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Computers, like basically all electronics, don’t get along well with liquids. This can present difficulties when disinfecting computer, cell phone, and tablet surfaces, especially on shared-use devices. During cold and flu season, or when a pandemic hits, shared computers/devices are getting a lot of extra attention and for good reason.[...]
(PS — the good news… we are technically in Spring!) Things are definitely interesting right now! With coronavirus, COVID-19, sweeping the news right now with recommendations to stay home in certain areas, recommending social distancing, as always, washing your hands, and self quarantining if sick… What do you do if[...]
If you’re still running Windows 7, the End-of-Life (EOL) is January 14, 2020… less than 2-months from now, so if you haven’t thought about upgrading to a newer Operating System or purchasing a New Computer, the time is now. It is not a good idea to delay dealing with this past[...]
While many consider ditching Google, including its web browser Chrome, due to privacy concerns and in response to recent actions, Firefox has been one of the primary alternate options. A recent Firefox exploit demonstration that uses a combination of a malicious HTML file, ClickJacking, iframe and SSH bugs may change[...]

As more computers are being built without DVD drives and the associated DVD Player software, consumers are frequently downloading third-party programs to be able to play these and other higher quality video file types. One of the biggest and most trusted names is VLC Media Player. Last week (June 21st),[...]

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Facebook has just admitted that it has found many places – hundreds of millions of places, maybe – where it saved users’ passwords to disk in raw, unencrypted form. In jargon terms, they’re known as plaintext passwords and it means that instead of seeing a password scrambled into a hashed form such[...]

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  It’s 2019, and just opening an innocent looking office document file on your system can still allow hackers to compromise your computer. No, I’m not talking about yet another vulnerability in Microsoft Office, but in two other most popular alternatives—LibreOffice and Apache OpenOffice—free, open source office software used by[...]

The post Severe RCE Flaw Disclosed in Popular LibreOffice and OpenOffice Software — The Hacker News appeared first on Psinergy Tech.

January 14th, 2020 is less than a year away. For many, this doesn’t seem to mean much, even though it should. Windows 7 is going End-of-Life on this date, meaning the end of extended support from Microsoft for this operating system. This doesn’t mean your Windows 7 computer will suddenly[...]

The post Windows 7 and Planning for the Future appeared first on Psinergy Tech.

A vulnerability has been found in JScript.dll which runs mostly in Internet Explorer and can completely compromise your system and give administrative control to the attacker. It effects basically every current version of Windows in use today, from Windows 7 up to and including Windows Server 2019. It can also be exploited through HTML documents opened in Microsoft Office, so even if you don't use Internet Explorer you can be hacked with this flaw.

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UPnP (Universal Plug and Play) is intended to allow devices inside your local network to open needed ports in your modem/router. This was already an issue as viruses/malware could make a request to have the ports opened and allow malicious communication to go through unfettered. It isn’t supposed to accept[...]

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4:00 am Mercury Is Back Again!
Mercury Is Back Again!
May 17 @ 4:00 am – 5:00 am
Did you miss seeing Mercury in March? Didn’t want to wake up early to see it in the morning sky? Here’s your second chance. Mercury will be at its highest point above the horizon in the evening sky. Look for the planet low in the western sky just after sunset.[...]
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2:13 pm 🌓 First Quarter Moon
🌓 First Quarter Moon
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4:45 am Total Eclipse of the Moon!
Total Eclipse of the Moon!
May 26 @ 4:45 am – 7:53 am
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🌕 Full Moon
May 26 @ 6:14 am – May 27 @ 12:59 am
This is also the second of three supermoons for 2021. The Moon will be near its closest approach to the Earth and may look slightly larger and brighter than usual. (6% bigger than average.) In the northern hemisphere, this full moon was known by early Native American tribes as the[...]
May
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all-day Mercury Retrograde Begins
Mercury Retrograde Begins
May 31 all-day
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all-day Private Moon Lander Launch?
Private Moon Lander Launch?
Jun 1 all-day
A first for private space travel and technology: A United Launch Alliance Vulcan Centaur rocket plans to send Astrobotic’s Peregrine lander to the Moon. The mission is flying via NASA’s Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) program, which aims to deliver up to 14 NASA payloads to the lunar surface on[...]
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2:24 am 🌗 Last Quarter Moon
🌗 Last Quarter Moon
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4:49 am Annular Solar Eclipse
Annular Solar Eclipse
Jun 10 @ 4:49 am – 5:49 pm
Folks in Canada, Greenland and Russia will be treated to a spectacular annular solar eclipse. As opposed to a total eclipse when the moon completely obscures the sun’s rays, in an annular eclipse, a circle of the sun’s light—or a “ring of fire”—surrounds the moon’s shadow. In the U.S., all[...]
5:53 am 🌑 New Moon
🌑 New Moon
Jun 10 @ 5:53 am – Jun 11 @ 12:59 am
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10:54 pm 🌓 First Quarter Moon
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