Blog Authors

Latest from Your IT Consultant

Every so often, we replace our smartphones with a new model. It may take several days to reinstall all the apps and move data over to the new device. For us, it is a good time to clean up apps we don’t use or data we don’t need. Transferring messages from one device to the other is a task most users fixate on. How you move those messages varies based on the device being retired…
We’ve harped on it for a long time. There is no excuse not to use a password manager, especially since there are excellent free ones available. CNET writer Rick Broida posted his thoughts on the best free password managers. The free version of LastPass is an excellent choice. As Rick points out, “The free version of LastPass supports password synchronization. That means you can access your data on your phone, tablet and PC — a…
Most of us are still working from home during this coronavirus pandemic and using our home networks to conduct daily business. It is no secret that home networks are less secure than what we use at work. ZDNet posted the results of a study involving 127 home routers from seven brands that was done by Germany’s Fraunhofer Institute for Communication (FKIE). The study found that 46 routers weren’t updated in the past year and that…
Despite what some would want, we will still be using passwords for several more years. There is absolutely no excuse for the continued reuse of passwords or using weak ones. The bad news…123456 is used as a password once for every 142 passwords. Hot for Security revealed results of a recent analysis of over one billion usernames and passwords from corporate data breaches that were found online. 1 billion credentials were reduced to just 168,919,919…
It’s going to be a lot more difficult to physically see and touch Microsoft’s Surface line of computing devices. According to a Computerworld report, Microsoft will be shutting down 78 of its 82 retail outlets and taking a $450M charge against earnings. The remaining four outlets will be converted to “Microsoft Experience Centers.” The four locations are in New York City, London, Sydney and an on-campus location in Redmond. Sharon and I have visited…
Microsoft Windows has had the recycle bin for years. Apparently, it’s not good enough for users to recover deleted data. As reported by Ars Technica, Microsoft has released a stand-alone undeletion tool called WINFR (Windows File Recovery). The utility works with the latest versions of Windows 10. Finding the utility can be a little challenging even if searching the Microsoft Store. “Moving onto the Microsoft Store, the experience was no better—when searching for its exact…
TF Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has a really good track record predicting Apple’s actions prior to official announcement. As appleinsider reported, there will be two new iPad models that include new 20-watt chargers. There will be a new 10.8-inch iPad followed by a 8.5-inch iPad mini. Another major move deals with the 2020 iPhone models. Kuo said that there will be no EarPods shipping with the iPhone 12. It is suspected the decision is…
Adobe Flash has long been on the top of the list of insecure software. Many websites are still using Flash even though it is under constant attack. Adobe intends to put an end to our Flash misery. Hot for Security reported Adobe is cutting the cord on Flash. Adobe will no longer provide download links or support for Flash at the end of this year. “Adobe will be removing Flash Player download pages from its…
Everyone should have a password manager. I don’t think it really matters which one you use…just use one. Android Police reported that Dashlane now has family plans available. The new plans are called Premium Family and Premium Plus Family. The offerings are a little pricey when compared to family plans available from Dashlane’s competitors. Premium Family costs $7.49/month and Premium Plus Family is $14.99/month. As a comparison, 1Password Families is only $4.99/month. While Dashlane may…
You may have heard the news that Japanese auto manufacturer Honda was hit with a ransomware attack disrupting its global operation. In 2017, law firm DLA Piper shut down operations for several days because of a cyber incident too. It is believed that the network design of Honda and DLA Piper allowed malware to propagate through the companies’ network due to lack of segmentation. CPO Magazine posted news that describes the attack on Honda and…