Windows Server Update Services – Best Practices

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WSUS security & tuning best practices have been recently outlined in this tuning guide with a key theme of using SSL & HTTPS encryption technology https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/windows-it-pro-blog/security-best-practices-for-windows-server-update-services-wsus/ba-p/1587536 We will walk you through the steps required to configure each of your WSUS servers to use HTTPS. We will then share details on how to obtain and bind […]

Security – 5 Ts of Trusted Data

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Five characteristics of trusted data are highlighted below that will improve user confidence in information results: https://www.eweek.com/big-data-and-analytics/how-5t-s-and-a-trust-score-can-ensure-trusted-data Metrics such as Talend’s Trust Score, a unique equality indicator of a data set that puts this power into the hands of non-technical people, can be valuable. But how can we determine whether we can trust available data sets?  Talend […]

Samsung – High performance 10nm memory August 2020

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Samsung has introduced new EUV memory technology that is state-of-art & high performance to improve mobile phone processing future https://www.pcmag.com/news/samsung-is-mass-producing-even-faster-16gb-memory-modules-for-phones Back in February, Samsung started mass producing very fast 10nm 16GB modules of LPDDR5 mobile DRAM chips. This week, those chips now look slow thanks to Samsung’s move to a third-generation production line using extreme ultraviolet […]

Microsoft Flight Simulator – Classic 1982 version can run in browser

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In early 1980s as DOS based PCs were being introduced into business, Microsoft Pinball, Golf, and Flight Simulator were popular early games as well.  The link below to run 1989 version in browser mode was neat to discover & brought back memories of good old days 🙂 https://www.pcworld.com/article/3572615/cant-run-microsoft-flight-simulator-2020-play-the-1982-version-in-your-browser.html Microsoft Flight Simulator is stunningly beautiful but a […]

Microsoft 365 Business – improved security baseline setup coming

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The Microsoft 365 cloud-based O/S has improved security baseline setup for business users Microsoft this week announced a more simplified way to add security baseline settings for Windows 10 PCs used by Microsoft 365 Business Premium subscribers.  The more simplified setup approach for those subscribers is also called “Microsoft 365 Business Premium.” That name choice is […]

Security – 2020 Anti-Virus evaluation by PC World

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PC World recently did a wide review of AV suites that can be purchased as well as basic free options.  This is a good update for 2020 AV detection & protection. Several great protective products are identified in this study: https://www.pcworld.com/article/3219792/best-antivirus-for-windows-pc.html What to look for in an antivirus suite — There are three basic requirements […]

Leadership – Self improvement tips for 2020

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This Harvard Business Review article focuses on self-improvement tips that all professionals can benefit from through a focus on skill & human relations improvements Take Ownership of Your Future Self https://hbr.org/2020/08/take-ownership-of-your-future-self Your personality, skills, likes, and dislikes change over time — whether you’re intentional about that change or not. Change is inevitable, but it’s not […]

Privacy – California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018

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This excellent article by the Harvard Business review shares the challenges of implementing the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018, which became effective 1/1/2020.  There are no delays pertinent to the pandemic.  Handling differences for California & EU (GDPR) users adds complexities & challenges for online transactions in meeting multiple privacy standards https://hbr.org/2020/08/data-privacy-rules-are-changing-how-can-marketers-keep-up https://oag.ca.gov/privacy/ccpa https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/California_Consumer_Privacy_Act […]

Security – Windows OS accounts for 83 percent malware attacks in 2020 Q1

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Windows is most common O/S and while the highest malware rates would be statistically expected — these issues are exacerbated by non-patched or out-dated versions of Windows. An increase in attacks from 79% in past quarter to 83% were measured in AV-TEST’s detailed study below:  https://www.av-test.org/en/news/facts-analyses-on-the-threat-scenario-the-av-test-security-report-2019-2020/ https://www.pcmag.com/news/windows-computers-account-for-83-of-all-malware-attacks-in-q1-2020 Windows Computers Account for 83% of All Malware […]

Mozilla Firefox 80 – release

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The new Firefox 80 provides improved features, security, and privacy controls.  It is stable & performs well in early testing https://us-cert.cisa.gov/ncas/current-activity/2020/08/26/mozilla-releases-security-updates-firefox-firefox-esr-and https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/security/advisories/mfsa2020-36/ https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/privacy/products/ Mozilla has released security updates to address vulnerabilities in Firefox, Firefox ESR, and Thunderbird. An attacker could exploit some of these vulnerabilities to take control of an affected system. CISA encourages users […]


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