Facebook Admits to Security Breach!

Mark ZuckerburgPay attention to your Facebook account, folks!

Facebook confirms major security breach affecting 50 million users

The Enquirer – By: Carly Page – “Facebook waited until 6 pm on Friday to announce that an estimated 50 million users were affected by a major security breach.

The breach, which Facebook engineers discovered on 25 September, saw hackers exploit a vulnerability in Facebook’s code that impacted ‘View As’, a feature that lets people see what their own profile looks like to someone else.

‘This allowed them to steal Facebook access tokens which they could then use to take over people’s accounts,’ explained Guy Rosen, VP of Product Management at Facebook.

With access to a users’ authentication token, hackers would have had access to private messages, which would have been exposed to harvesting until Facebook forced a log-out.

‘This attack exploited the complex interaction of multiple issues in our code. It stemmed from a change we made to our video uploading feature in July 2017, which impacted ‘View As.’

‘The attackers not only needed to find this vulnerability and use it to get an access token, they then had to pivot from that account to others to steal more tokens.’

The company notes that its internal investigation is ‘still in its early stages’ and says it remains unclear who might be behind the attack or what user data – if any – was taken.

Facebook says it has fixed the vulnerability and reset the access tokens of the almost 50 million accounts affected by the breach. Additionally, as a precaution, it’s resetting tokens for another 40 million accounts that have been subject to ‘View As’.

The firm has also switched off the ‘View As’ feature while it conducts a ‘thorough security review’.

‘People’s privacy and security is incredibly important, and we’re sorry this happened,’ Rosen added. ‘It’s why we’ve taken immediate action to secure these accounts and let users know what happened.

Facebook might end up with another breach to deal with over the weekend, as a Taiwanese hacker claims he’ll delete the Mark Zuckerberg’s account and broadcast himself doing so on Facebook Live on Sunday.”

Geek Software of the Week: Advanced Youtube Client – AYC!

This is a really good GSotW! I use this one all the time! It allows you to download YouTube videos, or Facebook videos, with no problem, in multiple formats and resolutions! Check it out!

Advanced Youtube Client – AYC

“Advanced Youtube Client – AYC is a unique console frontend for the popular program youtube-dl with additional tools like aria2c and FFmpeg added in the package for extra functionality and faster downloads.

It’s a different type of YouTube downloader.

AYC simplifies the experience of youtube dl’s advanced features by using pre-written commands and combines it with your input to make it one of the fastest and most advanced Youtube Downloader and Converter

Features

  • Download 8K, 4K, 2K, 1080p, 720p, 480p, 360p videos with audio.
  • Playlist Downloader with resume capabilities.
  • Uses aria2c with parallel connections for faster download
  • MP3, M4A Audio Downloader with Cover Art.
  • Download Experimental VP9 Video codec.
  • Compatible with Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7/8/8.1/10 (32/64-bit).
  • Light on CPU Resources as it runs solely on CMD.
  • Programmed as a Windows Batch file so you can edit the source code and make your own Youtube Downloader.
  • Automatic Subtitle Downloader
  • Universal Mode – Download from any websites
  • Batch Download Jobs”

NEWS: Roku Debuts Budget-Priced 4K Streamers

New Roku BoxesTabloTV Newsletter – “The folks at Roku introduced two new streaming devices earlier this week: the Roku Premiere and Premiere+. Both devices are capable of streaming 4K content when available and start as low as $40.

If your primary Roku streaming device is a ‘numbered’ Roku, it may be time for an upgrade as these are now several generations old and don’t include some of the handy features (like TV power & volume buttons), processing power, or speeds of newer units.

However, at such a low price there are a few compromises for the new Roku Premieres compared the more expensive options in their lineups – namely older, slower 802.11b/g/n WiFi and no support for fancy-pants HDR video and Dolby Atmos Surround Sound.

While you may not care about Dolby Atmos or HDR, the faster 801.11 a/c WiFi on the Roku Streaming Stick/Streaming Stick+ is probably worth the upgrade, especially for a primary TV.

Still not sure? Compare different Roku models to find the options and price point that best suits your needs.”

Changes are Coming in the Wireless Mic World!

Shure Wireless SystemInteresting article for wireless mic users…

Change is Coming to the Wireless World

Samson – “How the FCC Reallocation of UHF Frequencies may affect your Wireless Mics
We live in a wireless world – and it isn’t just microphones. Our mobile phones, tablets, e-readers, cameras, GPS units and other devices keep us in constant wireless contact with each other, the internet, our files in the cloud, plus a veritable treasure trove of online services and conveniences everyplace we go. At home, in hotels, in restaurants and cafes, at school and in the office, wireless Wi-Fi networks help keep us all connected. And of course, at the gig, in the concert hall, in the theater, in the worship hall and sanctuary, and on the playing field, wireless microphones have become part of the landscape.

