Monthly ArchiveJuly 2018

Shall I clear out my cache

There are good and bad points to clearing or not clearing out your web browser’s cache.

Advantages to Cache

  • When you browse a website for the first time your web browser contains details about the website in a file called cache, if you browse on that same website the browser will bring up the website a lot faster basically given the user a speedier web experience

The drawbacks to cache

  • In some instances, the browser doesn’t display the up to date version of the site
  • Over time it starts to slow down your pc/laptop/mobile keeping a lot of junk memory
  • Some other website can read your cache and start targeting you with ads, in some worse case scenarios your browsing history is sent to a 3rd party server

For best practices clear out your cache once a month alongside a virus scan

Below are some links listing some steps for clearing out your cache for mobiles and desktop browsers

Click here for Mobile Users

Click here for Desktop Users

FBI wants you to reboot your router

In the past few months, there has been a malware threat called VPNFilter, this malware has the ability infiltrate some home user routers and cause it to be a part of a collective to cause a DDOS (Denial of Service) attack on specific websites causing that website to go offline.

The other thing that this malware target is none secure web traffic that the user views and inserted malicious code to web the traffic enabling it to spy on your previously viewed pages and gain access certain unsecured data and pages and pass it on to a centralized server

Below there is a small example of the affected 500,000 routers listed

Asus, D-Link, Huawei, Linksys, Microtik, Netgear, QNAP, TP-Link, Ubiquiti, Upvel & ZTE

The reason why the FBI is asking users to reboot their routers is that they have gained access to the main server that was doing all the collecting this data.

We at GT-systems encourage our users and clients to always browse the internet on secure websites and always use 2FA (2-factor authentication) for logins

Find out more at the Fortinet website – Click Here