Vol. 24, #15 - April 15, 2019 - Issue #1227

WServerNews: Spotlight on privacy

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Editor's Corner

This week once again we've been out (s)trolling about the Internet for the latest news and information about privacy matters that may be of concern to our readership whether they dwell down in the trenches of IT administration or support, up in the lofty echelons of IT management and decision-making, or simply consume IT as an ordinary user as do most of us more and more nowadays. Don't forget: if you find anything we missed that should have been included this issue of WServerNews please email us at [email protected] and we'll drop it into the Mailbag section of our next issue. And please see the new Ask Our Readers item below and send us your feedback on this matter for the benefit of the reader who submitted the question and for other readers who may face similar challenges in growing their IT career. 

And P.S. please tell all your colleagues in the IT profession about WServerNews and suggest they subscribe to our newsletter by going here:



Mitch Tulloch, Senior Editor


Ask Our Readers - Which basic tech certs to pursue? (new question)

A reader named Robin sent us the following question which we're asking our readers to comment on:

With no experience whatsoever 9 years ago I ended up working for a small software company doing tech support. My question is, what are the basic tech certifications you would recommend for someone with no formal training looking to increase their value as an employee? Also, do you go back to school for certifications or self-study? Any source recommendations for getting started?

Those are good questions! Can some of our readers offer their perspectives on them? Email me at [email protected]


Spotlight on privacy

Report on Workplace Monitoring & Surveillance (Data&Society - PDF)


Researchers break digital signatures for most desktop PDF viewers (ZDNet)


Cookie walls don't comply with GDPR, says Dutch DPA (TechCrunch)


Germany wants to make it illegal to run Tor nodes because they facilitate crime (Zeit Online -- in German)


A third of all Chrome extensions request access to user data on any site (ZDNet)


Former Facebook Employees Say The Company's Recent Prioritization Of Privacy Is All About Optics (BuzzFeed News)


Senators introduce bill to regulate facial recognition technology (The Hill)


You will soon be able to pay your subway fare with your face in China (South China Morning Post)


New flaws in 4G, 5G allow attackers to intercept calls and track phone locations (TechCrunch)


Here are the data brokers quietly buying and selling your personal information (Fast Company)


Thousands face incorrect benefit cuts from automated fraud detector (Sky News)


Limiting Your Digital Footprints in a Surveillance State (New York Times)



Tip of the Week

Got any IT pro tips you'd like to share with other readers of our newsletter? Email us at [email protected]

If you think you will be needing Extended Security Updates for Windows 7…

…then you will either need a Premier Support contact with Microsoft or be a Software Assurance (SA) customer. Hint: the first option is more expensive. 

Remember, extended support for Windows 7 ends on January 14, 2020. For those customers who will not be ready to move away from Windows 7 by that time Microsoft will be offering paid Extended Security Updates (ESUs) for Windows 7 through January 2023. Read more here:




Admin Toolbox

Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without 

GOT ADMIN TOOLS or other software/hardware you'd like to recommend? Email us at [email protected]

Veeam Explorer for Storage Snapshots – granular recovery from storage snapshots of the world’s leading storage providers. Download free tool.


Looking for a way to easily archive all inbound and outbound emails from cloud services such as Microsoft Office 365? Try out MailStore and their free, complementary tool MailStore Gateway to archive your journal emails:


Identify bottlenecks, address issues faster, improve server efficiency. AI-powered monitoring, customizable dashboards, instant alerting and more.


Technitium MAC Address Changer is a tool which provides useful information on your network adapters, and enables you to change their MAC addresses to something else:


ManageEdge is a free program for Windows 10 that lets you manage Edge favorites:


Back4Sure is a simple free backup program with some nice extra options for more advanced users:




Factoid - Email is the new social network!

Last week's factoid and question was this:

Fact: Tests suggest scientists achieved 1st 'in body' gene editing

Question: Shades of Jeremy Renner playing Jason Bourne! How many of you readers would be willing to experience being "viraled-out" in order to gain special abilities? And which special abilities would you like to acquire thru chems like Bourne did in The Bourne Legacy (2012)? The ability to read your boss's email from a distance?

This brought several responses similar to this one we received from a reader named Pete:

Hi Mitch and Ingrid, you've probably had others say this too but Jeremy Renner didn't play Jason Bourne. His character was Aaron Cross. "Jason Bourne" only appears in Bourne Legacy twice as a photo (once near the beginning in a file, and later in the film on a news broadcast).

Our bad, sorry! Pete continued by saying:

I don't think I'd want to "viral-out" for any reason. Any drug dependency is a danger and the lure of special powers never turns out the way we expect. The movie Limitless had this as a central theme, and Lucy touched on this too.

Good warning, thanks Pete. Another reader also commented about viralling out by saying:

If you can't give me the ability to fly, forget it!

Now let's move on to this week's factoid:

Fact: It appears that social media like Facebook and Twitter are starting to lose ground to an earlier one-to-many form of electronic communication, namely the good old-fashioned email newsletter.


Question: How many of our readers still prefer email newsletters as a way of keeping in touch with friends, family or customers? And what other IT newsletters do you subscribe to (if any) besides WServerNews? 

