Microsoft Vulnerability Reports in 2020

Windows 10 was once deemed the most secure OS. With over 1 billion users utilizing the system, the highest priority has to be its security. However, over the years, it continues to experience vulnerabilities.

And it’s not just Windows 10, other Microsoft products, such as its browsers, Edge and Internet Explorer had issues with flaws. Sources say that in 2020, exposures reached to 1,268. This was the highest it has been, with 132 of those deemed critical.

What can help?

The biggest reason for the vulnerabilities involved admin rights. When others are given rights, the risk of attacks heighten. Removing them can lower the risk.

While there were a wide number of vulnerabilities found in various Microsoft products in 2020, for the first time, Elevation of privilege, which occurs when an application gains rights or privileges that should not be available to them, accounted for the largest proportion. It almost tripled in number year over year from 198 in 2019 to 559 in 2020, making up 44% of all Microsoft vulnerabilities in 2020.

Source: TechRepublic

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iOS 15 Announcement

Today begins Apple’s WWDC, streaming live on YouTube. This conference will be announcing a handful of upcoming features and tools for developers, the new iPhone 13, and iOS 15.

The FaceTime app will get an upgrade with Spacial Audio. This allows conversations to be more natural. Also, when in horizontal mode, backgrounds will be blurred, so you are the one in focus.

Another feature in FaceTime will add SharePlay. This can allow those on the video call to listen to music or watch a movie together.

iOS 15 will include new features to Messages. Developers have been working on something called Shared With You. News articles, photos, and music can be shared easily through messages. The shared information will be saved in the appropriate apps for you.

This is just a small part of the bigger iOS picture. Come back later for more information, or go to Apple’s WWDC video on YouTube.


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Online Privacy and What that Entails

Companies everywhere are utilizing information given by online users every day. This comes in several ways, such as advertisements and cookies. By collecting this information, companies have opportunities to sell it or use it to their own advantages.

While the majority of this collection is harmless, users often do not know what they are giving online. To heighten the online privacy, here are a couple ways without tracking you.

Virtual Private Networks, or VPN’s, allow users to anonymously surf the web. This handy software gives no location detection, so companies online can’t track information. Prices for VPN’s are cheap and available everywhere.

Check your privacy settings on your computer, phone, or other devices. Some include ‘Incognito Mode’ which doesn’t save any information to your history browsing, nor login credentials. It’s also important to not allow companies to use tracking while using their applications.


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Apple Announces WWDC

This year’s WWDC, announced by Apple, will be on June 7th and end on the 11th.

According to sources, this Worldwide Developer Conference will continue to be virtual due to the pandemic. This will be a free event to all developers.

A few highlights of the conference will include the new iOS coming out, along with new MacBook Pros.

MacWorld states how easy it will be to watch this conference, “You’ll be able to stream the WWDC keynote at apple.com, in the Apple TV app, the Apple Developer app, and on Apple’s YouTube channel.”


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Safely Searching with Google

Google has seemingly been working hard on creating a safer environment on their platform. This includes their Chrome browser, Gmail, and the collab with Android.

An application system called “Safe Browsing” was developed by the team to ensure the protection of their users. When an unknown site or app pops up, the system shows a warning message of the potential threat.

Source: Google

“Google Safe Browsing helps protect over four billion devices every day by showing warnings to users when they attempt to navigate to dangerous sites or download dangerous files. Safe Browsing also notifies webmasters when their websites are compromised by malicious actors and helps them diagnose and resolve the problem so that their visitors stay safer. Safe Browsing protections work across Google products and power safer browsing experiences across the Internet.”

Source: SafeBrowsing

Google also shares something called a Transparency Report which shows a list of identities of the threats. It also controls what content on the internet is deemed risky.

The last thing any Google users want is for a vulnerable opportunity to rise so hackers can steal any information they want. Take these warnings into consideration when browsing on Chrome.


