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Why you need Apple support to secure the C-suite

Even in enterprises that don't officially support Apple, you'll probably find a few Macs and iPads in the C-suite.

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Windows 10 upgrades are rarely useful, say IT admins

A majority of admins surveyed this summer say Microsoft's oft ballyhooed twice-a-year upgrades for Windows 10 aren't really worth the hassle.

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How COVID-19 has changed IT’s focus and plans for 2021

Bread-and-butter investments to modernize workforce systems and improve IT operations are the post-pandemic focus for IT buyers in North America and Europe, a survey shows.

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A fat Windows Update for September's Patch Tuesday

Microsoft released 129 updates to its Windows ecosystem this month. The good news: we are not dealing with any zero-days or publicly reported vulnerabilities.

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Beaucoup bugs beset this month’s Windows patches

July and August had relatively stable Patch Tuesdays. Not so, this month. Here’s the tip of the iceberg – the bugs that cropped up within a day of release.

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Microsoft puts Application Guard for Office into public preview

The defensive technology walls off untrusted Office documents to prevent attack code carried by malicious files from reaching the operating system or its apps.

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Yes, you can install the August Windows and Office patches now

There are a few odd problems with the latest Microsoft patches, but they’re sporadic and reasonably-well understood. Go get the outstanding updates installed now, but avoid “optional” patches.

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Apple strengthens commitment to human rights with new policy

Will other enterprises find they must match Apple's move?

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Microsoft Patch Alert: August 2020

Lenovo warns about Win10 version 2004 patch problems, Win8.1 plays catch-up, and we see the 50th reincarnation of an old “blast away the barnacles” Windows upgrade patch.

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TikTok sues the Trump administration, responding to potential U.S. ban

TikTok, the popular short form video app, has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. government, calling the potential U.S. ban an extreme action. At first glance, this lawsuit may mirror another one filed by a different tech company,...

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Microsoft adds 6 months support to Windows 10 1803, again cites pandemic

The company extended security support for Windows 10 Enterprise 1803 and Windows 10 Education 1803 until May 11. The original end-of-support date was to be Nov. 10.

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Did Microsoft just solve a big business iPad problem

One of the most disappointing things about iOS devices as business devices, and one of the things that keeps the iPad from being a true computing solution, is that there is no support for multiple-user accounts. An unlikely ally is...

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Google to trial drastically truncated URLs in Chrome in anti-phishing move

The goal is to make it harder for phishing attacks to succeed by hiding much of a site's URL. The change will roll out to some users in October in Chrome 86, but doesn't affect enterprise-enrolled devices.

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Xcode becomes vector for new Mac malware attack

Developers, check your GitHub repositories as malware makers seek exfiltration opportunities.

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A zero-day and testing of key printing features will drive August Windows updates

Though a DNS-spoofing vulnerability in Windows has been rated as a zero-day, the focus for this month’s updates should be on testing key Windows features prior to deployment.

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Managing Windows 7 security risks

We’ve heard security experts warn that remote employees working on personal devices running old operating systems, like Windows 7, pose a huge security risk to enterprises. With some work from home regulations extending into 2021, IT...

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Slack talks up security with new encryption options, FedRAMP certification

Looking to show it can keep communication data secure and meet compliance demands, Slack unveiled several updates for its popular team chat app.

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It's Patch Tuesday time. Make sure to have auto updates paused.

As Patch Tuesday rolls around again, now’s a very good time to double-check and make sure Windows Auto Update has been throttled. We see problematic patches every month, so put your machine on the sidelines while we watch the cannon...

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