Windows 10 Edge – Import favorite sites from other browsers

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Below are techiques that allow saved bookmarks to be easily imported to the HUB central area that are stored in other browsers https://blogs.windows.com/windowsexperience/2017/02/27/windows-10-tip-import-favorites-browsers-microsoft-edge/ Did you know you can easily import your favorite sites from other browsers including Chrome, Internet Explorer and Firefox with just two clicks, and see them organized in the Hub? Hub lets […]

Security – Danger of Internet connected toys for children FEB-2017

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There are dangers noted in privacy if parents are not careful with controls and supervision, as shared below http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2017/02/28/data-from-internet-connected-teddy-bears-held-ransom-security-expert-says.html Data from internet-connected smart teddy bears has been leaked and ransomed, exposing children’s voice messages and more than half a million customer accounts, according a security expert.  In a blog post, cybersecurity expert Troy Hunt says […]

AMD – New Vega Radeon branded as next generation graphics cards

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AMD has shared some of their future plans for the next generation chipsets for their low cost graphic card solutions designed for engineers or gamers http://hothardware.com/news/amd-announces-radeon-rx-vega-branding-and-logo Although we have not yet been given full access to AMD’s upcoming Vega graphics architecture, what the company has provided is the official branding for its new flagship parts. […]

Amazon Cloud Services – Recovery from brief outage FEB-2017

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Approximately 30% of cloud based applications are hosted through this facility, a major incident today temporarily impacted websites and users mostly in eastern part of USA.  http://gizmodo.com/how-one-little-amazon-error-can-destroy-the-internet-1792828399 https://status.aws.amazon.com/ [RESOLVED] Increased Error Rates Update at 2:08 PM PST: As of 1:49 PM PST, we are fully recovered for operations for adding new objects in S3, which […]

Youtube – Over one billion hours viewed daily by all users

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As one of the most popular and most free streaming resources on Internet, user should always be watchful for security threats and abide in accordance with digital laws protecting artists and contributors. http://www.theverge.com/2017/2/27/14759102/youtube-billion-hours-watch-every-day YouTube users are now watching more than a billion hours of videos every single day, the company has announced. Put back-to-back, that’s […]

Security – FBI life cycle report for business email compromise

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As the frequency & severity of cyber-security attacks are increasing, the FBI has developed excellent documentation and diagrams releated to how these threats evolve over time.  They begin with a discovery process, followed by targeted attacks, that can lead to compromised systems. https://www.fbi.gov/news/stories/business-e-mail-compromise-on-the-rise Since 2013, when the FBI began tracking an emerging financial cyber threat […]

Malware – Ransomware attacks grow by 50 percent during 2016

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In malware, one can “follow the money” in evaluating the most popular attack methods designed.  Unfortunately highly destructive malware attacks can create business down time, permanent loss of data where items are not backed up, or payment of the ransom to get data back again. http://searchsecurity.techtarget.com/report/Recent-ransomware-attacks-Data-shows-50-growth-in-2016 Ransomware is the fastest growing malware across industries, up […]

Password security – 2017 NIST password recommendations for enterprises

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This article shares an informative guide for 2017 NIST password recommendations to protect corporate systems http://searchsecurity.techtarget.com/answer/What-new-NIST-password-recommendations-should-enterprises-adopt It’s not surprising one of NIST’s first password recommendations is PINs should be six digits long and passwords should be a minimum of eight characters, with a maximum length of 64 for more sensitive accounts. Remembering a password longer […]

Facebook Security – FBI publishes dangers associated with Romance Scams

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The FBI has an issued an informative awareness document on the growing dangers of Romance Scams as follows: https://www.fbi.gov/news/stories/romance-scams “I’m very active on Facebook,” said the woman, who agreed to share her story in the hopes that others might avoid becoming victims. “I thought it was safe.” After she friended Charlie—without verifying his bogus claim […]

Security – Google publishes two zero-day Microsoft vulnerabilities

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As Google products must be compatible with Microsoft and other vendor software, the Google security research teams give a 90 day period for vendors to patch and will automatically publish details once the deadline is reached.  While this policy forces vendor to update in the next release, there is some risk in publishing vulnerable code […]


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