Intuit, the makers of the popular accounting package QuickBooks, have warned users not to use the software at public Wi-Fi hot spots. A serious bug that was supposedly patched last week apparently manifests under certain conditions in Wi-Fi hot spots.
The bug, which was contained in a flawed product update released in December, has already been responsible for deleting documents, including financial files, from users' PCs.
To summarize the issue, here's an excerpt of what Ian Vacin, leader for Mac financial software at Intuit, wrote on the company's Web site:
We have determined that the prior bug remanifests itself when QuickBooks Pro 2006 for Mac is initiated at public Internet hotspots and a redirection error occurs (for instance, when you are at a cafe that requires you to pay to use its services) ... If you must use QuickBooks Pro 2006 for Mac at Internet hot spots over the next few days, please contact us directly... so that we can provide you a temporary work-around.
Does your company use QuickBooks? Are you affected by the whole snafus?
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Paul Mah is a writer and blogger who lives in Singapore, where he has worked for a number of years in various capacities within the IT industry. Paul enjoys tinkering with tech gadgets, smartphones, and networking devices.