5 ways blockchain is the new business collaboration tool

While blockchain may have cut its teeth on the cryptocurrency Bitcoin, the distributed electronic ledger technology is quickly making inroads across a variety of industries. That’s mainly because of its innate security and its potential for improving systems  operations all while reducing costs and creating new revenue streams. David Schatsky, a managing director at consultancy Deloitte LLP, […]

Time for a wake-up call…

This pilot fish supervises the IT help desk, so he’s on the scene when one of his support techs takes a call that’s very ordinary — mostly. “It was some normal problem like ‘install this printer’ or ‘the computer forgot my password, please reset it,'” says fish. “But at the end of the call, when […]

Microsoft is distributing security patches through insecure HTTP links

The Microsoft Update Catalog uses insecure HTTP links – not HTTPS links – on the download buttons, so patches you download from the Update Catalog are subject to all of the security problems that dog HTTP links, including man-in-the-middle attacks. Security researcher Stefan Kanthak, writing on Seclist’s Bugtraq mailing list, elaborates: Even if you browse […]

Microsoft's free analytics service sniffs out Meltdown, Spectre patch status

Microsoft’s free Windows Analytics service now scans enterprise Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 PCs, and reports whether they’ve been updated to defend against potential attacks exploiting the Meltdown and Spectre processor vulnerabilities. The new capabilities of Windows Analytics’ “Upgrade Readiness” were announced Tuesday by Terry Myerson, the top Windows executive at the company. […]

February patches bring ominous Outlook fixes and a rebirth of KB 2952664

The very early reports are in, and it looks like this month’s monstrous panoply of patches isn’t as destructive as last month’s – so far, at least. Aside from a few reported incompatibilities, the big news involves two Outlook security holes that kick in when you download email, or preview a message. There are no […]

Mac: What does 'System Scan is Recommended' mean?

Many Mac users may have come across a small window that appears on top of their browser when surfing the Web that warns them, “System Scan is Recommended.” So, what is this message, and what should you do if you see it? TL;DR: Don’t panic The first thing to learn is that this is not a […]

Microsoft to cover Windows 7 with advanced threat service

Microsoft plans to extend support for its Windows Defender ATP service to devices running older operating systems, including Windows 7. The decision, announced this week, is a turn-about for Microsoft, which had limited the service to Windows 10 machines. In a post to a company blog, a Microsoft director cited customers’ heterogeneous set-ups to explain […]

Microsoft wants to use blockchain to secure your identity

Microsoft is working to create a blockchain-based, decentralized digital identity management platform that would allow users to own and secure access to their online persona via an encrypted database hub. Over the past year, Microsoft said it has been exploring how to use Blockchain and other distributed ledger technologies to create new types of digital identities designed […]

Microsoft to test blockchain-based self-sovereign ID system

Microsoft is working to create a blockchain-based, decentralized digital identity management platform that would allow users to own and secure access to their online persona via an encrypted database hub. Over the past year, Microsoft said it has been exploring how to use Blockchain and other distributed ledger technologies to create new types of digital identities designed […]