Updates 2020-04-01

Happy April Fools’ Day, Folks!

It’s not Patch Tuesday, but updates from Microsoft, Apple, Google, and others have triggered an out-of-cycle update.

This Month/Week in Technology

The FCC announced that by July 2021 every US phone company (landline and mobile) must adopt STIR/SHAKEN which will massively reduce the amount of robocalls and phone spam people receive and ensure that call blocking features work as intended.

Microsoft has rebranded Office 365 to Microsoft 365 and is launching more features and cross-platform monitoring across the system. Is this the next step towards Windows-as-a-Service?

Dell and HP Enterprise have issued updates for the runtime bug in certain Enterprise solid-state drives (SSDs) that will begin bricking them in only a couple months.

The latest to jumping on the virus-free-trial bandwagon is Plex.

The country of Georgia has been hacked, with data on almost every citizen being posted online.

How bad are companies at dealing with ransomware? Most corporations and governments just give in and negotiate the ransom. Others pay insurance through companies like Chubb, a cyber-insurer for this type of thing. Can a company insure itself?

For a couple days, the latest builds of iOS and macOS wouldn’t let you search for a “+” sign. This is more common than you might think, and one of the pieces of advice in my Selecting the Perfect Domain” guide.

#3 Don’t use any strange characters

CloudFlare’s 1.1.1.1 public DNS resolver received glowing marks in a recent study. While it’s very private and fast, it doesn’t provide built-in security as does OpenDNS, though.

Now for the good news:

Even the scientist most cited for his chicken-little response to COVID-19 has reversed course and said he over-estimated lethality and virulence.

Let’s Get Busy

Microsoft released an out-of-cycle update to address connectivity problems for VPN users. If you’re using a VPN, use Windows Update to install the most current version.

Apple released security updates for iCloud for Windows 7.18 and iCloud for Windows 10.9.3. Use Apple Software Update to install the most current versions.

Google Chrome OS 80.0.3987.158 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version. A reboot is required.

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

Driver Updates

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

Display Driver Uninstaller 18.0.2.3 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 80.0.3987.162 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.

WinSCP 5.17.3 is a security update.
https://winscp.net/eng/index.php

Game Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Steam 2020.03.26 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

PlayStation PS3 4.86 improves system performance. This is not a security update.
https://www.playstation.com/en-us/support/system-updates/ps3/

Office Updates

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

Krita 4.2.9 adds Airbrush and Ratio controls to the Color Smudge brush, and resolves 70 bugs. This is not a security update.
https://krita.org/en/download/krita-desktop/

Security Software Updates

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

RogueKiller 14.4.0 resolves several bugs, improves compatibility and adds warnings to certain scans.
https://www.adlice.com/download/roguekiller/

Converter Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

DVDFab 11.0.8.2 adds support for new encodings. This is not a security update.
https://www.dvdfab.cn/download.htm

Utility Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

RoboForm 8.6.8 improves data synchronization, Windows Hello integration, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?rf

GoodSync 10.11.4 resolves several bugs and improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?goodsync

DesktopOK 6.91 improves compatibility with the next build of Windows. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/DesktopOK

NetworkInterfacesView 1.20 adds option to open device properties window with F2. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/network_interfaces.html

PSAppDeploy 3.8.1 adds Repair action and new installation controls, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://psappdeploytoolkit.com/

MS ISO Downloader 8.34 adds several new ISOs. This is not a security update.
https://www.heidoc.net/joomla/technology-science/microsoft/67-microsoft-windows-and-office-iso-download-tool

WinScan2PDF 5.25 resolves a TWAIN bug under Windows 10 x64. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Microsoft/WinScan2PDF

Developer Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Android Studio 3.6.2.0 resolves over a dozen bugs. This is not a security update.
https://developer.android.com/studio/index.html

Node.js 13.12.0 improves build notarization for macOS, upgrades libraries, adds option to disable proto to CLI, moves diagnostic reports to stable, and now allows URL in worker constructor. This is not a security update.
https://nodejs.org/en/

Web Package Updates

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

OpenPetra 2020.03 resolves the PDF printing bug, as well as several other bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.openpetra.org/

WordPress 5.4 improves the block editor, adds Social Icons and Buttons, gradients to Buttons and Cover block, color options to Group, Columns, and Rich Text, improved consistency, as well as many developer and privacy improvements. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/

Postie 1.9.45 resolves an email notification bug. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/postie/

Custom Facebook Feed 2.13 adds a Block. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/custom-facebook-feed/

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

Regards,

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

Updates 2020-03-24

Hi, Folks!

