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 2017-10-10

Hi, Folks!

It’s Patch Tuesday. Happy Anniversary to my beautiful bride — sorry it fell on Patch Tuesday. 🙁

*Updated to add updates for Flash, WinSCP and WifiInfoView.

The typical computer should see roughly 1.7gb in updates today. Let’s get started.

Microsoft released updates to Windows, Edge, Internet Explorer, Flash, .NET and MSRT (~1.5gb). This includes security updates. A reboot is required.

Apple released updates to macOS High Sierra, watchOS, and iOS. These are security updates. A reboot is required.

macOS High Sierra 10.13 “Supplemental Update” is a security update. Use Apple Software Update to install the most current version.

watchOS 4.0.1 is a security update. Use the Watch app on your iPhone to install the most current version.

iOS 11.0.1 and 11.0.2 are both security updates. Use Settings, General, Software Update to install the most current version. The battery drain and random recipient problems are known and will be addressed “soon.”

ChromeOS 61.0.3163.113 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

Adobe Flash Player 27.0.0.159 does not provide a changelog (which is very weird for Adobe), so should be treated as a security update.
Win: https://12pd.com/click?flash
Win: https://12pd.com/click?flashie
Mac: https://12pd.com/click?flashmac

The quarterly Java security patch will be released next week. Since you’re doing updates today anyway, consider REMOVING Java so you don’t have to next week. Chances are good you don’t actually require it, so leaving it on your computer only increases your risk.

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.

Firefox 56.0.1 is a security update. This version now pushes 32-bit upgrades to 64-bit on all devices that support it, except Lenovo IdeaPad laptops, which have a compatibility issue with Firefox 64-bit. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

Opera 48 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 3.10 adds an option (“/extractdeleteall”) to extract all attachments then delete them from the Outlook PST file (yay!). This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/outlook_attachment.html

Internet Updates

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

Trillian 6.1.0.8 improves reliability and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.trillian.im/

uTorrent 3.5.0 Build 44090 resolves stability bugs and improves search behavior. This should be treated as a security update.
http://www.utorrent.com/downloads

FileZilla 3.28.0 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://filezilla-project.org/

FreeFileSync 9.4 resolves several bugs, improves reliability and GUI. This is not a security update.
https://www.freefilesync.org/download.php

MaxMind GeoIP Data 201710 is a data refresh. This is not a security update.
http://dev.maxmind.com/geoip/geolite

Game Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

PlayStation PS4 5.00 is a major update which allows adding family members as users with parental control support, removes restrictions on following unverified accounts, adds custom lists, notifications in the quick menu, improved messaging, broadcasting in 1080p at 60 fps to Twitch and more. This is not a security update.
http://us.playstation.com/support/systemupdates/ps4/pc_update/index.htm

Office Updates

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

Artweaver 6.0.6 improves preview and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.artweaver.de/

Paint.net 4.0.19 improves performance, portability, per-user preferences, and resolves multiple crash bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.getpaint.net/

Security Software Updates

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

Tails 3.2 is a security update. This version adds PPPoE and dial-up support, disables Bluetooth by default, improves ASLR, and more.
https://tails.boum.org/install/index.en.html

Avast! Home Edition 17.7.2314 adds Webcam Shield, improved performance, and automated exclusions for Secure DNS. This is not a security update.
http://www.avast.com/free-antivirus-download

KeePass 1.34 improved print support, error handling and reporting, updates libraries and resolves several bugs. This should be treated as a security update.
http://keepass.sourceforge.net/

Wireless Network Watcher 2.15 adds automatic export capability. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wireless_network_watcher.html

RogueKiller 12.11.19 adds detections. This should be treated as a security update.
http://www.adlice.com/softwares/roguekiller/

Capture Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

XSplit Broadcaster 3.1.1709.1531 resolves several bugs, adds Steam social login, and improves hardware compatibility. This is a security update.
http://www.xsplit.com/get/

XSplit Gamecaster 3.1.1708.2935 resolves several bugs, adds Steam social login, and improves hardware compatibility. This is a security update.
http://www.xsplit.com/get/

