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Easy mobile security the Faraday way

Wireless attacks are unpredictable and complicated. Here’s an easy way to block everything.

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What is blockchain? The most disruptive tech in decades

The distributed ledger technology, better known as blockchain, has the potential to eliminate huge amounts of record-keeping, save money and disrupt IT in ways not seen since the internet arrived.

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Tech Talk: As GDPR looms, companies rush to comply

Our tech experts take a look at what the May 25 deadline for compliance with new EU privacy rules means, and how companies are struggling to make sure they're ready.

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Tech Talk: Prepping for GDPR

CSO's Michael Nadeau and Steve Ragan join Computerworld's Ken Mingis and IDG Communications' Mark Lewis to look at what the new EU privacy rules mean. They offer insights on how companies can prepare – and what happens if they don't.

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What is blockchain technology?

Cryptocurrency such as Bitcoin has garnered most of the media coverage and hype to date, but keep your eye on blockchain – this new technology is poised to change IT in much the same way open-source software did a quarter century ago....

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Patch update: Monthly Rollup previews arrive for Win7, 8.1, along with updates for Win10 1607, 1703

The Monthly Rollup preview for Win7 doesn't fix the network driver bug in this month's Monthly Rollup. The 1607 and 1703 cumulative updates tackle long lists of boring fixes.

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Solving a blockchain conundrum: Biometrics could recover lost encryption keys

While blockchain holds the promise of creating a secure global network over which anyone can exchange data for a myriad of business or personal transactions, the encryption behind the distributed ledger also means if you lose your...

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Lots of little Microsoft patches, but nothing for this month’s big bugs — and no Previews

The third Tuesday of the month brought a handful of fixes, but nothing that addresses the Win10 1803 solid-state drive fiasco, or the network clobbering in Windows 7 — and there are no Monthly Rollup Previews.

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What an Apple phishing attack looks like | Salted Hash Ep 32

How can you tell the difference between a legitimate email and a phishing attack? Host Steve Ragan shows what an Apple phishing attack looks like, screen by screen, showing the difference between the real and the fake.

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FAQ: How Edge's Application Guard and isolated browsing work

Microsoft has added anti-malware, anti-exploit technology to Windows 10 Pro in a bid to make the Web safer for employees using the company's Edge browser.

Well, it's secure, all right...

Small IT consultancy gets a contract with a very big company -- one that makes security a top priority. On Day 1, everything is fine. But Day 2 is a different story.

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Get a hands-on, inside look at the dark web | Salted Hash Ep 25

Reporting from RSA 2018, host Steve Ragan helps dispel the hype and confusion surrounding the dark web, as he talks with Alon Arvatz, co-founder at IntSights.

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Can AI help bridge the IT security skills gap? | Salted Hash Ep 27

Host Steve Ragan reports from the show floor at RSA 2018, taking with Oliver Tavakoli, CTO at Vectra Networks, and author of the Thinking Security blog on CSOonline.com, about the types of IT security work that can be off-loaded to...

And thanks so much for your input, boss!

It's 1999, but this IT department's big crisis isn't Y2k -- it's the Melissa virus, and all the teams are gathered to devise a plan for cleaning up the infection.

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Watch out for Gmail’s new Confidential Mode

It’s easy and useful, but Google’s new ‘secure email’ is neither secure nor email.

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Two more evolving threats: JavaScript in Excel and payment processing in Outlook

In the well-established Office Ready-Fire-Aim tradition, Microsoft adds two new “features” that beg to be abused. Details appeared at Build, and the bad guys already have their keyboards primed.

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Surface Pro (2017) owners hitting Win10 1803 update blue screens. Now we know why.

Microsoft and Intel now agree: If your machine has an Intel SSD 600p or SSD Pro 6000p, don’t force it to install the Windows 10 April 2018 Update, version 1803. Surface Pro 2017 owners with a compromised SSD have an extra hurdle: bad...

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Patch Tuesday problems, fixes — but no cause for immediate alarm

Important takeaways from this month’s Patch Tuesday: Get Win10 1803 updated if you can, but watch out for bogus lingering partitions; Remote Desktop flakiness has a solution; and the VBScript zero-day reiterates how badly broken...

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