Better late than never…macOS Big Sur is here!

 

It has arrived!  macOS Big Sur is ready for download and installation on your supported device.  Being the first macOS to natively run on Apple’s own Silicon, it will be interesting to see what type of performance discrepancies users will experience when compared to the vast majority of Macs still running Intel based CPUs.

For more on the latest macOS, check out the latest reads (good, bad, and ugly!)

Can’t delete Outlook.com email? Me neither!

And I thought I was going crazy!  Turns out that due to the increasing numbers of users unable to delete email from their account (i.e. MSN, Hotmail, etc.), Microsoft has finally decided to investigate why this is occurring throughout the world.

As BleepingComputer.com has reported here, perhaps this is due to the issue resulting in 503! errors when users attempted to access various Microsoft resources.

Hopefully Microsoft resolves this as soon as possible…let us know if you are one of those unfortunately affected by this!

Windows 10 version 200nineerrum…20H2 is here!

So…who can tell me which screenshot is real or fake?  Who know what the long term vision is for Microsoft when it comes to the naming conventions of their Windows 10 operating systems but what we do know is that the latest version of the flagship OS is ready for downloading and installation…that is of course, you’re feeling a bit daring at this moment.  Good luck and let us know how the install went… 🙂

Microsoft Releases Annual Security Report

As its now becoming an annual tradition, Microsoft has released their latest “Digital Defense Report” which compiles lots of data and statistics in order to make determinations on what the current landscape looks like along with the ever changing trends of what organizations both large and small should be aware of when it comes to best protecting themselves.

Kurt Mackie at Redmondmag.com has a great summary of the report here and if you want the entire 88 page summary, it can also be found here as well.

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.