Windows Sandbox allows you to run programs in isolation without a VM

Microsoft announced the upcoming release of Windows SandBox, which allows you to run untrusted programs in a new isolated temporary desktop environment without setting up a virtual machine.  Windows Sandbox builds upon Windows Containers and is currently only available as part of Windows 10 Pro or Enterprise Insider Preview Build 18305.

Microsoft Edge browser will become Chromium compatible

Microsoft announced that their Edge browser will be changed to become Chromium compatible (and behave more like Google Chrome) in order to standardize web development.   The Edge development team has shared more details on the transition to the open source Chromium project at its Developer Blog site and GitHub pages.

Google expedites shutdown of Google+ consumer version

Google will move the shutdown date of the consumer version of its Google+ (Google Plus) social network from August 2019 to April 2019.  Google still plans to support Google+ for enterprise customers.

Update: Google+ will no longer be available for consumer (personal) accounts on April 2, 2019.  Google also provided instructions on downloading Google+ data and deleting a Google+ account.

This announcement was a follow-up to their October 2018 security notice on Google+.

Visual Studio 2019 Preview now available

Microsoft announced the release of Visual Studio 2019 Preview version at its 2018 Connect event.  This version includes Visual Studio Live Share by default as part of the installation.   Visual Studio 2019 Preview may be downloaded from visualstudio.microsoft.com/vs/preview/.    System requirements and release notes are also available.

Quora.com reports data breach of its user account data

Question-and-answer learning website Quora.com has reported a data breach of its user account data, including user names, email addresses, and encrypted passwords for approximately 100 million Quora users.  Quora will notify users affected by the data breach by email.

Quora has more information at its FAQ page for the security incident.

California now has the first IoT security law in the U.S.

California now has the first IoT (Internet of Things) security law in the U.S., as reported by CNET.com.  California Senate Bill No. 327 (SB-327) was signed into law on September 28, 2018, and this law will become effective on January 1, 2020.  The law requires IoT device makers to use appropriate security measures by design, and to protect device data from unauthorized access.

These new requirements are in addition to what is required by the new California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (CCPA).