Most Recent Newsletter: May 2019
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The next version (Feature Update) of Windows 10 is now expected out sometime soon and will be called the “May 2019 Update”.  The May 2019 Update is available now on the MSDN (Microsoft Developers) site, so it will be out to the public soon. It was originally planned for April. We recommend not installing it till the bugs get worked out, as usual. Last time this took several months.

More on Windows 10 May Update:

Windows 10 May 2019 Update release date & new features – what’s coming. Cortana and local search have been separated into 2 icons. Windows Sandbox allows you to test applications without risking your computer. You will no longer get Feature Updates just by checking for updates – you will have a separate option to install the “Feature Update”. This is a big improvement.

The update now requires more free disk storage.

May Update is blocked on PCs using USB storage.

Bug in Windows 10 May Update Slows Chrome browser.

The Windows 10 Cloud Clipboard allows you to recover previously copied text. This only works in the October update and later. Press the Windows Key and V to open it. You then need to turn it on. Once enabled, you see the history of your copied text. You can pin content, allowing a selection of remembered text snippets you frequently use.

Windows key + Shift + S opens the Snip & Sketch App – a screen capture tool. This is an alternative to the Snipping tool which includes the ability to annotate your clippings.

If you use Skype for Business, you will automatically be updated to Microsoft Teams. You can repeatedly opt out if you check your Office 365 (Teams admin) account at least every 30 days and click on postpone – to postpone the “upgrade to Teams”.

Microsoft is bringing its Defender antivirus software to the Mac.

Lost or stolen Android phone? Here’s how to get it back.

Android 7.0+ Phones Can Now Double as Google Security Keys.

The company announced that all phones running Android 7.0 and higher can now be used as Security Keys, an additional authentication layer that helps thwart phishing sites and password theft.

Once a user has enrolled their Android phone as a Security Key, the user will need to approve logins via a prompt sent to their phone after submitting their username and password at a Google login page.

Ten Ways To Spot A Truly Exceptional Employee.

Massdrop Evolves Brand to Become Drop.

www.drop.com creates group buys for popular products at lower prices.

Your Phone for Windows 10 Can Now Save Photos Directly to PC.

The Your Phone app provides useful integration functionality between your Windows 10-based PC and your Android smartphone including the ability to view and save your 25 most recently-taken smartphone photos.

Firefox add-ons disabled after Mozilla certificate issue.

An expired certificate on the Mozilla Add-ons infrastructure is disabling Firefox add-ons for millions of users and is also preventing users from re-activating or installing extensions.

The workaround is to open the about:config section and set xpinstall.signatures.required to false.

DHS policies allow unlimited, warrantless device search.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has given its border patrol agents free rein to conduct warrantless, suspicion-less device searches for pretty much any reason at all.

Former Mozilla CTO Harassed at the US Border.

Windows Security Update Caused Recent Antivirus Conflicts and Freezes.

Security

A vulnerability in the Dell SupportAssist utility exposes Dell laptops and personal computers to a remote attack that can allow hackers to execute code with admin privileges on devices using an older version of this tool and take over users’ systems.

Install SupportAssist v3.2.0.90, or remove it entirely if not needed.

Verizon has been pushing firmware updates to its Fios Quantum Gateway residential routers to address several vulnerabilities, including a serious flaw that could allow an attacker to gain complete control of a device.

Over two million IoT devices vulnerable because of P2P component flaws.

Devices like IP cameras, smart doorbells, and baby monitors sold under hundreds of brands are vulnerable to hacking. In total, over nine million security cameras, DVRs, and NVRs were believed to be impacted by those flaws.

Check this website to see if your device might be impacted.

Breach at IT Outsourcing Giant Wipro.

FTC gives two companies a slap on the wrist after appalling hacks.

Because the company had “failed to implement minimal data security measures the hackers were able to download the personal data of all of ClixSense’s users, over 6.6 million in total. Data was stored unencrypted.  According to the FTC, hackers stole full names, dates of birth, email and postal addresses, usernames, passwords, and answers to security questions, and even Social Security numbers for some of the site’s users.  They were essentially warned not to do it again.

Massive attack on WordPress sites.

Email automation and delivery service Mailgun was one of the many companies that have been hacked today as part of a massive coordinated attack against WordPress sites.

The Yuzo plug-in was one of those targeted.

Yahoo tries again to settle lawsuit over massive data breach. This time it offers $118 million.

Six MS Office flaws in the Top 10 malware attacks.

Facebook harvested 1.5 million user email contacts without permission.

pseudononymous security researcher e-sushi noticed that Facebook was asking some users to enter their email passwords when they signed up for new accounts to verify their identities.

Mystery database exposes data on 80 million US households.

Happy World Password Day (May 2nd)  – and stay safe out there!

Pick proper passwords. How to choose decent passwords.

Why you need a password manager and how to pick the one that suits you best.

Turn on two-factor authentication. Learn why 2FA doesn’t have to be a hassle, and why you should use it whenever you can.

 

By Tim Torian

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