Vol. 22, #10 - March 06, 2017 - Issue #1121

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Security & Privacy Briefs


Editor's Corner

This week in our newsletter we're going to catch up with some of the latest news, issues, happenings and recommendations from the fields of IT security and data privacy. And of course we also have all the other usual stuff you're used to reading in our popular newsletter which goes out each week to almost 100,000 IT professionals around the globe.

Dave Maunder from Somewhere Down Under sent us another usual road sign in response to our Factoid of the Week question back in Issue #1118 Circumventing Controls:

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Dave comments as follows:

The Australian state of Tasmania has the largest albino white Kangaroos anywhere, as depicted in comparison to a normal sized car, on the road-side signs. They are big enough to lift up the front of your car.

Sounds like the germ of a script idea for the next Rocky movie by Sylvester Stallone!


Ask Our Readers - Accessing clipboard history (still more suggestions)

Previously in Issue #1117 Fashion over function a reader named Wayne from Western Australia asked us to put the following question to readers of our newsletter:

Has anyone got any decent suggestions for a basic widget or application that allows access to clipboard history? I find that many times I am editing databases with the same information and use ctrl-c/ctrl-v a lot, but I would like to be able to save information on the clipboard so that I can re-use it. I have tried Ditto but found it a little awkward in use.

In Issue #1119 Reader feedback: Fashion over function and Issue #1120 TCO: Mac vs PC we published a number of recommendations from our readers in response to Wayne's question, and Wayne himself asked us to express his thanks to everyone as follows:

Hi Mitch, a big thanks to all those who provided feedback regarding the clipboard apps, this prompted me to go back and have another look at Ditto which I have now managed to get working for the way I work.

Here's the link where Ditto can be downloaded:

http://www.wservernews.com/go/k915qe8x/

Meanwhile recommendations from readers keep trickling in on this subject. Here's what Charles recommends:

Hands down CopyQ. I've tried them all.

http://www.wservernews.com/go/09wqfdg1/

Very surprised no one else mentioned it.

Alan who is a Senior IT Analyst working in North Carolina, USA suggests:

You asked about windows clipboard managers. I use Clipmate version 7.5 from Thornsoft:

http://www.wservernews.com/go/njjc2z9y/

This is a mature clipboard manager with both a standard application and a PortableApp to run from USB. Clipmate allows you to create collections, store snippets, and search back through time. It also has the ability to share your clipboard database. There is a free trial, and worth the $35.95 license.

Best wishes, and thanks for a great newsletter.

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Security briefs

Here are some of the security stories we've been following recently:

Microsoft to delay its February patches to March 14 (ZDNet)

http://www.wservernews.com/go/mqhsxm66/

Hacker Breached Dozens of Universities and Government Agencies, Report Says (Fortune)

http://www.wservernews.com/go/ufpvkxak/

Major impending hardware failure (Tech Support Guy)

http://www.wservernews.com/go/puuwad3t/

Google removes Plugin controls from Chrome (GHacks)

http://www.wservernews.com/go/2fh28wtl/

Watch Out, Demonic Hidden Voice Commands Could Hijack Your Phone (Vocativ)

http://www.wservernews.com/go/zu4mxcn6/

Ransomware attack paralyses St Louis libraries as hackers demand bitcoins (The Guardian)

http://www.wservernews.com/go/cjng4ftj/

LastPass Does Not Encrypt Everything In Your Vault (Hacker Noon)

http://www.wservernews.com/go/wdfytdyb/

Privacy briefs

Windows 10's privacy settings will be simpler but more limited with Creators' Update (PCWorld)

http://www.wservernews.com/go/a5i1w6q9/

Google launches root certificate authority (The Register)

http://www.wservernews.com/go/glx6qzyp/

First cash, now India could ditch card payments by 2020 (CNN)

http://www.wservernews.com/go/nyyvwhd7/

See What Facebook Thinks Is in Your Photos (New York Magazine)

http://www.wservernews.com/go/qulo4nwu/

Keys Under Doormats: Mandating insecurity by requiring government access to all data and communications (DSpace@MIT)

http://www.wservernews.com/go/vt4nc98d/

Two Major Credit Reporting Agencies Have Been Lying to Consumers (The Atlantic)

http://www.wservernews.com/go/4738as01/

Evernote to let employees read data uploaded to its service, users threaten to leave (Financial Post)

http://www.wservernews.com/go/l9mcib5e/
 

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Factoid of the Week

Last week's factoid and question was this:

98% of British homes have carpeted floors. In Italy, only 2% do. Question: Why do the British favor having carpets so much?

