It’s been a big week for patches

Credit to Author: Susan Bradley| Date: Thu, 16 Sep 2021 03:35:00 -0700

This week brought updates that I consider critical for the “Big Three” — my operating system (Windows), my browser (Google Chrome) and my phone (from Apple). All three releases patch major zero-day vulnerabilities on all three platforms.

While I strongly recommend that you patch Chrome and your iPhone as soon as possible, I always recommend that you hold back on updating Windows. That remains true — at least until we see whether there are any trending side effects from the Patch Tuesday updates.

Let’s break down the patching to do right away.

First, prioritize patching Apple devices. Among this week’s patches is one for Pegasus spyware, which can open up access to the camera and microphone as well as text messages, phone calls, and emails.  iPhones, in particular, have been targeted. Apple typically pushes these updates overnight if your phone is plugged in and charging (and connected to the Internet). If you want to make sure your iPhone has received the update, click on Settings, then General, then tap Software Update. Typically, after my iPhone updates, some apps may need passwords again. I personally try to save critical ones in the iCloud keychain. Look for patches for iOS 14.8 and iPad OS 14.8, and Security Update 2021-005 for macOS Catalina and Big Sur 11.6.

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Microsoft Patch Tuesday, September 2021 Edition

Credit to Author: BrianKrebs| Date: Tue, 14 Sep 2021 21:00:42 +0000

Microsoft today pushed software updates to plug dozens of security holes in Windows and related products, including a vulnerability that is already being exploited in active attacks. Also, Apple has issued an emergency update to fix a flaw that’s reportedly been abused to install spyware on iOS products, and Google’s got a new version of Chrome that tackles two zero-day flaws. Finally, Adobe has released critical security updates for Acrobat, Reader and a slew of other software.

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A week in security (August 2 – August 8)

Credit to Author: Malwarebytes Labs| Date: Mon, 09 Aug 2021 11:10:23 +0000

A roundup of the previous week’s breaking information security news and happenings, dated August 2 through August 8.

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Chrome casts away the padlock—is it good riddance or farewell?

Credit to Author: Christopher Boyd| Date: Wed, 04 Aug 2021 14:25:20 +0000

With news that Google intends to remove the padlock from its Chrome web browser, we take a look at how we got here.

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What is Incognito mode? Our private browsing 101

Credit to Author: Malwarebytes Labs| Date: Tue, 25 May 2021 15:24:02 +0000

We look at what Incognito mode does, how to turn it on, what it’s good at, and explain why it may not do what you think it does.

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A week in security (May 17 – May 23)

Credit to Author: Malwarebytes Labs| Date: Mon, 24 May 2021 10:36:27 +0000

A roundup of the previous week’s most interesting security news and interesting events, from May 17 to May 23.

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Update now! Chrome needs patching against two in-the-wild exploits

Credit to Author: Pieter Arntz| Date: Wed, 14 Apr 2021 15:01:58 +0000

Google has issued an update including two critical security fixes that were fast, but not quite fast enough.

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