Updates 2018-06-12

Hi, Folks!

If you’re running Windows 10 Home you’ve either already received v1803, or it’s been eating away at your bandwidth for the last month. It’s stable enough now to install, but you might still have issues afterwards. Need help? Call me.

Now back to our regularly scheduled program. Today is Patch Tuesday and it’s a big one.

The typical computer should see roughly 2.5gb in updates today. Let’s get started.

Microsoft released updates to Windows, Edge, Internet Explorer, Flash, and MSRT (~1.2gb). This includes security updates. A reboot is required.

Apple released macOS 10.13.5, macOS Security Update 2018-003, Safari 11.1.1, iOS 11.4, watchOS 4.3.1, tvOS 11.4, iTunes 12.7.5 for Windows, and iCloud for Windows 7.5. This includes security updates. Use Apple Software Update to install these updates. A reboot is required.

iOS 11.4 is a security update. Use Settings, General, Software Update to install the most current version.

watchOS 4.3.1 is a security update. Use the Watch app on your iPhone to install the most current version.

tvOS 11.4 is a security update. Use System, Software Update to install the most current version.

Google Chrome OS 67.0.3396.78 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version. A reboot is required.

Adobe Flash Player 30.0.0.113 is a security update.
Win: https://12pd.com/click?flash
Win: https://12pd.com/click?flashie
Mac: https://12pd.com/click?flashmac

Don’t forget to check your mobile devices, too! Many updates will also apply to your tablet, phone, kindle or television – so check your device-appropriate App Store and install updates.

Important Notes

Everything above this section should be checked by everyone on every computer. Chances are good that close to every single computer you touch will be affected by those updates. This is not the case with the items below, though you should still check each line item below to see if it applies to software you have installed.

The now-current release of the Windows 10 (1803) will cause your computer to feel unusually slow until it is installed. This is a side-effect of the Windows 10 upgrade cycle, which pushes out 6gb through Windows update to get you to the latest Windows 10 release every 6 months. If you don’t let it finish and you’re on a slow connection, it will kill your Internet performance forever. If you don’t have the bandwidth to download the bits, I’m happy to provide loaner USB drives to our local clients at The Farmory, or, if you prefer to have me mail it to you please contact me for information.

Please remember that while I list many different applications within these updates, most people should ONLY install updates for a program if they already have a previous version of that program installed.

It is essential to maintain all the applications you have installed on your computer, but often you can minimize the time investment and the potential for exploitation simply by uninstalling software you do not need.

Also note that using the applications own “check for updates” function, when available, will best preserve your current settings, and often avoid any crapware that might come with a fresh installer. Use this option if it’s available to you.

Finally, if you’re sick of doing this all yourself, let me! Call or email me any time, and we can set you up with subscription SaferPC updates which will be installed each month whenever necessary. Click, call or email for more details:
https://saferpc.info/updates/
209-565-12PD
shawn@12pointdesign.com

Driver Updates

If you’re using this hardware – these updates are for you.

Crucial Storage Executive 3.55 does not provide a changelog so should be treated as a security update.
http://www.crucial.com/usa/en/support-storage-executive

Intel Driver Update 3.4 improves compatibility, stability, and reliability. This is not a security update.
https://www.intel.com/p/en_US/support/detect

Logitech Options 6.90.130 adds support for newer hardware and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://support.logitech.com/en_us/software/options

Logitech SetPoint 6.68.250 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://support.logitech.com/en_us/software/setpoint

Citizen Driver 2018.2 adds support for newer hardware, improves compatibility, and resolves issues when USB printer is turned off during a print job.
http://www.seagullscientific.com/drivers/citizen-windows-printer-drivers/

CognitiveTPG Driver 2018.2 improves compatibility, and resolves issues when USB printer is turned off during a print job.
http://www.seagullscientific.com/drivers/cognitivetpg-windows-printer-drivers/

Zebra Driver 2018.2 adds support for newer hardware, improves compatibility, and resolves issues when USB printer is turned off during a print job.
http://www.seagullscientific.com/drivers/zebra-windows-printer-drivers/

Browser Updates

One or more of these are likely to be of interest to everyone.

Google Chrome 67.0.3396.79 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to get the most current version.

Firefox 60.0.2 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to get the most current version.

Firefox ESR 52.8.1 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to get the most current version.

Adobe AIR 30.0.0.107 is a security update.
Win: https://12pd.com/click?air
Mac: https://12pd.com/click?airmac

Adobe Shockwave 12.3.4.204 is a security update.
Win: https://12pd.com/click?shockwave

Opera 53 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to get the most current version.

Email Updates

One or more of these are likely to be of interest to everyone.

OutlookAttachView 3.13 improves reliability and adds logging. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/outlook_attachment.html

Thunderbird 52.8.0 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to get the most current version.

Internet Updates

One or more of these are likely to be of interest to everyone.

Skype 7.41.0.101 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?skype

Prosody 0.10.2 is a security update.
https://prosody.im/download/start

Trillian 6.1.0.16 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.trillian.im/

Connectify Hotspot 2018.4.1 is a security update.
https://www.connectify.me/

FreeFileSync 10.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.freefilesync.org/download.php

MaxMind GeoIP Data 201806 is a data refresh.
https://dev.maxmind.com/geoip/

IPInfoOffline 1.47 updates internal database. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/ip_country_info_offline.html

Media Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

iTunes 12.7.5 is a security update. Use Apple Software Update to install the most current version.

