Windows 11 has a unique interface that is different than what users are used to. Although you can't make it look exactly like Windows 10 we can get pretty close. Below we will go over some changes to make you feel more comfortable with the interface and show you how to customize Windows 11 for your specific needs.
How to customize Windows 11
Microsoft Defender app auto installs with Microsoft 365
While downloading or updating the Microsoft 365 apps, Microsoft is currently forcing the installation of the Microsoft Defender for Individuals application. It was initially presented to Windows 11 Insiders in March 2022, and from June 2022, users with Personal or Family memberships have had access to it.
Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 End of Life
Microsoft warned customers today that Exchange Server 2013 will reach its extended end-of-life (EOL) on April 11, 2023. Exchange Server 2013 was released in January 2013 and has already reached the mainstream end date more than four years ago, in April 2018. After the extended EOL date is reached, Microsoft will no longer provide technical support and bug fixes for new issues that could impact the servers' stability or usability.
Cisco authentication bypass bug in EoL routers (CVE-2023-20025)
Cisco has released a notice of a critical authentication bypass vulnerability with public exploit code affecting multiple end-of-life routers. The security flaw (CVE-2023-20025) was found in the web-based management interface of Cisco Small Business RV016, RV042, RV042G, and RV082 routers.
Microsoft fixes broken ODBC connections
Microsoft has fixed a known issue affecting Windows apps using ODBC database connections after installing the November 2022 Patch Tuesday updates. This issue impacts both client and server Windows platforms, from Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 SP2 up to the latest released Windows 11 and Windows Server 2022. As Microsoft revealed in December, impacted apps might fail to connect to databases with the help of Microsoft's ODBC SQL Server driver (sqlsrv32.dll) after installing the November Patch Tuesday updates.
Internet Explorer – Still being exploited
Google's Threat Analysis Group has been made aware of a zero day vulnerability in Internet Explorer which is an infection of South Korean targets with malware. Google Tag was made aware of the attack on October 31st when multiple users submitted samples of the malware to VirusTotal.
Windows 7/8 extended support ends in January 2023
Windows 7/8 support ends in January 2023. Microsoft has announced that Edge browser also will end support for Windows 7 and Windows 8 in mid-January. Not only is this for operating system security patches but also Microsoft Edge Webview2, which is Edge's rendering engine to embed webpages in non-Edge apps.
What is an External Penetration Test?
A penetration test, also known as a pentest, is a security assessment that simulates the activities of real-world attackers to identify security holes in your IT systems or applications. The goal of this test is to understand what vulnerabilities you have, how they can be exploited, and what the impact would be if the attacker was successful.
.NET Core 3.1 – End of Support
Microsoft is urging developers to migrate to the latest .NET Core as 3.1 is reaching end of support next month. It is recommended to update to .NET 6 or .NET 7 "As soon as possible" but definitely before December 13, 2022 as this is the end of support date.
FortiOS, FortiProxy, and FortiSwitchManager Vulnerability (CVE-2022-40684)
Fortinet is urging customers to patch their appliances immediately following a recent authentication bypass vulnerability. Security researchers shared a proof of concept exploit and technical root cause analysis. Later the exploit code was released and almost immediately attackers started scanning for unpatched Fortinet devices.