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Tech news you may have missed: September 15-21

Find out how to grant access to Excel workbook ranges, get the latest updates on Windows 11 22H2 build and learn about an Uber hack in this week’s news roundup.

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In a week of security breaches and product releases, this is the most important news you may have missed on TechRepublic from September 15-21, 2022.

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How to display the total of multiple rows in a Microsoft Excel PivotTable

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While the PivotTable function is fairly easy to use in Microsoft ExcelThe feature does not easily display grand totals across the table. Susan Harkins previously taught us how to display subtotals in a PivotTable, and now she shows you how to create and use grand total rows.

tl; DR: This process involves several steps and is sometimes counter-intuitive. But the end result can ease the workload of PivotTables for many users.

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Uber is investigating a security breach of several internal systems

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Uber was hit by a security breach on Thursday, September 15, that exposed company information via Slack and several internal databases. The breach was revealed when the hacker posted a post on the ride-sharing company’s internal Slack: “I declare that I am a hacker and that Uber has suffered a data breach.”

tl; DR: The hack occurred through social engineering techniques. While breaches of this nature cannot be completely avoided, companies must ensure appropriate training and protective barriers to prevent and mitigate attacks before sensitive information is disclosed.

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Uber exposes $Lapsus extortion group for security breach

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In a follow-up article to last week’s breaking news about the Uber hack, Lance Whitney explains how hacker group Lapsus$ carried out their attack on the shared carrier. The social engineering attack was carried out in two stages: a hacker stole a contractor’s login via a fake two-factor authentication request, and another hacker bought the credentials on the dark web and sent a series of two-factor authentication requests to the contractor. The contractor eventually accepted one of these requests, allowing entry into the systems.

tl; DR: Humans are the weakest link in the security chain. Organizations must provide ongoing training and awareness of the latest threats to help employees at all levels identify and report suspicious behavior.

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How to use passwords to give users access to different ranges of Microsoft Excel workbooks

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Password protection in Microsoft Excel is useful for restricting access to entire worksheets or data sets, but it can also be used to allow multiple users to access data while restricting the data each can edit. Susan Harkins shows you how to use Allow Domain Editing to do just that.

tl; DR: You can protect an entire sheet with a password, while also allowing access for individual users to update the cells you assign to them. However, this password protection is not a security measure, and is intended to prevent users from overwriting their colleagues’ work.

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Windows 11 22H2 is here

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Windows has released an update for Windows 11 and will continue to roll out new features monthly and as part of Patch Tuesdays. This schedule of regular updates aims to increase the security and usability of the operating system, while giving IT professionals more control over what they release to organizations.

tl; DR: Don’t count on new features that will be released every month. The new system is intended to ensure that Microsoft releases quality features when they are ready and not on an artificial deadline like an annual release.

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