Malwarebytes v3.0 – New version resource links

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During December 2016, a new version of Malwarebytes was released.  As last version release was in 2014, this is an important milestone for one of best free cleaning tools available. Malwarebytes v3.0 – HOME PAGE https://www.malwarebytes.com/ Malwarebytes v3.0 – PRODUCT ANNOUNCEMENT https://blog.malwarebytes.com/malwarebytes-news/2016/12/announcing-malwarebytes-3-0-a-next-generation-antivirus-replacement/ Malwarebytes v3.0 – FAQ https://forums.malwarebytes.org/topic/191650-malwarebytes-30-frequently-asked-questions/ RECENT REVIEW – PC MAGAZINE rates as Excellent […]

Leadership – Problem Solving improved by asking right questions

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John Maxwell reflects on the need to focus on problems by asking the right questions, which focus on the root cause analysis process http://www.johnmaxwell.com/blog/youll-never-find-the-right-answers-if-youre-asking-the-wrong-questions When problem-solving, it’s so easy to fall into the rut of uncreative thinking. We can focus so much on answers and solutions that we lose sight of the question. And if […]

Google – Blocked 1.7 billion fake ads in 2016

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Google employed automation and human effort in removing over 1.7 billion ‘bad ads’ in 2016 and banned 200 publishers.  This was over twice the volume of 2015 and illustrates the need for users to constantly keep safety in mind, as they use web resources. http://www.businessinsider.com/google-blocked-released-its-annual-bad-ads-report-2017-1 Google purged itself of 1.7 billion bad ads last year […]

PC Operating Systems – History of 64 bit computing

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This interesting article by PC Magazine discusses the history and evolution of computing from 32 bit to 64 bit addressability. http://www.pcmag.com/article/350934/32-bit-vs-64-bit-oses-whats-the-difference Keep going exponentially and you eventually get 32-bit (2 to the 32nd power) worth 4,294,967,296; 64-bit (or 2 to the 64th power) is worth 18,446,744,073,709,551,616 values.  That’s a lot of bits, and the numbers […]

Twitter – Star Wars BOTNET of 350,000 fake users

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Security researchers have discovered an automated BOTNET of 350,000 fake users using a “Star Wars” theme as documented below.   http://www.pcmag.com/news/351285/massive-star-wars-twitter-botnet-uncovered http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-38724082 UK analysts accidentally uncovered more than 350,000 bogus accounts used to fabricate follower numbers, send spam, and boost interest in trending topics.  Most people sign onto the social networking site to share thoughts, photos, […]

Malware – Malicious Scalable Vector Graphics SVG image files

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The ISC warns of malicious Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) “image files” that are circulating in the wild.  While SVG files are rarely used, they can execute scripts and trick users into disclosing sensitive information or infected them malware. The SVG file extention is a good one to add to the email blocking list and to avoid […]

Windows 10 – Advanced Desktop Customization techniques

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This Guiding Tech guide offers advanced desktop customization techniques for Windows 10 http://www.guidingtech.com/61212/windows-10-desktop-cool-look/ Windows 10 undeniably looks very cool. The minimalistic approach for the design has contributed to its success. The recent anniversary update has brought in some good customizations. But, you still don’t get enough options to customize it at the desktop level. Yes, […]

Windows 10 – New Defender Security Center will centralize controls

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The forthcoming “Windows 10 Creators Update” will centralize security controls within the new Defender Security Center.  This will provide easier capabilities for users to tune privacy and security settings on their computers and devices. https://blogs.windows.com/windowsexperience/2017/01/23/introducing-windows-defender-security-center/ http://www.forbes.com/sites/leemathews/2017/01/24/windows-10-is-getting-smarter-easier-security-controls/ The Windows Defender Security Center includes five pillars that give you control and visibility of your device security, health […]

Oracle – Huge January 2017 quarterly security update

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In the latest quarterly security updates, Oracle has patched 270 Vulnerabilities within it’s product base http://www.eweek.com/security/oracle-patches-270-vulnerabilities-in-january-update.html http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/security-advisory/cpujan2017-2881727.html Oracle is out with its first Critical Patch Update (CPU) for 2017 and it’s a big one. In total, Oracle is patching a staggering 270 different vulnerabilities across its software portfolio, with 121 patches in Oracle’s E-Business Suite […]

Ransomware – New Sage 2.0 variant circulating in-the-wild

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The Internet Storm center documents a new ransonware variant circulating in-the-wild https://isc.sans.edu/forums/diary/Sage+20+Ransomware/21959/ https://www.pcrisk.com/removal-guides/10732-sage-ransomware On Friday 2017-01-20, I checked a malicious spam (malspam) campaign that normally distributes Cerber ransomware.  That Friday it delivered ransomware I’d never seen before called “Sage.”  More specifically, it was “Sage 2.0.”  Sage is yet another family of ransomware in an already […]


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