IDG Contributor Network: 94% of Microsoft vulnerabilities can be easily mitigated

If you want to shut out the overwhelming majority of vulnerabilities in Microsoft products, turn off admin rights on the PC.

That’s the conclusion from global endpoint security firm Avecto, which has issued its annual Microsoft Vulnerabilities report. It found that there were 530 Microsoft vulnerabilities reported in 2016, and of these critical vulnerabilities, 94% were found to be mitigated by removing admin rights, up from 85% reported last year.

This is especially true with the browser, for those who still use Microsoft’s browsers. 100% of vulnerabilities impacting both Internet Explorer and Edge could be mitigated by removing admin rights, Avecto reported. One bit of progress is that 109 vulnerabilities impacting IE 6 through 11 were reported in 2016, way down from 238 in the previous year.

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Not the kind of multitasking we’re looking for

Pilot fish gets a programming assignment at a federal agency that requires a security clearance — and to his surprise, there’s no “leper colony” for new hires whose clearances haven’t yet come through.

“You were assigned a desk with the group you would be working with, so everyone could get to know one another,” says fish. “They trusted the employees with clearances to not ‘share’ with the guy who didn’t have an agency computer yet.

“They also had an extra unsecured network that everyone could use for browsing the Internet. You could bring in your own laptop, but it had to be tested and certified by the agency to be malware-free. After that, you were welcome to browse cat videos all day until your clearances came through.”

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Thicker or thinner: 2017 HP Spectre x360 15 vs. 2016 15-inch MacBook Pro

Apple and HP both recently redesigned their most popular machines, but how do they compare in terms of power and functionality? Here, we breakdown the biggest differences between the two devices, from their configurations to their price points.

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