It’s not Patch Tuesday, but security updates from Apple, Adobe, Google, and many others have triggered an out-of-cycle update.

This Month/Week in Technology

NPM is joining Github. Cool.

Apple was fined $1.2 billion by French antitrust authorities. And you thought the next iPhone was going to be expensive yesterday? They’ll be rolling the expense of the antitrust settlement into your next iDevice.

Security is all about trust. The thing to remember is that just because something claims to be a security application or service doesn’t mean it is. Antivirus and VPNs are no exception. By the way, if you’re still using Avast, you may as well just send your passwords out to random email addresses along with all your other personal data.

Content Delivery Networks (CDNs) are critical for scalable web distribution. Unfortunately, this makes them prime targets for malware distribution as well.

Salesforce customers will soon no longer be able to use Data Backup Recovery. Consider this a reminder that while the cloud might store everything, it’s not always easy to get it back when you’ve lost it.

The US Department of Defense is glacially slow (8+ years) at fixing security issues. Don’t say you weren’t warned. In their wisdom, the FBI says you shouldn’t save your passwords in your browser. Duh.

Even if you don’t, however, your data is stored by most other entities you interact with. For example, every 10 years the US performs the Census and collects a wide variety of information about every household in the country. When the US Census Bureau data is hacked you can find that data online, too. But that’s not even the worst of what’s wrong with the Census this year. Their website uses a script that performs a unique fingerprint of every single device that connects to their site and attempts to load various sensor features to further profile and access features of the device. Coupled with the “unique” login you use when filling out the Census your online activity can be permanently tied to your devices. And yes, this is the same organization that had a major data leak earlier in this paragraph.

The Internet of Things (IoT) is much less secure than you may have thought, no matter how bad you thought it was. 98% of their traffic is sent unencrypted, more than half of devices suffer from critical vulnerabilities that will likely never be patched, IoT devices are often used as a foothold to gain access to your internal networks, and hospitals are some of the worst offenders for employing insecure and unmaintained IoT devices.

Is it any wonder that the Russian FSB was developing an IoT botnet? Another FSB contractor was hacked and their tools were released in much the same way as the CIA Vault7 hack.

Now for the good news:

Comcast has made their public Wi-Fi hotspots available free to everyone and has removed data caps for the next 60 days as a result of the current pandemic. Just make sure you’re using a VPN. 🙂

Let’s Get Busy

Apple released updates for macOS Catalina 10.15.4, Security Update 2020-002 Mojave, Security Update 2020-002 High Sierra, Xcode 11.4, Safari 13.1, watchOS 6.2, watchOS 5.3.6, tvOS 13.4, iOS 13.4, iPadOS 13.4, iOS 12.4.6, and iTunes 12.10.5 for Windows. These are security updates. Use the Apple App Store or Apple Software Update to install the most current versions.

iOS 13.4 and 12.4.6 are security updates. Use Settings, General, Software Update to install the most current version.

watchOS 6.2 and 5.3.6 are security updates. Use your updated iPhone to install the most current version through the Watch app.
https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204641

tvOS 13.4 is a security update. Use Settings, General, Updates to install the most current version.

Adobe Flash Player 32.0.0.344 is a security update.
Win: https://12pd.com/click?flash
Win: https://12pd.com/click?flashie
Mac: https://12pd.com/click?flashmac

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

Driver Updates

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

nVidia 442.75 resolves several compatibility issues and adds app/game profiles. This is not a security update.
https://www.nvidia.com/Download/index.aspx?lang=en-us

Browser Updates

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

Brave 1.5.113 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.
https://brave.com/

Google Chrome 80.0.3987.149 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

Vivaldi 2.11.1811.49 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.
https://vivaldi.com/

Email Updates

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

Thunderbird 68.6.0 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.

