Tech Wrap-Up 9-27-2022

Tech Wrap-Up 9-27-2022

Tech Wrap-Up 9-27-2022, which is Chocolate Milk Day. I stopped drinking milk at a pretty young age. But before I eliminated the yucky white substance intended for baby cows from my life, I transitioned to chocolate milk at the ripe old age of five. My formative chocolate milk experience lasted about a year, and it was not enough to seal the deal for life. Today, I still remain milk-free, but I do not remain chocolate-free, and life is much better. While you think about what an all-chocolate diet might do to your complexion, 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. New malware can steal your credit card details — and it’s spreading fast (Digital Trends)

An information-stealing new malware called Erbium may spread rapidly. One reason it may propagate faster than other malware is Erbium is Malware-as-a-Service (MaaS). Erbium focuses on stealing passwords, credit card data, cookies, and cryptocurrency wallets, among others. Erbium authors charge $100 per week or $1000 per year for a license. Included in your “subscription” is access to customer service, updates, and the malware tool itself. It has the capability to steal cold cryptocurrency wallets, two-factor authentication codes

2. Hackers are testing a destructive new way to make ransomware attacks more effective (ZDNet)

The new way of attacking for a ransom destroys your data instead of encrypting it. By threatening to destroy data instead of encrypting it, attackers hope to incentivize more victims into paying a ransom. Destroying data is less complex than encrypting it. This makes it cheaper for attackers because it requires less time and fewer resources, allowing them to maximize profits. To minimize ransomware and malware exposure, keep your software up to date with current security patches, and use multi-factor authentication whenever possible.

3. Dump Passwords on Your iPhone. Apple’s New iOS 16 Feature Is More Secure (CNet)

iPhone 14 owners running iOS 16 have the option to enable passkeys to replace passwords. Passkeys provide a greater level of security than passwords but are still easy to use. They use a biometric check on your phone or computer, stop phishing attacks, and remove the complication of two-factor authentication. When deployed, passkeys remove the possibility of using weak or reused passwords and credential leaks.

4. Brave browser 1.44 released with general shitcoinery features (Tech Help Knowledgebase)

Brave Software of San Francisco, CA, USA, released Brave browser version 1.44 today. Brave 1.44 includes general shitcoinery features like a built-in NFT gallery, Solana swaps, a new Market tab with crypto price feeds, and more. We recommend our readers keep their software up-to-date with the latest security and feature updates.

5. iOS 16 still has a big battery drain problem — and there’s no fix in sight (Laptop Mag)

Severe battery drain issues continue to plague devices running iOS 16, especially older iPhones. iPhone users report up to a 20% drop in battery life since updating their iOS version. As of the writing of this article, Apple has not provided a fix for the battery drain issues. I am always a skeptic, especially with Apple, when issues like battery drain plague devices OTHER THAN the latest iPhones. Mmm hmm.

6. Google Chrome 106 released with 20 security fixes (Tech Help Knowledgebase)

Google released Chrome 106 today. The update includes 20 security fixes, 25 percent of which have a High impact rating. We recommend our readers keep their software up-to-date with the latest security and feature updates.

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