Tech Wrap-Up 8-10-2022, which is Lazy Day. The thought crossed my mind to blow off the wrap-up today and hang out in the garden and read. There is a lot of appeal to sitting among the stunning colors and incredible aromas on a cool and breezy California summer’s day. Then I figured that reading probably does not count as being lazy. It is hard to do lazy things when you are not a lazy person. While you decide whether to read this today, 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. Microsoft August 2022 Patch Tuesday fixes exploited zero-day, 121 flaws (Bleeping Computer)
Yesterday, Microsoft rolled out its massive monthly software update, patching a total of 121 flaws including two zero-day vulnerabilities. Out of 121 total patched flaws, Microsoft categorized seventeen of them as Critical. Microsoft previously patched twenty Edge flaws that are not included in the Patch Tuesday tally.
2. Vivaldi browser 5.4 released (Tech Help Knowledgebase)
Vivaldi Technologies released version 5.4 of its Vivaldi web browser today. The release includes automatic HTTPS upgrades, Vivaldi Mail improvements, customizable mouse Rocker Gestures, and more. We recommend our readers update their Vivaldi installations as soon as possible.
Microsoft recently acknowledged an encryption acceleration bug that impacts Windows 11. The bug could result in data corruption. The Seattle Windows developer recommends that Windows 11 users install the June 2022 security update to stop any further damage from occurring. The issue seems to impact users who have relatively new computers.
4. The Security Pros and Cons of Using Email Aliases (Krebs on Security)
Email address aliases are very useful for a variety of reasons that include the detection of data breaches, fighting spam, and organizing your email. This piece from security researcher Brian Krebs dives into what an email alias is, the benefits of using them, and the downside of aliases.
DuckDuckDo search pledges to never track you online and to keep your search activity anonymous without needing a private or incognito window. The search engine offers a mobile app and a desktop extension and automatically uses HTTPS website connections when possible. DuckDuckGo recently began blocking Microsoft trackers after the discovery of them in May 2022 to better live up to its privacy promises.
6. Firefox 103.0.2 released (Tech Help Knowledgebase)
Mozilla released Firefox 103.0.2 yesterday. The update includes fixes for the JAWS screen reader, picture-in-picture on macOS, and more. We recommend our readers update their Firefox installations as soon as possible.
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