Some AMD Ryzen CPU Users Experiencing Windows 11 Issues

Do you have a PC with an AMD Ryzen CPU?  If so, be aware that AMD has found an issue which causes “temporary pauses in system interactivity or responsiveness.” The issue affects some Windows 10 and Windows 11 systems with the Firmware Trusted Platform Module (fTPM) enabled. If you’re not familiar with it, the fTPM handles cryptographic operations and is …

Chip Makers Are Already Planning For WiFi7

We barely got to know Wi-Fi 6 but companies like Qualcomm are already making plans for the next generation of Wi-Fi technology. They are working on Wi-Fi 7 which is otherwise known as 802.11. Granted, the new standard is a long way from being ready to roll out, so don’t expect to see any equipment on the market that’s capable …

Microsoft Price Increase

New Pricing Coming In March From Microsoft

Microsoft recently announced new changes to commercial pricing for Microsoft 365. The following price changes will take effect March 1, 2022: Microsoft 365 Business Basic – increase from $5 to $6 per user Microsoft 365 Business Premium – increase from $20 to $22 Office 365 E1 – increase from $8 to $10 Office 365 E3 – increase from $20 to …

Don’t Fall For This Cryptocurrency Giveaway Scam

You know you’ve hit the Big Time when you get a scam named after you. That’s exactly what has happened to Elon Musk. The latest scam that’s making the rounds is called the “Elon Musk Mutual Aid Club” or the “Elon Musk Club” for short. If you’re an experienced IT professional it is easy to be dismissive of things like …

This Malware Can Turn Off Windows Defender

Some malware strains are built with robust protections in order to avoid detection. Zloader goes a step further and actually disables Microsoft Defender AV (formerly known as Windows Defender). That’s significant because according to stats provided by Microsoft Defender AV is preinstalled on more than a billion PCs running Windows 10. The hackers behind the campaign have changed their delivery …

Ransomware Attackers Look For Unpatched Systems To Exploit

Not long ago Microsoft patched a critical MSHTML remote code execution security flaw being tracked as CVE-2021-40444. Beginning on August 18th of this year (2021) the company spotted hackers exploiting this flaw in the wild. So far there have been fewer than ten attacks made that exploit this flaw but it’s inevitable that the number will increase. So far all …

Microsoft Accounts Will Allow Passwordless Methods For Users

Microsoft will be rolling out a new passwordless login scheme in the weeks ahead and that should make just about everyone happy. Passwords and having to remember endless multitudes of them are one of the most annoying aspects of using the web today. Anything that can be done to reduce the number of passwords you have to contend with has …

Popular Ring Doorbells To Get Encryption Option

Do you have a Ring Doorbell? They are offered by Amazon and they’re a wildly popular smart device that allows you to keep tabs on who’s coming to or walking by your door. The doorbell’s camera records video and saves it to the cloud so you can review it at your leisure. Unfortunately there’s a problem. The videos on the …

Staying Up To Date On Software Patches Is Critical

Google’s Project Zero security team has an impressive track record when it comes to chasing down and addressing the most critical security flaws found. They’re tireless in their work, which has saved untold billions of dollars and hampered the efforts of hackers all over the world. The team has gathered some rather shocking statistics, however, including this eye-opener: Based on …

Companies Spending More On Tech Services Due To Remote Work

The Coupa Business Spend Index (BSI) has been volatile over the past several months as the pandemic shredded business confidence and sent budgets into a downward spiral. Some business spending has barely been touched at all, and has even increased. It’s true that the nature of the spending has changed. Spending on travel has pretty well dried up. However, companies …