Cord Cutting–Is YouTube TV an alternative for you?

Do you live in Chicago, San Francisco Bay area, Los Angeles, New York or Philadelphia? Then you have an alternative to Cable TV. YouTube TV is now available in the areas mentioned above for just $35/month. The channel line up is okay but doesn’t have a lot of what my family watches at this time. YouTube TV is planning on adding more options as well as locations as time goes on and if you sign up and are out of the current supported areas you will be notified when the service is available in your area. The best thing is that if you don’t like the service there is no commitment.

Currently you can purchase Showtime ($11/mo) and Fox Soccer Plus ($15/mo) as add-on channels. You get 6 accounts and everyone in your household gets their own login and personal DVR library. Also, the DVR storage is unlimited so you can save to your heart’s content. There is also no limit to the number of simultaneous shows that you can capture as well.

My only issue is that some of the stations that my wife watches all of the time are not part of the selection. But in time they may show up. I was sort of surprised that HBO isn’t available as an add-on nor are Hallmark or PBS available as part of the lineup.

For more information look here.


Sophos Phish Threat Product

Another reason that Sophos is such a great security solution company is this new product that helps you assess your vulnerabilities and help you train your employees on what they should be aware of to protect themselves and your company from Phishing attempts. Sophos says about this problem:

From our continuous assessment of the threat landscape, two things are abundantly clear: first, that email is one of the most problematic sources of infection; and second, it’s the ordinary, well-meaning people who often let poisonous emails into their organizations.

It’s easy to be tricked into clicking on a malicious email. So wouldn’t it be great to create a culture where the first instinct of each user was to think twice — even if just for a moment — before clicking on links, downloading attachments or running software that arrived via email? Think of how many threats could be neutralized before they even have a chance to make their way on to corporate networks.

So we’re excited to be able to help create that culture by announcing Sophos Phish Threat, a phishing attack simulator that’s powerful, thoughtful and very easy to use. You’ll be up and running in minutes, with campaigns to help your users learn to spot phishing links, dangerous attachments, and bogus scripts meant to cripple your organization before they have a chance to do harm.

Simply choose a campaign type, select one or more training modules, pick a simulated phishing message, and decide which users to test. Then sit back as the results roll in: top-notch reporting tells you how many messages have been sent out, who’s clicked, and, of those, who’s gone through the required modules. It couldn’t be easier.

Here’s a quick video overview of the product:

Getting Started With Sophos Phish Threat from Sophos on Vimeo.



Initially I thought that this package was part of the Office 365 license with an E3 account but when I initiated my first meeting I saw that not only is the application a BETA product but it is also its own subscription add-on to Office365. It is interesting that most of their testimonials are coming from outside the US as well. When you look at the site’s stats proudly showing how many meetings have been processed it is quite apparent that they are just starting.

I do like the format and it is very easy to use. It integrates with your Office 365 account very well and does pretty much what you expect it to. It does a great job of helping you to organize your thoughts and capture the information from the meeting as you use it.

What’s included?

  • Unlimited meetings and action items
  • Integration with Outlook and Office 365
  • Mobile app for iOS
  • Customer support
  • Advanced security to safeguard your meeting documents


The Office 365 Services continues to grow

Microsoft is adding (3) new applications to Office 365 Business Premium. The Office 365 Business Premium SKU is focused on the sub 300 client license small to medium businesses and includes both Exchange Accounts and Office Suite. See Office 365 Team Posting.

To make Office 365 more valuable for your small business, we are announcing three new applications coming to Office 365 Business Premium:

  • Microsoft Connections—A simple-to-use email marketing service.
  • Microsoft Listings—An easy way to publish your business information on top sites.
  • Microsoft Invoicing—A new way to create professional invoices and get paid fast.

We’re also introducing the Office 365 Business center, a central place where you can manage these business apps and get an end-to-end view of your business. In addition, we’re adding MileIQ, the leading mileage tracking app, as an Office 365 Business Premium subscription benefit. These new services—along with the recently added Microsoft Bookings and Outlook Customer Manager—help you win customers and manage your business.

Microsoft’s new additions helps to make the case to move into the Business Premium product for the low cost of $150/user per year.


Naked Security Posts

News in brief: NATO backs Kiev over cyber-attacks; China cracks down on VPNs; Somalia knocked offline

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

Tendulkar wants your number on Twitter, what do you do?

Indian cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar asked 17m Twitter followers to send him their friends' phone numbers - good intentions, bad idea!

FTC slaps $104m judgment on loan application firm

Blue Global wasn't a loan company, didn't safeguard data and sold leads to third parties for $200 each

Apps that are a matter of life, death and data win $75,000 prizes

Two start-ups have won a US government competition to design apps that help patients manage and control their data

When ex-workers attack (again): man used Trojan to cause havoc

Former staffer used a remote Trojan to trash client databases, steal credit cards and masquerade as another employee to make allegations about the company

More than 100m records potentially lost in huge telecoms breach

India's newest telecoms provider denies that subscriber records posted online were authentic, but users claim the data is real

Your gadget could save your life: smart speaker phones police

We write a lot about the privacy issues of smart speakers in your home - but one device might have saved lives in an alleged hostage situation


Did you ever wonder the difference between anti-malware and anti-virus software?

