Monthly Archives - June 2019

Microsoft Says Office 365 Users Should Use Spam Filter

Microsoft recently updated their support page and offered additional guidance to network admins as it relates to Office 365's built-in spam filters.  The gist of the update is that they strongly advise against turning the auto-filters off. They provided some additional guidelines if you decide to bypass them for one reason or another. Here are the most relevant portions of the recent update: "If you have to set bypassing, you should do this carefully because Microsoft will honor your configuration request and...

Apple Is Saying Goodbye To iTunes With New Service

It's the end of an era.  In 2001, Apple introduced iTunes, which transformed the music industry. For the first time ever, it was possible to buy individual songs, transfer files, and automatically sync data. It was safe and secure, and people flocked to it in droves. The truth is that iTunes isn't so much going away, as it's being changed and broken into smaller pieces. Apple is transitioning its music customers to its new Apple Music service.  Instead of buying individual songs, Apple...

Old Drivers Could Cause WiFi Issues After Windows 10 Update

Does your computer contain a Qualcomm wireless network adapter?  If so, be aware that Microsoft is warning you that your system may suffer a sporadic loss of Wi-Fi connectivity after installing the Windows 10 update. The update was released in May 2019, stemming from an issue with out-of-date network drivers. If you haven't yet installed the May 2019 update and you want to, you'll need to jump through an extra hoop by going to the device's manufacturer and downloading the latest...

New Malware Designed To Go After Linux Systems

Linux systems aren't targeted by hackers as often as Windows and iOS-based systems, but they're certainly not immune. Recently, security researchers have discovered a new strain of malware developed by Chinese hackers, specifically for the purpose of targeting Linux-based systems. The new malware has been dubbed 'HiddenWasp'. It bears a number of features in common with another malware strain. It is similar to the Linux version of Winnti, which has gained some notoriety and is a tool used commonly by Chinese hackers. ...

Google Bug Exposed Passwords For Some GSuite Enterprise Customers

Even companies that are normally quite good at providing security for their users occasionally wind up with egg on their faces.  Google is a classic case in point, in this instance.  Recently, the company announced that a bug in an older segment of their GSuite code base resulted in the recent discovery that the company had been storing customer passwords in an encrypted but un-hashed form for more than a decade. Somehow, this bug managed to go undetected for a...

Adobe Removing Older Software And Products Is Upsetting Users

Adobe is facing harsh criticism after they began sending letters out to portions of their user base. The letters inform users of Creative Cloud that older versions of the products they're using have been discontinued and licenses to use those products have been revoked. Users are to stop using them immediately and upgrade to newer versions or they "may be at risk of potential claims of infringement by third-parties." According to Adobe's support page, the following programs have discontinued versions:: Photoshop ...