Patch Tuesday, August 2018 Edition

Adobe and Microsoft each released security updates for their software on Tuesday. Adobe plugged five security holes in its Flash Player browser plugin. Microsoft pushed 17 updates to fix at least 60 vulnerabilities in Windows and other software, including two “zero-day” flaws that attackers were already exploiting before Microsoft issued patches to fix them. Patch Tuesday, August 2018 Edition

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Is Antivirus Software Still Needed?

Antivirus software programs remain prominent in the tech market, but fewer people are buying them, despite the fact that scammers are more active than ever, and newer and more innovative ways to harvest personal data continue to emerge. This article explores the reasons why many appear to have lost faith in antivirus software but also why it still has a role to play in keeping you safe online. The expansion of the internet  In times gone by, antivirus software was the only defence against unwanted entities making their way into your device. However, these days, internet powerhouses such as Google and Facebook actively fight this themselves, and the positive effects of this trickle down to make the net safer for everyone else. Clearly, these giants of the internet have far more power to tackle viruses that the likes of Norton and AVG Ultimate which are often sold along with a new PC. So you may wonder what I’m getting with AVG Ultimate, for example. Is Antivirus Software Still Needed?

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Compared to 10 years ago, I see a fraction of viruses on computers these days.  The majority of infections that I encounter are malware, adware, and ransomware.  However, I would recommend using at least a free antivirus.

FBI Warns of ‘Unlimited’ ATM Cashout Blitz

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is warning banks that cybercriminals are preparing to carry out a highly choreographed, global fraud scheme known as an “ATM cash-out,” in which crooks hack a bank or payment card processor and use cloned cards at cash machines around the world to fraudulently withdraw millions of dollars in just a few hours. FBI Warns of ‘Unlimited’ ATM Cashout Blitz

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Google Public DNS turns 8.8.8.8 years old

(Sunday, August 12th, 2018, at 00:30 UTC marks eight years, eight months, eight days and eight hours since the announcement.) Though not as well-known as Google Search or Gmail, the four eights have had quite a journey—and some pretty amazing growth! Whether it’s travelers in India’s train stations or researchers on the remote Antarctic island Bouvetøya, hundreds of millions of people the world over rely on our free DNS service to turn domain names like wikipedia.org into IP addresses like 208.80.154.224.Google Public DNS query growth and major feature launchesToday, it’s estimated that about 10% of internet users rely on 8.8.8.8, and it serves well over a trillion queries per day. But while we’re really proud of that growth, what really matters is whether it’s a valuable service for our users. Namely, has Google Public DNS made the internet faster for users? Does it safeguard their privacy? And does it help them get to internet sites more reliably and securely?In other words, has 8.8.8.8 made DNS and the internet better as a whole? Google Public DNS turns 8.8.8.8 years old

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U.S. states can now force consumers to pay online sales tax

In other words, you might have to start paying tax on B&H orders. On Thursday, June 21, the Supreme Court voted in favor (5-4) of allowing states to require online buyers pay sales tax no matter what site they’re shopping at. In 1992, it was ruled that consumers didn’t have to pay sales tax on an item if it was being shipped from a store that didn’t have a physical presence in the state of the buyer. However, following this recent decision from the Supreme Court, that’s no longer the case. According to The Hill —

Delivering the opinion of the court, Justice Anthony Kennedy said the physical presence rule in that former case, known as Quill Corp. v. North Dakota, is unsound and incorrect. For readers of our site, one of the biggest implications this ruling will have is on B&H. U.S. states can now force consumers to pay online sales tax

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I am curious what are your thoughts on this?

The power of machine learning to change the world!

This is an interesting read about  machine learning and artificial intelligence that I thought you might enjoy. Check out our best tips and tricks for your computer.

In the last two decades, the impact of artificial intelligence (AI) has grown from a very small community of data scientists to something that is … The power of machine learning to change—and maybe even save—the world

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Google appears to be working on Windows 10 certification for its Pixelbook

It appears Google is working on adding a little Microsoft flavor to its flagship Chromebook. Google’s Pixelbook is considered to be its flagship device for Chrome OS, but it could soon have a little Microsoft DNA sprinkled in as well. Google appears to be working on Windows 10 certification for its Pixelbook

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This is a great partnership in my opinion those chrome books were never one of my favorite products.  I would much have something with Windows 10

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Announcing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 17677

“Windows 10 April 2018 Update patch fixes issues with Intel SSDs, Toshiba PCs” is locked

Windows 10 April 2018 Update patch fixes issues with Intel SSDs, Toshiba PCs

 

 

Chime in: Are you confident in Microsoft’s future consumer strategy?

After Windows 8 and Windows 10’s both being fails, i am not confident with anything from Microsoft whatsoever.

 

Is Microsoft keeping up with the times? Microsoft has faced a fair share of criticism for its consumer-facing efforts, dropping products across several categories over recent years. With Windows Phone and Groove Music prime examples of products failing to resonate with consumers, the company is gaining a reputation for failing to support its long-term followers. While Microsoft is commended for many of its top products, others in its wide portfolio fall short of the competition. The Microsoft Edge browser misses notable features seen across Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox, with several competitors overshadowing its market share. One Windows Central forum user drew attention to Edge’s downfalls, which led to them leaving the browser behind. Chime in: Are you confident in Microsoft’s future consumer strategy?

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Blockchain is the Future of Antivirus

CPO Magazine – News, Insights and Resources for Data Privacy and Protection Leaders – News, insights and resources for data protection, privacy and cyber security leaders Security Pros Believe Governments Are Clueless but Should Impose Social Media Fakebank Android Malware Evolves into Vishing Attack Google’s Gmail Privacy Practices Now Under Legal Attack The Ultimate Guide to Buying Privacy Management Software The Most Likely Piece of Privacy Legislation That Could Emerge From the Facebook The Ultimate Guide to Buying Privacy Software eBook: Using ISACA’s Privacy Principles to Create an Effective Privacy Program Webinar: Using ISACA’s Privacy Principles to Create an Effective Privacy There is an employment crisis in cyber security that has silently compounded over the past six years. Toward the end of 2012, analysts identified a near zero percent unemployment rate in the cyber security industry with thousands of vacant positions. Now, the industry is on track to reach near two million open cyber security positions with no qualified employees to fill the gap. On the other side of the equation, attacks are on the rise. Today’s $8.5 billion/year antivirus market is broken, with 70 percent of threats going undetected and cybercrime damages expected to double by 2021 and reach $6 trillion. There is an obvious problem with how we approach cyber security, but blockchain may help revise the infosec hiring model, make cyber security more efficient, and decrease the impact of malicious attacks globally. Blockchain is the Future of Antivirus

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Federal Jury Convicts Cybercriminal for Operating Counter-Antivirus Service

totalsecuritydailyadvisor.blr.com reveals the truth about this interesting news story.

Over the past few years, the ubiquity of cryptocurrency has made cybercrime easier to monetize. The promise of a quick buck has attracted would-be cybercriminals who lack the traditional skill set required to engage in anything beyond a low-level hack. Much like their aboveboard capitalist counterparts, black market entrepreneurs have stepped in to fill that skills gap. In doing so, they have created a burgeoning cybercrime-as-a-service (CAAS) marketplace. PeopleImages / E+ / Getty Images On Wednesday, May 16, 2018, the Department of Justice released a statement announcing the conviction of one of the larger CAAS operators of the past decade. Ruslans Bondars, a noncitizen of the former U.S.S.R. Federal Jury Convicts Cybercriminal for Operating Counter-Antivirus Service

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