Tech Gifts Even a Non-Tech Will Applaud!
Time has put together one handy list of 30 Ultimate Tech Gifts for one and all. Need to introduce someone to Smart Home technology? A Philips Hue Starter Kit for controllable lights is a great beginning. Or how about a Biolite Camp Stove that burns wood to keep your phone charged and doubles as a camp stove for the outdoorsman in your life. From Google Day Dream to the Amazon ECHO or much pricier choices, you can check out the list at Time.
CNET has its own ideas that include a reasonably priced ($360) 4K Smart TV by ROKU, a much pricier LG OLED, as well as some inexpensive goodies like the Cambridge Oontz Bluetooth, Speaker at just $35.000, the ROKU streamer, numerous wireless headphones, the Nintendo 2DSXL or the Switch and other consoles, as well as several phone picks.
Esquire likes the pricey Apple Watch, and the Google Pixel Buds that translate 40 languages in real time – They also show a dozen or so other choices.
Tom’s Hardware has several gift guides by category including stocking stuffers like a portable charger, or a Sarki LCD writing table to write on a leave notes at just $20 total.
Their top security device, The NetGear Arlo Q, dispenses with contracts you may find onerous and delivers excellent video, is easy to set up and has a generous, free cloud-storage plan.
To get your best pal started on cable- cutting look to the decor-conscious, wall hugging MOHU indoor leaf antenna for OTA broadcasts up to 40 miles away.
Security News Updates & Avoiding Holiday Threats
Cyber Criminals Are Ready To Take Advantage. Trend Micro emphasizes that many holiday lures look authentic or catch you by surprise. More at the link.
Cisco Patches Critical Playback Bug in WebEx Players. Cisco has released a fax or a critical remote code execution bug in its WebEx video conference extension for two browsers running on Windows.
Trend Micro Details Recent PayPal Breach. The breach of 1.6M names occurred in its newly acquired TIO Networks and included sensitive information such as SS numbers, bank accounts details and more. Read more here
Apple Announces Emergency Patch to Fix Higher Sierra Login Bug. this attack affects the WPA2 Wi-Fi network standard of all common routers and lets the hacker infiltrate your network. Router vendors are aware and issuing updates. Business and individual users should update their software, firmware and consider a VPN (Virtual Private Network). For this attack to succeed, it has to be in range of a targeted Wi-Fi network You can learn more at the above link.
Adobe Patches Flash Player, 56 Bugs in Reader and Acrobat Adobe has released security updates for Adobe Reader and Acrobat for Windows and Macintosh. These updates address vulnerabilities that could potentially allow an attacker to take over the affected system. Adobe recommends users update their product installations to the latest versions. See the full details at the link.
REPEAT! Is it time for a password manager? Massive hacks have left us reeling so, yes, probably! Tom’s Hardware compares what’s out there and comes up with their first choice and several other top contenders. So will you have to shell out a little cash? Not necessarily, but you might feel a little more secure by so doing. You can see more here
Worth Taking A Second Look – Mobile Device Management 2017 As BYOD becomes commonplace in the workplace, mobile device management (MDM) is a key task. PCMag takes a close look at four solutions recognizing that ” While the Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) movement has great appeal to the average employee, it represents a significant attack vector to corporate security.”
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