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LandzDown Lounge / Re: Congratulations, Corrine!
« on: January 20, 2022, 04:03:00 PM »
Thank you! 

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LandzDown Lounge / Re: Congratulations, Corrine!
« on: January 20, 2022, 02:46:43 PM »
Thank you, Rob.

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Mozilla sent Firefox Version 96.0.2 to the release channel today. 

Fixed
  • Fixed an issue that caused tab height to display inconsistently on Linux when audio was played (bug 1714276)
  • Fixed an issue that caused Lastpass dropdowns to appear blank in Private Browsing mode (bug 1748158)
  • Fixed a crash encountered when resizing a Facebook app (bug 1746084)
Release Notes

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Dev channel update to 99.0.1135.5 is live

Added features:
  • Added the ability to use Web Capture in PDFs.
  • Added address bar dropdown content when first clicking on the address bar like Edge Legacy had.
  • Added the ability to change the units that the air temperature is shown in on mobile’s new tab page.
  • Enabled support for Data Loss Prevention on websites by default.
  • Un-deprecated the management policy to control if the Win Http Proxy Resolver is Enabled, which will be re-deprecated at a later time.
  • Added a management policy to Allow the Games Menu (note that updates to documentation and administrative templates may not have happened yet).
  • Added an experimental WebView2 API for Clearing Browsing Data (Issue 140).

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LandzDown Lounge / Re: Congratulations, Corrine!
« on: January 19, 2022, 06:01:37 PM »
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The circle is complete, once the learner
Said the one who taught me so much, although I'm definitely not a master.  

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Announcing Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 22538

See the blog post for information about some updates to the voice features included in the Build.

Changes and Improvements
  • The updated entry point for Widgets with weather on the taskbar first introduced with Build 22518 should now be available to all Windows Insiders in the Dev Channel.
  • In ALT + TAB, Task view, and Snap assist, the focus rectangle that shows what is selected will now use your chosen accent color on your PC.
  • Our updated IMEs and touch keyboard designs will now show on the Lock screen and where you enter your account information such as username and password. This change is currently rolling out to a subset of Windows Insiders at first and we’ll expand over time based on feedback.
  • We are beginning to roll out the ability for voice typing to download Speech Packs from the Microsoft Store for device-based speech recognition that provides a better performance of transcription.
  • We’re experimenting with improving the discoverability of certain input features in various areas across the OS.
  • For those who need it, you can access ncpa.cpl directly again.
  • We have added HTTPS boot for Hyper-V Generation 2 VMs. The feature is enabled by default.
  • For PCs that support it, display calibration is now directly available under Settings > Display > HDR instead of having to open a separate Settings page.
Fixes

