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Twitter kills its Mac app, and thats a good thing

17 February, by Brian Fagioli[ —]
In 2016, I bought my very first Mac -- a beautiful MacBook Pro with Touch Bar. Since then, the laptop and I have been inseparable. The computer comes with me when I go to, say, a coffee shop, but it also serves as my desktop when I am home by connecting to a large monitor, keyboard, and mouse. In other words, I love the computer, but also, I really admire macOS. When I first began using the Mac, I downloaded a bunch of software I thought I would enjoy. As a big Twitter user, I obviously installed the official app… [Continue Reading]

Cyber security in (big) numbers

16 February, by Ian Barker[ —]
We hear a lot about cyber attacks and the latest threats, but it can sometimes be hard to comprehend the scale of the problem. Network security company Bricata has produced an infographic that sets out some of the statistics to put things into context. These include the average cost of a breach, currently $7.35 million; the average CISO salary, $273,000, and venture capitalists investing $3.5 billion into 400+ security startups in 2016. Researchers estimate spending on security defenses will rise to an eye-watering $1 trillion by 2021. The graphic also looks at the threats behind all of this. Ransomware attacks… [Continue Reading]

Cisco launches cloud-based endpoint protection for MSSPs

16 February, by Ian Barker[ —]
According to Networking specialist Cisco, almost half of SMBs and enterprises in the US are outsourcing at least some of their security to managed security service providers (MSSPs) in order to counter the latest advanced threats. The company is targeting this market by launching a set of new endpoint security solutions aimed specifically at MSSPs. These include three powerful cloud-based tools. AMP for Endpoints prevents breaches and blocks malware at the point of entry, then continues to watch, analyze, and record file activity, regardless of the file's disposition. Cisco Umbrella blocks requests to malicious or unwanted destinations before a connection is… [Continue Reading]

Best Windows 10 apps this week

16 February, by Martin Brinkmann[ —]
Two-hundred-and-seventy in a series. Welcome to this week's overview of the best apps, games and extensions released for Windows 10 on the Windows Store in the past seven days. As always, if I missed an app or game that has been released this week that you believe is particularly good, let me know in the comments below or notify me via email. Discounts this week The following list is a selection of the best deals. Make sure you check out the Store for all offers. Some apps are discounted for more than one week. Only new apps and games are… [Continue Reading]

White House joins UK government in blaming Russia for NotPetya

16 February, by Mark Wycislik-Wilson[ —]
The US government has joined the government of the UK in pointing the finger of blame at Russia for the NotPetya cyberattacks. The ransomware/destructoware hit computers around the world last June. After speculation that the attack was a state-sponsored one carried out by Russia, this position has now been confirmed as the White House accused the nation of the "reckless and indiscriminate." At the same time, the UK's National Cyber Security Centre said that the Russian military was "almost certainly" responsible for the attack. See also: UK government turns against Russian software Facebook asked to investigate Russian influence on EU… [Continue Reading]

Samsung Notebook 9 Pen, Notebook 9 (2018), and Notebook 7 Spin (2018) will hit stores on February 18

16 February, by Brian Fagioli[ —]
Samsung makes excellent products -- it cannot be denied. While the company is probably best known for its wildly popular Android smartphones, the Galaxy-maker is much more than that. You can pretty much outfit your entire home with Samsung appliances and electronics -- televisions, Blu-ray players, refrigerators, washing machines, and more. Where Samsung doesn't shine as brightly is with computers. Don't get me wrong, I am not saying the company makes bad Windows 10 laptops and Chromebooks -- quite the contrary -- but consumers are probably more likely to think of companies like Dell, Lenovo, and Acer for this market.… [Continue Reading]

Windows 10 compatibility issues forcing US Air Force to scrap a significant number of computers

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15 February, by Wayne Williams[ —]
The US Department of Defense has decreed that the Air Force must complete its migration to Windows 10 by March 31 2018. Failure to do so will result in any systems not running Microsoft’s latest operating system being denied access to the Air Force Network. However, because Windows 10 is not compatible with many of the Air Force’s existing systems, a significant number of computers will need to be replaced in order to hit the deadline. SEE ALSO: Microsoft releases Windows 10 Redstone 4 Build 17101 for the Fast ring and Redstone 5 Build 17604 for Skip Ahead Despite this… [Continue Reading]

Remote monitoring software OO Syspectr is now free of charge

15 February, by Chris Wiles[ —]
Nearly every company deploys network monitoring tools which enable the IT team to keep a constant eye on remote servers. Downtime costs money. Of course, network monitoring isn’t limited to remote servers. It can be used to manage your local network and that’s why a tool such as O&O Software’s O&O Syspectr can come in handy. You can use this tool to remotely manage PCs on your network, automatically deploy software updates, check drives for potential issues, remotely shut down and check for unauthorized access. In a surprise move, O&O Syspectr has gone completely free of charge as of today. It’s… [Continue Reading]

Growth in Android ransomware slows, but its getting sneakier

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15 February, by Ian Barker[ —]
While Android ransomware is still growing, it's doing so at a slower rate than at its peak in 2016. However, it is using sneaky new techniques to trick users. New findings from researchers at ESET reveal techniques like the misuse of Android's Accessibility services being used to infect devices. The most popular attack technique though remains screen-locking followed by a ransom demand. The most frequently detected variant being the Android/Locker family. One of the most innovative ransomware families, discovered by ESET researchers in the fall of 2017, is DoubleLocker. Built on the foundations of a previously seen banking trojan, it… [Continue Reading]

Samsung pauses Oreo update for Galaxy S8 and S8+ due to restart issues

15 February, by Mark Wycislik-Wilson[ —]
It's only a week since Samsung started to roll out Android 8.0 Oreo to the Galaxy S8 and S8+, and now the company has paused the update. A "limited number" of handsets receiving the update have been experiencing reboot problems after installing Oreo. While Samsung investigates the matter, the rollout has been paused and a new version of the update is being worked on. See also: Samsung rolling out Android Oreo update for Galaxy S8 Android 8.1 Oreo shows the speed of public Wi-Fi before you connect Xposed Framework beta adds support for Android Oreo Samsung has already frustrated Galaxy… [Continue Reading]

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