Windows 11

What's just happened? On 24th June 2021 Microsoft announced their new version of Windows - Windows 11. When Windows 10 was release in 2015, Microsoft Developer Evangelist Jerry Nixon said that Windows 10 would be the last version of Windows. The assumption was that Windows would be enhanced going forward with Feature Updates. Microsoft have... Continue Reading →

Flash Player Now Disabled

Starting 16 January 2021, Flash Player is officially dead and any current installations will block the playing of any Flash content. Adobe ceased to support Adobe Flash Player as of 31 December 2020 and all download pages from their website have been taken down. Why is this happening? Adobe Flash Player is a legacy multi-media... Continue Reading →

WhatsApp Privacy Policy Changes

This week Facebook owned WhatsApp messenger will start to ask users to accept a new set of privacy policies that, depending on where you live, will enforce the sharing of data between WhatsApp and other Facebook companies. The previous policies (June 2020) offered an option to opt out of sharing data with Facebook companies. This... Continue Reading →

New UK Coronavirus Test & Trace App in Trial

On the 13 August 2020 the UK government released a revised Contact Tracing app to be trailed on the Isle of White, the London Borough of Newham and NHS volunteer responders. In addition to the Contact Tracing function it also has other features including: An alert system that informs users of the coronavirus risk level... Continue Reading →

UK Coronavirus Contact Tracing Update

This is an update to my blog Location Tracking, Your Privacy & COVID 19 Contact Tracing to bring this up to date with the recent developments in the UK. The UK were going to develop a COVID 19 Contact Tracing App using a hybdrid technology that was centralised and in which they owned the data... Continue Reading →

Windows 10 Feature Update 2004 Released

In May 2020 Microsoft released their latest feature update to Windows 10. This will be delivered through Windows Updates as a feature update to targeted devices in the short term and your device may be specifically blocked while drivers and other software (e.g. Anti Virus software) is updated. As with all new releases, there are... Continue Reading →

Android 11 Preview Released

This week (WC 7 June 2020) the first preview of Android 11 (the latest iteration in the Android smartphone operating system) was released for specific test handsets. This brings a number of security and privacy updates as well as some functional updates that you may either love or hate. Privacy Updates A number of privacy... Continue Reading →

A Review of 2019

What a difference 365 days makes. 2019 has been an eventful year for cyber security professionals with a number of new threats emerging as well as an escalation in ransomware and level of data breaches as well as all the normal threat vectors. IoT has also featured heavily in the cyber security landscape. But first... Continue Reading →

Windows 7 Support ends 14th January 2020

As I have blogged on two previous occasions, support for Windows 7 ends on 14th January 2020. This means: All patching of security flaws ends and you will not receive any further patches from 14th January 2020 being the last patch Tuesday that will include widely available Windows 7 patchesMicrosoft Security Essentials also retires on... Continue Reading →

Windows Update Changes

Any regular followers of this site will know that I am a strong advocate of fully licencing software with a valid licence and keeping your licenced software up to date. If you want to read about the consequences of not doing this please see my blog The Dangers to using Unsupported Devices and Software. Microsoft in... Continue Reading →

RDP Bug on Windows – Patch Now

In the past few weeks a highly dangerous vulnerability has been made public in older (and largely unsupported or near end of support) versions of Windows, namely: Windows Server 2008Windows 7 ProWindows 2003Windows XP Pro. This is being named 'BlueKeep' and has been proven to be remotely exploitable without any authentication. There are currently estimated... Continue Reading →

Windows 7 Updates (Updated)

UPDATED 31 May 2019 If you are still on Windows 7, and a corporate without an exit strategy, you need to take note of two things: Window's 7 ceases extended support in January 2020, after which you won't get any security patchesUpdates happening in the next few months, if not applied, will stop your security... Continue Reading →

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