Google Discloses Another Unpatched Windows Vulnerability

February 20th, 2017

This bug was discovered way back in November, 2016, but at present it doesn’t look like Microsoft has addressed the vulnerability yet.

Google Project Zero member Mateusz Jurczyk disclosed a gdi32.dll vulnerability in the Windows operating system to Microsoft on November 16, 2016. The report itself is quite technical and it would go too far to go into details here on the site. The following describes the turn of events however.

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Firefox Focus Privacy Scandal

February 15th, 2017

“Scandal” might be overstating things a bit, but it turns out that Firefox’s new, privacy-oriented mobile browser isn’t as private as one might assume.

Firefox Focus: the privacy browser, is a free mobile browser for iOS devices by Mozilla designed to protect user privacy while browsing the web. The app “improves the privacy and performance” of a user’s mobile browsing experience by “blocking analytics, social, and advertising trackers” according to the product description on Apple’s iTunes website. It furthermore enables you to erase the browsing history, passwords and cookies easily.

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Researchers Develop Cross-Browser Fingerprinting Technique

February 14th, 2017

So you thought you could fool the snoops by switching browsers from time to time? Think again.

Researchers have developed a cross-browser fingerprinting technique that uses operating system and hardware level features. Fingerprinting has been limited for the most part to individual web browsers in the past. If a user switched browsers regularly, fingerprinting could not be used to link the user to these browsers.

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Windows 10 – Group Policy Pack Privacy and Telemetry

February 13th, 2017

It sounds like the task of preventing your Windows 10 PC from phoning home is going to be a full time job.

The Group Policy pack Privacy and Telemetry, short gp-pack PaT, is a collection of 70 policies designed to disable sending data to Microsoft on Windows 10 devices. Windows 10 Pro and Enterprise administrators may use the Group Policy to modify privacy settings, and block some telemetry collecting and submitting to Microsoft. Numerous privacy tools for Windows 10 have been released that modify Registry keys directly. Several of the programs go further, for instance by removing applications that ship with Windows 10, or blocking Microsoft Telemetry servers on the system.

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How to Display Certificate Details in Chrome

February 10th, 2017

It bugs me to no end when software companies do this. When they move familiar tools and services to a hard-to-find location, it always feels like somebody broke into my office overnight and rearranged my desk, just for the heck of it.

Google is on a roll. After removing user control over some plugins installed in the browser, the company moved information about security certificates of sites to a place where most users may never find it. More and more sites on the Internet move to https. Doing so has advantages, but there is also a considerable amount of pressure by browser makers and search engines to get sites to migrate. Google is on the forefront of all of this. It may come as a surprise therefore that the company made the decision to move certificate information from the address bar to the browser’s Developer Tools.

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How to Fix “No Internet Secured” Wifi Connectivity Issues on Windows

February 9th, 2017

I haven’t run into this problem myself, (yet,) but perhaps you have …

The following guide provides you with a solution for fixing the dreaded “no Internet secured” notification that signals Wifi connectivity issues on machines running Windows. I bought a Microsoft Surface Pro 4 device back when it first came out, and liked it a lot. It is the device that I use mostly when I’m traveling as it offers all I require in a compact package. For the past year or so, I noticed a strange wireless Internet connectivity issue regularly when connecting the device using WiFi. Connections to the WiFi hotspot work, but Internet did not at times.

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Microsoft – February 2017 Non-Security Office Update Release

February 8th, 2017

Here’s a quick recap of this month’s Microsoft bug fixes for Office …

February 2017 Non-Security Office Update Release. Microsoft released non-security patches for Microsoft Office yesterday. The first Tuesday of any month is Office patch day, or more precisely, patch day for non-security patches as security updates are still delivered on the second Tuesday along with Windows and other Microsoft product security updates. Microsoft released 26 non-security patches for Office yesterday. A total of 10 updates were released for Office 2013, and 16 updates for Office 2016.

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Time to Make the Switch to 64-Bit Firefox on Windows

February 7th, 2017

Now that Mozilla is dropping support for NPAPI plug-ins, there’s really no reason to stick with the 34-bit version of Firefox.

The story of 64-bit Firefox on Windows is a long and complex one, and it is just about to end with Mozilla moving from offering 32-bit Firefox as the default download option to offering 64-bit Firefox on Windows by default.

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Firefox 52 – How to Keep on Using Plugins

February 6th, 2017

Apparently, plugins are on their way out. Fortunately though, there’s still a way to tweak Firefox to keep your favorite plugins running.

Firefox 52 will be the first release version of the Mozilla Firefox web browser that will ship without support for NPAPI plugins. The only exception to the rule is that Firefox 52 will support Adobe Flash. All other plugins, Silverlight, Java, and all the others, won’t be supported anymore in the Firefox version. While plugin use is on the decline, scenarios exist where plugins are still required to use sites or services on the Internet.

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SMB Zero-Day Affects Windows 8, 10 and Server

February 3rd, 2017

If your system is displaying a blue screen, this might help to explain it …

The United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) published a vulnerability note yesterday about a new zero-day vulnerability affecting Microsoft Windows 8, 10 and Server editions.

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