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Apple backs off controversial child-safety plans

3 months ago

In a surprise Friday announcement, Apple said it will take more time to improve its controversial child safety tools before it introduces them.

More feedback sought

The company says it plans to get more feedback and improve the system, which had three key components: iCloud photos scanning for CSAM material, on-device message scanning to protect kids, and search suggestions designed to protect children.

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Jonny Evans

Podcast: Windows 11 overview: Hardware requirements, security updates and upgrade confusion

3 months ago

Microsoft will launch Windows 11 on October 5, but not every PC will be eligible for an immediate upgrade. Rollout will last well into 2022 for machines that meet the necessary hardware requirements, and Windows 10 will be supported through October 2025. But, there's still some confusion about what hardware is required to support Windows 11's beefed up security measures. Computerworld executive editor Ken Mingis and contributing editor Preston Gralla join Juliet to discuss Windows 11 security, whether it will require new hardware and what IT needs to know before upgrading. 

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Juliet Beauchamp,

Preston Gralla,

Ken Mingis

Windows 11 overview: Hardware requirements, security updates and upgrade confusion

3 months ago
Microsoft will launch Windows 11 on October 5, but not every PC will be eligible for an immediate upgrade. Rollout will last well into 2022 for machines that meet the necessary hardware requirements, and Windows 10 will be supported through October 2025. But, there's still some confusion about what hardware is required to support Windows 11's beefed up security measures. Computerworld executive editor Ken Mingis and contributing editor Preston Gralla join Juliet to discuss Windows 11 security, whether it will require new hardware and what IT needs to know before upgrading.

How to go incognito in Chrome, Edge, Firefox, and Safari

3 months ago

Private browsing. Incognito. Privacy mode.

Web browser functions like those trace their roots back more than a decade, and the feature — first found in a top browser in 2005 — spread quickly as one copied another, made tweaks and minor improvements.

Protect Your Privacy

But privacy-promising labels can be treacherous. Simply put, going "incognito" is as effective in guarding online privacy as witchcraft is in warding off a common cold.

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Gregg Keizer

Triggered by email? Some thoughts on how to stay safe

3 months 1 week ago

I got an email the other day, and it was nearly impossible for me to tell at first whether it was legitimate. Given that some vulnerabilities can gain access to your system if you merely preview an email in Outlook, I get nervous. But I do need to determine when an email is safe.

First and foremost, a healthy dose of skepticism is important. Always ask yourself whether the platform you're using is patched and ready to fend off attacks. If, for instance, you’re still using a version of Outlook that’s no longer supported, you are at risk; never open an unexpected email in an unpatched Office suite. You’re better off migrating to a newer email client that offers better protection. There are many third-party email clients that can be useful alternatives to Outlook. Thunderbird, eM Client, and Mailbird are three options I’ve found to be good — if you simply need light email and calendaring.

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Susan Bradley

What is Windows Hello? Microsoft’s biometrics security system explained

3 months 1 week ago

Windows Hello is a biometrics-based technology that enables Windows 10 users (and those who update to Windows 11) to authenticate secure access to their devices, apps, online services and networks with just a fingerprint, iris scan or facial recognition. The sign-in mechanism is essentially an alternative to passwords and is widely considered to be a more user friendly, secure and reliable method to access critical devices, services and data than traditional logins using passwords.

“Windows Hello solves a few problems: security and inconvenience,” said Patrick Moorhead, president and principal analyst at Moor Insights & Strategy. “Traditional passwords are unsafe as they are hard to remember, and therefore people either choose easy-to-guess passwords or write down their passwords.”

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Matt Kapko,

Matthew Finnegan

Apple: It's time to bolster supply chain security

3 months 1 week ago

Supply chains are vulnerable to cyberattack and for the good of your business, it's time to move to secure them as best you can, according to Apple and the White House.

Apple to secure the tech supply chain

That’s one item of news to emerge following a high-level cybersecurity meeting between US President Joseph Biden and big tech firms, including Apple, IBM, Microsoft, Google, Amazon, and others. Most of the companies who attended the meeting have since announced plans to beef-up security resilience and awareness, with a focus on training and security awareness.

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Jonny Evans

The Windows print nightmare continues for the enterprise

3 months 2 weeks ago

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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Susan Bradley

How to protect your privacy in Windows 10

3 months 2 weeks ago

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.

[ Further reading: 15 ways to speed up Windows 10 ] 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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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.