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Throwback Thursday: Just one more thing to worry about

Pilot fish and his wife are planning a vacation to an all-inclusive resort, which wants him to set up a password for its website -- but something's not quite right.

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Time to turn off Windows Automatic Update and brace for impact

Patch Tuesday hits tomorrow. Maybe it’ll be benign, as it was in August. Maybe, as in July, the rolled out offal will break everything in sight. You've got to ask yourself one question: 'Do I feel lucky?'

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Mac and iOS apps stealing user data -- an enterprise take

Several Mac and iOS apps distributed via the App Store have been covertly stealing user data, opening a new front in the eternal enterprise security wars.

Why security is the first thing to go, episode 65,723

IT contractor's project to upgrade some software for a client is way behind schedule. Why is that such a problem? The current software is about to go End-of-Life.

Throwback Thursday: Well, trial and error IS a mechanism

New regulations mean more security at this insurance company, so it's goodbye keys, hello keycards. And if the system fails? Says the new CSO, "Mechanisms are in place."

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Get caught up on your July and August Windows/Office patches

Many of you skipped the July patches, and for good reason — they were a mess. Now, finally, it looks as if the combined July and August patches are relatively stable, as long as you avoid the Intel microcode fiasco. Here’s how to...

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Firefox to auto-block ad trackers

Mozilla’s browser will first target trackers that slow down page loading, then tackle cross-site trackers that follow users around the web.

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Apple insists developers ramp up their privacy commitments

Developers must now say how they collect data in the apps they put in the Apple Store, what they do with it, and take responsibility for how it is treated if it is sold on.

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Windows and .Net finally get their 'D Week' patches, as Intel microcode fixes go wacko

Overnight, Microsoft released 34 patches for all versions of Windows and .Net: Every version of Win10 gets a cumulative update; Win7 and 8.1 get Monthly Rollup Previews; all versions of .Net also get Previews. But beware the Ides of...

You've got malware!

Flashback to the early 2000s, when this pilot fish works in a building where the level of computer literacy is hovering near absolute zero -- and then comes the virus.

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University-customized Alexa devices will answer students’ questions

Saint Louis University CIO says that Alexa could be used to boost faculty productivity too.

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Here comes ‘antidisinformation as a service’

Lies and fake news are coming after your company’s brand and reputation. Time to get your AaaS in gear.

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Get serious about privacy with the Epic, Brave and Tor browsers

These three desktop browsers will keep your identity safe from trackers and hackers — using very different methods.

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China once again cracks down on cryptocurrencies, news outlets

The Chinese government has banned more than a half dozen online media outlets after they published information on cryptocurrencies, and a regional government authority clamped down on all venues hosting crypto events.

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2 undocumented patches from Microsoft may solve the 1803 TLS 1.2 blocking problem

Earlier this week, Microsoft announced that it wouldn’t push Win10 1803 upgrades onto 1709 machines if the machine has a .Net app (such as QuickBooks Desktop) that relies on TLS 1.2 security. Now it looks as if there’s a fix — but...

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IBM, Maersk launch blockchain-based shipping platform with 94 early adopters

After testing it earlier this year, the two companies announced scores of early adopters have agreed to pilot the distributed ledger technology, enabling them to track shipments in near-real time.

Throwback Thursday: How did...er, DIDN'T he do that?

It's 1977, and this company decides its newly constructed data center needs a state-of-the-art system to provide physical security -- which doesn't quite work as planned.

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Patch Tuesday fallout: Bad docs, but so far no major problems

In spite of an enormous number of erroneous “known issues” warnings, this month’s crop of Windows and Office patches seems to fix most of the bugs in last month’s patches.

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Blockchain phase 2: Will it scale?

As blockchain grows in popularity, so does the conundrum of how to scale it while maintaining or boosting performance so it can compete with today's transaction networks.

Android 9 Pie Lockdown Mode

A hidden Android Pie security setting everyone should enable

Give yourself added peace of mind with this powerful but buried security option in Google's Android 9 Pie release.

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