Updating your iPhone to iOS 6

Posted on September 25, 2012

As part of SIRKit’s ongoing effort to provide the best email service available, we would like to inform you about the latest iPhone operating system offered by Apple.

Apple’s iOS 6 offers many new features, including a new maps program with GPS-style spoken turn-by-turn navigation, improvements to Siri allowing for searching in Canada, new phone call features such as the ability to reply with a preset message instead of answering, a new Do Not Disturb option, as well as feature improvements and security updates to almost every other iPhone function.

In order to ensure you have the latest and most secure email and iPhone experience, SIRKit highly recommends updating to iOS 6 immediately. iOS 6 is only available on the iPhone 3GS, 4, 4S, and 5; if you do not see iOS 6 update your phone may not be an iOS 6 supported device.

***Please note: iOS 6 can only be installed while connected to a WiFi network. Also, as iOS 6 is a large update, be aware that the update can take between 20 -60 minutes, depending on your internet connection speed ***


To update to iOS 6:

From your iPhone home screen, tap on SETTINGS:






You should now see the iOS 6 update screen, tap DOWNLOAD AND INSTALL:


You should now see the download progress screen:

Once the download has finished, you will see your iPhone reboot and finish installing the iOS 6 update. Once the update has finished, you may see your iPhone reboot again.

Once your iPhone has finished rebooting, you may be asked a few iOS 6 setup questions, such as signing in with your Apple ID, enabling Location Services, and setting up iCloud services. Once these final options have been selected, your iPhone will be the most up-to-date iPhone on the block!

WiFi Protected Setup PIN vulnerability

Posted on September 5, 2012

In December of 2011, a team with the United States Department of Homeland Security released a document that detailed a critical security flaw with access points/routers that use WiFi Protected Setup (WPS).

WPS is a security option that allows an individual to use a PIN predefined by the access point/router, or create a new PIN that will be hard-coded to the access point/router, which will allow a user to connect a computer or other device to a wireless network.

The security flaw in WPS exists in how the PIN is transmitted to the client device when that device fails to authenticate to the access point/router. When authentication fails, a message is sent to the client device. This message includes the first half of the PIN, along with the last digit of the PIN, which is used as an error check digit for the PIN. This broadcasting of over half the PIN allows an attacker significantly less attempts to crack the PIN than would be needed if other methods of WiFi security were used; such as WiFi Protected Access (WPA, or WPA2).

A quick, but not necessarily definitive, way to identify if your access point/router has WPS capability will be to look for this symbol:

This is the WPS symbol, and will most likely be on the back of your access point/router.

SIRKit Ltd. highly recommends the following steps be taken to minimize the risk of being exploited by this flaw:

  1. Update your access point/router’s firmware. Most manufacturers are aware of this vulnerability, and have already released updates for their products to resolve this flaw.
  2. Disable WPS. If no firmware update exists to resolve this vulnerability, disabling WPS will prevent someone from taking advantage of this flaw.

A Few common access points/routers that have WPS capability are:

  • D-Link DIR-655 Xtreme N Gigabit Router
  • Linksys E2500 Advanced Dual-Band N Router

A few access points/routers that do not have WPS capability:

  • D-Link DIR-615 Wireless N 300 Router
  • D-Link WBR-2310 RangeBooster G Router

As always, SIRKit Ltd. will be more than happy to provide assistance updating your access point/router’s firmware, disabling WPS, as well as to source out access points or routers that do not have WPS capability.

Photograph by Andrew Binne