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  • How to Exclude Specific Apps for Untrusted Font Blocking in Windows 10
    A font is a graphical representation of text that may include a different typeface, point size, weight, color, or design. The Untrusted Font Blocking security feature provides a global setting to prevent programs from loading untrusted fonts. Untrusted fonts are any font installed outside of the C:WindowsFonts directory. This feature can be configured to be in 3 modes: On, Off, and Audit. After you turn this feature on, or start using Audit mode, you can look at your event logs for details. Users may still need apps that have problems because of blocked fonts, so it is suggested that you first run this feature in Audit mode to determine which fonts are causing the problems. After you figure out the problematic fonts, you can try to fix your apps in one of two ways: by directly installing the fonts into the %windir%/Fonts directory or by excluding the underlying processes (apps) and letting the fonts load. As the default solution, it is highly recommend that you install the problematic font. Installing fonts is safer than excluding apps because excluded apps can load any font, trusted or untrusted. This tutorial will show you how to exclude specific apps from Untrusted Font Blocking ... read more
    Source: Latest Blog PostsPublished on Saturday, August 24, 2019By Brink
  • How to Read Event Viewer Log for Untrusted Font Blocking in Windows 10
    A font is a graphical representation of text that may include a different typeface, point size, weight, color, or design. The Untrusted Font Blocking security feature provides a global setting to prevent programs from loading untrusted fonts. Untrusted fonts are any font installed outside of the C:WindowsFonts directory. This feature can be configured to be in 3 modes: On, Off, and Audit. After you turn this feature on, or start using Audit mode, you can look at your event logs for details. This tutorial will show you how to view the event logs in Event Viewer for details about Untrusted Font Blocking in Windows 10. Read more… ... read more
    Source: Latest Blog PostsPublished on Saturday, August 24, 2019By Brink
  • How to Enable or Disable Untrusted Font Blocking in Windows 10
    A font is a graphical representation of text that may include a different typeface, point size, weight, color, or design. The Untrusted Font Blocking security feature provides a global setting to prevent programs from loading untrusted fonts. Untrusted fonts are any font installed outside of the C:WindowsFonts directory. This feature can be configured to be in 3 modes: On, Off, and Audit. This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable Untrusted Font Blocking for all users in Windows 10. Read more… ... read more
    Source: Latest Blog PostsPublished on Friday, August 23, 2019By Brink
  • Experimental features
    PowerShell core has recently. v6.2, had the concept of experimental features added. An experimental feature is new or changed functionality that may be a breaking change or about which the PowerShell team want feedback before finalising the code. My PowerShell v6.2.2 instance has the following experimental features PSImplicitRemotingBatching PSUseAbbreviationExpansion PSCommandNotFoundSuggestion PSTempDrive   of which I’ve enabled PSCommandNotFoundSuggestion and PSTempDrive. Experimental features are disbaled by default in PowerShell v6.2   My PowerShell v7 preview 3 instance has the following experimental features PSImplicitRemotingBatching PSForEachObjectParallel PSCommandNotFoundSuggestion   of which PSForEachObjectParallel and PSCommandNotFoundSuggestion PSUseAbbreviationExpansion and PSTempDrive and now full features in PowerShell v7   If don’t have any PowerShell v6.2 experimental features enabled OR don’t have v6.2 installed and then install PowerShell v7 preview 3, or later, all experimental features will be enabled by default. If you’ve enabled any experimental features in PowerShell v6.2 then PowerShell v7 respects the settings and doesn’t enable all experimental features.   You can view the settings controlling experimental features (among other things) at Get-Content –Path $homeDocumentsPowerShellpowershell.config.json   The single settings file is used for PowerShell v6.2 and PowerShell v7 previews ... read more
    Source: Latest Blog PostsPublished on Friday, August 23, 2019By richardsiddaway
  • Breach at Hy-Vee Supermarket Chain
    Breach at Hy-Vee Supermarket Chain Tied to Sale of 5M+ Stolen Credit, Debit Cards “On Tuesday of this week, one of the more popular underground stores peddling credit and debit card data stolen from hacked merchants announced a blockbuster new sale: More than 5.3 million new accounts belonging to cardholders from 35 U.S. states. Multiple sources now tell KrebsOnSecurity that the card data came from compromised gas pumps, coffee shops and restaurants operated by Hy-Vee, an Iowa-based company that operates a chain of more than 245 supermarkets throughout the Midwestern United States.” ... read more
    Source: Latest Blog PostsPublished on Friday, August 23, 2019By hankshelp
  • How to Enable or Disable NTFS Last Access Time Stamp Updates in Windows 10
