Security – Cisco ASA vulnerability fix DEC-2018

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Cisco released a patch for an Adaptive Security Appliance Software (ASA) vulnerability recently as follows:  https://tools.cisco.com/security/center/content/CiscoSecurityAdvisory/cisco-sa-20181219-asa-privesc A vulnerability in the authorization subsystem of Cisco Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA) Software could allow an authenticated, but unprivileged (levels 0 and 1), remote attacker to perform privileged actions by using the web management interface. The vulnerability is due to improper validation […]

Cloud Storage – 5 options for home users DEC-2018

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Five personal CLOUD storage options are shared that are more oriented to home users in article below.  This includes both free options for smaller storage needs & paid options for larger off-site storage needs: https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/columnist/2018/12/25/which-best-cloud-storage-when-you-use-android-ios-microsoft/2367889002/ It’s getting hard to unbox without a signup: Few new gadgets let you get past their welcome screens without inviting you […]

Smart speaker technology – Privacy issues DEC-2018

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A detailed article on Smart Speaker security issues shares privacy challenges as usage of this IOT based technology continues to grow. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6525861/Is-smart-speaker-SPYING-you.html Is your smart speaker SPYING on you? They are the year’s must-have presents but privacy campaigners fear ‘connected’ gizmos are actually highly efficient surveillance devices.  In a world where more and more products, […]

Google Chrome Canvas – New drawing tool

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https://www.techspot.com/news/77982-google-launches-chrome-canvas-web-based-drawing-tool.html Google’s latest experiment, Chrome Canvas, will likely be no different. Launched without any fanfare, Canvas is essentially a browser-based drawing tool.   Granted, it’s not a very advanced one; you only have a total of 5 tools to work with, including a pencil, a pen, charcoal, an eraser, and a marker. Additionally, if you move […]

Apple iPad Pro – some frames reported with minor bends

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Apple executive responds to complaints about bent iPad Pro units   Over the last few days, some iPad Pro owners have taken to the web to complain about subtle but noticeable bends in their iPad Pros. Of course, it goes without saying that if you spend a minimum of $800 on a brand new tablet, the last thing […]

Google Assistant – top-rated smart speaker in 2018 review

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  Google Assistant Takes the Crown, Cortana Sits Last on Smart Speaker IQ Test Analytics firm Loop Ventures published the annual Smart Speaker IQ Test this week. The research firm put the top smart assistants and speakers head-to-head as part of the new test, grading them on a wide range of queries and commands. The company asked […]

Microsoft Internet Explorer — OOB emergency DEC 20th update fixes active exploit

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Microsoft has just issued an Internet Explorer OOB emergency update on DEC 20th to fix active exploit.  Users should patch expediently to ensure protection against malicious attacks. https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2018/12/microsoft-issues-emergency-update-to-fix-critical-ie-flaw-under-active-exploit/ https://isc.sans.edu/forums/diary/Microsoft+OOB+Patch+for+Internet+Explorer+Scripting+Engine+Memory+Corruption+Vulnerability/24438/ Microsoft just published an out-of-band patch for Internet Explorer. It fixes a memory corruption vulnerability in the scripting engine. This vulnerabiliy is identified as CVE-2018-8653.   When successfully […]

Windows 10 – Preview version 18298 new feature improvements

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https://www.neowin.net/news/windows-10-build-18298-shows-up-in-the-fast-ring-with-a-ton-of-changes Microsoft released Windows 10 Insider Preview build 18298 to the Fast ring.  Today’s build contains a ton of new features. You can probably say that this is the ‘big bang’ build that we see once or twice in every development cycle. There’s nothing in there that’s particularly game-changing; however, the focus of 19H1 seems to […]

Windows 10 – InPrivate Desktop new SANDBOX safety feature

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A highly benefical testing & safety feature will be coming to Windows 10 in future https://www.howtogeek.com/399153/windows-10s-new-sandbox-feature-is-everything-weve-always-wanted/ In a post on Microsoft’s Tech Community blog, Hari Pulapaka details the new Windows Sandbox. Previously referred to as InPrivate Desktop, this feature creates an “isolated, temporary, desktop environment” that you can run software on without fear of harming your […]

Wireless 5G – 1st public beta launch by ATT on Dec 21st

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AT&T has just turned on it’s limited Wireless 5G network in 12 USA cities.  It is the 1st public beta launch by any major carrier and after testing the public offering will begin on Dec 21st https://www.pcmag.com/news/365527/at-t-plans-5g-launch-for-dec-21 The world’s first consumer mobile 5G hotspot is coming to 12 US cities this week. This isn’t a full-scale launch; it’s […]


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