[General]
  • Pressing the hardware buttons for volume up/down should no longer cause explorer.exe to crash for some Insiders.
  • We believe that the issue causing some Insiders to see text in Settings and other places mixed up in the previous flight should no longer repro in this build.
  • Fixed an issue that was causing Narrator to crash in text boxes when using scan mode.
  • Mitigated an issue where for some PCs, after resuming from sleep or hibernate, video playback would resume instantly but the audio could take 10 seconds to start playing.
[File Explorer]
  • Folders named Advanced should no longer unexpectedly open the Advanced Sharing Settings page in Settings.
[Search]
  • We’ve done some work to address an issue wherein typing when using Search from Start or after clicking the Search icon Taskbar would not actually start a Search, as no text was input. If you continue to experience this issue after upgrading, please file a new piece of feedback under Desktop Environment > Search in Feedback Hub.
[Taskbar]
  • Taskbar’s date and time in the long format should no longer cut off on secondary monitors.
[Settings]
  • There should no longer be a random blank entry under Bluetooth & Devices.
  • Fixed an issue where Narrator was reading the Resume updates button as “Check for updates” in the Windows Update page.
  • Settings should no longer crash when going to System > Display > HDR.
  • Fixed an issue believed to be the root cause of Settings crashing sometimes when using the clear location history option.
  • Mitigated an issue that was causing Settings to crash for some Insiders when viewing the properties of a Wi-Fi network.
  • The “private” and “public” controls in network properties should no longer flicker for people with dual network cards.
  • If you search for “network reset” the Settings page for doing that will now appear in the search results.
  • When viewing the list of available Wi-Fi networks in Quick Settings, the signal strength indicators should now reflect the correct signal strength instead of all showing full strength.
[Input]
  • Removed the “try out your setup” box from Personalization > Text Input > Custom Theme, since it didn’t work.
  • The customized text color from Settings > Personalization > Text input > Custom theme” should actually apply to the text in the candidate window / clipboard history/ emoji panel now.
  • Mitigated an issue which was impacting the performance for Insiders with the new input switcher when rapidly switching input back and forth.
  • Tapping the search box in the expressive input area of the touch keyboard should no longer cause the touch keyboard to immediately dismiss the first time you do it after switching input language.
  • Fixed an unexpected 1-pixel gap between the side of the touch keyboard and edge of the screen when docked.
  • Adding missing inverted interrobang (⸘) to the general punctuation section of WIN + Period.
[Windowing]
  • For those using the custom mode in Settings > Personalization > Colors, the background of ALT + Tab, Task View, and Snap Assist should now follow the default Windows mode for light or dark and not the default app mode.
  • Dragging and dropping windows in Task View while using an Arabic or Hebrew display language should drag in the correct direction again now.
  • Explorer.exe shouldn’t crash now when closing snap groups which include 3 or 4 apps.
[Widgets]
  • We fixed the issue where if you changed the taskbar alignment, it would cause the Widgets button to disappear from taskbar.
  • Widgets content on taskbar should not get out of sync between monitors when multiple monitors are connecting to your PC.
[Voice access]
  • Fixed an issue where recently removed microphone shows up as the selected microphone.
  • An issue was addressed to ensure the microphone state changes are announced for screen reader users.
  • Fixed an issue to ensure microphone names are read out for screen reader users on the microphone selection page while setting up voice access for the first time.
  • Fixed an issue to ensure microphone labels communicate the current microphone state for screen reader users.
  • Fixed an issue where duplicate number labels were showing up on Microsoft Edge home page with the command “show numbers”.
  • Fixed an issue where the command “lowercase previous character” was not working as expected.
  • Fixed an issue where voice access would give an incorrect message to say “voice access wake up” even when no microphone is connected.
  • Fixed an issue where the command “switch to Edge” was not prompting for input when two Microsoft Edge windows are open with one of them maximized.
  • Fixed an issue where the command “go to font” didn’t give expected results in Microsoft Word.
  • Addressed an issue where the command “voice access wake up” was not activating voice access microphone when you speak continuously without any pauses.
  • Addressed an issue where dictation was not working as expected on the desktop and File Explorer.
  • Addressed an issue where the command “show numbers” was not showing number labels on the window in focus.
[Task Manager]
  • Fixed an issue that was impacting Task Manager reliability.
  • Update App History tab column name in Task Manager from “Tile updates” to “Notifications”.

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LandzDown Lounge / Re: Congratulations, Corrine!
« on: January 19, 2022, 02:37:26 PM »
Thank you!  It really is special having been re-awarded.  (For those not familiar, a bit of my history as an MVP here. 

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Security Alerts & Briefings / Oracle Java SE Security Update Released
« on: January 19, 2022, 01:33:37 PM »
Oracle released the scheduled security update for its Java SE Runtime Environment software.  This Critical Patch Update contains eighteen (18) new security patches for Oracle Java SE.  All of these vulnerabilities may be remotely exploitable without authentication, i.e., may be exploited over a network without requiring user credentials. 

Update:  If Java is still installed on your computer, it is recommended that this update be applied as soon as possible due to the threat posed by a successful attack.

Download Information:  Java SE Runtime Environment Version 8u321:  https://www.oracle.com/java/technologies/javase-jre8-downloads.html or https://java.com/en/download/manual.jsp.

Release Notes

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Security Software Programs / Re: Malwarebytes
« on: January 18, 2022, 07:37:47 PM »
Malwarebytes version 4.5.2.157 component package 1.0.1562 released.

