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  • Patch Lady – 31 days of Paranoia – Day 20

    Posted on October 20th, 2018 at 23:51 Susan Bradley Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Here’s a paranoia item for you… what happens if…or rather when… the Internet goes down for enough time that you have to make a plan B?  Note this post is slightly influenced by the fact that just as I sat down to write the nightly paranoia item, Comcast experienced an outage in my area and won’t be back until 1 a.m.  So now I’m on a much slower cellular connection writing this.  And I must say you get spoiled with highspeed access.

    But it reminds me that there will be a day when there will be an Earthquake in California, possibly large enough to impact a major Internet connection and thusly impact services and experiences that I’ve come to take for granted.  It’s one of the reasons that I keep this laptop that has built in cellular connectivity as a backup.

    What alternatives do you have in place to provide alternatives should a major catastrophe impact technology that you are used to?  In some areas of the country generators are the norm (they aren’t in California).  Do you have flashlights and radios.

    But bottom line there will be a cyber attack or an Internet outage…. and then what will we do?

  • Another reported file wiping problem with Win10 1809

    Posted on October 20th, 2018 at 07:08 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    From ToppestOfDogs on Reddit:

    Ever since the October [Win10 1809] update, the overwrite confirmation is missing from zip files

    I noticed that whenever I move something out of a zip, the “do you want to replace these files” dialogue never shows up, it just does it.

    I’ve reinstalled windows and it still does it, it’s only on the October update. Pretty nasty bug since you can accidentally overwrite a file and have no way of getting it back

    And from Wazhai, same thread, also on AskWoody:

    This seems to be a very serious and widespread problem which could lead to user data loss. This is another thread about it. A reply would be very much appreciated.

    The issue is that in 1809, overwriting files by extracting from an archive using File Explorer doesn’t result in an overwrite prompt dialogue and also doesn’t replace any files at all; it just fails silently. There are also some reports that it did overwrite items, but did so silently without asking.

    From microl, also in Reddit:

    When dragging newer files (with same name as in the destination folder) from a compressed folder to a regular folder it looks like the file copy happens, you can see the transfer progress, but when you check after no files have been updated. Anybody else have this?

    It’s not clear if the reports are from the latest-latest version of 1809. Jenmsft has been copied on the Reddit posts. Remains to be seen if this new data-eating bug in 1809 will be fixed before it ships.

    Thanks, Wazhai.

  • Patch Lady – 31 days of Paranoia – Day 19

    Posted on October 20th, 2018 at 00:19 Susan Bradley Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Since it appears that I didn’t win the Mega Million Lottery, I will continue with my posts about paranoia.  Tonight’s topic is about Small Business scams.  Small businesses often have the least amount of resources to help protect them against cyber security attacks.  The website staysafeonline.org recently had a small business series going over several key issues.  This month’s session was about Small Business Scams, many of them even individuals have been targeted.

    So take a short 30 minutes and watch was the typical scams are and how you can protect yourself.  One of the key ways I stay aware is always ask yourself “does this sound too good to be true?”  If the answer is yes, then it’s a scam.

    Here’s from the Staysafeonline.org web site:

    The link to the latest webinar “Small Business Scams: What to look for & how to protect your business” is now live. Slides are also available to download.

    Access them here: https://staysafeonline.org/resource/csmb-webinar-small-business-scams/

    The entire CyberSecure My Business Webinar series can be viewed online. Visit https://staysafeonline.org/resources/ and select “videos” under the “all types” drop down menu to replay any of the following webinars:

    • Let’s Talk About Ransomware and Phishing
    • Learn to IDENTIFY Key Assets & Data
    • Learn to PROTECT Key Assets & Data
    • Learn to DETECT a Breach
    • Put a RESPONSE Plan in Place
    • Know what RECOVERY looks like
    • Learn How to Choose and Protect Your SMB Website Hosting Service
    • Learn How to Protect Your Business Email Accounts
    • How to Assess Vendor Security
    • Email Authentication Basics
    • SMB Cyber Basics: Where to Start

    Don’t forget to register for the November 6th (not our usual 2nd Tuesday) webinar: “Cybersecurity Insurance” https://staysafeonline.org/event/csmb-webinar-cybersecurity-insurance/