* Posts by TiredNConfused80

44 posts • joined 8 Mar 2019

Lapping the computer room in record time until the inevitable happens

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(for that is not is not his name)

... So his name *is* Ben then?!

If you didn't store valuable data, ransomware would become impotent

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...(and regularly test)....

Oh look at you with your actual budget..

Wi-Fi hotspots and Windows on Arm broken by Microsoft's latest patches

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Re: Testing?

Unless I've misread it (quite possible) I think it's the ability for the PC to turn itself into a WiFi hotspot, not the ability for it to join a WiFi network that is broken.

About half of popular websites tested found vulnerable to account pre-hijacking

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Re: Password managers

You kind of can...

Have the same basic password for each site (complexpassword@$% for example) and then add on the website / company to it for each site so for example Registercomplexpassword@$% etc etc).

Then have a dedicated one for your email / bank.

Should protect you from one site being hacked (the same password with your email address won't work on any other site) but is still easy to remember.

Obviously if enough sites get cracked and someone compares all of the passwords associated with a given email then you may be in trouble....

Kaspersky, China Telecom, China Mobile named 'threats to US national security'

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ESET?

Have you looked at ESET? We've been running it for years and it seems to be doint the job (touches wood).

Russia's invasion of Ukraine tears open political rift between cybercriminals

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Re: Thick as fucking mince

It kind of depends if they are actually "third party" hackers or "employed by the FSB" hackers....

Enterprise IT finds itself in a war zone – with no script

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Want to get out without breaking contract?

Simply change your login landing page (if it's a cloud portal then it is the company you are siging in to that controls that page) into something that shows images of the latest Russian War crime. Then make sure that anyone signing in from Russia has to re authenticate at least weekly.

I'm pretty sure the company will be banned pdq from the customer end and you have done nothing that you could be taken to court for.

US exempts South Korean smartphones from Russia export bans

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Android

Samsung phones are (almost) 100% android, which is made by Google... Which is american. That might have something to do with it?

It's entirely possible that the washing machines have US made components in them as well I guess (even the non "smart" ones).

Samsung reveals new smartphones, tablets... and yes. The S22 Ultra is undeniably good

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Re: Happy with my S10+

Have you installed the one ui 4 update yet?

I've been holding off as I'm assuming the update will basically knacker the phone / drain the battery faster / have other unwanted impacts... I'd be interested to hear how you got on with it if you've updated though..

Thanks!

Have you tried restarting? Reinstalling? Upgrading? Moving house and changing your identity?

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Re: A is for a certain online bank

Maybe they use mailchimp for their mailings. They have a list of addresses that you can;t send to (admin@ sales@ etc...)

No, I've not read the screen. Your software must be rubbish

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Re: Simples...

yep, auto format it, that'll learn em :)

IPv6 is built to be better, but that's not the route to success

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A fully working DNS...

It's when DNS is not fully working that remembering a few key IP addresses is quite handy...

UK government has 'no clear plan' for replacing ageing legacy IT estate, MPs report

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Re: Vulnerable

...and that is of itself one of the problems. The old systems (and i'm not just talking about government here, a lot of businesses have them too) just keep going and going so it's very hard to convince upper management to spend the big bucks to replace them.

In the mean time the cludges and fixes needed to get the old systems talking to newer systems that are also being brought online (and newer user desktops which fail and need replacement much more regularly) get more and more complex and likely to fail. That's where the real weakness usually is.

Foreign Office IT chaos: Shocking testimony reveals poor tech support hindered Afghan evac attempts

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Re: "fewer than 5 per cent of these people have received any assistance"

Probably so that they could prove to the squaddie guarding the door to said plane / gate to the airfield where the plane was taking off from that they were one of the people that we thought would be murdered and not some random chancing their luck.

But yes I know what you mean.

Microsoft Exchange Autodiscover protocol found leaking hundreds of thousands of credentials

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Probably would if you havn't got the autodiscover domains set up correctly in the DNS records of whoever you get your (external) domain from and in your internal DNS. I would have thought you'd know about that though as nothing would work...

Unable to test every tourist and unable to turn them away, Greece used ML to pick visitors for COVID-19 checks

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Keep misssing the same people?

How would it know about people that it didn't select for test and who were actually asymptomatic but had the virus?

Microsoft doles out Office Long Term Servicing Channel for cloud refuseniks

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If you're using Exchange 365 then at some point older versions of Windows are going to be cut off.

There are ways around this of course (OWA etc..) but many people like Outlook (well need, nobody likes Outlook).

I suppose there are also security considerations as well if you have a fleet of PCs to look after..

Ransomware-hit law firm secures High Court judgment against unknown criminals

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Re: Actually

Would this mean that if port of the information showed that Famous Person A was doing "a bad thing" it would now be illeagal for news papers etc from publishing it? That might be the reason for the case?

Apple's iPhone computer vision has the potential to preserve privacy but also break it completely

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Re: Blackberry moment

I think that (and I may well be wrong on this) they are not looking at a photo and making a decision on whether that is child sex abuse or not. I think what they are doing is generating a signature of the photo in a standardised way and then comparing that signature against signatures already made (in the same industry standard way) of known sex abuse images. If the signatures match then that should mean it is the same photo. I don;t *think* this is designd to catch new images just flag up the presence of old already known and flagged ones.

London class-action sueball against Google is a lot like Epic's case except fandroids might win enough for a pint

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Re: Vice-like grip

Must admit I was wondering the same thing. You can load an apk from anywhere as long as you change your security settings to allow it? so not sure where they think their case is?

Ordnance Survey to take a poke at Pokémon-style gaming with outdoorsy AR adventure

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Re: GEocaching?

