Adobe will no longer issue updates and distribute Flash Player starting in 2021. They recommend that developers move Flash Player content to newer platforms such as HTML5.
Google announced the upcoming general availability of Dynamic email for Gmail on July 2nd 2019. AMP for Gmail allows email users to use emails like web pages for data entry and other purposes. Users who wish to send this type of email must be approved by Google first.
Opera is currently testing its free VPN service in its Opera for Android browser. Free VPN is currently available for the Windows and Mac desktop versions of Opera for extra privacy when browsing the web, and it is especially useful when connected to public Wi-Fi networks.
Google has requested that its Chrome browser be updated as soon as possible due to a security vulnerability logged as CVE-2019-5786. Users should make certain that the installed Chrome version is 72.0.3626.121 or higher.
Microsoft plans to end support for Windows 7 after January 14th 2020 and will no longer provide security updates. For volume license customers, Windows 7 Extended Security Updates (ESU) will be available for a fee through January 2023. A future option may be Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD) for Windows 7, which was announced in 2018 but not yet available in Preview mode.
Office 2010 will no longer be supported as of October 13th 2020. Microsoft is also ending support for Windows 10 Mobile OS for smartphones on December 10th 2019 and recommends that customers move to a supported Android or iOS device.
Support life cycle dates for Microsoft products can be found at support.microsoft.com/en-us/lifecycle/search.
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.
Update: Microsoft now has made their Edge browser Chromium compatible with its latest release on January 15, 2020. New Edge browser extensions are also available.
Most major web browsers such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari, and Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer should already be using TLS 1.2 (Transport Layer Security protocol) if the latest versions are installed.
Windows devices can be updated by selecting Control Panel -> Network and Internet -> Internet Options. Under the Advanced tab, TLS 1.0 and TLS 1.1 should be unchecked.
Websites and servers that have not recently been updated may still be running TLS versions 1.0 and 1.1, so web browsers and apps may display error messages or block access to them.
TLS 1.3 is currently the latest version, which was published by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) in August 2018.
The New York Times has reported on companies that track the way that users interact with websites and apps, including user typing, clicking, and swiping patterns. This stored behavioral biometric data can be used to generate an automated security warning if an application user’s behavioral patterns are different than previously detected.
Google Chrome will display all non-HTTPS sites as “not secure” with the release of version 68 in July 2018. HTTPS websites will also be ranked slightly higher in Google searches when compared to HTTP sites.
Let’s Encrypt is a free certificate authority that can be used to create HTTPS websites. This project is managed by the non-profit Internet Security Research Group (ISRG). Let’s Encrypt works well for low and medium traffic websites. Websites that experience a great deal of web traffic or need warranty coverage should consider a paid certificate authority. Let’s Encrypt certificates also expire every 90 days and have to be renewed.
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