Mice “taking over the world!”, one Windows machine at a time

Credit to Author: Pieter Arntz| Date: Wed, 25 Aug 2021 13:15:17 +0000

Pinky and the Brain wanted to take over the world, but some mice will settle for taking over your Windows machine.

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The Windows print nightmare continues for the enterprise

Credit to Author: Susan Bradley| Date: Fri, 20 Aug 2021 04:27:00 -0700

Okay, Microsoft, we need to talk. Or rather, we need to print. We really do. We aren’t all paperless out here in the business world — many of us still need to click the Print button inside our business applications and print things out on an actual sheet of paper, or send something to a PDF printer. But over the last several months you’ve made it near impossible to stay fully patched and keep printing.

Case in point: the August security updates.

Microsoft made a change in how Group Policy printers are handled when it changed the default Point and Print behavior to address “PrintNightmare” vulnerabilities affecting the Windows Print Spooler service. As noted in KB5005652, “by default, non-administrator users will no longer be able to do the following using Point and Print without an elevation of privilege to administrator:

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How to protect your privacy in Windows 10

Credit to Author: Preston Gralla| Date: Wed, 18 Aug 2021 03:00:00 -0700

There has been some concern that Windows 10 gathers too much private information from users. Whether you think Microsoft’s operating system crosses the privacy line or just want to make sure you protect as much of your personal life as possible, we’re here to help. Here’s how to protect your privacy in just a few minutes.

Note: This story has been updated for the Windows 10 May 2021 Update, version 21H1. If you have an earlier release of Windows 10, some things may be different.

Turn off ad tracking

At the top of many people’s privacy concerns is what data is being gathered about them as they browse the web. That information creates a profile of a person’s interests that is used by a variety of companies to target ads. Windows 10 does this with the use of an advertising ID. The ID doesn’t just gather information about you when you browse the web, but also when you use Windows 10 apps.

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A week in security (June 14 – June 20)

Credit to Author: Malwarebytes Labs| Date: Mon, 21 Jun 2021 10:02:35 +0000

A roundup of the most interesting events and happenings in the realm of infosec, from the week June 14 to June 20.

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Windows 10 to retire in four years (or 52 Patch Tuesdays, in sysadmin years)

Credit to Author: Malwarebytes Labs| Date: Tue, 15 Jun 2021 15:41:32 +0000

Microsoft plans to terminate support for Windows 10 Home and Pro on 14 October 2025, a decade after the original Windows 10 was brought to market.

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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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For Windows, it’s ‘squirrel away time’

Credit to Author: Susan Bradley| Date: Mon, 03 May 2021 04:51:00 -0700

It’s that semi-annual time of the year we in AskWoody land call “squirrel away time” — time to make sure you have a copy of the ISO currently installed on your computer in case you need to reinstall it. There are a number of ways to get older versions of Windows by using a trick publicized on the Thurrott.com site. But the easiest way to grab a copy of, say, 20H2 is to go to the software download site, download a copy and store it on a spare hard drive, flash drive or external USB drive.

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