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Google extends G Suite identity and security device management to Windows 10 PCs

3 months ago

Google this week extended G Suite's device management tools to Windows 10 PCs, adding them to the Android, iOS and Chrome endpoints already on the list.

Administrators can now use the G Suite console to secure G Suite accounts on Windows 10 systems using Google's anti-hijacking and suspicious-login-detection technologies, and set those machines for single-sign on (SSO) so that G Suite account credentials double as Windows 10 log-in authentication.

The roll-out of the new console capabilities started April 27, with the rapid release and scheduled release tracks (the latter is the default) beginning simultaneously rather than staged, as usual.

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Gregg Keizer

Microsoft Patch Alert: April 2020, another 'wacky' month

3 months ago

The patching pace this month returned to normal: We had the Patch Tuesday patches on April 14, followed by the “optional, non-security, C/D Week” patches one week later (Monthly Rollup Preview for you Win8.1 afficionados). With a bit of luck, that’s the last round of confusing “optional” Win10 patches: Microsoft promises we won’t see any more of them.

We also had an out-of-band patch for Office 2016 Click-to-Run, Office 2019 (which is only available as Click-to-Run) and Microsoft 365 Apps for Enterprise (previously known as Office 365 ProPlus). The big concern with those patches falls into the “it’s not a bug, it’s a feature” column.

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Woody Leonhard

Many reported problems with this month’s Win10 Cumulative Update, but few patterns

3 months 1 week ago

The blogosphere is awash in reports of problems with this month’s Win10 1903/1909 Cumulative Update, with more than 100 reported bug sightings. What's causing the problems?

The trick every month is to sift through all of the problem reports and see if there are any common strings – whether folks running this piece of hardware or that kind of software should be especially cautious. 

I’ve been looking at the reports and I’ll be hanged if I can see any pattern, aside from the usual cacophony of random error messages and broken systems. Can you see any common threads?

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Woody Leonhard

Vivaldi joins anti-tracking browser brotherhood

3 months 1 week ago

Niche browser maker Vivaldi Technologies this week released version 3.0 of its eponymous application, which included integrated ad- and tracker-blockers.

Both tools were disabled by default in the new version, which was released Wednesday. "We believe that many users would not wish to prevent the sites they like to visit from generating revenue, and for that reason, we don't enable Ad blocker by default," wrote Jon von Tetzchner, co-founder and CEO of Vivaldi, in a post to a company blog.

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Gregg Keizer

Zoom unveils a host of new privacy, security features

3 months 1 week ago

Looking to bounce back from a spate of recent security missteps, video conferencing platform Zoom today announced a variety of new privacy and security capabilities in Zoom 5.0, a key milestone in the company’s recently launched 90-day security plan.

The primary difference between the current version of Zoom software and Zoom 5.0 is the addition of support for AES 256-bit GCM encryption; it’s designed to provide increased protection for meeting data and resistance to tampering. The new level of encryption will be available across Zoom Meeting, Zoom Video Webinar, and Zoom Phone.

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Charlotte Trueman

Don’t Panic, but do make this month’s Patch Tuesday a priority

3 months 2 weeks ago

Given that 113 updates arrived for April‘s Patch Tuesday, IT admins have a lot to do. For older systems, Adobe font issues (CVE-2020-0938CVE-2020-1020) will should get immediate attention. Changes to the Windows Scripting handler and the browser-based Chakra scripting engine may require some additional testing for in-house applications.

This month’s Office updates are relatively low impact unless you are running SharePoint server - which will then require a number of updates, leading to a server reboot. With three (so far) zero-days and a number of critical memory-related patches to Windows, my advice is: don’t panic. Patch older systems first. Test core applications for scripting dependencies and then schedule the remaining updates according to your normal update cycle.

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Greg Lambert

How to protect against 'Apple' phishing scams

3 months 2 weeks ago

Checkpoint Research recently warned that criminals are exploiting the COVID-19 crisis with a wave of attempts to trick people into sharing their security credentials with fake emails.

To catch a phish

Apple, the research claims, is the most widely impersonated brand.

Phishing is the practice of impersonating legitimate messages from a brand in an email or other message in an attempt to trick people into accessing that service via insecure servers, sharing their login passwords and credentials when they do.

Criminals can then use this information to undermine account security, dig deeper into your identity to get even more confidential data, or even sell your details on the black market to other hackers.

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Tim Weil is a Security Architect/IT Security Manager with over twenty five years of IT management, consulting and engineering experience in the U.S. Government and Communications Industry.  Mr. Weil's technical areas of expertise include IT Security Management, Enterprise Security Architecture, FISMA Compliance, Identity Management, and Network Engineering. Mr. Weil is a Senior Member of the IEEE and has served in several IEEE positions.