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new updates this week

Hi all.
Well this is better late than never, been trying to focus since my return from holliday.
As it stands the first windows 7 and dotnet roleups basically the cumulative updates for 10 are out.
In addition the 1607 build updates are the same as server 2016 updates.
Security wize, updates to note are video playback security, multimedia security and internet messenger protocols.
Over that its the normal web, kernal, graphics and font, and web updates you see on your regular install.
Also packages for office, almost the same deal as it always is.
This month we see the quarterly adobe reader dc update as well as the updates for flash.
The procedure for indeviduals getting flash for a multi system approach has changed, this will happen for a multibrouser environment.
1. go to http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer
Select the other computer link.
from the combo boxes, select your os, and version of web brouser and click download, do that for every brouser you have.
on 8 and lower ie oppera and firefox are supported on 10 and up internet explorer module is included so is left out of the download list.
One thing to note, please turn off the 2 checkboxes, these are to install 2 security products by intel and mcafee.
Then click download.
Once the installers are on your system run them and either set updates to notify or simply don’t update to avoid unwanted software installed.
Next hit next and the thing will download and install.
After you quit the installer it will kill itself and it will go away.
Thats all for now.
Read the latest ransomware articles, and yeah they suck its about all I will say.

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Decrypt THIS! Ransomware dev taunts security researchers in support forum

Ransomware reaches a new low? Decrypt THIS! Ransomware dev taunts security researchers in support forum takes this game to a whole new level. This is absolutely horrifying. If I were infected with this, I would pretty much be screwed as well as everyone who may read this blog. Most of the people I know couldn’t do the type of work to decrypt a piece of software, or in this case, malware. Terrible.

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How to Protect Yourself Against Ransomware – Part 2

Some days ago, I posted about part 1 of this series on how to protect yourself from ransomware. This is part 2 of that series. I hope that people will take a look on this article and I’m sure we’ll talk about this one.

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Hi all.
I just found this resource someone gave me.
nomoreransom.org is a site to educate the users on ransomware and its prevention.
Its funded by kaspersky, intel, and a couple of international and europian police forces and seems quite good though I did the standard malware, spying, virus, spam, fishing and scam word searches to make sure nothing was a miss.
Its fully accessible and works fine enough.
Lets hope the mouse happy people stop clicking things they shouldn’t.
Sadly however the only bad thing that may be from this is that this site heavily advertises kaspersky tools and intel tools, its for small businesses mainly.
However there is a free prevention second opinion tool for small businesses that may be used by standard users.
There are also decription tools and a sherrif online tool that you can upload readmes of hackers into as well as samples of incripted files and active ransomware examples.
I am happy that this has come out.
It means I don’t have to spout about this every other week.
I will spout about the site as much as I can though.
General protections include keeping your security updated, keeping your software and drivers updated where possible.
It goes a step further than not clicking on emails you don’t know and says you shouldn’t trust anyone that sends you files not even if they say its ok.
Sadly it doesn’t mention sites like virustotal to handle their scanning.
In stead the page is plastered with adds to install and buy kaspersky products all of which we know are not accessible.
In fact it is mostly about how carspersky can help with a small blurb at the end about intel security.
You can even report new stuff with this thing so its worth even just reading.
There is a complete history of everything from 1986 to the present day and its well worth just a look if anything else.

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windows 10 and its updates

Hi all.
Today as well as the klite codec pack version 12.42 update, I recieved a win10 upgrade defs upgrade.
This looks to be in my opinion ms responce to windows 10 2016.7 update not working right putting it into the upgrade pool rightly with extra compatability tracking diagnostics.
However it got me thinking and searching.
I found several articles on a few uk newspapers.
The facts are clear, win10 while ms says its the best cake in the world, the rumors about its issues are now official.
Aparently a international consumer group is ordering ms to pay for dammages.
8 out of 10 people have had issues with their systems after 10, mostly hardware incompatability, speakers, webcams and the like.
There have been and continue to be syncing issues with their online account services, email syncs and data loss due to the upgrade and install of win10.
While I have not had any issue on the workstation I have used, I do know a couple friends had things crash out due to power cut and have had to resort to restoring their accounts fully from ms online.
The closest I had was when icloud decided to corrupt, taking down email completely.
I had to revoke all permition to pop access, delete all email profiles, fortunately the databases were still in tact, upgrade to imap which I was going to do anyway, then do a repair on icloud service and finally reinstate icloud service.
It worked but to someone that had no idea it would be a problem I had to spend several hours trying to get it up and it did come up.
Sadly for a lot of people they have lost all their files, and well had computer issues, some have had to et their computers fixed and or replaced.
And a lot of people had to role back.
A lot of businesses were effected to.
Fact is, for those of us on 7 it proves the point that windows 7 is and will always be more stable and functional than win10 will ever bee.
It proves that windows10 destroys data and is not reliable.
It also proves to meat least that the ms account is a load of fucking shit especially if you are a home user and not a business one with a lot of stuff.
On the other side I have no problem getting cloud services intergrated with my apps not ms ones.
For example google drive is intergrated with my office and ms products now.
Sadly ms I won’t be making a windows account any time soon on ms account.
I may if they allow me to do it make a google one because google makes android, and other services and its stable.

