Using Windows Defender Offline

Windows10We have been recommending Windows Defender as an acceptable anti-malware program.  What we like about it is that it comes baked into the Windows 10 operating system, and gets its malware definitions updates with the other Windows security and feature updates that users are already receiving.   And it is free.  Plus it keeps your system a little less cluttered than adding a third party anti-malware product.

Sure, it is not top of ...

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Does Windows 10 Violate HIPAA, GLBA, and SOX?

Win10-securityMicrosoft has made Windows 10 one of the most highly personalized and cloud integrated operating systems ever, and this may introduce new security risks into using your computer.  They do this by keeping track of what you do, where you go an the Internet, and what you are typing.  This is how features such as Cortana get to know your preferences, and begin to make suggestions.  Microsoft says this information is scrubbed ...

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Insecure Windows XP Still Third Most Popular OS

Windows-XPWindows XP was released on August 24, 2001.  It was officially retired by Microsoft two years ago on April 8, 2014.  This makes WinXP almost 15 years old, which in operating system years is about 500 years old.  Sophos reported:

“Windows XP was still running on 10.9% of all desktops as of March 2016, according to stats compiled by Net Applications.

To put that in perspective, according ...

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Windows Defender Gets Muscles

Windows10Tired of cyber-creeps kicking sand in your face at the virtual beach?  Microsoft wants to pump you up!!.  Businesses using the Enterprise version of Windows 10 will have the option of using Microsoft’s new enhanced Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection.  In addition to providing end point security through Windows Defender, Defender ATP will connect with a cloud services based SIEM (security Information and Event Management) that will provide more protection, ...

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Windows 10 Most Secure OS Yet – Or Is It?

Windows10Windows 10 is getting kudos from technology pundits everywhere for producing an operating system that is efficient, technically excellent, and more secure than anything Microsoft has ever produced.  But this is an operating system that is attached to cloud services, and that collects and transmits more personal data to Microsoft and other cloud providers.  Just like your smartphone, your Windows PC and all those Apps are keeping track of ...

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Windows 10 Upgrade Went Smoothly

This article is largely reposted from other blog on WyzGuys.com.

This alert was added after the originally article posted – there does seem to be a small group of people have problems with the upgrade, and it seems to be affecting Asus branded computers and computers with solid  state drives or SSD (flash) hard drives.  If you fall in those groups, you might want to wait a bit.

Like many in my profession, I have been

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Your Brain Waves Could Be Your Password

brainwavesWe have been relying on the trusty password for years, but as password cracking technologies improve, even longer and more complex passwords are being solved and sold on rainbow tables.  So passwords are for the most part over.  Two factor authentication is possibly a solution, but biometrics are becoming a big part of what is next in the field of user authentication.  We have already seen fingerprint scanners on some laptops, ...

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Microsoft’s New Browser Is Called Edge

edgelogoThe web browser update that was scheduled to be released with the upcoming Windows 10 release, which has been code-named “Spartan” is officially being named “Edge” according to recent information from Redmond.  Internet Explorer 11 will be retained for legacy corporate web application support, but the new Edge browser is supposed to be leaner and quicker than IE, and a worthy ...

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