BrowsingHistoryView 2.40 adds a new date/time filter. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/browsing_history_view.html

FileZilla Client 3.47.2.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://filezilla-project.org/

FreeFileSync 10.22 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.freefilesync.org/download.php

Npcap 0.9989 resolves several bugs. This should be treated as a security update.
https://nmap.org/npcap/

Prosody 0.11.5 adds foreground/background flags to replace daemon functionality. This is not a security update.
https://prosody.im/download/start

Media Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

iTunes 12.10.5 is a security update. Use Apple Software Update to install the most current version.

Office Updates

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

Adobe Reader DC 20.006.20042 is a security update. Use Help, Check for Updates to install the most current version.

Adobe Creative Cloud Desktop?5.1 is a security update.
https://www.adobe.com/creativecloud/catalog/desktop.html

Adobe Bridge 10.0.3 is a security update.
https://www.adobe.com/products/bridge.html

Adobe ColdFusion 2016.14 and 2018.8 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/coldfusion/kb/coldfusion-2016-update-14.html
https://helpx.adobe.com/coldfusion/kb/coldfusion-2018-update-8.html

Adobe Experience Manager 6.3.3.8, 6.4.8.0, and 6.5.4.0 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/experience-manager/aem-releases-updates.html

Adobe Photoshop 20.0.9 and 21.1.1 are security updates. Use Adobe Creative Cloud Desktop to install the most current versions (after you patch it).

Adobe Acrobat 2020.006.20042, 2017.011.30166, and 2015.006.30518 are security updates. Use Adobe Creative Cloud Desktop to install the most current versions (after you patch it).

Adobe Genuine Integrity Service 6.6 is a security update. AdobeGCClient does not have a separate installer or updater, and will update as you patch other programs.

Atom 1.45.0 resolves several bugs and updates libraries. This should be treated as a security update.
https://atom.io/

LibreOffice Fresh 6.4.2 resolves over 90 bugs. This is a security update. LibreOffice Fresh is a beta version, and should be avoided for most users.
https://www.libreoffice.org/

Security Software Updates

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

RogueKiller 14.3.0 updates libraries, improves reliability and scanning behaviors. This is a security update.
https://www.adlice.com/download/roguekiller/

Capture Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

ScreenToGif 2.22.1 resolves a couple bugs and updates translations. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/NickeManarin/ScreenToGif/releases/latest

Converter Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

DVDFab 11.0.8.1 adds support for new encodings, improves compatibility, and resolves a couple 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.

1Password for Windows 7.4.759 resolves several bugs and improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://1password.com/downloads/windows/

CurrPorts 2.61 resolves a state-monitoring bug. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/cports.html

Etcher 1.5.80 resolves several bugs and updates electron. This should be treated as a security update.
https://www.balena.io/etcher/

Everything 1.4.1.969 improves stability. This is not a security update.
https://www.voidtools.com/

Fing 9.0.0 adds several new feature shortcuts and an Account tab. This is not a security update.
https://community.fing.com/

GoodSync 10.11.2 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?goodsync

IsMyHdOK 2.11 updates language packs and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Microsoft/IsMyHdOK

TeamViewer 15.4.4445 resolves several bugs and adds the tvopt file format for setting portability. This is not a security update.
https://www.teamviewer.com/en/download/windows/

WSUS Offline 12.0 removes support for Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, Win10 v1703, splits Win10 updates to versioned folders for future updates, and updates supercedence values. This is not a security update.
https://download.wsusoffline.net/

Developer Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Inno Setup 6.0.4 improves compatibility, Restart Manager, and RTF, adds Dark Theme, several fixes and HTTPS on the website. This is not a security update.
https://www.jrsoftware.org/isdl.php

Node.js 13.11.0 updates libraries, improves compatibility, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://nodejs.org/en/

StrawberryPerl 5.30.2.1 updates libraries, improves compatibility, and resolves several bugs. This is a security update. You probably shouldn’t be using StrawberryPerl though, since they still aren’t using HTTPS even though they can get it free through LetsEncrypt. Sad.
http://strawberryperl.com/

Web Package Updates

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

Drupal 8.8.4 is a security update.
https://drupal.org/download

HumHub 1.4.4 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.humhub.com/en/download

phpMyAdmin 4.9.5 is a security update.
https://www.phpmyadmin.net/

Nextcloud Server 18.0.3 is a security update.
https://nextcloud.com/

phpList 3.5.1 updates libraries and resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
https://www.phplist.org/

Connectwise Control 20.2.27450.7387 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.connectwise.com/software/control/download

Akismet 4.1.4 improves compatibility and activation process. This is not a security update.