We had hoped that some of the UK readers of our newsletter would weigh in on this one, and we weren't disappointed:

Obviously something of a generalization, but up here in Scotland it tends to be both colder & damper than in Italy. So, a nice stone flagged floor that is cool underneath my feet in my holiday villa, but up here a nice thick shagpile - if only to keep the dog happy!! --Eddie from NE Scotland
Italy is generally a lot hotter than England so they have tiles for coolness and we have carpets for heat. Very few of our homes have underfloor heating. However, wooden floors are getting much more popular here so that theory goes out the window! --Mary from the UK
Carpeted floors make it more cosy. British houses tend to have wooden floors they are ventilated below the floor on the outside of the building to prevent moisture forming and causing damage to the timber, so a carpet keeps us warmer, they are also flexible so Italian style tiles are not suitable. --John who runs a computer services business in Essex county in England

I think the answer to this is fairly straightforward: Britain has a colder climate than Italy and carpets are warmer than tiles, which are generally favoured in Mediterranean climates such as Italy, Spain and Greece. Another factor is economics: having been to Spain when I was younger and fallen in love with the beautiful tiles in the property we rented I investigated doing the same in our own home. But because tiles are so popular in Spain they are available far cheaper there than in the UK. I think things are beginning to change over here, though. I'm seeing a lot of new builds with either laminate or machined wood flooring throughout nowadays -- a sort of Scandinavian look. When we bought our current house, which was pretty much a wreck when we took it over, we fitted laminate flooring downstairs. This makes a good compromise, being warmer and cheaper than tiles but much lower maintenance than carpet, particularly since there is no rear access to our property so everything that goes into the rear garden (yard) has to go through the house. --John, a Senior Analyst / Programmer in London, England

It is more a difference between northern Europe and southern Europe and is a mixture of factors. In southern Europe, it is generally warmer, especially in the summer. Therefore the coolness of tiles is preferable in warmer climes. Also, heat favours more mites etc. In warmer climes, there is also more transition between outside e.g. terrace, patio all year round. Carpets provide insulation from a cold floor. British houses for most of the last few decades are built with cheap chipboard floors, unlike say Scandinavia where they have nice wooden floors and then rugs, rather than fitted carpets. You cannot easily tile a chipboard floor, and so carpets (or vinyl flooring) is the main option. There is also a noticeable difference between countries as to the practices over "fixtures and fittings" when moving. In the UK, fitted carpets, kitchen cupboards etc are left, but in France, as I discovered when I moved there many years ago, it is normal to take a fitted kitchen with you, leaving literally just the kitchen sink. So I think it comes down to climate, practicality, lifestyle, cost and the way buildings have evolved, that has resulted in the difference. Interestingly, Belgium is one of the major centres of carpet manufacturing, but fitted carpets are not common there (my daughter lives there and is just going through the process of buying a house). --Tony from the UK

Several of our readers who don't reside in the UK also offered some thoughts on this evidently fascinating subject:
 
It has to do with the toughness of their feet. Brits drink tea from tiny cups, while Italians drink wine from sturdy bottles. I rest my case. --Larry from Denver, Colorado

Listen to any British Hi-Fi audio equipment and you'll find they tend to be a tad bright. Bryston amps for instance. Most larger market British speakers I've seen/heard use metal or diamond tweeters and are almost all on the bright side. B&W, Monitor Audio, Mordaunt Short, KEF, and I'm sure others. Carpeting in one's listening room absorbs some of the higher frequencies that some would consider harsh. Italian made speakers, think Sonus Faber, tend to use soft dome tweeters which to many listeners, have a more natural warm sound than metal tweeters. No carpet required. --Butch, an IT Director in Oklahoma

I can't speak for our friends, the Brits, but I love rugs and carpets! Gosh darn it, we live in a modern society, and rugs are just plain warm, cozy, and comfortable. Vacuuming is easy compared to the care required by bare surfaces. Over the years, when friends were looking for an excuse to celebrate something, I have always suggested that we should celebrate and embrace wall to wall carpeting; and I rank it equivalent to sliced bread and modern plumbing. When I lived in Olympia, WA, I visited the small, local airport, used their restroom, and was delighted by what I saw... the entire room was carpeted: the floor, all walls, and the ceiling had carpets. Yeah, it's a bit extreme, and I'm sure they did it for the sound insulation, but it just brought a smile to my face. Thanks again for the newsletter! --Michael
 
Now let's move on to this week's factoid:

Fact: More than 80 percent of Australians engage in some kind of gambling.

