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Microsoft Shuts Down Controversial Windows 10 Feature

Posted on May 11th, 2016.

 Microsoft is killing a controversial feature introduced in Windows 10 that enabled users to share Wi-Fi login information with contacts, automatically. When Windows 10 was introduced, a feature called Wi-Fi Sense was borrowed from the mobile operating system used for the Windows Phone to be included into the popular PC operating system....

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Password-Stealing Virus Proves Hard to Kill on Windows XP

Posted on February 2nd, 2016.

A computer virus that targeted and successfully infected systems at Royal Melbourne Hospital in Australia –over two weeks ago – continues to relent on targeted Windows XP systems. The Qbot virus is a strain of malware that is known to attack banking systems and capture keystrokes, like a key-logger program. Qbot or Qakbot was first...

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Microsoft Unplugs the Internet Explorer and Windows 8, Long after the World Did

Posted on January 12th, 2016.

Beginning today, January 12, 2016, Microsoft is essentially killing all versions of its flagship browser Internet Explorer, bar its latest version, IE 11. The browser isn’t the only product being cut off from Microsoft support and development. Windows 8 is also seeing a similar fate. It has been a long time coming. While the world has...

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Enable Adware Protection on Your Windows Machine with a Simple Hack

Posted on December 1st, 2015.

It was merely a week ago when Microsoft announced a new opt-in feature on Windows to keep unnecessary and potentially harmful adware — often found in installers –at bay. Although the public reveal by Microsoft insisted that the feature is only available for enterprise users, a simple tweak proves that millions of home- and...

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Update Your Firefox Browser to Fix a Major Browser Vulnerability, Now!

Posted on August 11th, 2015.

Mozilla Firefox browser users are being urged to update to the latest version of the open-source browser after a major vulnerability was found with the potential to steal sensitive data from user computers. The latest version of the browser is patched and now immune to the vulnerability. Mozilla Firefox users on Windows and Linux...

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Business

New Acer Windows 10 Laptops to Compete With Chromebooks

Posted on August 6th, 2015.

Windows 10 is not looking to be Microsoft’s flagship money maker, but rather its reintroduction into a market which now abounds with viable competitors. When the company rose to prominence throughout the 90s, it did not struggle with a great deal of competition. Apple had reached a standstill and would only truly resume its rise...

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Mozilla Annoyed by Windows 10 Settings

Posted on August 1st, 2015.

Chris Beard, CEO of Mozilla, has sent an open letter to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella in response to the new user experience in Windows 10. In order to retain Mozilla Firefox as the default browser, the user must go through several more hoops in Windows 10, according to Beard. Beard wrote: We appreciate that it’s still technically...

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Windows 10 Already On 14 Million PCs

Posted on August 1st, 2015.

Giving away Windows 10 may be proving to be a good strategy as far as getting the software out there. Microsoft reports just two days later that 14 million computers are now running the latest version of Windows. Still, Microsoft is shooting to have Windows 10 installed on a billion devices within three years. From that view,...

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Windows Security Alert: Update Now

Posted on July 20th, 2015.

A bug in Microsoft’s fonts implementation has created a situation where a skilled hacker is able to gain full access to a Windows PC simply by loading a font onto the machine. This escalation can be most shockingly be conducted by a custom font on a website. The security update addresses the vulnerability by correcting how the...

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Russian Hackers Used Flash Vulnerability Against Foreign Governments

Posted on April 21st, 2015.

Security firm FireEye recently published a blog post detailing the use of two zero-day vulnerabilities against foreign government targets. According to FireEye, the attackers are most likely a state-sponsored group from Russia. The security firm first detected a pattern of attacks on April 13th, 2015, shortly after news broke that...

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New Login Theft Vulnerability Affects All Versions of Windows

Posted on April 15th, 2015.

Security researchers at Cylance have recently discovered a new take on an 18-year-old vulnerability that can be used to steal login credentials from any version of Windows. The company’s SPEAR team worked with researchers at Carnegie Mellon University to carefully coordinate the vulnerability’s disclosure. The...

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No Browser is Secure: All Major Browsers Hacked at 2015 Pwn2Own Contest

Posted on March 22nd, 2015.

At least on Windows, and possibly on Mac. At the 2015 Pwn2Own Contest in Vancouver, which is part of the larger computer security conference called CanSecWest, independent security researchers were able to execute exploits on all four major browsers. The victims were Safari on OSX, Chrome on Windows, Firefox on Windows, and, less...

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Watch A Tiny Usb Necklace Called ‘USBdriveby’ Hack Into Your Computer

Posted on December 20th, 2014.

Lets talk about things that are horrifying. It’s not every day that we get to see someone so tech savvy that they can develop a device to compromise a computer in seconds. It’s even more impressive and terrifying though when that person disguises it as a fashionable necklace. Samy Kamkar is someone you never want to mess with while you...