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How to wipe your old Windows PC clean before getting rid of it

ZDNet – “This is the time of year when PC makers offer irresistible deals on new hardware. If you’ve taken advantage of a Black Friday or Cyber Monday deal to replace your old Windows PC with a shiny new model, congratulations! So, what are you planning to do with that old, not yet obsolete device? You might be planning to hand it down to a family member or reassign it to another employee in your small business. Maybe you’re going to donate it to a local charity or put it up for sale. Whichever option you choose, your top two priorities should be safely expunging your personal data from the old device and restoring its operating system so the new owner can be productive right away. And as with all things Windows, there are multiple ways to accomplish this goal. In this post, I’ll outline the three best alternatives you have, with some thoughts on when you should choose each one. (Spoiler: The most important question is who you’re planning to give that PC to.)…”

Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, November 28, 2020

Via LLRX – Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, November 28, 2020 – Privacy and security issues impact every aspect of our lives – home, work, travel, education, health and medical records – to name but a few. On a weekly basis Pete Weiss highlights articles and information that focus on the increasingly… Continue Reading

Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, November 22, 2020

Via LLRX – Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, November 22, 2020 – Privacy and security issues impact every aspect of our lives – home, work, travel, education, health and medical records – to name but a few. On a weekly basis Pete Weiss highlights articles and information that focus on the increasingly… Continue Reading

Firefox 83 arrives with HTTPS-Only Mode and faster performance

VentureBeat: “Mozilla today launched Firefox 83 for Windows, Mac, and Linux. Firefox 83 includes an HTTPS-Only Mode, performance improvements, and a handful of new developer features. You can download Firefox 83 for desktop now from Firefox.com, and all existing users should be able to upgrade to it automatically. According to Mozilla, Firefox has about 225… Continue Reading

Proposal to install spyware in university libraries to protect copyrights shocks academics

Coda Story – “A recent proposal recommending the deployment of surveillance software in order to monitor those accessing academic material has drawn fire from digital rights advocates and scientists. The plan was outlined on October 22 during a virtual webinar hosted by a consortium of the world’s leading publishers of scientific journals, featuring security experts discussing the threats posed… Continue Reading

The November 3rd election was the most secure in American history

Statement by the DHS Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) – the Nation’s risk advisor: “The members of Election Infrastructure Government Coordinating Council (GCC) Executive Committee – Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) Assistant Director Bob Kolasky, U.S. Election Assistance Commission Chair Benjamin Hovland, National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) President Maggie Toulouse Oliver,… Continue Reading

FTC Requires Zoom to Enhance its Security Practices as Part of Settlement

“The Federal Trade Commission today announced a settlement with Zoom Video Communications, Inc. that will require the company to implement a robust information security program to settle allegations that the video conferencing provider engaged in a series of deceptive and unfair practices that undermined the security of its users. Zoom has agreed to a requirement to… Continue Reading

You Need to Update Chrome Right Now

Gizmodo: “Google rolled out Chrome version 86.0.4240.198 on Wednesday in response to two zero-day vulnerabilities discovered in the wild—the fourth and fifth security flaws discovered in the browser in the last three weeks alone. Although Google has not made details about the attacks involving the zero-days public, the company was reportedly alerted to the vulnerabilities… Continue Reading

Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, November 7, 2020

Via LLRX – Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, November 7, 2020 . Privacy and security issues impact every aspect of our lives – home, work, travel, education, health and medical records – to name but a few. On a weekly basis Pete Weiss highlights articles and information that focus on the increasingly… Continue Reading

Cyberlaw Clinic and EFF publish Guide to Legal Risks of Security Research

Cyberlaw Clinic: “We are excited to announce the release of A Researcher’s Guide to Some Legal Risks of Security Research (pdf), a report authored by Sunoo Park and Kendra Albert, and co-published by the Cyberlaw Clinic and the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF). Just last month, over 75 prominent security researchers signed a letter urging the… Continue Reading

How to turn on end-to-end encryption in Zoom (and why you should)

Fast Company: “Zoom has finally launched end-to-end encryption (E2EE) for all users. The launch is a long time coming and will be sure to make Zoom users the world over more confident in using the service, which has become a critical tool for businesses and employees due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Previously to Zoom’s end-to-end… Continue Reading