    The Last Access Time stamp displays an updated time each file and folder on a NTFS volume was last accessed. In the System Managed mode, the NTFS driver can enable or disable the “Last Access” updates during the boot (in particular, when the system volume is mounted). The “Last Access” updates are enabled for NTFS volumes when the size of the system volume (which is usually mounted as the “C:” drive) is 128 GB or less. If the system volume is larger, then the “Last Access” updates are disabled. In the User Managed mode (recommended), the status of the “Last Access” updates isn’t modified by the system during the boot. “Last Access” will stay enabled or disabled as you set. Having the Last Access Time stamp enabled on an older or slower computer may cause file access to take longer. This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable the NTFS Last Access Time stamp updates for all users in Windows 10. Read more… ... read more
    Source: Latest Blog PostsPublished on Thursday, August 22, 2019By Brink
  • Ransomware – CISA issues prevention guidance August 2019
    https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2019/08/21/cisa-insights-ransomware-outbreak The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) urges organizations to review CISA Insights – Ransomware Outbreak, implement the recommendations, and visit the CISA resource page on ransomware for more information.  It includes steps in the following key areas to help organizations protect themselves from ransomware attacks: 1. Actions for Today – Make Sure You’re Not Tomorrow’s Headline2. Actions to Recover If Impacted – Don’t Let a Bad Day Get Worse3. Actions to Secure Your Environment Going Forward – Don’t Let Yourself be an Easy Mark ... read more
    Source: Latest Blog PostsPublished on Thursday, August 22, 2019By harrywaldron
  • Enable or Disable Open Xbox Game Bar using Xbox button on Game Controller in Windows 10
    The Xbox Game Bar makes it simple to take control of all your favorite gaming activities while playing. When you open Xbox Game Bar (Win+G), you’ve got a variety of gaming activities at your fingertips. Select one and it’ll pop up as an overlay—many of these can be moved, resized, or pinned to your screen. When the Xbox Game Bar is turned on, you can also open Xbox Game Bar using the Xbox button on a game controller by default. This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable the ability to open Xbox Game Bar using the Xbox button on a Xbox One controller for your account in Windows 10. Read more… ... read more
    Source: Latest Blog PostsPublished on Wednesday, August 21, 2019By Brink
  • Microsoft Edge – Chrome BETA release August 2019
    I’ve been testing the preview version of Microsoft Edge Chrome browser on all WIN7 & WIN10 devices.  It is much improved over the proprietary original WIN10 version of Edge.  It has become my default browser (esp. for WIN10). 
    Introducing Microsoft Edge Beta: Be one of the first to try it now Today I’m thrilled to announce that a Beta release for the next version of Microsoft Edge is now available for all supported versions of Windows and macOS. Our goal with Microsoft Edge is to create better web compatibility with better performance for our customers while ensuring less fragmentation of the web for all web developers. ... read more
    Source: Latest Blog PostsPublished on Wednesday, August 21, 2019By harrywaldron
  • Cybersecurity insurance has improved in 2019
    Talos offers an excellent article on the state of  cybersecurity insurance for business risk mitigation & protection.  Still some sectors are slow to adopt insurance protection – even though policies & protection are improving to keep track on the changing computer landscape https://blog.talosintelligence.com/2019/08/cyber-insurance-FAQs.html Even back in 2016, Cisco Talos called the realm of cyber insurance “new and immature.”  But since then, the market has changed drastically, and these kinds of policies are becoming more popular. Still, some businesses have been slow to adopt these policies. According to a study by J.D. Power & Associates and the Insurance Information Institute released in October 2018, 59 percent of businesses still do not have any form of cyber insurance.   ... read more
    Source: Latest Blog PostsPublished on Wednesday, August 21, 2019By harrywaldron
  • Security – CISA safety tips for students August 2019
    Source: Latest Blog PostsPublished on Wednesday, August 21, 2019By harrywaldron
  • Malware – handle rare ISZ file extensions carefully
    ISZ files are “zipped ISO images” that one might used to create a WIN10 install image on DVD.  The ISZ extension should be blocked for incoming email.  As highly specialized ISO imaging software is required to launch ISZ or DAA files — most users are safe.  However ADMINs & tech professionals with a lot of security privileges could mishandle accidentally & allow malicious attacks to occur on inside of networks — where there is softer security controls in place for the intranet for example. https://isc.sans.edu/forums/diary/Compressed+ISO+Files+ISZ/25252/ While researching a user submitted Direct Access Archive file (DAA), I learned about another file format I too had never heard of before: compressed ISO files, or .isz files.  ISZ files are similar to DAA files: insofar they also contain an ISO file, split in chunks that are then compressed. Like DAA, it’s a proprietary format, however, the ISZ specification is available publicly. ... read more
