Problems Plague Microsoft's February Security Patches

User profile problems and Windows shutdown glitches are among the raft of technical issues that have been reported in the wake of Microsoft's February security updates, released last week.

Survey: Key and Certificate Errors Hitting Many Orgs Hard

A recently published Ponemon Institute survey of IT security personnel indicates that 73 percent of organizations have suffered "unplanned downtime and outages" due to mismanaged security certificates.

Microsoft Targets 99 Flaws in February Patch Rollout

Microsoft is addressing 99 CVEs in its February security bundle released Tuesday, affecting Microsoft's browsers, Windows, Office, Exchange Server and even the Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool.

Microsoft Rethinks Its Bing Push Amid Criticism

Microsoft has amended its plan, announced last month, that would have switched Office 365 ProPlus users to Bing from their chosen browser search engines.

Google Takes Steps To Block Insecure Web Downloads on Chrome

Starting April, Google will implement a process to warn users of its Chrome browser about potentially insecure Web site downloads.

Microsoft Makes Progress on PowerShell Secrets Management Module

Microsoft recently opened up about its upcoming PowerShell Secrets Management Module, which is designed to give organizations a better way to secure and share PowerShell scripts.

Microsoft's LDAP Configuration Changes Put on Hold

Microsoft's planned changes to the Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) will not take effect until the second half of this year.

Survey: Endpoint Attacks Up, Confidence in Anti-Malware Tools Down

In a recent Ponemon Institute study, just 27 percent of IT pros were willing to say that traditional signature-based anti-malware solutions provided sufficient security protections against new and unknown threats.

Microsoft Details Ins and Outs of Windows Extended Security Updates

A Thursday announcement by Microsoft lays out the technical details of its Extended Security Updates (ESUs) program for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 systems.

Microsoft To Stop Supporting IE 10 on Some Platforms in February

Feb. 11, 2020, will mark the end of free patch support for the Internet Explorer 10 browser on both Windows Server 2012 and Windows Embedded 8 Standard, Microsoft announced this week.

App Reporting and Admin Tools for Azure AD Hit Preview

For organizations wanting to connect their applications to Azure Active Directory, Microsoft is rolling out a few new features in preview.

Microsoft To Make Bing Search the Default for Office 365 ProPlus

An extension coming to Office 365 ProPlus subscribers will change the default search engine in Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox to Microsoft Bing.

Microsoft Cops to Azure Error that Exposed 250 Million Accounts

Microsoft this week revealed that a misconfigured database hosted in its Azure cloud may have compromised millions of customer support case records.

Trend Micro Baits Ransomware Attackers in Honeypot Scheme

A new report from security solutions provider Trend Micro documents the company's lessons after baiting attackers with an industrial control system (ICS) "honeypot."

Windows Server 2008 Stragglers Get Some Help from Microsoft

For organizations stuck on Windows Server 2008, which fell out of support on Jan. 14, Microsoft is offering some additional help resources.

Microsoft Releases First Stable Chromium-Based Edge Browser

The first release of the Chromium-based Microsoft Edge browser is now at the "stable" commercial-release stage, Microsoft announced on Wednesday.

NSA Plays Key Role in Microsoft's January Security Updates

Microsoft's first security patch rollout of the year has the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) playing a key supporting role.

Google To Support Chrome on Windows 7 Through 2021

Google plans to support its Chrome browser on Windows 7 until "at least July 15, 2021," a year-and-a-half after Microsoft stops supporting Windows 7.

IT Getting More Tools To Hide Features from Office 365 Users

Microsoft is expanding Office 365's "Office What's New Management" capability, which lets IT pros hide certain software features from end users.

Microsoft's Fluid Framework for Office 365 Hits Preview

An "early preview" of Microsoft's Fluid Framework is starting to roll out to some Office 365 tenancies that have opted to get early update releases.

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