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August 19, 2017 by DrJBHL
 

Well, this important because there are a couple of graphics extensions and we all love graphics, right?

According to recent Proofpoint research, eight extensions for the Google Chrome web browser have been compromised by attackers, sending malicious ads to the affected users. In a report, Proofpoint explained that the authors of these extensions had their credentials stolen, allowing the attacker to take over...The attacks occurred primarily in July and August 2017, with the at...
August 13, 2017 by DrJBHL
 

Short post...nothing but good stuff! Free stuff! 

25,000 recordings digitized at present, and the library is growing. All quite legal.

Here: http://www.newsworks.org/index.php/local/arts-culture/106319-philly-company-digitizes-collection-of-25000-old-records-and-growing-free-to-download?l=df

Hope you find stuff you like, and that you enjoy this lovely Sunday.



 
August 5, 2017 by DrJBHL
 

I don't know if you've seen this, but since there are LastPass users here, thought I'd update you.

"In November, LastPass made a big change to its service, allowing users to keep track of their passwords across all their internet-enabled mobile and desktop devices, free of charge. In addition to the free tier, the cross-platform password manager - available on iOS, Android, and Windows 10 - also offered a Premium plan with additional features, priced at $12 per year...
July 23, 2017 by DrJBHL
 

When MS decided not to update W10 on computers having "Clover Trail" processors, I don't think they realized they were screwing (potentially) close to 10 million computer owners by rendering their computers insecure.

By anyone's thinking, that's a lot of angry people, especially when we're speaking of computers which are at most 4 years old...and hybrid 2 in 1 devices using the Atom chip starting roughly in 2012. These folks had W 8/8.1 and were assured continued ser...
July 15, 2017 by DrJBHL
 

An interesting concept... Microsoft is planning broadcast internet to rural areas using unused TV frequencies. 

"The system is known as white-spaces technology and uses wireless frequencies that are in the band reserved for over-the-air TV broadcasts but aren't currently being used. While Microsoft plans to use some of these frequencies, it wants the government to reserve at least three frequencies in each local area for use with the technology." infopackets after NYT

Th...
June 23, 2017 by DrJBHL
 

This post has zero to do with politics. I want none on it. While it is relevant to recent events, there's a lot more to it, namely how the Internet has to change for everyone's security (and why it probably won't).

The simple fact it that it is extremely difficult to catch cyber criminals and not much effort is made to actually do so. Why? Because it is almost impossible to accurately attribute attacks. This is because of the way the net was designed by DARPA way back wh...
May 13, 2017 by DrJBHL
 

History: "Shadow Brokers" hacked the NSA in April 2016, and leaked the American cyber weapon ETERNALBLUE for the Microsoft Windows system. WannaCry's developers used ETERNALBLUE as the basis of their ransomware (not confirmed by experts), which gains access to a Windows computer, through a Windows vulnerability which was patched by MS on 3/14/17. 

"Organizations that lacked this security patch were affected for this reason, and there is so far no ev...
May 7, 2017 by DrJBHL
 

IBM has shipped usb flash drives infected with malware code. 

The Initialization Tool on the USB flash drive with the partnumber 01AC585 that shipped with the following System models may have an infected file: 
IBM Storwize V3500 - 2071 models 02A and 10A
IBM Storwize V3700 - 2072 models 12C, 24C and 2DC
IBM Storwize V5000 - 2077 models 12C and 24C
IBM Storwize V5000 - 2078 models 12C and 24C

IBM Storwize Systems with serial numbers starting with the characters 78D2...
May 6, 2017 by DrJBHL
 

Google was the victim of a phishing hack. It was a good one, and a nice guy by the name of Zach Latta actually posted the process on his twitter account as a video: https://twitter.com/zachlatta/status/859843151757955072/photo/1 

"A click on the button loaded the Google Accounts website. Users who use multiple accounts on Google are asked to select one to grant permissions.

A click on the name of the developer, Google Docs, reveals right on that page that something is n...
April 30, 2017 by DrJBHL
 

"Both updates are listed as compatibility updates for Windows 10 Version 1703. To make this clearer: these are dynamic updates and not updates that most users will come into contact with directly. They may be added to Windows 10 ISO images or installation sources, and are also provided during installation when the operating system runs an update check." gHacks.

By the way, RedneckDude has noted that MS has requested people not to download and install the Creator's Update be...
April 22, 2017 by DrJBHL
 

It's no secret that Elon Musk (and others) are afraid of the huge, possible pitfalls of AI. And yes, usually what happens is something we never considered, sort of along the lines of "No one expects the Spanish Inquisition.", not that I think the Inquisition was at all like a Monty Python skit, but there are reasons to fear both "minded" or "mindless" machines. The irony is that they can be both simultaneously, thanks to AI.

So, Musk has come (it appears) to have come to Dr. Str...
April 8, 2017 by DrJBHL
 

F.Lux 4 is a new, beta version of the blue light filtering application for Windows. It introduces presets, and options to whitelist programs.

You can download it here: https://justgetflux.com/flux-setup4.exe 

Read more about it here: http://www.ghacks.net/2017/04/05/f-lux-4-brings-presets-and-program-whitelist-2/ 

What's new?

Bedtime mode: warmer light before bed gets you ready for sleep, and works with all kinds of schedulesDisable by app (so you do...
April 6, 2017 by DrJBHL
 

Don Rickles is no more...

He was pretty much an unknown until one night in 1957, when Frank Sinatra walked into a club during his act.

“Make yourself at home Frank. Hit somebody.” said Rickles. Sinatra roared — with laughter.

In 1985, when Sinatra was asked to perform at Ronald Reagan’s second Inaugural Ball, he insisted that Rickles accompany him for a comedy routine. Rickles, naturally, did not spare the president (“Am I going too fast for you, ...
April 5, 2017 by DrJBHL
 

MS has finally revealed what data it collects from you (if you're using W10). I'm sure they collected data from earlier OSs, but they haven't revealed just what in which OS.

There's a good general picture in the linked article, but if you want the nitty gritty, go here: https://technet.microsoft.com/itpro/windows/configure/basic-level-windows-diagnostic-events-and-fields 

and here: https://technet.microsoft.com/itpro/windows/configure/windows-diagno...
April 2, 2017 by DrJBHL
 

This just in from an early updater to the north of us (me, anyway)...

"Microsoft may have talked up the creativity aspects of the Windows 10 Creators Update, but some of the best things about Windows’ major releases are all the little conveniences that fly under the radar.

Some of these are truly new additions—USB Audio 2.0 support, for example—while others are once-buried features that have gained new prominence, like the family options breakout within Windows ...