Like I said, I’m opening up the floodgates…again for my personal reference but there is the off-chance you might find something useful in here.
- What’s New in Fiddler 4.5.1 - Telerik released new version of Fiddler
- Create a log of all urls requested by Firefox with HTTP Request Logger - gHacks Tech News
- Importing text data from a webpage into Excel 2013 - MoonPoint Support Weblog
- Wireshark Tip - Finding Slow Application Response Time (by Chris Greer)
- Removing the Ribbon for Message Analyzer - MessageAnalyzer
- Message Analyzer Filtering Kung Fu - MessageAnalyzer
Vivaldi Browser News/Releases
- Vivaldi.net - TP3 is here! - Vivaldi team blog
- Technical Preview 3 of Vivaldi Browser is out now - gHacks Tech News
- Vivaldi.net - Easter Snapshot 126.96.36.199 - Vivaldi team blog
- Snapshot 188.8.131.52 with more Tiling options and advanced notes, improved spatial navigation and fast forward - Vivaldi team blog
- Tab stack tiling, on demand plugins in tabs, more mouse gestures, better import and a more snappy UI - Vivaldi team blog
- New snapshot with an update for Chromium and Auto-Update on windows - Vivaldi team blog
- Weekly snapshot 184.108.40.206 - Vivaldi team blog
- Latest Vivaldi build introduces automatic updates - gHacks Tech News
- Mozilla Firefox Add-on Signing has started - gHacks Tech News
- More about Extension Signing - Firefox Extension Guru's Blog
- Firefox Add-on Manager update introduces signing information - gHacks Tech News
- Find out more about crashes in Mozilla Firefox - gHacks Tech News
- Deprecating Non-Secure HTTP - Mozilla Security Blog
- Breaking Web: Mozilla plans to deprecate non-secure HTTP - gHacks Tech News
- Mozilla plans to phase out non-secure HTTP -Firefox Extension Guru's Blog
- The state of multi-process architecture in Firefox - gHacks Tech News
- Forgetting a certificate in Firefox - MoonPoint Support Weblog
Google Account Protection for Chrome (sort-of)
- Protect your Google Account with Password Alert - Official Google Blog
- Password Alert: official Google Chrome extension to protect against phishing - gHacks Tech News
- Password Alert for Chrome, and other Extensions | Malwarebytes Unpacked
- Behold: the drop-dead simple exploit that nukes Google’s Password Alert - Ars Technica
- Google’s new version of Password Alert blocking bypass is bypassed - Ars Technica
- Even more bypasses of Google Password Alert - Hanno's blog
The point of the bypasses (to me) isn’t so much that Goggle’s effort is a fruitless effort, but that the noble cause demonstrates the challenges of password security monitoring and the (relative) ease of exploiting/bypassing such attempts.
Chrome Web Browser News and Tips
- How to restore the old Bookmark Manager in Chrome - gHacks Tech News
- Chrome 42 blocks Java, Silverlight, other plugins by default now - gHacks Tech News
- How do I use Java with the Google Chrome browser? - Java.com - yep…I’ve had to do this on multiple system for family, friends, and at work to get Java going in them again.
- How do You Find Chrome Extensions that Inject Ads into Web Pages? - How-To Geek
Internet Explorer 11 and Enterprise Mode
- Announcing improvements to Enterprise Mode and Enterprise Site Discovery - IEBlog
- What is Enterprise Mode in IE 11 and How To Enable it in Windows 8.1 and 10 - Next of Windows
Critical Updates…better late than never…
- Critical Updates for Windows, Flash, Java - Krebs on Security
- Massive optional Microsoft Patch-Day Incoming - gHacks Tech News
I note that on at least one Win 7 Professional system I support (x64) KB3046269 continues to present itself as needing to be installed after it installs and the system reboots. This seems to be reported by others as well. It’s not fatal but is a nuisance.
