Microsoft says a new Windows 10 update fixes a zero-day vulnerability to a massive, global ransomware attack that uses leaked NSA code.
Ransomware is a serious problem: rather than harming your data or stealing your identity, ransomware can encrypt your computer or your whole network until you pay a fee. The perpetrators and their accounts are typically overseas and they usually ask for untraceable money, like Bitcoin. Some large companies have been forced to secretly pay the ransom to get their networks back.
Wired magazine said one avenue for infection is compromised ads on trusted websites. So avoiding questionable sites is no longer enough. And to read the article on Wired’s web site, they make you disable ad blockers! You can’t make this up.
This makes me mad: Apple says it won’t fix known QuickTime vulnerabilities in Windows and will no longer support the Windows version. This is terrible for those of us who edit video on the Windows platform.
Microsoft Outlook 2016 for Mac always throws a security error when connecting to an Exchange server. What does Microsoft suggest as a workaround? Disable SSL. Not only does this not solve the issue, it’s an unwise choice to make. Major fail.
If you hate typing passwords, Windows 10 will make life a little easier for you: you’ll be able to log in securely without one. Windows 10 will support security via biometrics and hardware keys (a/k/a dongles).
Hat tip @zdnet: http://zd.net/1vCwnlQ