Converter Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

CDex 1.92 improves ID3v2 support and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://cdex.mu/?q=download

DVDFab 10.0.6.2 adds several new output profiles and improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
http://www.dvdfab.cn/download.htm

Utility Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

WinSCP 5.11.2 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://winscp.net/eng/index.php

NTLite 1.4.1.5632 improves compatibility, adds support for new components. This is not a security update.
https://www.ntlite.com/download/

8GadgetPack 24.0 improves compatibility and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://8gadgetpack.net/

GoodSync 10.6.2 improves compatibility and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?goodsync

DesktopOK 4.77 adds support for pixel color detection, resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/DesktopOK

GSmartControl 1.1.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://gsmartcontrol.sourceforge.io/home/index.php/About

AS SSD Benchmark 2.0.6485 adds support for newer hardware and improves accuracy. This is not a security update.
http://www.alex-is.de/PHP/fusion/downloads.php?cat_id=4&download_id=9

FileLocator Pro 8.2.2744 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.mythicsoft.com/filelocatorpro/download

FolderChangesView 2.12 adds automatic export support. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/folder_changes_view.html

NetworkTrafficView 2.11 adds automatic export support. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/network_traffic_view.html

RegFileExport 1.09 resolves a reliability bug. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/registry_file_offline_export.html

OSForensics 5.2.1000 adds over a dozen new features and resolves several bugs. This should be treated as a security update.
http://www.osforensics.com/download.html

PointerStick 2.91 improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
http://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/PointerStick

SystemRescueCD 5.1.1 is a security update.
http://www.sysresccd.org/

WifiInfoView 2.30 adds feature to view or export MAC Addresses. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wifi_information_view.html

WizTree 3.12 updates translations. 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 11.0.2 improves detection and supersedence. This is not a security update.
http://download.wsusoffline.net/

Developer Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Redemption 5.15.0.4892 resolves over a dozen bugs, improves property access, and corrects the Japanese language bug. This is not a security update.
http://www.dimastr.com/redemption/

StrawberryPerl 5.26.1.1 updates libraries. This should be treated as a security update.
http://strawberryperl.com/

Virtual Machine Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

VMware Player 14.0.0 adds support for new guest operating systems, and updates libraries. This should be treated as a security update.
http://www.vmware.com/products/player/

Web Package Updates

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

Piwigo 2.9.2 is a security update.
http://piwigo.org/

Plupload 2.3.4 doesn’t provide a changelog, so should be treated as a security update.
http://www.plupload.com/

TinyMCE 4.7.1 resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.tinymce.com/download/

Drupal 8.4.0 resolves many bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.drupal.org/download

Joomla 3.8.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.joomla.org/

Email Log 2.2.0 adds a new dashboard widget with log summary. This is not a security update.

Raw HTML 1.5.1 adds support for the Mediso editor. This is not a security update.

WPtouch 4.3.21 resolves a cosmetic bug. 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 2017-02-14

Hi, Folks!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

It’s Patch Tuesday – and a weird one. Both Adobe and Microsoft have self-imposed delays on their staged updates this month. Instead of installing those updates anyway, I strongly suggest you wait for the “all clear” — there’s no telling just how serious the problems are until they are resolved. Installing them anyway could leave your device even less secure or potentially unbootable.

Everything else should be safe, though, so let’s get started. The typical computer should see roughly 800mb in updates today.

Apple released updates for iOS 10.2.1, macOS Update 10.12.3, Safari 10.0.3, GarageBand 10.1.6, watchOS 3.1.3, iTunes 12.5.5, iCloud for Windows 6.1.1, tvOS 10.1.1, Logic Pro X 10.3 and Security Update 2016-003 Supplemental. This includes security updates. Use Apple Software Update to install the most current versions.

Google Chrome OS 56.0.2924.87 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version. A reboot is required.

Adobe Flash Player 24.0.0.221 is a security update. Flash is being actively replaced with HTML5 on most sites and services, however, so unless you’re 110% positive you need it for critical functions, you should remove it instead. And, within those browsers that have it embedded (Chrome, Edge, Internet Explorer 11+) your best option is to disable it. It’s just not worth the risk.
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.