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Critical update don’t use twblue or twishort

Hi all.
This is not mine.
I got it on twitter of liamerven, from tyler spivey, from dug lee maker of scripts.

Basically if you use twishort via twblue to post tweats your credentials are posted to the twblue server.
This is probably a bug and will probably be fixed.
However with security being as it is, it appears we still have developers making rash decisions.

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reply to the latest post and my gripes for this week

Hi jared and all.
Well, the world is full of dumb people.
This goes back to an situation I had on the network last week.
Never click what you don’t know, using noscript and ublock or similar in firefox which by the way are free does stop things some what.
Spam, spam, lovely spam is only good if tinned and only in small quantities its full of fat and its processed, you shouldn’t be even eating that stuff.
As I have said before, fishing emails and spam is where most of it comes from.
Don’t click, kill spam and no nasties.
Cracking software again, don’t do, heck guys as a retired pirate I should know, opensource and free apps are on the rise, there is no need for it.
Next yahoo.
Yeah, yahoo is total bs.
A message last month from my previder that uses yahoo as its main email system has decided after several breaches to ditch it.
So what should you do about the latest breach.
I don’t usually say that, but don’t bother doing anything.
Yahoo is going to retire its email system next year.
Use something like gmail its good for the nation.
I am not saying its safer but its fine for me.
Heck if google goes down we loose more than email anyway.
It does worry me about having registered ids and devices that can not be killed easily its like a perminant cookie and no one wants that.
Kids are kids, again what you put into the net stays online, its why you are carefull what you put.
Don’t buy anything off of twitter or facebook it just makes sence.
Social networks are full of scams!
You just have to be carefull.
I think the article on ransomware is being quite polite.
You can not get ransomware unless you are totally dumb and stupid and just click that link or click the popup on screen.
And if you get the erge you can block all of those to if you care to do it.
I know this will grate with a lot of you security nerds, but there is no need for all that extra security software on your system.
You need a simple security package that will stop the stuff you miss.
The most secure package is in your skull.
If you don’t use that then you are as dumb as that thing you type on called a computer that accepts imput from your totally dumb head.
I have actually had situations where users both in businesses and outside have got secured to the nines and then can’t use their system.
After fixing all the dammage I have had to essentually shut down and uninstall their security, clear their systems, and just hope they work again.
I have had it where myself a while ago I used advanced security systems and slowed the system and caused dammage forcing me to reformat about 5 units just because they had been secured against windows itself.
I don’t think loading all the extras is the answer either.
I have msse on here which is fine.
Malwarebytes free serves if I think something has got past my scull.
I have firefox, noscript, and ublock.
Most email is scanned via google and if something appears which is spam you can report it and it goes away.
Similarly if something isn’t you can tell the filter its not.
On to my gripes.
Hidden windows are my chief gripe of the week.
You know if you get those updates, and those hidden things that notify you on something say that your web brouser is updating and to close and sometimes don’t see?
Last night my dad shut down his system and got a message windows was configuring or getting ready to do it and just locking so he turned off his system.
On restart the system worked but I wandered what it was he thought it was a virus.
What programs did you use? I asked, office and chrome.
I immediately checked sure enough chrome had an update stuck half way.
I opened it and it completed it and restarted fine.
However some of this stuff hides in the background and while good it can happen that you may be shutting down or other things while its doing something.
I once had an experience where a friend of mine got windows, outlook, and a few updates running.
The windows one finnished, the web one finnished.
the other one finnished.
But there was a last hidden account update to something that didn’t finnish, in fact it was hidden.
On restart the system would not restart.
ANd in the end had to be reformatted to get it to start.
The hidden update was the issue, and while I am happy for background updates as the next man I’d like the ability to have things more visible even if that means I get annoying windows or notifications or messages telling me that something is in progress now we don’t and it can get in the way.
Usually when I know something does this beforehand, I try to preempt the action by manually initiating the action but even then.

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