VLC Media Player 3.0.3 resolves several bugs and updates libraries. This is a security update.
https://www.videolan.org/vlc/

Game Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

PlayStation PS4 5.55 improves performance. This is not a security update.
https://www.playstation.com/en-us/support/system-updates/ps4/

EA Origin 10.5.20.63112 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.origin.com/en-us/download

Office Updates

One or more of these are likely to be of interest to most people.

LibreOffice Still 5.4.7 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.libreoffice.org/

Security Software Updates

One or more of these is likely to be of interest to most people.

Wireshark 2.6.1 is a security update.
https://www.wireshark.org/

RogueKiller 12.12.21 adds detections. This is not a security update.
http://www.adlice.com/softwares/roguekiller/

SanDisk SecureAccess 3.02 improves performance and stability. This is not a security update.
https://kb.sandisk.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/2399

Converter Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

CDex 2.04 improves compatibility and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://cdex.mu/?q=download

Utility Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

RoboForm 8.5.0 is a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?rf

GoodSync 10.9.1 is a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?goodsync

1Password for Mac 6.8.9 restores compatibility with Opera. This is not a security update.
https://1password.com/downloads/

NTLite 1.6.2.6220 improves cleanup and compatibility, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.ntlite.com/download/

DesktopOK 5.31 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/DesktopOK

FileLocator Pro 8.4.2831 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.mythicsoft.com/filelocatorpro/download

WifiInfoView 2.34 adds country code column and resolves channel width bug. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wifi_information_view.html

Rufus 3.0 redesigns the interface, resolves several bugs, drops support for old operating systems, and improves performance. This is not a security update.
https://rufus.akeo.ie/

RAMMap 1.51 improves compatibility with the latest build of Windows 10. This is not a security update.
https://sysinternals.com/

QuickSetDNS 1.21 adds ability to set connection name from command line. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/quick_set_dns.html

TraceRouteOK 1.31 improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Microsoft/TraceRouteOK

WizTree 3.23 adds the ability to dump the MFT from the command line, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://antibody-software.com/web/software/software/wiztree-finds-the-files-and-folders-using-the-most-disk-space-on-your-hard-drive/

WSUS Offline 11.4 includes a complete rewrite of the Linux scripts, resolves supersedence issues, and improves stability. This is not a security update.
http://download.wsusoffline.net/

Developer Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Redemption 5.17.0.5062 resolves several bugs and adds support for Outlook Centennial. This is not a security update.
https://www.dimastr.com/redemption/

SQLite 3.24.0 adds several new features, improves compatibility and performance, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.sqlite.org/download.html

Virtual Machine Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

PPSSPP 1.6.3 doesn’t provide a changelog, so should be treated as a security update.
http://ppsspp.org/downloads.html

VMware Player 14.1.2 is a security update.
https://www.vmware.com/products/player/

Web Package Updates

These are likely to be of interest only to web developers.

phpList 3.3.3 adds GDPR support, user interface improvements, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.phplist.com/download

TinyMCE 4.7.13 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.tinymce.com/download/

Drupal 8.5.4 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://drupal.org/download

phpMyAdmin 4.8.1 resolves several bugs.
https://www.phpmyadmin.net/home_page/news.php

Joomla 3.8.8 is a security update.
https://www.joomla.org/

WordPress 4.9.6 improves GDPR support, resolves several bugs, and updates libraries. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/

Akismet 4.0.7 improves compatibility and makes several cosmetic changes. This is not a security update.

Antispam Bee 2.8.1 improves compatibility, resolves several bugs. This version removes SFS support asserting GDPR issues. This is not a security update.

BuddyPress 3.1.0 improves performance and adds several new features. This is not a security update.

Contact Form 7 5.0.2 resolves bugs and improves GDPR compatibility. This is not a security update.

Custom Facebook Feed 2.7 resolves compatibility issues. This is not a security update.

FV Top Level Categories 1.9 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

Multisite Enhancements 1.4.3 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

NextScripts Social Networks Auto-Poster 4.2.4 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

Postie 1.9.23 improves handling malformed attachments. This is not a security update.

Simple Lightbox 2.7.0 improves compatibility and performance. This is not a security update.

Sucuri Security 1.8.17 adds GDPR compliance.

Theme My Login 7.0 is a full rewrite, adding several options, and switching many features to commercial upgrades. This is not a security update.

WooCommerce 3.4.2 resolves several bugs and adds GDPR compliance. This is not a security update.

WPtouch 4.3.28 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

That’s all for now folks. Keep it clean out there. 😉

Regards,

Shawn K. Hall
https://SaferPC.info/
https://12PointDesign.com/

Updates 2018-05-15

Hi, Folks!

It’s not Patch Tuesday, but several security updates for Chrome, Firefox, Adobe Reader, and others have been released.

The typical computer should see approximately 200mb of updates. Let’s get started.

