http://www.infopackets.com/index.xml en Social Media Moderation Elicits Free Speech Probe http://www.infopackets.com/news/11197/social-media-moderation-elicits-free-speech-probe <div class="google_ads"></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">The Supreme Court has asked the government for advice over two cases involving social media. The court is reviewing challenges to laws that could effectively ban moderation on sites. The state laws in Florida and Texas both limit the ability of social media companies to moderate some content, though they would work in different ways. The Florida law covers online platforms with more than 100 million users. It says companies must publish their moderation rules and apply them consistently to all users. It also says companies cannot ban any user who is an active political candidate for a future ... (<a href="/news/11197/social-media-moderation-elicits-free-speech-probe" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 01 Feb 2023 18:31:39 +0000 John Lister 11197 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/11197/social-media-moderation-elicits-free-speech-probe#comments f1 Security AI Image Firm Accused of Copyright Infringement http://www.infopackets.com/news/11196/ai-image-firm-accused-copyright-infringement <div class="google_ads"></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">The makers of an artificial intelligence tool for "creating" art are being sued by a photo licensing company. The case could set a precedent for how copyright law works with modern technology. The case involves Stability AI, the company behind a "deep learning, text-to-image model." It's designed mainly to create images based on a text description provided by the user. As well as being a neat trick in itself, the idea of the model is to develop computer learning. That means that rather than humans providing a set of rules to follow, the computer model figures out rules itself. Imagery is a ... (<a href="/news/11196/ai-image-firm-accused-copyright-infringement" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Mon, 30 Jan 2023 17:59:32 +0000 John Lister 11196 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/11196/ai-image-firm-accused-copyright-infringement#comments f1 Courts Security Update Kills Windows Shortcuts http://www.infopackets.com/news/11195/security-update-kills-windows-shortcuts <div class="google_ads"></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">A Microsoft Defender update has caused havoc by removing desktop, Start Menu and Taskbar shortcuts. Some users even say entire programs have disappeared. The closest thing to good news is that, although it affects both Windows 10 and 11, the problem only appears to affect Windows enterprise versions, rather than home users. That's because the problem is with Microsoft Defender for Endpoint, a version of the security tool designed for networked computers. For most affected users, the problem is "limited" to the various shortcuts disappearing. Some have also reported that using the Windows key ... (<a href="/news/11195/security-update-kills-windows-shortcuts" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 26 Jan 2023 18:23:43 +0000 John Lister 11195 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/11195/security-update-kills-windows-shortcuts#comments f1 Microsoft Report: Most Smart Devices Patched 2 Years, Max http://www.infopackets.com/news/11194/report-most-smart-devices-patched-2-years-max <div class="google_ads"></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Some "smart" home products could become unsupported in just two years according to a consumer group. That could mean premium features stop working and may even create security risks. The details come from "Which?," a British organization very similar to Consumer Reports in the US. It explored a big potential problem with smart tech: that the support for such features is often guaranteed for much less time than the expected useful lifespan of the product itself. The group researched smart features, meaning devices were linked to the Internet or a local network and allowing extra ... (<a href="/news/11194/report-most-smart-devices-patched-2-years-max" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Mon, 23 Jan 2023 18:06:09 +0000 John Lister 11194 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/11194/report-most-smart-devices-patched-2-years-max#comments f1 Security MS Teams Goes Premium, Kills Free Edition Features http://www.infopackets.com/news/11193/ms-teams-goes-premium-kills-free-edition-features <div class="google_ads"></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Microsoft is to start charging extra for some features in its videoconferencing tool, Microsoft Teams. The move suggests it's further targeting a business audience rather than concentrating on the consumer market. At the moment Microsoft Teams is free to use, either as part of the Office 365 suite (included in the subscription cost) or a free standalone tool. Microsoft is now launching Teams Premium, which will carry an extra fee. Microsoft has hinted that will be $10 a month but has yet to confirm that. (Source: theregister.com ) Features to be Removed from "Standard" Microsoft ... (<a href="/news/11193/ms-teams-goes-premium-kills-free-edition-features" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 18 Jan 2023 17:46:01 +0000 John Lister 11193 