There are reports of issues with the April 2019 patch Tuesday update causing Windows to boot and run slow. The issues appear to be related to Windows 7, 8.1 and Windows 2012 server machines and anti virus from Sophos, and Avast.
There are reports of issues with the April 2019 patch Tuesday update causing Windows to boot and run slow. The issues appear to be related to Windows 7, 8.1 and Windows 2012 server machines and …
Hacker and blackmailer gets caught, but is it enough? Users are still at risk as there are many more out there to take his place.. From London, a student used his programming skills to blackmail …
The latest update was made available yesterday (30th April), Windows 10 April 2018 Update. So I decided to install this on one machine, which took in total over 4 hours to achieve from start to …
It has been accepted for some time that changing password regularly is a positive step to providing security for IT systems, but is it? On reflection both, views have valid points to make. Changing passwords …
Following events of the cyber attack on the NHS it has come to light this was on a global scale, and the effects to some degree could have been minimised. What wasn’t know on the …
Hacker and blackmailer gets caught, but is it enough? Users are still at risk as there are many more out there to take his place..
From London, a student used his programming skills to blackmail porn site visitors across the world. His scam is estimated to have been up to £4m, but only £700k has been located.
So I decided to install this on one machine, which took in total over 4 hours to achieve from start to completion.
There are a number of new and updated features (see the Microsoft Windows blog for further information). Here’s a brief summary of new key features in this release are:
Timeline: A tool that tracks your activities on your devices and lets you return to these at a point later in time.
Nearby Sharing: share your videos, photos, documents, and websites with people and devices near you over Bluetooth or Wi-Fi.
Focus Assist: block notifications, sounds, social media, etc and alerts to create distraction-free work times. The computer continues to receive notifications etc, but does not flag these up.
New Microsoft Edge features: Microsoft Edge is the browser integrated into Windows 10, so nothing new there, but Microsoft have added in EPub reading options, sound mute tab (not just turn sound of totally), full screen reading, autofill cards.
New Cortana: Microsoft has responded to the sound activated devices such as Alexa, by integrating a similar feature into Cortana. Cortana is now also compatible with smart devices, such as Nest, ecobee, etc.
There are a number of other features described in the Microsoft Windows blog post, but these are the key that will have an impact on most users.
It has been accepted for some time that changing password regularly is a positive step to providing security for IT systems, but is it?
On reflection both, views have valid points to make.
Changing passwords has the advantage, that should a password be
National Cyber Security Centre Guidance can be accessed at https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/guidance/password-guidance-simplifying-your-approach.
Following events of the cyber attack on the NHS it has come to light this was on a global scale, and the effects to some degree could have been minimised. What wasn’t know on the previous post a couple of days back was the extent or the nature of the attack.
The attack was global, not just on the UK with at least 100 countries being affected, in the UK it was NHS systems, in Spain the utility companies, so no real theme.
The nature of the attack is known as ransomware. This is where a virus attacks the computer and encrypts files. They will only be unlocked again after a payment. This particular code was already known to exist, a security update – or patch – was released by Microsoft in March to protect against the virus, but it appears many NHS organisations had not applied it or were using an older version of the operating system no longer supported – namely Windows XP. (https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/WindowsForBusiness/end-of-xp-support) support for Windows XP finally ended in 2014.
Why was the NHS in particular a target? The size of the NHS can make it difficult to keep track that all patches have been correctly applied. Next, the NHS still use outdated operating system, Windows XP. The implications fro staying with the are clearly laid out on the webpage.
Every 2nd Tuesday of every month (known as Patch Tuesday) Microsoft puts out a series of patches which may be inconvenient, but important and should not be ignored. I have already written here before about the importance of keeping updates running and installing these when they become available. The particular cause of this attack already had a security patch deployed to many computers, almost 2 months previous to the attack.
This attack may be the first of many, so it is time now to get prepared.
Does your broadband costs suddenly jump after an introductory deal ends? Citizens Advice has said that the cheapest broadband prices increase by an average of 43% or £113 a year.
Many customers were unaware of the price increases. The rises amount to a “loyalty penalty” for customers who stay with the same provider, Citizens Advice said. The £113 figure represents a five-fold rise on what customers were paying on average in 2011 to stay on the same broadband deal.
Four of the five biggest internet service providers had these “loyalty penalties”:
- BT 12 month contract: £198 (67% increase)
- Sky 12 months: £120 (53% increase)
- EE 18 months: £90 (36% increase)
- TalkTalk 24 months: £66 (28% increase)
Virgin Media’s 12 month plan was the only one that didn’t impose a loyalty penalty when the initial term of the contract ended.
Add into this how broadband suppliers have increased their prices:
BT ,Sky, Virgin Media and TalkTalk have all put up their prices in the past 12 months.