Agree geocaching works. unfortunately (near us at any rate) there are only about 4 within the walking distance of a 7 year old. Once we've done those then you're into travelling further and further afield.

Ideally this would be something that you can take on the same walk over and over but give different results to keep young'ens entertained...

A hotline to His Billness? Or a guard having a bit of a giggle?

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Hunt Groups

"Back in the '90s," Alessandro told us, "a 'hunt group number' was a special number that grouped a number of phone numbers.""

Pretty sure that's still true in 2021..

Today I shall explain how dual monitors work using the medium of interpretive dance

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Re: IT managers were always the most difficult

As an IT manager (also only IT person in the business) I respectfully disagree. Marketing / Sales Managers on the other hand....

Russian gang behind SolarWinds hack returns with phishing attack disguised as mail from US aid agency

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Wonderful Suggestion....

"Admins: give your users plaintext email.

Or filter out all links that don't point at local intranet, eg. your sharepoint etc or other whitelisted stuff."

Is a great suggestion and would solve the problem. However the first time a (legitimate) customer sends a link to an urgent order they want to place that is not on a whitelist (their Sharepoint or Google drive for example) and you as the one person who can send it through happens to be off for the day then the stuff really will hit the fan..

Security and useability are always going to be at opposing ends of the see-saw. The trick is getting the blooming thing to balance..

Google employee helped UK government switch from disastrous COVID-19 strategy, according to Dominic Cummings

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The roll out side of it is little to do with them.....

Probably why it's going well!

Google and Samsung merge their wearable OSes, tease Fitbit baked into the combo

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FAIL

Well...

Should probably have waited a bit longer before dipping my toe in the wearable water before buying a galaxy watch last week! (I would hope the new os gets pushed to newer models but well...)

Microsoft OneDrive for Windows 7 drives off a cliff for business users

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Pint

Re: TLS 1.2

This sorted it! No idea how long it will stay sorted though....

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Re: TLS 1.2

That is odd. We don't use any security software like that (just standard AV - ESET) we do use a cisco firepower but it still didn't work when I brought one of the affected laptops home so bypassed that completely...

It's definitely lit a fire under our windows 10 roll out, part of me wonders if that was the plan!

Take Note: Samsung said to be thinking about killing off Galaxy phablet series

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Thumb Up

Re: Well, when I said the 20 would be my last note, I didn't mean this...

Thanks for the tip, that app is really useful.

Is it Iran or Russia's hackers we need to worry about? The Russians, definitely the Russians, says US intelligence

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"urging people to rely on local governments, and other trusted sources such as top-tier media, for election news and results"

Finger on the pulse of public opinion I see...

0ops. 1,OOO-plus parking fine refunds ordered after drivers typed 'O' instead of '0'

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Re: good grief

Having a format of some sort instead of random letters / numbers does help a bit in avoiding conversations such as:

And what was the number plate of th car that plowed into the group of kittens Sir?

Erm.....??

Utilitarian, long-bodied Nokia 5.3 has budget basic specs - but it does cost £150

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NFC is useful sometimes

https://www.freestylelibre.co.uk/libre/

Fairly specific use case though I admit..

Cool IT support drones never look at explosions: Time to resolution for misbehaving mouse? Three seconds

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Re: Switching on the "monitor stand"

I've never been employed as first line support but apparently having a technical bent and being in proximity to anything with a power supply immediately makes it my problem...

Indeed, my favorite was being asked to fix the coffee machine "because it has a log in code on it..."

CSI: Xiaomi. Snappy Redmi Note 9 Pro shows every fingerprint, but at least you get bang for your buck

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Sorry...

...for some reason I thought the Trump trade embargo was on all Chinese products not just Huawei. No idea why I thought that....

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Paris Hilton

!!Stupid Question Alert!!

As both Xiaomi and Huawei are both Chinese how come the Xiaomi has Google Play services?

Smartwatches win the consumer tech sector for Q1 2020 as locked-down folk take up fight against corona-carbs

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The Amazfit BIP might be worth a look for you

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Amazfit-Real-time-Monitor-Bluetooth-Water-Resistant/dp/B07CRSK5DM

You can even make it look like a casio if you want!

Complete with keyboard and actual, literal, 'physical' escape key: Apple emits new 16" $2.4k+ MacBook Pro

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Top Spec...

...£6k for a f'ing laptop!!????!?!?! one etc...

Microsoft Teams: The good, the bad, and the ugly

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Re: Teams...

Posted this in reply to someone else ^^

You need to delete the DWORD entry for com.squirrel.Teams.Teams from Computer\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run

WOrked for us

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Re: Maifest...

You need to delete the DWORD entry for com.squirrel.Teams.Teams from Computer\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run

That should stop it.

There is also a PreventTeams Install that can go in HKLM\software\Policies\MIcrosoft\Office\16.0\common\officeupdate that should stop it if you've not had an affected Office Update applied yet...

Nine words to ruin your Monday: Emergency Internet Explorer patch amid in-the-wild attacks

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Coat

Re: Not showing...

Just came here to check if it was just us... (Icon as maybe the WSUS team left it in a coat pocket...)

There's a reason why my cat doesn't need two-factor authentication

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Stop

Re: Problem exists between steering wheel and ...

Surely only if he was trying to put the code in after passing through the barrier?

P30 pic pyrotechnics in Paris: That's one Huawei to set the smartphone world alight

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Have they Fixed Bluetooth?

Would be interesting to know if the Bluetooth issues on the P20 pro have been ironed out on this one.

(Particularly on FitBit but also on some medical stuff as well):

Dear Britain's mast-fearing Nimbys: Do you want your phone to work or not?

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Erm...

"Vodafone says 65 per cent of UK residents have a choice of four operators and some 65 to 85 per cent have to pick between two."

Am I having a Friday Maths failure?

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