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/11193/ms-teams-goes-premium-kills-free-edition-features#comments f1 Microsoft Facebook Wrong To Delete Anti-Iranian Posts http://www.infopackets.com/news/11192/facebook-wrong-delete-anti-iranian-posts <div class="google_ads"></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Facebook's oversight board says the site was wrong to delete a post protesting against the government in Iran. It's another example of the difficulties of moderating content online. The ruling came from an independent body that reviews a selection of decisions made by Facebook moderators. In a very loose sense, the body works a little like the Supreme Court in that it looks at specific cases but its rulings set wider precedents. In this case, a user had made a post which included the phrase "marg bar Khameni." Literally translates, that means "death to Khameni" and refers to Iran's Supreme ... (<a href="/news/11192/facebook-wrong-delete-anti-iranian-posts" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Fri, 13 Jan 2023 19:06:28 +0000 John Lister 11192 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/11192/facebook-wrong-delete-anti-iranian-posts#comments f1 Internet Contentious Windows 11 Start Menu Change Abandoned http://www.infopackets.com/news/11191/contentious-windows-11-start-menu-change-abandoned <div class="google_ads"></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Microsoft has abandoned plans to recommended websites in the Windows 11 Start menu. It hasn't said exactly why but suggests user feedback played a role. An idea to suggest searching on Microsoft Edge when copying text has also been ditched. It was the latest attempt to promote the browser to Windows users. The two ideas were both rolled out last November to users of the Dev channel in the Windows Insider test program. That's the first time potential new features are available to anyone outside of Microsoft. People who choose to use the Dev channel are particularly eager to see new ideas, ... (<a href="/news/11191/contentious-windows-11-start-menu-change-abandoned" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 12 Jan 2023 19:04:09 +0000 John Lister 11191 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/11191/contentious-windows-11-start-menu-change-abandoned#comments f1 Microsoft US Politicians Told to Delete TikTok http://www.infopackets.com/news/11190/us-politicians-told-delete-tiktok <div class="google_ads"></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">TikTok has been banned from all US federal government devices over security fears. The ban even extends to phones issued to members of the House of Representatives. The government ban was introduced in the "omnibus" spending bill recently passed by Congress. It gives federal employees two months to delete the app, along with any others issued by developers ByteDance, from government-issued handsets. Although the bill did not cover politicians, the House of Representatives chief administrative Catherine Szpindor has written to the house's members and staff to say the rules will now apply to ... (<a href="/news/11190/us-politicians-told-delete-tiktok" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Mon, 09 Jan 2023 20:48:21 +0000 John Lister 11190 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/11190/us-politicians-told-delete-tiktok#comments f1 Security Millions Will Lose Chrome Updates http://www.infopackets.com/news/11189/millions-will-lose-chrome-updates <div class="google_ads"></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Google's Chrome browser will soon be unsafe to use on Windows 7, 8 or 8.1. Google is about to finally ditch support for the systems, meaning no more updates. Version 109 of Chrome, scheduled for a full public release on January 10th, 2022, will be the last available for those editions. Starting with version 110, expected in February, new versions will only be available for Windows 10 and later. (Source: google.com ) Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 users can still run Chrome 109 (or earlier versions) but the browser will become increasingly outdated with no new features or performance fixes. More ... (<a href="/news/11189/millions-will-lose-chrome-updates" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 05 Jan 2023 17:27:52 +0000 John Lister 11189 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/11189/millions-will-lose-chrome-updates#comments f1 Security Phones Could Get Replaceable Batteries By Law http://www.infopackets.com/news/11188/phones-could-get-replaceable-batteries-law <div class="google_ads"></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Phone manufacturers may be forced to make batteries easily removable. The proposed European rule could have worldwide consequences. Were the rules to become law, they would affect 27 countries that are members of the European Parliament. For global manufacturers, most notably Apple, that could mean such a significant change to their handset design that they find it simpler to replicate it in all markets. Politicians from the European Parliament and the technology ministers from each country have agreed to the changes in principle. They'll now have to go through the lawmaking process before ... (<a href="/news/11188/phones-could-get-replaceable-batteries-law" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 03 Jan 2023 17:50:05 +0000 John Lister 11188 