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Security firm Blumira discovers major new Log4j attack vector

Dec 18, 2021

It doesn't rain, but it pours. Previously, one assumption about the 10 out of 10 Log4j security vulnerability was that it was limited to exposed vulnerable servers. We were wrong. The security company Blumira claims to have found a new, exciting Log4j attack vector. You didn't really want to take this weekend off, did you? Of course not! Instead, you'll be chasing down vulnerable Log4j code ever deeper into your network. According to Blumira, this newly-discovered Javascript WebSocket attack ve ...read more

This $79 Microsoft 365 and McAfee antivirus bundle is a killer deal

Dec 18, 2021

Microsoft and McAfee Amazon’s cooking up some juicy software deals for the holiday, and today we found a doozy. The online retailer is selling a one year bundle of both Microsoft 365 Personal and McAfee Total Protection for $78.98. Microsoft 365 Personal is normally $70 just by itself so you’re getting a great deal here. Microsoft 365 Personal gives one person all the advantages of Microsoft’s Office subscription. It covers installation on up to five of your own devices inclu ...read more

How to change file associations in Windows 10

Dec 18, 2021

0 seconds of 1 minute, 0 seconds Volume 0% The Evolution Of Microsoft Windows If you've ever run into the problem of Windows trying to open up a file in entirely the wrong application, you're not alone. Although you can get around it using the "Open With" command, there is a way to make sure you don't have to do that every time: Learn how to change file associations. If you aren’t sure which file type you want to change the association of, right-click your desired file and click Proper ...read more

Best holiday gifts for DIYers: Hitting the nail with these picks

Dec 18, 2021

$70 at Amazon $599 at Amazon $49 at Amazon $112 at Amazon $78 at Amazon Show More (8 items) There's an old adage worth remembering when it comes to tools: "Feel the pain once when you pay for the tool, or feel the pain every time you use it!" Having the right tools not only makes the job quicker. It also makes the job safer and prevents you from causing more damage and mayhem during the repair process. Also, there's nothing like t ...read more

Tech Moves: Madrona adds strategic directors; ex-Amperity CMO joins Tenable; Discord hires Microsoft gaming exec

Dec 18, 2021

Brian Goldfarb. (Chef Photo) — Seattle startup vet Brian Goldfarb was named chief marketing officer at Tenable, a Columbia, Md.-based cybersecurity company. He was most recently CMO at Seattle marketing startup Amperity. Goldfarb was previously CMO and SVP of business development at Chef Software and before that CMO at Splunk. He’s also held roles at Microsoft, Google and Salesforce. — Elizabeth “Liz” Hamren is now chief operating officer at Discord. She was most recently Micr ...read more

Best Buy's 72-hour flash sale: $200 off MacBook Pro 13.3'' M1, $499 TCL 70'' TV

Dec 18, 2021

Best Buy If you've been holiday shopping with us over the past month, then you're well aware of the buffet of tech discounts that Best Buy has to offer. From TVs to laptops, we've seen significant price cuts to virtually any piece of tech that could be imagined -- and apparently, that was only just the beginning. Best Buy is currently hosting a 72-hour flash sale promotion, which, you guessed it, features thrifty discounts that end over the weekend. Better yet, these prices are the ...read more

Best Buy laptop deals for December 2021

Dec 18, 2021

Everybody knows Best Buy as a go-to big-box outlet for pricey electronics, but today, you don’t have to grab your car keys and head out to the store to score a great bargain. That’s because Best Buy has a huge online catalog that you can shop right from the comfort of your couch. Better yet, this retailer runs deals and sales pretty much year-round. That means that if you’re in need of a new computer, then Best Buy needs to be high on your list, and to help you cut right to the chase (and ...read more

Log4j: Conti ransomware attacking VMware servers and TellYouThePass ransomware hits China

