPhone 14 Case Lineup

Posted in Commentary with tags on September 8, 2022 by itnerd

Mujjo have had some really good iPhone cases that I have used over the years, and today I am covering the release of their new iPhone 14 cases which will compliment your iPhone 14 or 14 Pro very well.

Key features include:

  • MagSafe: Magnetic technology is built into the Leather Case for fast wireless charging, as well as compatibility with MagSafe accessories. (Mujjo MagSafe accessories are coming soon!)
  • Machined metal buttons: The side buttons are machined from metal for extra clickiness and optimal responsiveness. The metal is dyed to match the leather colour, in line with our minimalist aesthetic.
  • Ecco leather: Their highly acclaimed vegetable-tanned leather from the Netherlands was developed specially to create a durable finish that gets more beautiful over time. This leather is now Gold Rated by the Leather Working Group for environmental standards.
  • Japanese microfibre lining: The case interior is lined with the finest Japanese microfibre, a slim, super-strong fabric that is also exceptionally lightweight. With a satin-like finish, this material provides luxurious padded comfort for your iPhone.
  • Enhanced protection: A raised bump around the rear camera protects the protruding lenses. The base of the device is neatly covered, providing extra protection without obstructing the speakers or the charging port. To protect the display,the leather rises 1mm above the edge of the glass, creating a raised bezel that keeps abrasive surfaces away from the screen.
  • A beautiful finish that improves with use: The case exudes craftsmanship, delivered through the high quality of the vegetable-tanned leather. Over time, the colour will become richer and develop a beautiful patina – making it unique to each owner.

Details matter

It’s the little things that make all the difference. Like the neatly chamfered opening that makes it easy and comfortable to access the mute button, or the stitching that elegantly secures the pocket to the back of the Leather Wallet Case. Mujjo made sure these are just right, no compromise. With a slim profile and clean silhouette that follow the contours of the device, the well-balanced design always feels secure in the hand.

Features at a glance

  • Vegetable-tanned Ecco leather ages beautifully, rated Gold for environmental standards.
  • Leather Cases feature MagSafe for quick and easy wireless charging, compatible with MagSafe accessories.
  • Machined metal buttons for extra clickiness and responsiveness.
  • 1mm raised leather bezel protects screen from abrasive surfaces.
  • Neatly covers the base, without obstructing speakers or charging port.
  • Raised rear camera bump protects the lenses.
  • Lined with luxurious Japanese microfibre with a satin-like finish.
  • Over time, the leather acquires a unique patina.
  • Super-slim profile and balanced design so it feels great in the hand.

Available in three colours

Tan: This vivid caramel offers the perfect balance between sophistication and playfulness. Over time, it mellows to a deep and dark amber colour.

Black: Our classic solid black tone brings uniformity and makes a powerful statement.

Monaco Blue: A deep shade of blue that reveals hints of purple and green under different lighting. A colour that always looks great, from casual settings to formal occasions.

Also available as a Leather Wallet Case

Mujjo designed the Leather Wallet Case for extra life-on-the-go convenience. It carries up to three cards – perfect for debit/credit cards, ID or a driver’s licence – and keeps the essentials in one sleek package.

Leather Cases and Leather Wallet Cases are available for the iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Pro, iPhone 14 Plus, and iPhone 14 Pro Max. Prices are US$54, £54 and €55 for all models (incl. VAT for UK and Europe).

Available now at mujjo.com (ships worldwide).

My Thoughts On Yesterday’s #AppleEvent

Posted in Commentary with tags on September 8, 2022 by itnerd

Yesterday, Apple announced new Apple Watch models, a second generation AirPod Pro, and new iPhones to the world. And this year I decided to wait a few hours and share my thoughts after I have had time to digest the announcement. So let’s start with the Apple Watches:

