Microsoft 10 Mobile – Detailed evaluation of operating system

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PC Magazine shares an in-depth evaluation of the Microsoft 10 Mobile operating system http://www.pcmag.com/review/343083/microsoft-windows-10-mobile Pros — Cortana digital assistant. Continuum for use with monitor and keyboard. Windows Hello biometric sign-in. Intuitive, one-hand capable interface. Tie-ins with Xbox, Office, Skype, OneDrive, and Band. Excellent keyboard. Good game selection. Cons — App store has fewer and less […]

Android Security – Truecaller call management vulnerability

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Cheetah Mobile security labs note a new vulnerability in the popular phone call management application Truecaller impacting numerous Android devices http://www.cmcm.com/blog/en/security/2016-03-28/974.html This vulnerability, which has been fixed in the latest Android update, could have allowed anyone to potentially gain access to Truecaller users’ information and change their call blocking settings. The millions of Android users […]

Twitter Security – Two Step account verification when logging in

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Security expert, Graham Cluley shares detailed step-by-step instructions to enhance security during login to Twitter https://www.grahamcluley.com/2016/03/twitter-login-verification/ If you have been following my recent “How to” series, you now know how to protect your Google account with two-step verification (2SV).   You might have even decided to set up 2SV with the Google authenticator app, which means […]

Malware – USB Thief highly advanced and stealth-like threat

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USB Thief is a data stealing malware agent that resides on an infected USB device.  ESET has excellent documentation on this new advanced threat. http://www.darkreading.com/attacks-breaches/dangerous-new-usb-trojan-discovered/d/d-id/1324853 http://www.welivesecurity.com/2016/03/23/new-self-protecting-usb-trojan-able-to-avoid-detection/ ‘USB Thief’ could be used for targeted purposes, researchers at ESET say.  The Internet and the growing interconnectedness of networks have made it incredibly easy for threat actors to […]

Microsoft Minecraft – Study documents educational benefits of game

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Microsoft Minecraft is a challenging game which was found to help promote learning based on recent study: http://www.cnet.com/special-reports/minecraft/mindcraft-helping-students-learn Microsoft’s popular video game Minecraft helps kids learn everything from programming, science and math to art, languages and history. Concerned because you can’t pry your daughter away from Minecraft? Worried that your son spends every moment obsessing […]

Microsoft Edge – Built-in Ad blocking may appear in future release.

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At the Microsoft Build conference, improved built-in ad blocking was potentially noted for a future version of Microsoft Edge http://www.pcworld.com/article/3049998/browsers/report-microsoft-will-build-ad-blocking-into-a-future-version-of-microsoft-edge.html Microsoft is working to build ad blocking into the “next” version of Microsoft Edge, according to a report. A slide was presented by Microsoft executives. “Build ad blocking features into the browser” is “targeted for […]

Microsoft BUILD Conference – March 2016

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This key product event started today and shares some of Microsoft’s key strategies for the coming year: http://www.winbeta.org/news/microsofts-5-biggest-announcements-build Microsoft just held an event in San Francisco — at the Moscone Centre, specifically — and used the time to talk about Windows, bots, Skype, Cortana, and lots more. Speakers included Satya Nadella, Terry Myerson, and Bryan […]

McAfee Labs – March 2016 research report

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McAfee Labs shares in their quarterly report growth in Mobile Security malware, Ransomware, and other threats. http://www.eweek.com/security/slideshows/infection-data-shows-rise-in-mobile-malware-development.html http://www.mcafee.com/us/resources/reports/rp-quarterly-threats-mar-2016.pdf There are a number of truisms when it comes to IT security statistics, one of them being that, quarter after quarter, the volume of malware continues to grow. New data from Intel Security’s March 2016 McAfee Labs […]

Apple – FBI accesses iPhone with help from security firm

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With help from a mobile security firm, the FBI have broken into the iPhone for San Bernardino crimial case. http://www.networkworld.com/article/3048731/fbi-hack-may-raise-questions-about-iphone-security.html The FBI hack of an iPhone 5c running iOS 9 may have left the device just a little bit insecure in the eyes of some users, as the agency has not provided details of how […]

Windows 10 – Reaches 20 percent installation milestone in USA

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Windows 10 usage continues to grow with those purchasing new PCs plus upgrading from prior versions of Windows 7 or 8 http://www.networkworld.com/article/3048736/windows/windows-10-passes-20-share-in-the-us.html One in five Windows-powered devices steered to a host of U.S. government websites in March ran Windows 10, according to preliminary data.  For the first time, Windows 10 accounted for more than one-fifth of […]


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