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postheadericon Infosecurity Europe: 10 interesting talking points

Just weeks after one of the largest global ransomware attacks in history, Infosecurity Europe returns for its 22nd installment.

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postheadericon Gun-Free Europe Finding Out The Hard Way That Criminals Still Kill

HEIDELBURG, GERMANY — The latest attack on a crowd of Germans occurred last weekend when the driver of a car smashed into a group of people, injuring two and killing one. People had to wait for police to arrive and were powerless to stop the attacker or defend themselves. When police arrived, the man pulled out a knife. After a brief stand-off, police shot and killed the man.

According to Russia Today, German authorities did not publish the identity of the attacker but merely said he was a German citizen. His victims included a 73-year-old man, a 32-year-old Austrian citizen, and a 29-year-old woman from Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Unfortunately, these types of high profile attacks have become much more common. Despite the politics surrounding the discussion of such issues, Western Europe has experienced a noticeable uptick in violent crime.

Outside of a few countries like Switzerland, gun ownership is all but impossible for the average citizen. And in the countries where it is allowed, such as Germany, it is very highly regulated. The idea of the common citizen walking around with a legally-possessed concealed carry handgun is relegated to pure fiction. That doesn’t mean violent criminals will not use knives, guns, vehicles, and bombs to accomplish their ends.

And they do.

This is a great example of what happens when people are completely dependent upon police and security forces for protection. The common person in Western Europe does not have permission or authority to exercise force when attacked. He has a duty to retreat. And if he uses deadly force to defend himself, he may be treated as badly or worse than his attackers.

This is also what happens when society equates guns with bad guys. Only bad guys and police have guns in Western Europe. If the first is present and the latter absent, there is no way to resist.

The European solution to this is to create “no go” zones — places where the average European is discouraged from walking alone at night or without company. And there are no protections against a person losing his life or property to roving bands of thugs.

This is why it’s so important for us to defend our inalienable rights to keep and use firearms.

In our type of society, that means regular reminders to our elected officials AT ALL LEVELS (local, state, and federal) that we, their constituents, demand our gun rights be protected.

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postheadericon Big spike in card fraud in Europe

There was a notable spike in card fraud in Europe last year, with the UK the worst hit, according to new data from FICO.

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postheadericon Espionage toolkit targeting Central and Eastern Europe uncovered

Over the course of the last year, ESET has detected and analyzed several instances of malware used for targeted espionage – dubbed SBDH toolkit.

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postheadericon Another malware wave hits Europe, mainly downloading ransomware Locky

ESET LiveGrid® telemetry shows a spike in detections of the JS/Danger.ScriptAttachment malware in several European countries.

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postheadericon Microsoft delivers wave of innovation at TechEd Europe

BARCELONA — Oct. 28, 2014 — Tuesday at TechEd Europe, Microsoft Corp. announced new cloud services, mobility solutions, APIs, tools and an expanded ecosystem of partner solutions, all designed to help IT professionals and developers compete and thrive in today’s mobile-first, cloud-first world.

“Today’s enterprise is always on, and IT professionals and developers are under constant pressure to keep up with the demands of the business,” said Jason Zander, corporate vice president of Microsoft Azure, Microsoft. “We are using the power of our cloud platform — Azure, Office 365 and Microsoft Dynamics — to deliver technology solutions that empower IT professionals, developers and end users to do more.”

Azure innovations to help streamline operations and enhance security

At TechEd Europe, Microsoft announced several cloud services to help intelligently automate and streamline IT operations, including these:

  • Azure Operational Insights brings together Azure, HDInsight and Microsoft System Center to gather and analyze machine data across cloud environments and turn it into actionable insights that inform business decisions. Available in preview in November 2014.
  • Azure Batch allows customers to deploy massive scale-out jobs, with access to thousands of cores, to solve complex problems with just a few clicks and no infrastructure investment. Available in preview.
  • Azure Automation automates time-consuming tasks across Azure and third-party environments, reducing the risk associated with repetitive manual processes. Generally available.

