WannaCry Ransomeware – 98 percent impacts were unpatched MS17-010 WIN7

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Almost all operating systems lacking the MS17-010 protection were vulnerable.  However the large-scale attack was more “targeted” in nature to WIN7 specifically, as it appears to be more focused on unpatched WIN7 PCs as prime target in corporate world. Other O/S platforms were impacted –to lesser degree because O/S specific handling was not in place.   Kaspersky estimates […]

WannaCry Ransomeware – Huge cyber attack quickly and successfully stopped

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Internet or network worm attacks are usually large scale and quickly hit those with unpatched systems or using outdated technology.  Certainly the recovery of damaged equipment and lost business opportunity make this one of the top all time attacks.  But the fix was easily achieved by patching and re-building as needed any impacted machines.  This […]

Computer Technology – Go offline briefly for a digital detox

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I love this story of taking a trip in 1960 Cadillac convertible to a retro non-tech Bed & Breakfast.  It shares the need for IT professionals and power users to take a break, and enjoy a “digital detox” for a few hours or days. Back in August 2013, I personally cut the cord and do more […]

Windows 7 or 8 – Users accessing NTFS control file may create BSOD

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Researchers have discovered that a special file labeled as $MFT is used for specialized NTFS control functions.  While WIN10 does not appear to be affected, a “blue screen of death” abend may occur in Vista, WIN7, or WIN8 when attempting to access this file. The likelihood of occurrence is remote, as users must specifically hunt […]

Samsung – Galaxy Book 12 launches MAY 2017

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Samsung is also introducing the “Galaxy Book 12” as a laptop/tablet (2-in-1 device) to compete with Microsoft and Apple models. This Windows 10 based device has some of best display technology available — but smaller battery size was noted as one weakness https://www.digitaltrends.com/laptop-reviews/samsung-galaxy-book-12-review/ The Galaxy Book hits the reset button on Samsung’s 2-in-1 line, with […]

Microsoft – New Surface Pro launches MAY 2017

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Microsoft is introducing the “New Surface Pro” to replace the “Surface Pro 4” as latest model.  Several improvements have been made and it’s more re-branded to be of a laptop or notebook computing device, rather than a tablet.  State of art INTEL Kaby Lake CPU chips also consume less power, generate less heat, and extend […]

Ransomware – Jaff uses PDFs with malicious embedded Word documents

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A new major ransomware attack called “Jaff” has surfaced which is being massively spammed in the wild. It uses PDFs with malicious macros embedded in Word documents to avoid detection by many email scanners (as users may have to open documents to trigger AV detection due to the deep nesting of the malicious code within […]

Microsoft Security Updates – MAY 2017

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Below are key resources documenting this recent monthly Microsoft Patch Tuesday release https://isc.sans.edu/forums/diary/Microsoft+Patch+Tuesday+and+Adobe/22396/ http://blog.talosintelligence.com/2017/05/ms-tuesday.html https://portal.msrc.microsoft.com/en-us/security-guidance Today, Microsoft has release their monthly set of security updates designed to address vulnerabilities. This month’s release addresses 56 vulnerabilities with 15 of them rated critical and 41 rated important. Impacted products include .NET, DirectX, Edge, Internet Explorer, Office, Sharepoint, […]

Windows 10 — Troubleshooting basics using Event Viewer

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While the Windows Event Viewer is more widely used by technicians, this PC Magazine article shares some basics in using this as a tool to troubleshoot hardware or software issues in Windows. http://www.pcmag.com/news/353803/how-to-troubleshoot-problems-in-windows-via-event-viewer Are you bumping into a problem with your Windows PC but not sure what’s causing it? Windows Event Viewer might be able to […]

Internet Service Providers – PC Magazine 2017 awards

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Eighteen ISPs were evaluated and ranked in the 2017 PC Magazine annual survey http://www.pcmag.com/article/353825/readers-choice-awards-2017-internet-service-providers In the midst of Triple Crown season, the horse racing metaphors come easy when talking broadband.   Eighteen ISPs showed up at our survey starting gates for 2017, but two were in a class of their own, leaving all the rest in […]


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