Dec 18, 2021

Researchers with security firm Advanced Intelligence have discovered the Conti ransomware group exploiting VMware vCenter Server instances through the Log4j vulnerabilities.  In a report on Friday, the security company said it discovered multiple members of Conti discussing ways to take advantage of the Log4j issue, making them the first sophisticated ransomware group spotted trying to weaponize the vulnerability.  AdvIntel said the current exploitation "led to multiple use cases through whi ...read more

Deadly tornado that collapsed Amazon warehouse raises questions about company’s policies

Dec 18, 2021

A satellite image from Maxar shows the damage done to an Amazon warehouse building in Edwardsville, Ill. (Satellite image ©2021 Maxar Technologies) Editor’s note: This story was update with information from Amazon about the cell phone policy. Original story: Six people died after a tornado ripped through an Amazon warehouse in Edwardsville, Ill., late Friday evening. Now questions are being raised about the tech giant’s cell phone policies and use of contractors. Reuters reported ...read more

Best tech gifts for remote workers: Work from home upgrades

Dec 18, 2021

$230 at Samsung $80 at Logitech $199 at Nanoleaf $80 at Logitech $99 at Walmart Show More (10 items) Working from home, or at the very least, remotely, is here to stay. For those friends, loved ones or coworkers who've been putting off updating their home office, it's time to help them get settled in for the long haul.   From upgrades to their computer's sound system, to interactive wall decorations that can be used for work and p ...read more

RBC Signals teams up with Inmarsat to boost Internet of Things connectivity

Dec 18, 2021

An artist’s conception shows Inmarsat’s Global Xpress network in action. (Inmarsat via YouTube) Redmond-based RBC Signals has made a strategic agreement with one of the world’s biggest satellite operators, Inmarsat, to put more networking firepower into its range of Internet of Things applications for enterprise customers. The agreement, announced today in conjunction with the World Satellite Business Week conference in Paris, pairs Inmarsat’s worldwide ELERA and Global Xpress satel ...read more

Get RTX gaming for cheap with this $749 Lenovo laptop

Dec 18, 2021

Lenovo If you want to get your game on at a good price, Walmart has a bargain worth considering. The big box retailer is selling the Lenovo IdeaPad 3 with an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 for $749. That’s $100 off the list price. At the core of this clamshell is the Ryzen 5 5600H. That’s a six-core, twelve thread Zen 3 processor with a maximum boost to 4.2GHz. Lenovo’s also loaded this with 8GB of RAM and a 512GB NVMe SSD. For graphics, everything is viewed on a 15.6-inch display ...read more

GeekWire Podcast: Qualtrics CEO Zig Serafin on the new era of work, acquisitions, and growth

Dec 18, 2021

Zig Serafin is CEO of Qualtrics, which leased what’s now known as Qualtrics Tower in downtown Seattle in 2019. (Skanska Image / Qualtrics Photo) This week on the GeekWire Podcast: How the pandemic is changing attitudes toward work, jobs, and geography. Plus, the market for IPOs and acquisitions, and the future of downtown Seattle from the perspective of a newly public company. Our guest, Zig Serafin, has a unique window into all of these topics as the CEO of Qualtrics, the experience mana ...read more

How to change your Yahoo password

Dec 18, 2021

By Lulu Chang December 17, 2021 4:54PM It’s more vital than ever to have robust passwords for your email accounts, especially in light of the multitude of hacks and breaches that have made headlines over the past few years. Failure to appropriately secure your email accounts can lead to your information being sold or shared on the Dark Web. This information includes your Social Security number, credit card info, and banking details. If you want to safeguard your accounts ...read more

Save 26% off the purchase of 5 one year subscriptions to PlayStation Plus

Dec 18, 2021

PlayStation Plus adds an entirely new dimension to your gameplay. It lets you play alongside friends and others online, you’ll receive exclusive discounts and access to free games, plus you’ll be able to take advantage of Sony’s cloud-based storage options. Don’t already have PlayStation Plus? Then the PlayStation Plus 5-yr Subscription Stackable Code Bundle may be your best opportunity to get it, especially since you can get web codes for 5 one-year member ...read more