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Guide for securing Windows 10

Folks, for those of you have ‘upgraded’ to Windows 10 (and for those of you who will soon) this tutorial is a ‘must read’. (I even reco it for those of us who plan on sticking with Win7 until the wheels fall off. It says a lot about tech and the Internet.)

* How to secure Windows 10: The paranoid’s guide

Worried sick over Windows 10’s privacy settings? There’s a lot you can do to lock them down, but you will lose some functionality along the way.Read more..

Other items of interest:

* Attackers can access Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive files without a user’s password

The so-called “man-in-the-cloud” attack is said to be a common flaw in most cloud-based file synchronization services.” Read more..

* Could cyberwar knock us back to the Stone Age?

If the United States were involved in a major cyberwar, just how badly would it be hit? Could the U.S. survive? Could modern civilization survive? In this thought experiment, David Gewirtz explores such a scenario in-depth.” Read more..

[ if you can even think to ask the question.. the answer is ‘yes’. ]

Today’s quote:I have an advanced degree in procrastination and another one in paranoia.” ~ Joanne Harris

Want more? Nuclear nightmare: Industrial control switches need fixing, now

Researchers at Black Hat USA have disclosed critical SCADA/ICS vulnerabilities in switches actively used in industrial control management systems, such as substations, factories, refineries, ports, and other areas of industrial automation.” Read more..

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August 7, 2015 Posted by | how to, Internet, News, security, tech, Windows, Windows 10 | , , , , | Leave a comment

Windows X Review

Many of you will be aware today is ‘Windows 10 Day’ (meaning, you can get it today). And many of you are wondering what I think of it. (I’ve already said, “wait for the Service Pack”.) No I won’t be downloading it — I don’t want any of it’s new “features” (they’re kinda creepy, in a Big Brother kind of way) and I use what it will remove (i.e., Media Center), so, I refer you instead to this article for a detailed review of Microsoft’s latest operating system.

* Windows 10 review: Full of promise, but not a must-have just yet

Should you upgrade to what Microsoft has called the last version of Windows?Read more..

Today’s quote:The human race is a herd. Here we are, unique, eternal aspects of consciousness with an infinity of potential, and we have allowed ourselves to become an unthinking, unquestioning blob of conformity and uniformity. A herd. Once we concede to the herd mentality, we can be controlled and directed by a tiny few. And we are.” ~ David Icke

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July 29, 2015 Posted by | advice, computers, free software, Microsoft, News, tech, Windows, Windows 10 | , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Warning: Critical Patch for Windows Issued

Oh, yes.. more of the same. Act now and protect yourself. * Microsoft releases emergency patch for all versions of Windows

The flaw, affecting Windows Vista, 7, 8, and 8.1, can allow a hacker to take over a machine.” Read more..

And when I went to Start>Windows Update, I saw this new item..

wu

No, thanks. I never want the first version of any thing.

Other news: More Items Like This * UCLA Health hit by hack; medical data on 4.5 million people exposed

The LA-based university health system says the data stolen was not encrypted.Read more..

[Silly me! I thought there were laws making such PII mandatory-encrypted.. ]

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Today’s quote:Tolerance is giving to every other human being every right that you claim for yourself.” ~ Robert Green Ingersoll Copyright 2007-2015 © “Tech Paul” (Paul Eckstrom). All Rights Reserved.


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July 20, 2015 Posted by | advice, computers, cyber crime, hackers, Internet, Microsoft, News, PC, security, tech, Windows, Windows 10, Windows 7, Windows 8 | , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

GWX.EXE (Or, How To Remove the Windows 10 Upgrade Nag)

Savvy Users may have noticed a new process in their Task Manager, namely GWX.EXE. Which stands for “Get Windows X” (“X” meaning 10), and is responsible for that new “Windows Logo” icon in your Notification Tray (the right part of your Taskbar, with the clock). Which was pushed onto us by Microsoft’s Update process via the KB3035583 update

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Now I know that some of you are eagerly awaiting June 29th to get the latest Windows version, but for those of you who, like me, never install version 1.0 of anything, or like me, rely on Windows Media Center (not included in Windows 10), and would prefer that the Microsoft nag and downloader package NOT be on their systems, simply Uninstall Windows Update KB3035583.

For those who don’t know how to do that, I have been busily preparing the How To tutorial.

But Scott Thurow beat me to it. So instead of me reinventing the wheel, I’ll just point you here: How to stop the Windows 10 Upgrade from downloading on your system

NOTE: You can always go back and get KB3035583 at a later date. (And I expect, since Microsoft is hellbent on getting the entire world using Windows 10, that they’ll push this same thing in future updates (and any other trick they can think of)).

