How to manually update Microsoft Defender

Credit to Author: Ed Tittel| Date: Tue, 04 Jan 2022 03:00:00 -0800

Microsoft Defender is the built-in anti-malware package that’s included with modern Windows operating systems. It’s alternatively known as Windows Security (it shows up under Settings as Windows Security) or Windows Defender (sometimes with Antivirus at the end of the name, as in this Microsoft Docs page). But whatever you want to call it, for many Windows users, this tool is the go-to default for handling security on their PCs.

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How Apple's iCloud Private Relay creates a shadow IT nightmare

Credit to Author: Ryan Faas| Date: Thu, 28 Oct 2021 03:00:00 -0700

One can make the argument that Apple created the phenomenon of shadow IT when it introduced the iPhone and the App Store. Suddenly managers and individual users had the ability to source their own business software and services, bypassing IT departments completely. And they could do so with devices not connected to a corporate network, preventing IT from even realizing shadow IT was happening in their organizations.

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MSRT vs. MSERT: When to use each Windows malware tool

Credit to Author: Ed Tittel| Date: Wed, 22 Sep 2021 03:00:00 -0700

Microsoft provides Windows users with two tools that offer malware scanning and repair services, should those scans turn up anything in need of fixing. One is named MSRT; the other runs an executable called MSERT.

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The focus for August's Patch Tuesday? Printing

Credit to Author: Greg Lambert| Date: Fri, 13 Aug 2021 12:08:00 -0700

This month Microsoft offered up a relatively light Patch Tuesday, rolling out 44 patches for its Windows, Office, and development platforms.

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Is it time to move to hosted Exchange? Considerations for IT

Credit to Author: Jonathan Hassell| Date: Mon, 05 Apr 2021 03:00:00 -0700

Have the recent widely publicized attacks on Microsoft Exchange made you realize that now is the time for someone else to run your organization’s email?

Managing downtime

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How Azure Active Directory helps manage identity for remote users

Credit to Author: Susan Bradley| Date: Wed, 24 Mar 2021 02:00:00 -0700

Still using Active Directory to manage identity for remote workers? You might want to consider moving to Azure Active Directory.(Insider Story)

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Does Microsoft share blame for the SolarWinds hack?

Credit to Author: Preston Gralla| Date: Mon, 22 Mar 2021 03:00:00 -0700

In recent years, Microsoft has been in the forefront of the fight against governmental and foreign hacking, helping thwart countless attacks from Russian-linked attackers. It has publicly berated the US National Security Agency (NSA) for stockpiling software and hardware vulnerabilities so they can be exploited  instead of working with companies to fix them. And it has called for an international agreement to ban cyberattacks modeled after the Geneva Convention, which bans many weapons.

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How to protect Windows Remote Desktop deployments

Credit to Author: Susan Bradley| Date: Wed, 03 Mar 2021 02:00:00 -0800

Attackers gain access to your Windows network just as work-from-home employees do: remotely. Following these simple steps will send them looking for easier targets.(Insider Story)

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