Don’t forget to check your mobile devices, too! Many updates will also apply to your tablet, phone, kindle or television – so check your device-appropriate App Store and install updates.

Important Notes

Everything above this section should be checked by everyone on every computer. Chances are good that close to every single computer you touch will be affected by those updates. This is not the case with the items below, though you should still check each line item below to see if it applies to software you have installed.

Please remember that while I list many different applications within these updates, most people should ONLY install updates for a program if they already have a previous version of that program installed.

It is essential to maintain all the applications you have installed on your computer, but often you can minimize the time investment and the potential for exploitation simply by uninstalling software you do not need.

Also note that using the applications own “check for updates” function, when available, will best preserve your current settings, and often avoid any crapware that might come with a fresh installer. Use this option if it’s available to you.

Finally, if you’re sick of doing this all yourself, let me! Call or email me any time, and we can set you up with subscription SaferPC updates which will be installed each month whenever necessary. Click, call or email for more details:
https://saferpc.info/updates/
209-565-12PD
shawn@12pointdesign.com

Browser Updates

One or more of these are likely to be of interest to everyone.

Google Chrome 66.0.3359.181 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

Firefox 60.0 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

Firefox ESR 52.8.0 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

Email Updates

One or more of these are likely to be of interest to everyone.

OutlookAttachView 3.12 adds a variable to emulate the Outlook folder structure. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/outlook_attachment.html

Internet Updates

One or more of these are likely to be of interest to everyone.

aria2 1.34.0 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://aria2.github.io/

WinSCP 5.13.2 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://winscp.net/eng/index.php

Dropbox 49.4.69 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?dropbox

uTorrent 3.5.3 Build 44428 is a security update.
https://www.utorrent.com/downloads

FileZilla 3.33.0 sidesteps a bug by disabling drag and drop on v1803. This is not a security update.
https://filezilla-project.org/

Office Updates

One or more of these are likely to be of interest to most people.

LibreOffice Fresh 6.0.4 resolves several bugs. The “Fresh” builds are a public beta – so avoid this version if you’re still running the 5.x branch.
https://www.libreoffice.org/

Adobe Reader DC 18.011.20040 is a security update. Use Help, Check for Updates to get the most current version.

Security Software Updates

One or more of these is likely to be of interest to most people.

Wireless Network Watcher 2.18 updates the internal MAC addresses database. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wireless_network_watcher.html

RogueKiller 12.12.17 adds detections. This is a security update.
https://www.adlice.com/softwares/roguekiller/

Converter Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

CDex 2.03 resolves compatibility and other bugs. This is not a security update.
https://cdex.mu/?q=download

DVDFab 10.0.9.2 adds support for new encodings and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.dvdfab.cn/download.htm

Utility Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Sysmon 7.03 improves stability and compatibility. This is not a security update.
http://sysinternals.com/

NTLite 1.6.1.6190 updates component information. This is not a security update.
https://www.ntlite.com/download/

GoodSync 10.9.0 resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
https://www.goodsync.com/

DesktopOK 5.21 improves functionality by adding theme and style controls. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/DesktopOK

IsMyHdOK 1.41 improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Microsoft/IsMyHdOK

FileLocator Pro 8.4.2823 adds option to switch to Lite, adds PDF protected content search, RegEx expression naming, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.mythicsoft.com/filelocatorpro/download

QuickSetDNS 1.20 adds new DNS options. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/quick_set_dns.html

PointerStick 3.11 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/PointerStick

WinScan2PDF 4.24 adds support for newer hardware. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Microsoft/WinScan2PDF

Web Package Updates

These are likely to be of interest only to web developers.

MailEnable 10.16 improves compatibility, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.mailenable.com/

Custom Facebook Feed 2.6.1 updates compatibility and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

Theme My Login 6.4.11 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

That’s all for now folks. Keep it clean out there. 😉

Regards,

Shawn K. Hall
https://SaferPC.info/
https://12PointDesign.com/

Updates 2018-05-08

Hi, Folks!

The next build of Windows 10 v1803 was released last week. While Microsoft has given 1803 the nod, on half the computers I’ve tested it on there are driver conflicts. Don’t be the guinea pig. For at least the next month, when you’re prompted that “the new version of Windows is ready,” just say no! I’ll report here when I believe it is safe for most users. Unfortunately, if you’re running the Home version of Windows 10, you may not be given the option to say no. Restart your computer during the 1803 download and this will buy you some time.

Note that since 1803 is now released, some older versions are EOL (end-of-life). If your version of Windows 10 is older than 1607 (build 14393), then it is no longer supported and CAN NOT be secured: Update now, or remove it from the Internet.

It’s Patch Tuesday and it’s a big one.

The typical computer should see roughly 2.6gb in updates today. Let’s get started.

Microsoft released updates to Windows, Edge, .NET, Office, Flash, Internet Explorer, and MSRT (~2gb). This includes security updates. A reboot is required.

Apple released macOS Security Update 2018-001 10.13.4, Safari 11.1 (11605.1.33.1.4, 12605.1.33.1.4, and 13605.1.33.1.4), and Security Update 2018-001 Swift 4.1.1 for Ubuntu 14.04. This includes security updates. Use Apple Software Update to install these updates. A reboot is required.

iOS 11.3.1 is a security update. Use Settings, General, Software Update to install the most current version.

