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CCTV security cameras gather data during traffic surveillance.

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Windows 11 and the need for better BIOS integration

Although Windows has come a long ways since the early days of DOS, it needs to evolve further than it has with Windows 11.

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How to choose the right UEM platform

Unified Endpoint Management software lets IT manage all of an organization’s endpoint devices — smartphones, laptops, desktops, printers, IoT devices, and more — from a single management console. Here’s what to look for when shopping...

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Apple warns: Sideloading apps threatens an iCrime wave

An extensive Apple white paper describes the risks of app sideloading to consumers and enterprises.

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Google now tells criminals when Chrome users are 'idle.' What could go wrong?

Another day, another revelation that mobile vendors might not always have users’ needs in mind, but they sure are helpful to cyberthieves.

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How one coding error turned AirTags into perfect malware distributors

A security researcher found that an open area for typing in a phone number has unintentionally turned AirTags into God’s gift to malware criminals.

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How to make sense of Microsoft’s upcoming mail security changes

Microsoft is cutting off some versions of Outlook from Microsoft 365 and Office 365 next month. And it plans more security moves a year from now that could affect how email is handled. Time to plan ahead.

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Apple deepens its engagement in enterprise security

Following security promises made at The White House, Apple has become a co-chair of the Cyber Readiness Institute to help enterprises secure themselves

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Chrome, Edge kick off faster release cadence; enterprises can skip versions

Users will now get updates for the two browsers every four weeks, though companies can opt for a slower cadence.

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Apple, 1Password, and Cloudflare all move to protect email

Apple’s Hide My Email feature has quickly become just one of many options designed to protect you against phishing and spam.

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On app tracking, both Android and iOS have to do better

While Google has announced plans to reset permissions for older, rarely used Android apps, Apple’s app-tracking-transparency efforts in iOS have fallen short of the company’s grand vision.

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Survey says! What my informal survey shows about Windows

The vast majority of people who responded already know about Windows 11, most don’t plan to upgrade anytime soon and many have serious issues with the overall Windows patching process.

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Apple needs to act against fake app-privacy promises

App developers continue to undermine user privacy despite promising not to do so. Apple needs to identify those who do.

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MSRT vs. MSERT: When to use each Windows malware tool

The Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool (MSRT) and the Microsoft Safety Scanner (MSERT.exe) do more or less the same thing: scan for and remove Windows malware. We explore and explain the differences.

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A penchant for patching: After 20 years, the system’s still a mess

Though Microsoft has tried a variety of patching schemes over the past two decades, update problems continue with no end in sight.

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Legacy apps are at risk with the September Patch Tuesday update

Testing your legacy applications and printing will be important when dealing with this month's Patch Tuesday updates.

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It’s been a big week for patches

In addition to Patch Tuesday’s retinue of updates from Microsoft, fixes arrived this week for zero-day flaws affecting Google’s Chrome browser and Apple hardware.

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Windows 11: Just say no

In a few weeks, Windows 11 will arrive. Should you upgrade to it? Let me answer with a question: "Should you stop hitting your head against the wall?"

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Apple hits the alarm with multi-OS emergency update to patch zero-click flaw

The company on Monday pushed out emergency security updates for iOS, macOS, and its other operating systems to plug a hole that threatened security on a range of devices.

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