Playable Ads Coming to Windows 10

March 10th, 2017

Some time in the not too distant future, we’ll be telling younger folks about the good old days, when there were ads on TV, radio and the internet, but none on your computer.

Microsoft revealed the new playable ads advertisement option on the Windows Dev Center blog today that developers can take advantage of. A preview of the Playable Ads feature launched today in the Windows Dev Center. If you have never heard of the term before, you are probably wondering how the ad format differs from other ad types already available for developers on Windows 10.

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Firefox – Legacy add-on or WebExtension? How to Find Out

March 9th, 2017

When Firefox 57 is released, many older add-ons will suddenly go away. Here’s a simple trick that will tell you if your favorite add-ons will be among the casualties.

So, by now you have probably heard that a major change is coming this year to the Firefox add-on ecosystem. In a nutshell, Mozilla will scrap all legacy add-ons and move the add-on system exclusively to WebExtensions.

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Windows 10 – Turn Off Ads in File Explorer

March 8th, 2017

If you’re getting tired of seeing advertisements in File Explorer, here’s how to put an end to them.

Microsoft’s Windows 10 operating system differs in several regards from previous versions. It is the last version of Windows according to Microsoft, was offered as a free upgrade to existing license holders, and its core powers not only desktop PCs but also the company’s Xbox, mobiles, and other devices. Advertisement in Windows is not an entirely new concept, but it is being pushed in Windows 10 like never before.

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Smaller Windows Updates Thanks to Differential Packages

March 7th, 2017

This probably explains why recent Windows updates seem to download and install a lot faster than they did a year or two ago.

Microsoft began to roll out its new Unified Update Platform last year, first on mobile and then for Windows 10 Insider Builds as well. One of the advantages of the platform was the use of differential update packages. This meant, all in all, that update packages would be a lot smaller going forward. While updates are released regularly for retail versions of Windows 10, the advantages of differential update packages become visible the most when feature updates are released.

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Security Issues Found in Nine Password Managers for Android (LastPass, Dashlane, …)

March 6th, 2017

Considering how often major security problems with password managers seem to turn up, you’d probably be better off just writing down your passwords down on the back of a business card.

Security researchers of the Fraunhofer Institute found severe security issues in nine password managers for Android that they analyzed as part of their research. Password managers are a popular option when it comes to storing authentication information. All promise secure storage either locally or remotely, and some may add other features to the mix such as password generation, automatic sign ins, or the saving of important data such as Credit Card numbers or Pins.

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Firefox Fingerprinting Using Intermediate CA Caching

March 3rd, 2017

Fortunately, the article also describes an easy way to fix this problem …

New browser capabilities and features are designed to improve the user experience or compatibility with technologies. Sometimes, these features may also be used for shady activities such as user tracking. One of the latest of these activities can be used to fingerprint Firefox users using intermediate CA caching.

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Windows 10 Creators Update – No Automatic Restarts After Updates Anymore

March 2nd, 2017

This is certainly good news. No more setting up one’s system to perform some task overnight, only to wake up in the morning and find out that an update has derailed that task.

Microsoft just announced a major change in regards to how updates are delivered once the Windows 10 Creators Update is installed on a machine. The update to Windows Update prompts users, giving them options to schedule the update for a specific date and time, or to postpone the update for three days straight.

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Report – Non-Admin Accounts Mitigate 94% of Critical Windows Vulnerabilities

March 1st, 2017

This probably goes without saying, but here it is anyway, just in case anyone needs a reminder.

A new report suggests that Windows admins and users could mitigate 94% of all critical vulnerabilities automatically by running non-admin accounts. It is common sense that using standard user accounts on Windows, opposed to accounts with elevated privileges, is a good security practice. The main reason behind this practice is simple: if a user cannot perform certain operations due to limited rights, then malware can’t perform those operations either.

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Microsoft Edge’s “Something Missing on this Page” Message

February 28th, 2017

For the most part, this message is an indication that Edge has blocked content (and usually, that means Flash content.)

If you follow the release of Windows 10 Insider Build releases, or have installed one on a PC, you may have noticed that Microsoft put a lot of effort in recent builds to improve the system’s default web browser Microsoft Edge. Edge is a rather bare bones browser, which is refreshing when you come from Internet Explorer, but disappointing if you expect the same level of customization that Firefox offers for instance.

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Google Discloses Edge and IE Vulnerability

February 27th, 2017

This is a fairly serious vulnerability. It’s surprising that we’re hearing about this from Google, rather than Microsoft.

Google disclosed a security vulnerability in Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer yesterday that Microsoft failed to patch up until now. This is the second vulnerability that Google disclosed this month. Last week, the company disclosed a Windows vulnerability that affected the gdi32.dll dynamic link library in Windows. The new vulnerability that Google disclosed yesterday affects the web browsers Microsoft Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge.

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