Microsoft Patch Tuesday Boo-Boo Causes Blue Screen

Hey, it happens.  Sophos has a great article giving the step by step you need to recover from this without reinstalling everything from scratch.  Everything below is from Sophos.  Thanks, guys.

Microsoft has published a workaround that will get you up and running again, but it involves a fair amount of fiddling.
You need to:

  1. Boot from installation media or go into Recovery Mode.
  2. Delete the crash-triggering file %WINDOWS%system32fntcache.dat.
  3. Reboot normally, which should now succeed.
  4. Save the registry key ...
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Employees Who Quit Take Your Security With Them

In a recent survey of 379 former employees by Intermedia and Osterman Research  found that 89% of them still had access to their former employers Salesforce, PayPal, email, SharePoint, Facebook, and other accounts, and 60% of them were not asked for their Internet logins when they quit, 45% retained access to confidential employer data, and 49% logged in to company accounts after leaving their employer.

And who knows what went out the door on that USB flash drive…

This points to a ...

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CryptoLocker Keys Available For Free

I’ve read about this a few places and decided to alert my readers, too.  Security firms FireEye and Fox-IT have a way to possibly decrypt your affected files, if you still have them, without paying the ransom.  In order to check, go to https://www.decryptcryptolocker.com and submit one of your encrypted files for possible decryption.  This is accomplished by running the file through all of the captured private decryption keys that were recovered during Operation Tovar, when some of the ...

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Windows 9 Rumors–Charms Bar Out, Start Menu Returns

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The picture above is supposed to be how the new user interface of Windows 9 is going to look.  Gratefully, it looks like Microsoft has finally realized the colossal blunder it made when it removed the Start Menu in Windows 8 and 8.1.  To me it looks like the right column has been absorbed by the Start Screen apps, which is not my favorite solution, I would rather have ...

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Secure Your Wi-Fi Network

imageMany homes an businesses are using wireless networking  to connect their computers, laptops, tablets, smartphones, printers, televisions, DVD and DVR players and other smart devices and appliances to the local household or business network, and to the larger Internet beyond.  Wireless networking devices such as wireless routers and access points are usually ...

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Russian Cyber-Criminals Amass 1.2 Billion Passwords

This was first reported by Hold Security on Tuesday August 5th. and it has been picked up even by the mainstream press and media outlets.  A Russian criminal organization has amassed a huge trove of 1.2 billion user names and passwords.   This could be all of them, folks, so it might be a good time to go through your online accounts and change them ALL!  Wish I was kidding, because I have way over 100 to do myself.  Maybe it’s ...

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A Few Good Breaches…What They Do With Your Password

In the last month there have been several notable web site breaches where the cyber-thieves made off with databases full of user credentials. New additions to the list (Target, Michael’s, Neiman Marcus) now include PF Chang’s, Goodwill Industries, Jimmy John’s, eBay, and most recently, CNet.  I have had to change my eBay password, which means I changed my PayPal password as an added safety measure.  I also changed the password on my CNet account.  CNet is a technology publisher, and ...

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Watch Out For Fake Tech Support Calls and Web Sites

In the July issue of Microsoft’s free Security for Home Computer Users newsletter(sign up here), there was an article entitled “Is that Call from Microsoft a Scam?”  The answer in a nutshell was: yes, it is a scam. 

Microsoft is not going to call you.  Neither is Hewlett Packard, Dell, Symantec, Comcast, your ISP, Google, Yahoo, or your email service provider.  If you get a call, and they are trying to tell you that they can ...

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How to Catch a Phish

“Give a man a Phish and he eats for a day, teach a man to Phish and he eats for a lifetime.”

When you get an email that is spoofed as the example below has been, this is called a Phishing email.  The object is to “hook” the recipient into doing something that will be harmful to their wealth.  I got one just this morning that for me was a new look, and included the threat of legal action.  If you ...

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