Security

Windows 10 21H1 Servicing Has Ended

Microsoft Corporation 252,75 +4,94 +1,99% has been warning since September 2022 Windows 10 users the 21H1 (May 2021) build would no longer be supported/serviced as of today’s Patch Tuesday. If you are unsure which build of Windows 10 (or even 11) you are running you can open the run prompt (WinKey+R) and type winver in the open field and press enter. If you are still running Windows 10 21H1, you should be able to update to 22H2 via Windows Update. “To help keep you protected and productive, Windows Update will automatically initiate a feature update for Windows 10 consumer devices…

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Patch Tuesday: Windows 11 KB5021255 and KB5021234

Today is the second Tuesday of December, better known as Patch Tuesday. Today, Microsoft Corporation 252,75 +4,94 +1,99% has released Windows 11 mandatory updates KB5021255 (22H2) and KB5021234 (21H2). The Windows 11 cumulative updates include 29 improvements and fixes, with the nine highlighted fixes listed below: New! This update addresses a known issue that might affect Task Manager. It might display certain elements in the user interface (UI) in unexpected colors. Some parts of the UI might not be readable. This issue might occur if you have “Choose your mode” set to “Custom” in the Personalization > Colors section of Settings. New! Microsoft…

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Patch Tuesday: Windows 10 KB5021233 and KB5021237

Today is the second Tuesday of December, better known as Patch Tuesday. Today, Microsoft Corporation 252,75 +4,94 +1,99% has released Windows 10 mandatory updates KB5021233 (20H2, 21H1, 21H2, and 22H2) and KB5021237. Microsoft has fixed several bugs and made a couple of improvements to the operating system, including: This update addresses an issue that affects the Camera app. The app stops responding when memory is low. This update addresses security issues for your Windows operating system. The search box now appears, by default, on the taskbar when the taskbar is at the top of your screen or when you turn…

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Twitter ends Trust & Safety Council

Twitter today dispersed the Trust & Safety Council, which was an advisory group consisting of roughly 100 independent researchers and human rights activists. The group, formed in 2016, gave the social network input on different content and human rights-related issues such as the removal of Child Sexual Abuse Material (CSAM), suicide prevention, and online safety. This could have implications for Twitter’s global content moderation as the group consisted of experts around the world. This development comes after three key members of the Trust & Safety council resigned last week. The members said in a letter that Elon Musk ignored the group…

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Windows 7 and 8 Support Ends in January

Microsoft Corporation 252,75 +4,94 +1,99% is being very firm they will end support for both Windows 7 and 8 come January 2023 Patch Tuesday (January 10, 2023). This also means no longer offering updates for their Edge Browser beyond this point. Google Inc. 108,80 +7,37 +7,27% had already announced Chrome would stop supporting Windows 7 and 8 in mid-January 2023. The end-of-support date for Edge coincides with the end of security update support for both Windows 7 and Windows 8 on January 10, and the end of Google Chrome support for Windows 7 and 8 in version 110. Because the underlying…

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Apple Changing AirDrop settings in iOS 16.2 update

Apple will change the default AirDrop privacy settings with the forthcoming iOS 16.2 update (likely coming December 13th or 14th). With this update the “Everybody” setting once activated will only remain active for 10-minutes before reverting back to “Contacts Only”. Users will no longer be able to set “Everybody” as a default setting. This was first rolled out in China with the iOS 16.1.1 update. Apples is touting this as a security feature “in order to prevent unwanted requests to receive content”. However, it seems rather suspicious not only did Apple rollout this change out in China but timing of…

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Weekly Roundup: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Today is Sunday, December 4th: time for the weekly roundup of the good, the bad and the ugly tech news of the week! Because of the US Thanksgiving holiday, there was not a weekly roundup this past weekend. Also, since there has been so much focus on Twitter lately, they will be excluded for this (and likely future) roundups so that we can bring attention to other news. The Good Google has admitted they need to do a better job of patching Android phones. While the exploits are being fixed quickly, however the updates are not getting pushed out to…

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Fake Android File Manager Apps Removed from Google Play

Once again scammers are getting creative in findings way to get their fake and malicious apps on Google Play. Unsuspecting users install said apps with false sense of security since the apps is offered on Google Play it must be safe (which in most case is true). In the past, most of these malicious apps were more of an annoyance serving adware and performing (ad) click fraud. However, these new fake Android ‘File Manager’ apps are a lot more serious and dangerous. These apps are “clean” when they are uploaded to Google Play, but once install will later ‘phone home’…

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Windows 8.1 Support Ending January 2023

All (even not so) great things must come to an end. Microsoft Corporation 252,75 +4,94 +1,99% Windows 8 series was not so well received when it was released 10-yeaes ago. In the beginning user did not like its radical UI change (aka Metro or Tiled or Tablet interface) with the removal of the standard start menu.  A year later Microsoft released Windows 8.1 which (albeit hidden) allowed user to start in a desktop interface.  It has been over 10-years now and two new Windows versions (10 and 11) later, the time has come for Microsoft to put Windows 8.1 to…

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Facebook Removing Some Profile Fields

I really haven’t used Facebook, Inc. 196,64 +0,99 +0,51% for personal use (other than for marketing of the blogs) for many, many years. There was a few months in late 2019 early 2020 I did resume using Facebook to keep family, friends (and my former co-workers) informed about a close family member’s battle with terminal illness. Shortly after their passing, I once again distanced myself from Facebook. I had used Facebook in the past to connect to friends I left behind in 1993 when I relocated to Arizona as well as co-workers from former jobs and even people from the…

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