Microsoft Azure – Multifactor Authentication is new Default for ADMINS

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Multifactor authentication (MFA) is where 2 or more verification processes are performed before security access is granted.  Single factor authenticaion is usually just the password alone (and much weaker control than MFA).  The Microsoft Azure cloud now requires all Administrator accounts to be set with MFA controls, by default which is a much stronger control […]

Leadership – How to give and receive Constructive Criticism

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The John Maxwell leadership training center shares valuable insight on How to give and receive constructive criticism: http://johnmaxwellcompany.com/blog/confrontation-and-criticism This is how entrepreneurs, leaders and executives come to be successful — by asking the simple question, “How can I make this better?” When it comes to handling criticism, this is what I’ve learned: RECEIVING CRITICISM — […]

Windows 10 – New 1803 cumulative update JUNE 2018

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Windows 10 users who are on version 1803 were updated on 4th Tuesday of month with a number of small bug fixes as version issues get further fine tuned in the latest release. Windows 10 April 2018 Update Gets a New Cumulative Update Microsoft today released a new cumulative update for the latest version of […]

Mozilla Firefox – HIBP privacy feature in future version

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A future version of Mozilla Firefox will include a new privacy tool “Have I Been Pwned”(HIBP) as described below  https://thenextweb.com/security/2018/06/26/mozilla-bakes-have-i-been-pwned-into-firefoxs-new-privacy-tool/ Mozilla today announced an exciting new feature coming to future versions of Firefox. The feature is a proposed security tool that uses Troy Hunt’s ‘Have I Been Pwned‘ (HIBP) database to scour the web looking […]

Wireless Security – WPA3 adds 2 major protective features

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The Wi-Fi Alliance is beginning to certify products WPA3 that support WPA3.  While migration will be gradual over the next few years, it will become the successor to the WPA2 security protocol that’s been in use since 2004. https://www.theverge.com/circuitbreaker/2018/6/26/17501594/wpa3-wifi-security-certification WPA3 protections won’t just flip on overnight — in fact, it’s going to be a many-years-long […]

Facebook – 2012 purchase of Instagram increased 100X in value

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While Facebook is more popular with older users, Instagram is more oriented to younger kids and adults.  Back in 2012, Facebook bought the firm for $1 billion and it is now estimated to be worth $100 billion https://qz.com/1314089/instagrams-worth-is-now-estimated-to-be-100-billion/ In 2012, Facebook bought the 13-person photo-sharing app Instagram. Six years later, it seems safe to say […]

Apple – iOS 12 beta now available for early testers

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The new Apple iOS 12 beta just became publicly available.  This is targeted for early testers who are experienced technically in case issues surface.  https://www.cnet.com/news/you-can-now-download-apples-ios-12-public-beta-for-iphone-bring-on-the-memoji-but-no-siri-shortcuts You can now download Apple’s iOS 12 public beta. Get ready for plenty of animated selfie emoji — but you won’t be able to use Siri Shortcuts until the final […]

Microsoft Exchange – Major update for June 2018

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As noted below, the quarterly update release for Microsoft Exchange contains some major changes as noted below: https://redmondmag.com/articles/2018/06/22/microsoft-exchange-server-updates.aspx https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/exchange/2018/06/19/released-june-2018-quarterly-exchange-updates/ The Microsoft Exchange team got more talkative this week regarding a few improvements and changes, mostly on the server side. Organizations got a bunch of Exchange Server quarterly updates this month, which added some capabilities. For […]

Windows 7 – SSE2 compliance required for security updates

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Starting with the March 2018 Windows 7 updates, security patches will only install on SSE2 or higher computing devices (i.e., the Pentium 4 was 1st PC to offer this).  This change only affects a small # of users on 15-20 year old legacy PCs https://www.zdnet.com/article/microsoft-unexpectedly-drops-windows-7-support-for-some-ancient-cpus/ Microsoft unexpectedly drops Windows 7 support for some ancient CPUs. Believe […]

Microsoft – acquires Bonsai artificial intelligence company

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On June 20, 2018, Microsoft purchased Bonsai, which is a company specializing in  artificial intelligence https://redmondmag.com/articles/2018/06/20/microsoft-acquires-bonsai.aspx Bonsai, an artificial intelligence (AI) startup that was founded by two former Microsoft employees and partially funded by Microsoft Ventures, is now officially part of Microsoft.  Microsoft announced its acquisition of Berkeley, Calif.-based Bonsai on Wednesday morning. According to […]


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