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computerworld.comPilot fish and his team are called upon to investigate a large computer that’s running slowly. The problem: users who are just abandoning their sessions on the big machine instead of quitting properly.“We wrote a script that would detect the rogue sessions and kill them off,” fish says. “Then we would report to the manager the names of the users who did not exit cleanly from the session, and the manager would have words with them.”That’s the plan, anyway. Fish warns users that the script has been written and what it’s for.And it works. On the first day the script goes live, it catches a rogue session — which was left hanging by the manager.To read this article in full, please click here...

computerworld.comI don’t understand the reasoning behind Microsoft's rating of important for the RDS vulnerability. This vulnerability (CVE-2019-0863) should be a considered a zero-day security issue as it has been publicly disclosed and reported as exploited in the wild.Even worse, the RDS security issue is a pre-authentication vulnerability, meaning as user does not have to be logged in to be vulnerable. Although creating a “wormable” attack is complex and requires significant skills, there are millions of RDP end-points published on the internet - expect a serious attack in the next few days.To read this article in full, please click here...

computerworld.comAs undergraduates emerge from schools with software development or business skills, companies exploring blockchain use are seeking job candidates with four specific skill sets, according to a new report from consultancy KPMG.Those skills are needed more with each passing month; KPMG expects an increase in the number of companies exploring blockchain this year for everything from identifying new business models to piloting projects and ultimately, progressing to scalable solutions.KPMG said, not surprisingly, that it's seeking graduates with a solid grasp of blockchain at a high level – those who understand distributed ledgers, peer-to-peer topologies and consensus mechanisms; all are key for a technologist hoping to land a high-paying blockchain developer job.To read this article in full, please click here...

computerworld.comApple’s devices are far better defended against malware and viruses than other platforms, but does that mean they don’t need anti-virus software?No, yes, and maybe I’ve lost track of the number of times Mac users have told me Macs don’t need virus protection because the machines are inherently more robust against such attacks.I’ve also lost count of how many security researchers have said that Apple devices are becoming more liable to being attacked as their market share grows.Both are right. Both are wrong.To read this article in full, please click here...

computerworld.comIn the grand scheme of things, for an Android enthusiast, Google's Pixel 3a phone really doesn't seem all that electrifying.And it's no wonder: The Pixel 3a, on its surface, is a lower-end remake of the premium Pixel 3 model that came out last fall. When we have devices showing up that are foldable, poppable, and packing more screens than a TV station's control room (for better or maybe for worse), a decidedly muted midrange model of a phone we already know seems downright mundane.To read this article in full, please click here...

computerworld.comMicrosoft on Wednesday resurrected Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 long enough to push patches to the long-dead products. It was the first time since 2017 that Microsoft deemed the situation serious enough to warrant a security fix for XP.Windows XP fell off the public support list in April 2014, while Windows Server 2003 was removed in July 2015.[ Related: Windows 7 to Windows 10 migration guide ] "If you are on an out-of-support version, the best way to address this vulnerability is to upgrade to the latest version of Windows," Simon Pope, director of incident response at the Microsoft Security Response Center, asserted in a post to a company blog. "Even so, we are making fixes available for these out-of-support versions of Windows."To read this article in full, please click here...

computerworld.comGoogle Docs is a powerful word processor that you use through your web browser. It's integrated with Google Drive to store your documents in the cloud. Anyone with a Google account can use it for free, and it's also available as part of G Suite — Google's subscription-based collection of online office apps for business and enterprise customers that includes Google Sheets, Slides, Gmail, Keep, and more. In addition to the web interface, there are Docs mobile apps for Android and iOS.Share a document for collaborationTo read this article in full, please click here(Insider Story)...

computerworld.comPilot fish doing desktop support at a hospital gets a call from the medical office building on campus asking that he come inspect a printer. At first he thinks they’re telling him the printer has died, but then it becomes clear that something inside of it has died — and is filling the office with a truly foul smell.“Not my job,” or unprintable words to that effect, grumbles fish to himself as he walks across the street to the medical office building. His destination is easy to spot: All of the windows are open, and several box fans are drawing air out of the building.At the door to this office (also open), fish encounters the hospital’s HVAC manager, who was also called in and has already taken apart a window-mounted air conditioning unit in an effort to track down the source of the smell. When nothing turned up there, he went ahead and disassembled the laser printer, where he found a small mouse that had hidden inside the printer’s cozy power...

computerworld.comPop the champagne! The 5G revolution is here!This new generation of cellular networking technologies promises to usher in a world of better-than-gigabit downloads on mobile devices and enable next-generation autonomous vehicles, remote telemedicine and high-speed IoT devices.The devices are here! Verizon shipped its Samsung Galaxy S10 5G smartphone this week. Huawei, LG, Xiaomi and OnePlus have announced 5G smartphone handsets, as have many smaller Chinese handset makers. Snap-on smartphone attachments and “puck” mobile hotspot products are also becoming available.To read this article in full, please click here...

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pcmag.comWith the powerful ZoneAlarm firewall, antivirus licensed from Kaspersky, and a unique new approach to phishing protection, Check Point ZoneAlarm PRO Antivirus + Firewall 2017 is worth a look. Check Point ZoneAlarm PRO Antivirus + Firewall offers advanced features not found in the free edition, but those features are too advanced for most users. In addition, it earned mediocre scores in our hands-on antivirus testing....

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pcmag.comThe problem deals with a misconfiguration in the product's Bluetooth pairing protocol. Google discovered it's possible for a nearby hacker to step in and hijack the Bluetooth pairing process during sign-in, although the attack is not easy to pull off....

pcmag.comIn issuing the executive order, Trump declared a national emergency over foreign threats attempting to exploit vulnerabilities in the US's tech infrastructure. 'Such openness must be balanced by the need to protect our country against critical national security threats.' he said....

pcmag.comThe Trump administration has launched a new site that lets users report when they think a social media platform has censored, suspended or banned their activities due to their political opinions. But to use the site, the White House wants a lot of personal information....

pcmag.comSmart speaker adoption climbs like crazy (again), but much as we love speaking to speakers, nothing beats the three screens (TV, smartphones, and laptops) in US households. Yet....

pcmag.comOut of 'an abundance of caution' the charge and thermal management settings are being adjusted on the Model S and Model X using an over-the-air software update....

pcmag.comIt's been almost a year since Apple initially rejected the Steam Link app due to multiple guideline violations, but they have clearly been resolved....

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pcmag.comThe 'all new' Amazon Fire 7 is only a bit new, but it's still $49 and adds an always-on Alexa ability when it's not actively being used, so hey....

pcmag.comThe network attempted to steal over $100 million using the GozNym malware from more than 41,000 victims, most of which were business and financial institutions....