Monthly Archives - April 2019

Driver In Some WiFi Devices Could Allow Hackers Access

You almost certainly do not know the name Hugues Anguelkov.  He's an intern working for Quarkslab, where he spends his time researching potential security issues. He's also a bit of an unsung hero because he recently uncovered a string of five devastating vulnerabilities in the Broadcom wl driver and the open-source brcmfmac driver for Broadcom WiFi chipsets. That's significant because it turns out that these drivers are used in a staggering array of equipment around the world. Anguelkov writes: "You can find these...

Reading Articles On Updated Google Chrome Will Become Easier

Google has some good news for PC users who surf the web using their Chrome browser.  Google is adding a new feature called "Reader Mode", which will strip out unnecessary background clutter with the goal of making articles easier to read.  The new feature is currently available in the company's experimental Canary release, so if it's something you'd like to play with now, there's an easy way you can do that. It's a good move and welcome addition to Chrome's...

Reading Articles On Updated Google Chrome Will Become Easier

Google has some good news for PC users who surf the web using their Chrome browser. Google is adding a new feature called "Reader Mode", which will strip out unnecessary background clutter with the goal of making articles easier to read. The new feature is currently available in the company's experimental Canary release, so if it's something you'd like to play with now, there's an easy way you can do that. It's a good move and a welcome addition to...

Latest Scam Involves People’s Social Security Numbers

There's a new scam making the rounds, and it's a particularly nasty one involving your social security number.  Here's how it works: You may get a robocall seemingly from the government, claiming that there's a problem with your Social Security number. The call also states that your account has been flagged for suspected fraudulent activity. You'll be given a number with instructions to call back and speak to a government agent in order to get help resolving the issue and prevent your...

Removing USB Gets Easier In Windows 10 Update

Microsoft has recently rolled out a small but important change where USB connected devices are concerned.  The changes have been heralded as an improvement by some and seen as a step backward by others. In particular, the company has tweaked the way Windows 10 handles the process of disconnecting a USB or Thunderbolt storage device. These devices include USB-connected hard drives, flash drives, and even data transfer cables between PCs and smartphones. There are two options users can select from where...

Windows Defender Security Comes To Mac Devices

If you're a Mac user and looking for next-level antivirus protection, we've got some potentially good news. Microsoft recently announced that its enterprise security platform, (Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection) is now available for macOS. To reflect the product's move away from offering protection exclusively to Windows-based systems, the company tweaked the name of the product.  It is now called simply "Microsoft Defender ATP." The newly minted version of the software is currently available for Macs in limited preview form and represents...

New Malware Hidden In Emails About Flu Protection

Fear is a fantastic way to spread malware, which is why hackers around the world are using the fear of a flu pandemic as a hook to install a nasty strain of ransomware. Researchers at MyOnlineSecurity have detected a cunning email campaign that spoofs the Centers for Disease Control and bears headlines warning of a Flu Pandemic. The message is short and to the point, explaining that a flu pandemic has been detected and urges recipients to read the attached document...

Millions Of Facebook Usernames And Passwords Stored By Accident

Are you a Facebook user?  If you are, it may be time to change your password.  KrebsOnSecurity recently reported that it found hundreds of millions of Facebook user account names and passwords stored in plain text and searchable by more than twenty-thousand Facebook employees. At present, there is no official count, but Facebook says the total number of records was between 200,000 and 600,000. That's a big number, which makes this a serious incident, but in truth, it represents only a...

Some HP Laptops Being Recalled For Battery Fire Risk

The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (USCPSC) has recently issued a statement concerning HP's recall of more than 78,000 laptop batteries.  This is being issued in addition to the 50,000 laptop batteries the company recalled in January 2018 for the same issue. According to the company, the batteries in question are prone to overheating and pose fire and burn hazards. The USCPSC's statement comes on the heels of eight new reports of overheating battery packs.  Note that the actual recall...

New Windows 10 Update May Cause Gaming Issues

If you've installed Microsoft's March 1st update for Windows 10, version 180G, be aware that a growing percentage of users are reporting performance issues that impact graphics quality and mouse movement. Granted, the issues seem to have the biggest impact on games, with gamers who play games like Destiny 2 and Call of Duty 4. Of course, performance issues are likely to crop up in a variety of other applications as well. Microsoft engineers are tracking various discussion forums and...