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Rabia comes from a solid IT background and has been writing professionally about Microsoft products and other technology for four years. Rabia has also written for OnMSFT.com as well as Windows Report. She is always up to date on the latest trends in the IT Industry and has done extensive research in the data science industry.


Microsoft Adopts Machine Learning to Push Windows 10 Version 21H2 to More PCs

Microsoft announced today that it has started pushing Windows 10 21H2 (the November 2021 update) to users running version 20H2. The company plans to use its machine learning model to automatically target eligible devices that are approaching the end of servicing soon, and this approach should help to ensure a smooth update process. “Windows 10,…

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Microsoft Restricts Excel 4.0 Macros by Default to Protect Users from Malware

Microsoft unveiled its plans to disable Excel 4.0 XLM macros by default back in October 2021. The company has now announced that this application policy change is now rolling out to all Microsoft 365 tenants and it aims to protect customers from malicious documents. For those unfamiliar with Excel 4.0 macros (XLM), this is a…

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QNAP NAS Devices Being Targeted by Qlocker Ransomware Again

QNAP, a Taiwan-based network-attached storage (NAS) manufacturer, has issued an advisory about ransomware and brute-force attacks that affect all network-attached storage devices. The ransomware attacks began targeting the NAS device suite on January 6, and the company urges customers to secure their compromised devices as soon as possible. “Open the Security Counselor on your QNAP…

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Microsoft Releases Out-Of-Band Windows Server 2019 Update to Address Hyper-V, ReFS and VPN Issues

Microsoft has started rolling out an out-of-band update for Windows Server 2019. The same KB5010791 patch addresses a couple of critical issues introduced with January 2021 Patch Tuesday updates. According to the release notes, this update fixes an issue that causes unexpected restarts on Windows Server domain controllers. Microsoft has also addressed a bug that…

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Microsoft Edge Tests New Security Feature to Mitigate “Unforeseen” Zero-Day Exploits

Microsoft has started testing a new security feature for its Edge browser that should help IT admins to protect end-users from zero-day vulnerabilities. This experimental feature is currently available for Edge Insiders in the Beta Channel. Microsoft Edge comes with built-in phishing and malware protection capabilities that help organizations to protect users from security threats….

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AWS Firewall Manager Adds AWS Shield Advanced Automatic Application Layer DDoS Mitigation

Amazon Web Services has announced some important updates for its AWS Firewall Manager service. The company says that the popular security management tool has added support for AWS Shield Advanced automatic application layer DDoS mitigation. For those unfamiliar, AWS Network Firewall is a security management service that allows users to configure and manage their firewall…

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Microsoft Releases Out-Of-Band Patches To Fix Windows 10 VPN Connection, Windows Server Issues

Microsoft has released out-of-band patches to address several issues related to VPN connections, Domain Controllers (DC), and Hyper-V caused by this month’s Patch Tuesday updates. These optional updates are now available for all supported versions of Windows, including Windows 11, Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 7, as well as Windows Server. “Microsoft is releasing Out-of-band…

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Microsoft Teams Public Preview Now Lets Users Mute Meetings Notifications

Microsoft Teams is getting a new update that will allow users to mute notifications during Teams meetings. The company has recently announced that the Mute notifications feature is now available in public preview for desktop and web users. The Mute notifications feature expands the existing capability in Microsoft Teams that lets users customize their notifications…

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Microsoft Defender Exclusions List Can Be Read by Attackers in Windows 10

Security researchers have discovered a flaw in Microsoft Defender Antivirus that could allow attackers to bypass the malware detection solution on Windows machines. According to a report from Bleeping Computer, this issue specifically impacts Windows 10 devices running version 21H1 and 21H2. Microsoft Defender is the default anti-malware software, which scans files and processes to…

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Microsoft Provides Workaround for L2TP VPN Connections Issues on Windows

If you’ve been having issues with VPN connections after installing the January 2022 Patch Tuesday updates on your Windows PCs, you’re not alone. Microsoft has acknowledged a new bug that is preventing its built-in Windows client from connecting to a Virtual Private Network (VPN) and it has provided a workaround while it investigates the problem…

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