Archive for March, 2017

Chrome’s JavaScript Popup Handling Changes

Friday, March 31st, 2017

It’s surprising that Chrome has taken so long to implement changes that protect users from malicious pop-up ads; Firefox took care of this problem years ago.

Google implemented a change in Chrome’s JavaScript popup handling behavior recently that restricts JavaScript popups. The change, which landed in Chrome Canary and Dev already, improves the handling of JavaScript alert(), confirm() and prompt() dialogs that pages may throw in the browser. Chrome up until now, and that is still true for Chrome Stable and Beta, handled these JavaScript dialogs per browser-window.

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How to Prevent Your ISP from Snooping on You

Thursday, March 30th, 2017

Given recent changes in US internet privacy policies, this article is particularly timely (even though it appears to have been written before the change in policy took place.)

Internet Service Providers may be able to sell your web history in the United States without you giving your consent. The new ruling passed the US Senate and the House of Representatives already, and the last thing standing in its way is the President of the United States.

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Malwarebytes Releases Another Beta to Fix Malwarebytes 3 issues

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

It’s starting to sound like they may have rolled out Malwarebytes 3 a bit too early; it doesn’t exactly boost user confidence to release a security program with this many bugs.

Security company Malwarebytes has released another beta version for its flagship product Malwarebytes 3 to fix long-standing issues in the program. Malwarebytes 3, a new product born out of the ashes of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware, Anti-Exploit, and Anti-Ransomware, has been plagued by bugs ever since its release.

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Turn Off MWindows 10 Ads with a Double-Click, or Manually

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

I haven’t had any problems with ads or suggestions on Windows 10 (yet,) but for those who do, there are several fairly simple tricks to get rid of the ads.

The following guide offers instructions on turning of all ads on Windows 10, and most of them with a simple double-click. Not all Windows 10 users have seen advertisement yet on devices that run the operating system, but the number is certainly growing. The main reason why it is growing is that Microsoft is pushing what it calls suggestions or tips to more and more places on the operating system.

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Where are those Anonymous Firefox Add-On Ratings Coming From?

Monday, March 27th, 2017

I’d wondered about this myself. Apparently, there’s a reasonable explanation, but still, those “no comment” reviews are definitely less helpful than the reviews that have something to say.

If you are a Firefox user and pay attention to user reviews and ratings on the Firefox add-ons website, you may have noticed an increase in anonymous ratings. The ratings are left by anonymous user “random six character string”, and only have a rating but no review itself. This in itself is strange for veteran Firefox users, considering that one of the requirements for leaving reviews was leaving a comment up until now.

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PC Building Simulator for Windows and Linux

Friday, 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

Thursday, 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

Wednesday, 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

Tuesday, 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

Monday, 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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