Google Chrome OS 66.0.3359.137 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version. A reboot is required.

Adobe Flash Player 29.0.0.171 is a security update.
Win: https://12pd.com/click?flash
Win: https://12pd.com/click?flashie
Mac: https://12pd.com/click?flashmac

Fedora 28-1.1 is a major update, adding several new features including improved battery life and security. This is a security update.
https://getfedora.org/en/workstation/download/

Don’t forget to check your mobile devices, too! Many updates will also apply to your tablet, phone, kindle or television – so check your device-appropriate App Store and install updates.

Important Notes

Everything above this section should be checked by everyone on every computer. Chances are good that close to every single computer you touch will be affected by those updates. This is not the case with the items below, though you should still check each line item below to see if it applies to software you have installed.

The now-current release of the Windows 10 (1803) will cause your computer to feel unusually slow until it is installed. This is a side-effect of the Windows 10 upgrade cycle, which pushes out 6gb through Windows update to get you to the latest Windows 10 release every 6 months. If you don’t let it finish and you’re on a slow connection, it will kill your Internet performance forever. If you don’t have the bandwidth to download the bits, I’m happy to provide loaner USB drives to our local clients at The Farmory, or, if you prefer to have me mail it to you please contact me for information.

Please remember that while I list many different applications within these updates, most people should ONLY install updates for a program if they already have a previous version of that program installed.

It is essential to maintain all the applications you have installed on your computer, but often you can minimize the time investment and the potential for exploitation simply by uninstalling software you do not need.

Also note that using the applications own “check for updates” function, when available, will best preserve your current settings, and often avoid any crapware that might come with a fresh installer. Use this option if it’s available to you.

Finally, if you’re sick of doing this all yourself, let me! Call or email me any time, and we can set you up with subscription SaferPC updates which will be installed each month whenever necessary. Click, call or email for more details:
https://saferpc.info/updates/
209-565-12PD
shawn@12pointdesign.com

Driver Updates

If you’re using this hardware – these updates are for you.

UniFi Controller 5.7.23 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.ubnt.com/download/

BullZip PDF Printer 11.7.0.2716 resolves setup issues, 64-bit compatibility improvements, and bug fixes. This is not a security update.
https://www.bullzip.com/products/pdf/info.php#download

Display Driver Uninstaller 17.0.8.6 adds support for the latest release of Windows 10, and removal improvements. This is not a security update.
https://www.wagnardsoft.com/display-driver-uninstaller-ddu

Dymo Label 8.7.1 resolves performance issues. This is not a security update.
https://dls.dymo.com/en-US/Pages/DLS8Download.aspx

Intel Driver Update 3.3.1 adds support for newer hardware, improves reliability, and resolves upgrade bug. This is not a security update.
https://www.intel.com/p/en_US/support/detect

Browser Updates

One or more of these are likely to be of interest to everyone.

Google Chrome 66.0.3359.139 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

Firefox 59.0.3 improves stability. This is not a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

Firefox ESR 52.7.4 improves stability. This is not a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

SeaMonkey 2.49.3 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

Email Updates

One or more of these are likely to be of interest to everyone.

Thunderbird 52.7.0 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

Internet Updates

One or more of these are likely to be of interest to everyone.

FreeFileSync 10.0 removes installer ads, adds parallel sync support, GUI improvements, and more. This is not a security update.
https://www.freefilesync.org/download.php

MaxMind GeoIP Data 201805 is a data refresh.
https://dev.maxmind.com/geoip/

Npcap 0.99-r5 is a security update.
https://nmap.org/npcap/

Java 8u171 is a security update.
https://www.java.com/en/download/manual.jsp

Media Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

FastStone Viewer 6.5 improves Import and Video Player, resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.faststone.org/FSViewerDetail.htm

VLC Media Player 3.0.2 resolves dozens of bugs. This is a security update.
https://www.videolan.org/vlc/

Game Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

EA Origin 10.5.18.58059 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.origin.com/en-us/download

PlayStation PS4 5.53-01 improves performance. This is not a security update.
https://www.playstation.com/en-us/support/system-updates/ps4/

RetroPie 4.4 adds support for newer hardware, and updates libraries. This is a security update.
https://retropie.org.uk/

Office Updates

One or more of these are likely to be of interest to most people.

Scribus 1.4.7 improves stability. This is not a security update.
https://www.scribus.net/

Kindle for PC 1.23.1 Build 50133 does not provide a changelog, so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.amazon.com/kindleforpc

Security Software Updates

One or more of these is likely to be of interest to most people.