Email your answer to [email protected]



Conference calendar

>> Got an IT conference happening in North America that you'd like to promote in our newsletter? Email us at [email protected]

Microsoft Ignite 2019

Nov 4-8, 2019 in Orlando, Florida



Microsoft Ignite -- The Tour

Register for your city's Tour event here:


More Microsoft conferences

Microsoft Build - May 6-8 in Seattle, Washington USA


Microsoft Business Applications Summit - June 10-11 in Atlanta, Georgia USA


Microsoft DevDays - June 17-21 in Redmond, Washington USA


Microsoft Inspire - July 14-18 in Las Vegas, Nevada USA


Infosec conferences

Cyber Security Summit - April 25 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania USA


European Identity & Cloud Conference - May 14-17 in Munich, Germany


Cyber Security Summit - May 15 in Dallas, Texas USA


Infosecurity Europe - June 4-6 in London, England


Gartner Security & Risk Management Summit - June 17-20 in National Harbor, Maryland USA


Cyber Security Summit - June 27 in Washington D.C. USA


RSA Conference 2019 - July 16-18 in Singapore


Cyber Security Summit - July 18 in Seattle, Washington USA


Black Hat USA - August 3-8 in Las Vegas, Nevada USA


Cyber Security Summit - August 27 in Chicago, Illinois USA


Cyber Security Summit - Sept. 25 in Charlotte, North Carolina USA


Other conferences

Dell Technologies World - April 29 to May 2 in Las Vegas, Nevada USA


SharePoint Fest - April 29 to May 3 in Washington D.C. USA


VeeamON (Veeam) - May 20-22 in Miami, Florida USA


Citrix Synergy - May 21-23 in Atlanta, Georgia USA


SharePoint Conference - May 21-23 in Las Vegas, Nevada USA


Computex - May 28 to June 1 in Taipei, Taiwan


Microsoft Azure + AI Conference - ;June 10-13 in Atlanta, Georgia


Cloud & DevOps World - June 12-13 in London, England


Microsoft Inspire - July 14-18 in Las Vegas, Nevada USA


SPTechCon - August 25-28 in Boston, Massachusetts USA


VMworld - August 25-29 in San Francisco, California USA



New on TechGenix.com

You're patched, but are you insured? Check your cyber insurance policy

You may feel safe and secure if you've got your systems all patched. But do you know what your cyber insurance policy says about patching?


Are containers the answer for your SQL Server database environment?

Containers are rapidly gaining acceptance in the Windows world. But containerizing Microsoft SQL Server has been a challenge. Enter WinDocks to the rescue.


Servicing the Windows servicing stack: Welcome to the nightmare

Keeping the servicing stack updated is crucial for the security of your Windows-based infrastructure. Unfortunately, it's also becoming more of a challenge.


Pentesting primer: You're getting 'hacked,' so read the fine print

Pentesting has become a popular approach for validating a company's security. This makes it even more important you read your contract carefully.


Three tips for securing your AWS EC2 instances

Servers running in the AWS cloud need to be secured as well as or better than servers in your datacenter. Here are some tips to secure your EC2 instances.




Fun videos from Flixxy


Delta Wing Jet Dancing On Its Tail

Brazilian pilot Fabio Borges impresses the spectators with a skillful demonstration of his delta-wing jet plane:


Top 10 Low Pass Jet Flyby's

Watch the 10 most awesome low-pass jet fly-bys:


James Bond's BD-5J - World's Smallest Jet Plane

Featured in the James Bond flick "Octopussy", the Bede BD-5J is the world's smallest jet aircraft:


World's Smallest Jet Plane Costs Less Than $20,000 To Build

The world's smallest jet airplane is 12 ft long (3.9 m), has a wingspan of 16 feet (4.9 m), weighs 172 lbs (78 kg) and costs less than $20,000 to build:



 More articles of Interest

Use PowerShell Docker to Manage Windows Container Components

Take advantage of the PowerShell for Docker module to easily create and manage Windows containers in your environment with this step-by-step installation guide.


Compare the Pros and Cons of Container Management Tools

From the ever-popular to the obscure, evaluate different container management options based on the user interface, documentation, ease of use, available features and integrations.


Key Android Enterprise Security Controls for Mobile Admins

Mobile device admins should take advantage of Android Enterprise's security configurations to prevent threats such as data leakage and hackers bypassing authentication.


How to Configure Windows Container Networking

The default network setting for Windows containers is Network Address Translation, but you can also set up a transparent Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol or non-DHCP network.



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Send us your feedback

Got feedback about anything in this issue of WServerNews? Email us at [email protected]


WServerNews - Product of the Week

Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 v3 is here!


With Office 365, it’s your data and your responsibility to protect it. Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 eliminates the risk of losing access and control over your Office 365 data. With the new version, you can backup up to 30x faster and get enhanced visibility and analytics with Office 365 data protection reports. Try new version now. 

WServerNews - Editors

Mitch Tulloch is Senior Editor of WServerNews and is a widely recognized expert on Windows administration, deployment and virtualization. Mitch was lead author of the bestselling Windows 7 Resource Kit and has been author or series editor for almost fifty books mostly published by Microsoft Press. Mitch is also a ten-time recipient of Microsoft's Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award for his  outstanding contributions in support of the global IT pro community. Mitch owns and runs an information technology content development business based in Winnipeg, Canada. For more information see www.mtit.com.

Ingrid Tulloch is Associate Editor of WServerNews and was co-author of the Microsoft Encyclopedia of Networking from Microsoft Press. Ingrid is also manages research and marketing for our content development business and has co-developed university-level courses in Information Security Management for a Masters of Business Administration program.