Microsoft OneDrive – New Personal Vault adds more security

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Microsoft has enhanced it’s popular “OneDrive” cloud storage facility, to add a new highly secure Personal Vault option as described below: https://www.pcmag.com/news/369236/microsoft-enhances-onedrive-with-a-personal-vault You’d hope that any cloud storage option was secure, but Microsoft is going an extra step to offer enhanced security for OneDrive by introducing a new protected area.   OneDrive is Microsoft cloud storage service allowing you […]

CISA – improved US-CERT website design June 2019

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The Dept. of Homeland Security has launched a revamped & improved US-CERT website.  For years this has been a helpful resource in tracking latest major threats & vulnerabilities.  In late 2018, there was a realignment of national cyber-security agencies as documented below to become Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) https://www.us-cert.gov/ On November 16, 2018, […]

Windows 10 – Resolving AUDIO interference issue on older laptop

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After upgrading to WIN10 or installing a new features update, sound issues may occur where DRIVERS on old & even out of support drivers need updating. RESEARCH APPROACH — For some issues, the solution many not even be related to device settings/drivers — but interference by something completely unrelated … that is most important reason […]

RAMBleed – New speculative execution side-channel attack

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Based on modern CPU designs, a new speculative execution side-channel attack has been discovered by security researchers.  While these vulnerabilities are very difficult to manipulate, they still need to fixed with improved security safeguards where possible.  https://redmondmag.com/articles/2019/06/14/rambleed-side-channel-dram-attacks.aspx https://rambleed.com/ Academic researchers this week published information about another side-channel attack method, called “RAMBleed,” that can expose information […]

Exchange Server 2019 – Disabling old protocols recommended

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With the recent CU2 update for Exchange Server 2019, Microsoft offers a new “hybrid modern authentication” to replace more suseptible older protocols which may be less secure https://redmondmag.com/articles/2019/06/21/microsoft-disabling-exchange-protocols.aspx The Exchange team, in a Friday announcement, explained how Exchange Server 2019 with Cumulative Update 2 (CU2) can help organizations rid themselves of old authentication protocols, which constitute […]

Dell – Security update needed for Support Assist agent June 2019

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Dell’s SupportAssist has remote access capabilities to work with Dell home & corporate owners in an automated way.  US CERT warns of a critical security update to better protect this group of users https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2019/06/21/Dell-Releases-Security-Advisory-Dell-SupportAssist Dell has released a security advisory to address a vulnerability in Dell SupportAssist software. An attacker could exploit this vulnerability to […]

Microsoft Edge – Chromium beta version ported to WIN7 and WIN8

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While important to move to WIN10 in coming months, a new EDGE Chromium version ported to WIN7 and WIN8 users as part of preview (beta) programs.  This can help users get used to a much improved EDGE in WIN10 v1903 for WIN7 users being converted later in 2019 as the JAN-2020 EOL target approaches. https://redmondmag.com/articles/2019/06/20/edge-preview-windows-7-and-81.aspx […]

Microsoft Excel – Advanced Filtering techniques JUNE-2019

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The JUNE 2019 IIL blog features several techniques for advanced filtering Microsoft Excel spreadsheets. As an example, some special calculations between multiple cells can be defined in filtering, so that a special new column does not need to be added, in order to find targeted results Advanced Filtering in Excel In this blog I’ll continue […]

Cybersecurity professionals – Travel list for incident responses

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For off-site travel needs, it is important to develop a travel list for packing all needed items in advance.  As often there is a need for quick responses & formulating a list in advance is excellent planning as shared by the ISC below: https://isc.sans.edu/forums/diary/Using+a+Travel+Packing+App+for+Infosec+Purpose/25056/ QUOTE:    Let’s take the incident handling list as an example. […]

Windows Virtual Desktop — Setup guidelines for future capability

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WVD is anticipated later this year & some “how to” details were recently shared as follows: https://redmondmag.com/articles/2019/06/07/how-to-set-up-windows-virtual-desktop.aspx The setup details were part of an “All You Need To Know About Windows Virtual Desktop” Web presentation for IT pros  by Microsoft.  The presentation is currently available on demand here (with sign-up). Microsoft also published a resource guide page […]


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