Wireshark 2.6.0 adds several new features, updates libraries, adds support for new protocols and capture formats. This is a security update.
https://www.wireshark.org/

Gpg4win 3.1.1 is a security update.
https://www.gpg4win.org/download.html

RogueKiller 12.12.16 adds detections. This is a security update.
https://www.adlice.com/softwares/roguekiller/

SanDisk SecureAccess 3.01 improves performance and start-up, support file streaming, adds automatic logout on time-out. This should be treated as a security update.
http://kb.sandisk.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/2399

TDSSKiller 3.1.0.17 is a security update.
https://support.kaspersky.com/viruses/utility#TDSSKiller

Fedora Security 28-1.1 is a security update.
https://labs.fedoraproject.org/security/download/index.html

Capture Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

XSplit Broadcaster 3.3.1805.0302 resolves several bugs, including crash issues. This is not a security update.
https://www.xsplit.com/get/

XSplit Gamecaster 3.3.1805.0401 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.xsplit.com/get/

Converter Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

CDex 2.02 improves reliability and resolves several bugs.
https://cdex.mu/?q=download

DVDFab 10.0.9.0 adds support for new encodings and resolves bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.dvdfab.cn/download.htm

MakeMKV 1.12.2 adds support for new encodings, improves reliability and stability. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?makemkv

Utility Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

7-Zip 18.05 is a security update.
https://www.7-zip.org/

NTLite 1.6.0.6174 improves integration and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.ntlite.com/download/

8GadgetPack 26.0 adds support for the next release of Windows 10. This is not a security update.
https://8gadgetpack.net/

GoodSync 10.8.9 improves performance and resolves bugs. This is a security update.
https://www.goodsync.com/

RoboForm 8.4.9 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?rf

CPU-Z Installer 1.85 adds support for newer hardware, adds Spectre detection, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.cpuid.com/softwares/cpu-z.html

DesktopOK 5.18 resolves a detection bug. This is not a security update.
http://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/DesktopOK

CurrPorts 2.51 adds creation timestamp column. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/cports.html

WifiInfoView 2.32 adds option to save to JSON. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wifi_information_view.html

Sysmon 7.02 resolves a memory leak. This should be treated as a security update.
https://sysinternals.com/

TaskSchedulerView 1.41 resolves command line option bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/task_scheduler_view.html

WinScan2PDF 4.22 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Microsoft/WinScan2PDF

WizTree 3.21 resolves several bugs, improves performance and stability, and extends export options. This is not a security update.
http://antibody-software.com/web/software/software/wiztree-finds-the-files-and-folders-using-the-most-disk-space-on-your-hard-drive/

WSUS Offline 11.3 removes support for 1511, resolves several bugs, including the removal of UPX packing to reduce false detections.
http://download.wsusoffline.net/

Developer Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Android Studio 3.1.2.0 resolves several bugs. Use Help, Check for Updates to get the most current version.
https://developer.android.com/studio/index.html

GitHub Desktop 3.3.6 updates libraries. This should be treated as a security update.
https://desktop.github.com/

MySQL 8.0.11 resolves dozens of bugs. This should be treated as a security update.
https://www.mysql.com/downloads/installer/

SQLite 3.23.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.sqlite.org/download.html

StrawberryPerl 5.26.2.1 is a security update.
http://strawberryperl.com/

Web Package Updates

These are likely to be of interest only to web developers.

Joomla 3.8.7 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.joomla.org/

Drupal 8.5.3 is a security update.
https://drupal.org/download

phpList 3.3.2 is a security update.
https://www.phplist.com/download

TinyMCE 4.7.12 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.tinymce.com/download/

phpMyAdmin 4.8.0.1 is a security update.
https://www.phpmyadmin.net/home_page/news.php

ScreenConnect 6.6.18120.669 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.screenconnect.com/Download

myStickymenu 2.0.5 cleans up admin code. This is not a security update.

NextScripts Social Networks Auto-Poster 4.2.3 adds support for Facebook profiles and pages, improves security and resolves several bugs. This should be treated as a security update.

Postie 1.9.21 resolves compatibility with older versions of PHP.

Sucuri Security 1.8.15 adds filtering for options, improved controls. This is not a security update.

W3 Total Cache 0.9.7 resolves several bugs, improves several options, including default behavior and configuration improvements.

WooCommerce 3.3.5 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

That’s all for now folks. Keep it clean out there. 😉

Regards,

Shawn K. Hall
https://SaferPC.info/
https://12PointDesign.com/

Updates 2018-04-10

Hi, Folks!

It’s April 10th and the next build of Windows 10, v1803 aka “Redstone 4,” is supposed to be released today. This is a 6gb download that introduces a few new features and controls, but is not yet widely tested. Don’t be the guinea pig. For at least the next month, when you’re prompted that “the new version of Windows is ready,” just say no! I’ll report here when I believe it is safe for most users.

It’s Patch Tuesday and it’s a big one.

The typical computer should see roughly 2gb in updates today. Let’s get started.

Microsoft released updates to Windows, MS Office, Edge, Internet Explorer, Flash, and MSRT (~1.2gb). This includes security updates. A reboot is required.

Apple released updates for macOS High Sierra 10.13.4, Security Update 2018-002 Sierra, Security Update 2018-002 El Capitan, iTunes 12.7.4 for Windows, iCloud for Windows 7.4, and Xcode 9.3. This includes security updates. Use Apple Software Update to install these updates. A reboot is required.

iOS 11.3 is a security update. Use Settings, General, Software Update to install the most current update.

watchOS 4.3 is a security update. Use the Watch app on your iPhone to install the most current version.

tvOS 11.3 is a security update. Use System, Software Update to install the most current version.