Microsoft also announced a number of security enhancements, generally available now, to Azure Virtual Machines and Cloud Services, including these:

  • Support for multiple network interface cards (NICs) so customers can bring their own networking and security appliances such as load balancers and firewalls
  • New Network Security Groups that enable customized security boundaries for network access and provide greater control over traffic flow
  • Microsoft Anti-Malware for Virtual Machines and Cloud Services, a free service that provides real-time threat protection

Comprehensive enterprise mobility management for nearly any device and data

Microsoft also announced management, security, privacy and compliance enhancements for the Enterprise Mobility Suite and Office 365. These new capabilities give IT the ability to enforce policies, protect corporate assets, and empower today’s always-on and on-the-go workforce.

  • Microsoft Intune updates. These updates will enable customers to comprehensively manage Office mobile apps, wrap management technology around their own line-of-business applications, enable more secure mobile app viewing and provide powerful conditional access features that allow better control of corporate resources with conditional access features. Available within the next few months.
  • Built-in Mobile Device Management (MDM) for Office 365. New, built-in Intune MDM capabilities for Office 365 on iOS, Android and Windows Phone devices will provide administrators with policy-driven device management and the ability to wipe corporate data to prevent unauthorized access and use — all while preserving personal data. Available in the first quarter of 2015.
  • Azure Active Directory (AD) Premium updates. Azure AD Application Proxy, generally available by the end of 2014, will make it possible to publish on-premises applications to external users via the cloud. Azure AD Connect, available in preview by the end of 2014, will make it easier to connect on-premises assets to the cloud and synchronize directories to Azure AD.
  • Extending Data Loss Prevention (DLP) technology across Office 365. Over the next few months, DLP capabilities will be added to SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business to provide protection for sensitive content across Office 365. In addition, in 2015, Office apps will support DLP notifications to provide users with helpful prompts related to information protection.

Office 365 APIs and tools for developers

Microsoft also introduced new APIs and tools that allow developers to access the Office 365 API and create new, data-rich productivity applications using the platforms, tools and devices of their choice.

  • New Open APIs for Office 365. These REST-based APIs for mail, files, calendar and contacts will empower Android, iOS, Windows or Web developers to leverage over 400 petabytes of Office 365 content to deliver enhanced productivity to the millions of Office 365 subscribers. Available now through the Microsoft API Sandbox for Office 365.
  • New mobile software development kits (SDKs) for native app development. These SDKs make it easier for developers to use Office 365 APIs to create applications for any platform using tools and languages they’re familiar with. A new iOS SDK for Xcode is available in preview. Android and Visual Studio SDKs are generally available.
  • Office 365 App Launcher. Office 365 App Launcher provides a single, customizable place in Office 365 where people can access their favorite apps. Developers can use App Launcher to increase visibility of their apps alongside apps such as Outlook, Yammer and OneDrive.
  • In addition, Visual Studio Online customers in Europe can elect to use the Azure Amsterdam Region for their projects and store their data closer to home. 

An expanded ecosystem of cloud partners

Microsoft continued to deliver new partner-powered cloud solutions, including:

  • An expanded Cloud OS Network, with partner support now available in over 100 countries, gives customers broad access to hybrid cloud solutions.
  • A new Azure Certified for Application Services program, part of Azure Certified, which covers managed APIs and data services. Customers can now access over 50 solutions from more than 30 partners, through the Azure Marketplace, including New Relic, Cloudera, Hortonworks, CommVault, CoreOS, DataStax, NGINX and Veeam.

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services, devices and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

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postheadericon Microsoft Convergence 2014 Europe

REDMOND, Wash. — Oct. 30, 2014 — Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq “MSFT”) on Thursday announced the details of the live webcast for Convergence 2014 Europe, Microsoft’s premier conference for the business community, from Barcelona, Spain, Nov. 4 through 6.

Microsoft will kick off Convergence 2014 Europe with an opening keynote highlighting the uniqueness of Microsoft Cloud for business as well as announcing new versions and updates to key Microsoft Dynamics business solutions. Microsoft customers will share the stage with Kirill Tatarinov, executive vice president, Microsoft Business Solutions, and discuss how their businesses are thriving. Tatarinov will also use the keynote to share a vision of how organizations can grow and succeed by connecting in new ways with their customers.

