Security

Security is one of the most significant considerations when owning any technology, as you can lose data and finance if not careful. You’ll find articles here that cover various apps and options, threats to browser and device security, and some tips.

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Ransomware payments are marginal when compared to the overall costs

Ransomware payments by organizations made up about a seventh of the overall costs of ransomware attacks in 2020 according to a new study by Check Point Research and Kovrr. While ransom payments […]

Bitwarden Password Manager can now generate unique usernames

Bitwarden Password Manager can now generate unique usernames

While many people use password managers for the convenience of remembering a single login, the master password, the primary advantage that such programs offer, is that they provide an easy way to […]

Phishing Attacks grew by 29% in 2021 overall. Smishing is on the rise

Phishing attacks have grown by 29% in 2021 when compared to 2020 according to an analysis by Zscaler's ThreatLabz research team. The researchers analyzed data from over 200 billion daily transactions and […]

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Microsoft Defender's protective capabilities suffer offline

Microsoft Defender, the default security solutions on modern versions of the Windows operating system, has been doing well in recent antivirus tests of independent organizations such as AV-Comparatives. In 2019, it was […]

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Millions of Lenovo devices affected by BIOS vulnerability

Millions of Lenovo notebooks are affected by a serious BIOS vulnerability. Lenovo informed its customers about the vulnerability on its support website this week. The company released firmware updates for some of […]

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Workaround for security issue in 7-Zip until it is fixed

Recent versions of the open source archiver 7-Zip have a vulnerability that has not been fixed yet. Successful exploitation of the vulnerability allows privilege escalation and the execution of commands; it appears […]

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Muting videoconferencing apps may not prevent them from listening

Videoconferencing solutions have seen a huge boost since 2020. Workers and students started to work or learn from home, and communicated with others using videoconferencing services. Videoconferencing relies on camera and microphone […]

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How to detect the Windows Tarrask Malware that uses a bug to avoid detection

Microsoft published information about a new malware on its security website on April 12, 2022. The malware, named Tarrask, exploits a bug in Windows' task scheduling system to evade detection. Tarrask is […]

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Hackers distributed a modified version VLC to launch a malware attack

Symantec says that hackers distributed a modified version of VLC and exploited it for malware attacks

Last week, news began circling around that VLC was being abused by hackers to inject some malware. The issue came to light after Symantec published a report on its Security Threat Intelligence […]

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Hundreds of HP printers affected by critical security issues

HP published two security bulletins that inform customers about critical security issues affecting hundreds of the company's printer models. Firmware updates that patch the security issues are available for some printer models […]

KeePassXC 2.7.0 update with improved Auto-Type, Tags for entries launches out of beta

KeePassXC 2.7.0 update with improved Auto-Type, Tags for entries launches out of beta

KeePassXC 2.7.0 has been released to the stable channel. The update brings several new features that were tested in the beta version. My previous article covers most of the changes in this […]

Western Digital's EdgeRover desktop program had a bug that granted elevated privileges on Windows and macOS

Western Digital's EdgeRover desktop program had a bug that granted elevated privileges on Windows and macOS

Last year, Western Digital users ran into trouble with their My Book Live Drives, which were wiped automatically due to a bug in the firmware. Now, the company's desktop utility, EdgeRover, has […]

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After retiring Bitdefender Free, Bitdefender launches Antivirus Free for Windows

Security company Bitdefender announced last year that it would retire Bitdefender Free at the end of 2021. Now, three months later, the company launched a new free product, called Bitdefender Antivirus Free. […]

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KeePassXC 2.7.0 Beta adds support for Windows Hello, Touch ID, Apple Watch, improves Auto-Type, and more

KeePassXC has been updated to 2.7.0 Beta, which brings a slew of new features. Notably, the Auto-Type and Quick Unlock experience has been improved. What's new in KeePassXC 2.7.0 Beta Tags and […]

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Open Source Tool Unredacter restores text that has been pixelated

Unredacter is an open source tool that is designed to restore text that has been pixelated. Sharing screenshots and other images is done with the press of a button on today's devices. […]

Microsoft Defender gets better at preventing Windows passwords from being stolen

Microsoft Defender gets better at preventing Windows passwords from being stolen

Microsoft is strengthening Windows' security by adding a very important rule to its antivirus. A new ASR rule is being introduced to Microsoft Defender. Before we get into it, let's talk about […]

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Microsoft Defender Preview is now available on Windows 10 and 11

Microsoft is prepping a new security app for Windows 10 and 11. This is the Microsoft Defender Preview, let's see what it does. First things first, the app doesn't replace the default […]

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Your device's GPU may be used for fingerprinting purposes

Researchers from universities in Israel, Australia and France have discovered a device identification technique that is based entirely on GPU fingerprinting. Fingerprinting in the computing world refers to the identification of devices […]

Moonbounce is a persistent malware that can survive drive formats and OS reinstalls

Moonbounce is a persistent malware that can survive drive formats and OS reinstalls

A new malware has been making the headlines over the past few days. The rootkit, that has been identified as Moonbounce, is a persistent malware that can survive drive formats and OS […]