Google Chrome OS 65.0.3325.209 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version. A reboot is required.

Adobe Flash Player 29.0.0.140 is a security update.
Win: https://12pd.com/click?flash
Win: https://12pd.com/click?flashie
Mac: https://12pd.com/click?flashmac

Don’t forget to check your mobile devices, too! Many updates will also apply to your tablet, phone, kindle or television – so check your device-appropriate App Store and install updates.

Important Notes

Everything above this section should be checked by everyone on every computer. Chances are good that close to every single computer you touch will be affected by those updates. This is not the case with the items below, though you should still check each line item below to see if it applies to software you have installed.

The release of the next build of Windows 10 (1803) will cause your computer to feel unusually slow until it is installed. This is a side-effect of the Windows 10 upgrade cycle, which pushes out 6gb through Windows update to get you to the latest Windows 10 release every 6 months. If you don’t let it finish and you’re on a slow connection, it will kill your Internet performance forever. If you don’t have the bandwidth to download the bits, I’m happy to provide loaner USB drives to our local clients at The Farmory, or, if you prefer to have me mail it to you please contact me for information.

Please remember that while I list many different applications within these updates, most people should ONLY install updates for a program if they already have a previous version of that program installed.

It is essential to maintain all the applications you have installed on your computer, but often you can minimize the time investment and the potential for exploitation simply by uninstalling software you do not need.

Also note that using the applications own “check for updates” function, when available, will best preserve your current settings, and often avoid any crapware that might come with a fresh installer. Use this option if it’s available to you.

Finally, if you’re sick of doing this all yourself, let me! Call or email me any time, and we can set you up with subscription SaferPC updates which will be installed each month whenever necessary. Click, call or email for more details:
https://saferpc.info/updates/
209-565-12PD
shawn@12pointdesign.com

Driver Updates

If you’re using this hardware – these updates are for you.

Intel Driver Update 3.2 adds support for newer hardware and improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://www.intel.com/p/en_US/support/detect

Display Driver Uninstaller 17.0.8.5 improves cleanup. This is not a security update.
https://www.wagnardsoft.com/display-driver-uninstaller-ddu

Browser Updates

One or more of these are likely to be of interest to everyone.

Google Chrome 65.0.3325.181 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

Firefox 59.0.2 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

Firefox ESR 52.7.3 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

Email Updates

One or more of these are likely to be of interest to everyone.

Thunderbird 52.7.0 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

Internet Updates

One or more of these are likely to be of interest to everyone.

Trillian 6.1.0.14 resolves several bugs, and improves HiDPI support. This is not a security update.
https://www.trillian.im/

Adobe Shockwave 12.3.2.202 is a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?shockwave

WinSCP 5.13.1 is a security update.
https://winscp.net/eng/index.php

Evernote 6.11.2.7027 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.evernote.com/

MaxMind GeoIP Data 201804 is a data refresh.
https://dev.maxmind.com/geoip/

Nmap 7.70 resolves several bugs, adds fingerprints, scripts, and improved service diagnostics. This is a security update.
https://nmap.org/

Npcap 0.99-r3 resolves a couple bugs. This is not a security update.
https://nmap.org/npcap/

Media Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

iTunes 12.7.4 is a security update. Use Apple Software Update to install the most current version.

Game Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

EA Origin 10.5.16.49299 resolves download manager and chat bugs, improves stability and TTS behavior. This is not a security update.
https://www.origin.com/en-us/download

Technic Launcher 4/360 improves stability. This is not a security update.
https://www.technicpack.net/download

Office Updates

One or more of these are likely to be of interest to most people.

LibreOffice Fresh 6.0.3 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.libreoffice.org/

LibreOffice 5.4.6 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.libreoffice.org/

Notepad++ 7.5.6 adds previous and next buttons to find, improves monitoring behavior, and resolves 2 crash bugs. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?npp

OpenOffice Dictionary 2018.03.01 is not a security update.
https://extensions.openoffice.org/en/project/english-dictionaries-apache-openoffice

Adobe PhoneGap Push Plugin 2.1.0 is a security update.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/phonegap/apsb18-15.html

Adobe Digital Editions 4.5.8 is a security update.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/Digital-Editions/apsb18-13.html

Adobe InDesign 13.1 is a security update.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/indesign/apsb18-11.html

Adobe Experience Manager 6.x Cumulative Fixes are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/experience-manager/aem-releases-updates.html

Security Software Updates

One or more of these is likely to be of interest to most people.