    Source: Latest Blog PostsPublished on Wednesday, August 21, 2019By harrywaldron
  • PowerShell v7 preview 3
    PowerShell v7 preview 3 is now available from https://github.com/PowerShell/PowerShell/releases   Breaking changes seem to be confined to non-Windows platforms with the removal of the kill alias on Stop-Process and support for pwsh as a login shell   The big new item is the –parallel parameter on Foreach-Object – more on this later.   In this preview version and future preview versions all experimental features will be enabled going forward ... read more
    Source: Latest Blog PostsPublished on Tuesday, August 20, 2019By richardsiddaway
  • How to Switch Between Virtual Desktops in Windows 10
    Task View is a virtual desktop manager in Windows 10 that allows you quickly switch between all of your open apps on multiple virtual desktops. Create custom additional desktops to group apps for productivity, entertainment, or whatever you choose. This makes multitasking and organizing your opened apps much easier. Virtual Desktops exist to help you visually and cognitively separate different tasks on your PC. They can also be handy when doing presentations – enabling you to prepare demos on different desktops. This tutorial will show you how to switch between virtual desktops for your account in Windows 10. Read more… ... read more
    Source: Latest Blog PostsPublished on Tuesday, August 20, 2019By Brink
  • Leadership – 3 tips for brand new managers
    John Maxwell provides excellent leadership training resources.   This article shares 3 tips for brand new managers to grow & be successful in their careers
    Congratulations on Being Promoted! Are You a Leader Yet? Here are three tips to start honing your leadership bona fides. Tip 1: Know the Levels of Leadership — “Level 1” is based on authority of position. Later a leader may graduate to “Level 2” where team members what to follow based on great leadership. Leaders must earn respect of teamTip 2: Don’t Settle for Just a Title — You should view a title not as an accomplishment, but as an opportunity to grow.Tip 3: Earn the Next Level, While You Keep this One — improve & demonstrate great leadership daily. This improves the team & future career potential     ... read more
    Source: Latest Blog PostsPublished on Tuesday, August 20, 2019By harrywaldron
  • What Is a Higher-Order Observable?
    One of the challenges of diving deeper into RxJS, or Reactive Extensions for JavaScript, is the terminology. We may know the basics of using RxJS, but to really understand how it works, we need a firm grasp of its vocabulary. Let’s focus on answering these questions: What *is* a higher-order Observable? What are inner and outer Observables? And what is the purpose of a higher-order mapping operator, such as switchMap? By mastering these concepts, we can better leverage RxJS to build more declarative and reactive Angular applications. Background From the RxJS documentation at rxjs.dev:RxJS is a library for reactive programming using Observables, to make it easier to compose asynchronous or callback-based code.” With RxJS, we work with any stream of data in a consistent manner. The data can be simple types, such as numbers or strings; or complex types, such as an array of customers or messages. It can be the response returned from an HTTP request. The stream can come from user input such as mouse or keyboard events.  We can use RxJS to manage a stream of anything. When talking about Observables, the terms Observable stream, Observable, or just stream all reference the same thing: the collection of ... read more
    Source: Latest Blog PostsPublished on Monday, August 19, 2019By deborahk
  • Oracle – Best Practices for migration of DBs to cloud August 2019
    This excellent article from eWeek offers best practices to consider before an enterprise begins a cloud migration project. https://www.eweek.com/database/best-practices-for-migrating-oracle-databases-to-the-cloud 1: Evaluate the Skills and Experience of Your Internal Team2: Conduct an Assessment of Your Current Environment3: Build a Strong Proof-of-Concept4: Determine the Right Tools for the Job5: Test, Test and Test Again6: Develop a Well-Defined Cutover Plan ... read more
    Source: Latest Blog PostsPublished on Monday, August 19, 2019By harrywaldron
  • How to Show Window or All Windows from App on All Virtual Desktops in Windows 10
    Task View is a virtual desktop manager in Windows 10 that allows you quickly switch between all of your open apps on multiple virtual desktops. Create custom additional desktops to group apps for productivity, entertainment, or whatever you choose. This makes multitasking and organizing your opened apps much easier. Virtual Desktops exist to help you visually and cognitively separate different tasks on your PC. They can also be handy when doing presentations – enabling you to prepare demos on different desktops. While in Task View, you can select to have an app’s open window(s) to either Show this window on all desktops or Show windows from this app on all desktop. This tutorial will show you how to show (pin) a specific window or all windows from an app on all virtual desktops or not for your account in Windows 10. Read more… ... read more
