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Deb Shinder
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Notice something missing this past Thursday? Many IT pros, tech journalists and others who follow Microsoft's Patch Tuesday offerings did. Here's what happened to the advance notification service - and not everyone is happy about it.
Microsoft greeted us on the Thursday prior to Patch Tuesday (the day they usually post a brief overview of the upcoming patches), with a blog post from the Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRC) team that says, in essence, they’re no longer going to do it.
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Yes.  Just like the legacy code for Windows.
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When you really stop and think about just how accessible our most private information and personal data is, it's scary. We send our social security numbers, bank account info, credit card numbers and so much more traipsing across the Internet, trusting that the security mechanisms put in place by those with whom we do business will protect us. But one only has to read the news to know that it doesn't always work that way. 
None of this year’s security breaches have received the level of publicity the Target breach got, although millions of people have been affected by them. Are we getting so used to wide-scale security breaches that we’ve become desensitized to the news of yet another one?
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Everybody's talking ... about the OpenSSL vulnerability. Here's the scoop.
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Can being good at what you do be a bad thing? It can if your computer skills make you the logical suspect when someone around you gets hacked. Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Hacker? People who aren't tech savvy, that's who.
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Check out the latest installment in my ongoing series about getting to know my Galaxy Note 3.
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Thanks for the review, looking forward to more insight into what I can do with mine.  Your enthusiasm toward the lens kit you have made me put it in my cart at Amazon, and itching to hit the checkout button.  Although just a few as of yet, the reviews are glowing.  
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My take on one aspect of online privacy.
Some say there’s no longer such a thing as privacy, and to an extent, that’s true. But there are still ways to minimize the chance that the information that’s “out there” will end up hurting you.
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Thanks, Greg!
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In the movies, the “computer guy” has often been portrayed as either the overweight slob who overdoses on pizza while hacking into the Pentagon’s computers or as the skinny, wimpy guy with big glasses who gets sand kicked in his face on the beach but saves the world from certain destruction by cracking the passcodes to divert the enemy missiles at the last minute.  Stereotypes become stereotypes because there’s an element of truth in them, but this one is becoming less and less accurate – and that’s a good thing.
Everybody knows the stereotype: When you think of a computer geek, the image that comes to mind isn’t that of a Charles Atlas bodybuilder or a curvy centerfold model. But is it still the case? Deb Shinder looks into this in this blog post.
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It just demonstrates how little they know about where we live.
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I have to say that I have been using Windows 8 and 8.1 since the early betas and on my desktop computer, I have rarely ventured into the modern UI ("Metro") except to test it and write about it. I installed Start 8 and happily went about my business, using Windows the same way I have since Windows 9x.

With the changes in Update 1, for the first time I am actually spending some time there, and liking it. While most of those changes are subtle, all of the little things add up to a very different user experience on a non-touch screen computer in comparison to the original Windows 8. 

It's not completely there yet, but I think Microsoft is going in the right direction with this, and when they bring back that Start menu that blends the old with the modern, this OS is going to be a winner - just as XP was, after all the weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth over the interface changes that greeted its first release.
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I wasn't trying to be compelling. The post wasn't designed to make converts of anyone or persuade anyone else to do anything. It was simply my experience and opinion of the update.
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If you're not doing anything wrong, you don't have anything to hide. Are you absolutely sure of that? This is an expanded version of a former blog post about the perfect storm created by the combination of ubiquitous surveillance technology and bad lawmaking.
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Once upon a time, we cared. We were willing to go to battle over the question: Which OS is the best? Today, more and more of us have divided loyalties, switching from PC to iPad to Android phone without a twinge of guilt. Do operating systems matter at all anymore? Read my take on that over on GFI's "Talk Tech to Me" blog.
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"As we go forward into a cloudy future"

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Check out my article about the future of computing on GFI's "Talk Tech to Me" Blog:
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I'm a technical analyst and writer, Microsoft MVP (enterprise security), former police officer and police academy instructor. I love my cats, dogs, kids and husband Tom (not necessarily in that order!). You can find out much more about me than you ever wanted to know over at www.debshinder.com
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I've written or contributed to over 25 books including "Scene of the Cybercrime" for Syngress Publishing & "Computer Networking Essentials" for Cisco Press. I write two weekly newsletters, WXPnews and Win7News, a weekly column for TechRepublic called Microsoft InSights, and articles on smartphones and cybercrime. I'm lead author/blogger for ISAServer.org and Windowsecurity.com. I'm a past president and ten-year member of the Eastfield College Criminal Justice Training board, former city councilmember, former HOA president and dabble in politics a little, but I'm trying to kick that habit. I belong to the NRA, TSRA and Second Amendment Sisters, and my weapons of choice are: a sweet smile, a sharp wit and an HK P7.
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  • Southern Methodist University
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