Windows 10 Version 2009* coming soon!

Ok so I know I’m not being 100% accurate with the title of this post; it’s definitely intended to poke fun at Microsoft’s newest naming scheme for their famed Windows operating system.  Being that this is the third change in five years, one can only hope that this will be the last one to happen for some time.

As with all of the latest Windows 10 version updates, we can only hope that the necessary testing done will result in a smooth rollout with minimal issues…hey, even if it hasn’t happened in any other previous release that’s besides the point! LOL!  Always do your best to view the glass as half full!

For more details about the latest and greatest version of Windows 10, check out Kurt Mackie’s article here…enjoy!

Let the best docking station win

As a result of the current COVID-19 pandemic being experienced worldwide, many of us around the world have been forced to step our game up when it comes to our WFH setup.  And as Ed Bott explains in his latest article here discussing the topic at hand, we initially thought working from home would be a short term thing but reality is (and for me personally its already been over 5 months and counting…) this is going to be a long term proposition that has no end in sight.

If you were (or worse yet, still!) using a laptop to conduct your WFH business daily, consider purchasing a docking station that will convert your device into one that will bring convenience, comfort, and higher productivity for now and in the foreseeable future amid this pandemic.

New Russian based malware on the loose!

According to ZDNet.com, the FBI and NSA have jointly stated that there’s a new Linux based Malware being aimed at other countries, namely ones in the West like the United States.

A brief description of the malware in question:

“Drovorub is a ‘swiss-army knife’ of capabilities that allows the attacker to perform many different functions, such as stealing files and remote controlling the victim’s computer”

As far as protection from Drovorub is concerned, U.S. private and public companies are being warned to take this threat seriously and implement any possible measures that will protect them from this cyber threat as soon as possible.

Check out the full article here for more details.

SANS Institute breach

 

A sign of the times indeed!

A well known U.S. company that focuses on information security and cybersecurity training experienced a security breach at the hands of one of their own employees.  Long story short, the user installed a malicious Office 365 add-in which triggered the mass forwarding of many emails spread out over 28,000 accounts.  Yikes!

SANS released a statement about the breach here.  Check it out for further details.

A Windows 7 End of Service PSA courtesy of the FBI

In one of the most obvious assessments of the year, the FBI has warned stakeholders that one of the biggest threats today is the continued unsupported use of Windows 7 in many firms across the U.S.

Obviously, the current pandemic has turned the world upside down but that shouldn’t stop anyone from doing one of two things: upgrade to Windows 10 or purchase extended support licenses.  Just freaking do it! HAHA!

Aftermath of the “Epic” Twitter Hack

As a result of the Twitter hack that compromised the accounts of many high profile individuals, charges have been brought against the three individuals for their roles in the scam.

I cam across a post joking about how this appears to be the work of a North Korean but come to find out, two of the three are homegrown in the U.S. with the other residing in the U.K.

KrebsOnSecurity.com continues to follow the story and has the full update here.

Issues with MS Edge crashing

 

So I personally dealt with this issue for at least two weeks and didn’t have the slightest clue as to what could be causing Edge to crash randomly.  I checked everything I possibly could: checked the version number, uninstalled and reinstalled, tried different websites, even tried using in safe mode with networking!

And then I come across this post from Brad Sams…

If you have Google set as the default engine and try to type in the search bar, the browser may crash. The problem is related to “Search Suggestions” and when that API is called, the browser crashing instantly.

I am seeing it on my dev and release channel builds of the browser. If you have been experiencing this issue, you can navigate to edge://settings/search and turn off the feature as a workaround.

And low and behold…I always set Google as my default search engine no matter what browser I use so umm yeah…I guess I should be happy the problem was identified and fixed.

AIO Antivirus Removal Tool

One of my favorite freeware sites, OlderGeeks.com, has come across another great utility which can remove any brand of antivirus software that could possibly be installed on any PC.

Gone are the days of scouring the web or said antivirus company’s websites looking for a particular removal tool when you can just grab this all in one beauty here, save time, and get the job done effectively.  Just don’t forget to install the new A/V software that’s replacing the old one!

The “Epic” Twitter Hack

The hacking of Twitter accounts belonging to prominent members of society has all of us asking: How in the world did something like this happen?  At surface level, you would think that it was an individual who acted upon this but come to find out, it involved an entire team of users to accomplish what happened.

Brian Krebs does an excellent job of summarizing exactly what happened and the objective that were behind it.  Check out the full scoop here at KrebsonSecurity.com and let me know what you think!

Nvidia > Intel

If someone were to tell me ten years ago that in 2020, Nvidia would be worth more than Intel in terms of market capitalization value I would have thought you were crazy.

We’ll today, that exact thing just happened…

According to Marketwatch via PCGamer.com, Nvidia has a net worth of $251 billion dollars with Intel checking in at around $248 billion.

My how the tables have turned!