Friday
Jun302017

Naked Security Posting

News in brief: PCs’ PCs still running XP; bug-hunters cashing in; airport security stepped up

Your daily round-up of some of the other stories in the news

Hacking nuclear submarines – how likely is the nightmare scenario?

Nuclear submarines run on Windows XP - but is that the ships' weakest point?

‘Risk’ shines uncompromising spotlight on Julian Assange

A new film about Wikileaks should please those who believe in its importance - but doesn't please the activist group's founder

CIA contractors fired for stealing from hacked IoT snack machines

Some things really, really shouldn't be turned into IoT devices - including vending machines

Thursday
Jun292017

Naked Security Postings

Deconstructing Petya: how it spreads and how to fight back

It's been 24 hours since the outbreak first hit: here's what we know now about how Petya behaves

Anthem to pay record $115m to settle lawsuits over massive breach

Attackers grabbed data including names, birthdates, taxpayer IDs and more from Anthem patients - a toolkit for identity theft

New Petya ransomware: everything you wanted to know (but were afraid to ask)

Your questions about the new Petya ransomware answered - and your chance to ask us more.

From floppy disks to deep freeze: what’s the best way to store data?

Still got a Zip drive? What about a CD? Are you sure you'll be able to access the data stored on those? We take a look at what's being done to keep information safe for future generations

News in brief: Wimbledon adds AI; four arrested over support scams; Russia threatens to block Telegram

Your daily round-up of some of the other stories in the news

Beer + bitter former field engineer = hacked smart water meters

The story of Adam Flanagan, who's been jailed for hacking, is a reminder to companies to revoke access to networks when they sack a disgruntled employee

Thursday
Jun292017

Mount Pleasant PA Public Library Wiring Project

imageThe people over at the Mount Pleasant PA Public Library posted a series of pictures showing the crew from PAconnect rewiring the library to upgrade the network infrastructure through a grant from the E-Rate. The

Westmoreland County Federated Library System obtained a grant from the Federal E-Rate Program to upgrade all of the library’s wiring infrastructure in Westmoreland County. We have been working our way through the Library System to complete this project for them. Thank you to everyone in the Mt. Pleasant Library who have recognized the hard work our crew is doing for them.

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Wednesday
Jun282017

Good News if you are using Sophos Endpoint Protection and/or Intercept X Security Products

Sophos Stops Petya Ransomware

As with the recent WannaCry Ransomware attack, organizations around the world have again been affected by a new ransomware variant known as the Petya cyber-attack. We wanted to contact you to offer our advice and support.
Customers using Sophos Endpoint Protection are protected against all known variants of this ransomware. We first issued protection on June 27th at 13:50 UTC and have provided several updates since then to provide further protection against possible future variants.
In addition, customers using Sophos Intercept X were proactively protected with no data encrypted from the moment this new ransomware variant appeared.
Find out more about Intercept X and how it can protect your customers from ransomware like Petya and Wanna:

Further Information

Sophos KB: New variant of Petya ransomware
NakedSecurity: 
Deconstructing Petya: how it spreads and how to fight back

Tuesday
Jun272017

Breaking news: here’s what we know about what could be the latest ‘Petya’ ransomware outbreak

Naked Security just posted a breaking news item on their site that they will be updating as they hear back from Sophos Labs.

A significant ransomware attack is spreading across Europe, Russia, Ukraine and elsewhere. Sophos is investigating the attack and will continue to provide updates here throughout the day.

https://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2017/06/27/breaking-news-what-we-know-about-the-global-ransomware-outbreak/

Tuesday
Jun272017

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Monday
Jun262017

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Monday
Jun262017

Fall Updates coming to Microsoft OneDrive

One of the issues I have with my Microsoft Surface Book is that after I had a Surface Pro with 64GB storage on it I figured that I would be fine with the Surface Book with 256GB of storage as long as I am very careful with what I store on it. It didn’t take me long to add a USB flash memory to give me a little more headroom on the my device.

If you are using OneDrive for off-device storage, you either have to have the sync working, meaning you have the files on your devices and in the cloud, or just in the cloud. The Fall release of OneDrive with the Windows 10 Creators Update is going to provide the ability to control this a little better. With this update you will be able to set on-demand access to your cloud files so that you are really using the Cloud storage as just that, Cloud Storage. This way, you only need to bring down the document you are currently working on and then you can set the on-demand designation for it to be off-loaded from your local drive and put back into the cloud.