Custom Facebook Feed 2.12.4 improves compatibility and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

myStickymenu 2.3.8 improves compatibility, reduces announcement nag frequency, and allows custom HTML within notification bar. This is not a security update.

Postie 1.9.44 refactors code for separation of purpose and adds an action for registering shortcodes.

Redirection 4.7.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

WooCommerce 4.0.1 improves Action Scheduler and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

WP Mail SMTP 1.9.0 adds several troubleshooting features, improves documentation, About, and warns when settings are not saved. 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 2020-03-10

Welcome back, Folks!

Today is Patch Tuesday for March 2020.

The next build of Windows 10 is just around the corner. If you don’t want to be the guinea pig I strongly suggest you update to v1909 within the next month. This will grant you a reprieve from the new version for a couple months. Let everyone else beta test and you can upgrade when they’ve worked out the bugs.

Windows 7 is still end-of-life (EOL). If you’re still running it, shame on you, and if you are running a licensed version of Windows 7 or 8 you can still upgrade to Windows 10 and have a supported version of Windows for the foreseeable future. Don’t want to do it yourself? Call me!
https://saferpc.info/contact/

This Month Week in Technology

In 2019, Android reportedly had the most vulnerabilities of any OS, but in its defense, there are literally dozens of manufacturers that build on Android and many of the issues stem from these third-parties. Also, if you’re running Android, you really should also be using SnoopSnitch which can identify whether security updates have been applied to your device or if it’s been abandoned by the vendor.

Movies like Eagle Eye demonstrated how easy it was for a malicious actor to observe your mobile remotely, but if you have a smart assistant enabled (such as Alexa, Siri, Google Assistant, Cortana) then it is possible to remotely control it using audio signals that are beyond the range of human hearing.

There’s more evidence than ever that selling your Intellectual Property to a third party puts your users at risk. It’s very common in browser extensions and website plugins. It doesn’t matter how secure the core engine is if the user installs a malicious or defective extension/plugin. There’s always a line, though, right? Facebook is actually suing an SDK maker for harvesting the data that…Facebook collected.

Netgear has issued security patches for almost 50 router models. If you use Wi-Fi then, by it’s very nature, you’re susceptible to being tracked. The protocol itself is your enemy since it requires that it transmit all your “known” networks on a regular basis during a heartbeat connection status report. Even if you disable Wi-Fi everywhere except trusted locations, those trusted locations can be still be compromised due to weak security in the on-device encryption key. Intel and AMD CPUs for nearly a decade have had significant flaws that allow data exfiltration by unprivileged users.

More than a million enterprise Microsoft accounts have been compromised, primarily through password reuse. Guys, NEVER reuse passwords! Defense contractors getting hacked isn’t really anything new, but you’d think they had better backups so they wouldn’t have to pay half-million dollar ransoms.

Malware authors evade detection in many ways. One of the most common diagnostic tests for malicious software is to run it within a virtual machine. As expected, developers can detect and disable their malware within these environments. The Malware Evasion Encyclopedia provides advice to educate researchers to keep one step ahead of the malware.

.NET Core 3.0 is dead. Long live .NET Core! Oh, and switching to 3.1 is easy.

I’ll end my soapbox on a happy note:

A new Wi-Fi chip design for IoT devices consumes only 1/5000th of the energy of current models. Wow!

Let’s Get Busy

Now back to our regularly scheduled program. Thanks to the monster of updates pushed during “weekly update February”, Patch Tuesday this month is pretty light. The typical computer should see roughly 1.1 GB in updates today. Let’s get started.

Microsoft released updates for Windows, Internet Explorer, Servicing Stack, and MSRT (~600 MB). This includes security updates. A reboot is required.

Google Chrome OS 80.0.3987.137 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version. A reboot is required.

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 macOS Catalina (10.15) means that macOS Sierra (10.12) and older are no longer supported. If you can not install at least macOS High Sierra (10.13) on your Mac then you should immediately remove it from the Internet and use it offline only. It will no longer receive patches or updates and can now no longer be secured.

