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Security Bits — 12 July 2020

Feedback & Followups

❗ Action Alerts

  • Microsoft have released two emergency patches for Windows 10 & Windows Server 2019, but you get them through the Windows Store, not the standard Microsoft Update system. For home users the process should be automatic, but well-meaning AD Group Policies could block the updates in the corporate world —…
  • A remote code execution vulnerability has been found in many Netgear routers. Netgear have issued firmware releases for many of the affected models, so patch if you can, and get a new router if you can’t —…

Worthy Warnings

Notable News

Top Tips

Interesting Insights

Just Because it’s Cool 😎

Palate Cleansers

  • Never ruin your cloths accidentally again with this great app for recognising and explaining the cryptic symbols on cloths labels: Laundry Lens —…
  • 🎦 A fascinating hour-long conversation with Sir Tim Berners Lee (inventor of the WWW), Vint Cerf (one of the inventors of TCP/IP), and Al Gore (a politician responsible rolling out internet access in the US) hosted by tech journalist David Pogue —… (from Allison, and heartily endorsed by Bart)


When the textual description of a link is part of the link it is the title of the page being linked to, when the text describing a link is not part of the link it is a description written by Bart.

Emoji Meaning
🎧 A link to audio content, probably a podcast.
A call to action.
flag The story is particularly relevant to people living in a specific country, or, the organisation the story is about is affiliated with the government of a specific country.
📊 A link to graphical content, probably a chart, graph, or diagram.
🧯 A story that has been over-hyped in the media, or, “no need to light your hair on fire” 🙂
💵 A link to an article behind a paywall.
📌 A pinned story, i.e. one to keep an eye on that’s likely to develop into something significant in the future.
🎩 A tip of the hat to thank a member of the community for bringing the story to our attention.

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