Windows 10 Version 2004 is here!

At last, the latest version of Windows 10 is available to the masses.  And despite extensive testing of the operating system dating back to last December, many driver related problems are present.  From Bluetooth, GPU, sound cards, and other peripherals, it seems that no type of device is spared from it.

Hey, at least there haven’t been any reports of files mysteriously vanishing so that’s a start! HAHA!  Anyways, check out a more detailed article here from ZDNet.com to get the full scoop.

And if you do decide to bite the bullet and upgrade, let me know how it goes and if its worth the time…

Awesome security reads!

We’ll I have to say that it appears everywhere you look, there’s some type of security hack, breach, or phishing attack occurring especially during this COVID-19 pandemic.

Lots of sites produce great content and report on the state of cybersecurity all the time but hats off to BleepingComputer.com for staying at the forefront of such threats aimed at us.

Just a few of their latest reads about Office 365 phishing the U.S. Supreme Court and Microsoft Teams, Fake U.S. Treasury emails, and more!  Enjoy!

Kill Bloatware in Windows 10

For those of you always looking for tools to help keep your Windows 10 PC squeaky clean, take a look at SharpApp.  Its goal is to simplify the process of removing unnecessary programs which in turn aim to make your PC more secure while hardening certain privacy settings.

As stated on SharpApp’s GitHub repository:

“SharpApp is a free and portable tool building upon a PowerShell engine and community powered script files for disabling telemetry functions in Windows 10, uninstalling preinstalled apps, installing software packages and automating Windows tasks with integrated PowerShell scripting.”

Lawrence Abrams at BleepingComputer.com has the full post here…Check it out and give SharpApp a try!

Coronavirus fraud

Another great report found on BleepingComputer.com in that even during these challenging times, the scam artists haven’t stopped.

According to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, an estimated $12 million has been lost as a result of Coronavirus-related scams since the beginning of this year.

Furthermore, a whopping 16,000+ fraud incidents have been reported by consumers with almost have of those reporting losses within the same time period.

It’s sad that we as consumers have to deal with this type of scam as a result of this pandemic but its just a reminder that we must not let our guard down and remain alert!  For more info, check out the article here…Stay safe and healthy!

Phone scams during COVID-19

Just came across a post from security expert Chris Krebs on his website detailing some of the best practices in response to phone scamming attempt affecting millions worldwide.

His tagline response of “Hang Up, Look Up, & Call Back” is something that all of us can embrace whether you’re a tech novice or a savvy, seasoned user but if you choose to drop the ball, you would be surprised how easily one can be taken for whatever info these scammers desire.

Check out the post here for the full story complete with a tech expert being taken advantage of!  Crazy stuff indeed!

More “End of Life” extensions

Building on Microsoft’s extensions at the beginning of the month, they have also decided to extend Windows 10 version 1809 Home/Pro edition support along with SharePoint 2010 for an additional six months.

Given the current circumstances, it was most likely inevitable that these announcements were going to be made.

The million dollar question remains (at least to me) is whether Microsoft will extend Office 2010 support which is set to expire in October or would they even entertain the idea of extending support for Windows 7 and Server 2008?

Stay tuned but in the meantime, check out the article here for more info.

Google resurrects FTP

So I suppose the old saying “out with the old, in with the new” is kaput for 2020 (and perhaps for years to come).

Following the recent COVID-19 inspired trend of keeping certain “technologies” from reaching end of service, Google has decided to re-enable FTP support for all of its services for the time being.

Lawrence Abrams at Bleepingcomputer.com reveals the latest details on this move on his post here, check it out and let me know what you think!

Microsoft buys Corp.com?

At last, Microsoft has finally bit the bullet and purchased the corp.com domain.  You may be asking yourself, why is this relevant?  The answer to this goes way back in time, back to a time when computers being networked to one another was a relatively new thing to do.  Long story short, Microsoft used the corp.com name as a default name when creating your own Active Directory based domain.

Ok I admit, I’m probably not as well versed its its history as I should be but kudos goes to Brian Krebs who has kept close track of this as of late.

Check out his post about the topic here for the full scoop!

More useful apps for working from home

Just came across an article by Keith Shaw from Computerworld.com discussing all the video conferencing and screen sharing tools available to us during this time where almost all of Earth is working from home.

Some of them are well known while other lesser known ones may be worth giving a try…check out the article here and let me know which ones you’ve used or plan on using.

Another “End of Life” extension

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, pressure has mounted in the tech industry to extend support for various products and services.  One major announcement having to do with email using Exchange Online is that basic authentication will be phased out in late 2021 instead of its originally scheduled October 2020 date.

Although basic authentication is much less secure than other methods available, it is obvious IT departments around the world are dealing with much more important items (including yours truly) at this time and most likely welcome this news.

Check out the full post from Microsoft here for the full scoop!