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Microsoft says Powerdir vulnerability in macOS could have given attackers access to user data

The Microsoft 365 Defender Research Team has revealed that it discovered a security vulnerability in macOS Monterey. This is the 2nd time the Redmond company discovered a security issue in macOS, after […]

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Avira is adding a crypto miner to its products as well

Et Tu, Avira? Ashwin reported last week that Norton was adding a new component, called Norton Crypto, to its security products. Norton Crypto is a crypto currency miner that will run when […]

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KeePass 2.50 speeds up key derivation functions significantly

The developer of the password manager KeePass released KeePass 2.50 to the stable channel. The new version of the  program speeds up key derivation functions significantly. The new version of KeePass 2 […]

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LastPass: some users report compromised accounts

Some users of the LastPass password manager revealed this week that they have received emails from LastPass stating that logins to their accounts using the account's master password were blocked. The first […]

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Bitdefender Free will be retired on December 31, 2021

Bitdefender Free, a free security solution by Bitdefender, will be retired on December 31, 2021. Customers who use Bitdefender Free will receive support for Bitdefender Free until June 30,2022. Downloads are already […]

0Patch has a patch for Windows "InstallerFileTakeOver" 0-day vulnerability, Microsoft has none

There is a 0-day vulnerability for Windows, called InstallerFileTakeOver, which Microsoft has yet to address. The vulnerability was discovered by Abdelhamid Naceri, a security researcher, who discovered two other 0-day vulnerabilities in […]

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Unpatched Windows vulnerability allows attackers to gain admin rights

Security researcher Abdelhamid Naceri published a public exploit on GitHub yesterday that allows anyone to gain administrative rights on Windows devices using an unpatched exploit. The exploit works on all supported client […]

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New Microsoft Authenticator features for organizations

Microsoft announced four new features for the company's Microsoft Authenticator application for organizations. The new security features improve Microsoft Authenticator's capabilities in several meaningful ways. Two feature additions improve the sign-in experience. […]

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Intel confirms two local security issues that affect many Intel processor generations

Intel published two security advisories for many of the company's processor generations this week. The vulnerabilities have received a severity rating of high, the second-highest after critical. Good news is that the […]

Samsung September 2021 security update

What’s new with the Samsung September 2021 security update?

Samsung started rolling out the security update to most of their Galaxy devices from August 30. Google used to be the leader when it came to bringing out updates to their Android […]

Germany is pushing phone makers to offer at least 7 years of updates

Germany is pushing phone makers to offer at least 7 years of updates

The European Commission recently proposed an extension to the support cycle of Android and iOS devices. They've requested a minimum period of five years of updates. Germany's Federal Government is now pushing […]

Google issues another security threat warning - fourth time in two months

Google issues another security threat warning - fourth time in two months

Google Chrome has more than 2 billion users worldwide. This does make the browser a significant target of hackers and other cybercriminals, and unfortunately, the security features aren’t always enough to keep […]

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Samsung Internet 15 browser officially released with more security features than ever

Most Android users end up using the default Chrome internet browser. However, it is good to know that many more browsers in the Play Store are also good to use, and some […]

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Microsoft suggests once again to disable the Print Spooler to protect against new 0-day vulnerability

Several Windows printing related vulnerabilities have been discovered, disclosed and resolved in recent time. Microsoft released an emergency update in July to address a vulnerability dubbed PrintNightmare. This week, Microsoft disclosed yet […]

Google is improving privacy by allowing users to lock Chrome Incognito tabs

Google is improving privacy by allowing users to lock Chrome Incognito tabs

Changes have been spotted in the Chromium Gerrit code repository, which points to improvements being made to improve browsing privacy. A new flag in Chrome Canary 94 points to new features that […]

Google Meet updates safety features

Google Meet updates safety features, allows adding more co-hosts and more

Google Meet is rolling out a few new features intended to improve the safety and security of the platform. Among these features is the ability to add up to 25 co-hosts to […]

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NortonLifeLock and Avast Merger would create a new cyber security behemoth

Avast could soon become part of NortonLifeLock, provided that the shareholders of both companies and regulators approve the deal. The company announced plans for a mixed cash and stock merger on August […]

Google is working on keeping kids safer online with a new image policy

Google is working on keeping kids safer online with a new image policy

Google has announced a new policy set to be released within the next few weeks to give minors more control over their digital footprint. This new policy will make it possible for […]

The Android August Security Patch is Available for Pixel Phones

Android August security patch is available for Pixel phones

A new month just cannot start without a Google Security Update. Google started rolling out the security patch to Samsung phones at the end of July already, although the August update only […]

Chromebook's Safety Check

Chromebook's Safety Check - check passwords, extensions and security

For many years, Chrome has been one of the safest and most efficient browsers across multiple devices and OS, most popularly Android. The success of the browser also led to the creation […]

Security updates for Samsung devices this August

Samsung remains the king of updates as it releases its latest security update for August a couple of days before we flip over the calendar. This release was also just in time […]


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