Many of the IT Professionals that contact our customer service and support group have common questions related to security incidents and are seeking guidance on how to mitigate threats from determined adversaries. Given the level of interest in this information and common scenarios that exist amongst different organizations, we are publishing a multi-part series which will detail common security incidents organizations face and provide recommended mitigations based on guidance from our Security Support team.
It is important to note that each phase has one or more technical and, more importantly, administrative controls that could have been used to block or slow down the attack. These mitigations are listed after each phase. Each mitigation addresses specific behaviors and attack vectors that have been seen previously in multiple security incidents. Read more.
If you’ve got any devices that are still running Windows 8.1 Preview or Windows RT 8.1 Preview, you’ll want to update them to final release versions through the Windows Store before Jan. 15. That’s when the preview versions expire, writes Ben Hunter on the Springboard Series Blog.
“If you installed the Windows 8.1 Preview or Windows RT 8.1 Preview from the Windows Store, you can update to the final release through the Windows Store by following the instructions available here,” he writes. “Note that you will have to reinstall all of your applications (desktop or modern) after doing this.”
Designed to encourage and support female college students pursing computer sciences, the second annual International Women’s Hackathon is set for April 24 – 27, 2014 on university campuses around the world.
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Use this Windows PowerShell one-liner to find one-, two-, three-, and four-letter aliases.
More than 200 million Viber users can now enjoy free calling, texting and photo sharing with a new free version of the app designed specifically for Windows 8.
You might have noticed that in the past year, Bing has broken out of the search box like Kool-Aid Man smashing through your wall to bring you refreshments. (Don’t worry, he’ll fix that later.) Sure, people still prefer Bing over Google for the world’s top searches, but in 2013 Bing also evolved to power a wider range of services and devices than ever, from voice search in Xbox One to Siri’s Web search results.
Here are a few of our favorite ways Bing is helping you do more.
Smart Search in Windows 8.1
You’ll now find the best of the Bing search experience in Windows 8.1, where you can use the Search Charm to explore your files, Web results and more with a single query.
Yes, there are 3D printers, but there are also 3D scanners, and Gavin Gear – who we think is having way too much fun – shows how he uses MakerBot’s recently released Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner to create his lovable monster head, using Windows 8.1.
On the Extreme Windows Blog, Gear notes that the Digitizer makes it easy to upload scanned 3D models to MakerBot’s Thingiverse website, and to print them with your 3D printer.
With Bing’s new Windows 8.1 apps, it’s easy to do research on topics that interest you, and with the new OneNote for Windows Store app, it’s just as effortless to share information from those apps with others.