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October 7, 2017 by DrJBHL on drjbhl
 

Spy vs. Spy vs. Spy. "Who's on first?"...one's tempted to ask.

How did it all get started? This incendiary piece. Summary:

"The unnamed contractor removed the material from the NSA and stored it on a home computer that ran a version of Kaspersky AV. The material, according to the unnamed sources, included "details about how the NSA penetrates foreign computer networks, the computer code it uses for such spying, and how it defends networks inside the US." Sometime in 2015,...
September 18, 2017 by DrJBHL on drjbhl
 

"A version of CCleaner downloaded in August included remote administration tools that tried to connect to several unregistered web pages, presumably to download additional unauthorized programs, security researchers at Cisco’s Talos unit said.Talos researcher Craig Williams said it was a sophisticated attack because it penetrated an established and trusted supplier in a manner similar to June’s “NotPetya” attack on companies that downloaded infected Ukraini...
September 16, 2017 by DrJBHL on drjbhl
 

More on the saga of Equifax, or, "How not to do IT".

So, more has come out on how the debacle that is Equifax IT came about. First, what went wrong, and then the who.

The chronology can be read here. In addition to that, the basic problem is noted:

"The software problem was detected in March and a recommended software patch was released shortly afterward. Equifax said the database intrusion began in May and continued until July.

Security experts said Equifax had more than e...
September 13, 2017 by BigDogBigFeet on BDBF's Pound
Well I sent feedback to MS today.  Edge is 100% broken on my laptop after the latest update.  All common remedies fail reboots, browser cleaning, and re-setting.  Nothing works.  Edge can no longer even display webpages I use.

 

Gotta love MS and forced updates. 

I told them I'm now forced to use Google Chrome.  I do not like it but I now have no other choice.

Well, now it is 09/14/2017 and Edge is working again.  I did not find any fresh updat...
September 8, 2017 by DrJBHL on drjbhl
 

Not good news, folks.

Equifax was breached...and potentially, the financial data of 143 million folks...

"While the massive breach that Yahoo revealed last year involved more accounts, topping 1 billion, that intrusion exposed people's phone numbers and passwords. Equifax said its breach includes “names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses and, in some instances, driver’s license numbers.” 

The company added that credit card num...
With the increasing evidence that Google operates with an open political agenda, it is not surprising that its employees feel comfortable using their privileged position at Google to smite those guilty of wrong-think.

Take the case of Google employee Tab Atkins Jr.  After a Twitter spat with Zoe Quinn, Atkins decided that social justice needed to be served and wrote a libelous smear of me on his blog with the title "Brad Wardell is a douchebag"...three years ago.

As a se...
September 2, 2017 by DrJBHL on drjbhl
 

No, Gordon [Gekko]: Greed is not good. Google really should learn this...and be responsible as to just who and what come up as valid search results, especially when they get first place result because of advertising dollars.

"Darknetmarkets.org, for all intents and purposes, is a "real" website. Its logo looks to be made of chopped-up cocaine, and the site is filled with legitimate-seeming resources for anybody looking to buy drugs on the darknet. News articles populate its hom...
August 24, 2017 by DrJBHL on drjbhl
 

The first sentence in Ben Tarnoff's article pretty much says it all... "What if a cold drink cost more on a hot day?".

So, Amazon's purchase of Whole Foods has gone through. I promise you, Amazon will be a disruptor there, too. It's called "surge pricing". In other words, instant supply and demand determining pricing of what you eat and drink...even better, you have to believe them and trust they all aren't colluding. Because they're just so honest. and it'll...
August 23, 2017 by Island Dog on ID's place to speak
If you read any of our software blogs or keep up with our news, you probably see a lot of discussion about Object Desktop. So, what is Object Desktop? I'm going to detail what's in the suite, plus some of the benefits of a membership. 

For starters, Object Desktop is a suite of over a dozen of our most popular Windows desktop applications that customize your PC. Its yearly membership includes apps that organize your desktop with Fences, create a customized Start experience with...
August 19, 2017 by DrJBHL on drjbhl
 

Well, this important because there are a couple of graphics extensions and we all love graphics, right?

According to recent Proofpoint research, eight extensions for the Google Chrome web browser have been compromised by attackers, sending malicious ads to the affected users. In a report, Proofpoint explained that the authors of these extensions had their credentials stolen, allowing the attacker to take over...The attacks occurred primarily in July and August 2017, with the at...
August 5, 2017 by DrJBHL on drjbhl
 

I don't know if you've seen this, but since there are LastPass users here, thought I'd update you.

"In November, LastPass made a big change to its service, allowing users to keep track of their passwords across all their internet-enabled mobile and desktop devices, free of charge. In addition to the free tier, the cross-platform password manager - available on iOS, Android, and Windows 10 - also offered a Premium plan with additional features, priced at $12 per year...
August 4, 2017 by Island Dog on ID's place to speak
Exciting news! Dell's revolutionary Canvas 27 display is available for order! Why is this exciting news for Stardock? Because one of our most popular desktop organization applications, Fences, is an essential aspect of the product's design. Fences provides specialized creative space on the Canvas desktop. Imagine, Canvas users can drag and drop items into Fences and assign certain projects specific rules to organize files, folders and shortcuts automatically!

Read more here....

https://msp...
August 8, 2017 by Island Dog on ID's place to speak
Fences organizes your Windows desktop, improves your workflow, and makes your important applications easy to find at a glance. These shaded areas on your desktop can be completely customized (color, size, transparency, roll up options, and more), but there's a lot more to this program than just that! Here are a few quick tips that will help you get the most out of Fences.


Tip #1 – Quick hide the desktop icons
If you ever need a blank desktop space for any reason, ...
July 23, 2017 by DrJBHL on drjbhl
 

When MS decided not to update W10 on computers having "Clover Trail" processors, I don't think they realized they were screwing (potentially) close to 10 million computer owners by rendering their computers insecure.

By anyone's thinking, that's a lot of angry people, especially when we're speaking of computers which are at most 4 years old...and hybrid 2 in 1 devices using the Atom chip starting roughly in 2012. These folks had W 8/8.1 and were assured continued ser...
July 25, 2017 by Island Dog on ID's place to speak
It's back to school season! For some of you college-bound grads, it's "first time at a new school" season. If you're worried about how to keep track of all the new syllabuses and assignments you're going to have, stay productive, AND manage all of your budding social engagements on top of that, we have something for you. The productivity apps in the Object Desktop suite will make organizing the stuff piling up on your computer just a little bit easier, and the added customiza...