Patch Your Netgear Router Because it Could Get Hacked

· Andrew Orr · Link

Image of a router

Netgear is pushing out security patches for its networking products this week. They contain flaws that could open them up to hackers.

Modem/routers:

D6200, D6220, D6400, D7000, D7000v2, D7800, D8500

Range extenders:

PR2000

Routers:

JR6150, R6120, R6220, R6230, R6250, R6260, R6400, R6400v2, R6700, R6700v2, R6700v3, R6800, R6900,  R6900P, R6900v2, R7000, R7000P,  R7100LG, R7300DST, R7500v2, R7800, R7900, R7900P, R8000, R8000P, R8300, R8500, R8900, R9000, RAX120, RBR20 (Orbi), RBS20 (Orbi), RBK20 (Orbi), RBR40 (Orbi), RBS40 (Orbi), RBK40 (Orbi), RBR50 (Orbi), RBS50 (Orbi), RBK50 (Orbi), XR500, XR700

All About Apps Phoning Home. And Firewalls

· John Martellaro · Link

macOS Sierra firewall and Stealth mode protect your Mac from local network hackers

The Eclectic Light Company writes:

A few years ago, most Mac users had firewalls in their routers which blocked all incoming connections, and that was all they wanted. Over those years, we’ve increasingly installed software firewalls on our Macs to block outgoing connections. This article looks at some of the issues that arise from doing that.

The rules of the game keep changing, and this article brings us up-to-date.

How to Choose the Best Mesh Wireless System For Your Home

· Dave Hamilton · How-To

Sorting through the mesh wireless systems available today can be tricky. Read on, and we’ll teach you how to decide which one is best for you. [Update: Anti-malware is a theme of this update, with Plume SuperPods, Orbi, and Linksys Velop all joining the club with solid offerings in this regard. eero and Plume both solved their LAN persistence problems, keeping your Wi-Fi alive even if your Internet connection goes down. AmpliFi is doing some cool things for IoT users with regards to setting up separate SSIDs for that, too. See Changelog – Dave]

The Internet's 768K Day Approaches. What is THAT?

· John Martellaro · Link

Global internet

ZDNet writes:

The term 768k Day comes from the original mother of all internet outages known as 512k Day.

512k Day happened on August 12, 2014, when hundreds of ISPs from all over the world went down, causing billions of dollars in damages due to lost trade and fees, from a lack of internet connectivity or packet loss

This time we’re much better prepared. However,

There will certainly be some network operators and corporate end-user organizations who will be caught unaware and will experience problems…

Bridge Mode, APFS, and Tips from MacTech – Mac Geek Gab 735

· John F. Braun & Dave Hamilton · Mac Geek Gab Podcast

APFS, Bridge Mode, and MacTech Conference logos for Mac Geek Gab 735

Dave’s back from MacTech and boy is his brain tired from absorbing as much knowledge as he could. He and John talk through a bunch of that, including some important new APFS knowledge, Cool Stuff Found, and a plethora of Quick Tips. Plus, of course, your two favorite geeks answer your questions. All this and more… press play and enjoy!

Synology RT2600ac and RT1900ac: Your Apple AirPort Extreme Replacement

· Dave Hamilton · Tips

Screenshots of Synology's DS Router iPhone app

These days, many Apple users are looking to improve and update their home Wi-Fi connections. With Apple seemingly having abandoned any true hardware updates to their AirPort router line, Apple users are looking to third-parties to fill the gap for an AirPort Extreme replacement. To that end, Synology is among the cream of the crop in the standalone router market and provides many features never found in Apple’s offerings. Updated April 18, 2018 with lowered prices on Amazon. The RT2600ac is now available for less than an AirPort Extreme, with a lot more features and range.

Updated List of WPA-2 KRACK Patches in Consumer Routers

· Dave Hamilton · News

KRACK WPA2 WiFi security flaw

We’re keeping an up-to-date list of KRACK-related router firmware updates so you can find out if one is available for your router. (Update, 22-Nov-2017, 1:30pm EST: Added info from Linksys about their recent KRACK updates)

Backups, APFS, High Sierra, and You – Mac Geek Gab 670

· John F. Braun & Dave Hamilton · Mac Geek Gab Podcast

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Cool Stuff Found starts the episode, then it’s on to a few things related to backups, including how High Sierra’s APFS will affect you. Listener tips and some other, unrelated questions are answered, and then there’s a nice, juicy segment on meshifying your home without buying mesh for all of you, too. Press play and enjoy!

Puck Killed the Wi-Fi – Mac Geek Gab 664

· John F. Braun & Dave Hamilton · Mac Geek Gab Podcast

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Keyboard shortcuts, system-wide tools, reversing panorama mode, and putting the finishing touches on your system updates are the things you’ll learn about in just the first few minutes of this episode. From there it goes even deeper, including a great segment about managing your email on macOS and iOS. You won’t want to miss this one. Press play… and enjoy!

Secure Document Syncing, Splitting Audio & More – Mac Geek Gab 659

· John F. Braun & Dave Hamilton · Mac Geek Gab Podcast

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Thunderbolt 3 Docks, Quick PrefPane Access, the best iOS PDF viewer, splitting audio files, and finding your lyrics. THAT’s what your two favorite geeks start with this week… and then they go from there! Press play and enjoy.