Tech Wrap-Up 7-26-2022

Tech Wrap-Up 7-26-2022

Tech Wrap-Up 7-26-2022, which is Aunt and Uncle Day. One of the most exciting life experiences is when a sibling has a child. But THE most exciting moment is when you find out if your brother or sister is going to have a boy or a girl, for that is the moment you find out if you are going to be an aunt or an uncle. Thank you, I will be here all week. While you decide if you would rather be an aunt or an uncle, Tech Help Knowledgebase wraps 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. One of the most beloved Windows tools could actually be a huge security risk (Tech Radar)

When I first read this headline, I admit I was curious. What is a beloved Windows tool? Is there such a thing? So I dug deeper. The tool: Calculator. OK, it may be the Windows tool I use more than any other, but beloved? More like convenient. My ears perked up when I read that it could be a security risk. It begins with a phishing attempt, an attacker emails a .zip file, the target extracts the zipped files, mounts an .ISO that contains .DLL files, one of which is Qbot malware. Say that ten times fast.

2. Update your browser! Chrome, Edge and Safari patched against zero-day flaw (Kim Komando)

A zero-day vulnerability in the world’s most-used web browsers is never good. Google and Microsoft patched this particular zero-day in Chrome and Edge in early July. Apple patched the flaw last week. You secure your system from the flaw if you update your software. The lesson — keep your software up to date at all times. Make it a top priority, like breathing and hydrating.

3. Mozilla releases Firefox 103 (Tech Help Knowledgebase)

Mozilla released Firefox 103 today with improved WebGL performance on Linux, improved performance on high-refresh rate monitors of 120Hz or higher, stronger security, and lots more goodies for Firefox fans (a browser I use each day). We recommend our readers update their Firefox installations as soon as possible.

4. Microsoft Will Change a Windows Security Default to Block Ransomware (Extreme Tech)

Despite the innocuous Windows Calculator app getting some press today, this new feature is far more deserving of attention. Microsoft changed a default security setting in the most recent Windows insider build. The change, coming to Windows 11 and Windows 10, enables by default a lockout protocol for Remote Desktop Protocol to mitigate brute force password attacks. The idea is to block ransomware from your computer.

5. A third of employees don’t understand the importance of cybersecurity (Beta News)

New research discovered that one-third of employees do not understand how important cybersecurity is to protect their business. Perhaps worse, only 39 percent of employees say they are very likely to report a cybersecurity issue. With age comes wisdom. 54 percent of employees over 55-years-old care a great deal about cybersecurity compared to 15 percent of 18 to 24-year-olds. I blame TikTok.

6. How to make Google Chrome your default browser everywhere (Android Police)

The benefit of making one web browser the default web browser on all your devices is the ability to sync data. Pretty much all web browsers have data syncing options these days. If you want to choose Chrome as your default browser across devices, Android Police shows you how to make that dream come true.

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