October 2022


The Windows 11 2022 update (22H2) is now available.

This is the first significant update to Windows 11.  New features.

Windows 11 22H2 Issues and upgrade stoppers.

The tabs in Windows Explorer (shown below) won’t come until sometime in October via the “Moment 1” update. “Moment update” is the new term for minor updates to Windows 11 features.

Microsoft is introducing a new encryption type that works separately from BitLocker and relies on Windows Hello password technology to encrypt files rather than full volumes. Called Personal Data Encryption, it requires an Education or Enterprise license.

Windows 10 20H2 (November 2020 release) is no longer supported. Versions 21H1 and 21H2 are the currently supported versions. It is a free upgrade. Support for version 21H1 ends December 13th.

You can check your version by typing WINVER in the search bar.

Windows 10 22H2 is now expected in October. No significant new features are expected.

Microsoft is disabling Exchange Online basic authentication for email starting October 1st.

As mentioned last month, some older printer/copiers may stop sending scans via email if configured to use older email authentication standards. Some software that sends email may also be affected.

Google is currently disabling service for G Suite Legacy Free accounts until they upgrade to a newer Google Workspace account. You can identify as a personal user and revert to a no-cost subscription.

Businesses using biometric time clocks need to be sure that they have a comprehensive compliance program that meets all of the requirements of applicable law to comply with new privacy laws.

An article in AI Magazine describes how artificial intelligence could pose an existential risk to humanity. Full Article.

Kindle Scribe’ e-reader allows writing on the tablet.

The upgraded Kindle has a battery life of up to six weeks, USB-C charging, and 16GB of storage.

The new Kindle Paperwhite has a bigger screen and longer battery life.

A larger-capacity SSD (Solid State hard Drive) wears more slowly than one of lesser capacity, given the same use pattern. The rewrite operations are spread across more blocks, which causes them to wear more slowly. Buy and install the largest SSD that is practical.

Recommended SSD brands include Crucial (aka Micron), Intel (SSD interests sold to SK Hynix), Kioxia (spun off from Toshiba), Samsung, SK Hynix (part of the South Korean chaebol SK Group), and Western Digital and its subsidiary SanDisk. These brands have proven themselves over time.


The 2023 State of IT: The Economy Won’t Slow Us Down.

Although many companies are preparing for a possible recession, IT spending is considered essential.

https://resilience.climate.gov/ shows climate-related hazards in real time.

Possible winter COVID wave: The outlook for the US is not looking good.


Legacy (older) D-Link Routers End of Service (EoS)

The MooBot botnet is targeting some unsupported D-Link Devices. Models DAP-1522 and many models starting with DIR- are at risk.

Certain HP Print Products are potentially vulnerable to hacking. Update your printer firmware.

The North Face hit by cyberattack

Account takeover attacks are on the rise, impacting almost 25% of people in the US.

51% of the compromised accounts were for social media sites, 32% were for bank accounts.

60% of the victims had used the same password for multiple accounts.

Zelle fraud – many victims are denied refunds.


“The problem with quotes on the Internet is that you never know if they’re real.” – Abraham Lincoln


As mentioned last month, we were able to reduce the cost of network device monitoring for those with managed services. Starting in October, routers/firewall monitoring agents will now be $6.00/Month, and monitoring of managed switches will be at no additional charge.

 The Taskbar icon for Torian Group Support provides a quick way for clients with managed services to contact us for help. The “TGI Help Request Ticket” allows you to directly create a support request by describing your problem:

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