Samsung SSD EVO 840 Firmware Released (+ other SSD news & Tips)
- Samsung releases new fix and firmware update for SSD 840 Evo drives - gHacks Tech News
- Samsung SSD Downloads - Samsung SSD
- Samsung Releases Statement on 840 EVO Performance - Another Fix Is In the Works – AnandTech
- Samsung: new update for SSD 840 firmware comes – Caschys Blog (Google Translated from original)
The Samsung Magician software update (v 4.6)and then followup firmware update (EXT0DB6Q) went smoothly on my EVO 840 SSD drive. The only special thing I had to do was first to disable RAPID mode, reboot, apply the update, reboot, enable RAPID mode again, then reboot.
- Ask Ars: “My SSD does garbage collection, so I don’t need TRIM… right?” - Ars Technica
- Kingston HyperX releases Savage -- a fast and stylish SATA SSD - BetaNews
New and improved utilities
- Nirsoft's SecuritySoftView highlights registered security products on Windows - gHacks Tech News
- New utility that displays the AntiVirus/AntiSpyware/Firewall programs registered with the security center of Windows - NirBlog details his new SecuritySoftView application release.
- Update: Sysmon v3.0, Autornus v13.3, Regjump v1.1, Process Monitor v3.11 - Sysinternals Site Discussion blog
- TestDisk & PhotoRec 7.0 Release - CGSecurity
- Acrylic WiFi - new free utility for WiFi scanning. Pro version available as well with more features for $. I’m pretty impressed with it.
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Update
- New Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit version is out - Malwarebytes Unpacked
- Malwarebytes Anti-Malware gets new look, simplified workflow - BetaNews
- Malwarebytes Hijack.Securityrun hits explained - gHacks Tech News
General Security Bits for Sysadmins
- Remote Code Execution Possible Via Dell System Detect - F-Secure Weblog : News from the Lab
- Dell System Detect Vulnerability now classified as a PUP - Malwarebytes Unpacked
- ESET AV Remover—List of removable applications and instructions to run the tool - ESET
- ESET SysInspector - ESET
- Cleaning up misleading advertisements - Microsoft Malware Protection Center
- McAfee Raptor, a real-time behavior detection technology - gHacks Tech News
- Raptor (BETA) - McAfee Free Tools
- How to Use Raptor - McAfee Free Tools
- Stinger -McAfee Free Tools
I have always liked using Stinger as an alternative malware scanning tool to get an additional opinion on a system’s state of cleanness after a malware infection. I also like the features that Raptor provides. However I’m not sure I like it being bundled in with Stinger; particularly since it actually installs into the system and you need to know in advance it does this…and how to remove it when done. Count me undecided for now…
So, have you seen that new Age-Guesser App from Microsoft? Guess what…
- Ever wondered how old you look? New tool from Microsoft will hurt your feelings - BetaNews
- How Old Do I Look?
- Fun with ML, Stream Analytics and PowerBI - Observing Virality in Real Time
- Microsoft’s Project Oxford helps developers build more intelligent apps - Next at Microsoft
- Played With That Viral Age-Guesser This Week? You Just Gave Microsoft A Bunch Of Free Photos To Use – Consumerist
- Read The Fine Print Before You Use Microsoft's Viral Age-Guessing Tool - Fast Company
IANAL and there is some conflicting commentary about the TOS noted on the page link and the “P.S. We don’t keep the photo” statement also on that page. I’m just saying…
Update 05/04 - per the Observing Virality in Real Time article post, they have provided the following statement:
We've had some questions so we updated this post to be more clear. To answer the top one: No we don't store photos, we don't share them and we only use them to guess your age and gender. The photos are discarded from memory once we guess. While we use the terms of service very common in our industry, and similar to most other online services, we have chosen not to store or use the photos in any way other than to temporarily process them to guess your age.
