Windows 10 – Redstone 16184 early features for SEP-2017 release

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Windows 10 – Redstone 16184 early features for SEP-2017 release  As documented below, some very early features have been announced for Microsoft Windows 10 Redstone currently scheduled for September 2017.   http://www.zdnet.com/article/microsoft-windows-10-redstone-3-test-build-brings-back-my-people-feature/ Microsoft’s latest Windows 10 ‘Redstone 3’ test build, No. 16184, adds back a feature that Microsoft cut from the Creators Update back in January […]

Microsoft Security Updates – APRIL 2017

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Below are key resources documenting this recent monthly Microsoft Patch Tuesday release https://isc.sans.edu/forums/diary/April+2017+Microsoft+Patch+Tuesday/22288/ http://blog.talosintelligence.com/2017/04/ms-tuesday.html https://portal.msrc.microsoft.com/en-us/security-guidance Today on Tuesday 2017-04-11, Microsoft announced its monthly security release (also known as “Patch Tuesday).  Reviewing Microsoft’s Security Update Guide, it looks like there’s 644 updates with 210 of them listed as “Critical” severity.  The highest profile issue from this […]

Windows 10 – PC Magazine updates information center APR-2017

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PC Magazine has a free comprehensive guide for WINDOWS 10.  This guide was recently updated & a partial list of topics are noted below:  http://www.pcmag.com/windows-10 //How to Control Updates //How to Share More (or Less) With Cortana //How to Tweak Your Tiles //Start Menu Alternatives //How to Use Sticky Notes as Reminders in Windows 10 //How to Customize Your […]

Webroot AV – False positive briefly impacts Windows system files APR-2017

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Webroot had a brief AV false positive issue recently.  This accidentally impacted Windows system files and resulting in brief impacts. This was quickly addressed and illustrates that AV protection is important, but not always perfect.  On rare occasions it can sometimes flag legitimate files (but usually even these issues are quickly resolved).    http://www.nbcnews.com/tech/tech-news/popular-antivirus-program-mistakenly-ids-windows-threat-creating-chaos-n750521 An antivirus service […]

Windows 7 – third party user patch allows Kaby Lake and Ryzen CPUs to receive updates

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A special third party patch has been developed which bypasses active blocking for the Kaby Lake and Ryzen PCs which are only certified for Windows 10 by Microsoft 7.   There are some risks associated with this technique of overriding registry values, as described in the following: http://www.pcworld.com/article/3191247/windows/user-created-patch-lets-kaby-lake-and-ryzen-pcs-receive-windows-7-updates.html Less than a week ago, Microsoft began actively blocking users […]

Windows 10 – Mobile creators update coming APRIL 25

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Windows 10  will release it’s mobile version of the “creators update” starting on APRIL 25.  A comprehensive preview can be found in the following article: http://www.windowscentral.com/windows-10-mobile-creators-update-review On April 25, Microsoft will begin rolling out its latest update for Windows 10 Mobile. The update shares the same name as its PC counterpart, the “Creators Update”, which is […]

Windows 10 – Two feature releases planned per year in future

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WIN10 is moving to a more standardized features release pattern in the future, targeting two releases per year (September & March) as described below https://blogs.windows.com/business/2017/04/20/windows-office-align-feature-release-schedules-benefit-customers/#w4YESfku4SOhItFV.97 A key part of that economic impact is staying current with Windows 10 with feature and security updates. This approach has made large-scale, costly wipe-and-replace Windows deployments every few years […]

Computer Hardware – Recycle old devices and protect environment

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Old equipment must be responsibly and carefully disposed of. The best solution is to pass on to others who can use the equipment, if it still is in good working order. Otherwise, there are many stores that will take in older equipment for free or a small charge. http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2383568,00.asp We love our computers and smartphones […]

Network Security – Cisco releases large security update APR-2017

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Corporate network administrators should carefully patch all applicable products as documented in the April 2017 advisory http://www.networkworld.com/article/3191185/security/cisco-issues-7-high-priority-security-advisories-firepower-ios-and-asa-issues-among-them.html https://tools.cisco.com/security/center/publicationListing.x Cisco had a pretty large dump of security advisories today – seven “high priority” and one “critical” – impacting a variety of products many with the threat allowing a remote attacker to cause a denial of service. […]

Mobile Security – Targeted TEXT scam message attacks

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Please beware of dangers associated even with TEXT message scams.  There are false messages being randomly sent to smartphones, where following instructions can disclose sensitive information leading to identity theft or even fraud.  In this case, an urgent response to your bank may even appear to be legitimate as described below.  A fake text message is being […]


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