Windows 10 – Windows File Recovery command line tool

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Microsoft launches an advanced command line Windows File Recovery tool for recovering files on NTFS, FAT, exFAT and ReFS file systems.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/microsoft-launches-windows-file-recovery-app

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4538642/windows-10-restore-lost-files

QUOTE:  Accidentally deleting a file in Windows only to find it can’t be recovered from the Recycle Bin usually results in a Google search for “file recovery software.” Microsoft has decided to give us a first-party solution, though, with the launch of an app called Windows File Recovery.

As ZDNet reports, the Windows File Recovery app is now available through the Microsoft Store. It’s a Win32 command line app, described as a solution to recovering personal data that may have been accidentally deleted, perhaps while wiping a hard drive. It can recover most file types, with Microsoft listing JPEG, PDF, PNG, MPEG, Office files, MP3, MP4, and ZIP files, but also adding “and more.” It will work with hard drives, solid-state drives, and memory cards, with support for NTFS, FAT, exFat, and ReFS file systems included. It therefore covers most configurations Windows 10 would be running in.

The only system requirement is the need to be running Windows 10 version 19041.0 or higher, with architecture support extending to x86, x64, ARM, and ARM64. A guide on how to use the tool can be found on Microsoft’s Support website, which is an essential resource considering you’ll be typing in commands in an attempt to recover your files.

Windows 10 v2004 – New features for IT professionals

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WIN10 v2004 offers numerous new features and this detailed overview shares key changes for PRO and enterprise versions:

https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/windows-it-pro-blog/what-s-new-for-it-pros-in-windows-10-version-2004/ba-p/1419764

QUOTE: As you look to roll out this new update to your organization, this post outlines some of the new, key capabilities and enhancements that will enable you to benefit from intelligent security, simplified updates, flexible management, and enhanced productivity, specifically in the areas of:

This post also covers:

Windows Autopilot – VPN support added June 2020

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With networking more decentralized with WFH & virtual team members — Windows Autopilot has been enhanced to support workstation registrations in VPN mode as shared below

https://redmondmag.com/articles/2020/06/26/windows-autopilot-vpns.aspx

https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/windows-it-pro-blog/new-for-windows-autopilot-vpn-support-and-esp-device-targeting/ba-p/1490152

Microsoft announced this week that the Windows Autopilot service used with Microsoft Intune now supports enrolling devices, even in cases where virtual private networks (VPNs) might get in the way.  VPN use is part of the general work scenario these days with the recent shift toward working from home. However, Windows Autopilot, Microsoft’s service that lets end users provision or set up a new PC by themselves, has had a bit of a snag associated with VPNs, which Microsoft is now addressing.

The issue arises for organizations using so-called “hybrid” Azure Active Directory-joined devices, which means that an organization has connected its local Active Directory with Microsoft’s cloud-based Active Directory service. For these hybrid Azure AD users, Windows Autopilot has needed to connect to the Active Directory domain controller in an organization’s network to complete the provisioning process for remote workers.

Microsoft Defender – Linux and Android added June 2020

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https://redmondmag.com/articles/2020/06/23/microsoft-defender-atp-linux-android.aspx

Microsoft Defender Security Center portal to protect endpoints and client devices against threats, is now at the general availability (GA) release stage for use with Linux server machines, Microsoft announced on Tuesday. In addition, Microsoft is previewing Microsoft Defender ATP for Android devicesper a Tuesday announcement.  Lastly, Microsoft Defender ATP was enhanced with a new Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) scanner capability to better detect threats at a device’s boot level, as announced last week.

Microsoft – Online and experience centers replace Retail stores in 2020

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https://redmondmag.com/articles/2020/06/26/microsoft-retail-locations-shut-down.aspx

Microsoft is pivoting its retail operations to focus more on online sales, a plan that would mean the closing of most physical Microsoft Store locations. There are about 83 physical Microsoft Stores worldwide, most of them in the United States. According to an announcement Friday, Microsoft plans to close all of them except the “Microsoft Experience Centers in London, NYC, Sydney, and Redmond campus locations.”

Microsoft Store retail employees will continue to serve consumers, small business, education and enterprise customers, but it’ll happen via online support from “Microsoft corporate locations.” Microsoft’s store employees have been working from home since March, when Microsoft initially closed its physical stores to address COVID-19 public health concerns.

