Monday

CCleaner Got Hacked - Now What?

Popular PC cleanup tool CCleaner got hacked, and a version was available for download with a malware bundle installed. 

While that is of course disappointing, the "good news" is that the malware did not appear to do anything *really* bad (at least for now). It did attempt to send system information to an as yet unidentified IP address (for some future mischief?).

From Piriform, the makers of CCleaner:
Again, we would like to apologize for any inconvenience this incident could have caused to our clients; we are taking detailed steps internally so that this does not happen again, and to ensure your security while using any of our Piriform products. Users of our cloud version have received an automated update. For all other users, if you have not already done so, we encourage you to update your CCleaner software to version 5.34 or higher, the latest version is available for download here.
I would also run a malware scanner such as Malwarebytes Anti Malware.
 
Piriform Blog


Saturday

Am I A Tech Luddite?

I work in computer technology and I am a baby boomer; while I hate to validate a stereotype, I tend to not be receptive to having a bunch of technical doodads in my life. The main reason is not so much that I reject change or new things, it's more the factor of cost and perhaps just usefulness - there are quite a few "modern" gadgets I just don't see a need for.

Now, I do have a smartphone - although that really just happened within the last 3 years; I had a series of little flip phones before that. We do have computers and such around the house, but most are either several years old, or home built, or both.



Tuesday

Apple iPhone 8, 8 Plus and iPhone X

So Apple held their annual iPhone event, and - even bearing in mind that I am not Apple's target customer demographic - it was pretty meh, to be honest. They had a new version of the Apple Watch (Apple Watch 3), and a new "4k"  (higher resolution) version of Apple TV, and three new iPhone models.

The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus are a bit more expensive, sleeker and faster than last year's models. The iPhone X ("ten" or "ex" depending on who you listen too) has a beautiful, large, but not unique OLED screen (Organic LED). It also starts at $999 US for the 64GB model, and quite a bit more in other countries.