Spam EMAIL attack – FAKE DDoS threat if site owner does not pay

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The SANS Internet Storm Center warns that spammed FAKE DDoS attack threats are circulating to contact points on the web site’s WHOIS registration records (usually the webmaster). The site owner is threatened if they do not pay, just like the approach used in ransomware attacks. https://isc.sans.edu/forums/diary/Fake+DDoS+Extortions+Continue+Please+Forward+Us+Any+Threats+You+Have+Received/22550/ We do continue to receive reports about DDoS extortion […]

Windows 10 S – New locked down version introduced

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During May, a new locked down WIN10 store version was announced.  While the “S” could stand for STORE, it may also reflect SECURITY and SIMPLICITY.  Today, Windows users must have some basic technical savvy to install software and keep the system secure & in good working order. This new version will run certified and secure […]

Facebook Security – Profile Picture Guard protection pilot JUNE 2017

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As Facebook user profile pictures can be manipulated to create fake accounts, a special pilot program of new security protection is being piloted in India. After Facebook gains experience and further tunes this new capability — it will likely be implemented for all users in near future. https://newsroom.fb.com/news/2017/06/giving-people-more-control-over-their-facebook-profile-picture/ Today, we are piloting new tools that […]

Windows 10 Redstone – New Preview version 16226 JUNE 2017

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Earlier this month, Microsoft released a newer Windows 10 preview version coming later in 2017 https://venturebeat.com/2017/06/21/microsoft-releases-new-windows-10-preview-with-new-edge-emoji-input-gaming-and-even-calculator-features/ Microsoft today released a new Windows 10 preview for PCs with a long list of features and improvements spanning Edge, emoji, OneDrive, keyboard, handwriting, sound, gaming, settings, shell, My People, calculator, accessibility, security, Hyper-V, and mixed reality. This is […]

Microsoft Security – Warning to stop use of non-secure SMB version 1 devices

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Microsoft continues encouragement of corporations to completely phase out this 30 year old protocol written before the era of computer viruses. This warning discusses use of insecure legacy devices that might connect using this protocol. Corporations must detect and inventory these exposures. Only the later and more secure versions of the SMB protocol (version 2 […]

Programming Languages – Top 10 development tools JUNE 2017

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With the rapid development of mobile application, web based apps, and other modern technology projects — programming languages have evolved considerably in recent years http://www.javaworld.com/article/3199791/application-development/kotlin-s-a-rising-star-in-language-popularity-index.html Kotlin’s a rising star in language popularity index. Other languages on the move include R, Hack, and Rust, while Python cements its position as the king of there dynamically typed […]

Microsoft Office – Dictation plug-in feature enters beta testing

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Microsoft is enhancing later versions of Office & Windows with the new Dictate plugin which will allow a much improved speech recognition capability built with AI features.  This new capability is entering beta testing.  It will likely be a best fit for corporate WIN10 professional users with Office 2013 or higher.  http://www.pcmag.com/news/354452/microsoft-rolls-out-dictation-plugin-for-office Microsoft’s Cognitive Services AI platform powers […]

Leadership – Grateful Leadership Center PODCAST library

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This is an excellent resource for leadership, team building, and improving corporate morale & productivity. The Grateful Leadership center teaches the best practices in human relations when working with others, using a positive & appreciative approach. https://gratefulleadership.com/category/podcasts/ Leadership – Grateful Leadership Center PODCAST library Hosted by Jim Trela (after visiting podcast home page link above, […]

Windows 10 – Harden Security and Privacy JUNE 2017

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This Tech Target WIN10 article center and its associated checklists are excellent. This is good resource to earmark for future reference. YouTube also has excellent videos for Windows 10 Security that visually share on a step-by-step basis. http://searchsecurity.techtarget.com/tip/How-Windows-hardening-techniques-can-improve-Windows-10 https://privacy.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-10-microsoft-edge-and-privacy Once the initial installation is complete, open the Settings app in Windows 10 to lock down […]

Apple iCloud – Improved 3rd party application security controls

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Security is being enhanced for the Apple iCloud this month where non-Apple software will need an application level password for access.  Their 2 factor authentication (2FA) process is device specific rather than an SMS text process which offers improved security (but there are ramifications if the device is lost).  This is described below: https://www.intego.com/mac-security-blog/apples-new-icloud-security-requirements-what-to-expect/ Apple […]


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