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Web News / Windows Defeinder Being Renamed
« Last post by Corrine on July 20, 2019, 01:49:20 PM »
Windows Defender Gets a New Name: Microsoft Defender

In a statement to BleepingComputer, Microsoft has stated that they are making these changes to show that their security products have become cross-platform under the umbrella name Microsoft Defender.

     “As part of our continued $1B a year investment to deliver a world class security platform for our
     customers, we are extending Windows Defender ATP capabilities beyond the Windows operating
     system. As a result, we are renaming to reflect our cross-platform approach to endpoint security”
General Software News, Updates & Discussions / Re: CCleaner Updates
« Last post by Corrine on July 19, 2019, 06:47:31 PM »
From the referenced ghacks article:

CCleaner users who upgrade the software or install it anew using the full installer may get these offers.
(Bold added)

Just one more reason to wait for the Slim Build!
General Software News, Updates & Discussions / Re: CCleaner Updates
« Last post by hayc59 on July 19, 2019, 06:16:20 PM »
This happened to me because I did not pay attention this day!! This program was so sweet not so long ago!!
Beware: CCleaner may install CCleaner Browser and remap file associations
General Software News, Updates & Discussions / Re: Microsoft Edge Preview Builds
« Last post by Corrine on July 18, 2019, 05:56:57 PM »
Dev channel build is live

Update includes new features and behaviors as well as fixes for improved reliability and behavior.
Windows Insider Preview Build 18941 Released to Fast Ring:  Announcing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 18941 | Windows Experience Blog.

Install failures with error code c1900101 is still a "Known Issue".  See the blog post for other changes/fixes and issues.
Security Alerts & Briefings / Mozilla Firefox Version 68.0.1 Released
« Last post by Corrine on July 18, 2019, 04:06:53 PM »
Mozilla sent Firefox Version 68.0.1 to the release channel today. As of the last check, no update is available for ESR.

Release Notes
Computer Problems, Questions and Solutions! / Re: New Router Security???
« Last post by Digerati on July 18, 2019, 02:25:49 PM »
I set her router up to not even broadcast the SSID name
That's fine but it really does not improve security. Wireless means radio waves and any wannabe junior bad guy can still see the wireless network, even if SSID broadcasting is disabled.
If it's not broadcasting the SSID name to everyone in the local area neighborhood, then it it doesn't exist to them.
Not true! They can still see a network there, they just cannot see the name. Any badguy (or neighbor whizkid) with a simple packet sniffer like XIRRUS WiFi Inspector can easily see what wireless networks are active in the area and its general location. With a simple, home made directional antenna, they can easily pinpoint the exact physical location.

It does NOT take a pro to do this. Remember, it is not your honest neighbors you need to worry about. And a real bad guy sitting out in the street pointing a directional antenna at your house would likely get them some unwanted attention. So it's the mischievous whizkid next door who wants to steal access to your network - either to simply use it for free, or for nefarious deeds using your assigned IP address who you need to be concerned with.

The only way to truly hide your wireless network is to turn it off completely and use only Ethernet.

Also, while most wireless devices today support push button connection, some legitimate devices still need to see the SSID during setup. This requires the user to then log into the admin menu and enable SSID broadcasting again during setup, then disable it again. A PITA, IMO.

So, because it does not improve security, I no longer even suggest disabling SSID broadcasting. I just say to immediately rename it to something that does not readily identify it as belonging to you, or to your home/apartment. And, of course, use the highest security encryption possible - preferably WPA2 + AES, and a strong, hard to guess passphrase.

BTW, if you live in a crowded wifi neighborhood and have connection and/or range problems, it likely is due to other networks on your same channel, or adjacent channel. You can use a packet sniffer to identify unused channels then change to that unused channel in your wifi admin menu. If there are no unused channels, picking one that is used that has the weakest signal strengths is the next best thing. Also, for devices that support it, switching to a 5GHz network can improve performance too. However, the effective range with 5GHz is very limited so it works best for those devices in close proximity (under 30 or so feet is best) to the WAP (wireless access point).
Computer Problems, Questions and Solutions! / Re: New Router Security???
« Last post by techie on July 18, 2019, 01:17:30 PM »
My daughter lives in a very crowded area, NYC. I set her router up to not even broadcast the SSID name. I don't know of any new routers that doesn't have the push button connection key. Hold the button for 5 to 10 seconds, the wifi lights will flash for about two minutes. You don't have to see the SSID router name broadcasting to connect to it. Make sure the device your connecting to is waiting at the name and password screen to connect.You can do this with each device you want to connect to the network and it will setup the connection and security you have automatically from the router to the device. The other option if you aren't broadcasting the name is on the bottom of the router or a card that was attached to the router, you will see a SSID default name (unless you changed it), that is the user name and a pin code, that is the password. Just type that in to your computer, cellphone, etc. when trying to connect.

If it's your personal router (not a hotspot) everyone else in the neighborhood using a wireless device doesn't need to know it's there. If it's not broadcasting the SSID name to everyone in the local area neighborhood, then it it doesn't exist to them. We are just talking routers or modem/router combos in general. Since we have no specific information i.e. name of the router and model, it's just generic info.

The push button works if a family member or friend is visiting and you want to give them access to your WIFI.

It does require you to look at the internal settings and change it. You no doubt need to change your password login for the router. Usually if you login the first time it will offer you a setup option of the router. Just follow the prompts.

Like plodr said you can reset the router to factory defaults if you run into a problem.

Windows Insider Preview Build 18362.1006 Released to a subset:  UPDATED: Announcing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 18362.10005 (19H2) | Windows Experience Blog.

UPDATE 7/17: Today we have released 19H2 Build 18362.10006 for a subset of Windows Insiders that turns on the features delivered as part of Build 18362.10005 (noted in the below blog post) earlier this week. Please note that Build 18362.10006 is only going out to a subset of Insiders in the Slow ring. That means not everyone in the Slow ring will get this update.

The changes and fixes are those that were announced but not included in the previous release and can be found in the referenced article.
Security Alerts & Briefings / Oracle Java™ Critical Security Updates Released
« Last post by Corrine on July 17, 2019, 03:00:33 PM »
Oracle released the scheduled critical security updates for its Java SE Runtime Environment software.  This Critical Patch Update contains 10 new security fixes for Oracle Java SE.  Nine (9) of these vulnerabilities may be remotely exploitable without authentication, i.e., may be exploited over a network without requiring user credentials.  The English text form of this Risk Matrix can be found here. The update also includes numerous Bug Fixes.


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 8u221
Java SE 12.0.2 Development Kit (64-bit only)
  • UNcheck any pre-checked toolbar and/or software options presented with the update. They are not part of the software update and are completely optional.
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