Monthly Archives: May 2017

Here’s how you can still get a free Windows 10 upgrade

Microsoft's much-hyped free upgrade offer for Windows 10 ended last year, right? Maybe not. The GWX tool may be gone, but all the other upgrade tools still work, and the end result is an apparently valid digital license. Here's how to get yours.  By Ed BottMay 31, 2017       Everyone knows the free…
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Windows 10 tip: Use BitLocker to encrypt your system drive

How do you protect a laptop filled with confidential files and personal secrets? For business-class PCs running Windows 10, the solution is simple: Turn on BitLocker.  By Ed BottMay 31, 2017 BitLocker requires a TPM version 1.2 or later for a standard configuration.     Most modern business-class PCs that were designed for Windows 10…
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A CLEVER NEW WAY TOPROTECT YOUR DATA AT THE BOARDERCOULD ALSO ADD RISK

Author: Lily Hay Newman.  May 30,2017 Getty Images       Over the past few months, the US and other countries have seen an uptick in border searches—including those of smartphones and laptops. There are several precautions you can take to defend your privacy, the most recent of which is a clever new feature from…
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Energy and information sabotage: The threats facing our smart cities

Our cities are becoming smarter, but our security is not following suit.  By Charlie OsborneMay 30, 2017 Trend Micro     Smart city development is in full swing, but it appears that city officials are leaving security by the wayside. While the definition of what makes a city "smart" is still up for debate, in…
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Android alert: This cutesy malware has infected millions of devices

Auto-clicking 'Judy' adware was distributed by over 40 apps in Google's official Android market.  By Danny Palmer | May 30, 2017   It's unknown how long the adware campaign was operating before being uncovered. Image: iStock   Security researchers have discovered a large malware campaign in the Google Play store. Dubbed Judy -- because many…
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It’s not just Windows anymore: Samba has a major SMB bug

First, it was Microsoft's turn to deal with a terrible SMB security hole, WannaCry. Now, it's the open-source SMB server Samba's turn.  By Steven J. Vaughan-NicholsMay 26, 2017   The other week, Microsoft got its security teeth kicked in when an old SMB security hole was exploited by the WannaCry ransomware attack. This week, it's…
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Windows 10 Creators Update: Microsoft’s latest update fixes a load of bugs

A new cumulative update for the Windows 10 Creators Update addresses 14 bugs affecting the browser, peripherals, and third-party messaging apps.  By Liam Tung | May 26, 2017   The new cumulative update offers fixes for bugs in the Windows client-server authentication service NTLM, Internet Explorer, Split View, fonts, messaging, and support for third-party apps.…
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Concealed carry permit holders exposed by data breach

By Andrew Blake  - Tuesday, May 25, 2017     Clark Aposhian speaks to teachers during a concealed firearm permit class named “Safe to Learn, Safe to Teach” in South Jordan, Utah, Friday, Oct. 16, 2015. (Jeffrey D. Allred/The Deseret News via AP       The names of thousands of concealed carry permit holders…
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Apple iCloud, Android Nvidia driver N-day exploit details revealed

Kernels can be exploited and iCloud account user information leaked due to the security flaws.  By Charlie OsborneMay 25, 2017 CNET       Zimperium has released the public details of security vulnerabilities affecting both the Android and iOS mobile operating systems to the public. The three N-day security flaws, which are bugs that are…
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