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 2022-01-13 12:03 

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Cybersecurity and the generation gap...

As baby boomers reach retirement age, younger people are taking their place in the workforce. But does this lead to a loss of skills that aren't being replaced? A new study commissioned by Appgate looks at how generational differences impact cybersecu...

 2022-01-13 11:43 

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Get 'Machine Learning For Dummies, 2nd Edition' ($18 value) FREE for a limited time...

While machine learning expertise doesn't quite mean you can create your own Turing Test-proof android -- as in the movie Ex Machina -- it is a form of artificial intelligence and one of the most exciting technological means of identifying opportunitie...

 2022-01-13 10:57 

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The big three threat actors behind financial services attacks...

The financial services industry is a prime target for cybercriminals due to the vast sums of money managed but also the quantity and quality of sensitive information that is collected by these institutions. A new industry report by Blueliv uses threat int...

 2022-01-13 09:25 

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KB5009543 and KB5009566 updates are breaking VPN connections in Windows...

Update for Windows are supposed to fix problems, boost security and add new features, but all too often they cause problems of their own. This month's Patch Tuesday updates for Windows 10 and Windows 11 are no different in this regard. Earlier this we...

 2022-01-13 08:25 

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Microsoft releases important PowerToys update to fix stability issues...

Just days after the release of PowerToys v0.53.1 which included the new Always On Top utility, Microsoft has unleashed an update it describes as "important". With PowerToys v0.53.3, Microsoft addresses three problems reported by users. The trio of...

 2022-01-13 01:08 

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Monster Blaster 3.0 Bluetooth boombox would make Radio Raheem proud...

Back in the 1980s and 1990s, when you wanted to play your music publicly, you had to lug around a huge boombox powered by C or D batteries. It was a costly and tiring ordeal, but it was well worth the effort; it allowed friends to simultaneously enjoy mus...

 2022-01-12 20:54 

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eBay is currently down (partially)...

Spending this afternoon in the warmth of your home or office searching around eBay for ways to spend your money? The good news is you probably aren't having too many problems, but the former PEZ Dispenser trading company is having problems somewhat be...

 2022-01-12 19:32 

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Microsoft releases Windows 11 Build 22533 with redesigned flyout...

With the holidays a distant memory, Microsoft is back to its regular Wednesday release schedule with a new Windows 11 build for Insiders on the Dev Channel. Build 22533 updates the flyout design for the hardware indicators for brightness, volume, camera p...

 2022-01-12 18:58 

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Logitech launches Litra Glow Premium Streaming Light for content creators...

If you are a content creator (like a Twitch streamer or YouTube vlogger, for instance), you probably already have the necessary equipment, such as a high-quality camera and microphone. But no matter how great your gear is, there is something that can have...

 2022-01-12 15:42 

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Get 'They Ask, You Answer' 2nd Edition ($15 value) FREE for a limited time...

The revolutionary guide that challenged businesses around the world to stop selling to their buyers and start answering their questions to get results has been revised and updated to address new technology, trends, the continuous evolution of the digital ...

 2022-01-12 14:01 

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Open source tool helps in the fight against log4j vulnerability exploits...

Since the Log4Shell attack targeting a log4j vulnerability was first uncovered towards the end of last year it's posed a threat to web servers worldwide. It's a tricky problem to address because doing so means updating software dependencies. Meanw...

 2022-01-12 10:47 

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Half of global ransomware attacks target the US...

Last year 48 percent of ransomware attacks were directed at targets in the United States, with industrial and energy, retail, and finance businesses among the most threatened. Research from AtlasVPN finds that out of 2,845 witnessed ransomware attacks wor...

 2022-01-12 10:27 

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Microsoft urges Windows users to patch critical HTTP vulnerability...

Microsoft has fixed a critical vulnerability which affects several versions of its operating system including Windows 11 and Windows Server 2022. The security bug is an HTTP vulnerability which is tracked as CVE-2022-21907 and Microsoft warns it is wormab...

 2022-01-12 09:10 

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Microsoft releases KB5009566 update to fix long-standing Windows 11 issue...

Microsoft has released the first cumulative patch of 2022 for Windows 11 in the form of the KB5009566 update. The patch is a mandatory cumulative update that addresses security problems thanks to the inclusion of January 2022 Patch Tuesday fixes. These ad...

 2022-01-11 21:11 

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Complying with the DoJ's Civil Cyber-Fraud Initiative...

Under the Department of Justice's (DoJ) new Civil Cyber-Fraud Initiative, government contractors will be under enhanced accountability for implementing cybersecurity measures and reporting breaches and incidents. The DoJ's unveiling of the initiat...

 2022-01-11 19:01 

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Microsoft launches matte black Surface Go 3 with optional LTE...

Is Microsoft's Surface Go line of tablets designed for hardcore computer users? Absolutely not. That is OK though. Not everybody is a gamer or enthusiast. Look, some of us just need to get basic work done. And so, an affordable computer with meager sp...

 2022-01-11 16:45 

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Facebook tracks you across the web and Mozilla wants your help in finding out how...

