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Does anyone else find it surprising and intriguing how protective and secretive Snapchat is, even when it comes to their own employees?

"The company has become so privacy-obsessed it blocks access to its own app at parties and events. At Snapchat’s NYC holiday party at the Beekman Hotel and its massive, $4 million New Year’s Eve blowout in Los Angeles, employees and guests had the cameras on their phones taped over."
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by:Erin Wooddell
Very good point about avoiding bad press. I was surprised because these days it seems to be the norm that app/social media companies highly encourage employees to use the product so they not only become internal experts but promote use of the product as brand evangelists.

Another fascinating part of that article mentioned how workers can't even speak to others about what they're working on.
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by:Kyle Santos
Yeah that seems a bit drastic for that much secrecy.  But I know Apple just fired one of their engineers over something that was shared on social media.  https://www.theverge.com/2017/10/28/16565110/apple-engineer-iphone-x-youtube-video  Apple was making an example with that move for sure.

So, I mean, I get it, but it still does seem drastic to do with internal employees.

WHAT ARE THEY MAKING? ROCKETS?

Pppffffftttt
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Hello, EE!

      Just a quick update for my Apple brethren; Apple has just pushed out the security update/patch for Spectre (yes, one of those vulnerabilities that everyone's talking about at the water cooler). The security update is for the iPhone, iPad, and Mac (your Apple Watch is safe according to Apple), so please update them as soon as possible. Lastly, I recommend setting aside 20-30 mins to download & install the updates but of course, times vary because systems are different. That's it for now and take care, everyone.
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by:Erin Wooddell
Thank you, Justin, for this update!
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by:Justin Pierce, CEH, CNDA
Hi Erin,

You're very welcome. Unfortunately, even with this patching, the Spectre problem won't go away since it deals with hardware vulnerabilities. :( However, it's not all bad news since companies will have a heightened awareness for any attacks that deal with Spectre (extremely fast patching will become a thing), which is a good note for end-users.
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Ready to kick start your career in 2018? Learn how to build an Android app in January’s Course of the Month and open the door to new opportunities.
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Hello EE Experts,

    Happy New Year! 2018 promises to be yet another cyberbattle between the black and white hat hackers, in a never-ending war. While you may not don either cap, you are here at EE and are more likely than not interested in how to protect yourself and your end-users (if you're an IT person) from being a casualty. Well, since I'm an Apple guy I'll give you the latest macOS exploit (see article). Essentially, it boils down to Apple having to fix this with their next security rollout, but it doesn't hurt to make sure that you're doing all you can to keep people off of your Mac. Here are some steps:

1) Open "System Preferences"

2) Click on "Users & Groups"

3) Click on "Guest User" and make sure it is "Off"

4) Next, click on "Login Options" and on the righthand side tap on the "Automatic Login" drop-down box and select "Off"

5) Select "Name and Password" (It makes it harder for someone to guess both the Username & Password, than just the password, which is all they have to guess if you select "List of Users".) If you don't want to select this option, then make sure you create a password that is 10-12 alpha-numeric characters long with a few special ones thrown in. To ease the process of creating such a password, use an app like "Last Pass" to create and hold your passwords (you can get it both for your Mac and iPhone/iPad)

6) Now, uncheck "Show Input menu in login window", "Show password hints", "Show …
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January’s Course of the Month is now available! Enroll to learn how to build Android apps and pad your resume for future career opportunities.
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Did you know ITIL Foundation knowledge can help you develop an incident response plan? Check out member btan's article on the topic.
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We are preparing the monthly newsletter and looking for community content to feature! This month's newsletter will be about the latest tech tips and trends to watch out for in the new year. We will be highlighting new tech as well as older, essential tech we all need to keep using.  
If you would like your article, course, or post featured, comment the link below or message me and I will take a look!
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cotmDecember_nativeOnSite.pngOnly 5 days left for December’s Course of the Month! Enroll now for  ITIL® Foundation training and start the new year off right.
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This holiday season, treat yourself to the gift of learning—and career advancement. It’s easy! Enroll in the ITIL® Foundation Course of the Month to learn best-practice basics and prepare for the ITIL® Foundation certification exam.
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Debating on switching over from a premium LinkedIn account. Need to see which site has better training resources. So far, LinkedIn has a lot of great training content but remember some good videos on Expert also. Hmm...
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by:Kyle Santos
Hi Chris,

I may have missed your call.  Message me your number if you'd like me to reach out!
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by:Chris Morrison
Hi Kyle,

My apologies but I had to get going this morning to take care of some stuff. I'll reach out tomorrow morning to talk with you!
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Is your company exploring social sharing platforms? Here are some things to consider before you commit.
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Are you looking at migrating your data centers to the cloud? Here’s how Experts Exchange successfully made the transition. #TechTuesday
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by:Mark Bill
well done guys

well done EE
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For some who may not see themselves as “tech savvy”, our platform can seem a little daunting. But it shouldn’t be! Check out what one of our own experienced in asking her first question.
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How the heck can I post a question when the most common terms relating to the question aren't accepted by Experts Exchange? This is a really annoying problem!  I have a questions about cron jobs and semi-automating them? What "acceptable"  terms can I use to POST my questions--and Experts Exchange, why are you making it so difficult to simply POST a question here these days??
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by:Brian B
Hi RadioGeorge, I see you have been around here long enough to have gone through a number of changes to EE. This whole post/ask thing is just one of them and I've seen a number of people get it mixed up.
Just please don't forget that the Experts are volunteers and trying to help.
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by:David Favor
Just post under Linux or your Distro.
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cotmDecember_nativeOnSite.pngThis #TechTuesday, make sure you enroll in our ITIL® Foundation Course of the Month to learn best practices for more efficient IT services delivery.
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Two days remain to enroll in November’s PHP, mySQL, and CakePHP MVC framework Course of the Month!
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Where are the courses of the month listed?
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by:Kyle Santos
Hi lorayne912,

Here is the link.  https://www.experts-exchange.com/courses/
The Course of the Month is featured near the top of that page each month.  We also send out email reminders throughout the month.

For more information about this new feature for Premium Members, please see https://www.experts-exchange.com/articles/29548/New-Premium-Feature-Course-of-the-Month.html

Let me know if you have any other questions.

Regards,
Kyle Santos
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