Tech Wrap-Up 5-24-2019. It’s the unofficial beginning of summer and a time to honor the men and women who gave their lives in the line of military service. Happy Memorial Day Weekend. Tech Help Knowledgebase wraps up each day with a summary of today’s most engaging stories from our social media feeds. We order the story summaries below by user engagement (posts with the most likes, shares, clicks, hashtag clicks and detail expands) and by the number of impressions they received. Our human-curated social media feeds include links to technology news, how-to and help articles, and video tutorials for common issues.
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Today’s Tech Wrap-Up
1. These are the top 10 programming languages in blockchain (The Next Web)
2. Microsoft Pulls Edge Dev Update After Browser Launch Issues (Bleeping Computer)
Living on the edge doesn’t normally apply to web browsers. Those of us who run Chromium-based Microsoft Edge, a development branch of Edge web browser, are doing just that. Anyone who uses a product or service under development should expect issues. When Microsoft pulled an Edge update on Thursday, they did so because users couldn’t launch Edge after a recent update. The issue did not impact all users, and Microsoft already rolled out a fix for it.
3. .htaccess Injector on Joomla and WordPress Websites (Security Boulevard)
A website’s .htaccess file is one that most people don’t like to mess with. This week, Security Boulevard discovered and wrote about an .htaccess code injection issue they discovered while investigating an incident response case. The code injection caused malicious site redirection on a Joomla and WordPress site. In this case, it was an advertising site likely used to generate ad impressions.
Look for the latest Windows 10 update from Microsoft spilling onto your computer in the coming days (if it hasn’t already). Known as May 2019 Update (Windows 10, version 1903), it has some new features that may not be well known yet. For example, the default skin is a light theme with a general flatter, lighter design. May 2019 Update also makes changes to the Action Center, Windows Hello, the way Windows updates, built-in app removal, Game Bar, and lots more.
If you ran the mobile version of Chrome, Safari or Firefox on your smartphone from mid-2017 to late-2018, Google Safe Browsing was not delivering phishing warnings to you. According to a research project called PhishFarm, mobile browsers that used Google’s blacklisting technology did not display phishing notifications during that time period.
6. Google data shows 2FA blocks 100% of automated bot hacks (The Next Web)
Two-factor authentication (2FA) is the added layer of account access protection in the event someone guesses or steals your password. It’s a pain in the neck since the application or device you use to issue 2FA tokens may not always be handy. According to research from Google, NYU, and UC, the hassle is worth it. Where receiving secondary SMS codes is effective most of the time, physical security keys like Titan and YubiKey blocked 100% of attacks.
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