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.

BullZip PDF Printer 11.0.0.2588 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.bullzip.com/products/pdf/info.php#download

Display Driver Uninstaller 17.0.5.3 improves cleanup, and fixes bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.wagnardsoft.com/display-driver-uninstaller-ddu

Browser Updates

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

Google Chrome 56.0.2924.87 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to get the most current version.

Firefox 51.0.3 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.

NK2Edit 3.27 adds column auto-sizing. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/outlook_nk2_edit.html

OutlookAttachView 2.98 fixes a serious key binding bug that could result in lost data. This should be treated as a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/outlook_attachment.html

Thunderbird 45.7.0 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

OutlookTools 3.0.0 is a complete redesign and adds support for newer Office releases. This is not a security update.
http://www.howto-outlook.com/products/outlooktools.htm

Internet Updates

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

DiscordApp 31.1.2017 adds search (with filters). This is not a security update.

Skype 7.32.0.104 improves performance and stability, adds several new GUI features including camera switching, touch-friendly popups, and customizable keyboard shortcuts. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?skype

Mumble 1.2.19 is a security update.
http://wiki.mumble.info/wiki/Main_Page

aria2 1.31.0 improves logging detail, resolves a couple bugs. This is not a security update.
https://aria2.github.io/

uTorrent 3.4.9 Build 43295 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.utorrent.com/downloads

FileZilla 3.24.0 fixes a couple bugs. This is not a security update.
http://filezilla-project.org/

MaxMind GeoIP 201702 is a data refresh. This is not a security update.
http://dev.maxmind.com/geoip

BrowsingHistoryView 1.95 adds quick filtering. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/browsing_history_view.html

DNSDataView 1.50 adds command-line options for export. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/dns_records_viewer.html

Google Earth 7.1.8.3036 is a security update.
http://earth.google.com/index.html

Adobe Shockwave 12.2.5.196 does not provide a changelog so should be treated as a security update. Unless you are 110% sure you need this, you’re better off uninstalling it.
https://12pd.com/click?shockwave

Media Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

iTunes 12.5.5 is a security update. Use Apple Software Update to install the most current version.

CDBurnerXP 4.5.7.6521 fixes a couple bugs. This is not a security update.
http://cdburnerxp.se/

MusicBrainz Picard 1.4 is the first update in years – and it adds more than a hundred bug fixes, features and improvements. This is not a security update.
http://musicbrainz.org/doc/MusicBrainz_Picard

Game Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

EA Origin 10.4.3.15631 fixes 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 5.2.5 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.libreoffice.org/

Notepad++ 7.3.2 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?npp

Kindle for PC 1.19.2 Build 46095 doesn’t provide a changelog, so should be treated as a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?kindle4pc

Security Software Updates

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

Tails 2.10 is a security update.
https://tails.boum.org/install/index.en.html

Avast! Home Edition 17.1.2286 improves UI, stability, and apples new defaults. This should be treated as a security update.
http://www.avast.com/free-antivirus-download

Wireshark 2.2.4 is a security update.
http://www.wireshark.org/

Junkware Removal Tool 8.1.0 doesn’t provide a changelog, so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.malwarebytes.org/junkwareremovaltool/

Wireless Network Watcher 2.05 fixes a couple bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wireless_network_watcher.html

OpenSSL Binaries 1.1.0d is a security update.
http://slproweb.com/products/Win32OpenSSL.html

RogueKiller 12.9.7 adds detections. This should be treated as a security update.
http://www.adlice.com/softwares/roguekiller/

Capture Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Greenshot 1.2.9.129 fixes several bugs and improves stability. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/greenshot/greenshot/releases

XSplit Broadcaster 2.9.1701.1615 improves plugns for FTL. This is not a security update.
http://www.xsplit.com/get/

XSplit Gamecaster 2.9.1701.1609 fixes a dozen bugs and adds support for several new services. This is not a security update.
http://www.xsplit.com/get/