For years, all of this wireless growth has had to find a home nestled in among the existing spectrum of television and other frequencies. But here’s the challenge: The wireless communication spectrum is a fixed entity with a finite number of frequencies. We cannot simply unspool or string up more frequencies, as we would with copper wire or fiber optic cables. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC), which governs the electromagnetic broadcast realm in the United States, has seen this issue coming for decades, and has taken steps to apply some remedies. Most of these FCC remedies apply to the UHF TV band, where many 600 MHz wireless microphone systems also operate.

Understanding the TV Spectrum
From its creation, terrestrial (non-satellite) television was broadcast as an analog signal. The analog TV spectrum ranged from 54 MHz up to 806 MHz*, covering Channels 2 (VHF) to 69 (UHF). Analog signals had limitations about how close neighboring frequencies could be packed together without causing destructive interference with one another, and often a “guard-band” of frequencies was used to isolate a signal from interference. These gaps between adjacent frequencies, local unused channels, and even these so-called guard bands became known as “White Spaces”, where peripheral devices – including wireless microphones – were free to operate. In June 2009, the FCC required all terrestrial TV broadcasts to be digital. At the same time, the digital TV spectrum was redefined as ranging from 54 MHz up to 698 MHz, covering channels 2 to 51. In addition to cannibalizing certain UHF channels, switching “over-the-air” TV broadcasts to the digital domain would free up even more bandwidth for mobile communications, white space devices, and yes, wireless microphones. Digital TV signals could be packed closer together without the risk of destructive interference, and the use of guard-bands was no longer required. By this time, many Americans already received their television signal via cable or satellite, and it was felt the elimination of certain UHF channels in exchange for the greater spectrum available for wireless communications would be well-accepted by the public. Incidentally, this was not the first time such a decision had been made. In 1948, Channel 1 was officially eliminated from the TV spectrum, with those frequencies held in reserve for land-based mobile communications.

*(54 MHz –72, 76–88, 174–216, 470–608, and 614–806 MHz)

New Changes to the UHF Spectrum
Wireless microphones operate in a variety of spectrums – the VHF and UHF television bands, plus the 900 MHz, 1.9 GHz, and 2.4 GHz bands. Upcoming FCC changes to the UHF broadcast band will have a profound effect on wireless microphones operating the in the 600 MHz band. As was the case during the digital conversion, more of the upper UHF TV channel frequencies will now be made available for mobile broadband access. Beginning on July 12, 2020, the UHF TV Spectrum will be re-allocated as follows:

470 MHz – 608 MHz
This portion of the UHF spectrum will be allocated to UHF Channels 14 through 36. In addition, licensed and unlicensed wireless microphones (? 250 mW) may continue to operate in this band. Licensed wireless use generally applies to a fixed venue with a large number of wireless microphones in use, such as a major theatre or a football stadium.

*In thirteen major U.S. cities, Public Safety communications may be operating on one or more select channels (14-20), so wireless microphone use should be curtailed on these channels to avoid conflict.

608 MHz – 14 MHz

Also known as UHF Channel 37, this band of frequencies is reserved for special uses such as wireless medical device telemetry and radio astronomy, plus white space devices.

614 MHz – 616 MHz

Set up and defined as a guard band, these frequencies are available to licensed and unlicensed wireless microphones of ? 20 mW.

616 MHz – 653 MHz

This area of the spectrum is reserved for mobile broadband use; no wireless microphone use is allowed.

653 MHz – 663 MHz

This area of the spectrum is split into two sections. From 653 MHz to 657 MHz, only licensed wireless microphones with a power rating of ? 20 mW are allowed. The frequencies from 657 MHz to 663 MHz are available for licensed and unlicensed wireless microphones (? 20 mW) and white space devices.

663 MHz – 698 MHz

This area of the spectrum is reserved for mobile broadband use; no wireless microphone use is allowed.

Solutions for Samson Wireless Microphone Users
The changes described above will affect Samson wireless microphone systems operating in the 600 MHz band, including the Samson N Channel and the Samson C Band. After July 12, 2020, it will no longer be legal to operate your Samson wireless microphone in these bands. It would be best to transition away from these affected frequencies before July of 2020. In order to ease your transition, Samson has initiated specific rebate programs to aid affected users. For full details, please visit the Samson 600MHz Transition and Rebate Form page below:

http://www.samsontech.com/wireless/600mhz/

Dr. Bill.TV #444 – Video – “The Odd, Earth-Shattering Remote Edition!”

Windows file sharing (SMB) comes to Chromebooks, due to all the user uproar and complaints Google has decided to restore ‘www,’ Microsoft has reversed course on a Windows 10 warning, GSotW: Comodo One Remote Access and Control, GSotW Extra: AeroAdmin!

