Mozilla Firefox – version 43 released

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Mozilla Firefox 43 was recently released and new features and security improvements are enumerated below: http://www.networkworld.com/article/3015120/internet/first-look-firefox-43.html https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/43.0/releasenotes/ https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/security/known-vulnerabilities/firefox/#firefox43 The latest version of Mozilla’s flagship browser is out, and it’s had some small but significant overhauls, chief among which is an update to a 64-bit version, catching up to the other major browsers.  Below are key features: 1. 64 bit […]

Windows 10 – New WIN7 and WIN8 upgrade prompt

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While Windows 10 is an excellent operating systems, there are some Windows 7 and Windows 8 users who may want to postpone this process until later.  While Microsoft is encouraging users to move to the improved O/S, the prompt can be easily worked around by simply closing the invitational window for now http://www.pcworld.com/article/3014238/windows/get-windows-10-prompt-adopts-malware-like-tactics-to-trick-you-into-upgrading.html Do you want to download […]

Enterprise Security – Cybersecurity outlook for 2016 from Network World

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Network World shares a few early cybersecurity predictions for 2016 http://www.networkworld.com/article/3015442/security/a-few-cybersecurity-predictions-for-2016.html So, with some hesitance, here are a few of the things I expect to see after the proverbial ball drops (in no particular order): 1. Greater focus on cyber supply chain security — Enterprise CISOs realize that strong cybersecurity extends beyond the corporate LAN […]

Facebook Scams – Secret Sister Gift Exchange

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Facecrooks reports a new scam is circulating, which is called the “secret sister gift exchange” program.  These types of fraudulent attacks should always be avoided: http://facecrooks.com/Scam-Watch/Secret-Sister-Gift-Exchange-Is-A-Facebook-Scam%e2%80%94And-Illegal.html/ A new chain letter scam is making the rounds on Facebook called the “secret sister gift exchange” program. This pyramid scheme promises participants that if they buy one gift for $10 […]

Malware – LatentBot targets Financial and Insurance sectors

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A highly sophisticated and stealth command-and-control BOTNET is circulating which is designed to hide on client workstations.  It is designed ultimately to steal credentials or financial information.   https://www.fireeye.com/blog/threat-research/2015/12/latentbot_trace_me.html FireEye Labs recently uncovered LATENTBOT, a new, highly obfuscated BOT that has been in the wild since mid-2013. It has managed to leave hardly any traces on the […]

Internet Explorer 11 – Users on earlier versions must upgrade by January 12, 2016

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Close to 370 million users world-wide may soon be on an unsupported version of Internet Explorer as IE 11 will be only version receiving updates after January 12, 2016  http://www.networkworld.com/article/3010792/windows/nearly-370m-ie-users-have-just-6-weeks-to-upgrade.html In August 2014, Microsoft took Internet Explorer (IE) users by surprise when it announced that most had to be running IE11 by Jan. 12.  After that […]

Leadership – Focus and Connect with Team members

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John Maxwell’s blog shares advice for leadership to connect during the Christmas and holiday season by focusing on others, including team members.  Five important techinques for communicating and connecting with others are shared  http://www.johnmaxwell.com/blog/connect-this-season-by-putting-your-focus-on-others I believe connection and communication are closely linked. Here are five ways you can connect and communicate more lovingly and effectively […]

Facebook – 16 Advanced Techniques for Power Users

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This slide show from PC Magazine shares advanced security and application features that many users may not be aware of http://www.pcmag.com/slideshow/story/324797/16-hidden-facebook-features-only-power-users-know Facebook is a magnet for some of the top engineering talent in the world, so it stands to reason that the company would boast one of the world’s most complex and multi-faceted websites. It […]

Microsoft Security Updates – DECEMBER 2015

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Microsoft recently released a record number of security bulletins during 2015. Below is a summary of the recent December 2015 Microsoft Patch Tuesday release  https://technet.microsoft.com/library/security/ms15-dec http://blog.talosintel.com/2015/12/ms-tuesday.html https://isc.sans.edu/forums/diary/December+2015+Microsoft+Patch+Tuesday/20461/ Today, Microsoft has released their monthly set of security bulletins designed to address security vulnerabilities within their products. This month’s release sees a total of 12 bulletins released […]

Leadership – Team members bond through appreciation

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For IT and business leaders, the holiday season is an appropriate time to reflect back on the value of team members. John Maxwell’s leadership blog shares 5 steps to better appreciate their service during past year.   http://www.johnmaxwell.com/blog/this-christmas-will-you-be-intentional-creating-memories Few things bond people together like a shared memory. Even during tough times, recalling a memory brings people […]


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