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Microsoft yanks two buggy Office patches but keeps pushing one that crashes

On Friday afternoon, Microsoft pulled KB 4461522 and KB 2863821, two non-security patches that trigger Entry Point errors in various Office 2010 products. Security patch KB 4461529 is still being distributed, in spite of acknowledged...

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Firefox adds in-browser notification of breached sites

Mozilla added the alert system to its browser as a way or warning users who visit a site that's reported a data breach.

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Amid calls for a Windows bug status dashboard, Microsoft belatedly agrees to build one

The move, expected to roll out in 2019, comes in the aftermath of the company's botched rollout of the Windows 10 October 2018 Update.

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BitLocker on self-encrypted SSDs blown; Microsoft advises you switch to software protection

Reacting to a recently discovered security hole in hardware-based encryption in solid state drives, Microsoft recommends that if you’re using BitLocker to protect a solid-state drive, you switch from hardware to software encryption. ...

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Why Apple’s Siri is already an enterprise product

The usual suspects love to spend time claiming Siri lags other voice assistants; they don’t seem to understand that Apple’s voice assistant is an enterprise product. It's all about the data – and privacy.

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Google Smart Lock on Chrome OS: 2 fast fixes and a power-user tip

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Well, do you trust 'em or don't you?

At this PC company, call center agents can see customer credit card numbers right on their screens. But a supervisor's approval PIN? That's a carefully guarded secret.

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Apple appears to have blocked GrayKey iPhone hacking tool

Apple and two companies that have worked to enable iPhone de-encryption continue their back-and-forth efforts.

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Win10 1803 big bug bash KB 4462933 joins earlier versions, a week late to the party

Almost a week after the big patches for earlier versions of Win10, Microsoft releases more than 50 individual fixes for 1803 in cumulative update KB 4462933. What took so long? Why so many? I have a theory.

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Complete transcript, video of Apple CEO Tim Cook's EU privacy speech

Apple CEO, Tim Cook spoke up for privacy at a conference of European privacy commissioners in Brussels this morning.

Wonder if they'll ever tell HIM what's going on...

IT pilot fish has been supporting a customer remotely through a VPN that's pretty solid -- except when it occasionally starts disconnecting him every 30 to 60 seconds.

Policies and paper trails -- our new best friends

This IT pilot fish helps users troubleshoot data problems in child-welfare investigations -- but all that sensitive information could put fish's welfare at risk, too.

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Big browsers to pull support plug for TLS 1.0 and 1.1 encryption protocols in early '20

TLS is the successor to the better-known SSL (Secure Socket Layer) encryption protocol; both are used to secure data communications between browsers and the destination server.

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Stats make iOS a hard OS to ignore

Users are jumping to the latest iOS version faster than ever before. That means many things from an Apple marketing perspective, but for IT, it means far greater security.

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Economist Nouriel Roubini: Blockchain and bitcoin are the world’s biggest scams

The economist who predicted the 2008 financial collapse has been telling congressional leaders that bitcoin and blockchain represent a significant threat to the stability of the financial marketplace. But he's getting pushback.

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Mingis on Tech: Data breaches and the rise of 'surveillance capitalism'

Facebook and Google recently owned up to new data breaches affecting millions of users. It's not the first time. It won't be the last. CSO's J.M. Porup explains what's really going on.

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Why Apple must be looking into using blockchain

It makes more sense for Apple to think about using blockchain than to ignore it.

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