Security Issues Found In Several VNC Applications

Microsoft RDP has its share of problems. That simple truth has sparked the rise of a number of open-source VNC (Virtual Network Computing) applications, which allow a user to remotely control another computer. Regardless of which VNC solution you use, they all work pretty much the same way. There’s a “server component” which runs on the computer that shares its …

Microsoft Cortana App Getting Dropped From Many Countries

It appears that Microsoft is getting rid of their Cortana App in several countries due to security concerns. The question is whether the United States will be next. Recently, the following notice appeared on Microsoft’s UK site: “To make your personal digital assistant as helpful as possible, we’re integrating Cortana into your Microsoft 365 productivity apps.  As part of this …

Windows Bug Found To Cause Slow Startup

  Microsoft recently published an important new support document relating to several Windows versions.     The document reads, in part, as follows: “After you configure a Windows-based computer to use large amounts of memory, including persistent memory, the computer takes longer than expected to start up.  Additionally, increased CPU usage occurs for a short time after startup.  Increased CPU …

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Windows 7 Nearing End Of Life

The end of Windows 7 support is rapidly approaching! A decade after introducing Windows 7, Microsoft is ending support for this aging operating system on January 14, 2020. A machine with an unsupported operating system can have serious implications for both the performance and safety of a network. Once an operating system enters end-of-life status, Microsoft stops providing support and …

New Office 365 Feature May Prevent Questionable Emails

Microsoft continues their war against spam and phishing emails with the rollout of a new feature in Office 365 called ‘Unverified Sender’. It is designed to help Outlook users identify emails that may contain poisoned files or requests for personal or sensitive information that could be used to steal a user’s identity. The company had this to say about the …

Backdoor Could Be Used On Microsoft SQL Without Detection

If you haven’t heard of Skip-2.0 yet, prepare to be dismayed. Security researchers have recently discovered an undocumented (until now) backdoor designed for Microsoft SQL servers. It will allow a hacker working remotely to stealthily take control of a previously compromised system. Worse, this is not theory or conjecture.  Researchers have found malware strains in the wild that take advantage …

Windows 10 Will Get Android Phone Call Integration Features

Microsoft may have given up on the idea of putting their Windows operating system on smartphones, but that doesn’t mean they’ve given up on smartphones altogether. Recently, the company announced a significant feature addition that will allow users to take calls made to an Android phone from their Windows-based PC.   The new feature is currently only available to Windows …

Tamper Protection Enabled By Default In Windows 10 Update

Do you have the new Windows 10? If you’re not sure, the most recent version (as of the time this article was written) is version 1903, which was the May 2019 update. Assuming you’ve got that version or later, you should have Microsoft’s Tamper Protection enabled by default. If you’re not sure what the big deal is, in a nutshell, …

Support For Microsoft Office 2010 Ending Soon Upgrade Recommended

Are you still using Microsoft Office 2010? If so, Microsoft recently issued a reminder you’re not going to like hearing. Extended Support for Office 2010 expires on October 13th, 2020, so time is running out to upgrade. The company’s official recommendation is to upgrade to either Office 365 ProPlus, or Office 2019. In addition to that, “We also recommend business …

Attachment Extensions Carrying Malware Banned On Microsoft Outlook

One of the most common means by which malware winds up on the computers of its victims is via an email attachment.  All it takes is one careless moment.  One click to open a file that turns out to be poisoned and you’re in for a world of trouble. That’s the exact reason why email providers tend to be incredibly …