From Malwarebytes 4.5:

What’s New in 4.5.2:
  • Security Advisor
    • Animation when resolving issue in a card on SA page
  • Update the copy of info-tip for Brute force protection
  • Scan report: Add completion status and update Scan result label
  • Reduce image memory usage in C++/Qml
Some Issues now addressed:
  • Fixed: 4.5.0 Upgrade failures in the field under certain circumstances
  • Fixed: UI Crashing in the field Under certain circumstances
  • Fixed: mbamtray crashes on Windows 11 and Windows 7 under certain circumstances
  • Fixed: BSOD caused by MWAC (mwac+15eca)
  • Fixed: BSOD occurs everytime a scan is run with RTP enabled under certain circumstances
  • Resolved:  MWAC interferes with Techloq Filter
  • Fixed: Misleading Brute Force Protection infotip in Security Advisor while BFP is enabled
  • Fixed: Several Minor UI issues

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Pale Moon has been updated to version 29.4.4.  This is a security update.

Linux versions will follow shortly.

Changes/fixes:
  • Improved application library loading security. DiD
  • Fixed an issue in JavaScript serialization. DiD
  • Fixed a potential out-of-bounds issue in IndexedDB. DiD
  • Fixed a potential issue in widget data handling code. DiD
  • Fixed potentially exploitable crashes in handling truncated/corrupt media files or streams.
  • Fixed an issue in the DOM FileReader code.
  • Updated NSS to 3.52.3 to address a security issue.
  • Fixed the following security issues: CVE-2022-22736, CVE-2022-22741, CVE-2021-4140, CVE-2022-22746, CVE-2022-22744 and CVE-2022-22747.
  • Unified XUL Platform Mozilla Security Patch Summary: 8 fixed, 4 DiD, 17 not applicable.
*DiD This means that a fix is "Defense-in-Depth": It is a fix that does not apply to a (potentially) actively exploitable vulnerability in Pale Moon, but prevents future vulnerabilities caused by the same code, e.g. when surrounding code changes, exposing the problem, or when new attack vectors are discovered.
Pale Moon includes both 32- and 64-bit versions for Windows:  Pale Moon for Windows downloads.

Update:  To get the update now, select "Help" from the Pale Moon menu at the upper left of the browser window.  Select About Pale Moon > Check for Updates.

Release Notes
Release Cycle

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Microsoft released out-of-band (OOB) updates to address issues related to VPN connectivity, Windows Server Domain Controllers restarting, Virtual Machines start failures, and ReFS-formatted removable media failing to mount.

As indicated in the Announcement at https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/release-health/windows-message-center#2777, the updates released today are available for download on the Microsoft Update Catalog. In addition, some can also be installed directly through Windows Update as optional updates. Updates for Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012R2 and Windows Server 2012 can only be downloaded and installed via the Microsoft Update Catalog.

The KB numbers corresponding to your operating system can be found at the referenced Announcement, https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/release-health/windows-message-center#2777.

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Meet & Greet! / Re: Welcome, colin.p!
« on: January 17, 2022, 04:49:06 PM »
I gather that the refurbished PC you purchased doesn't meet the qualifications for Windows 11.  (PC Health Check App, tutorial, How to Check if your Computer or Device is Windows 11 Compatible [UPDATED]).  Fortunately, Microsoft will continue to support Windows 10 until October 14, 2025.

As to Windows Defender and Windows Firewall, I agree that both are very good, although it wouldn't hurt to run an occasional check with the free version of Malwarebytes. 

Although I much prefer Microsoft Edge, uBlock Origin is my choice as well and it work great on Edge too.

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Meet & Greet! / Re: Welcome, colin.p!
« on: January 16, 2022, 05:49:25 PM »
What version of Windows and antivirus do you have installed?

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Meet & Greet! / Welcome, colin.p!
« on: January 15, 2022, 05:44:10 PM »
It appears that we have another member from Scot's joining us at LzD.  Welcome, collin.p!

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Quote
The number of malware infections targeting Linux devices rose by 35% in 2021, most commonly to recruit IoT devices for DDoS (distributed denial of service) attacks.

IoTs are typically under-powered "smart" devices running various Linux distributions and are limited to specific functionality. However, when their resources are combined into large groups, they can deliver massive DDoS attacks to even well-protected infrastructure.

Besides DDoS, Linux IoT devices are recruited to mine cryptocurrency, facilitate spam mail campaigns, serve as relays, act as command and control servers, or even act as entry points into corporate networks.

More at Bleeping Computer:  Linux malware sees 35% growth during 2021.


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