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Tech Friday with Dave Hatter - May 28th - SPONSORED BY INTRUST IT


Windows 10: These versions just reached end of service, no more security patches coming

  • Vendor software updates are critical for security so it's important to know that some versions of Windows 10 will no longer get security updates
  • Windows 10 version 1809 and 1909 have reached end of life reached end of life according to Microsoft
  • Windows 10 1803, 1809 and 1909 received the May 2021 Patch Tuesday updates but Microsoft said after May 11th there will be no further patches for these versions
  • Windows Update should automatically apply a feature update for Windows 10 consumer devices and non-managed business devices when they are several months from reaching end of life
  • Microsoft said "For these devices, you can choose a convenient time for your device to reboot and complete the update. This keeps your device supported and receiving the monthly updates that are critical to security and ecosystem health."
  • "Windows 10, version 1909 is at end of service on May 11, 2021 for devices running the Home, Pro, Pro for Workstation, Nano Container, and Server SAC editions" Microsoft said.
  • Microsoft said it will continue to support Enterprise, Education, and IoT Enterprise editions until May 10th 2022
  • "After May 11, 2021, these devices will no longer receive monthly security and quality updates that contain protection from the latest security threats. To continue receiving security and quality updates, Microsoft recommends updating to the latest version of Windows 10."
  • Follow the instructions here to see which version of Windows 10 you have :https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/see-which-version-of-windows-10-you-have-12d35019-4da9-0cb1-ba47-f8b031b712ad
  • Follow the instructions here to see your Windows Update history: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/topic/windows-10-update-history-53c270dc-954f-41f7-7ced-488578904dfe
  • Follow the instructions here to see how to install Windows 10 Feature updates: https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_10-windows_install/how-to-install-the-latest-windows-10-feature/2d81f926-1398-4c49-8f8b-c654ece3cdf4

The FBI's IC3 site has logged 6 million complaints since 2000:

  • The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) was created by the FBI to report cybercrime
  • It also has excellent resources to help you identify and avoid cybercrime and it issues alerts to the public
  • It took over seven years for the IC3 to log the first million complaints
  • In March of 2020 the IC3 broke 5 million complaints
  • Between 2019 and 2020, the number of complaints the IC3 received increased by nearly 70%
  • They received nearly 800,000 complaints for nearly $4.2 billion in losses
  • Phishing, non-payment/non-delivery scams, and extortion were the top reported cybercrimes in 2020
  • Business email compromise (BEC) scams, romance and confidence schemes, and investment fraud led to the greatest losses
  • The COVID-19 pandemic resulted in an overall increase in complaints related to cybercrimes and the IC3 believes that 2021 may unfortunately be a record year
  • "On one hand, the number holds some positive news. People know how to find us and how to report an incident. But on the other hand, these numbers indicate more people are being affected by online crimes and scams” - IC3 Chief Donna Gregory
  • It's never been more important to be cautious and skeptical! Remember:
    • Stop
    • Think
    • Protect - Be a human firewall
  • Visit the IC3 site here :https://www.ic3.gov/
  • View the 2020 IC3 Annual Report here: https://www.ic3.gov/Media/PDF/AnnualReport/2020_IC3Report.pdf

Another dumb "smart" device:

  • Many toys (dolls, cars, drones, TVs, games, etc.) are increasingly connected to the Internet
  • These "smart" devices are Internet of Things (IoT) devices
  • The Shodan search engine makes it easy to find and target insecure devices
  • Eufy makes a variety of "smart" devices -https://us.eufylife.com/
  • Eufy "security" cameras are yet another example of a dumb "smart" device
  • It appears that a software glitch exposed video streams Eufy security camera to other customers
  • Through the Eufy app, they could view other users' account information and live and recorded video streams
  • Some users reported that they could control other users' cameras
  • Eufy reported that a total of 712 users' accounts were exposed to other Eufy users before the bug was addresses
  • One Eufy owner said "Basically I could see every camera, their front door and backdoor bells, master bedroom, living room, garage, kitchen, their motion recordings, everything"
  • Eufy reported that the bug was fixed and recommended users unplug and reconnect base station the power outlet and then log out and log back into the mobile app
  • Eufy spokesperson Brian Saxton said "We are sorry we fell short here and are working on new security protocols and measures to make sure that this never happens again"
  • The IoT is a privacy and security dumpster fire
  • Like any Internet connected device, you must ensure that you install patches and updates on the device
  • "It’s going to be very difficult to convince consumers to patch their refrigerator" - Matthew Prince, CEO of security provider CloudFlare Inc

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