The now-current release of the Windows 10 (1909) is a pretty small update so will install quickly. Windows 10 pushes you to get the latest Windows 10 release every 6 months. If you don’t let it finish and you’re on a slow connection, this process 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, 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 or use, reducing the attack surface.

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.

BullZip PDF Printer 11.13.0.2823 resolves an SFTP bug. This is not a security update.
https://www.bullzip.com/products/pdf/info.php#download

Intel Driver and Support Assistant 20.2.9 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.intel.com/p/en_US/support/detect

nVidia 442.59 adds support for new hardware and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.nvidia.com/Download/index.aspx?lang=en-us

Logitech Options 8.10.154 adds support for newer hardware and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.logitech.com/en-us/product/options

Browser Updates

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

Google Chrome 80.0.3987.132 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

Firefox 74.0 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

Firefox ESR 68.6.0 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

Vivaldi 2.11.1811.47 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.
https://vivaldi.com/

Internet Updates

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

WinSCP 5.17.2 resolves several bugs and disables TLS 1.3 by default. This is not a security update.
https://winscp.net/eng/index.php

Npcap 0.9988 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://nmap.org/npcap/

Office Updates

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

Notepad++ 7.8.5 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://notepad-plus-plus.org/

Nextcloud Desktop 2.6.4 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://nextcloud.com/

Security Software Updates

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

NSudo 8.0 resolves several bugs, improves reliability, and reduces file size. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/M2Team/NSudo/releases/latest

TinyWall 2.1.15 now offers the upgrade to 3.0.0 on 64-bit systems. 3.0.0 is in beta and provides user interface, performance, stability and reliability improvements. It is, however, beta software, so should be avoided until it is stable.
https://tinywall.pados.hu/

uBlock Origin 1.25.2 resolves several bugs and improves GUI. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/gorhill/uBlock/releases/latest

Capture Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

ScreenToGif 2.22 resolves several bugs and improves automatic update. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/NickeManarin/ScreenToGif/releases/latest

SnagIt 2020.1.1 adds SharePoint sharing, and resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
https://download.techsmith.com/snagit/enu/snagit.exe

Converter Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

MakeMKV 1.15.0 updates the user interface, adds new preferences for LibMMBD integration, and improves reliability. This is not a security update.
https://www.makemkv.com/download/

MKVToolnix 44.0.0 adds attachment drag and drop, improves reliability, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.fosshub.com/MKVToolNix.html

DVDFab 11.0.7.7 adds support for new encodings, new profiles, and adds BluPath feature. This is not a security update.
https://www.dvdfab.cn/download.htm

Utility Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

1Password for Windows 7.4.750 adds several new features, including Windows Hello support, rewritten interface engine, improved display support, and over 80 fixes and improvements. This is not a security update.
https://1password.com/downloads/windows/

Beyond Compare 4.3.4.24657 updates libraries, resolves several bugs, and improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://www.scootersoftware.com/download.php?zz=dl4

Bitcoin 0.19.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://bitcoin.org/en/download

DesktopOK 6.88 updates the language file. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/DesktopOK

DMDE 3.6.1.773 adds support for 64-bit macOS. This is not a security update.
https://dmde.com/

Everything 1.4.1.965 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.voidtools.com/

Fing 8.9.0 resolves several bugs and integrates a database of supported devices (Fingpedia), this is not a security update.
https://community.fing.com/

GoodSync 10.10.26 improves compatibility and status reporting. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?goodsync

Rufus 3.9 resolves several bugs and improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://rufus.ie/en_IE.html

TeamViewer 15.3.8497 resolves compatibility bug with hash authentication, but disables hash auth for settings. This is not a security update.
https://www.teamviewer.com/en/download/windows/

WSUS Offline 11.9 is the last version to support Windows 7, updates supersedence URLs, and 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 3.6.1.0 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://developer.android.com/studio/index.html

Godot 3.2.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://godotengine.org/

Node.js 13.10.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://nodejs.org/en/

TortoiseGit 2.10.0 updates libraries and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://tortoisegit.org/

Visual Studio Code 1.43 adds a search editor, shangle controls, minimap improvements, column selection, and more. This is not a security update.
https://code.visualstudio.com/

Web Package Updates

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

Joomla 3.9.16 is a security update.
https://www.joomla.org/

Drupal 8.8.3 resolves over 50 bugs and updates libraries. This is not a security update.
https://drupal.org/download

HumHub 1.4.3 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.humhub.com/en/download

ScreenConnect 20.1.27036.7360 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.connectwise.com/software/control/download

Contact Form 7 5.1.7 adds LTR support and adds a cosmetic change to warning. This is not a security update.

