Vol. 23, #1 - January 08, 2018 - Issue #1163

WServerNews: Privacy briefs

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Editor's Corner

This week's newsletter is all about privacy with the latest news about hardware and software that watches or listens to everything you do. Welcome to the new year, we're watching you…

Dogbert is greatly concerned about privacy too in his sundry business endeavors, take a look:


Yeah, that'll work.

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And now on to some privacy news items that may be of interest to those who manage IT within an organization…

Beware your iPhone camera!

UK newspaper The Telegraph has an article warning about Phone apps that can silently turn on cameras at any time:


I'm not sure if this issue has been addressed yet by Apple but it's clearly the kind of thing smartphone users should worry about if they're concerned at all about their personal privacy. Businesses will also want to be aware of problems like this as it could lead to information leakage that may be damaging to your business. 


Beware also your home security camera!

Associated Press has an article titled "Face to Face with Nest's smartest home security camera" that warns about how deeply intelligent computers may be able to peer into our lives as more home appliances become connected to the internet:


Gizmodo also echoed these worries by agreeing that Amazon's Echo was a remarkably innovative device but saying that you shouldn't rush out and buy one because if you do you're really just paying a big company to surveil you:



Germany bans smartwatches for children

BBC News has a news item about Germany banning the sale of smartwatches aimed at children:


Privacy should be a huge concern for parents who have children. What do you do as an IT pro to help ensure your own child is protected against surveilling devices and apps? Email us at [email protected]


On-screen keyboard problems

Finally, ZDNet has an article about how personal data belonging to over 31 million customers of AI.type, a popular virtual keyboard app, has leaked online after the app's developer failed to secure the database's server:


Some privacy problems happen because of poor choices on the user's part (see previous articles above) but most happen because of poor coding choices on the part of software developers. 


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Factoid of the Week

Your editors are still catching up from their holiday season antics so we'll catch up on any factoid responses we received from readers in our next issue. Meanwhile here is another factoid for you to ruminate on:

Fact: Lampposts in Salzburg, Austria are being covered in airbags to stop so-called 'smartphone zombies' from bumping into them and injuring themselves as they walk around staring at their screens. 


Question: Do you think this is a proper use of public funds? Or should we just let them learn from their bruises? Oww…

Email your thoughts to me if you have any: [email protected]

Until next week, 

Mitch Tulloch


Admin Toolbox

Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without

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Veeam is happy to provide you with a study guide for Microsoft Certification Exam 74-409. The guide will take you through the exam objectives, helping you to prepare for and pass the examination.


MailStore Server is an email archiving solution, catering to the needs of SMBs. It is easy to install and supports most email systems. A free trial is available for download on the vendor's website.


This document provides guidance for an Exchange health check and provides recommendations and steps if necessary to remediate and / or stabilize the environment:


Thumbnail and Icon Cache Rebuilder for Windows 10 will purge, clear and delete your Thumbnail and Icon Cache Rebuilder in a click:


This script repairs symbolic links that are necessary for content indexing to search Exchange databases:


This Week's Tips

Active Directory - Granting rights to modify membership in groups

The Funky Tech Guy has a post that describes three easy ways you can grant the rights to modify AD group membership and be successful:


Windows Server - Deploying Always On VPN

Are you tired of the complexity of configuring Direct Access? Antonio Vasconcelos has posted some links for guides that can help you deploy Always On VPN, a new feature in Windows Server 2016 and Windows 10:


PowerShell - Importing spreadsheets

Did you know you could use PowerShell to import or export Excel spreadsheets without using Excel? Doug Finke has a module that makes this work:


Events Calendar

Microsoft Tech Summit on January 24-25, 2018 in Birmingham, UK


Microsoft Tech Summit on March 5-6, 2018 in Washington, D.C. USA


Microsoft Tech Summit on March 14-15, 2018 in Paris, France


Microsoft Tech Summit on March 19-20, 2018 in San Francisco, California USA


Microsoft Tech Summit on March 28-29, 2018 in Amsterdam, Netherlands


Microsoft Ignite 2018 on September 24-28, 2018 in Orlando, Florida USA


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New on TechGenix.com

Cyber-extortion: Why it works and how to fight back

Along with all the scams and cons, Internet users have to worry about, there's also cyber-extortion. Here's what you should know to avoid being a victim.


Security alert addresses critical bug in Cisco Voice Operating System

A vulnerability discovered in the Cisco Voice Operating System is potentially very dangerous and must be dealt with as soon as possible.



Destructive DDoS attacks increasing at a rapid rate

DDoS attacks are growing at a rate that is alarming researchers. It makes it more urgent that you use proactive steps to secure your systems and networks.


New iPhones: Has Apple jumped the shark?

A warning to Apple fanboys (and fangirls) who hate any criticisms of the tech giant and its iPhones: You may want to move on to our next story.


New Intel patches fix several serious vulnerabilities

New Intel patches have been released to close vulnerabilities in several products. The patches target privilege escalation, a hole hackers love to exploit.



Tech Briefing - Office 365

'Deep Dive' into Office 365 PowerShell cmdlets: Get-MailBox

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Use PowerShell to Send email from O365 Account

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Office 365 Administration Inside Out - Second Edition

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O365 Tidbit - Governance guidance for O365

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Disable Skype SKUs across all users

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Other Articles of Interest

Summing up the changes at Citrix in the wake of recent layoffs

Citrix recently made news for their worldwide round of layoffs. This is a look at what was impacted, and where that leaves Citrix in areas like IoT, ShareFile, XenMobile, XenServer, HDX, and App Layering.



Why IT should keep Windows 10 virtualization in mind

When considering virtualization for Windows 10, IT must understand the difference between persistent and nonpersistent VDI, as well as on-premises vs. cloud deployments. Read more here.


Mobile application development goes tiny with micro apps

Tiny is trending, whether it comes to houses or mobile app development. Many organizations are trying customizable, single-purpose micro apps on for size.


Edge computing technology holds VDI potential

Edge computing is finding its place in the enterprise to handle data growth. IT may use that same advantage to help address problems in a VDI deployment. Find out more here.



WServerNews FAVE Links

This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff

GOT FUN VIDEOS or other fun links to suggest you'd like to recommend? Email us at [email protected]


Two Wingsuit Flyers Enter An Airplane In Mid-Air

Watch these daredevil wingsuit flyers jump off a mountain and then land in a flying plane:


How To Climb Over A 15-Foot Wall Without A Ladder

When you are facing an obstacle three times your height, what do you do?


What Sugar Really Does To Your Body

A few practical experiments to see what happens inside your body when you eat sugar:


Charlie Chaplin - Hungarian Dance No. 5

Charlie Chaplin's famous barber scene with Brahms Hungarian Dance No. 5 from the film 'The Great Dictator.'




WServerNews - Product of the Week

3-part webinar series: Active Directory Deep Dive


Free learning courses with Microsoft MVP Sander Berkouwer. Get a firm grasp on your IT environment when you learn Active Directory best practices. Watch all, or choose any amount, of this three-part webinar series to improve your skills. From the basics to virtualization and backup, we got you covered. Get the jumpstart on Active Directory.

Register 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.