QubesOS 4.0 improves security, improves reliability and privacy, with new behaviors targeting imposed security by design. This is a security update.
https://www.qubes-os.org/downloads/

Avast! Home Edition 18.3.2333 improves performance, redesigns the password manager, resolves a fatal data loss bug in the virus chest and allows email on IPv6. This should be treated as a security update.
https://www.avast.com/free-antivirus-download

Wireshark 2.4.6 is a security update.
https://www.wireshark.org/

RouterPassView 1.72 improves file type detection. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/router_password_recovery.html

OpenSSL 1.0.2o is a security update.
https://openssl.org/

OSFClone 1.3.1000 updates libraries, resolves checksum computation bug, and improves compatibility. This should be treated as a security update.
https://www.osforensics.com/tools/create-disk-images.html

RogueKiller 12.12.12 adds detections. This should be treated as a security update.
https://www.adlice.com/softwares/roguekiller/

SuperAntiSpyware 6.0.1258 resolves several bugs and improves engine. This should be treated as a security update.
https://www.superantispyware.com/download.html

Capture Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

XSplit Broadcaster 3.3.1803.0505 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.xsplit.com/get/

XSplit Gamecaster 3.3.1802.1515 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.xsplit.com/get/

Converter Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

CDex 2.00 improves stability and compatibility with newer operating systems. This is not a security update.
https://cdex.mu/?q=download

DVDFab 10.0.8.8 resolves several bugs, adds support for newer encodings, and improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://www.dvdfab.cn/download.htm

Utility Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Synergy 2.0.9 adds Raspberry Pi support, improves reliability, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://symless.com/synergy/downloads

RoboForm 8.4.8 improves extension compatibility and installation, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?rf

1Password for Mac 6.8.8 resolves a couple bugs. This is not a security update.
https://1password.com/downloads/

1Password for Windows 6.8.534 improves two-factor authentication integration. This should be treated as a security update.
https://1password.com/downloads/

GoodSync 10.8.4 improves service compatibility, improves performance and reliability, and resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?goodsync

CPU-Z 1.84 adds support for Spectre detection, newer hardware support, timers and bench testing. This is not a security update.
https://www.cpuid.com/softwares/cpu-z.html

NTLite 1.6.0.6122 resolves a couple bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.ntlite.com/download/

DesktopOK 5.12 resolves several bugs and improves reliability. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/DesktopOK

HWMonitor 1.35 adds support for newer hardware, and improves monitoring. This is not a security update.
https://www.cpuid.com/softwares/hwmonitor.html

ImageUSB 1.3.1006 does not provide a changelog, so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.osforensics.com/tools/write-usb-images.html

SearchMyFiles 2.83 resolves a search trimming bug. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/search_my_files.html

OSFMount 2.0.1001 resolves several bugs and improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://www.osforensics.com/tools/mount-disk-images.html

OSForensics 5.2.1007 resolves a couple bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.osforensics.com/download.html

PointerStick 3.03 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/PointerStick

SystemRescueCD 5.2.2 is a security update.
https://www.sysresccd.org/

TeamViewer 13.1.1548 resolves several bugs, improves UI, adds integration with Active Directory, and reports in servicecamp. This is not a security update.
https://www.teamviewer.com/en/download/windows/

Ultimate Boot CD 5.3.8 updates libraries and included applications. This should be treated as a security update.
http://www.ultimatebootcd.com/download.html

WinScan2PDF 4.16 resolves several bugs, improves reliability, and optimizes output. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Microsoft/WinScan2PDF

WSUS Offline 11.2.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://download.wsusoffline.net/

Developer Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Android Studio 3.1.1.0 is a major update with many new features and improvements. This should be treated as a security update.
https://developer.android.com/studio/index.html

SQLite 3.23.0 resolves several bugs, improves consistency, language constructs, and overloading SQL statements. This is a security update.
https://www.sqlite.org/download.html

Web Package Updates

These are likely to be of interest only to web developers.

DigiCertUtil 20180330 doesn’t provide a changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.digicert.com/util/

TinyMCE 4.7.10 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.tinymce.com/download/

Drupal 8.5.1 is a security update.
https://drupal.org/download

phpMyAdmin 4.8.0 resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.phpmyadmin.net/home_page/news.php

MailEnable 10.15 resolves several bugs, improves chat integration, and updates antivirus engine. This should be treated as a security update.
https://www.mailenable.com/

ScreenConnect (aka ConnectWise Control) 6.6.17081.6648 adds support for Chrome OS and Android, improves keyboard controls, and resolves many bugs…but not the one that forbids you from creating custom extensions without sharing the source code with ConnectWise. This is not a security update.
https://www.screenconnect.com/Download

WordPress 4.9.5 is a security update.
https://wordpress.org/

Autoptimize 2.3.4 resolves a couple bugs. This is not a security update.

BuddyPress 2.9.4 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

Custom Facebook Feed 2.5.2 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

myStickymenu 2.0.4 adds option to hide for large screens. This is not a security update.

NextScripts Social Networks Auto-Poster 4.2.1 resolves compatibility issue. This is not a security update.

Postie 1.9.19 improves paragraph detection. This is not a security update.

Sucuri Security 1.8.14 resolves several bugs, improves setup and authentication. This is not a security update.

WooCommerce 3.3.4 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

WP Edit 4.0.3 improves sanity checks and reduces warnings. This is not a security update.

That’s all for now folks. Keep it clean out there. 😉

Regards,

Shawn K. Hall
https://SaferPC.info/
https://12PointDesign.com/

Conventional Wisdom on Solid-State Drives

Every time I post about solid-state drive’s (SSDs) there’s always a nay-sayer warning about their “short life” and limited usability. It’s a huge misunderstanding of SSD wear-leveling and endurance to assume that a thousand program/erase (PE) cycles somehow implies that the drive is of less persistent value than a conventional drive. This is wildly inaccurate.

