A Chrome extension could keep you safe from harm and BlackPhone isn't as safe as we once thought. We're covering these stories and more in this week's edition of IT Rewind!


IT Rewind Featured Stories:

Did our short segment leave you wanting more? Check out the original articles of stories we covered!

Bug in Ultra Secure BlackPhone Let Attackers Decrypt Texts, Stalk Users

Ars Technica, @arstechnica, Dan Goodin, 

New Chrome Extension Spots Unencrypted Tracking

CIO, @CIOonline, Jeremy Kirk, @Jeremy_Kirk

VIDEO: Wrapping up the IT Resolution Challenge

MSP Blog, @FollowContinuum, Ben Barker, @BenDBarker


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Continuum's Must-Read Blog Post This Week

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What Else Is New in the IT Channel?

Now that you've seen our top picks for this week, here are some more stories that made the headlines. Have a suggestion for a story that we should cover next week? Let us know by commenting below or tweeting @FollowContinuum or @BenDBarker!

I 'aint afraid of no ghost:

         Highly Critical "Ghost" Allowing Code Execution Affects Most Linux Systems
         Ars Technica, @arstechnica, Dan Goodin, 

Microsoft's awesome app:

        Microsoft May Have Just Released the Best Gmail App for the iPhone
        Business Insider, @businessinsider, Steven Tweedie, @SteveTweedie

The future is now:

         Are You Prepared for the Channel Eclipse?
         MSPmentor, @mspmentor, Jim Lippie, @jimlippie



Hey everyone, welcome back for this week’s episode of IT Rewind! For the next two and a half minutes I’ll be delivering you some uninterrupted.

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Okay, okay. On to the news. 

The ultra-secure BlackPhone may not be as bullet proof as we once thought. Recently, a bug was discovered within the device that allowed attackers to decrypt texts, steal contacts, control device functions, and essentially stalk users by viewing the location of information. The vulnerability lived within the texting application that comes with the phone. On a positive note, the vulnerability was quickly fixed upon its discovery. Still, for a phone that was created to protect users from snoops to have such a security lapse isn’t exactly good news. 

There’s a new Chrome extension that provides you an extra set of eyes while surfing the web. The extension is able to identify tools embedded in websites that could put you at risk. It is able to highlight specific tools that send unencrypted data over the Internet. Whether it’s for online advertising, social media, or analytics, some third-party sites put your data at risk to those with network-level access if the data is unencrypted. The extension is called TrackerSSL and it’s available for free download on the Chrome Web Store.

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