1:M Cyber Security News 8/11/22

Blog – Hope everyone is keeping safe and sound online.

Lots of cool things happening, like the big news I sent an announcement about a few weeks ago, about Apple, Microsoft and Google all supporting a new FIDO2 standard that will let you go passwordless on the Internet. Yes, you read that right. So if you didn’t have a chance to read it, please do, was its a serious game changer 🙂

OK, here are some other interesting updates in the world of security I wanted to share:


If you guys own a Microsoft 365 account ( its basically OneDrive cloud storage access, + Microsoft Word, Excel, and Powerpoint)., you can now download Microsoft security app called Defender FOR FREE to any platform – Windows, Apple, Android and iOS. Owners of Windows computers without Microsoft 365 don’t need to sweat; Microsoft is still preinstalling software on Windows to protect against viruses and other malware. That software is now simply branded as Windows Security

* https://www.microsoft.com/security/blog/2022/06/16/making-the-world-a-safer-place-with-microsoft-defender-for-individuals/


Fantastic news: since Microsoft recently started blocking Macros in Microsoft office by default, the bad guys have been forced to Strat using other methods to get you to click on something, namely archival-type files such as ISO, RAR and ZIP files, that contain what we call a shortcut file with an LNK file extension. Its much harder to social engineer you to want to open a Zip file and then click on a LNK file – so this is good for us, and bad for the hackers for sure

* https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/as-microsoft-blocks-office-macros-hackers-find-new-attack-vectors/


DuckDuckGo is releasing its first desktop web browser, DuckDuckGo for Mac, which will be a seriously privacy-focused browser . The desktop version will join the existing Android and iOS browsers apps, and there will also be a Windows version soon, so stay tuned. Its certainly worth check out, as it has a lot pf built-in privacy features, and will even automate cookie consent popups

* https://spreadprivacy.com/introducing-duckduckgo-for-mac/


Your Microsoft computer comes with a bunch of nifty built-in safety software that shields you from the worst threats. Here’s how to navigate your free toolkit:

* https://www.wired.com/story/how-to-use-windows-security/


A US federal data privacy law, similar to GDPR, might be right around the corner. Indeed, both political parties, as well as privacy advocates are actually very excited about this bill, and if it passes, it will be the first time in decades that the US has a privacy bill that they can in force at the federal level. And the good news is, it is all about data minimisation, and its even stricter than GDPR, and the California state privacy law CPRA

* https://iapp.org/news/a/distilling-the-essence-of-the-american-data-privacy-and-protection-act-discussion-draft/




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