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Throwback Thursday: Eyes only

Whatever the policy says, it must be very strict.

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How to avoid using RDP in Windows

Several new vulnerability disclosures in Windows Remote Desktop Protocol suggest it’s time to stop using it. Here’s how.

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Safari to ape Firefox, go all-in on anti-tracking

The WebKit team has unveiled a new Tracking Prevention Policy that could help bolster privacy for users of Apple's Safari browser.

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Installing Windows 7 from a backup? You need a BitLocker patch right away

Whether you’re installing Win7 from backup on bare metal or on a VM, watch out for a missing patch. On Friday, Microsoft issued a hidden advisory saying you need to run bcdboot.exe and get the SHA-2 patch KB 3133977 – a BitLocker fix...

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Microsoft warns of Visual Basic, VBA and VBScript 'procedure call' errors after August patches

Sometime in the past few hours, Microsoft posted official warnings about an 'invalid procedure call error' associated with August patches for all versions of Windows, from Win7 onward, and encompassing all flavors of Visual Basic....

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3 Google privacy tips for Mac and iOS users

There are several ways to make your Google activity more private on any platform...

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Chrome, Firefox to expunge Extended Validation cert signals

Google and Mozilla have decided to eliminate Extended Validation signals in their desktop browsers; the certificates were designed to assure users they landed on a legitimate site, not a malicious copycat.

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Why blockchain-based voting could threaten democracy

As the desire to increase voter turnout remains strong and the number of online voting pilot projects rises in the U.S. and abroad, some security experts warn any internet-based election system is wide open to attack, regardless of...

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Apple announces a new iPhone (and you can’t have it)

The pre-jailbroken iPhone for security researchers is a hit at Black Hat 2019.

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The best privacy and security apps for Android

Forget malware scanners or over-the-top security suites: These are the apps that'll actually improve your security and protect your privacy on Android.

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Many VPN apps on Apple’s App store can’t be trusted, researcher warns

Apple must look into the security and privacy of VPN apps provided by its App Stores

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Almost half of tested free Android antivirus apps fail. That might prove very useful to IT.

In BYOD environments, users tend to supplement corporate security programs with free versions. That is a remarkably bad idea, and one analyst report suggests a way to stop it.

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Microsoft relaxes telemetry rule for PCs managed with Windows Update for Business

A rule that kept privacy-first organizations from using group policies to manage the update service will no longer have to set the "diagnostic data level" for devices to Basic or above.

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How to set up Edge Chromium security options

Edge Chromium can provide more protection for organizations that use older versions of Windows.

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Slack beefs up mobile security controls for Enterprise Grid

The latest updates to security controls for Slack’s enterprise-grade collaboration app are designed to make it easier to manage data on a range of devices.

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Train to become an ethical hacker for only $39

The 2019 Ethical Hacker Master Class Bundle features 10 courses on how to combat security threats, and it even includes prep material for CompTIA certifications.

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It’s time to install most of July's Windows and Office patches

If you’ve been keeping your Windows 7/Server 2008 R2 machines clean with “Security-only” patches, July has an important change to consider. For most people, the coast is clear to install the July 2019 patches.

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Apple suspends Siri snooping (and promises more control for the rest of us)

Apple announces the immediate global suspension of its controversial Siri grading program

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