N.Y. AG's scrutiny of cryptocurrencies unlikely to stymie a thriving industry

Credit to Author: Lucas Mearian| Date: Fri, 20 Apr 2018 13:30:00 -0700

States and the federal government are increasing their scrutiny of cryptocurrencies in an attempt to bring more transparency to a market where buyers and sellers are anonymous and regulatory oversight is light.

Cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, Ether, LiteCoin, and Ripple skyrocketed in value last year as investors sought to get in on what many see as the future of global currency – one that for trade and commerce knows no borders. Bitcoin generated massive hype among investors as its value surged more than 1,900% to nearly $20,000 last year, before tumbling back down below $11,000.

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You won’t believe why the Win7 Monthly Rollup, KB 4093118, keeps installing itself

Credit to Author: Woody Leonhard| Date: Fri, 20 Apr 2018 06:14:00 -0700

Yesterday, I talked about the weird bug that makes April’s Win7 Monthly Rollup, KB 4093118, re-install itself over and over, even when Windows Update says that it’s been installed successfully. Windows sleuth abbodi86 has discovered the source of the problem, and it should give you patching pause.

To understand how we got into this mess, you need to understand the bugs that Microsoft introduced in the March Win7 patches and their kludgey patches. Installing either the March Monthly Rollup (KB 4088875) or the March Security-only patch (KB 4088878) may knock your machine off the network. As Microsoft says:

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9 Android settings that'll strengthen your security

Credit to Author: JR Raphael| Date: Thu, 19 Apr 2018 09:30:00 -0700

You might not know it from all the panic-inducing headlines out there, but Android is actually packed with powerful and practical security features. Some are activated by default and protecting you whether you realize it or not, while others are more out of the way but equally deserving of your attention.

So stop wasting your time worrying about the Android malware monster du jour and which security company is using it to scare you into an unnecessary subscription, and take a moment instead to look through these far more impactful Android security settings — starting with the core elements and moving from there into some more advanced and easily overlooked options.

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The gift that keeps on giving: Win7 Monthly Rollup KB 4093118 installs over and over

Credit to Author: Woody Leonhard| Date: Thu, 19 Apr 2018 08:11:00 -0700

Last week, Microsoft quietly re-released its buggy April Win7 Monthly Rollup patch, KB 4093118. You may recall the patch as a reaction to the Carnak the Magnificent situation we had with the original version of KB 4093118.

With the re-release earlier this week of the original Carnak patch, KB 4099950, it’s not clear to me what the recommended installation sequence might be. But this much I know for sure. People all over the internet are complaining that this new version of KB 4093118 installs itself over and over again.

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How to use a strong passcode to better secure your iPhone

Credit to Author: Lucas Mearian| Date: Wed, 18 Apr 2018 12:32:00 -0700

With police departments and federal agencies lining up to buy technology from two companies whose products can bypass iPhone security mechanisms, experts said users concerned about privacy should use a strong passcode to help prevent unwanted access to data.

That’s also true for enterprise users with iPhones that access potentially sensitive coporate data.

Simply put, complex passcodes are always better for security, according to Phil Hochmuth, IDC’s program director for enterprise mobility. Common best practices for creating a hard-to-crack passcode includes using both upper- and lower-case characters, numbers and uncommon words.

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Patches for Win10 1703 and 1607, and a brain-twisting update to the Win7 IP bug fix

Credit to Author: Woody Leonhard| Date: Wed, 18 Apr 2018 06:32:00 -0700

Yesterday, the third Tuesday of the month, Microsoft dumped another big bucket of patches:

  • KB 4093117 brings Win10 1703 up to build 15063.1058, many miscellaneous fixes, no known issues.
  • KB 4093120 brings Win10 1607 to build 14393.2214, a similarly large bunch of fixes, no known issues.
  • KB 4093113 is the regular Monthly Rollup Preview for Win7.
  • KB 4093121 is the similar Monthly Rollup Preview for Win 8.1.
  • The Update Catalog says there’s a new version of KB 4099950, the abandoned patch for fixing the NIC/static IP bug in Win7.

There are lots of oddities in this motley collection.

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Before you panic: 6 things to remember about Android security

Credit to Author: JR Raphael| Date: Tue, 17 Apr 2018 09:04:00 -0700

Android security sure can seem like a scary subject.

And it’s no wonder: Every few weeks, we see some new hair-raising headline about how our phones are almost certain to be possessed by demons that’ll steal our data, eat our ice cream, and pinch our tenders when we least expect it.

This week, it’s a series of Android malware monsters known as “ViperRat” and “Desert Scorpion” that has phone-holders everywhere trembling in their bootsies. (Kudos to whoever came up with those spooky-sounding names, by the way. It’s an art!) Last week, it was word that Android device-makers might be skipping security updates that had our hands a-shakin’.

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12+ things you can do with a locked iPhone

Credit to Author: Jonny Evans| Date: Mon, 16 Apr 2018 07:06:00 -0700

With so much focus on staying productive, it may surprise you to realise just how many things you can do with a locked iPhone. What can you do and how can you switch these features off?

Wake it up

The Raise to Wake feature available since iPhone 6S/SE means your iPhone can tell when you pick it up and will wake the display up automatically, so you need not do so. Left on by default, you can disable this feature in Settings>Display & Brightness where you toggle Raise to Wake to off.

Make a call, send a message and more

You can call people from a locked iPhone. Just ask Siri to call a person in your contact book. You can also send Messages using the locked device, just ask Siri to send a Message and name someone in the device’s Contacts book. To stop this, set Allow Siri When Lockedto off in Settings>Siri & Search.

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Well, DID she ever change her password?

Credit to Author: Sharky| Date: Mon, 16 Apr 2018 03:00:00 -0700

Flashback to the days when this pilot fish is managing an email system for several corporate clients, and he needs to pick good passwords from the get-go — because these users will never bother changing them.

“I wrote a program to generate accounts and to create a password,” says fish. “The system consisted of a dictionary of about 100 three-letter words, and a separate dictionary of four-letter words where I had tried to remove the bad words. Then there was a list of special symbols, and then the digits 0 through 9.

“The system chose one element from each list, and put them in a random order. It then printed the information out. I folded the piece of paper and placed it in an envelope and mailed it — never actually looking at it.

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