Two Factor Authentication – Challenges and new approaches for 2015

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The challenges of security authentication controls are discussed in informative article.  A new approach ties in smartphone ownership with a tap to “okay” access rather than to key a 2nd one-time password to make approach easier for end user  http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2484693,00.asp One problem with passwords for security is that the bad guys can guess simple passwords, […]

Facebook – WhatsAPP may allow business messaging directly to users

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Facebook recently purchased the popular smart phone messaging company WhatsAPP.  It may allow business to directly send special messages and discounts to Facebook customers http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/facebook-may-let-businesses-contact-you-on-whatsapp.html/ Last year, Facebook purchased the massively popular messenger application WhatsApp for $21.8 billion. Under the site’s ownership, the app’s user base has continued to grow at a rapid rate, going from 600 million users last August to 800 million now. However, the […]

Leadership – Success achieved through Lessons Learned approach

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John Maxwell’s leadership blog features key tactics to learn from our mistakes and improve during future endeavors http://www.johnmaxwell.com/blog/what-successful-people-know-about-winning If you’re going to lose—and you are because everyone does—then why not turn it into a gain? How do you do that? By learning from it. A loss isn’t totally a loss if you learn something as […]

Windows 10 – Microsoft Cortana ported to iOS and Android

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The new Cortana personal assistant software facility will be available as an APP for iOS and Android smart phones and tablets to augment WIN10 functionality on these devices if desired by users when WIN10 is launched later this year. http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2484667,00.asp http://blogs.windows.com/bloggingwindows/2015/05/26/your-windows-10-pc-will-love-all-the-devices-you-own/ Watch out Siri, Cortana is coming. Microsoft today announced that its Cortana digital assistant […]

Leadership – Mothers day examples

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John Maxwell has excellent weekly blog for managers and leadership  http://www.johnmaxwell.com/blog/dont-forget-mothers-day A mother is not a person to lean on, but a person to make leaning unnecessary. –Dorothy Canfield Fisher Mothers hold their children’s hands for a short while, but their hearts forever. –Unknown A mother is a person who, seeing there are only four […]

Microsoft Security Updates – MAY 2015

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Critical security updates to Microsoft Windows, Office, IE, and other products became available on Patch Tuesday.  All corporate and home users should promptly update for the best levels of protection against new threats https://isc.sans.edu/forums/diary/May+2015+Microsoft+Patch+Tuesday+Summary/19685/ http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/security/bulletin/MS15-may

Microsoft Security – Advanced Threat Analytics (ATA) monitors user behavior

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Microsoft Advanced Threat Analytics (ATA) is new Azure AD security monitoring tool for cloud based applications, that has been ported for on-premises monitoring. The preview version is now available for evaluation and testing, as shared below  http://blogs.technet.com/b/ad/archive/2015/05/04/microsoft-advanced-threat-analytics-public-preview-release-is-now-available.aspx http://blogs.microsoft.com/blog/2014/11/13/microsoft-acquires-aorato-give-enterprise-customers-better-defense-digital-intruders-hybrid-cloud-world/ We’ve just released the preview of Microsoft Advanced Threat Analytics (ATA). Microsoft ATA is a new on-premises […]

Microsoft Windows – Control Panel tips

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Tips and techniques for using Control Panel are shared for both Windows 7 and Windows 8 users http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2483646,00.asp http://pcsupport.about.com/od/tipstricks/a/control-panel-command-line.htm http://www.wikiwand.com/en/Control_Panel_(Windows) There are probably life-long Windows users who have never accessed the Control Panel—the interface for taking care of all the of the operating system’s settings. With the Control Panel, you can add or remove software/hardware, […]

Microsoft – 2015 BUILD and IGNITE Conferences share future directions

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The MSDN channel 9 streaming broadcasts were excellent in their coverage of the 2015 Ignite conference.  These conferences were highly educational in sharing upcoming developments for future Microsoft product capabilities http://www.informationweek.com/software/enterprise-applications/windows-10-hololens-office-microsoft-details-its-vision/d/d-id/1320319 Microsoft’s back-to-back conferences, Build and Ignite — which took place over the past two weeks in San Francisco and Chicago, respectively — offered updates […]

Linux Malware – Jellyfish Rootkit

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New Linux malware techniques have emerged as a proof-of-concept rootkit, that allows more stealth-like capabilities to hide in infected systems undetected. http://www.computerworld.com/article/2920343/security/new-linux-rootkit-leverages-gpus-to-hide.html A team of developers has created a rootkit for Linux systems that uses the processing power and memory of graphics cards instead of CPUs in order to remain hidden. The rootkit, called Jellyfish, is a […]


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