Email Log 2.3.2 improves compatibility, user interface, and resolves a couple bugs. This is not a security update.

Simple Lightbox 2.8.1 improves compatibility. This is not a security update.

NextScripts Social Networks Auto-Poster 4.3.13 resolves several bugs and improves compatibility. This is not a security update.

WooCommerce 4.0.0 is a major update adding over 70 changes and fixes, updated libraries, and feature improvements. 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 2020-02-28

Hi, Folks!

It’s not Patch Tuesday, but security updates from Google, nVidia, TeamViewer and others have triggered an out-of-cycle update.

This Month Week in Technology (Again)

Microsoft is fixing Windows Search again today, and soon scaling back Cortana features in order to better focus the CPU-intensive AI.

Storing your passwords in Notes in your iPhone and iPad is something almost every iOS user does, but shouldn’t. Any app or widget can read the clipboard contents any time. Apple’s Safari browser will soon prevent you from accessing websites secured by SSL/TLS certificates with duration’s beyond 13 months. Their stated goal is to improve validity and reliability of certificates by increasing automation and thus reducing the likelihood of human error. This might be more trustworthy if the systems that automate the processes could be better trusted. I’m old enough to remember when large certificate providers (including Verisign) issued half a million certificates to almost anyone that asked, whether they had any relationship to the site or not. Surely this should have hurt Verisign pretty bad, right? Nah, they are still the Domain Registry for all .com, .net, .gov and .edu TLDs, and they’re currently attempting to discredit everyone that dared to comment on their contract renewal that grants them the ability to raise .com rates in 4 out of 6 years.

ISPs believe they own your data if you dare use their service to get online, but for what it’s worth, they don’t have nearly the scope of data access that a flaw in over a billion wireless devices (including Apple iPhone, iPad, Amazon Echo, Kindle, Samsung Galaxy, and Google Nexus devices) does. If you haven’t patched all your mobile devices recently, do it now.

Speaking of data access, reliance on cloud backups and local backups with permanently tethered drives won’t help you when you’re hit with ransomware, and reliance on cloud-based services allows patent claims to remotely disable your property, and, in a possible first, ransomware may have actually been responsible for keeping criminals out of prison.

Wells Fargo has been fined $3b over creating millions of fraudulent accounts based on real people, but none of it will go to their victims. Over 50,000 people hit by the Click4Support scamware will be getting about 5-10% of their losses back. It ain’t much, but it’s better than nothing.

In yet another example of sky-is-falling ignorance from “Tech Commentators” that don’t actually understand the technology they’re talking about, Gordon Kelly claims that information that never leaves your computer can be spied on by several unrelated third-parties. Sigh. More importantly, Google has released 7 security updates for Chrome in the last month. Yes, really. If you followed Gordon Kelly’s advice to block updates you’d be at actual risk from several real and serious vulnerabilities instead of just thinking you know so much stuff that isn’t true.

Professor Norman Sadeh, of Carnegie Mellon’s Institute for Software Research,
the same group that helped the FBI break TOR “on a budget” (paid $1m from the FBI, they spent $3k to break TOR), have released an app, IOTA, to help you identify the Internet-of-Things devices that exist around you, and they might not even abuse the information you share with them to gain a foothold into your networks.

While we’re on the topic of abuse, a facial recognition company was breached and their entire client list was stolen. It’s easy to blame the contractor for making this kind of mistake, but the US Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) hasn’t done any better, even exposing White House data.

Finally, a US Federal Appeals court ruled that online censorship is okay, ensuring that the 2020 election will be tainted by Silicon Valley’s very own form of social engineering via censorship. Oh, well.

Let’s Get Busy

The typical computer should see approximately 400 MB of updates today. Let’s get started.