    Source: Latest Blog PostsPublished on Sunday, August 18, 2019By Brink
  • How to Move Open App from One Virtual Desktop to Another in Windows 10
    Task View is a virtual desktop manager in Windows 10 that allows you quickly switch between all of your open apps on multiple virtual desktops. Create custom additional desktops to group apps for productivity, entertainment, or whatever you choose. This makes multitasking and organizing your opened apps much easier. Virtual Desktops exist to help you visually and cognitively separate different tasks on your PC. They can also be handy when doing presentations – enabling you to prepare demos on different desktops. This tutorial will show you how to move an open app from one virtual desktop to another for your account in Windows 10. Read more… ... read more
    Source: Latest Blog PostsPublished on Sunday, August 18, 2019By Brink
  • How to Remove Virtual Desktops in Windows 10
    Task View is a virtual desktop manager in Windows 10 that allows you quickly switch between all of your open apps on multiple virtual desktops. Create custom additional desktops to group apps for productivity, entertainment, or whatever you choose. This makes multitasking and organizing your opened apps much easier. Virtual Desktops exist to help you visually and cognitively separate different tasks on your PC. They can also be handy when doing presentations – enabling you to prepare demos on different desktops. This tutorial will show you how to close and remove (delete) virtual desktops for your account in Windows 10. Read more… ... read more
    Source: Latest Blog PostsPublished on Sunday, August 18, 2019By Brink
  • How to Add New Virtual Desktops in Windows 10
    Task View is a virtual desktop manager in Windows 10 that allows you quickly switch between all of your open apps on multiple virtual desktops. Create custom additional desktops to group apps for productivity, entertainment, or whatever you choose. This makes multitasking and organizing your opened apps much easier. Virtual Desktops exist to help you visually and cognitively separate different tasks on your PC. They can also be handy when doing presentations – enabling you to prepare demos on different desktops. This tutorial will show you how to add new virtual desktops for your account in Windows 10. Read more… ... read more
    Source: Latest Blog PostsPublished on Sunday, August 18, 2019By Brink
  • How to Rename Virtual Desktops in Windows 10
    Task View is a virtual desktop manager in Windows 10 that allows you quickly switch between all of your open apps on multiple virtual desktops. Create custom additional desktops to group apps for productivity, entertainment, or whatever you choose. This makes multitasking and organizing your opened apps much easier. Virtual Desktops exist to help you visually and cognitively separate different tasks on your PC. They can also be handy when doing presentations – enabling you to prepare demos on different desktops. Starting with Windows 10 build 18963, you can now rename your different virtual desktops to help cement the separation between workspaces. This tutorial will show you how to rename virtual desktops for your account in Windows 10. Read more… ... read more
    Source: Latest Blog PostsPublished on Sunday, August 18, 2019By Brink
  • Security Mailer (2019 # 33)
    Security Mailer Volume 19 Number 33 Adobe security updates Reader Photoshop CC Flash Player Apple Security Updates Cisco security advisories (some critical) Linux updates EXCEL spreadsheet covering all patches released by Microsoft on Tuesday 8/13/19 Both XLS and XLSX versions are provided Microsoft updates fix 93 vulnerabilities, security update revisions security advisories General Security reviews last week, covers new Nmap release ... read more
    Source: Latest Blog PostsPublished on Sunday, August 18, 2019By hankshelp
  • How to Turn On or Off Automatically Restart Apps after Sign In in Windows 10
    Starting with at least Windows 10 build 18963, you can have Windows automatically save your restartable apps when you sign out, restart the computer, or shut down the computer and restart them after your sign in. Note: This new Restart apps setting has been separated from the old “Use my sign-in info to automatically finish setting up my device and reopen my apps after an update or restart” setting. This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off automatically restart apps after sign in for your account in Windows 10. Read more… ... read more
    Source: Latest Blog PostsPublished on Saturday, August 17, 2019By Brink
  • How to Monitor GPU Temperature from Task Manager in Windows 10
    Task Manager can be used to view and manage your processes, performance statistics, app history, users, processes details, and services in Windows 10. Starting with Windows 10 build 18963, Microsoft added GPU temperature monitoring support in Task Manager. If you have a dedicated GPU card, you will now have the current temperature next to its listing in the Performance Tab. This tutorial will show you how to monitor the current GPU temperature from Task Manager in Windows 10. Read more… ... read more
    Source: Latest Blog PostsPublished on Saturday, August 17, 2019By Brink

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