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May 4, 2018  4:27 PM

1803 May Drop Spectre Patches on Some PCs

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
firmware update, Windows 10, Windows Security

Last Monday, April 30, MS unleashed Version 1803, aka the "April Update," to the general public. Though many folks believed it would only trickle out via the Media Creation Tool, it appeared through Windows Update, the Windows 10 Update Assistant, and MCT that same day. Since then, lots of people...

April 27, 2018  11:39 AM

Finding Windows Defender Security About Info

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Windows 10, Windows Defender, Windows Security

OK, so this morning I saw the news on TenForums.com that new versions of the Windows Defender security elements were out. Naturally, I wanted to check the new version info against what I had...


April 6, 2018  12:47 PM

Intel Excludes Older CPUs from Spectre Updates

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Windows 10, Windows Security

Well, we always knew that Intel wasn't going to go back to the beginning of time in crafting microcode updates to address Spectre Variant 2. Now we know more about what's in and what's out, where such coverage is concerned. On April 2, Intel updated its "


March 14, 2018  12:42 PM

MS Offers New Spectre Updates

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Firmware, Windows 10, Windows Security, Windows Update

Late yesterday, another post on the Windows Blogs for Windows 10 appeared. It offers additional news and insight, and something of a progress report, on Spectre and Meltdown issues. It's from John Cable, MS Director of Program Management, Windows Servicing and Delivery. The title reads "


March 9, 2018  8:48 PM

MS Foils Coin Mining Compelling Telemetry Case

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
ai, Machine learning, Windows 10, Windows Security

OK, then. I'm back from the Microsoft MVP Summit, and still catching up from all the buzz and running around. One recurring theme from the conference that is unclassified is the enduring value of telemetry. That's the data that Windows 10 constantly ships back to HQ, to report on what systems and...


March 2, 2018  9:31 AM

MS Offers Spectre Meltdown Updates Via Catalog

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Firmware, Windows 10, Windows Security

Funny that I posted status about the Spectre Meltdown firmware updates yesterday. No sooner had I finished my post than word appeared that MS had released KB4090007. Entitled "Intel microcode updates" it provides...


March 1, 2018  1:19 PM

Firmware Update Proceeds at Glacial Pace

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Firmware, Windows 10, Windows Security

I've been blogging about firmware updates to address the Spectre/Meltdown vulnerabilities since early January. Today's the first of March, so it seems appropriate to report back in on what's happening. Some vendors -- most notably, Dell and Microsoft, in my case -- have been pro-active and forward...


February 14, 2018  12:32 PM

Update 7-ZIP to 18.01 NOW

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Windows 10, Windows Security

You might not think that a compression tool like 7-Zip could pose security problems for Windows. If so, you'd be wrong. I just  learned -- courtesy of a January 31...

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February 24, 2017  10:38 AM

Win10 Dynamic Lock Gets Cool Tool

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Bluetooth Devices, smartphone, Windows 10, Windows Security

Almost two weeks ago, I blogged here about the addition of a new security feature in Insider Preview Build 15031. It's called Dynamic Lock. Dynamic Lock senses the signal strength...


October 19, 2016  9:46 AM

It’s the simple things that really plague Windows security

Eddie Lockhart Eddie Lockhart Profile: Eddie Lockhart
Biometrics, microsoft windows 10, Windows 10, Windows Security

In the hit 90s animated TV show Hey Arnold!, Arnold's neighbor Mr. Hyunh becomes an unlikely country star with his song "Simple Things." He sang about the simple things he likes about life -- rain, spring, spicy chicken wings –...


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