Converter Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

FFmpeg 3.2.2 updates components, fixes bugs and adds features. This is not a security update.
http://ffmpeg.org/ffmpeg.html

DVDFab 10.0.2.2 adds support for new encodings, newer hardware, and bug fixes. Thsi is not a security update.
http://www.dvdfab.cn/download.htm

Handbrake 1.0.2 fixes several bugs and improves quality and reliability of exports. This is not a security update.
https://handbrake.fr/

MKVToolNix 9.8.0 fixes several bugs, and adds several new features. This is not a security update.
http://www.videohelp.com/software/MKVtoolnix

Utility Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

RoboForm 8.2.9 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?rf

GoodSync 10.3.3 fixes several bugs and improves reliability. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?goodsync

NTLite 1.2.0.4830 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.ntlite.com/download/

CGMiner 4.10.0 fixes quite a few bugs and style changes. This is a security update.
https://github.com/ckolivas/cgminer

Cygwin 2.7.0 improves randomization, entropy and locale detection. This is not a security update.
http://cygwin.com/

DesktopOK 4.55 improves reliability in Windows 8 and Windows 10. This is not a security update.
http://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/DesktopOK

Easy2Boot 1.89 adds trial keys, updates libraries, and improves menu customization. This is not a security update.
http://www.easy2boot.com/download/

FilExile 3.00 doesn’t provide a changelog, so should be treated as a security update.
http://sourceforge.net/projects/filexile/files/

IsMyHdOK 1.26 improves reliability on Windows 10 and Windows 8. This is not a security update.
http://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Microsoft/IsMyHdOK

Kingston SSD Manager 1.0.1.7 does not provide a changelog, so should be treated as a security update.
http://www.kingston.com/us/support/technical/ssdmanager

FileLocator Pro 8.1.2702 fixes several bugs, improves search speed for indexed content, adds exclusions for type. This is not a security update.
http://www.mythicsoft.com/filelocatorpro/download

FolderChangesView 2.05 adds entry modification timestamps. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/folder_changes_view.html

MyEventViewer 2.25 adds time range settings. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/my_event_viewer.html

SearchMyFiles 2.80 adds time range settings and fixes a bug in export. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/search_my_files.html

SimpleWMIView 1.22 fixes a bug in export. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/simple_wmi_view.html

TcpLogView 1.27 fixes a bug in export. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/tcp_log_view.html

WifiInfoView 2.15 adds more display information. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wifi_information_view.html

CCleaner 5.27.5976 improves cleaning, adds new software, fixes bugs. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?ccleaner

PointerStick 2.79 improves reliability in Windows 10 and Windows 8. This is not a security update.
http://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/PointerStick

ProduKey 1.88 adds “Save All Items” option. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/product_cd_key_viewer.html

RapidEE 9.1 build 932 updates language support. This is not a security update.
http://www.rapidee.com/en/download

Rufus 2.12 updates components and adds several fixes and improvements. This is not a security update.
http://rufus.akeo.ie/

SystemRescueCD 4.9.2 is a security update.
http://www.sysresccd.org/

TaskSchedulerView 1.25 improves the display. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/task_scheduler_view.html

WSUS Offline 10.9.1 adds support for new software, updates components and improves reliability. This is not a security update.
http://download.wsusoffline.net/

PSAppDeploy 3.6.9 fixes several bugs and improves reliability. This is not a security update.
http://psappdeploytoolkit.com/

WinScan2PDF 3.25 improves the GUI. This is not a security update.
http://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Microsoft/WinScan2PDF

Developer Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

GitHub Desktop 3.3.4 updates components, fixes hang bug. This is not a security update.
https://desktop.github.com/

SQLite 3.17.0 improves performance, reliability, security and stability. This is a security update.
https://www.sqlite.org/download.html

StrawberryPerl 5.24.1.1 includes new core perl version 5.24.1, updates libraries and included modules. This is a security update.
http://strawberryperl.com/

Expresso 3.1.6224 doesn’t provide a changelog, so should be treated as a security update.
http://www.ultrapico.com/expressodownload.htm

Virtual Machine Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

VirtualBox 5.1.14-112924 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads

