Hurricane Dorian – malware and scam warnings issued

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Some warnings are circulating for fraudulent scams, malicious websites, email attachments and other attacks that can be disguised & taken advantage of if Hurricane Dorian impacts are experienced.  Well established charities like Red Cross or Salvation Army are often safer for example than a special new charity just established.  

https://www.wtsp.com/article/weather/tropics/charitable-scam-warning-tips-hurricane-tropical-storm/67-ec07ceff-2b15-4d5d-a254-4efbd9e1b6aa

There are some important tips you should know before you donate to any charity that claims it will help people likely to be affected by Hurricane Dorian. The Federal Trade Commission says many scammers use natural disasters to take advantage of generous donors. Sometimes scammers will even set up fake charities to make a quick buck.  In order to figure out what is fake and what is real, the FTC said donors should always ask for detailed information about the charity, like its name, address and telephone number.  Government officials say donors should also be wary of charities that may be created within days of a disaster.

Microsoft EDGE – new CHROME version review August 2019

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https://www.pcworld.com/article/3433926/hands-on-with-the-next-microsoft-edge-microsofts-revamped-chromium-based-browser.html

Microsoft’s fusion of the Chromium browser and the traditional Microsoft Edge is worth trying out, though the current beta version is a bit heavier than the traditional Edge.  Last week, Microsoft announced a stable beta channel for what it’s calling the next version of Microsoft Edge. Microsoft’s Edge browser will now be designed around Chromium, the open-source version of Google Chrome.

Microsoft Teams – Training courses August 2019

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https://www.eweek.com/enterprise-apps/how-to-create-a-microsoft-teams-structure

A Microsoft Teams structure allows organizations to create containers for work. Those work containers can be as arbitrary as an organization allows.   Controlling the architecture of a Teams implementation falls to policy and practice rather than technology. Ahead of a Teams implementation, organizations should plan in parallel for how people will use Teams

Apple iPhone – Malicious website exploits August 2019

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Malicious websites are hosting special iPhone exploits designed to steal private data such as iMessages, photos and GPS location in real-time — just by visiting the website itself.

https://www.foxnews.com/tech/iphone-hack-attack-monitoring-implants-iphones

https://googleprojectzero.blogspot.com/2019/08/a-very-deep-dive-into-ios-exploit.html

Ian Beer, of Google’s security research team Project Zero, said in a blog post on Thursday that hackers exploited iPhone vulnerabilities to surreptitiously place the implant on the phones of users who visited certain hacked websites.

TURN OFF YOUR BLUETOOTH, WARN SECURITY EXPERTS — “There was no target discrimination; simply visiting the hacked site was enough for the exploit server to attack your device, and if it was successful, install a monitoring implant,” he explained. “We estimate that these sites receive thousands of visitors per week.”

Microsoft EXCEL – Advanced tips for DATE and TIME functions

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Some excellent advanced tips for EXCEL — as date & time analysis is frequent for both IT & business needs

 

Dates and Times in Excel

 

CISA National Preparedness Month – September 2019

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CISA has designated September 2019 as National Preparedness Month.  NPM 2019 will promote disaster & emergency planning. This year’s theme is “Prepared, Not Scared.”

https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2019/08/28/september-national-preparedness-month-be-prepared-not-scared

Learn more about National Preparedness Month at Ready.gov/September and see Ready.gov/Cybersecurity and the following CISA Tips
Protecting Against Ransomware
Preventing and Responding to Identity Theft
Handling Destructive Malware
Protecting Against Malicious Code

Apple – Critical Security updates August 2019

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https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2019/08/27/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:

watchOS 5.3.1

iOS 12.4.1

macOS Mojave 10.14.6

tvOS 12.4.1

FTC – Romance Scam protection August 2019

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These are excellent security precautions to avoid romance scams which are one of most popular fraudulent activities on Internet

https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2019/08/27/protect-against-romance-scams

QUOTE:  The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has released a short video to help users spot and defend against romance scams. In this type of fraud, cyber criminals gain the confidence of their victims and trick them into sending money. The video includes stories that romance scammers tell to online daters to get them to send money and offers tips for avoiding these scams. Use caution when online dating, and never send money or gifts to someone you have not met in person.

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) encourages users to review FTC’s article on Romance Scams and NCCIC’s tip on Staying Safe on Social Networking Sites. If you think you have been a target of a romance scam, file a report with

Security – Google Chrome v76 security update August 2019

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An important vulnerability has been patched for Google Chrome v76 & this should be promptly patched in case future exploits are developed

https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2019/08/27/google-releases-security-updates-chrome

https://chromereleases.googleblog.com/2019/08/stable-channel-update-for-desktop_26.html

Google has released Chrome version 76.0.3809.132 for Windows, Mac, and Linux. This version addresses a vulnerability that an attacker could exploit to take control of an affected system.  The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) encourages users and administrators to review the Chrome Release page and apply the necessary updates.

VMware purchases Pivotal and Carbon Black companies

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VMware has just purchased Pivotal (a cloud development firm) and Carbon Black (a security provider offering both cloud & network defense tools)

https://www.networkworld.com/article/3433916/vmware-spends-48b-to-grab-pivotal-carbon-black-to-secure-develop-integrated-cloud-world.html

All things cloud are major topics of conversation at the VMworld user conference next week, ratcheted up a notch by VMware’s $4.8 billion plans to acquire cloud development firm Pivotal and security provider Carbon Black. VMware said during its quarterly financial call this week it would spend about $2.7 billion on Pivotal and its Cloud Foundry hybrid cloud development technology, and about $2.1 billion for the security technology of Carbon Black, which includes its Predictive Security Cloud and other endpoint-security software.


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