I’m still tracking issues with the Windows 10, version 1709 release, and thus I’m not ready to install it to my office systems, nor on my home systems. Some small business admins had 1709 installed on systems where they thought they had pushed off the update for several months. Microsoft acknowledged that the 1703 version may receive the 1709 feature update when you are not expecting it. They promised to fix the issue in an upcoming update. I personally think the issue is selecting to defer the feature update in the GUI is not “sticking.” If you use the local group policy to push off the feature update that seems to be sticking. Finally on November 30, the 1709 release received the fix for remote printing and RDP whereby certain PDF printers would cause RDP to crash upon launch. As noted in the forums it is now fixed in KB4051963, but not listed in the documentation notes. What to do: I’m still recommending to push off the 1709 update at this time, but I’m getting closer to recommending its install. Dot Matrix Printer Fixes Microsoft inconvenienced dot matrix print owners with several November updates. Fortunately, they’ve already released fixes. For … Read More
Q. I keep hearing about smart assistants eavesdropping on your conversations and reporting them back to big tech companies. So I’m nervous about using Cortana on my machine. Just how much privacy control do I have when it comes to Cortana? A. More than you used to. The recently released Fall Creators Update, aka Windows 10 Version 1709 recently bulked out the Windows Settings app with a new area for managing what Cortana knows about you and your activities. The new Activity History tab under your Microsoft Account gives you full control over all the data that is used with Windows Timeline including voice, search, browse, and location. The new addition to the Privacy Dashboard gives you granular control over all of this data with options to clear everything or remove all of it or individual items. Although there are no options on Windows 10 Home or Pro used on a standalone machine to opt out of providing at least a basic level of telemetry to Microsoft, you can opt out of using Cortana. Of course, there are consequences to making that choice according to Microsoft and it will limit Cortana’s ability to provide you with timely suggestions and other … Read More
By now you know what Trello can do for you when it comes to organization and project management, and you’ve learned the basics of setting up Trello for your own personal needs. You’ve also read an overview of Trello for teams, including how the application can facilitate better communication and collaboration. You can use Trello well, even effectively, with just that information. But to really become a Trello power user you’ll want to step up your game with keyboard shortcuts, application tie-ins, and automation. Here are the tips and tricks you need to know to upgrade Trello from convenient to life changing. Learn the Keyboard Shortcuts There are a variety of keyboard shortcuts that can be used within Trello to save you time and clicks. “Trello’s system can have a learning curve for new users,” says Brad M. Shaw, president/CEO of Dallas Web Design Inc. Learning keyboard shortcuts changed this for him, and therefore changed his relationship with the app. “Doing simple things like using the space bar to assign the card to yourself, pressing D to open the due date menu and L to add a label saves valuable time,” Shaw says. Here are some of the most valuable … Read More
This month, there are three twisty new products that just might jump-start your workflow. We’ll start with a keyboard that’s got a twist: It lets you concentrate on creating documents and illustrations without having to stop in your tracks to remember how to call up frequently used functions in different applications. Next, a twist on Internet security: a tiny desktop box that lets you see and control who is using your network and on what devices. And finally, a power play: a portable power outlet to charge mobile devices and even your laptop. Logitech Keyboard Lets Us Dial in Frequently Used App Functions This article is part of our premium content. Join Now.Already a paid subscriber? Click here to login.
Trello can be a powerful project management tool for your teams, if you use it effectively and implement it properly As we discussed in “How to Get Started With Trello,” the project management application functions well as a tool for personal planning. But one of the main advantages of Trello for organization is that it has several features designed to make teamwork convenient, collaborative, and easily tracked. Everything that an individual user can do in Trello can also be done on boards that have multiple members because they are part of a designated team: create lists and cards; move around or archive inactive lists or cards; link files, photos, and websites; set due dates and assign tasks via a checklist; and add comments to cards. A team also allows its users to view all associated boards and their members in one place. Team members can be designated as admins, or as regular members; with a business-class Trello account, team admins have admin control over any board in a team whether or not they’ve been invited to a particular board by its admins. This article is part of our premium content. Join Now.Already a paid subscriber? Click here to login.
Office has long been used as a means to infiltrate our systems a means by which attackers get into our systems. Every month Office is patched for remote code execution attacks. Microsoft patches what vulnerabilities it can. Take the November Office updates that fixed issues with older obsolete components in Office 2016 that impacted ODBC drivers. But as pointed out in this research blog post, mitigation in addition to patching is probably wise. The view that mitigation may be better than patching is reinforced with the disclosure of another Office vulnerability that won’t be patched. It can’t be patched, as it impacts functionality of your system. You have to make the determination of how much at risk you want to be. Called the DDEAuto attacks allows the execution of malicious code on an email without the use of attachments or macros. These macro-less attacks have been used in various attacks such as malware campaigns such as Vortex ransomware and Hancitor. In the example noted in the Sophos blog, an attack can come from in the form of a calendar invite instead of an email. The attachment is in the form of a RTF – or rich text format – and … Read More
Q. Are these new smart/secure routers the kind of thing I can give to friends and relatives for the holidays? I’m really tired of doing tech support. A. Let me begin the answer to this question by telling you about CES 2017, way back in January. As I was attending walking the show floor, one of the trends I noticed was home-based devices that are usually referred to as smart or secure routers. They’re supposed to help provide security not only for existing computing devices in the home, but also the growing number of Internet of Things (IoT) devices that are becoming common place in the home. Many of IoT devices include connected home appliances and adapters, and while some of these devices have built in security, many do not. Enter the secure routers, developed to add a layer of security between those devices and the Internet. These new home routers and firewalls add that later of protection to IoT devices by learning the devices’ normal traffic patterns in and out of your home network so they can alert you if and when there’s a deviation from the pattern. You can then decide if there’s a security breach or not. … Read More
For those running the Windows 10 1709 release you will note that you will receive two unusually-named updates. The first, as observed by several posters in the Microsoft user forums, is that the Malicious Software removal update is labeled “Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool for Windows Insider Preview and Server Technical Preview (KB890830)”. All of the impacted folks have never installed the insider preview versions. It appears that someone at Microsoft merely named the update incorrectly. The second naming problem also shows up only on the Windows 10 1709 release. For those running the 64-bit operating system, you will see is that the patch is named with the AMD64 name in the patch naming causing many to question why it’s being offered to their Intel 64 bit machines. AMD64 is the official name for the 64-bit platform and does not mean that it’s only applicable to AMD processor chips and not Intel chips. Normally the naming of the patch is merely “64-bit” and does not refer to either Intel or AMD. Bottom line: It’s merely a naming issue and the updates are safe to install. What to do: Install these updates at this time. Late Breaking Dot Matrix Issue This … Read More