Archive for the ‘General News’ Category

Google Discloses Another Unpatched Windows Vulnerability

Monday, 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

Wednesday, 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

Tuesday, 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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Microsoft – February 2017 Non-Security Office Update Release

Wednesday, 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

Tuesday, 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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SMB Zero-Day Affects Windows 8, 10 and Server

Friday, 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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Google Wants You to Use an Up to Date Version of Chrome

Thursday, February 2nd, 2017

If you’re using Chrome 53 or an earlier version, get ready to be pressured to upgrade.

Google, just like Microsoft and probably any other company on the planet that produces software, wants you to use the most recent version of their products and not older versions. The company tries to keep Google Chrome users current through various means, but most importantly updating services that will check for and download Chrome updates automatically whenever discovered. Google announced yesterday that it plans to tighten the screws just a little bit for users on older versions of Chrome.

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Large Number of Android VPN Apps Insecure

Wednesday, February 1st, 2017

It turns out that a lot of Android apps that rely on VPN services, aren’t as private and secure as we were lead to believe.

Virtual Private Networks (VPN) have evolved from a technology used mostly by businesses to one that is used by more and more home users as well. Reasons are manifold, but improved privacy and security are certainly two key features that make a growing number of home users use VPN services and apps. Without going into too much detail; a VPN protects a device’s IP address as traffic flows through it instead of directly to the user’s system.

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Windows 10 Creators Update – New Options to Defer Updates

Monday, January 30th, 2017

Sometimes, it’s nice to be able to wait a day or two after a new update is released, just to see what kind of bugs other users are reporting before going ahead with the update.

Microsoft is working on improving the updating options of some editions of its Windows 10 operating system currently that provide users with better options to defer updates. The option to defer updates in current versions of Windows 10 is limited in several regards. First, it is only available if the Windows 10 edition is Pro, Enterprise or Education.

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Chrome to Throttle Expensive Background Pages

Friday, January 27th, 2017

Although this sounds like a good idea in many ways, the possibility of impacting notification services and messengers does seem like a serious drawback.

Google plans to roll out a change in Chrome Stable soon that will have the browser throttle timers in background tabs to improve battery life and browsing performance. The motivation behind the chance is that some pages consume a lot of CPU when they are in the background. Google mentions JavaScript advertisements and analytics scripts explicitly but it is not limited to that.
The core idea is to limit the processing power that background tabs get in Chrome once the feature lands.

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