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Apple’s mythical AirTags shimmer slowly to release

Stop me if you’ve heard this before, but Apple seems much closer to actually introducing the near-mythical AirTags.

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The first Patch Tuesday of '21; time to delay updates

Though most users should be ok with the latest round of patches from Microsoft, it's still prudent to delay installing them for a bit to make sure there are no problems.

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6 smart steps to get your Android phone in tip-top shape for 2021

These simple bits of maintenance will clean up your phone and give you a maximally efficient, secure foundation for the new year.

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SolarWinds, Solorigate, and what it means for Windows updates

The recent SolarWinds attack raised serious questions about how safe companies (and government agencies) are when OS or software updates roll out. Since Microsoft was also hit, it’s important to understand what happened.

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The end-of-the-year patching all-clear

As 2020 slips away and '21 comes into view, it's time to get Microsoft's latest patches installed, and maybe do a little DIY upgrades on your hardware.

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The patching conundrum: When is good enough good enough?

Patches and updates are designed to fix problems, not cause them. But sometimes a few users still get bitten. When that happens, what do you do — avoid, delay or dive in anyway?

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Android security: Analysis, advice, and next-level knowledge

Expand your Android security knowledge with this comprehensive collection of level-headed resources.

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Thoughts on Apple versus Facebook

Facebook really doesn't like it that Apple is giving users more control over their privacy.

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2020: A look back at patching and the pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic changed so many things in the tech world, not the least of which was Microsoft's patching processes. Here's a look at a few highlights to keep in mind as we head toward 2021.

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Apple's Privacy Nutrition Labels, available now and good for business

Apple's iOS 14.3 introduces Privacy Nutrition Labels for apps sold at the App Store, and that's good for users, developers and the enterprise.

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Microsoft presents us with a light Patch Tuesday for December

With only 58 reported vulnerabilities, this month's Microsoft Patch Tuesday represents a welcome respite from the large and broad updates seen during the past year.

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December Patch Tuesday round-up: Winding down for the year

The final Patch Tuesday for 2020 has come and gone, though Microsoft likely isn't quite finished with updates and fixes for the year. Here's where we stand now.

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Windows hackers target COVID-19 vaccine efforts

Hackers appear to be targeting vaccine researchers, manufacturers and the COVID-19 “cold chain” that will be used to keep the vaccine cold enough for distribution.

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Apple VP Federighi wants competitors to copy Apple's privacy protection

"When it comes to privacy protections, we’re very happy to see our competitors copy our work," says Apple software chief Craig Federighi, who warns of a "data-industrial complex."

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SMS: Texting numeric strings is the best holiday gift to cyberthieves

Multi-Factor Authentication has become so common a security tool that many users assume it must work well to protect data and communications. What it really does is provide false comfort.

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It's December patch prep time

Microsoft's Patch Tuesday is coming up. Time to get your hardware ready and delay updates until any issues are worked out.

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How to protect Windows 10 PCs from ransomware

Ransomware is running rampant these days, but there are several ways Windows 10 users and admins can protect their PCs. Here’s what to do.

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Susan Bradley: Windows 10 Thanksgiving-week patches

Computerworld blogger Susan Bradley takes a look at the latest patches from Microsoft, just in time for Thanksgiving in the US.

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