Security – ACSC warns of COPY and PASTE risks June 2020

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The Australian CERT team shares awareness of dangers & risk associated with copy/paste techniques malware authors may use to compromise security controls 

https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2020/06/22/acsc-releases-advisory-cyber-campaign-using-copy-paste-compromises

Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) has released an advisory regarding an ongoing cyber campaign involving “copy-paste compromises” targeting Australian government and commercial networks. According to the advisory, a sophisticated malicious cyber actor is carrying out the campaign using open-source code that exploits known remote code execution vulnerabilities and spear phishing attacks.

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) encourages users and administrators to review the tactics, techniques, and procedures and mitigations identified in ASCS Advisory 2020-008 as well as:

Windows 10 v1903 – OOB security release for CVE-2020-1441

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Microsoft has released an “out-of-band” security updates for Windows 10 (version 1903 only) as follows:

https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2020/06/19/microsoft-releases-security-updates-windows

Microsoft has released security updates to address a vulnerability in Windows 10 version 1903. An attacker could exploit this vulnerability to overwrite or modify a protected file and gain elevated privileges.  CISA encourages users and administrators to review Microsoft’s Security Advisory for CVE-2020-1441 and apply the necessary updates.

Windows 10 v2004 – New HEAP memory process reduces EDGE needs by 27 percent

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The new WIN32 HEAP memory process found in Windows 10 v2004 (20H1) features release reduces EDGE memory allocation needs by 27%

https://www.pcmag.com/news/microsoft-reduces-edge-browser-memory-usage-by-up-to-27-percent

https://blogs.windows.com/msedgedev/2020/06/17/improving-memory-usage/

Microsoft has managed to significantly reduce the memory usage of its Edge browser thanks to a new Windows 10 feature.   In a Windows Blog post yesterday, Kim Denny, principal project manager on the Microsoft Edge team, details how the Windows 10 May 2020 Update (build 19041) has allowed the browser to take advantage of “Windows segment heap memory improvements now available for Win32 applications to manage memory more efficiently.” In real terms, it means Edge can show a memory usage reduction of up to 27 percent.

The Microsoft documentation website includes details of the segment heap Denny mentions, describing it as “a modern heap implementation that will generally reduce your overall memory usage.” Although Denny places the focus on memory usage improvements for Edge, this is a more general Windows 10 improvement, meaning it should lower the memory demand of any application that decides to take advantage of it. Does that mean other browsers such as Chrome and Firefox could also see a memory usage reduction? Probably.

VOIP – 8 ways to improve Internet home phone quality

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PC Magazine offers excellent & in-depth article on improving quality of home based VOIP systems

https://www.pcmag.com/news/7-ways-to-improve-voip-call-quality

Ways to Improve VoIP Call Quality — More home network users than ever are using business-grade VoIP during the coronavirus. But all those new users and their often chaotic home networks can impact call quality, so follow these steps to keep your conversations crystal clear.

1. Eliminate network congestion
2. Buy a New Headset
3. Buy a VoIP-Optimized Router
4. Reduce Your Bandwidth
5. Monitor Your Network Traffic
6. Interference Clearance
7. Standardize Your Mobile VoIP
8. If All Else Fails, Hire an Expert

Security – New Zealand CERT Ransomware protection

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https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2020/06/18/cert-nz-releases-advisory-ransomware-campaign

The New Zealand Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT NZ) has released an advisory on a ransomware campaign leveraging remote access technologies. Malicious cyber actors are targeting organizations’ networks through remote access tools, such as Remote Desktop Protocol and virtual private networks, to exploit unpatched vulnerabilities and weak authentication.

After gaining access, cyber actors use various tools—including mimikatz, PsExec, Cobalt Strike, and Nefilim ransomware—for privilege escalation, lateral movement, persistence, and data exfiltration and encryption. Due to the level of access gained before deploying ransomware, the issue cannot be resolved by simply restoring data from backup.

CISA encourages users and administrators to review the CERT NZ Advisory, Active Ransomware Campaign Leveraging Remote Access Technologies, for more information and mitigations as well as indicators of compromise associated with Nefilim ransomware. CISA also encourages organizations to review the following resources for more information on protecting against and responding to ransomware.


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