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/11188/phones-could-get-replaceable-batteries-law#comments f1 Mobile Apple App Store Monopoly May End http://www.infopackets.com/news/11187/apple-app-store-monopoly-may-end <div class="google_ads"></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Apple looks set to allow iPhone and iPad users to get apps from sources other than the official App Store. It's a major change of policy, almost certainly sparked by forthcoming changes to European law. Analysts predict Apple will find ways to minimize the effect of the change. However, stock prices in many companies that make apps have risen on the assumption they'll make more revenue because Apple won't take a cut of app purchases. Unlike rival Android, Apple has always kept tight control on the apps users can install, making the App Store the only option without "jailbreaking" the device, ... (<a href="/news/11187/apple-app-store-monopoly-may-end" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Sat, 31 Dec 2022 01:15:21 +0000 John Lister 11187 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/11187/apple-app-store-monopoly-may-end#comments f1 Apple Light-Based Computing Promises Super Speeds http://www.infopackets.com/news/11186/light-based-computing-promises-super-speeds <div class="google_ads"></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">A computer that uses light - rather than electrons - for processing could be faster, smaller and use less power. Researchers say they've found a way to make an optical computer without the major limitations of previous models. Ultimately, everything a computer does is broken down into a series of calculations. In traditional computer processors, these work through a series of physical "logic gates" that either do or don't pass through an electrical signal. This creates a positive or negative electrical charge, which represents either a 0 or 1 in a single bit of data. Several researchers have ... (<a href="/news/11186/light-based-computing-promises-super-speeds" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 28 Dec 2022 17:49:12 +0000 John Lister 11186 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/11186/light-based-computing-promises-super-speeds#comments f1 Hardware Samsung Tops Smartphone Eco Ratings http://www.infopackets.com/news/11185/samsung-tops-smartphone-eco-ratings <div class="google_ads"></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">A program to rate the environmental impact of cell phones now covers 35 countries. But there's no sign yet of Eco Rating coming to North America. The program has run since May 2021 and involved eight mobile carrier companies. They then ask handset manufacturers to answer questions about their devices. So far, more than 20 manufacturers have done so, with a total of more than 300 devices rated. The rating aims to cover the environmental impact of every stage of a phone's life, starting with the raw materials and the manufacturing process. It also takes into account the distance and method of ... (<a href="/news/11185/samsung-tops-smartphone-eco-ratings" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 27 Dec 2022 21:18:41 +0000 John Lister 11185 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/11185/samsung-tops-smartphone-eco-ratings#comments f1 Mobile New Blockchain Tech Slashes Power Use http://www.infopackets.com/news/11184/new-blockchain-tech-slashes-power-use <div class="google_ads"></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Changes to a major rival of Bitcoin have reduced energy use by 99 percent. The drop in computer processing for Ethereum has been likened to the amount of electricity used by a "mid-size country." The change has come after the Ethereum blockchain switched from proof-of-work to proof-of-stake, a sentence that makes little sense to most normal people. To break it down, a blockchain is a digital list of transactions. The key is that it doesn't exist as a single copy but rather multiple copies across all the computers of all users. In theory at least, this means it can't be edited or falsified ... (<a href="/news/11184/new-blockchain-tech-slashes-power-use" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Mon, 26 Dec 2022 18:32:54 +0000 John Lister 11184 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/11184/new-blockchain-tech-slashes-power-use#comments f1 Technology Google Drops Automated Form-Filler http://www.infopackets.com/news/11183/google-drops-automated-form-filler <div class="google_ads"></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Google has ditched a feature that could automatically navigate websites and complete forms. The biggest problems with "Duplex on the Web" were that hardly anyone knew about it or needed it. The feature launched in 2019 and was all about automating common sequences of actions on a website. The idea was to remove the need for the user to repeatedly click "next" buttons and confirm choices. Among the examples Google gave were ordering food on a restaurant site, buying tickets on a movie theatre website, and checking out of an online store. Google Assistant Control The feature worked with the ... (<a href="/news/11183/google-drops-automated-form-filler" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Sat, 24 Dec 2022 01:04:17 +0000 John Lister 11183 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/11183/google-drops-automated-form-filler#comments f1 