Today’s quote:If you don’t know where you are going, you’ll end up someplace else.” ~ Yogi Berra

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June 8, 2015 Posted by | advice, computers, how to, Microsoft, PC, removing Updates, software, tech, tweaks, Windows, Windows 10 | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 21 Comments

Tuesday tidbits

A few items for your consideration.

Uh oh: Air-gapped computers are no longer secure

“To insure security, the thought was to pull the computer off of the network. That is not always the case according to three Georgia Tech researchers who exploit side-channel signals.” Read more..

‘Sexy Girls’ wallpaper app in Google Play store accessed account info

Hack decodes Android phone, Samsung smartwatch data exchange

The “Sexy Girls Wallpaper Gallery” app that was previously available in the Google Play store did in fact offer background photos of women, but it also asked for a permission that granted it access to information from popular accounts, according to Malwarebytes.Read more..

* Internet of Things: A security threat to business by the backdoor?

Tech chiefs are worried by the threat posed by IoT devices, which could provide a new way of attacking corporate networks.” Read more..

Other bits:

* Windows 10: You’ve got questions, I’ve got answers

“[Updated] There’s more to Windows 10 than just the revamped Start menu. I’ve been keeping this FAQ up to date with each new build. Here are the latest details after Microsoft’s big January 2015 release of build 9926.Read more..

* Microsoft: The open-source company

Microsoft loves Linux, is adopting Docker for its servers, and just bought Revolution Analytics, the biggest open-source R statistical language company. This is not your dad’s Microsoft.” Read more..

Today’s quote:If ignorance is bliss, there should be more happy people.” ~ Victor Cousin

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January 27, 2015 Posted by | computers, consumer electronics, Internet, Microsoft, News, security, software, tech, Windows, Windows 10 | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Just in – Windows 10 will be free

Breaking news:

* Microsoft to make Windows 10 free to Windows 7, 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1 users

Microsoft shared a bit of its pricing strategy for Windows 10, and provided he first public demonstration of Windows 10 mobile.Read more..

.. can’t tell you why, but that makes my spidey sense twitch ..

Related:

* Windows 10: The big questions ahead

Microsoft highlighted the features in Windows 10 and outlined how it plans to connect the economic, developer and customer dots. Will it work?Read more..

image: windows 10 screenshot

Windows 10 screenshot

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January 21, 2015 Posted by | computers, consumer electronics, Microsoft, News, tech, Windows, Windows 10 | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Latest News on Windows 10

Many are waiting for the new Windows 10 (as I am not alone in avoiding Windows 8..). And there will be a launch party this week. (So of course the tech pundits are busy. Never mind it’s all speculation..)

* Are you ready for the next chapter of Windows 10?

Microsoft’s next even will be held on January 21, 2015. Greg Shultz speculates about some of the things we might see in the next chapter of Windows 10.Read more..

* What to expect (and what you won’t see) at this week’s Windows 10 launch

What’s next for Windows 10? This week’s unveiling in Redmond should focus on consumer features. It will also reveal how well Microsoft is coping with the unprecedented shift from traditional PCs to mobile computing.Read more..

I’m always amused when I see phrases like “eagerly awaited”. I mean, how many people, really, are “eagerly awaiting” improvements to SkyDrive OneDrive? Six?

Good news for a handful of people: Microsoft will be webcast-ing the launch event live (Microsoft will provide more specific details about the webcast on the Blogging Windows site). I hope their cloud infrastructure will be able to handle the demand…

I only want to know one thing: will Microsoft go to a ‘subscription’ pricing plan (where you basically rent your computer’s ability to operate) like they have with Office? If they do… that’ll be it for me and tech. I’ll ride Windows 7 until the wheels fall off, and then walk away. Go off the grid. (And if the InfoSec headlines remain similar to what they have been, I may walk away sooner than that.)

Beware of your refrigerator

Finally, if you’re like me you look upon the impending so-called Internet of Things with a wary eye at a minimum and possibly full-blown paranoia. Slate has a great article you should check out calledPretty Much Every Smart Home Device You Can Think of Has Been Hacked” which you can read here.

Welcome, SkyNet. I for one welcome our new overlords.” ~ From WServerNews

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Today’s quote:It’s important to have a dream: otherwise you might notice where you really are.” ~ Naomi Alderman

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January 19, 2015 Posted by | Microsoft, News, tech, Windows, Windows 10 | , , , , , | 2 Comments