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Protect Your Data with Carbonite

Working from home has a lot of advantages. However, it is not without security threats. Cybercriminals target home networks far more than corporate networks. As a result, clicking on an unknown link at home may have unfavorable consequences.

For example, scam links are often sent by e-mail. To ensure that the sender’s email is legitimate, double-check the sender’s email address. Furthermore, customers should not click any links unless they are confident that they were sent by the company. You may also spot grammar mistakes in the text, which is a sign that it’s a phishing email.

The good news is that you can take steps to improve your cyber-defenses, such as making sure your important files and data are backed up to a secure cloud storage. We recommend Carbonite online backup solutions which will protect your data regardless of any type of attack or problem.



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Certain Windows 10 Versions End of Support This Month

The month of May this year ends a few versions of Windows 10. If you have these versions, make sure to update to the latest version as soon as possible.

The End of Support (also known as End of Service) warning may seem concerning to users, but don’t worry too much about it. If you are using an older version of Windows, you can continue to do so. The downside of that choice, however, stems from security flaws.

The list of versions expiring are shown below, thanks to XDA-Developers:
Source: xda-developers

Microsoft’s first major annual update is coming up at any time, so be on the lookout for that one.

To get rid of the warning, Microsoft states to simply update your system. Here’s how to do that:

  1. Click the Windows Icon
  2. Search for Settings
  3. Click “Update & security”
  4. Go to “Check for updates”

If an update is available, you will simply click on “Download and install” to begin the process.


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Microsoft Edge Kids Mode

Last month, Microsoft announced a new experience for kids while they’re surfing the web. Introduced as Microsoft Edge Kids Mode, this browser can be regulated by parents to give their children a better and safer environment possible while they’re online.

Since the pandemic began last year, more and more children are utilizing the virtual learning opportunities available throughout the world. This means more available times to be online. Thankfully, with one less thing to worry about, parents can set up Kids Mode on their devices to avoid any possible viruses, attacks, or adult-related content. This puts more freedom into the parents’ hands to restrict what they feel is age-appropriate for their kids.

“As far as getting into Kids Mode, it really can’t get any easier. Simply click on your account profile in the upper right corner of Edge and select “Browse in Kids Mode.” From here, you’ll be asked to choose the appropriate age range for your child, either 5-8 or 9-12. And that’s it! Just like that, you’ll quickly “leave” Microsoft Edge and enter the beautiful world of Kids Mode.”

Source: Windows Blog

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High CPU Usage Causing Slower PC

A number of factors could result in your PC running slower than usual. It could possibly be low on memory, too many programs opened, or even malware.

Just recently, the Microsoft Feedback Hub was filled with complaints about their PC’s high CPU (central processing unit) usage after updating the OS with Windows 10 patches. Thankfully, the latest patch remedied this particular issue.

“The tech site says that patch KB5001391 has cured this spiking processor usage problem, at least according to reports from some users, although little detail has been provided about what this bug actually was (save for being a ‘race condition’ where two running processes start grabbing an inordinate amount of system resources, slowing everything else down).”

Source: TechRadar

If you are having this same issue with your PC, simply head over to the ‘Check for Updates’ section of the Windows Update in the Settings app. The optional KB5001391 will show up under the “View optional updates” link.

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Windows 10 Feature Gets Mixed Reviews

The first ‘major’ Windows 10 update is right around the corner. Windows 10 KB5001391 cumulative update preview is released, giving you the option to download and install.

One feature brought from this preview is the new News and Interest feed on the taskbar. This gives you the option of personalize what you would like to keep up with, including weather and sports. Its AI fixates on the relevant topics you choose and dismisses others you would rather not see.

Since its release, users have been giving conflicting critiques on said feature. OnMSFT asked their Twitter followers to poll on it. It showed up like this, below:

While more than half of respondents replied in the negative side, less than half thought it was okay. There’s a possibility that this feature won’t last long and will be replaced in a future major update.

I suppose we’ll just have to see about that.


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