Windows 11 Gets New Taskbar Overflow Option

Are you the type of person who is in the habit of keeping all their apps open?  If so, you’re going to love a recent addition to Windows 11. In a bid to make finding your open apps easier, once you’ve run out of room on the Windows Taskbar, they’ve introduced a new “taskbar overflow” feature.  It’s a three-dot menu …

Cyber Security Best Practices For Businesses

Smaller companies often struggle to develop and invest in robust IT security systems, which can leave them relatively more vulnerable to cyber attacks. If that’s the situation you’re in and you’re trying to decide what to invest in and where to use the money that you have to spend on IT security, here’s a quick overview of the basics you …

Zoom Outage Reported

Recently Zoom, a popular, cloud-based communications platform used for online meetings and video conferencing, experienced an outage that impacted tens of thousands of users worldwide. The issue began shortly after 8:00 am PDT on Thursday, September 15, 2022, when users reported that they could not log in or join meetings. At 8:17 PDT, the company posted the following message on …

Latest Microsoft Patch Fixes Dozens of Bugs

Even if you don’t consistently install Microsoft’s security patches as soon as they’re released, the September 2022 patch released this week deserves immediate attention. Dozens of bugs, flaws, and vulnerabilities were addressed in this iteration, including fixes for:   *30 Remote Code Execution vulnerabilities 18 Elevation of Privilege vulnerabilities 16 Edge/Chromium vulnerabilities 7 Information Disclosure vulnerabilities 7 Denial of Service …

New Phishing Service Is Targeting Banks

Hackers are increasingly adopting practices that legitimate business owners will immediately recognize. Recently, a new PhaaS (Phishing as a Service) operation has surfaced that specifically targets major banks. These banks include Bank of America, Wells Fargo, Citibank, Capital One, PNC, US Bank, Lloyds Bank, Santander, and the Commonwealth Bank of Australia. Snarkily named “Robin Banks,” the service also offers templates …

Fresh Look For Gmail Users Has Been Released

If you’re a Gmail user and you haven’t seen the change already, be aware that Google has freshened up their email interface.  Don’t expect a radical change, however.  This update is more of an evolution than a revolution. Chiefly, you’ll notice that the Chat, Spaces, and Meet buttons have all been drawn closer together. This makes the left-hand sidebar of …

Apple To Settle Butterfly Keyboard Lawsuit

Do you have a MacBook with a Butterfly Keyboard?  If so, keep an eye out for an email regarding the Butterfly Keyboard class action lawsuit. Recently, Apple has agreed to pay out $50 million to settle the suit that alleged that Apple knew about flaws with the butterfly keyboard’s switches it built into several MacBook models. The keyboards were first …

Microsoft Resolves File Explorer Freezing Bug In Windows 11

Recent Windows 11 updates have been problematic in several ways.  That’s not the end of the world, but it has been more than a little frustrating for those in the test group getting a first look at the new operating system. One recently introduced bug has been a sore spot for Windows 11 users.  The File Explorer will randomly freeze …

RDP Brute Force Attacks Blocked By Windows 11

A small but important feature was recently incorporated by the Windows 11 design team.  A new Account Lockout Policy enabled by default has been added.  This policy automatically locks user accounts (including Admin accounts) after ten failed sign-in attempts. The account remains in a locked state for ten minutes, requiring users to wait that amount of time before they can …