Tech Wrap-Up 5-4-2022. Hooray, hooray, it’s Stars Wars Day, which we could also call I Have A Lisp Day. The first Star Wars Day occurred a long time ago, like 2011. But isn’t every day Star Wars Day really? May the Fourth be with you and also with Tech Help Knowledgebase as we wrap up the 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 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. Microsoft PowerShell lets you track Windows Registry changes (Bleeping Computer)
Hands up, who pays attention to their Windows Registry? I don’t. But I would like to know if anything changed, diagnose any issues that come up, and remove malicious entries. The technique referenced in this article suggests Windows users could store existing registry keys in a snapshot variable. At a later time, users could create a current variable, then compare the two of them to review any changes made since the original snapshot.
2. 5 Cybersecurity Threats That Aren’t Going Away (eWeek)
eWeek lists five persistent cybersecurity threats against which corporate technology leaders must continuously guard. The threats listed are 1) Ransomware Attacks Shift to Smaller Targets, 2) Endless Spear Phishing and Whale Phishing, 3) Crime Doesn’t Take a Day Off, 4) Lest We Forget Network Appliances, and 5) Exploiting New Remote Work Staff.
3. New endpoint solution delivers real-time protection against vulnerabilities (Beta News)
The new endpoint security solution that delivers real-time protection against vulnerabilities is Syxsense Enterprise. It “combines Syxsense Secure, Manage, and Mobile Device Manager to deliver a completely unified platform that scans and manages all endpoints, resolves problems in real-time, and reduces the risks associated with system misconfigurations.” Syxsense Enterprise includes mobile device management for devices running on Android, iOS, and iPadOS (and Windows, Linux, and Mac devices, too).
4. 9 Major Reasons to Upgrade to Windows 11 Now (PC Magazine)
My laptop runs Windows 11, and my desktop runs Windows 10. The blue upgrade dot displays in my desktop’s taskbar and has done so for a few months now. I have not yet pulled the trigger. This piece from PC Magazine resonated with our users today and also with me. I know I will upgrade to Windows 11 at some point and am waiting for a deal-breaker. Out of the nine major reasons listed in this article, none of them are deal-breakers for me. Are they for you?
5. Linux gaming surges in popularity – is this the Steam Deck effect? (Tech Radar)
Referencing a new April 2022 hardware survey from Valve shows a month-over-month 1.14% increase in the number of gamers using Linux. The increase is second only to November 2021, which saw a 1.16% increase. The announcement of Steam Deck occurred in July last year. This suggests that the increase in popularity may be attributable to Steam Deck.
6. Gear from Netgear, Linksys, and 200 others has unpatched DNS poisoning flaw (Ars Technica)
A recently discovered critical vulnerability in third-party code libraries has Netgear, Linksys, and others wondering if the issue has crept into their own code libraries. The DNS poisoning could allow hackers to feed a vulnerable device a malicious IP address, causing users to connect to malicious sites.
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