Microsoft has released another update to fix the search bugs in Windows 10 v1903 and newer and a security update for the new Edge browser. Use Windows Update to get the updates.

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

Driver Updates

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

Zebra Driver 2020.1 doesn’t provide a changelog, so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.seagullscientific.com/support/downloads/drivers/zebra

nVidia 442.50 is a security update.
https://www.nvidia.com/Download/index.aspx?lang=en-us

Browser Updates

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

Google Chrome 80.0.3987.122 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

Vivaldi 2.11.1811.44 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

Brave 1.4.95 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

Iridium 2020.01.79 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.

Mailspring 1.7.4 adds Google contact management, plaintext mail (yay!), and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://getmailspring.com/

Internet Updates

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

FileZilla Client 3.47.1 resolves a bug loading advanced site parameters. This is not a security update.
https://filezilla-project.org/

WinSCP 5.17.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://winscp.net/eng/index.php

Media Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Picard 2.3.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://picard.musicbrainz.org/

Office Updates

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

LibreOffice Fresh 6.4.1 resolves 80 bugs, including several crash bugs. This is not a security update. Please note that LibreOffice Fresh is their beta product. Most users should use LibreOffice Still.
https://www.libreoffice.org/

Security Software Updates

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

RogueKiller 14.2.1 updates libraries and resolves a signature update bug. This is a security update.
https://www.adlice.com/download/roguekiller/

uBlock Origin 1.25.0 adds DNS resolution to Firefox and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/gorhill/uBlock/releases/latest

Capture Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

ScreenToGif 2.21.2 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/NickeManarin/ScreenToGif/releases/latest

Converter Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

DVDFab 11.0.7.5 adds support for new encodings and improved upscaling. This is not a security update.
https://www.dvdfab.cn/download.htm

Utility Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

1Password for Mac 7.4.3 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://1password.com/downloads/mac/

Dell Command Update 3.1.1 improves reliability and stability. This is not a security update.
https://www.dell.com/support/article/us/en/04/sln311129/dell-command-update?lang=en

Etcher 1.5.79 resolves two minor bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.balena.io/etcher/

GoodSync 10.10.25 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?goodsync

MS ISO Downloader 8.32 adds images for new Dell models and preview versions of Win10 v2004. This is not a security update.
https://www.heidoc.net/joomla/technology-science/microsoft/67-microsoft-windows-and-office-iso-download-tool

NTLite 1.9.0.7330 resolves several bugs and improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://www.ntlite.com/download/

SetDefaultBrowser 1.5 adds support for side-by-side Edge installations. This is not a security update.
https://kolbi.cz/blog/2017/11/10/setdefaultbrowser-set-the-default-browser-per-user-on-windows-10-and-server-2016-build-1607/

TeamViewer 15.3.2682 adds the ability to remove a chat participant, and resolves several bugs, including the ability for mouse actions to be processed when disabled. This is a secuirty update.
https://www.teamviewer.com/en/download/windows/

Developer Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Android Studio 3.6.0.21 resolves the Git bug and disables the Multi Preview feature. This is not a security update.
https://developer.android.com/studio/index.html

WinMerge 2.16.6 resolves several bugs, improves tab behavior, and adds support for more file formats. This is not a security update.
https://winmerge.org/

Web Package Updates

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

HumHub 1.4.2 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.humhub.com/en/download

Autoptimize 2.6.2 adds eager-loading support, improves compatibility, and resolves a couple bugs. This is not a security update.

WordPress Importer 0.7 improves compatibility and resovles 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 2020-02-20

Welcome back, Folks!

It’s not Patch Tuesday, but security updates from Google, Mozilla, Apple and Adobe have triggered an out-of-cycle update.

This Month Week in Technology

According to one of Tumblr’s engineers, Apple’s iOS is adware.

Even great computers are no match for the human brain in perceiving what the typical human consider obvious. Exploiting this fact, evildoers are extorting Google Adsense users by threatening to fraudulently click ads in violation of the Adsense terms unless they get paid off.

If your site is still running an older version of TLS or SSL it’s about to get spanked by the browsers and search engines. Upgrade your HTTPS security policies to use only the latest methods (even if older devices can no longer visit your site).

