Windows 10 – Automatic Security update advanced tuning options

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In most cases, it is beneficial always let Windows Update automatically install and keep operating system as up-to-date as possible with security patches. Below are a couple of additional options for corporate and home wireless users to help tune this process further as needed:  http://www.pcworld.com/article/3085136/windows/two-ways-to-control-or-stop-windows-10-updates.html An up-to-date PC is less vulnerable to attack, so automatic […]

Microsoft Stream – New video service for enterprise

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The new Microsoft Stream service is designed to let users upload and share videos securely within a corporate setting.  It has just been released in beta mode and works with the cloud-based Azure Media Services http://www.pcworld.com/article/3096782/microsofts-new-service-is-like-youtube-for-the-enterprise.html It’s called Stream, and it’s supposed to let people easily work together with one another on videos, and then […]

Microsoft Xbox – New S model available in August 2016

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The “S” model is a  more compact version of the Xbox One and will debut on August 2, 2016 http://www.pcworld.com/article/3096610/consumer-electronics/microsofts-slimmed-down-xbox-one-s-launches-august-2.html Microsoft’s new slimmed-down version of the Xbox One will hit the streets on August 2, the company announced today, in a launch that coincides with the release of the big Windows 10 Anniversary Update. Unlike […]

Security – Pokemon Go Servers hacked as proof-of-concept

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Some possible weaknesses for the key servers supporting the Pokemon Go application, were discovered by a hacking group who shared issue more to create awareness than actual harm to the user community.   http://www.pcmag.com/news/346190/hackers-we-attacked-pokemon-go-servers As Niantic rolled out Pokemon Go to 26 additional countries over the weekend, it’s easy to assume the rush of new players […]

Android Malware – Pokemon GO Ultimate is fake lockscreen application

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Malware authors always target the most popular applications as a vector infect others with.  They can create realistic looking attacks by creating fake screens or web link invitations.  One a user clicks on this with a vulnerable device this fake application can infect their device.  ESET Security is reporting some early attacks in this area: […]

Microsoft Edge Browser – Efficient and Effective Video streaming support

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Microsoft noted improved video quality and battery preservation using Microsoft Edge verses other browser alternatives https://blogs.windows.com/windowsexperience/2016/07/13/get-better-quality-video-with-microsoft-edge/ When it comes to video, the closer to the hardware, the better.  From video hardware acceleration to PlayReady Content Protection and the Protected Media Path, Windows 10 is designed to provide the highest quality, most secure, and most power-efficient […]

Microsoft Security Updates – JULY 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-jul.aspx https://isc.sans.edu/mspatchdays.html?viewday=2016-07-12 http://blog.talosintel.com/2016/07/ms-tuesday.html Today, Microsoft has released their monthly set of security bulletins designed to address security vulnerabilities within their products. This month’s release is has 11 bulletins addressing 49 vulnerabilities. 6 of these bulletins are rated critical and address vulnerabilities in Edge, […]

WINDOWS 7 – Improved Windows Update efficiencies with KB-3161608

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Installing KB-3161608 made a world of difference on my WIN7 corporate laptop.  The 64 bit version of the WIN7 rollup was installed after downloading the 25MB patch.  After installation and rebooting, the Windows Update process was about 3-4 times faster this month.  The patch inventory & search process was the most time consuming part of the past process.  […]

Antivirus Products – AVAST and AVG merger announced

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Two leading vendors of free AV protection have announced plans to merge. Avast plans to acquire rival AVG for $1.3 billion as noted below: http://thenextweb.com/insider/2016/07/07/antivirus-giant-avast-acquiring-rival-avg-1-3b Avast, which is known for its consumer-grade antivirus software with over 230 million users worldwide, has announced that it will acquire rival AVG for $1.3 billion in an all-cash deal. […]

WIN10 – Free upgrade considerations for WIN7 and WIN8 users

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Windows 10 is a more secure, reliable, and feature rich O/S introduced so far.  Users on recently purchased systems are likely to benefit the most.  But there are some considerations where users on older equipment or software may wish to stay with their current older software. http://www.pcworld.com/article/3092365/windows/10-reasons-why-you-shouldnt-upgrade-to-windows-10.html The clock is ticking, folks. If you want […]


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