Leadership – Learn from the experience of others

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John Maxwell shares more informative leadership guidance as noted below  http://www.johnmaxwell.com/blog/standing-on-the-shoulders-of-giants 1. Stand on the lessons of history — Norman Cousins writes, “History is a vast early warning system.” Over the centuries of human history, much has been recorded of the successes and failures of others. When we choose to study history, we tap into […]

Microsoft Security Updates – JULY 2015

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Microsoft is releasing the a large number of security bulletins for newly discovered vulnerabilities.  All home & corporate users should promptly update their systems: https://technet.microsoft.com/library/security/MS15-jul https://isc.sans.edu/forums/diary/July+2015+Microsoft+Patch+Tuesday/19919/ http://blogs.technet.com/b/msrc/archive/2015/07/14/july-2015-security-updates.aspx Today we released security updates for Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Office, Microsoft SQL Server, and Internet Explorer.   As a best practice, we encourage customers to apply security updates as soon […]

Abode – Critical Flash and PDF reader updates for JULY 2015

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All users should promptly update applicable Adobe products as there current zero-day exploits circulating in the wild https://isc.sans.edu/forums/diary/Adobe+Updates+Flash+Player+Shockwave+and+PDF+Reader/19917/ In a warm up to patch Tuesday, it looks like we have a new version for Adobe Flash Player, Shockwave Player and PDF Reader. Given that some of the exploits against the vulnerabilities patched are public, you […]

Federal Government Data breach – 21.5 Million personal files compromised

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Over 21 million individuals had personal information in recent government agency data base breach by hackers as documented below http://www.darkreading.com/attacks-breaches/opm-personal-info-on-215-million-people-exposed-in-hack/d/d-id/1321252 The Office of Personnel Management today confirmed the final body count of victims affected by its massive data breach, which also exposed some 1.1 million fingerprints stored in the background-check database. The body count is […]

Mozilla Firefox – Flash Player is now disabled by default

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This change ties into recent concerns and Flash zero-day is the root cause of recent hacking incident in Italy, as well as other recent zero-day incidents. http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2487628,00.asp Mozilla has blocked all versions of Adobe Flash Player in its Firefox browser after a recent breach left Flash vulnerable to attack.  “When Mozilla becomes aware of add-ons, plugins, […]

WINDOWS 10 – Ten improvements found in new version

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PC Magazine summarizes features and benefits found in latest build of Windows 10 as it is being prepared for the July 29th release. http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2487499,00.asp Windows 10 is nearly here, and a major thrust of its design is to be more familiar to users of pre-8 versions of Windows. It’s a chance for everyone who missed […]

Facebook – Delta Airways Hoax impacts numerous users

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Most free offers that are “too good to be true”, are usually a hoax designed to cause users to let down their guard and compromise security or privacy safeguards http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Delta-Air-Lines-Facebook-Users-Hit-With-Viral-Giveaway-Hoax.html/ A Facebook promotion from “Delta Airways” has gone viral on the site, getting shared nearly 65,000 times in 24 hours. The only issue: the promotion […]

Windows 10 Theme – A more human way to do

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Windows 10 will be released later this month with a theme of “A more human way to do”  http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/07/13/microsoft-strikes-new-tone-for-windows-10-release/ SEATTLE — Almost 20 years ago, Microsoft licensed the Rolling Stones song “Start Me Up” to add a dash of rock ‘n’ roll to the release of Windows 95, the product that catapulted the company to […]

Leadership – Mentors are valuable role models

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John Maxwell’s blog discusses the value of mentors in leadership http://www.johnmaxwell.com/blog/3-ways-my-mentors-have-changed-my-life Mentors matter, and having the right mentor matters even more. You see, the right mentor expands your vision. They help you see farther, and stretch your horizons. They help you see more by uncovering your blind spots. And they help you see clearly to […]

PHP version 5 – Security Updates available

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Many online forums use PHP as the key authorizing language and important security and other updates are now available http://php.net/ChangeLog-5.php https://isc.sans.edu/forums/diary/PHP+5x+Security+Updates/19907/ PHP 5.6.11, 5.5.27 and 5.4.43 were updated fixing numerous bugs in the various components of PHP including CVE-2015-3152. PHP recommend testing and upgrading to the current release. The binaries and packages are available here […]


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