Microsoft Patch and VPN

Andrew Cunningham of Ars Technica reports on an emergency patch today from Microsoft for Windows 10 and 11, based on the patch (that is, update) from Jan 10.

The patch (update) had apparently interfered with VPN in some work-from-home setups necessitated during the pandemic. It is being offered now as an optional updates. People who don’t connect to an office or other network may not need the patch immediately.

(Posted Tuesday, January 24, 2021 at 9:30 AM EST by John W. Boushka)

Security flaw found in Safari

Many tech websites today are reporting a flaw in the Apple Safari web browser which allows it to open databases other than one controlled by a particular wesbite. The vulnerability would allow an attacker to look at Google account activity unknown to the visitor.

For example Lifehacker reports the problem here in an article today by Jake Peterson. It refers to a test site called Safari Leaks from FingerprintJS. If you go to that site, Trend Micro will block the site as dangerous (I guess it allows you to experiment).

Here is a similar story on Jioforme by Adam Bairstow.

The articles encourage users to be cautious using Safari right now on any Mac, either iOS on a smart phone or even on a MacBook.

(Posted Wednesday, January 9, 2019 at 6 PM by John W Boushka)

Annoying ads on Weather.com

annoying ad for a long expired service

A couple days ago, when I was in weather.com (run by IBM, I thought), and I was trying to get the 10-day forecast for my location, I kept getting served an ad regarding the expiration of my McAfee services (that happened 15 years ago on another computer, as I went to other products (Webroot, for a long time). Now I have Trend Micro. But the best product tends to change every year. You have to keep up with it. (I’ve had Kaspersky before, but it is too connected to Vladimir Putin’s hairless-chested horseback rides.)

I was only able to get the ad to go away by blocking the ad site altogether.

(Posted: Thursday, January 13, 2022 at 11 PM EST, by John W. Boushka)