Windows 10 – GWX update changes for WIN7 and WIN8 home users

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In the past the GWX (Get Windows Ten) update could be stoped close by clicking the red “X” windows close button in top right corner.  GWX is used to control update to WIN10 for WIN7 and WIN8 home users. Habitually knowing it’s been safe in past to prevent WIN10 installation, many users won’t even read […]

Powershell – Discovery of DLL load vulnerability that can bypass AV and UAC controls

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There are probably only limited opportunities to infect in corporate environment.  But it has potential to be a front-end for an exploit kit in bypassing AV & UAC controls.  If successful it can setup up its own “malware ADMIN” account.  Subsequently, other malware could flow  to potentially infect further, including even corporate ransomware (which is a […]

LinkedIn – All users encouraged to reset passwords

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LinkedIn is notifying all users to change passwords as an attack 4 years ago was much broader in scope than initially thought.  This is always a beneficial process periodically for any online website where an account or membership exists. http://money.cnn.com/2016/05/19/technology/linkedin-hack/ LinkedIn was hacked four years ago, and what initially seemed to be a theft of […]

EMAIL – Best practices for corporate email etiquette in 2016

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The following are key considerations for composing or answering email in a corporate setting.  A few of these themes were covered in webinar, plus some were added from personal experiences: * Keep messages short and simple where possible * Formulate a clear, concise message that gets readers attention and ultimately generates results * Convey a professional […]

Malware – USB media safety and trust factors for 2016

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Two key takeaways from article highlight dangers associated with  (1) plugging your own USB device into another already infected computer or (2) finding and later using USB device of unknown origin (that might also be potentially infected). http://www.pcworld.com/article/3070048/security/how-to-keep-usb-thumb-drive-malware-away-from-your-pc.html Maybe you know not to plug strange USB drives into your computer, but trends indicate that most people think […]

ISP – 2016 Satisfaction Survey by PC Magazine

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Internet Service Providers are evaluated in the 2016 Satisfaction Survey by PC Magazine link below: http://www.pcmag.com/article/344519/readers-choice-awards-2016-internet-service-providers Readers’ Choice survey looks at your level of satisfaction with several aspects of the service including speed. Satisfaction is based on survey respondents’ perceptions rather than raw data and can be influenced by other factors including cost. For instance, […]

IBM – PCM is major advancement in memory technology

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IBM engineers have created Phase Change Memory (PCM) which may represent a revolutionary step in meeting future storage needs on both a reliable and economic basis. http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/ibm-scientists-achieve-storage-memory-breakthrough-300269117.html ZURICH, May 17, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — For the first time, scientists at IBM (NYSE: IBM) Research have demonstrated reliably storing 3 bits of data per cell using a relatively […]

Leadership – Five Techniques for Getting Started

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John Maxwell shares five key lessons learned from his earliest experiences that are helpful for all leaders. http://www.johnmaxwell.com/blog/5-lessons-i-learned-when-just-starting-out There are many leaders who face similar circumstances to the ones I faced with a small organization and few resources, but big dreams and goals. Being a one-man show isn’t ideal, but it can teach you a lot of […]

Apple iOS 9 – Over 80 Percent of users staying up-to-date

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Apple recently published statistics documenting a high rate of user adoption for the latest version 9 of iOS. As long as equipment and software environments are compatible, users often benefit with both improved security and functionality by staying on latest editions of operating systems.  http://www.pcmag.com/news/344504/ios-9-adoption-rate-tops-80-percent Apple’s iOS 9, which achieved the fastest iOS adoption rate […]

Microsoft Security Updates – MAY 2016

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Below are key resources documenting this recent monthly Microsoft Patch Tuesday release: https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/security/ms16-may.aspx https://isc.sans.edu/forums/diary/Microsoft+Patch+Tuesday+Summary+for+May+2016/21039/ https://isc.sans.edu/mspatchdays.html?viewday=2016-05-10 http://blog.talosintel.com/2016/05/ms-tuesday.html Patch Tuesday for May 2016 has arrived where Microsoft releases their monthly set of security bulletins designed to address security vulnerabilities within their products. This month’s release contains 16 bulletins addressing 33 vulnerabilities. Eight bulletins are rated critical, addressing […]


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