Everyone knows that Facebook collects data on people online and then uses this to tailor content and advertising. Exactly how it does this remains something of a mystery, however. Mozilla has partnered with non-profit newsroom The Markup for what it's...

 2022-01-11 15:37 

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New zero trust solution helps guard IT infrastructure...

The majority of data breaches are down to compromised credentials that allow privileged access to corporate systems, in particular infrastructure secrets such as API keys, certificates, database passwords and access keys. Keeper Security is launching a ne...

 2022-01-11 14:36 

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Almost three-quarters of Americans worry about online tracking...

A new survey by NordVPN reveals that 73 percent of Americans are worried about being tracked online, and 35 percent think they are being tracked almost all the time. The majority of Americans believe they are mostly tracked by criminals (60 percent) and t...

 2022-01-11 12:32 

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Cybersecurity budgets set to increase in the next year...

A new survey from Kaspersky finds 85 percent of IT decision makers in North America say their cybersecurity budget will increase anywhere up to 50 percent in the next 12 months. The survey, carried out in October 2021 and targeting 600 IT decision makers ...

 2022-01-11 09:21 

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Microsoft reveals 'powerdir' macOS vulnerability that allows unauthorized user data access...

Microsoft has revealed details of a security vulnerability in macOS that could be exploited to gain unathorized access to user data. The vulnerability, which has been named 'powerdir' and is being tracked as CVE-2021-30970, involves a logic issue ...

 2022-01-10 18:47 

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Linux Mint sells out for Mozilla money -- Google becomes default search in Firefox...

So, you decided to get rid of Windows and switch to Linux because you have strong beliefs about free and open source software, eh? Well done! That is quite the noble action, and you should be proud that you are following your morals. You could have went w...

 2022-01-10 14:27 

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European watchdog orders Europol to delete 4 petabytes of illegally collected personal data...

The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) has ordered Europol to delete huge quantities of personal data about hundreds of thousands of people. The European Union's police agency has been found to have illegally collected billions of pieces of da...

 2022-01-10 13:53 

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Only 20 percent of UK smaller businesses are 'tech-savvy'...

Just one in five small businesses in the UK is open to digital transformation, despite it making them two and a half times more likely to experience a 20 percent or more increase in revenue. The finding comes from NatWest bank's latest Springboard to ...

 2022-01-10 11:08 

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Endpoint security products failing against targeted attacks...

While most endpoint security products are capable of handling public email and web-based threats, many are unable to provide complete protection against targeted attacks, according to a new report. Security testing firm SE Labs tested a variety of endpoin...

 2022-01-09 19:57 

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Rebalancing the cybersecurity equation to mitigate ransomware risks...

With the average cost of a data breach now at $4.2 million, growing cyber threats like ransomware and the hybrid workforce have organizations worldwide looking to mitigate risk at every layer of the organization. Securing your organization is like balanci...

 2022-01-09 08:28 

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Meta launches new Privacy Center, leaving Facebook users the unenviable task of learning about privacy and security...

TCFKAF (the company formerly known as Facebook), Meta, has launched Privacy Center, a new way for users to "learn more about our approach to privacy across our apps and technologies". Across five modules -- Security, Sharing, Collection, Use and A...

 2022-01-08 20:17 

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Why breach-likelihood will be a game-changer for mandating cyber insurance...

According to a Cybersecurity Ventures report, 2021 was predicted to have one cyberattack every 11 seconds and the cumulative cost to repair these post cyber incidents will soar to over $6 trillion in 2022. As the digital business ecosystem expanded and th...

 2022-01-08 19:08 

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Satechi ST-UC165GM is an elegant 165W USB-C 4-Port PD GaN Charger...

The days of charging just one device are long gone. Back in the day, people just charged their smartphone. Nowadays, they charge their phone, tablet, wireless headphones, smartwatch, and more. And so, things can get quite messy when needing to charge them...

 2022-01-08 18:29 

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What can the IT industry expect this year? More of the same -- change...

As the age-old saying goes: Change is the only constant in life. The same is particularly true for the IT industry. New technologies birth newer technologies and the cycle of exploration, innovation, and mastery continues on repeat. In my opinion, it'...

 2022-01-08 14:01 

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Microsoft Edge for Windows 11 is getting Dynamic Refresh Rate to boost performance and reduce power consumption...

While still a long way from being the most popular browser on the market, Microsoft Edge continues to be where some of the most interesting developments are to be found. A great example of this can be seen in the latest Canary build of the browser. In Edg...

 2022-01-08 09:37 

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Microsoft acknowledges that the KB5008212 update breaks Outlook search in Windows 10...

Microsoft has acknowledged an issue following the installation of the KB500- update. The problem causes email searching in Outlook to break, and no fix is currently available. To let people know about the issue, and to provide details of a workaround, ...

 2022-01-08 01:21 

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Install Linux Mint 20.3 'Una' this weekend if you have absolutely nothing better to do...

Well, folks, we finally made it; the weekend is officially here! Hopefully you have some exciting activities planned. Maybe you are going to a party or taking someone out for a romantic dinner date. Or maybe, just maybe, you have absolutely nothing planne...

 2022-01-07 18:22 

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Digital transformation: Recovering the meaning behind an overstated concept...

