New Windows 10 Dev Channel test build adds DNS settings tweaks

Microsoft made available on August 5 another new Windows 10 Dev Channel (former Fast Ring) feature update test build. Build 20185 adds some IT pro/business features, plus a bunch of fixes.

In Build 20185, Microsoft is making some changes to the Network section of Settings. The goals: Making DNS settings more easily accessible (as a top-level option); and supporting encrypted DNS controls in the Settings app. Microsoft is enabling testers to configure DNS overe HTTPS, or DoH, directly in the Settings app.

Microsoft also notes in the blog post about today’s test build that it enabled 647 new mobile-device-management policies across 56 ADMX files as of an earlier test build (20175). This enables commercial customers to configure policies that are also supported through Group Policies. These new policies include ADMX-based policies involving App Compat, Event Forwarding, Servicing and Task Scheduler.

Today’s post includes a number of fixes and known issues

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Brits, terrified of impact of second Covid-19 wave on finances, turn to money management apps

UK citizens who are “terrified” by the potential impact of a second wave of Covid-19 infections are turning to mobile money management apps to help them get their finances in order.

The use of mobile money management apps has accelerated during the lockdown as people prepare for the worst, according to research commissioned by global innovation foundation Nesta.

The research found that more than half (54%) of Brits now regularly use mobile apps to manage their money after take-up increases during the lockdown boosted confidence and trust.

According to the survey of 2,000 people carried out by Opinium, 36% now feel more comfortable using banking and money management apps and 23% trust online banking more since lockdown.

“With many struggling financially, the use of these apps is important to help people make the most of their money,” said Nesta.

The survey found that 39% of people are terrified about the

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AFP used voluntary powers in Australia’s encryption laws three times in 2019-20

The Australian Federal Police (AFP) used the non-compulsive Technical Assistance Requests (TARs) three times between 1 July 2019 and 30 June 2020.

Writing in a supplementary submission to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security (PJCIS) and its review of the Telecommunications and Other Legislation Amendment (Assistance and Access) Act 2018 (TOLA Act), the AFP said the three requests were related to “serious computer offences and other serious crime types”.

At the same time, the AFP reiterated numbers first published in January that it had issued five TARs in the 2018-19 period. Over the same twelve months, NSW Police had used the voluntary powers two times.

Technical Assistance Requests are voluntary requests for designated communications providers to use their existing capabilities to access user communications, while the TOLA Act also allows for Technical Assistance Notices (TANs) and Technical Capability Notices (TCNs), which are compulsory notices to compel communications providers

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5G for enterprises requires other tech to reap full benefits

5G for enterprises promises myriad benefits, but it won’t meet enterprises’ high expectations without other technologies.

5G has taken center stage in the telecommunications and networking industries, but it must share the spotlight to be successful. 5G’s costars include automation and 4G LTE, according to author Cathy Mulligan, as both will be essential for 5G to provide the higher network speeds and low latency it is capable of. Both automation and 4G LTE will help enable a broader ecosystem of speed and connectivity with 5G for enterprises.

In the book 5G Core Networks by Mulligan, Stefan Rommer, Peter Hedman, Magnus Olsson, Lars Frid and Shabnam Sultana, the authors explore fundamentals of 5G core network architecture and its effects on enterprises, including concepts such as security, network slicing, and network functions and services.

Editor’s note: The following interview was edited for length and clarity.

What should IT pros know about 5G

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Microsoft goes big in security bug bounties: Its $13.7m is double Google’s 2019 payouts

Microsoft has revealed it has awarded security researchers $13.7m for reporting bugs in Microsoft software since July last year. 

Microsoft’s bug bounties are one of the largest source of financial awards for researchers probing software for flaws and, importantly, reporting them to the relevant vendor rather than selling them to cybercriminals via underground markets or exploit brokers who distribute them to government agencies. 

The Redmond company has 15 bug-bounty programs through which researchers netted $13.7m between July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020. That figure is triple the $4.4m it awarded in the same period the previous year. 

“The researchers who devote time to uncovering and reporting security issues before adversaries can exploit them have earned our collective respect and gratitude,” said members of the Microsoft Security Response Center in a blogpost. 

Flaws reported to Microsoft and other vendors via bug bounties can help reduce the number of so-called zero-day

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Google links with eight US banks for current accounts

Google’s banking strategy continues to evolve through a deal with eight US banks that will see accounts delivered through Google Pay sitting on top of the established infrastructure of the banks.

The mobile first current accounts will offer customers the functionality they demand from modern digital bank accounts through Google, with the security and regulated engine from the bank underneath.

The accounts, expected to launch next year, will be co-branded between the banks and Google. The eight banks include BBVA USA, BMO Financial Group, First Independence Bank and SEFCU.

The new platform will pair Google’s expertise in creating intuitive user experiences with the security of reputable banks to provide a new way for customers to manage their money with financial insights and budgeting tools.

Felix Lin, vice-president of payments ecosystems at Google, said: “We believe we can use our technology expertise to benefit users, banks and the entire financial ecosystem.”

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