Microsoft Windows 10 – v1511 support extended for enterprise and education users

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Microsoft announced earlier in month a 6-month extension of support for v1511 for six more months for the education and corporate versions of Windows 10 as documented below: https://redmondmag.com/articles/2017/11/14/microsoft-extends-windows-10-version-1511-support.aspx Microsoft announced that it has extended the support time available for users of the Enterprise and Education editions of Windows 10 version 1511 by about six […]

Microsoft Office – New version for Chromebooks

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Microsoft just released OFFICE for Google’s Chromebook as shared below: http://www.eweek.com/enterprise-apps/microsoft-makes-office-available-to-chromebooks-that-run-android-apps Just in time for the holidays, Chromebook users, regardless of the model they acquired, can now download and run Microsoft Office.  Running Office apps on Android smartphones and tablets is no longer a new or novel concept. On Chromebooks, it’s a different story, however. […]

Cryptocurrency – Ten risks for BITCOIN and other digital currencies

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Bitcoin is currently the leading worldwide cryptocurrency & it is quickly becoming a popular alternative form of payment electronically.  The SANS Internet Storm Center shares an awareness of the risks associated with trusting a decentralized currency system that is based more on technology than human controls (e.g., there is no official government entity to help […]

BITCOIN – Valuation rapidly approaching 10,000 dollars

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BITCOIN has moved past $9,000 very rapidly.  It is being bid up in a highly speculative manner by folks who do not wanting to “miss out” in being on the ground floor. Folks are buying high to potentially sell even higher. And there is some positive outlook for BITCOIN.  It is is rapidly becoming an […]

Black Friday – Six real-World phishing attacks for 2017

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This slide show provides good security awareness to avoid social engineering tactics, phishing, and malware during 2017 Black Friday & Cyber Monday sales ahead http://www.darkreading.com/mobile/6-real-black-friday-phishing-lures/d/d-id/1330468 As the mega-shopping day approaches, here’s a look at six examples of phishing attacks – and ways to avoid taking the bait. 1. Ray-Ban 80% Discount Sale (too good to […]

Windows 10 – Four DVD player product reviews NOV-2017

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This PC Magazine review shares four DVD player software products for Windows 10 (and some work with earlier versions of Windows as well) https://www.pcmag.com/news/355889/how-to-play-dvds-in-windows-10 Unfortunately, if you pop a DVD into your Windows 10 computer, you’ll run into some trouble because Windows 10 Media Player doesn’t support DVDs. Microsoft offers a Windows DVD Player app, […]

Windows – US-CERT advisory for WIN8 and WIN10 ASLR vulnerability

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A new CERT advisory has been issued for an ASLR vulnerability, in Windows 8 and 10.  There is an issue there ASLR may not randomize every application if system-wide mandatory ASLR is enabled via EMET or Windows Defender Exploit Guard http://www.kb.cert.org/vuls/id/817544 https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2017/11/20/Windows-ASLR-Vulnerability The CERT Coordination Center (CERT/CC) has released information on a vulnerability in Windows Address Space […]

Windows 10 – Networking and security tips NOV-2017

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ZDNet’s senior author Ed Bott shares some key & valuable tips for Windows 10 networking and security as follows: http://www.zdnet.com/article/windows-10-networking-and-security-tips/ On Windows 10 PCs, connecting to a network is normally as simple as plugging in a network cable or entering a passphrase at a Wi-Fi prompt. The networking tips in this category cover administrative tasks, such as […]

Android 8.0 – Five new features of Oreo release

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PC World shares five new features for Android 8.0 Oreo that Google is piloting on their devices like Pixel https://www.pcworld.com/article/3235178/android/five-hidden-features-of-android-8-0-oreo-you-should-be-using.html Google is pushing Android 8.0 Oreo to Nexus and Pixel devices as device makers scramble to get their phones updated. Google’s devices will be the only ones running the new software, at least for a […]

Ransomware – New Magniber variants impacting South Korean users

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The new Magniber ransomeware family is targeting South Korea. However, it appears to only being targeting a Korean language version of Windows at this point. Still all new variants & further developments should be closely watched.  This appears to be a possible replacement for the Cerber family in the future. http://blog.trendmicro.com/trendlabs-security-intelligence/magnitude-exploit-kit-now-targeting-korea-with-magniber-ransomware/ A new ransomware is […]


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