Source: http://www.wservernews.com/go/eeohht47/
 
Question: Why? Hopefully some of our Down Under readers will weigh in on this one…

Email us your answer: wsn@mtit.com
 
Until next week,

Mitch Tulloch


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Windows 10 - Setting a background photo (another suggestion)

Two weeks ago in Issue #1119 we published this comment from a reader named Susan:

Windows 10 has many examples where the developers changed a perfectly functioning setting to something they felt was cooler. Take changing the wallpaper or theme on your desktop. Windows 7/8.1 were very simple. Right click in the middle of the screen and go to Personalize. Pick your theme or wallpaper (picture) and off you go to the races. Fast forward to Windows 10…and let the frustration begin. Personalize now puts you into that "fantastic" *yes that's sarcasm* Settings area, where you now have to click on Themes then Theme settings to get to the window to choose a different theme. What used to be two clicks is now three. But what if you want to change just the picture to one of your kids, dogs, etc. Well, click on Desktop Background, which in Windows 7/8.1 used to let you into a screen to change the picture, now you're sent back to the Settings page and Background. For the non-computer tech, trying to figure out how to just add that picture of your dog/child/grandchild has just gotten a whole lot more complicated.

Last week in Issue #1120 TCO: Mac vs PC we heard from John, a Senior Analyst/Programmer in London, England who responded to Susan with:

I agree that not all changes in Windows have been for the better but I think Susan has this one wrong. First, the Windows background: Right-click on the desktop, click 'Personalize' and then under 'Choose you picture' click 'Browse'. I don't see that it could be a lot simpler.

This week another reader named Phil offered us the following suggestion:

Another method of setting a picture as background (wallpaper) is to open the folder in "My PC" that contains the picture you want to use, "right click" the picture and click "Set as desktop background" in the dialog box. This method was used in old versions of Windows and still exists in Windows 10:

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As always thanks for your great newsletter.

 

Windows 10 - Showing taskbar notification icons (another comment)

Also in Issue #1119 we also included another comment from Susan:

My next example, and even more irritating, adding icons to the Taskbar notifications area. Once again, Windows 7/8.1, very simple. Click on the little white arrow down in the taskbar and choose Customize. Now in Windows 10, you have to click on the Action center icon (little white box), choose All Settings to open up the Settings page, and depending on which version of Windows 10 you have, because Microsoft decided to change this in 1607 from the 1511 version, you either go to System then Notifications and actions, and finally Select which icons appear on the taskbar or in 1607, you go to Personalization, Taskbar, scroll all the way down and choose Select which icons appear on the taskbar. Either version, two clicks just went to five. Someone explain to me how that's more efficient??

In Issue #1120 TCO: Mac vs PC John responded with:

Click on the white arrow to display the hidden icons. Drag the icon you want showing permanently down to the notification tray. Again, what could be simpler. Here's the bottom right corner of my screen:

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You can see the little arrow pointing upwards just to the left of the system tray. When I click that this is what I get:

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Any of those icons can be dragged down to the tray. Anything in the tray can be dragged off it and back into the hidden area again.

Since then Tom from Washington State, USA emailed us to say that he agrees with John's suggestion and offers the following additional thoughts:

I have to agree with John from England on the first issue Susan states, the second works okay too, but if you right click on the Taskbar and choose settings, all you have to do is scroll down and then choose 'select which icons appear on the taskbar' (just a small scroll is added to what 7, 8/8.1 offered). Windows 10 has changes, but that's kind of the idea of advancement in any realm; there are going to be changes, if there weren't we'd still be slaying dinosaurs with clubs and arrows, and walking everywhere we go. Some will like/some will not like the changes, but to criticize without full research, or when a user takes the long road because they missed the shorter path, presents a disservice to all including the user. With new things you have to work with and experiment while you learn the intricacies, and never rush to judgment. Seems too many favor the latter part of that statement these days.

 

Windows 10 - Using the Microsoft Edge address bar (another comment)

Also Issue #1119 Reader feedback: Fashion over function we included a comment from a reader named Germanas who expressed annoyance with the following feature of the new Microsoft Edge browser in Windows 10:

Edge address bar. Unless I miss something, invisible address bar where I am supposed to enter an URL is reaaally annoying. Every time I need to enter an URL I am unsure where to click. That vertical thin bar isn't always visible on all devices. This is one of the reasons I am still on IE11.

In Issue #1120 TCO: Mac vs PC we heard from Mary, a Software Engineer in California who responded with the following tip for Microsoft Edge users:

Alt-D drops you right into the address bar, in Edge and IE.

This week Rich saying he agreed with Mary and adds:

Does the same in Firefox, Opera and Chrome.

You can see the little arrow pointing upwards just to the left of the system tray. When I click that this is what I get: Finally, a cross-platform solution that everyone can use! (lol)

Seriously, does anyone reading this know of a "browser cheat sheet" of keyboard shortcuts that work across *all* web browser platforms? Email us at wsn@mtit.com


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Microsoft Build in May 10-12, 2017 in Seattle, Washington.

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Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) on July 9-13, 2017 in Washington, D.C.

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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.