Links that pertain to this Netcast:

TechPodcasts Network

International Association of Internet Broadcasters

Blubrry Network

Dr. Bill Bailey.NET

BitChute Referral

Comodo One Remote Access and Control

AeroAdmin – all-in-one solution for everyday tasks in professional and private life


Start the Video Netcast in the Blubrry Video Player above by
clicking on the “Play” Button in the center of the screen.

(Click on the buttons below to Stream the Netcast in your “format of choice”)








Streaming MP3 Audio

Streaming Ogg Audio

Download M4V Download WebM Download MP3 Download Ogg
(Right-Click on any link above, and select “Save As…” to save the Netcast on your PC.)

You may also watch the Dr. Bill.TV Show on these services!

 

Dr. Bill.TV on YouTube Dr. Bill.TV on Vimeo

 


Dr. Bill.TV #444 – Audio – “The Odd, Earth-Shattering Remote Edition!”

Windows file sharing (SMB) comes to Chromebooks, due to all the user uproar and complaints Google has decided to restore ‘www,’ Microsoft has reversed course on a Windows 10 warning, GSotW: Comodo One Remote Access and Control, GSotW Extra: AeroAdmin!

Links that pertain to this Netcast:

TechPodcasts Network

International Association of Internet Broadcasters

Blubrry Network

Dr. Bill Bailey.NET

BitChute Referral

Comodo One Remote Access and Control

AeroAdmin – all-in-one solution for everyday tasks in professional and private life


Start the Video Netcast in the Blubrry Video Player above by
clicking on the “Play” Button in the center of the screen.

(Click on the buttons below to Stream the Netcast in your “format of choice”)








Streaming MP3 Audio

Streaming Ogg Audio

Download M4V Download WebM Download MP3 Download Ogg
(Right-Click on any link above, and select “Save As…” to save the Netcast on your PC.)

You may also watch the Dr. Bill.TV Show on these services!

 

Dr. Bill.TV on YouTube Dr. Bill.TV on Vimeo

 


Geek Software of the Week (EXTRA): AeroAdmin!

AeroAdminOK, so this one is even better! Check it out!

AeroAdmin – all-in-one solution for everyday tasks in professional and private life

AeroAdmin is a free remote desktop software which does not require installation or configuration. It is ready for use right after downloading and easily connects computers in different local area networks, behind NAT.

NO INSTALLATION OR CONFIGURATION
AeroAdmin is one application for both admin and client. To initiate a remote desktop connection you only need to download a small (about 2 MB) executable file and run it on local and remote computers. You will be able to take control of the remote partner PC in a couple of seconds.

CONNECTS COMPUTERS IN DIFFERENT LAN, BEHIND NAT
No matter how your computers are connected to the Internet and if they are located in one or different LAN. AeroAdmin automatically detects your network configuration and provides stable NAT pass-through connections.
In addition AeroAdmin provides remote connection via a direct IP. No Internet access is required.

UNATTENDED ACCESS TO REMOTE PCS AND SERVERS
AeroAdmin can be configured to run on Windows startup so you are able to administer computers and servers without human presence on the remote side.
You can log off/switch remote users, or reboot the computer in normal or safe mode.

TOTAL AES + RSA ENCRYPTION
All data transmitted between the admin and client during a remote control session is end-to-end encrypted with AES and RSA algorithms. These cryptographic standards are widely used not only in data security and encryption, but also in digital signatures of bank and government systems.

SUPPORTED OPERATING SYSTEMS
Microsoft Windows:
– 2003 / XP / Vista /7 /8 / 10
– Server 2003 / 2008(R2) / 2012(R2) / 2016
– 32 and 64 bit
Linux, Mac OS:
Works under WINE. AeroAdmin can be used to control remote Windows PC from Mac OS, Linux.

EXTRA FEATURES
– Clipboard synchronization
– System keys transmission (Ctrl, Alt, Del etc)
– Auto-scaling, auto-scrolling
– Remote Windows lock (auto and manual)
– Remote reboot (normal and safe mode)
– Multi-monitors support
– Screenshots during session
– Auto update
– Multilingual interface (15+ languages)

TRANSPARENT FOR FIREWALLS
Don’t worry about firewalls and blocked ports – AeroAdmin will find a way to any remote computer.

PARALLEL SESSIONS
AeroAdmin establishes numerous simultaneous incoming and outgoing connections. You can remotely control or view screen of several computers at once as well as to have several remote admins connected to your computer.

AUTO IMAGE SPEED/QUALITY BALANCE
AeroAdmin automatically detects your actual Internet connection bandwidth and adjusts image speed / quality balance to provide the best possible performance. This guarantees quick response and smooth picture even on low bandwidth mobile connections.
You can also manually configure this option as you need.

