PC Building Simulator for Windows and Linux

March 24th, 2017

The way it stands now, this seems like a useful self-teaching tool, for those who want to build their own PCs. Add a few links to companies that sell components online, and it could also be a pretty nice marketing tool too.

PC Building Simulator is a game for Windows and Linux devices in which you simulate the building of desktop computer systems. Building PCs, as opposed to buying them out of the box, can be a very rewarding experience. Apart from gaining knowledge on how the PC works, it allows you to pick the components and layout that you want.

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Windows 10 KB4015438 Fixes Crashes and Hangs

March 23rd, 2017

Apparently, last week’s security updates caused a couple of new problems which have now (hopefull,) been fixed.

The new cumulative update for Windows 10 version 1607 (Anniversary Update) KB4015438 patches two issues introduced by last week’s Patch Day. This raises the version of the Anniversary Update version of Windows 10 to 14393.969. The KB4015438 update seems to fix two issues introduced last week that affected some users of the operating system after devices were updated with last week’s security updates.

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Windows 10 – Look Up Data Usage for the Past 30 Days

March 22nd, 2017

Here are a couple of interesting tricks that can be used to determine which of your applications are hogging your bandwidth.

The following guide walks you through the steps of looking up data usage information on devices running Microsoft’s Windows 10 operating system. It can sometimes be useful to find out how much data is used on a device in a given period of time. Maybe you are on a metered Internet connection and want to make sure that you did not cross any thresholds yet. Or, you crossed a threshold last month and want to find out how that happened, and what you can do about it.

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Full LastPass 4.1.42 Exploit Discovered

March 21st, 2017

Password managers must make an incredibly tempting target for hackers. Heads up, LastPass users!

Tavis Ormandy, a prolific member of Google’s Project Zero initiative, revealed that he discovered a new security issue in LastPass 4.1.42 (and maybe earlier). Ormandy revealed that he discovered an exploit, but did not reveal it. Project Zero discoveries are reported to the companies who produce the affected products. The companies have 90 days to react, usually by creating a new product version that they make available publicly to all customers.

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Top 8 Things to do with a New Windows 10 System

March 20th, 2017

Most of these tweaks are fairly obvious, but it’s still a very useful guide for those who are new to Windows 10.

A fresh installed Windows 10 operating system, regardless of whether it is store-bought, an upgrade from an earlier version of Windows, or a reset of Window 10 machine, is a good opportunity to apply some useful tweaks and fixes to the operating system. While deep customization of Windows 10 depends largely on what you use the device for, there are certain tweaks and changes that are beneficial to the vast majority of users. Here are our recommendations when it comes to that.

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Pwn2Own 2017: Windows, Ubuntu, Edge, Safari and Firefox Exploited

March 17th, 2017

The good news is that Chrome managed to resist hacking (this time.)

The tenth anniversary of the Pwn2Own gathering of hackers, Pwn2Own 2017, saw eleven teams attempt to exploit products across four categories. The products that teams were allowed to target this year included operating systems and web browsers, but also the new product categories Enterprise applications and server-side. Programs like Adobe Reader, and Apache Web Server, were added as targets by the Pwn2Own committee.

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Google Family Link for Android – More Control Over Your Kids’ Devices

March 16th, 2017

Just in case your teenage children have run out of things to complain about …

Google Family Link is a new application for Android that gives you more control over the Android devices of your kids. This reads a bit like parental controls, and it is to a degree. The main idea behind the app is to give parents control over various aspects of their children’s devices. Among other things, it allows parents to set a bedtime for the device, monitor the on-screen time, and manage the apps that kids can use.

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NoScript 5.0 Add-On for Firefox Released

March 15th, 2017

Although it’s a little bit of a hassle to be busy continuously whitelisting sites that you want to allow, but the ability to block scripts is probably one of the most effective PC security measures available.

NoScript 5.0, a popular script blocker (and more) for Firefox has just been released to the public after two release candidate build releases. The browser add-on is a script blocker first and foremost. It blocks any script from running on sites you visit, unless you whitelist them. The approach makes it one of the best add-ons from a security point of view, but means that you will have to adjust website permissions regularly as sites may fail to load completely or partially due to scripts not being loaded when the site is opened in the Firefox web browser.

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Windows Defender Application Guard – A Quick Summary

March 14th, 2017

Protection for Windows Edge is a nice start, but Microsoft needs to go a step further and include protection for IE as well as the user’s system.

Windows Defender Application Guard is a new security feature of the Windows 10 operating system that Microsoft revealed back in 2016. The company revealed back then that it would integrate the feature in a future Windows Insider build before shipping it with the new feature update of Windows, the Windows 10 Creators Update.

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Remember: Windows Vista Support Ends Next Month

March 13th, 2017

Just in case there are still a few Windows Vista users out there, don’t forget that the end is near.

Microsoft plans to end the extended support for its operating system Windows Vista next month so that no further security updates will be released for the OS. The client Windows lifecycle sheet on Microsoft’s website lists April 11, 2017 as the end of support. Microsoft will release security patches for Windows Vista on that day, and stop support for the operating system afterwards.

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