When it comes to software that you may not have heard of, or even used, recently QuickTime appears on my mind. A popular video software the system seems to have faded away, from both ours and Apple’s minds. These actions have led for Trend Micro and the Department of Homeland Security to recommend that if you have QuickTime installed on your Windows PC, uninstall QuickTime for your own safety.
The warnings both from Trend Micro and the Department of Homeland Security come as Trend Micro discover two new critical vulnerabilities within the software that could be used by remote attackers to gain control of your system. While there aren’t any active attacks targeting this problem, both groups are recommending you uninstall the software from your windows system as Apple will no longer release security updates for QuickTime on windows.
The options seem pretty clear-cut, uninstall some software or risk being exposed to a threat that will never get fixed. While QuickTime on Mac’s is unaffected, Windows users should look to use some of the alternative options available for them if you want to watch media content on your PC.
What’s going to get you kicked off a flight faster than carrying a pair of nail clippers or a replica Katana? According to this TSA announcement, a flat phone battery is the answer. The full release reads:
“Last week, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson directed TSA to implement enhanced security measures at certain overseas airports with direct flights to the United States.
As the traveling public knows, all electronic devices are screened by security officers. During the security examination, officers may also ask that owners power up some devices, including cell phones. Powerless devices will not be permitted onboard the aircraft. The traveler may also undergo additional screening.
TSA will continue to adjust security measures to ensure that travelers are guaranteed the highest levels of aviation security conducted as conveniently as possible.”
Unfortunately, this statement isn’t exactly direct nor points out an obvious issue, but we’ve learnt from NBCNews that this is likely due to a terrorism scare:
“The Transportation Security Administration will not allow cellphones or other electronic devices on U.S.-bound planes at some overseas airports if the devices are not charged up, the agency said on Sunday.” NBCNews
And it’s not just your phone that’s on the line either:
“A U.S. source familiar with the matter said laptop computers are among the devices security screeners may require passengers to turn on.” NBCNews
As far as targeted devices go and where the actions will be taken place are, we’ve learned:
“U.S. officials singled out smartphones including iPhones made by Apple and Galaxy phones made by Samsung Electronics for extra security checks on U.S.-bound direct flights from Europe, the Middle East and Africa.” NBCNews
Whether this is another crazy security measure, or a legitimate concern is up to you to decide – but we know those with a flat device due to too many Tumblr updates are sure to create a scene at the security checkpoint.