ALERT – iOS 9 Update Issues

You may have noticed on your iPhone or iPad that an update to iOS 9 is available for download. We’ve received a few questions about whether or not to update. We recommend to all clients that you DO NOT apply this update yet. Every year, Apple updates iOS to a new version, with significant changes in features and performance. The newest iteration, iOS 9, was released on September 16. Unfortunately, with each new release of

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Effective Power Bug Plaguing iPhones

A new bug has appeared in the wild! Devices including iPhones, iPads, Apple Watches and Macs, are crashing when they receive a message containing a unique combination of symbols and characters known as the "Effective Power Bug". While no one is spreading this message on a wide-scale, you may receive it as a "prank" from a friend or colleague. This message can be sent via apps like Messages, Twitter, and SnapChat, rendering these services unusable.

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Don’t Let Ransomware Hold You Hostage

A growing problem in the world wide web is "Ransomware". Ransomware occurs when a pop-up window appears on your screen, featuring an error or warning, along with an urgency to contact "technicians" via a provided phone number.

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Latest Office for Mac Update Brings Bug

While updates tend to address fixes and apply security patches, the latest update for Microsoft Office for Mac comes with a crippling problem. After installing the update, labeled "14.5.0",  users on OS X 10.10 Yosemite have reported that the Outlook windows refuse to appear, making them unable to send or receive email.

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Installing Java Update on a Mac?

Beware the now-bundled Ask.com toolbar in Java Update The latest Java update for Macs now come with adware. If you install the update via Java.com you will be prompted to install an Ask.com toolbar, it will also change your default search engine to Ask.com. If you update Java regularly, you can avoid installing this adware by de-selecting the checkbox "Set Ask.com as my browser homepage" as show in the image below: If you have not

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ALERT – iOS 8 Update Issues

You may have noticed on your iPhone or iPad that an update to iOS 8 is available for download. We’ve received a few questions about whether or not to update. As of right now, Cirrus Partners is recommending to all clients that you DO NOT apply this update yet. Every year, Apple updates iOS to a new version, with significant changes in features and performance. The newest iteration, iOS 8, was released on September 17.

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iOS 8.1 Update

Last month, we recommended to all clients that they not update iPhones or iPads to iOS 8 until we felt that Apple had released a more stable version of the operating system. We are now officially giving you the go-ahead! You may update your devices to iOS 8.1.1. If you've already updated your device to iOS 8, or if you've recently purchased the new iPhone 6 (or the larger variant, the 6+), we ask that

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ALERT – Heartbleed Bug

You've probably heard about the Heartbleed Bug - the security flaw making international headlines as websites scramble for a fix and daily internet users are left with a barrage of questions. Here's what you need to know. WHAT IS IT? Heartbleed is, simply put, a mistake. It's not a virus and it was not created with malicious intent. Two years ago, a programmer left an unintentional hole buried in the code of the OpenSSL software

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ALERT – Masque Attack and WireLurker

Two new attacks have been revealed in the past week that can affect Mac computers, iPhones, and iPads. Like a certain virus that's recently gripped the nation, they can infect without making themselves known until it's almost too late. Here's what you need to know to stay clean. WHAT ARE THEY? Masque Attack replaces legitimate apps on your iPhone/iPad, such as Facebook, Google Maps, or The Weather Channel. It works by attracting users to install

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Welcome to the inaugural news post of Cirrus Partners!

MacWorks now Cirrus Partners It seems only fitting that our first post be about the fact that we weren't always Cirrus Partners: our company was started in 2005 as 'MacWorks' - a small business dedicated to providing Apple product support to both businesses and individual consumers in the Greater Madison area. We've grown a lot in the last 8 years, and so has the state of information technology. We will always offer (in our humble