Tech Wrap-Up 8-21-2018

Tech Wrap-Up 8-21-2018

Tech Wrap-Up 8-21-2018. Wrapping up the day with a summary of today’s most engaging stories from the Tech Help Knowledgebase social media feeds. We order story summaries by user engagement (posts with the most likes, shares, and clicks) 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. Honeyminer updated to resolve the recent Windows Defender compatibility issue (Tech Help KB) 

A Windows Defender update borked Honeyminer, a cryptomining app that turns altcoins into Bitcoin (BTC). Developers of the Honeyminer app released an update today to resolve the issue. Users should toggle the Honeyminer on/off switch to implement the update and get back to mining.

2. The easy way to use Windows on a Mac just got better (Computerworld) 

Parallels released version 14 of Parallels Desktop, the applications that lets you run Windows on your Mac. It is even compatible with macOS 10.14 Mojave, due for release this fall. The article drills into the storage, performance, and other improvements users can expect from this update.

3. Google’s lifesaving Undo Send feature comes to Gmail for Android (The Verge)  

Up, down. Left, right. Yin, yang. Do, undo. The Undo Send feature included with the web version of Gmail is available to Gmail for Android users. If you change your mind about a sent email or its contents, undo the sending of it within 10 seconds. No one will ever know but you.

4. This new ransomware campaign targets business and demands a massive bitcoin ransom (ZDNet)

A new ransomware called Ryuk is making the rounds among larger businesses capable of ponying up more ransom. Attackers demand between 15 and 35 bitcoin to decrypt files. That’s nearly a quarter-million dollars worth of BTC, with half a bitcoin added per day for each day the demands go unmet.

5. If you’re still using a fax machine for security think again (Engadget) 

We don’t normally think of fax machines as computers. In fact, most people don’t think about fax machines at all. Is your all-in-one printer/copier/fax network-connected? If so, a compromised fax component could serve as an attack vector to other devices in the network.

6. Follow these 3 steps to buy the right computer or laptop for your student (USA Today) 

Work from home parents rejoice this week as distractions, er, children, return to school. With productivity restored, a new computer or laptop for your student enters a new range of affordability. USA Today provides a few buying tips.

7. Firefox axes add-ons, developer pushes back (Naked Security)

Mozilla rankled developers this week by removing 23 add-ons/extensions from the Firefox directory. Mozilla found inappropriate functions in the code, stating, “these extensions used subtle code obfuscation, where actual legitimate extension functionality is mixed with seemingly innocent code, spread over multiple locations and files.”

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