Windows 10 – New start menu appears in preview build 18947

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Microsoft is testing a new WIN10 start menu appearance in preview build 18947 (beta).  It will be slated for release in 2020 as alternative to “Live Tiles” which originally debuted in WIN8.  An early overview of this proposed change can be seen in six minute U-Tube video below.  It may be intended for a “lite” […]

Wireless 5G – early security risk factors July 2019

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CISA is starting early security awareness on the evolving new 5G network standards & how to control risk factors.  They plan to build on this over time. https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2019/07/22/5g-wireless-network-risk-factors https://www.dhs.gov/publication/5g-infographic Although 5G technology will bring capacity, reliability, and security improvements, it may also introduce supply chain, deployment, network security, and competition and choice vulnerabilities. These vulnerabilities […]

Google Chrome Project Strobe restrict data collected by 3rd party extensions

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https://blog.chromium.org/2019/07/project-strobe-updates.html https://www.pcmag.com/news/369714/google-to-minimize-the-data-collected-by-chrome-extensions On May 30, Google announced the next iteration of Project Strobe, a root-and-branch review of third-party developer access to user data. This announcement included the following two updates to our User Data Policy: (1) We’re requiring extensions to only request access to the least amount of data. (2) We’re requiring more extensions to […]

Online Scams – Fake Facebook 2020 Libra cryptocurrency for sale

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There are fake emails & websites noting Facebook’s proposed 2020 Libra cryptocurrency is for sale.  These fraudulent scams should be avoided by all users, as Libra will not launch as a currency until 2020. https://www.pcmag.com/news/369699/watch-out-for-libra-scams-claiming-you-can-buy-the-cryptocur Facebook’s Libra cryptocurrency isn’t slated to launch until 2020, but that hasn’t stopped fraudsters from creating fake websites that claim to […]

Data Breach – 2017 Equifax settlement terms

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https://www.pcmag.com/news/369662/equifax-will-pay-650m-for-2017-data-breach The Equifax data breach back in 2017 affected half of all adult Americans who were put at a high risk of identity theft due to Equifax’s terrible handling of their personal information. Now Equifax is finally set to pay.   As Reuters reports, a global settlement has been reached between Equifax and the Federal Trade Commission, the Consumer Financial […]

Malware – Astaroth memory resident keylogger

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Canada’s Centre for Cyber Security (CCCS) has become aware of a memory resident keylogger malware campaign, affecting Microsoft Windows .  It is currently gaining traction as there are no physical files  present on the hard drive.   AV products are usually more effective in finding malware on disk rather than in memory.   “Fileless” malware […]

Apple – Product security releases for July 2019

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https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2019/07/22/apple-releases-multiple-security-updates Apple has released security updates to address vulnerabilities in multiple products. A remote attacker could exploit some of these vulnerabilities to take control of an affected system.   The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) encourages users and administrators to review the Apple security pages for the following products and apply the necessary updates: iOS […]

Security – Cisco ESG study highlights increased complexity July 2019

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Cisco’s Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG) documents the increased complexity of keeping end users safe. Technology & even the attackers are becoming more sophisticated as new computing capabilities emerge. https://isc.sans.edu/forums/diary/Reevaluating+Network+Security+It+is+Increasingly+More+Complex/25152/ GROWING TECHNOLOGY RISKS — The report identified three main factors related to the increase in network security complexity. The attack surface and the workload are both […]

Windows 10 – v20H1 v18941 new features July 2019

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The new preview release for WIN10 v20H1 v18941 has just been released for beta testing. It contains some of the following new features https://www.windowscentral.com/hands-windows-10-20h1-build-19841-showcasing-new-changes New in build 18941 is a change to the calendar flyout on the taskbar that now allows you to add events to your calendar straight from the taskbar. Also new in […]

Windows 10 – v1903 improves capability to create LOCAL accounts

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Windows 10 defaults in creating new accounts by requiring use of the “Microsoft account”.  However, users may wish to create new WIN10 user accounts that are more similar to WIN7 local accounts.  Features release v1903 accommodates this better than past feature releases.  Earlier releases tended to discourage creation of LOCAL accounts — that are not […]


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