Tech news you might have missed: July 28 – August 4

    The Microsoft Surface 3 deal, Excel tricks, and security threats were the biggest headlines on TechRepublic this week.

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    Too busy this week to catch all the latest tech news? Fear not: We’ve compiled and summarized TechRepublic’s top stories for July 28 – August 4.

    Get a refurbished Microsoft Surface 3 for $200

    TechRepublic Academy is offering a deal on refurbished Microsoft Surface 3 tablets running Windows 10. The 64GB tablet is compatible with the Surface pen and offers 10 hours of battery life. With a 10.8-inch ClearType Full HD Plus display and a MicroSD card reader, Surface 3 is perfect for creative work or streaming video.

    TL; DR: While you can invest in the latest Microsoft Surface products, a refurbished Surface 3 has the speed (and bells and whistles) of a brand new product, but for a price of just a few minutes. by a small fraction. As for the supply, the demand is still satisfied.

    How to erase and overwrite all data on the hard drive for free in Windows 11

    Whether you’re reformatting an old employee’s hard drive or ready to give away an older computer, knowing how to overwrite the data on the hard drive is essential for information security. Mark Kaelin explains how to overwrite your hard drive in Windows 11 for free.

    TL; DR: While this method won’t comply with the strictest security standards for overwriting sensitive data, it should work well under most conditions.

    Hackers Steal Nearly $200 Million From Crypto Company Nomad

    Cryptocurrency software provider Nomad reported the theft of $190 million in customer crypto via their token bridge, a tool used to swap tokens across other blockchains. each other without using a third party. Token bridges have increasingly become the target of crypto thefts over the past year, even though the entire crypto market is difficult to secure.

    TL; DR: Nomad hopes the White Hat hacker community will support and help return many properties to their rightful owners. They issued a call for hackers to help by returning the recovered Ethereum tokens to a wallet address at Anchorage Digital.

    How to create a burndown chart in Microsoft Excel

    Managing a project in Microsoft Excel? If your team hasn’t yet switched to a dedicated project management tool, you can make project tracking in Excel easier by creating an end-to-end chart. These graphs show you how much work remains to be done for the entire project, and can give your team members a dopamine hit with those big dips.

    TL; DR: Susan Harkins provides step-by-step instructions on how to build a burndown chart in Microsoft Excel. Use the demo file to practice on a sample before creating one with your own data.

    New CosmicStrand Rootkit Targets Gigabyte and ASUS Motherboards

    Kaspersky has identified a new rootkit malware that has affected Gigabyte and ASUS motherboards. Malware has been detected in individuals living in China, Vietnam, Iran, and Russia, and it was likely detected by an Intrusion Prevention and Detection system.

    TL; DR: Rootkit malware is particularly malicious because it runs before the operating system boots. Even if malicious files are removed from the operating system, the corrupted rootkit will revive on reboot. The only way to remove malware is to install a new firmware version.

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