  • Apple Watch Series 8: Let me get this out of the way. This is yet another iterative upgrade from Apple which isn’t a bad thing as the smartwatch market is far from saturated. Thus Apple doesn’t need to really push performance or throw a bunch of sensors into a new Apple Watch model to get attention. With that in mind, the new temperature sensor is the only new thing that they did add. This is tied to an ovulation predictor that they built into watchOS 9 specifically for this model. And Apple did go out of their way to say that any women’s health data is private and Apple can’t see it. Which I believe is a clear message that they are sending those on either side of the abortion debate in the US. The other things that stand out are a brighter screen and a new crash detection feature where it will call emergency services if you are in a car crash, along with international roaming for the Apple Watch if your carrier supports it. As far as I can tell, Canadian carriers don’t support it which is a bit of bummer. What Apple didn’t improve upon is the 18 hour battery life which really is a bummer as other smartwatches are capable of getting days of battery life. But they are introducing a low power mode to the Apple Watch Series 4 or above via watchOS 9 which ships next week. When that hits the streets, I will be testing it and letting you know what I think of it.
  • Apple Watch Ultra: Apple has released a watch for those who do things like triathlons, marathons, and “extreme” sports. Called the Apple Watch Ultra, it promises 36 hour battery life and all sorts of extra functionality to cater to this market. Not to mention extra waterproofing and durability features. This is a brilliant move by Apple as they’re clearly going after Garmin and Suunto who pretty much own this market. And I think it’s a success based on the fact that the last time I checked, you have to wait seven weeks to get one in contrast that with three to four weeks for the Series 8. Thus I think both those companies should be very, very scared. I hope at some point that Apple brings down some of the features of this watch to the more consumer focused Apple Watch. Specifically the battery life. But I would not at all be surprised if they didn’t.
  • AirPods Pro: This is another one of those iterative updates from Apple as they’ve added better FindMy support, better noise cancelling and transparency features, better sound, and longer battery life along with the ability to charge via MagSafe and the Apple Charging Puck for the Apple Watch. While I am sure that some people who already own AirPods Pro may upgrade, this iteration of the AirPods Pro isn’t a must get for those people. Instead it’s likely aimed at pulling people away from getting a pair of Sony or Bose earbuds.
  • iPhone 14: Much as the rumours predicted, Apple recycled the A15 processor from last year’s iPhone 13 Pro and dropped it in here. But the camera hardware has been seriously upgraded to give this phone gimbal like stability and better low light performance. It also adds the crash detection feature from the Apple Watch. But the two things that got my attention are the Emergency SOS via satellite feature which allows the iPhone 14 to connect directly to satellites for communication purposes in emergency situations when WiFi and cellular are not available. This will be free for two years however pricing after that was not disclosed. The cynic in me says that Apple is using that as a hook for you to buy a new iPhone in two years time. There’s also better cooling which should stop the overheating problems (which you will see in the form of the screen dimming). But Apple didn’t really go into the weeds on that. The other thing that caught my attention is that Apple has gone “all in” on eSIM and ditched the SIM tray in this phone. But only in the US. I wish they did this elsewhere as on top of likely improving water resistance, it will mitigate SIM swapping scams. Finally, if you were a fan of the iPhone Mini, it’s dead. Replaced by the iPhone 14 Plus which is a 6.7″ phone that likely has amazing battery life. The biggest #Fail from Apple is that the iPhone 14 still has Lightning and hasn’t made the move to USB-C. And it isn’t clear if the Lightning port is any faster as that was a major sore point for anyone who tried to use ProRES video on their iPhone and had to wait an hour or two for video to transfer over.
  • iPhone 14 Pro: Now if you’re in the market for an iPhone, the pro version is likely the one that you want to get. Besides having the new A16 processor which promises a performance boost, and all the features of the iPhone 14, it also has a 2000 nit display which is insane as there are desktop screens that don’t go that bright. Plus the iPhone finally has an always on display. Welcome to 2017 Apple. But the big news is that Apple has taken the notch, made it a pill shaped cutout, and built a software feature around the cutout called “dynamic island” which has notifications and other information surface from the cutout making it part of the user interface. I have to admit this is genius on the part of Apple as they’ve taken a hardware function that might have been the source of blowback from some and turned it into something that people will talk about in a positive way. Well played Apple. Apple added a 48-megapixel Wide camera with a quad-pixel sensor. But the photo is binned down to 12-megapixel. But if you use ProRAW you can get access to the full 48-megapixel photo. That should give better low light performance. The biggest #Fail from Apple is that the iPhone 14 Pro still has Lightning and hasn’t made the move to USB-C. And it isn’t clear if the Lightning port is any faster as that was a major sore point for anyone who tried to use ProRES video on their iPhone and had to wait an hour or two for video to transfer over.

That’s my view of yesterday’s Apple Event. If you want to see the 100 minute event, you can watch the recording on YouTube below. What are your thoughts on the Apple Event? Drop your thoughts in the comments below.

Another Extortion Phishing Email #Scam Is Making The Rounds… Let Me Tell You About It

Posted in Commentary with tags on September 8, 2022 by itnerd

I swear, these extortion phishing scams are multiplying like weeds. Hot off of this scam that I brought to your attention a few days ago, another one has been brought to my attention. Before I get to that, let me recap what this scam is all about.

The scammer claims to have recorded you while watching porn and has video proof of that. The scammer then goes on to claim that they will release it to your friends, family and the like if you don’t pay them in Bitcoin which is untraceable. So what the scam is doing is leveraging the fact that watching porn and “pleasuring” yourself to put it kindly is seen as something negative. And having a video of you doing this would be embarrassing. Thus you would be inclined to pay to keep it quiet.

Now over to today’s scam. The email that I got looks like this:

Hello!
Have you recently noticed that I have e-mailed you from your account?
Yes, this simply means that I have total access to your device.

For the last couple of months, I have been watching you.
Still wondering how is that possible? Well, you have been infected with malware originating from an adult website that you visited. You may not be familiar with this, but I will try explaining it to you.

With help of the Trojan Virus, I have complete access to a PC or any other device.
This simply means I can see you at any time I wish to on your screen by simply turning on your camera and microphone, without you even noticing it. In addition, I have also got access to your contacts list and all your correspondence.

