Saturday, July 20, 2019

What is the dark web? And what will you find there?

The dark web may sound ominous, but it’s really a catch-all term for the part of the internet that isn't indexed by search engines. Stay tuned for a guided tour of the web's less mainstream regions.

How and why Apple users should switch to DuckDuckGo for search

Like liberty for all, privacy demands vigilance, and that’s why Apple users who care about either are moving to DuckDuckGo for search.Why use DuckDuckGo? Privacy is under attack.It doesn’t take much effort to prove this truth. At time of writing,...

How to manage Microsoft Windows BitLocker

Use these techniques to inventory your network to determine which devices have BitLocker.

What the FTC’s $5 billion fine really means for Facebook | TECH(feed)

Last week, the Federal Trade Commission hit Facebook with a $5 billion fine for mishandling user data. The fine comes after the FTC’s investigation following the Cambridge Analytica scandal. On this episode of TECH(feed), Juliet discusses the implications of...

How to take control of Face ID (with tools you may not know exist)

If you travel frequently and use an iPhone or iPad then you simply must familiarize yourself with these two tips – they’ll make it much easier to secure your device and its contents when you are on the move.In...

Memory-Lane Monday: Even worse than you thought

This government agency has cashiers’ stations for handling transactions with the public, and the treasurer’s office decides it needs new software to run those stations, according to a pilot fish in IT.And there’s going to be one sign-on and...

Zoom fixes webcam flaw for Macs, but security concerns linger

Zoom released a patch this week to fix a security flaw in the Mac version of its desktop video chat app that could allow hackers to take control of a user’s webcam. The vulnerability was discovered by security researcher Jonathan...

New Windows 7 ‘security-only’ update installs telemetry/snooping, uh, feature

Back in October 2016, Microsoft divided the Win7 and 8.1 patching worlds into two parts. Those who got their patches through Windows Update received so-called Monthly Rollups, which included security patches, bug fixes – and we frankly don’t know...

Microsoft delivers Defender ATP security service to Macs

Microsoft on Monday made good on a March pledge by announcing that its most sophisticated endpoint security service is now available for Macs.Microsoft Defender ATP (Advanced Threat Protection) for Mac shifted to what the company calls "general availability" on...

How Apple is improving iCloud this year

Apple quite evidently plans many interesting improvements in its iCloud service this year. So, what’s going on?What we know so far Apple at WWDC made several announcements that will be reliant on iCloud – these include obvious things like new...

The top 8 problems with blockchain

While blockchain holds tremendous potential for creating new financial, supply chain and digital identity systems, it's often erroneously seen as a panacea for business problems.The myriad of pilots and proofs of concept by large corporations and government agencies are...

Throwback Thursday: Spoilsport

This IT security pilot fish knows something about audits — and knows what he expects of auditors.“I have more than 15 years of audit experience in IT,” fish says. “I have written and implemented policy and procedure, and developed...

Message to IT: Trusting Apple and Google for mobile app security is career suicide

Ready for the mobile security news that IT doesn't want to hear about but needs to? When security firm Positive Technologies started pen-testing various mobile apps, security holes were rampant.We'll plunge into the details momentarily, but here's the upshot:...

Microsoft Patch Alert: The Windows patching heavens buzz with silver bullets

How many bugs could a WinPatcher patch, if a WinPatcher could patch bugs?Ends up that June’s one of the buggiest patching months in recent memory – lots of pesky little critters, and the ones acknowledged by Microsoft led to...

Mozilla takes swipe at Chrome with ‘Track THIS’ project

Mozilla this week touted Firefox's anti-ad tracking talents by urging users of other browsers to load 100 tabs to trick those trackers into offering goods and services suitable for someone in the 1%, an end-times devotee and other archetypes.Tagged...

Cisco Patches Critical Flaw in Vision Dynamic Signage Director

Cisco this week released a security patch for the Vision Dynamic Signage Director, to address a Critical vulnerability that could allow attackers to execute arbitrary actions on the local system.  Tracked as CVE-2019-1917, the vulnerability was found in the REST...

The Great Hack: the film that goes behind the scenes of the Facebook data scandal

This week, a Netflix documentary on Cambridge Analytica sheds light on one of the most complex scandals of our time. Carole Cadwalladr, who broke the story and appears in the film, looks at the fallout – and finds ‘surveillance...

Scotland Yard Twitter and Emails Hacked

London's Metropolitan Police apologised Saturday after its Twitter, emails and news pages were targeted by hackers and began pumping out a series of bizarre messages. read more

Browser Extensions Scraped Data From Millions of People

Slack passwords, NSO spyware, and more of the week's top security news.

Hackers breach FSB contractor, expose Tor deanonymization project and more

SyTech, the hacked company, was working on research projects for the FSB, Russia's intelligence service.