For Windows users, tips on fighting ransomware attacks

Credit to Author: Susan Bradley| Date: Mon, 17 May 2021 07:30:00 -0700

Ransomware.

It’s one word that strikes fear in the minds of many a computer user, especially given the near daily headlines about companies affected. It makes us wonder why this keeps happening to users and businesses, large and small.

But there’s plenty you can do to protect yourself or your business.

Be wary of what you click on

Most of the time, ransomware that affects an individual happens after someone clicks on something they shouldn’t — maybe a phishing-related email or a web page that installs malicious files. In a business setting, the attacks often come from an attacker going after open remote access protocol, either using brute force or harvested credentials. Once inside the network, they can disable backups and lie in wait until the best time to attack.

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Browser updates are back for the May's Patch Tuesday

Credit to Author: Greg Lambert| Date: Fri, 14 May 2021 12:37:00 -0700

With 55 updates, three publicly reported vulnerabilities and reported public exploits for Adobe Reader, this week’s Patch Tuesday update will require some time and testing before deployment. There are some tough testing scenarios (we’re looking at you, OLE) and kernel updates make for risky deployments. Focus on the IE and Adobe Reader patches — and take your time with the (technically challenging) Exchange and Windows updates.

Speaking of taking your time, if you’re still Windows 10 1909, this is your last month of security updates. 

The three publicly disclosed vulnerabilities this month include:

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Ficker – An Info-Stealer Malware that tricks people to get their passwords

Credit to Author: Preksha Saxena| Date: Tue, 11 May 2021 09:16:46 +0000

Ficker Stealer Malware tricks people into getting passwordsCredential stealer malware is the most prevalent types of malware used in cyber-attacks. We have seen a lot…

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Patch Tuesday preview: Time for a 'measured' approach to updates

Credit to Author: Susan Bradley| Date: Mon, 10 May 2021 05:57:00 -0700

It’s time again: with Patch Tuesday in sight, I always recommend pausing or delaying updates, and this month is no different. But the second Tuesday of May also brings to an end support for Windows 10 1909. If you want to receive updates for Windows 10 after May 11, you’ll need to make sure you’re running Windows 10 2004 or 20H2.

So my first request on this Patch Tuesday week is that you check to see what exact version of Windows 10 you have installed, so you know you are still supported.

Typically, there is a window of time when we can safely defer or delay updates and when businesses can test patches before rolling them out. The days of worm attacks where we had to immediately patch systems have long since passed. These days, attacks are typically done using phishing lures to gain access to a system; the weakest link isn’t necessarily software, it’s us,opening Office docs or other files that harvest credentials. If you are even a slightly savvy user, give yourself time to ensure that there are no patching side effects.

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Task Force Seeks to Disrupt Ransomware Payments

Credit to Author: BrianKrebs| Date: Thu, 29 Apr 2021 12:26:09 +0000

Some of the world’s top tech firms are backing a new industry task force focused on disrupting cybercriminal ransomware gangs by limiting their ability to get paid, and targeting the individuals and finances of the organized thieves behind these crimes.

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Microsoft patents biometric 'wellness insights' tool for workers

Credit to Author: Matthew Finnegan| Date: Wed, 28 Apr 2021 04:32:00 -0700

Microsoft has patented an employee “wellbeing” recommendation feature that uses biometric data to detect a worker’s stress levels when completing tasks such as sending emails, encouraging them to take a break when anxiety levels run high.

The “Emotion Detection From Contextual Signals For Surfacing Wellness Insights” patent, filed in October 2019 and published last week, describes a “wellness insights service” that collates data from a range of sources. This includes blood pressure and heartrate monitoring data that could be obtained from an employees’ wearable devices, such as smart watches and fitness trackers.

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