You may be asking yourself, “But my PC has an active antivirus, how is this even possible? Why didn’t I receive any notification?” Well, the answer is simple: my malware uses drivers, where I update the signatures every four hours, making it undetectable, and hence keeping your antivirus silent.

I have a video of you wanking on the left screen, and on the right screen – the video you were watching while masturbating.
Wondering how bad could this get? With just a single click of my mouse, this video can be sent to all your social networks, and e-mail contacts.
I can also share access to all your e-mail correspondence and messengers that you use.

All you have to do to prevent this from happening is – transfer bitcoins worth $1450 (USD) to my Bitcoin address (if you have no idea how to do this, you can open your browser and simply search: “Buy Bitcoin”).

My bitcoin address (BTC Wallet) is: [Bitcoin Address Redacted]

After receiving a confirmation of your payment, I will delete the video right away, and that’s it, you will never hear from me again.
You have 2 days (48 hours) to complete this transaction.
Once you open this e-mail, I will receive a notification, and my timer will start ticking.

Any attempt to file a complaint will not result in anything, since this e-mail cannot be traced back, same as my bitcoin id.
I have been working on this for a very long time by now; I do not give any chance for a mistake. 

If, by any chance I find out that you have shared this message with anybody else, I will broadcast your video as mentioned above.

So let’s unpack this:

  • The email appears to have come from your email account. But all that means is that that someone has spoofed your email address. This is surprisingly easy to do. And scammers leverage that to make these scam emails seem more legitimate. But they’re not and the scammer doesn’t have control over anything.
  • This email also says is that the so called hacker installed the “trojan virus” on your computer which is a piece of software that can download your data, log your keystrokes and control your webcam and microphone. Now this software does exist. But if you have up to date and functional anti-virus software, it should be able to deal with it. And if you want a bit of extra security, cover up your webcam with a piece of tape. The scammer’s talk about changing signatures of his software to evade detection is BS by the way. If he could do that, he’d be working for some nation state launching targeted spyware and ransomware attacks rather than doing scams on individuals.
  • The scammer wants you to pay him via Bitcoin as that’s untraceable. But that works both ways. There’s no way for the scammer to know that you’ve paid him which means that there’s no way for him to delete the data that they allegedly have on you. Related to that, I checked the value of the Bitcoin address and it seems that plenty of people have fallen for that scam based on the number of transactions that have been made into this wallet.
  • The email claims to be able to transmit to the scammer when you’ve opened the email. That sounds like the scammer has embedded a tracking pixel into the email. Marketing companies use these to see if you’ve opened an email along with gathering information about you, and Apple for example has countermeasures against all of that. I found no evidence that this email contained anything like this.
  • As usual, the English used in this email is poor. A hallmark of scam emails.

This in short, this is a scam email that you should delete the second it hits your inbox. While scam emails like this don’t have to have a huge number of people falling for it to be successful, you shouldn’t be the person who falls for it. And if you have any concerns about the security of your computer, I would contact a professional who can take a look at your computer to see if there are any issues with it.

 

In Depth: Mobile Klinik

Posted in Products with tags on September 8, 2022 by itnerd

Inflation is up, and wages are stagnant. That means that every dollar that you spend has to go further. Recent reports have found that 85 per cent of Canadians are concerned that their income won’t be able to keep up with inflation.

That doubly true when it comes to tech. For example, buying a new phone may no longer be an option for you and a used phone could be the way to go. But buying a phone from Craigslist may be a dodgy proposition as you don’t know if you are getting a phone that is in good shape and that will last.

That’s where Mobile Klinik comes in. This Canadian retailer offers the widest range of high-quality used devices from trusted brands – providing customers with a budget-friendly way to upgrade and trade-in mobile devices, as well as the ability to earn money on old devices. These options are not only friendlier on the environment, but are also a little lighter on the wallet.

One thing that I like about Mobile Klinik is that unlike a lot of shops that fix phones, their stores are bright and very welcoming. In fact they’ve won an award for their retail design.

Mobile Klinik also offers multiple cost-effective, sustainable mobility solutions that are convenient and affordable, including:

  • The chance to get $100 off the price of a used or repaired device when activated in-store. All used devices come risk-free with a 1-year warranty.
  • A Sustainability Credit, offering customers the chance to save $5 per month on their phone bill when they activate a used or repaired device in-store.
  • The ability to repair, sell or trade-in old devices at any of its 125+ stores coast-to-coast to extend their lifecycle and prevent them from ending up in landfills.

Thus if I were a parent who needed a new phone for my child, I would be looking at Mobile Klinik as an option as that would be a good cost containment option. Speaking of back to school, Canadians can take advantage of these Mobile Klinik Back to School promotions:

  1. A wide selection of used iPhones starting at $99, while quantities last.
  2. A free phone case and screen protector, plus get two years of free unlimited screen repairs when you buy and activate a used device.
  3. Free Skullcandy earbuds with the purchase of select devices.

Thus if you are looking for a phone upgrade, or you need your phone fixed, take a look at Mobile Klinik as I have sent a few of my clients to them, and they have been pleased with the results. Which says to me that you’ll be as well.