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FAQ: Are you in danger: WannaCry ransomware?

WannaCry took down wide swaths of the internet over the weekend, then disappeared. Here’s what you need to know, without the hype.  

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So I don’t need to worry about it right now?

Wrong. Very wrong. This is one of those rare times when the Windows sky is falling. We already have reports from Matt Suiche of a new WannaCry variant that’s been sinkholed with 10,000 infections logged. The clones are coming, and many of them won’t be easy to stop. You have to get your Windows PC patched now.

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Microsoft rushes emergency fix for critical antivirus bug

Microsoft’s security team fixed a type confusion flaw in its malware engine that affects practically all of its security products.  The point of antivirus is to keep malware off the system. A particularly nasty software flaw in Microsoft’s antivirus engine could do the exact opposite and let attackers install malware on vulnerable systems. Click on the picture to get the full scoop.

Microsoft reveals what data Windows 10 collects from you.

 

Microsoft finally caved to the pressure to be more transparent and revealed the type of diagnostic data it collects.  Click on the picture for the details.

Android gotchas: Fast fixes for 6 common problems

 

Check out these fixes or save this story for a rainy day. With these troubleshooting tips in hand, you’ll be swatting away problems and getting back to business in no time—no aspirin required.

 

Free tools to support cyber security efforts

More cyber security freebies than you knew existed.

There are more free information security tools out there than you can highlight with a fist full of whiteboard pointers. While many are trial ware-based enticements designed to lure decision makers to purchase the pricey premium counterparts of these freebies, many are full-blown utilities. A few important categories include threat intelligence tools, tools to build security in during the development stage, penetration testers, and forensics tools.  (click on the picture above for the full story)

8 Free Alternatives to Windows OS

If money is a problem and you need a free alternative to Windows to keep your PC running, or you just want a change but don’t want to splash a grand on macOS, take a look at these options, all available to download and install today.

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How Android and iOS devices are REALLY hacked.

 Amid all the fear and hype generated over the past few days as a result of Wikileaks and its precipitous Vault 7 dump, one fact was crystal clear: People have no idea what hacking an Android smartphone or an iPhone means or what it entails.

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