What:  Microsoft Convergence 2014 Europe

Who:  Kirill Tatarinov, executive vice president, Microsoft Business Solutions

When:  Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014, 9–10:30 a.m. CET (12–1:30 a.m. PST and 3–4:30 a.m. EST)

Where:  Fira Barcelona Gran Via Conference Centre, Barcelona

Live Webcast Information:  The live webcast of the keynote address will begin at 9 a.m. CET. Viewers may access the webcast at http://www.microsoft.com/dynamics/convergence/europe14.                                             

Transcript Information:  A replay and transcript will be available by the end of the week on the Microsoft Dynamics newsroom.

More information and news from Convergence 2014 Europe is available at http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/presskits/dynamics and the Microsoft Dynamics blog. You can also read about this year’s Customer Excellence Awards winners and how each company is achieving business success with the help of Microsoft solutions at http://www.microsoft.com/dynamics/convergence/europe14/Customer-Excellence.aspx?p=button#fbid=PhbuOEGjmhH.

Those who want to follow and engage with the Microsoft Dynamics Twitter community can do so at @MSDynamics using #CONV14.

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postheadericon How to Watch Netflix Instant in Europe

Watch Netflix Instant from across Europe with the help of VPNs and VPN routers.

Enjoy Netflix Instant in Europe With VPN Routers

Netflix Instant and Europe have so far had a bit of a tricky relationship. You could easily be forgiven for not knowing whether or not the streaming HD video service was available in your country.

But don’t worry: if you’re in Europe and you want to watch TV shows on Netflix like House of Cards or Orange Is the New Black, you’re about to find out how easy it is to get what you’re after.

A History of Netflix Instant in Europe

We’ve covered this beat a little before, offering tips on how to watch Netflix Instant from Germany or even watch Netflix US from the UK, where a more Anglo-centric version of the streaming service is available.

But we figured, with Netflix Instant keeping the details of their expansion across Europe kind of mum, why not give advice to the whole continent at once?

You can assume that if you’re in the United Kingdom, Ireland, the Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, or Norway, Netflix Instant is there for you. But you may be missing out on a great deal of films and TV programs only available through Netflix US.

No one0 knows officially if Netflix Instant availability is impending in other major European countries from Spain, Italy, Germany, or anywhere in Europe. But who wants to wait only to get a limited TV catalog anyway!

So let’s take the guesswork out of the process and tell you how to enjoy American Netflix under any circumstances. No need for a Netflix equivalent in Europe when you can get the real thing anywhere at anytime.

Watch Netflix in Europe Using VPN Service Providers

Best VPN Service Providers for Netflix Instant Streaming HD Video

Use VPNs to Watch Netflix Instant in Europe

The ideal way to unblock Netflix service Europe is to use a VPN (Virtual Private Network) service provider, which will allow you to hide your location and change your IP unlocking a whole new world of streaming content from the US to Australia to the UK.

Not only that, VPNs are designed to allow web denizens access to a more secure/encrypted Internet browsing experience. Using a VPN, you can ensure your own online security, and allow yourself access to corners of the web that are restricted by geography.

It’s the latter point that’s most useful for streamers trying to watch Netflix Instant in Europe. You may live in a country that doesn’t have access to Netflix Instant (or a country like Finland with less streaming video options than Netflix US), but with a VPN, you can fool your computer into believing you’re in the United States or Mexico or any country that has all of the Netflix movies and TV shows you want to see. Log into your VPN and pick an American server if it’s Netflix Instant US you want to watch. It’s that simple.

Most VPN service providers worth their salt offer a multitude of US IP addresses, so that Netflix US streaming HD video is just a couple of clicks away. Our top recommended providers for American Netflix would include HideMyAss (with possibly the largest pool of US locations/IP addresses) or IPVanish (with top-notch speeds from their personally maintained Tier 1 servers. You can also visit our Official Supported Provider list to compare top VPN service provider options for yourself.

How To Improve Netflix Streaming Quality – The Best Netflix Routers

There are few things you can do to improve your Netflix Instant streaming HD quality video experience than get a FlashRouter. As the above video explains, a FlashRouter  makes networks faster and more efficient, and therefore makes VPN usage that much easier. Using a FlashRouter will allow you to connect to your VPN through the router itself, and by this allow you to watch Netflix Instant Streaming movies and TV shows in Europe on Roku, iPad, Apple TV, and other devices with one account.

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