The phrase 'digital transformation,' or DX, in short, is thrown around at an alarming level in the promotional and marketing materials of large tech companies and consultancies. But what does digital transformation really mean? Digital transformat...

 2022-01-07 14:14 

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How control system vulnerabilities can threaten the oil industry [Q&A]...

The Colonial Pipeline attack in 2021 highlighted how vulnerable industrial control systems, and in particular energy supplies, can be to cyberattacks. The oil and gas sector is particularly at risk as it often relies on older devices that don't receiv...

 2022-01-07 11:55 

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Best Windows apps this week...

Four-hundred-seventy-two in a series. Welcome to this week's overview of the best apps, games and extensions released for Windows 10 and 11 on the Microsoft Store and elsewhere in the past seven days. The first big Windows 11 update may come earlier t...

 2022-01-07 10:27 

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Malware and ransomware set to be a larger threat over the next year...

Over half (55 percent) of organizations see malware and ransomware as an 'extreme' threat and 75 percent believe it will get bigger over the next year. This is among the findings of the 2021 Malware and Ransomware report from Bitglass. A joint ven...

 2022-01-07 09:18 

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Microsoft releases PowerToys v0.53.1 and adds new Always On Top utility...

The first PowerToys release of 2022 is here, and it is a strong start to the year. With the release of PowerToys v0.53.1, Microsoft has not only added a new utility in the form of Always On Top, but has also made lots of fixes, changes, additions and impr...

 2022-01-06 19:06 

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Satechi announces 2-in-1 Headphone Stand with Wireless Charger for Apple AirPods Max...

If you're like me, having a neat and tidy desk is a must. Look, I understand that things can get a bit messy sometimes when under a heavy workload, but for the most part, keeping a clean and organized workstation can be key to success. And that is why...

 2022-01-06 18:35 

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Microsoft releases Windows 11 Build 22526 with improved file search...

Having taken a break for the holidays, the Windows development team is back in business with the first new Windows 11 Dev Channel build of 2022. Build 22526 comes with a decent number of fixes, as well as some welcome changes and improvements. From this b...

 2022-01-06 14:53 

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Google Docs comment flaw exploited by attackers...

A flaw in the comments feature of Google Docs is allowing attackers to target users with phishing emails. Security researchers at email security company Avanan have observed what they call, "a new, massive wave of hackers" using the comment featur...

 2022-01-06 14:07 

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5 data warehouse myths that hold development back...

Businesses now live and die by data. From managing resources and analyzing performance to hyper-targeted marketing and behavioral analytics, data has become essential to the way companies operate. The demand for data has never been higher -- and it's ...

 2022-01-06 14:07 

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Quantum is the future say enterprise execs...

Those who fail to adopt quantum computing are in danger of falling behind, according to 75 percent of enterprise executives in a new survey. The study, carried out by Wakefield Research for Zapata Computing, surveyed 300 leaders at large enterprises and f...

 2022-01-06 13:02 

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The chronological feed is coming back to Instagram...

The head of Instagram, Adam Mosseri, has revealed details of tests that are currently underway that will change the way feeds are displayed on the platform. Among the options that are on the way is the much-requested ability to see a chronological feed. I...

 2022-01-06 10:28 

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Microsoft makes updated Notepad and Media Player available to more Windows 11 users...

It has been suggested that Windows 11 shipped as an unfinished product. Microsoft would almost certainly disagree, but it's an idea that is backed up by the fact that bundled apps are being updated -- and not just with minor tweaks, but with major ove...

 2022-01-05 18:43 

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Will Linux Mint 20.3 'Una' make 2022 the fabled 'Year of Linux on the Desktop?'...

Will Linux Mint 20.3 make 2022 the fabled "Year of Linux on the Desktop?" Absolutely not. However, that won't stop some fans of the Ubuntu-based operating system from making that prediction. While it won't dethrone Windows anytime soon, th...

 2022-01-05 16:26 

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Maintaining migration success: Pre-migration tips for moving Teams data...

As our world grows increasingly digital, the importance of an effective virtual workplace becomes a greater priority for businesses everywhere. With many companies relying on remote workforces, tools like Microsoft Teams have become critical to enabling c...

 2022-01-05 14:52 

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You can now give your Linux desktop a Windows 11-style 'Fluent' makeover...

Windows 11 is far from perfect -- it's still very early days for the new operating system after all -- but it sports an attractive, modern aesthetic thanks to the use of Microsoft's Fluent Design System. If you like the look of Windows 11, but pre...

 2022-01-05 14:10 

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Machine learning implemented by 68 percent of organizations...

New research shows that 68 percent of chief technical officers (CTOs) have implemented machine learning at their company. What's more the study, from software development company STX Next, reveals that 55 percent of businesses now employ at least one ...

 2022-01-05 14:03 

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Plugable UD-6950PDZ USB-C Triple 4K Docking Station has 3 HDMI and 3 DisplayPort video outputs...

USB-C docking stations are a dime a dozen these days. There are so many on the market, it can be hard to get excited about new models. For one to stand out in the crowd, it has to be exceptional or offer functionality to make it special. Well, folks, it s...

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