Facebook – No longer free HOAX version DEC 2016

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While most users know to avoid these hoaxes, users should always get secondary verification at other sites.  Well crafted HTML and inexperience can trick users into taking wrong action on hoaxes or malware traps.  Facecrooks security shares awareness of latest variant circulating. http://facecrooks.com/Scam-Watch/Facebook-Free-Always-Will-Be.html/ This common hoax that gets circulated over and over again claims that […]

US CERT – GRIZZLY-STEPPE national security research project

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CERT & DHS released the GRIZZLEY STEEPE report to document some aspects of forensics findings for recent political & domestic hacking incidents https://www.us-cert.gov/security-publications/GRIZZLY-STEPPE-Russian-Malicious-Cyber-Activity https://www.us-cert.gov/sites/default/files/publications/JAR_16-20296A_GRIZZLY%20STEPPE-2016-1229.pdf On October 7, 2016, the Department Of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) issued a joint statement on election security compromises. DHS has released a […]

Microsoft Security Updates – DECEMBER 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-dec.aspx https://isc.sans.edu/mspatchdays.html http://blog.talosintel.com/2016/12/ms-tuesday.html The final patch Tuesday of 2016 has arrived. Today, Microsoft has released their monthly set of security bulletins designed to address security vulnerabilities within their products. This month’s release contains 12 bulletins addressing 48 vulnerabilities. Six bulletins are rated critical […]

Amazon — Patents Future Technology for Floating Drone Warehouse

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This future technology would be revolutionary where there is a good fit. Shippers still must evaluate liability costs for human injury or property damage from the new world of drones. Security must be preserved at all points as well in designing these new delivery systems. http://www.pcmag.com/news/350670/amazon-patents-a-floating-drone-warehouse A dirigible-shaped mothership, possibly similar to the one pictured […]

Windows 10 – DELAY UPDATES option for home users in future

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While it is always beneficial to update software as soon as possible, sometimes there is a need to update drivers or other software first when issues are discovered.  Microsoft is implementing in next major “Windows 10 features release” the capability to DELAY UPDATES for home users in future.  This enhancement is currently being tested as shared below: […]

Atomic Clock – LEAP SECOND adjustment planned on DEC 31 2016

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Tomorrow, a ‘leap second’ will be added to our universal clocks and this change will re-sync computers accordingly from the master time site on Internet that Network Time Protocol routines use. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/capital-weather-gang/wp/2016/12/28/on-dec-31-an-extra-leap-second-will-be-added-to-our-universal-clocks-because-waves/ The year 2016 will last a little longer. You’ll need to wait a second!  As massive as our planet is, the Earth still […]

Ransomware — Could a NETWORK WORM variant emerge in 2017

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Almost all security experts note that in 2017, we will see further innovations of ransomware to evade AV protection to spread more rapidly and surreptitiously.  http://www.networkworld.com/article/3153238/security/ransomworm-the-next-level-of-cybersecurity-nastiness.html As if holding your data hostage and seeking cash payment weren’t harsh enough, security experts foresee the next stage of ransomware to be even worse.  Scott Millis, CTO at mobile […]

Windows 10 – Game Mode setting may be introduced in 2017

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While this early discovery needs more clarification, Microsoft may be offering in the future a WIN10 gaming mode.  It will offer users a capability to devote more CPU and video resources in a dedicated mode. http://www.pcmag.com/news/350661/windows-10-game-mode-discovered Windows 10 is a multitasking operating system, meaning the available hardware resources are divided up between the different applications […]

Twitter – New 360 degree Periscope video streaming application

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Twitter introduces a new 360 degree viewing within the Periscope application.  These further advancements in video streaming technology are noted in links below: http://www.businessinsider.com/twitter-announces-launch-360-degree-live-video-streaming-periscope-facebook-2016-12 Twitter is introducing 360-degree live video streaming to its streaming app Periscope — its latest update as it attempts to fend off the threat from Facebook’s live video effort, Facebook Live.  The new […]

Mobile Technology – Samsung Galaxy S8 plans new voice assistant

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Samsung’s Galaxy S8 is expected to include ta new voice-based digital assistant, based on recent corporate acquisition of Viv Labs http://www.forbes.com/sites/ewanspence/2016/12/27/samsung-galaxy-s8-ai-asssistant-siri/ Samsung’s Galaxy S8 is expected to include the debut of a new voice-based digital assistant. Following on from the South Korean company’s acquisition of Viv Labs.  Previous Galaxy handsets have supported voice interaction using […]


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