A week in security (June 13 – June 19)

Credit to Author: Malwarebytes Labs| Date: Mon, 20 Jun 2022 09:49:33 +0000

The most important and interesting computer security stories from the last week.

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Microsoft delivers solid Windows-focused updates for June's Patch Tuesday

Credit to Author: Greg Lambert| Date: Fri, 17 Jun 2022 12:09:00 -0700

June’s Patch Tuesday updates, released on June 14, address 55 vulnerabilities in Windows, SQL Server, Microsoft Office, and Visual Studio (though there are oo Microsoft Exchange Server or Adobe updates this month). And a zero-day vulnerability in a key Windows component, CVE-2022-30190, led to a “Patch Now” recommendation for Windows, while the .NET, Office and SQL Server updates can be included in a standard release schedule.

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It’s official, today you can say goodbye to Internet Explorer. Or can you?

Credit to Author: Pieter Arntz| Date: Wed, 15 Jun 2022 11:21:16 +0000

Microsoft is ready to phase out Internet Explorer and will start the procedure today. Are you ready as well? And will it solve a lot of security issues?

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Before Patch Tuesday, a to-do list to avoid trouble

Credit to Author: Susan Bradley| Date: Mon, 13 Jun 2022 10:11:00 -0700

You could call today Patch-Tuesday Eve. It’s the day before Windows machines get offered updates from Microsoft. What should you be doing to prepare?

It depends on what kind of computer user you are.

If your files are stored in the cloud

You keep everything in the cloud, you use a Microsoft account, you don’t mind reinstalling your OS if need be. Your data is protected by a username and a password, and if you are savvy, your data is protected by two-factor authentication.  

Prior to Patch Tuesday, you might decide you don’t need to back up your computer system since you know if something happens to your computer, you can reinstall the operating system and merely reconnect to your various online storage services. You’ve double-checked that all cloud services you use have file versioning enabled, so if you need to roll back to a prior version of a file, you can do so.

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A week in security (June 6 – June 12)

Credit to Author: Malwarebytes Labs| Date: Mon, 13 Jun 2022 10:29:57 +0000

The most important and interesting computer security stories from the last week.

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Microsoft commits to ban non-competes and increase pay transparency in the US

Credit to Author: Charlotte Trueman| Date: Thu, 09 Jun 2022 04:21:00 -0700

Microsoft has launched four new employee workforce initiatives aimed at creating a more transparent workplace culture, including the banning of non-compete clauses in contracts and a commitment to improved pay transparency.

The four commitments have been categorized by Microsoft as:

  • Empowering employee mobility
  • Fostering a safe space for concerns
  • Increasing pay transparency
  • Conducting a civil rights audit

The new policies aim to address concerns raised by employees that current non-compete obligations are being used as a forced retention tactic. Consequently, the company will be removing non-compete clauses from US employee agreements and will not enforce existing clauses for workers outside of Microsoft’s senior leadership team.

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