Web Package Updates

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

WordPress 4.7.2 is a security update.
http://wordpress.org/

phpList 3.3.1 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.phplist.com/download

Piwigo 2.8.6 is a security update.
http://piwigo.org/

Plupload 2.3.1 updates components and fixes several bugs. This is a security update.
http://www.plupload.com/

TinyMCE 4.5.3 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.tinymce.com/download/

Drupal 8.2.6 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://drupal.org/download

MailEnable 9.61 fixes several bugs. This is a security update.
http://www.mailenable.com/

phpMyAdmin 4.6.6 is a security update.
http://www.phpmyadmin.net/home_page/news.php

ScreenConnect 6.1.12292.6236 fixes several bugs and improves reliability. This is not a security update.
http://www.screenconnect.com/Download

Antispam Bee 2.7.0 fixes several bugs, restores country-level checking, adds several other features. This is not a security update.

Contact Form 7 4.6.1 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.

NextScripts Social Networks Auto-Poster 3.7.15 fixes several bugs. this is not a security update.

Postie 1.8.31 fixes bugs. This is not a security update.

W3 Total Cache 0.9.5.2 is a security update.

WooCommerce 2.6.14 fixes several bugs. Thsi isnot a security update.

WPtouch 4.3.11 improves SSL support. This should be treated as a security update.
While that’s all for now – you can safely expect an out-of-cycle update in the coming days.

Keep it clean out there. 😉

Regards,

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

Facebook & Chrome Desktop Notifications

Facebook deployed a new feature today (2015-12-14) to use Chrome’s built-in “Desktop Notifications” feature. This feature allows popup notifications like Outlook “new mail” alerts or Trillian’s message or event notifications. It’s a great feature for low-volume use, or if your computing doesn’t extend far outside of Facebook. However, if Facebook isn’t central to your computing experience, you’ll find that these are little more than an annoyance.

Note that the instructions here are not limited to Facebook, and can be applied to any other site that offers Chrome Desktop Notifications.

The first time Facebook prompts you, you’ll see the following new popup in the top-left corner of your browser. It’s likely already done so and you didn’t know what to click. That’s okay, keep reading.

This popup will be located within the browser viewport immediately below the SSL lock icon Chrome SSL Lock Icon, and it will cover or overlap the bookmarks toolbar and other toolbars if you have any enabled. If you get a lot of notifications or don’t want Desktop Notifications to appear, click Block to prevent it from showing notifications. If you get few notifications, don’t use your computer for much else, or just want to see how Desktop Notifications work, click Allow.

Facebook Desktop Notifications Request

Facebook Desktop Notifications Request

Polite Warnings

You should now be prompted with the Chrome message showing you that you can change your mind later.

Desktop Notifications: Second Chance

Desktop Notifications: Second Chance

It’s Not Too Late!

Whether you clicked Block or Allow, if you’ve changed your mind, that’s okay! It’s easy, and it just takes a couple more clicks.

First, click the SSL lock icon Chrome SSL Lock Icon, then click the drop-down option list beside Notifications. You can now select to use the default (typically Ask), Always allow on this site, or Always block on this site, by clicking on your preferred option:

Facebook Desktop Notifications Setup

Facebook Desktop Notifications Setup

The change takes effect immediately, and unless you decide to change your mind again, is permanent.

That’s All Folks

This feature is available to all SSL-enabled websites through Chrome, but must be individually enabled for each site (unless you’ve changed your settings). You can change the default to always allow (I strongly recommend against this!), or to never allow by going to Menu, Settings, scroll to the bottom and click show advanced settings, scroll down a little tiny bit to the Privacy section and click the Content settings button, and finally scroll to the Notifications section. Or you can click chrome://settings/content and scroll to the Notifications section (about half way down the list). Select your new default Notifications preference and click Done to save your new preference.

Change Chrome Global Settings for Notifications

Change Chrome Global Settings for Notifications

You can optionally select or manage exceptions by clicking Manage exceptions. From this window you can add or remove permission to display Desktop Notifications for existing websites and for non-SSL websites.

Leave your questions in the comments below.