April 2018

Microsoft’s Windows 10 Version 1803 Update will launch April 10. This is a “feature update” meaning an upgrade to a newer version of Windows 10.

New features include: improvements to the Edge web browser; “Timeline” – which allows you to access views you had open in previous desktop sessions; More settings moved from control panel to the System menu; and improvements to the update process.

We encourage you to work with us to keep your Windows 10 version current.

Details on the Facebook data leak and the software created by AggregateIQ to compile the data.

How to check your Facebook settings

Apple Releases iOS 11.3  This includes new features to allow users to control battery use.

The next generation of the standalone Microsoft Office suite, calledOffice 2019,” will arrive in the second half of 2018. Office 2019 could be the last version of Office available outside of an Office 365 subscription. If you’re currently subscribed to Office 365, you won’t have to pay extra for the Office upgrade. Office 2019 will only run on Windows 10. And Office 365 ProPlus running on Windows 10 won’t be supported on older Windows 10 versions.

Gartner’s Top Technology TrendsWhere technology is headed: AI, Internet of Things etc.

OneDrive for Business Files Restore: If your organization’s OneDrive files get deleted, corrupted, or infected by malware, you can restore your entire OneDrive to a previous time.

This feature is now available for OneDrive personal users as well.

Updated list of patches for Meltdown and Spectre CPU flaws. These patches prevent a potential threat of hacking due to a recently discovered flaw in the way the Computer CPU was designed.

Affected Dell systems

Here are more reasons to make sure you use unique complex passwords and keep your credit bureau files locked. Chances are hackers have your personal information.

Panerabread.com leaked millions of customer records — including names, email and physical addresses, birthdays and the last four digits of the customer’s credit card number — for at least eight months… It appeared to include records for any customer who has signed up for an account to order food online via panerabread.com.

Saks payment card data breachmillions of cards may have been compromised.

Millions of Verizon customer records exposed

With three data points — all of which were found in the exposed data — anyone can call up a phone provider and try to trick the call center representative into thinking they are the account holder. Hackers then have access to two-factor verification by sending a passcode as a text message to your (now their) phone.

Alteryx S3 leak leaves 123m American households exposed

Home addresses, contact information, mortgage status, financial histories, and very specific analysis of purchasing behavior — such as domestic travel habits, if someone is a cat enthusiast, and their sporting interests — is up for grabs in the exposed data.

The best of IT April Fools


By Tim Torian

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