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A quick Saturday digest of cybersecurity news articles from other sources.

Downfall Vulnerability Affects Millions of Intel CPUs With Strong Data Leak Impact

Learn technical details about this newly disclosed security vulnerability, as well as mitigation recommendations from the Google researcher who discovered it.

Crimeware server used by NetWalker ransomware seized and shut down

The site was running from 2014 and allegedly raked in more than $20m, which the DOJ is seeking to claw back…

The parents’ guide to teaching your teen online safety

·April 26, 2023

When left to their own devices, it can be difficult for teens to know where the boundaries are when it comes to online safety. Digital tools like phones and laptops can be incredibly helpful in the day-to-day lives of teenagers, who have the power to make plans, catch up with friends and complete schoolwork at their fingertips, but they can also be detrimental to their overall wellbeing when misused.

With the world of social media constantly evolving, parents may find it difficult to keep up – especially if they’re unfamiliar with the most popular platforms. However, no matter how teens are using the internet or what platforms they’re a part of, there is some general advice that can be applied to help keep them safe. For parents, finding the balance between monitoring their online behaviour and giving teens the independence they desperately crave can be difficult. But having these conversations is a great place to start and open their eyes to the potential threats the internet poses.

This online safety guide for parents highlights the most commonly used platforms by the teenagers of today and contains useful information around the modern-day safety concerns across these platforms. These sensitive topics can be difficult to navigate, but having open conversations now will hopefully encourage your teen to form good online habits that stay with them for life. Use this guide as a springboard and help your teen to form a more positive and safe relationship with the internet and social media.

7 Ways to Access Safe Mode in Windows 10 (2023 Update)

Learn seven different ways to boot a Windows 10 PC in Safe Mode to help troubleshoot issues using this comprehensive guide.
For decades, Safe Mode has served to load the operating system, albeit with reduced functionality, for the purpose of troubleshooting PC-related issues and performing diagnostics by loading only the OS’s core components. Eschewing the processing of certain system files and the loading of device drivers, along with stopping specific services, provides a minimized surface that makes it easier to roll back files that may have introduced system instability or otherwise prevented the computer from booting properly.The F8 method of invoking Safe Mode, which has been the commonly accepted approach dating back to Windows 95, was modified with the release of Windows 8 and the introduction of UEFI BIOS and solid-state drives. But fear not: As with most Windows shortcuts, there are multiple ways to enter Safe Mode in Windows 10. Here are seven of them.

The Internet is not forever after all: CNET deletes old articles to game Google

Ars Technica 8-16-2023

Content pruning for SEO threatens web history, and experts say it is ill-advised.

CNET, one of the great-granddaddies of tech news on the web, has been having a rough year. First, its AI-written articles sparked drama, then layoffs rocked the publication. And now, Gizmodo reports that the 28-year-old site has been deleting thousands of its old articles in a quest to achieve better rankings in Google searches.  More…

Top 5 Disaster Recovery as a Service Providers for 2023

This is a comprehensive list of the top Disaster Recovery as a Service providers. Use this guide to compare and choose the best solution for you.

Certification Tip: How to Edit the Linux Hosts File

In this step-by-step guide from Jack Wallen, learn how to access and modify the Linux hosts file to control the mapping of hostnames to IP addresses.  Video on YouTube


Guide to Consumer Complaints

A New Guide from ArrestRecords.com on consumer fraud.

Consumer fraud is very common, from unscrupulous business owners to scammers and fraudsters who are trying to get access to your personal and financial information.

Issuing a consumer complaint against a company or seller can be an effective way to get your money back and help protect future consumers.

In this guide, you’ll learn about consumer complaints, consumer fraud, online shopping scams, and how to protect yourself. If you want to file a consumer complaint or report consumer fraud we highlight a step-by-step process you can follow, including how to find up to date attorney general information in your state.


About the Author:

I am a cybersecurity and IT instructor, cybersecurity analyst, pen-tester, trainer, and speaker. I am an owner of the WyzCo Group Inc. In addition to consulting on security products and services, I also conduct security audits, compliance audits, vulnerability assessments and penetration tests. I also teach Cybersecurity Awareness Training classes. I work as an information technology and cybersecurity instructor for several training and certification organizations. I have worked in corporate, military, government, and workforce development training environments I am a frequent speaker at professional conferences such as the Minnesota Bloggers Conference, Secure360 Security Conference in 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, the (ISC)2 World Congress 2016, and the ISSA International Conference 2017, and many local community organizations, including Chambers of Commerce, SCORE, and several school districts. I have been blogging on cybersecurity since 2006 at http://wyzguyscybersecurity.com

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