Of course you can’t do this yet, but you have the alternative now to pick and choose the folders that you want synced on you local drive currently. But taking this to the file level and having it automatically being returned to the cloud for you when you are through viewing or editing the document is going to be a nice feature.

Here’s a quick overview video showing this feature and how it works from Windows Central:

Sunday
Jun252017

Overview of the Camtasia Version 9

While this version of Camtasia has been out for a while, I was only just given access to this Version this week. I have really enjoyed the new additions and the workflow seems much easier as well. Take a quick look at the video below to get a good look at these new features.

Stunning video effects
Apply Behaviors that are perfectly designed to animate your text, images, or icons. Get a crisp, polished look without being a professional video editor.
Drag-and-drop editing
What you see is what you get. Every effect and element in your video can be dropped and edited directly in the preview window. And you can edit at resolutions up to beautiful 4K, for clear video at any size.
Exceptional performance
Camtasia takes full advantage of your computer’s processor with 64-bit performance. You’ll get fast rendering times and enhanced stability—even on your most complex projects.
Animated backgrounds
You’ll have access to a variety of backgrounds that grab attention right from the start.
Music tracks
Use music to set the mood of your video. All tracks are royalty free and safe to use on YouTube and Vimeo.
Icons
Choose from hundreds of icons, or bring in your own straight from your computer.
Motion graphics
Get lower thirds, intro slides, and more so you can start quickly and look great.

Sunday
Jun252017

Naked Security

News in brief: drone chiefs urge regulation; Microsoft drops SMB1; Virgin router warning

Your daily round-up of some of the other stories in the new

Russia ‘targeted 21 states’ during US election campaign, says official

Homeland Security official declines to reveal more to Senate hearing as details emerge of hacking attempts in Illinois and Arizona

Dating app boss sees ‘no problem’ on face-matching without consent

'When you have a bunch of single guys in the office, it goes in that direction', says Dating.AI founder as he dismisses concerns about scraping other dating apps for faces for users to match

Ransomware revisited – is it really the worst sort of malware? [Security SOS Week]

Join us for the last webinar in our Security SOS Week - we take a look at ransomware... and all the other malware nasties that roam the net.

Friday
Jun232017

Microsoft Surface Pro 2017 Review

This is a well presented Review of the new Microsoft Surface Pro. If you were thinking of a new purchase this might be a good choice for you.

Thursday
Jun222017

Lenovo Transform NYC 2017 Keynote

Thursday
Jun222017

Lenovo Transform 2017 Highlights

Published on Jun 22, 2017

Highlights from Lenovo Transform as we look ahead to the future of enterprise computing. More: http://blog.lenovo.com/en/blog/lenovo...

Thursday
Jun222017

The Seven Deadly IT Sins: Mobile Negligence

That flashy little device in your pocket is a big security risk. Hackers are increasingly targeting mobile devices to steal data (emails, contacts, corporate data, financial information) and send premium rate SMS, using up your bandwidth in the process. Android devices are most vulnerable to threat - last year SophosLabs saw an 1800% increase in Android malware. But iOS is also at risk, especially jailbroken devices.

Thursday
Jun222017

Security tips by Dave Malarky, CEO: Cyanide

Thursday
Jun222017

Security tips by Dave Malarky, CEO: Shock collars

Thursday
Jun222017

Security Tips by Dave Malarky, CEO: Power Outage

Thursday
Jun222017

Security Tips by Dave Malarky, CEO: Morse Code

Thursday
Jun222017

Wanting to use Amazon Prime Video to help cut the cable?

Image result for showtime + HBO + STARZ Logos togetherAmazon Prime users can opt into some of the prime cable channels (HBO, STARX and SHOWTIME) on a subscription basis. Amazon is providing a 7 day free trial to check it out for yourself. After the trial period you be looking at paying $8.99/month for STARZ, $14.99/month for HBO and $8.99/month for SHOWTIME.

If you want to see all the channels available on Amazon Prime click here.

Wednesday
Jun212017

Microsoft Stream for Office 365

Microsoft Stream capabilities vary based on the Office 365 subscription and the below table highlights Microsoft Stream functionality differences by subscription. The Microsoft Stream Plan 2 Add-on is available for Office 365 E1, E3, and E5 subscriptions to enable full Stream Plan 2 functionality.

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You can also purchase the Stream License on its own. There are two Plans, Plan 1 is $3/user/month and Plan 2 is $5/user/month. The feature comparison is below:

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