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Windows 10 – How to change date and time formats

This informative article shares detailed screenshots and how to adapt WIN10 for specific date and time needs

Not everybody needs to see time and dates the same way — if the Windows 10 default for the Taskbar doesn’t do it for you, here’s how to change it.  Windows 10 by default displays the date in the Taskbar formatted with forward slashes and two numbers for the year (12/28/16) and 12-hour format for time (12:00 PM), which is totally acceptable, but you can always change these settings if you want to see something different.

Perhaps you want to see dashes for the date (12-28-16) or dots (12.28.16). Or maybe for the time, you want to use a 24-hour format or something more unique, such as replacing “AM” with “Before Noon” (9:00 Before Noon) and “Afternoon” for “PM” (6:00 Afternoon).   Thankfully, Windows 10 is a flexible operating system that includes the necessary options to customize the date and time formats on your device to virtually anything you want.   In this Windows 10 guide, we’ll walk you through the steps to customize the date and time formats on your PC.





Technology – CES 2017 Live Streaming schedule

The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2017 will be in Las Vegas, NV during
JANUARY 5-8, 2017. Opportunities to view live keynote addresses and other activities can be found in links below:




Windows 10 – In-depth guide to protect device security

With each Windows release, Microsoft improves security.  WIN10 security is much improved.  This excellent and in-depth article from Guiding Tech offers ways to further strengthen security 

Digital Security is paramount today. Anything with an internet connection is vulnerable and can be compromised by someone sitting on a different continent. The latest DDOS attack on DNS servers is one example of many such wide scale attacks which are on increasing trend since last few years.  Your PC or Laptop is also not secure from such attacks. While you may reiterate that I have password protected it, but that’s not enough today, as we will see.

In Windows 10, Microsoft is using NTLMv2 hashing technique, which while doesn’t use salting but fixes some other critical flaws and overall offers more security. But then also you are not 100 percent protected, as I will show now how can you perform a similar attack on your own PC.

Windows 10 – Folders return to START MENU in Creators Update

The WIN10 Creators Update is currently in beta testing for release later in 2017.  Below is further documentation of a new feature that will likely appear in next WIN10 version release.

Microsoft is set to release the Windows 10 Creators Update in early 2017. The company has already introduced a handful of new features coming with the Creators Update to users in the Windows Insider program. The software giant is also expected to release a set of other features in early 2017 ahead of the official public release.

Now, there is a new feature coming with the Creators Update which Microsoft is yet to officially announce — and that is app folders on the Start Menu. If you happen to own a Windows 10 Mobile device, you are probably familiar with this feature — it essentially allows you to make a folder of tiles on the Start Menu. If an app has a live tile, the tile will still function in the folder which is very neat. And just like all of the other tiles on the Start Menu, you can resize the app folders too.

Smartphones – Comparison of Google Pixel XL v iPhone 7 Plus

These two newer models of leading phone systems are compared in the following review:

How does the Google Pixel XL stack up against the Apple iPhone 7 Plus on three main metrics? Note that this is not a comprehensive review of all the features on both phones. I will do a comprehensive long-term review later. And for the record (iPhone fans please note), I think both phones are excellent and are two of the best smartphones on the planet.

1. Intelligent Personal Assistant: Google Personal Assistant vs. Siri: Winner: Pixel XL
2. UX (user experience): Admittedly, this is a bit murky but it’s one of the reasons I still favor the iPhone
3. Camera: The preponderance of professional reviews I’ve read favor the Google Pixel. (Digital Photography Review cites the Pixel XL’s excellent HDR+ mode, the image detail, and fast/accurate AF, among other things.)

Malware – Vermont utility discovers laptop with GRIZZLY-STEPPE infection

Combating attacks from the bad guys is a cat-and-mouse game … and we need smarter and more vigilent cats in 2017

A code associated with the Russian hacking operation dubbed Grizzly Steppe by the Obama administration has been detected within the system of a Vermont utility, according to U.S. officials.   While the Russians did not actively use the code to disrupt operations, according to officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss a security matter, the discovery underscores the vulnerabilities of the nation’s electrical grid. And it raises fears in the U.S. government that Russian government hackers are actively trying to penetrate the grid to carry out potential attacks.

Officials in government and the utility industry regularly monitor the grid because it is highly computerized and any disruptions can have disastrous implications for the country’s medical and emergency services.  Burlington Electric said in a statement that the company detected a malware code used in the Grizzly Steppe operation in a laptop that was not connected to the organization’s grid systems. The firm said it took immediate action to isolate the laptop and alert federal authorities

Twitter – 2017 improvements may include an edit button

The capability to edit posts and more restrictive controls on fake news are possible improvements for Twitter in 2017

Could Twitter be finally adding an edit button? In new tweets from CEO Jack Dorsey, the answer may actually be yes.  After asking users for what they would want to see Twitter add or improve on it 2017 (borrowing the idea from Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky), the co-founder of the popular social network was inundated with requests to allow people to edit their tweets.

In addition to requests to edit tweets, Dorsey was also pitched to add better control for dealing with trolls, removing bots and improving how conversations appear.  All are important, but bringing the ability to edit tweets would be a great way to start 2017.

Facebook – No longer free HOAX version DEC 2016

While most users know to avoid these hoaxes, users should always get secondary verification at other sites.  Well crafted HTML and inexperience can trick users into taking wrong action on hoaxes or malware traps.  Facecrooks security shares awareness of latest variant circulating.

This common hoax that gets circulated over and over again claims that Facebook is going to start charging users a service fee. Listed below is a new one that is currently making the rounds:

“Hi I’m Carlos The Director of facebook THURSDAY WE ARE NOTIFIED BY HOTMAIL, HAPPENED ON THE TELE BY THE DOUBTS !! Hello everyone, it seems that all the warnings were real, facebook use will cost money

If you send this string to 18 different from your list, your icon will be blue and it will be free for you. If you do not believe me tomorrow at 6 pm that facebook will be closed and to open it you will have to pay…..  send 10 people to reactivate your service again without cost I already updated Facebook and have new stickers forward it to …

If you read the message, just the grammar and wordiness of the post seems a little odd. And has anyone ever heard of Carlos, the director of Facebook? For some strange reason, the creators of this hoax want users to send this message to their contacts.  Of course the message is a hoax. Facebook is free and always will be. It even says so on their home page.

US CERT – GRIZZLY-STEPPE national security research project

CERT & DHS released the GRIZZLEY STEEPE report to document some aspects of forensics findings for recent political & domestic hacking incidents

On October 7, 2016, the Department Of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) issued a joint statement on election security compromises. DHS has released a Joint Analysis Report (JAR) attributing those compromises to Russian malicious cyber activity, designated as GRIZZLY STEPPE.  The JAR package offers technical details regarding the tools and infrastructure used by Russian civilian and military intelligence services (RIS). Accompanying CSV and STIX format files of the indicators are available here

Microsoft Security Updates – DECEMBER 2016

Below are key resources documenting this recent monthly Microsoft Patch Tuesday release:

The final patch Tuesday of 2016 has arrived. Today, Microsoft has released their monthly set of security bulletins designed to address security vulnerabilities within their products. This month’s release contains 12 bulletins addressing 48 vulnerabilities. Six bulletins are rated critical and address vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer, Edge, Microsoft Graphics Components, Microsoft Uniscribe, and Adobe Flash Player. The remaining seven bulletins are rated important and address vulnerabilities in various Windows components including kernel, crypto driver, and installer.