The short answer is that most anti-virus software packages also are taking care of anti-malware because they are different faces of the same issue. All viruses are malware so… The main difference between different companies products is how effective and how they do their recognition of the malware. We pick the combination of Sophos’s Endpoint Protection + Intercept X to give you the best one-two punch to protect your systems. When you combine these products with s Sophos Firewall you have a very effective start to your security needs.

Sophos Synchronized Security


Repost: Microsoft Access "Class Not Registered" Run-time Error '-2147221164 (80040154)'

Microsoft Access "Class Not Registered" Run-time Error '-2147221164 (80040154)'

Written by Luke Chung, FMS President

You've created a Microsoft Access database solution and have successfully distributed it to many people. Everyone is running it properly but one machine is triggering this error. The error message makes no sense and everything you try fails to resolve the problem. What's going on?


The MS Access database actually runs so it's compiled and functional. It doesn't seem corrupt since others can run the same database, yet this error appears when very simple ADO code such as CurrentProject.Connection is run to open a table or query recordset:

Class not registered Run-time error -2147221164 (80040154)

We've actually had reports of this problem for years but were never able to reproduce the problem. We finally did and have a solution.

"Class Not Registered" is Unclear

The "Class Not Registered" message is very confusing. Which class is not registered? And what's the problem with this machine when the database runs successfully on other PCs?

The message implies it is caused by code that won't compile, but the code compiles and is running fine before this crash occurs. Common techniques such as decompiling the database make no difference.

Is it a broken library reference? Checking the list of referenced libraries doesn't reveal any problems. Is the database corrupt?

The symptom can exist if you create a new database and run this in the Immediate Window:

? CurrentProject.Connection

This simple test effectively rules out any issues associated with your database. This basic Microsoft Access VBA command won't even run on a blank database.

Potential Causes

The CurrentProject object is part of Microsoft Access. It's not something a developer adds. The problem exists within MS Access, not your database, so the fix is at the Access/Office level.

One of the causes for this error appears to be related to uninstalling another version of Access after your version of Access was installed. This may include uninstalling runtime versions of Access.

For instance, your machine may have Access 2007 installed on it. Access 2013 was later installed, and then Access 2007 uninstalled. Access 2013 seems to be running properly but it fails when this code is run. For some reason, the uninstallation of the prior version of Access makes the current one you're running unstable.

It may also be related to the installation of Windows updates and security patches. And of course, it could be caused by unknown file corruptions. Thankfully, this error doesn't happen often.

Solution: Repair Microsoft Office Access

The solution we've found is very straightforward. Just fix (repair) the installation of Microsoft Office/Access. You may need Administrator permissions to do this.

Go under the Control Panel, Programs, Programs and Features, select "Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2013" (or your version of Access) and click on Change:

Control Panel, Programs and Features, Microsoft Office Access

When the next screen appears, select Repair:

Repair Microsoft Access Office

It takes a while, but after Office and Access are repaired, the problem goes away.

Confirm it's fixed by running Microsoft Access, opening a database, and testing CurrentProject.Connection in the Immediate Window. It should now work.

If it doesn't work, you may need to uninstall and reinstall Microsoft Office and Access.


Office 365 Streams Update: Embedding to outside source location

Office 365 Stream Update

Just as an aside this again is created in Adobe Spark


Sophos Update: Differences between Machine and Deep Learning


Naked Security Posts

Monday review – the hot 24 stories of the week

From the Petya outbreak and Gmail's promised to stop scanning to Snapchat sharing your location, and more!

Breach at US nuclear plants raises concerns in wake of Petya

With Chernobyl among those hit by Petya and the US breach, concerns are rising about the potential effect of weaponised exploits being used against nuclear energy infrastructure

News in brief: drone scare halts flights; laptop ban eased; Samsung to sell Galaxy Note 7

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

When is public information not public? When LinkedIn says so

A start-up is challenging LinkedIn on access to users' public profiles - how do you feel about your public data being used in this way?

Health trust rapped on illegal use of patient data in Google AI deal

A deal between a healthcare trust and Google's DeepMind project to be much smarter about diagnosis and prevention could have been a good thing - so what went wrong?

News in brief: China tightens Great Firewall; student charged over DDoS attacks; health data posted online

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

GDPR: who needs to hire a data protection officer?

The clock is ticking to GDPR - here's our guide to the role of a data protection officer and whether you need to hire one

How did some Ethereum users find themselves with empty wallets?

There's nothing you can do to protect yourself if domain admins haven't taken some necessary security steps

News in brief: cryptocurrency exchange hacked; laptop ban further eased; AA under fire over data breach

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

Bad things happen to good people – but you can help stop that

Who gets targeted by scammers, and how can we help them? We've got some tips to help you help others


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


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


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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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
Deconstructing Petya: how it spreads and how to fight back


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.


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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:


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.
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.


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.

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