The Old Way

Conventional drives store their information on revolving platters and use magnetic arms to read and assign magnetism to specific locations on each platter. The arms are fragile. The movement of the platters is subject to environmental forces. A drop of only a fraction of an inch can toast your conventional drive. An hour in the car in front of Starbucks or the moisture that makes it through your laptop bag when walking between classes in the rain can kill it. Some are even faulty by design (planned obsolescence) or even if they’re not, can suffer from a random failure at any point in their life from dust or exposure to magnetism or even sunlight. This is the fatal flaw with moving parts. In any entropic system stuff will inevitably go wrong. The endurance you hope for is that gamble that it either won’t be you, or at least it won’t be now.

There have been dozens of studies of both conventional and solid-state drives. Most studies on conventional drives essentially conclude that some are better than others, but that they will all fail randomly at some point. Unfortunately, when it comes to conventional drives there’s really no guaranteed way to know how long your specific drive is going to last.

Even with the best SMART data you can never really plan for when the conventional drive is going to fail. You can look at the brand or model and estimate in months or years, but actual operational time will vary even between devices from the same factory made at the same time in the same room. You just can’t plan for it.

New Tricks

Solid-state drives, however, do not suffer from the randomness of not being able to know for sure if the drive will even survive it’s first year. Due to their lack of vulnerable moving parts, vastly improved tolerances and predictable wear-leveling values, they have a calculable life that can not only be guessed, but very effectively planned and measured. You can pro-actively track with the drive’s own self-diagnostics in order to identify, if not the very hour, at least the week that your SSD will no longer be able to be written to (the data will usually still be readable).

SSDs provide several measures of their PE values to determine drive longevity. TBW and DWPD are basically different faces of the same number of writes before the drive will begin to fail. This can be measured in hours or bytes, but the meaning is consistent between presentations: if each block can be written 1100 times (which is a pretty close approximation based on current market values) then a 250GB drive could have 275TB written to it during its reliable life. A 960GB drive would be able to have just over 1PB (petabyte) written during its reliable life. If you measure the actual writes to your current drive over a couple months (with PerfMon or SMART) you can see exactly how long it would take you to consume that amount. The drive won’t exactly crash and burn on that day, it will just fall out of the vendor-tested effectiveness in a “how many licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop” way. Many SSDs will safely write twice as much data or more. You know, as long as you don’t bite into it. 😉

SMART

Every drive for the last 20+ years has supported some level of self diagnostics (SMART), but the detail provided by SSDs is fantastic. SMART provides potentially hundreds of flags to identify, track, and observe various drive usage and diagnostic information. SSDs provide self-diagnostics through SMART that enables you to see their actual writes, reads, and life. Get an SSD and use it a couple months, and you can effectively estimate its life for your actual usage.

For example, my current C: is a 240GB Kingston SSD. As of the writing of this article the drive has been in use for 937 days (2.57 years), and has only been restarted 72 times (roughly twice per month – usually for software updates or installation). It’s written 18,925 GB (<19 TB) in that time, which is about 20.2 GB/day. With the magic 1100 PE number we can safely assume it’ll be able to write about 264 TB in its life. This means that this drive will likely survive another 33 years at my current usage. Give or take.

Now it should be noted that I’m not the typical person, and I do tune the crap out of my hardware (and the hardware of my clients) to ensure we get both the best experience and the best value out of our hardware. I’m not a gamer, but I run more varied applications and services than anyone I know, keeping a lot in RAM and minimizing page file usage to prevent unnecessary writes. This is to say that the typical person with a stock install may only get a “mere” ten to fifteen years out of similar SSD – for a computer where most of the rest of the hardware will be unsupported in 10 years. Task-based users (email + web + Word) could get centuries out of it if tuned properly. Hardcore gamers may only get a couple years, but they will be fantastic years.

I love the performance of my SSD, but believe me when I say I hope I am not still using this drive as my C: drive in 30 years. New developments are made every year and I plan to offload this one into one of my workhorses when I upgrade my primary rig. 🙂

True Wisdom

Should everyone use an SSD as their operating system drive? Yes. Should it be used for everything? No. You wouldn’t haul manure in a Porsche 911, would you?

I use SSDs in all my computers, but for some tasks I use conventional drives as well. I even use a few drives I know are defective but that have great caching capabilities. For example, I do a lot of video transcoding – converting and resampling video to improve quality and performance. This can write as much as 2 terabytes per day on one of my machines. That would kill my Kingston SSD in just over 4 months, so for these I use cheap conventional drives that are disposed of when they inevitably fail. The SSD runs the apps, but the conventional drive acts as a read/write canvas for transcoding. It works very well. But why don’t I just use an SSD anyway – they’re faster, right? Because the performance for video transcoding with FFMPEG is capped at the speed of the CPU anyway, so it’s never going to be bottlenecking at a disk read or write operation on a conventional drive, making use of an SSD a waste of valuable resources.

The choice is yours, of course, but don’t base your decision on whether to buy a solid-state drive on uneducated FUD.

Regards,

Shawn K. Hall
https://SaferPC.info/
https://12PointDesign.com/