Windows 10 Professional – Feature and Security update deferral settings

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While corporate settings will govern many WIN10 PRO and Enterprise devices, home users using WIN 10 professional have an option to delay feature updates for a period of time allowing complex feature releases to better achieve stability as fixes are performed based on early issues. http://www.pcworld.com/article/3145473/windows/how-to-defer-windows-10-updates.html Forced updates in Windows 10 have their appeal. For […]

Malware – ImageGate embeds malicious code in graphics files

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Checkpoint security describes an innovative attack where ImageGate embeds malicious code in graphics files.  Users should exit their browser session if an unusual file unexpectedly starts to download after clicking on an image. http://blog.checkpoint.com/2016/11/24/imagegate-check-point-uncovers-new-method-distributing-malware-images/ Check Point researchers identified a new attack vector, named ImageGate, which embeds malware in image and graphic files. Furthermore, the researchers […]

Malware – Ransomware new Cerber and Locky variants NOVEMBER 2016

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Ransomware variants continue to emerge as security vendors attempt to keep pace of developments. http://blog.checkpoint.com/2016/11/24/14959/ During Thanksgiving holidays, Cerber and Locky, the two most popular ransomwares out there, have launched new variants to the wild simultaneously. The new ransomware versions released perform slender, yet very interesting, changes that may affect the way they are being […]

Apple – iOS 10 slideshow of 30 user tips for new version

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PC Magazine has created a slideshow of 30 user tips for new Apple iOS 10 version http://www.pcmag.com/slideshow/story/347908/30-hidden-tips-for-mastering-ios-10 Apple’s iOS 10 didn’t have the smoothest of rollouts; there were some unique quirks.  In PC Labs, our analysts updated five iPhones to iOS 10 and it worked great—on four of them. At this point, you’re probably in the clear, though, […]

PCI DSS – Four tiered levels of corporate certification

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The following shares details for the tiered levels and audit compliance criteria for Pay Card Industry Data Security standard (PCI/DSS v3.2) http://scanforsecurity.com/pci-dss-why-do-you-need-it-and-how-does-it-works/ PCI DSS (Pay Card Industry Data Security standard) is a security standard for the payment card industries. The standard has been developed by the international payment systems of Visa and MasterCard. Any organization […]

Open Source software – Checklist to evaluate security and support

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SANS has published an excellent guide for evaluating open source products and applications.  A partial list of several insightful questions are shared below: https://isc.sans.edu/forums/diary/Free+Software+Quick+Security+Checklist/21751/ Free software (open source or not) is interesting for many reasons. It can be adapted to your own needs, it can be easily integrated within complex architectures but the most important […]

Facebook – Messenger service adds Instant Games facility

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Facebook is adding a few classic games to it’s Messenger mobile service called “Instant Games”. Users should always be on alert for possible future spoofing of this new capability by malware writers. https://techcrunch.com/2016/11/29/messenger-instant-games/ Bored while you wait for friends to text back? Now you can challenge friends for high scores on Facebook Messenger’s new Instant […]


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