FLEXIBLE ACCESS RIGHTS SYSTEM
You can choose several types of admin authorization: manual, by password, by ID + password.
When an admin requests a connection, a client can accept or reject the incoming connection. Access rights can be easily configured to let admin with the current ID pass authorization in the future (unattended access).

Geek Software of the Week: Comodo One Remote Access and Control!

Comodo OneThis week’s Geek Software the Week is really powerful, and really interesting! If you are a technician that supports remote users, then this may be what you’ve been looking for! I had an interesting experience testing the software however. I downloaded the software and installed it, and within just a few minutes after downloading and filling out the form, I got a phone call! The phone call introduced me to the Comodo One set of tools, and offered a free session overview by one of their online representatives. I must admit, it put me off at first! I asked the person on the phone: is this set of tools completely free? They said, “yes, it was.” I asked if it would remain free? They said that it would. It turns out that their method for monetization of their platform is to introduce you to their free tools, and then offer paid tools as an extra benefit, as well as offering partnership with their company to sell add-on services to any customers that you might have as a technician.

This is an interesting paradigm for them to work from, I must admit! You can decide whether or not you want to have the attention that you garner by setting up the account and using their services. This is not to say that they are pushy, or heavy-handed, in any way. Obviously, they are hoping that you will use their services more often and perhaps use their paid services and become a new customer. Comodo also offers a very nice antivirus as well as managed services, so it is your decision whether to look into these offerings instead of just using the free remote access tool.

If, however, you are looking for a remote access tool that is easy to push out to, or provide to, users that are less computer literate than you are, you may want to look into the Comodo One remote access tool!

Comodo One Remote Access and Control

“What is Remote Access?
Remote access is the ability to access a computer, device or a network from a remote distance.

Why you need Remote Access?
In an enterprise, for business requirements, employees who are not physically in the enterprise location may need to access other devices (including mobile devices), computers and servers connected to the enterprise network. System administrators may need to access employee devices to monitor and troubleshoot in case of any issues. Remote access enables immediate addressing of any issues, as well as faster response to business requirements.

Benefits of Remote Access

  • Remote administration – monitoring and control of devices connected to the network
  • Faster troubleshooting from remote
  • Access to files located on devices or servers connected to the network
  • Accessibility rights to files and folders can be defined for different categories of users
  • Faster access to files enables quicker and more efficient business response

Remote Desktop
A remote desktop is a remote access software tool that allows you to connect to another computer or device that is connected to the same network, or over the Internet.

Remote Access to Files
Remote access allows access to files on other devices, computers or servers connected to the network. The privilege and rights to access specific devices and folders can be defined based on business requirements.

Comodo ONE Remote Access and Control empowers technicians and administrators to manage servers, desktops, applications and mobile devices remotely so they can solve problems more efficiently. They can review performance data and roll out patches, updates and service configurations to address issues remotely.”

Microsoft Kills Off Edge Warning

Edge WarningThese warnings are not only annoying, they are disingenuous! I hope Microsoft will keep them out of the final release!

Microsoft Windows U-turn removes warning about installing Chrome, Firefox

c|net – By: Stephen Shankland – “Microsoft has apparently reversed course on a Windows 10 test feature that sought to warn people from installing Chrome, Firefox and other browsers that challenged Microsoft’s own Edge.

A new ‘fast-ring’ test version of Windows, Insider Preview Build 17760, no longer interrupts the installation of rival browsers, a CNET test shows.

Earlier this week, an earlier test version of Windows would warn people who tried to install the Chrome, Firefox, Opera or Vivaldi web browsers, ‘You already have Microsoft Edge — the safer, faster browser for Windows 10.’ The dialog box presented two options: ‘Open Microsoft Edge’ — the default — and ‘Install anyway.’

The feature raised some hackles and brought back memories of Microsoft’s strong-arm tactics promoting its old Internet Explorer browser in the first browser wars two decades ago. But Microsoft isn’t alone in such tactics: Google promotes its Chrome browser as faster and safer to people who visit its own websites with other browsers.

Microsoft didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment about the change of direction.

The company is struggling to reclaim even a shadow of the dominance it once held with its Internet Explorer browser. For years, Google’s Chrome has steadily eaten away at IE’s share of usage, according to analytics firm StatCounter, and Microsoft’s Edge hasn’t even outpaced IE despite its more modern design.

Years ago, IE dominance got Microsoft in trouble, with the US Justice Department and the European Commission dragging the company through antitrust proceedings. The browser and operating system markets look very different now, though, with Microsoft Windows absent on mobile phones and with Chrome dominant on personal computers.

Edge accounts for 2 percent of usage today compared with 3 percent for IE and 60 percent for Chrome, but its usage share has actually dropped a fraction of a percentage point compared with a year ago, according to StatCounter.

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