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Breaking news: NTPD — yet another security breach

A set of positive steps to rebuild your online security

Our apologies for posting this page at Christmas and the New Year and for taking a moment with our alerts about the NTPD security problem affecting Mac OSX systems and particularly versions before 10.8 Mountain Lion that are not being patched automatically by Apple. We do now have a route for patching 10.6.8 Snow Leopard and 10.7.5 Lion systems and we can talk you through the process. More importantly we have a service for rebuilding your security online with unique passwords per account and setting up connection to your mobile phone for verification where appropriate.

There have been a string of attacks on both Apple systems and web infrastructure during the course of 2014 from the Heartbleed computer code failure that breached the defences of web servers providing secure password transactions, to the Celeb breach of Apple Cloud systems that led to changes in Apple security systems. Now we have the current issues around corrections to the time server arrangements for Apple devices. We want people to be more secure, but not to be faced with solutions that are so tedious to implement that they’re unworkable. We have approaches that make sure that the “cure” isn’t worse than the “cold”.

We are offering security advice for free for existing subscribers to our ‘On the Wing‘ telephone support network and a £90 service for a one-off telephone support session to set up 2-step Verification and to you get going with building robust online security. We know that each of you will have different needs, levels of confidence and technical skills, but we are sure we can start the process for you in less than an hour. Our ‘On the Wing’ subscribers as usual can fire follow up questions at will and for non-subscribers we can set up supplementary sessions and even complete implementation services charged per half day at £360 including VAT.

Choose your next step:

  • Book a session by ringing Simon Rae-Scott on +44 (0)7956 888 757
  • Subscribe now to ‘On the Wing‘ for £49.99 per year
  • Purchase a one-off 2-Step Verification support session for £90 including VAT.
  • Buy a half day training session to understand the issues and to put in place a system to suit.

We can help you make your online security more manageable.

Happy New Year, Simon Rae-Scott.

ConnectWorks specialises in custom arts and information web projects for corporate and public sector clients and affordable modular solutions to assist new businesses in setting up a web presence and adding e-commerce. It also provides consultancy and workshops on web matters and emerging technologies, including eBook publications.

ConnectWorks runs ‘On the Wing’, a telephone support service for individual clients that focuses on helping professionals do more with mobile devices, cloud based services and integration with existing laptops and desktops.

On the Wing Project

‘On the Wing’ is a personal networking project driven by Simon Rae-Scott, ConnectWorks’ Managing Director, to provide a direct point of contact for individual clients. The model for this subscription telephone support service is deliberately simple so we can explore where it can take us.

It’s priced just under £50 per year at £49.99 including VAT and there are just three key elements:

  • Support calls that can resolve an issue in five minutes are free*
  • A support call that takes longer than five minutes consumes the reserve and temporarily suspends the subscription
  • Payment of a £45 recharge fee reinstates the subscription.

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Why Subscribe or Recommend Now?

  • If you own an iPhone or iPad, subscribing will help justify it as a professional purchase
  • To help grow this personal network, you can claim a free recharge for each new subscriber you refer
  • If you’re iOS/ICT professional, but would rather we handled your clients’ questions, please call Simon on 07956 888 757 to arrange a £10 Finder’s Fee per subscriber you help to join our list.

Read more about Simon’s thoughts on why he has introduced the ‘On the Wing’ network and how he sees it developing.

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