Opera browser – v63 offers improved private mode

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Opera v63 offers improved private mode, along with a few new features and other improvements https://www.ghacks.net/2019/08/21/opera-63-0-stable-is-out-here-is-what-is-new/ https://blogs.opera.com/desktop/changelog-for-63/ Opera Software released a new version of the company’s desktop web browser Opera on August 20, 2019. 1. Opera 63.0 improves the browser’s private mode 2. Chromium was updated 76.0.3809.100 3. Download page load speed improved 4. Opera […]

Windows Defender – AV-TEST certification and improvements August 2019

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Windows Defender is a much improved defense facility for primarily Windows 10 devices.  It has improved in recent tests by independent security testing firm AV-TEST to become fully certified for basic home protection Windows Defender Certified by AV-Test and Outperforms Much of the Competition It was only a few years ago when Windows Defender routinely […]

Security – FISMA report for 2018 published

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https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2019/08/23/fisma-annual-report-congress The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has published its Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 Annual Report to Congress on the implementation of the Federal Information Security Modernization Act of 2014 (FISMA).  The report highlights government-wide cybersecurity programs and initiatives, and agencies’ progress to enhance federal cybersecurity over the past year and into the future. Notably, […]

CISA – Strategic defense goals August 2019

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The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) details Director Christopher Krebs’ strategic vision https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2019/08/22/cisa-strategic-intent-defend-today-secure-tomorrow The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) details Director Christopher Krebs’ strategic vision and operational priorities and will serve as the interim strategy as the agency develops a longer-term strategic plan. CISA – HOME page https://www.dhs.gov/CISA CISA – Strategic defense goals […]

The Project Management Professional – Exam changes for 2020

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The Project Management Professional (PMP) designation is a prestigious designation for Project Managers. For 2020, the PMP exams have been revised to keep up with new technological & managerial practices. There is even now a focus on people, where best practices include team building using grateful leadership principles. The PMP® Exam is Changing: Here’s What […]

Ransomware – CISA issues prevention guidance August 2019

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https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2019/08/21/cisa-insights-ransomware-outbreak The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) urges organizations to review CISA Insights – Ransomware Outbreak, implement the recommendations, and visit the CISA resource page on ransomware for more information.  It includes steps in the following key areas to help organizations protect themselves from ransomware attacks: 1. Actions for Today – Make Sure You’re Not Tomorrow’s […]

Microsoft Edge – Chrome BETA release August 2019

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In testing the preview version of Microsoft Edge Chrome browser for WIN7 & WIN10, it is much improved over original WIN10 version of Edge.  It has become my default browser (esp. for WIN10).  Introducing Microsoft Edge Beta: Be one of the first to try it now Today I’m thrilled to announce that a Beta release for […]

Cybersecurity insurance has improved in 2019

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Talos offers an excellent article on the state of  cybersecurity insurance for business risk mitigation & protection.  Still some sectors are slow to adopt insurance protection – even though policies & protection are improving to keep track on the changing computer landscape https://blog.talosintelligence.com/2019/08/cyber-insurance-FAQs.html Even back in 2016, Cisco Talos called the realm of cyber insurance “new […]

Security – CISA safety tips for students August 2019

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The CISA (US-CERT) offers EXCELLENT tips for students returning to school during Fall of 2019 https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2019/08/20/cyber-safety-students As summer break ends, many students will return to school with mobile devices, such as smart phones, tablets, and laptops. Although these devices can help students complete schoolwork and stay in touch with family and friends, there are risks […]

Malware – handle rare ISZ file extensions carefully

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ISZ files are “zipped ISO images” that one might used to create a WIN10 install image on DVD.  The ISZ extension should be blocked for incoming email.  As highly specialized ISO imaging software is required to launch ISZ or DAA files — most users are safe.  However ADMINs & tech professionals with a lot of […]


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