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Microsoft fixes Windows flaw that Google divulged

Microsoft today patched a Windows vulnerability that was disclosed just over a week ago by researchers from Alphabet Inc.'s Google.In one of several security updates -- 14 to be exact -- Microsoft fixed the bug in the Windows kernel drivers that Google security engineers had revealed on Oct. 31, 10 days after notifying Microsoft of the vulnerability.Micr
Publish At:2016-11-09 05:30 | Read:1985 | Comments:0 | Tags:Desktops Security Windows

Microsoft fleshes out seismic change to Windows patching

Microsoft has elaborated on the new patching policy for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 that takes effect Tuesday.In a post to a company blog accompanied by graphics that resembled a periodic table, Michael Niehaus, a product marketing director for Windows 10, fleshed out the massive change in how Windows 7, the standard in business and the most popular OS on
Publish At:2016-10-10 21:00 | Read:2315 | Comments:0 | Tags:Desktops Windows Security Patches

Analysts laud and lance new Microsoft browser armor

Analysts today gave mixed reviews to Microsoft's new security model for its Edge browser, labeling it as both a landmark move and an attempt to mask the underlying problems of Windows that the company has refused to address."This is one of those ideas where you say, 'Why didn't someone do this before?'" said Patrick Moorhead, principal analyst of Moor In
Publish At:2016-09-27 22:30 | Read:2061 | Comments:0 | Tags:Windows Security Desktops

Microsoft won't bundle IE patches with new cumulative updates for Windows 7 and 8.1

Microsoft will not include bug fixes for Internet Explorer (IE) in the new cumulative updates slated to upend Windows patching next month.According to answers given to questions posed by customers, IE patches will not be bundled with the über updates that debut Oct. 11. Instead, they will be delivered separately as individual updates, as they have been f
Publish At:2016-09-19 13:20 | Read:1808 | Comments:0 | Tags:Windows Security Desktops Browsers

HP's new privacy protecting laptop screen thwarts would-be spies

HP just introduced a new technology to fight back against the feeling that somebody’s watching you.HP’s EliteBook 1040 and EliteBook 840 laptops now have an option to add a new one-touch solution called SureView that combats what the company calls “visual hacking.” SureView was developed with 3M privacy technology, and HP first showed off the technology
Publish At:2016-08-26 04:55 | Read:2764 | Comments:0 | Tags:Desktops Privacy Laptops Security

Microsoft makes Windows 10 hardware change for PC security

Microsoft is rolling out a change in minimum hardware requirements for Windows 10 PCs and mobile devices, and expects hardware makers to comply in order to make their devices more secure.Starting Thursday, PC makers should include a hardware-based security feature called TPM (Trusted Platform Module) 2.0 in Windows 10 PCs, smartphones and tablets
Publish At:2016-07-28 06:00 | Read:2120 | Comments:0 | Tags:Security Hardware Desktops Mobile

Firmware exploit can defeat new Windows security features on Lenovo ThinkPads

A newly released exploit can disable the write protection of critical firmware areas in Lenovo ThinkPads and possibly laptops from other vendors as well. Many new Windows security features, like Secure Boot, Virtual Secure Mode and Credential Guard, depend on the low-level firmware being locked down.The exploit, dubbed ThinkPwn, was published ear
Publish At:2016-07-02 07:45 | Read:2497 | Comments:0 | Tags:Security Desktops Malware Windows exploit

Lenovo patches two high severity flaws in PC support tool

Lenovo has fixed two high-severity vulnerabilities in the Lenovo Solution Center support tool that is preinstalled on many laptop and desktop PCs. The flaws could allow attackers to take over computers and terminate antivirus processes.Lenovo Solution Center (LSC) allows users to check their system's virus and firewall status, update their Lenovo softwar
Publish At:2016-06-24 17:15 | Read:2098 | Comments:0 | Tags:Security Desktops

Lenovo advises users to remove a vulnerable support tool preinstalled on their systems

PC maker Lenovo is recommending that users remove an application preloaded on their computers because it contains a high-severity flaw that could allow attackers to take over their systems.The vulnerable tool is called Lenovo Accelerator Application and is designed to speed up the launch of other Lenovo applications. It was preinstalled on more than 100
Publish At:2016-06-01 20:50 | Read:2344 | Comments:0 | Tags:Security Desktops Malware

Lenovo patches serious flaw in pre-installed support tool

Lenovo has fixed a vulnerability in its Lenovo Solution Center support tool that could allow attackers to execute code with system privileges and take over computers.The Lenovo Solution Center (LSC) is an application that comes pre-installed on many Lenovo laptops and desktops. It allows users to check their system’s virus and firewall status, update the
Publish At:2016-05-07 00:20 | Read:1823 | Comments:0 | Tags:Security Desktops Laptops

Next-generation endpoint security tools ready to replace antivirus

The market for next-generation endpoint security tools has doubled each of the last two years, and will continue to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 67 percent for the next five years -- but that growth could skyrocket if more vendors are certified as antivirus replacements.Growth has been dramatic because most of the vendors are still very young
Publish At:2016-03-02 09:35 | Read:3481 | Comments:0 | Tags:Desktops Data Protection Security Antivirus Virus

Microsoft mirrors rivals, pledges to warn customers of state-backed hacks after leaving users in the dark

Microsoft this week announced that it, too, would alert users when they are beset by state-sponsored cyber attacks, following the lead of Google, Facebook and, most recently, Yahoo."We will now notify you if we believe your account has been targeted or compromised by an individual or group working on behalf of a nation state," said Scott Charney, the Mic
Publish At:2016-01-02 02:50 | Read:1805 | Comments:0 | Tags:Cyberterrorism Desktops Security

Malware peddlers offered Raspberry Pi money to infect your micro-PC

The Raspberry Pi—the popular mini-PC that's about the size of credit card—is attracting attention from malware distributors. But not in the sense that you might think.Last Wednesday, the Raspberry Pi Foundation tweeted a screenshot of an email in which a company effectively asked to install malware onto users Raspberry Pis.In the email, the company, whos
Publish At:2015-12-28 14:20 | Read:1601 | Comments:0 | Tags:Security Desktops Gadgets Malware

Black Friday, er, Black November tech deals include cheap iPads, free shipping

Online tech retailer Newegg isn’t messing around with just Black Friday anymore. It’s calling all of next month Black November as it gears up for holiday sales in what’s looking to be another all-out battle for techies’ wallets.Newegg hasn’t released specific sale information yet, but has outlined plans to kick off deals on more than 900 products Nov. 1-
Publish At:2015-10-30 21:45 | Read:2012 | Comments:0 | Tags:Tablets Desktops Smartphones Security Consumer Technology Ec

The Upload: Your tech news briefing for Monday, Aug. 3

Attacked then abandoned in Philadelphia, Hitchbot’s attempt to thumb a lift across the U.S. ends in disasterA robot that counted on the kindness of strangers to help it travel around the world has met a cruel fate in Philadelphia, barely three weeks into an attempt to hitch-hike across the U.S. Hitchbot, developed by robotics researchers at McMaster Universi
Publish At:2015-08-03 16:40 | Read:2332 | Comments:0 | Tags:Desktops Hardware Security Data Center Mergers and Acquisiti

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