Naked Security: Advising Us To Stop Using The Android Unlock Pattern To Secure Phone (to easy to crack)

How many of you are using an unlock pattern to secure your device? In a nutshell: it is far easier for an attacker to shoulder surf a pattern than a PIN.

A new report (PDF) from security researchers at the US Naval Academy and the University of Maryland Baltimore County has quantified just how absurdly easy it is to do an over-the-shoulder glance that accurately susses out an Android unlock pattern…. READ MORE


SOURCE: Naked Security

TCAT Shelbyville – Technical Blog: Windows Updates – Double check by visiting Microsoft’s Update site

Ahhh… Those wonderful Windows Updates! Want to make sure your computer is “up-to-date”, then follow these instructions…

TCAT Shelbyville - Technical Blog

Want to make sure your Windows is up-to-date?  Here’s a tip.  You can go to setup in Windows 10 by clicking the gear gearand then clicking Update and Security.

Update and Security

Once you click update and Security, you can see if your version of Windows is up-to-date.  But is this truly accurate?

Windows Update and Security

You can check by typing winver on the menu and seeing your build number.   Check this build number against the build number on Microsoft’s Windows Update site.

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4018124/windows-10-update-history

Windows 10 History

As you can see, the build number is 15063.608 on this computer, but the update site shows 15063.632.

In order to make sure Windows is up-to-date,  you can go to Microsoft’s catalog and download the KB;  which in this case is KB4040724.  Around 900mb+, Microsoft’s downloads are sometimes nearly 1GB in size and take some time to download.

Windows 10 CAtalogHuge Download

For information on the latest updates for Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2…

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Did you know you can “Voice Type” in Google Docs?

Google Docs is a very powerful word processor that is available (for FREE) to anyone who has a Google (Gmail) Account. One feature in Google Docs that you may be interested in trying is the “Voice Type” feature where you can type and edit by speaking. This feature not only works in Google Docs, but also works in the Google Slides speaker notes. Voice Type only works when opening Google Docs through the Google Chrome web browser and you will need a working microphone connected to your computer. The newer notebook PC’s have mic’s built in.

To try Voice Type, follow the instructions below:

  1. Turn on your microphone.
  2. Open a document in Google Docs.
  3. Click on “Tools”; then “Voice Typing” (a microphone box will appear)
  4. When you are ready to dictate or speak, click on the microphone icon.
  5. Speak clearly using a normal volume and speed.
  6. When done, click on the microphone icon.
  7. After you start voice typing, you can use commands to edit and format your document. For example, “Select paragraph,” “italics,” or “Go to the end of the line.” (Note: There are numerous commands you can use to edit and format a document.  To get a listing of these commands, “CLICK HERE“).

SOURCE: Google Docs

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