WhatsApp Security – Make This Change Right Now!

January 13th, 2017

Heads up, WhatsApp users; it’s time to adjust your security settings.

Security researchers found a backdoor in the popular messaging application WhatsApp recently that could allow WhatsApp to intercept and read user messages. Facebook, the owner of WhatsApp, claims that it is impossible to intercept messages on WhatsApp thanks to the services end-to-end encryption. The company states that no one, not even itself, can read what is sent when both sender and recipient use the latest version of the application.

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Warning – Latest Adobe Acrobat Reader DC Installs Chrome Extension

January 12th, 2017

There are few things that are more annoying than downloads that include additional software that I didn’t ask for.

When you install the most recent version of Adobe Acrobat Reader DC, Adobe’s free PDF reader, you may notice that it installs a Chrome extension along with the update. Tip: Make sure you disable the offers on the download page to install True Key by Intel Security, and McAfee Security Scan Plus, as they will be installed alongside Adobe Acrobat Reader DC otherwise as well.

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Microsoft Security Updates – January 2017

January 11th, 2017

Here’s a quick summary of the first Microsoft Security Updates of 2017.

It’s the second Tuesday of the month, and that means it is once again Patch Day over at Microsoft. The company has released security updates and non-security updates for client and server versions of its Windows operating system, as well as for other company products today. Our guide provides you with information on these updates. It lists all security bulletins that Microsoft released this month, and all non-security updates and security advisories.

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The Future of Yahoo’s Web Properties

January 10th, 2017

The demise of Yahoo has been a long time coming, but it’s still kind of a shock to see a one-time major website like Yahoo at the end of its rope.

If there are not any last minute changes, the last days of the once-mighty Yahoo company have begun. Verizon offered $4.8 billion for the Yahoo brand name, core patents, and the bulk of the company’s Internet properties, and Yahoo accepted the offer last year. The only major properties not included in the deal is the stake in Yahoo Japan, and the stake in Chinese company Alibaba.

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Microsoft Broke Search in Windows 10 Somehow

January 9th, 2017

If you’ve been having problems with Windows 10 search functions recently, you’re not the only one. Fortunately though, there’s a simple fix.

So if you have been getting nothing but blank results when running searches on Windows 10, you are not alone in this. Reports about search failure on Windows 10 devices started to fill the usual chat rooms with frustrated and angry users of the operating system. All reports were identical: Search worked on the device before, but after a reboot or restart, it stopped working. Nothing the users tried brought search functionality back.

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Browser Autofill Data May be Phished

January 6th, 2017

This certainly comes as no surprise. Fortunately, some browsers offer ways to protect against phishing access to autofill data, but that still might not completely eliminate the problem.

Most modern web browsers support comfortable features like auto-filling forms on sites using data that you have entered in the past. Instead of having to enter your name, email address or street address whenever you sign up for a new account for instance, you’d fill out the data once only and have the browser fill out the fields for you any time they are requested afterwards.

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Opera 44 – Non-MSE Video Hardware Acceleration, Malware Shortcut Blocking

January 5th, 2017

Based on capabilities offered in the Developer version, it looks like the next Opera update will include some interesting new features.

Opera Software has released the first Developer version of the upcoming Opera 44 web browser to the public today. The new development version, a version that is made available for testing purposes mainly, gives a glimpse of new features that will find their way into Opera 44 Stable.

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What’s in Store for Firefox in 2017?

January 4th, 2017

Here’s a quick peek at some of the changes that Mozilla has tentatively planned for Firefox in the upcoming year …

The year 2017 will be an interesting one for the Firefox web browser, Mozilla, and users of the browser. 2017 will see new technology being integrated in Firefox, and also some removed. The following guide lists those changes. It needs to be noted though that some may or may not happen. I mention that explicitly if that is the case so that you know that a change is not a done deal but something that could happen.

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Microsoft: Windows 10 is doing Well. Netmarketshare: Well …

December 22nd, 2016

Either way you look at it, Windows 7 still seems to be Windows 10’s closest competitor. Prior to Windows 10, there was a similar situation with Windows XP; funny how Microsoft’s main competition always seems to be previous versions of their newer products.

Microsoft’s updated Windows Trends statistics indicate that the Windows 10 operating system is doing well. Third-party services like Netmarketshare beg to differ. Microsoft updated the Windows and Store trends page that is full of statistics for developers with new data that covers the time period between September 2014 and August 2016.

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Netgear Releases First Final Firmware Updates for Router Security Issue

December 21st, 2016

If you’ve got a Netgear router in your office or home, it’s probably a good idea to be aware of this fix for a recent security glitch.

Netgear has released the first batch of production firmware fixes for company routers affected by a serious security vulnerability. Cert issued a warning on December 9, 2016 that several Netgear routers are vulnerable to arbitrary command injection. Cert listed only two router models but has since then added other models to the list.

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