This month brings even more Bluetooth design and implementation vulnerabilities, and reassurance that keeping your mouth shut may eventually pay off, a relatively minor bug in Firefox allows CSS to be abused to (slowly) extract data from secure sites, and a change to the CCPA (California Consumer Privacy Act) now allows business to keep certain information you’ve requested to be removed so they can…prove…it was…removed…huh? LOL

Finally, a scientific study demonstrates that sound-bite socialization and catch-phrase culture have ruined our ability to have an educated conversation. The real question should be, is anyone surprised?

Let’s Get Busy

The typical computer should see approximately 600 MB of updates. Let’s get started.

watchOS 6.1.3 and 5.3.5 are security updates. Use your updated iPhone to install the most current version through the Watch app.
https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204641

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

Driver Updates

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

Logitech Options 8.10.84 adds support for new hardware and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.logitech.com/en-us/product/options

Browser Updates

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

Google Chrome 80.0.3987.116 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the current version.

Firefox 73.0.1 resolves several crash bugs. This is not a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the current version.

Vivaldi 2.11.1811.38 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the current version.

Internet Updates

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

FreeFileSync 10.20 adds email notification support, HTML logging, sync error detection, and more. This is not a security update.
https://www.freefilesync.org/download.php

IPNetInfo 1.95 adds improved command-line support. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/ipnetinfo.html

WinSCP 5.17 resolves several bugs and adds new features. This is not a security update.
https://winscp.net/eng/index.php

Media Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

MyPaint 2.0.0 is a major new update with new layer and compositing features, new brush controls, and dozens more. This is not a security update.
http://mypaint.org/downloads/

Picard 2.3 resolves dozens of bugs and improves reliability. This is not a security update.
https://picard.musicbrainz.org/

Game Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Steam 2020.02.12 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

Office Updates

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

LibreOffice Still 6.3.5 resolves about 85, including stability and reliability fixes. This is not a security update.
https://www.libreoffice.org/

Paint.net 4.2.10 resolves several bugs, notably with those using MSI deployment (yay!). This is not a security update.
https://www.getpaint.net/

Adobe Media Encoder 14.0.2 is a security update.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/media-encoder/apsb20-10.html

Adobe After Effects 17.0.3 is a security update.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/after_effects/apsb20-09.html

Adobe FrameMaker 2019.0.5 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
64-bit: https://supportdownloads.adobe.com/detail.jsp?ftpID=6851
32-bit: https://supportdownloads.adobe.com/detail.jsp?ftpID=6849

Capture Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

ScreenToGif 2.20.3 resolves a compatibility bug. This is not a security update.
https://www.fosshub.com/ScreenToGif.html

Converter Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

DVDFab 11.0.7.4 adds support for new encodings and resolves a crash bug. This is not a security update.
https://www.dvdfab.cn/download.htm

Utility Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

RoboForm 8.6.7 resolves several bugs and improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?rf

Cygwin 3.1.4 resolves a couple bugs and improves compatibility with symlinks and junctions. This is not a security update.
https://cygwin.com/

Etcher 1.5.79 improves user experience. This is not a security update.
https://www.balena.io/etcher/

GoodSync 10.10.24 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?goodsync

PointerStick 3.81 resolves several bugs and improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/PointerStick

Developer Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Node.js 13.9.0 resolves over 200 issues. This is not a security update.
https://nodejs.org/en/

Virtual Machine Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

VirtualBox 6.1.4-136177 resolves several bugs and improves EFI support. This is not a security update.
https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads

Web Package Updates

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

Nextcloud Server 18.0.1 resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://nextcloud.com/

HumHub 1.4.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.humhub.com/en/download

myStickymenu 2.3.5 updates license rates and terms. This is not a security update.

Postie 1.9.43 begins the migration of shortcodes into the main module. This is not a security update.

Raw HTML 1.6.2 resolves a compatibility bug. This is not a security update.

Redirection 4.7 adds domain relocation with exceptions, site aliases, www/wwwithout controls, and content-type. This is not a security update.

NextScripts Social Networks Auto-Poster 4.3.12 improves Blogger and Facebook compatibility. This is not a security update.

Sucuri Security 1.8.24 resolves two bugs. This is not a security update.

WooCommerce 3.9.2 resolves several bugs. This is a security update.

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

Regards,

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