Tips, Tricks and Tools
- How to verify that system drivers are digitally signed - gHacks Tech News
- What you need in your PC support toolkit - WindowsNetworking.com
- Defrag Tools #128 - Networking - Part 1 - Defrag Tools | Channel 9
- Defrag Tools #129 - Networking - Part 2 - Defrag Tools | Channel 9
- Defrag Tools #130 - Services - Defrag Tools | Channel 9
- Upgrade to Office Configuration Analyzer Tool (OffCAT) version 2 - Exchange Team Blog
- Scan and fix Office issues with the Microsoft Office Configuration Analyzer Tool - gHacks Tech News
- Office Configuration Analyzer Tool (OffCAT) information - Microsoft Support
- Office Configuration Analyzer Tool (OffCAT) v2 system requirements - Microsoft Support
- Download Microsoft Office Configuration Analyzer Tool 2.0 - Official Microsoft Download Center
- How to Continue Using Windows Server Technical Preview - Windows Server Blog
- Snappy Driver Installer - BadPointer. Clever and sophisticated driver/updater app. I use it for driver reconnoitering work.
- Snappy Driver Installer checks, downloads and installs drivers on Windows - gHacks Tech News
I really like the OffCAT tool. It is awesome for diagnostics and configuration troubleshooting and assessments. This new version looks even more feature-packed!
Ubuntu 15.04 Released
- Ubuntu Linux 15.04 Vivid Vervet is here - BetaNews
- Ubuntu 15.04: Was Vivid Vervet Worth the Wait, and Should You Upgrade? - MakeUseOf blog
- Ubuntu 15.04 Released, This Is What’s New - OMG! Ubuntu.
- Ubuntu 15.04 Flavors Now Available for Download - OMG! Ubuntu.
- 11 Things To Do After Installing Ubuntu 15.04 - OMG! Ubuntu.
- All Official Flavors Of Ubuntu 15.04 Are Available For Download - It’s F.O.S.S.
It took forever to download and upgrade my previous Ubuntu install to 15.04. Sure I made the mistake of doing it over WiFi rather than a wired connection. And I didn’t stick with it so it hung up on some packages that needed my express confirmation and I had stepped away (slept overnight) so it couldn’t continue till I discovered the pause in the morning. I was running it in a Virtual Box session and it crashed a couple of times booting up after the upgrade process completed. However I kept rebooting and eventually it cleared the errors itself and continued on to a now stable state again. Upgrade was good.
Surface Pro 3 Admin
- INFO: Technical Content for Surface 3 & Surface Pro 3 - Kurt Shintaku's Blog - Microsoft whitepaper for Surface device deployment and technical support in Enterprise.
- DOWNLOAD: Surface Pro 3 firmware and Driver Updates .MSI (Jan 2015) - Kurt Shintaku's Blog
- Surface Pro 3 MSI Now Available - TechNet Blogs
- Download Surface software, firmware, and drivers - Microsoft Download Center
- Microsoft makes Surface Pro 3 even better with new update - BetaNews
Microsoft Visual Studio Code release - Cool factor +10
- Introducing Visual Studio Code for Windows, Mac, and Linux - Scott Hanselman
- Visual Studio Code - Microsoft
- Microsoft releases free Visual Studio Code and Visual Studio 2015 RC - Ars Technica
- Microsoft’s new Code editor is built on Google’s Chromium - Ars Technica
- Microsoft reveals Visual Studio Code with native support for Windows and OS X - iMore
- Heavens! Microsoft releases Visual Studio Code for Linux and Mac OS X (and Windows) - BetaNews
Notepad++ works good enough for me for my humble code editing needs (XML/HTML markup mostly). However this also has syntax highlighting for a ton of languages.
Note per the project page fine print:
By downloading and using Visual Studio Code, you agree to the license terms and privacy statement for Visual Studio Code. When this tool crashes, we automatically collect crash dumps so we can figure out what went wrong. If you don’t want to send your crash dumps to Microsoft, don't install this tool.
So if that bothers you, be warned that here could be privacy dragons. Or just don’t crash their code.
Topics still to be posted from the bookmark hopper..
- A followup on my GSD Crowd Source Troubleshooting Flare: Toshiba Laptop Error post.
- Windows 10 news and gnashing of teeth
- ForSec Linkfest Extravaganza
- iOS security headaches
To name just a few…