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Microsoft has angered a portion of their user base with a change that's coming in the next build of Windows 10.  As of the next build, the OS will reserve a whopping seven GB of space on your hard drive, so that big updates don't fail for lack of space.  Unfortunately, the change means that the OS will really hog...

Here's some disturbing news:  Hackers around the world are actively trying to exploit Valentine's Day. This is according to new research from the Emerging Treats team at the security firm ProofPoint.  The team has detected a massive new mal-spam campaign they've dubbed "The Love Letter Campaign."   Relying on basic social techniques, this campaign uses subject lines like: I love you My letter just...

Cryptominers are among the most common type of malware in the wild today, based on the latest research by digital security company Check Point.  While there are dozens of variants deployed by hackers, the cryptojacker "Coinhive" is the malware of choice this year.  Once installed on a computer, it works in the background siphoning off your computing power to mine...

Are you a Firefox user?  If so, be advised that in Mozilla's next release, Firefox 69, the company will be disabling support for the beleaguered Adobe Flash plugin. The change has been on the radar for quite some time, so it should not come as a surprise to anyone.  It's part of a systematic plan by Mozilla, Google, and other browser...

Here's a side-effect of the government's continuing shutdown that many people had not anticipated:  Expiring TLS Certificates used for web security. Most people clearly see the impacts of national parks closing and the like. It's worth remembering that the government's IT staffed as been classified as 'non-essential' too, which means they're currently sitting at home twiddling their thumbs, waiting for the...

There's a new strain of ransomware being deployed with increasing frequency.  Believe it or not, it's even more dangerous than the strains we've seen in recent months. Unlike other types of ransomware, this one not only encrypts your files and demands payment (which is bad enough) but it also attempts to steal your credit card information via a PayPal phishing page...

Recent Windows 10 updates have been giving the company's user base heartburn lately, with their tendency to delete files and cause at least as many problems as they solve.  If you're among the frustrated ranks, good news is on the horizon. The company is currently readying an update that will allow you to pause the update function so that they no...

Recently, Marriott Hotels informed the world that they had been the victims of a massive data breach.  As it turns out, the breach was even more serious than was initially reported. As the company has learned more from the ongoing investigation into the matter, they've been doing an admirable job at keeping the public updated, even if the details are cringe-worthy. According...

There's a new side channel attack to worry about. This one is after the target system's OS page cache, where a variety of sensitive data that has been accessed by the device's owner is stored for rapid retrieval.  Perhaps the worst and most ominous aspect of this newly identified threat is the fact that it's not limited by hardware architecture,...

One of the exciting new features offered by the latest smartphones is facial recognition, which allows users to unlock their devices simply by looking at them.  On paper, it's a great feature and incredibly convenient, but there's a problem. The issue was uncovered by a non-profit group called the Dutch Consumentenbond, which tested more than a hundred smartphones offered by...

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