Google Windows 8.1 End of Life: No More Security Fixes http://www.infopackets.com/news/11182/windows-81-end-life-no-more-security-fixes <div class="google_ads"></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Windows 8.1 will no longer receive security updates from next month. It is said to effect millions of users. Microsoft has reminded users that January 10th, 2020 is the "end of support" date for the system. That means it will continue to work, but users will no longer get any updates or fixes, whether for security or performance bugs. The deadline also means an end to technical support from Microsoft of any kind. (Source: microsoft.com ) The system has already past the mainstream support deadline in 2018. That's when Microsoft stopped adding any new features. No Pay-To-Secure Option Unlike ... (<a href="/news/11182/windows-81-end-life-no-more-security-fixes" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 22 Dec 2022 18:12:02 +0000 John Lister 11182 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/11182/windows-81-end-life-no-more-security-fixes#comments f1 Security Government Apps Used 'Russian' Code http://www.infopackets.com/news/11181/government-apps-used-russian-code <div class="google_ads"></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Two US government apps have been revealed as using code from a Russian company that falsely claims to be based in the US. It's also claimed one of that company's developers has a history with malware. The initial revelation came from Reuters which highlighted "thousands" of smartphone apps included code from a company called Pushwoosh. The apps included one for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and another used by the US Army. Both have now removed the code. (Source: reuters.com ) The Pushwoosh code lets apps put together profiles of users and send notifications without ... (<a href="/news/11181/government-apps-used-russian-code" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 21 Dec 2022 18:08:21 +0000 John Lister 11181 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/11181/government-apps-used-russian-code#comments f1 Security Windows 11 to Show VPN Status http://www.infopackets.com/news/11180/windows-11-show-vpn-status <div class="google_ads"></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Windows 11 may soon show whether or not users are connected to a VPN. It's a simple feature, but it's significant since the technology is getting such mainstream acknowledgement. VPN stands for virtual private network, a feature that has three main benefits. The first is that it creates an "encrypted tunnel" for data going back and forth between the user and the Internet. One analogy is that ordinary Internet traffic works like a glass tube, while a VPN is more like a totally enclosed road tunnel. In simplistic terms, it means nobody else can see what is happening as data is sent and received ... (<a href="/news/11180/windows-11-show-vpn-status" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 20 Dec 2022 20:04:50 +0000 John Lister 11180 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/11180/windows-11-show-vpn-status#comments f1 Internet WinX DVD Ripper: Convert / Play DVDs on Windows 10 http://www.infopackets.com/news/10716/winx-dvd-ripper-convert-play-dvds-windows-10 <div class="google_ads"></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Infopackets Reader Steve G. writes: " Dear Dennis, I just upgraded my PC to Windows 10 and I noticed that Windows Media Player no longer plays DVDs in Windows 10 . In Windows 7 it worked without a problem. I researched this issue and it appears that this 'feature' was removed on purpose because newer PCs and laptops do not have DVD players. As such, Microsoft has dropped all support for Windows 10 DVD playback in Windows Media Player. I plan on purchasing a thin ultrabook laptop (with no DVD player) soon. As such, I'd like to convert my DVDs into AVI or MP4 (for example) so I ... (<a href="/news/10716/winx-dvd-ripper-convert-play-dvds-windows-10" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Mon, 19 Dec 2022 21:13:15 +0000 Dennis Faas 10716 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10716/winx-dvd-ripper-convert-play-dvds-windows-10#comments f1 Windows Tips Donut Theory Cracks Security Algorithm http://www.infopackets.com/news/11179/donut-theory-cracks-security-algorithm <div class="google_ads"></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">A theory involving donuts has helped crack a proposed government security algorithm. It's nothing to do with distracting security guards, Better Call Saul-style, but rather advanced mathematics. Government agencies and others involved in security are constantly looking for new ways to encrypt data, with quantum computing seen as a potentially major threat. Most encryption methods used at the moment rely on length and complexity to deter brute force cracking techniques that simply try every possible decryption key. The idea is that it should take so many tries (on average) to get the right ... (<a href="/news/11179/donut-theory-cracks-security-algorithm" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 15 Dec 2022 19:37:40 +0000 John Lister 11179 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/11179/donut-theory-cracks-security-algorithm#comments f1 Security Deepfake Videos Could Be Exposed http://www.infopackets.com/news/11178/deepfake-videos-could-be-exposed <div class="google_ads"></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Intel claims it can spot 96 percent of "deepfake" videos. The trick appears to be tracking blood flow in the face. A deepfake is a more sophisticated version of the comparatively basic task of replacing one person's face with another in a video. Common uses include making the person appear to be saying something they never actually said (creating political distrust) or making it look like they performed lewd actions. The "deep" element comes from deep learning, where a computer program tries out and develops different tactics for performing a task better. In this case, the ... (<a href="/news/11178/deepfake-videos-could-be-exposed" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 13 Dec 2022 20:59:35 +0000 John Lister 11178 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/11178/deepfake-videos-could-be-exposed#comments f1 Security Report: Internet Restrictions Ranked Worldwide http://www.infopackets.com/news/11177/report-internet-restrictions-ranked-worldwide <div class="google_ads"></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Nine in ten Americans are now online according to new figures. But it's the United Kingdom that is "most online" and least subject to Internet restrictions. The figures come from Proxyrack, a company with a clear interest in places where users may want to disguise their identity of location. It wanted to see if there was any connection between how widespread Internet use was and how freely people could use the Internet. (Source: proxyrack.com ) The usage figures came from Statista and shows 99,231 out of every 100,000 people in the UK had used the internet recently. That was followed by Japan ... (<a href="/news/11177/report-internet-restrictions-ranked-worldwide" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Fri, 09 Dec 2022 18:17:52 +0000 John Lister 11177 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/11177/report-internet-restrictions-ranked-worldwide#comments f1 Internet Microsoft Defender May Hurt Performance http://www.infopackets.com/news/11176/microsoft-defender-may-hurt-performance <div class="google_ads"></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Microsoft Defender has come in last in two separate tests of Windows 11 security software. It's a surprise result given it generally did well on Windows 10. There's some comfort for Microsoft, however, as the nature of the testing means many users won't notice that much difference in practice. That's important given Microsoft Defender (previously Windows Defender) is built-in to Windows 11. The first rankings came from AV-Test, which describes itself as "The Independent IT-Security Institute." It ran a series of tests on 19 products using "realistic test scenarios" and "real-world threats." ( ... (<a href="/news/11176/microsoft-defender-may-hurt-performance" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Fri, 02 Dec 2022 19:55:28 +0000 John Lister 11176 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/11176/microsoft-defender-may-hurt-performance#comments f1 Security Android Unlock Bug Fixed http://www.infopackets.com/news/11175/android-unlock-bug-fixed <div class="google_ads"></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Android users have been urged to check their phone has the latest security patches. It follows a researcher accidentally uncovering a significant flaw in the screen lock. The researcher discovered the problem on a Google Pixel 6 and replicated it on a Pixel 5. The problem appears to affect phones running Android 10 or later that use a SIM card, not just those made by Google. However, some reports suggest it doesn't affect Samsung handsets. The problem is with the personal unblocking key (PUK). That's a way to regain access to a handset that's been locked after forgetting the phone's passcode ... (<a href="/news/11175/android-unlock-bug-fixed" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 01 Dec 2022 18:05:05 +0000 John Lister 11175 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/11175/android-unlock-bug-fixed#comments f1 Security One in 500 Passwords Is '123456' http://www.infopackets.com/news/11174/one-500-passwords-123456 <div class="google_ads"></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">"Password" and "123456" continue to battle it out for the worst password choice according to two annual studies. While this tells us very little about why users continue to use such weak passwords, there's some mixed news elsewhere. Several companies chase headlines each year by publishing lists of the worst passwords, meaning the ones that appear most frequently. The data source is usually a collection of stolen website login databases published online. Sometimes these are stored in plain text while sometimes cyber criminals have successfully cracked decryption. The ... (<a href="/news/11174/one-500-passwords-123456" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 30 Nov 2022 18:58:12 +0000 John Lister 11174 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/11174/one-500-passwords-123456#comments f1 Security Windows 11 Start Menu Gets Ads http://www.infopackets.com/news/11173/windows-11-start-menu-gets-ads <div class="google_ads"></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Microsoft is once again testing advertising for its own products in Windows 11. This time the promotion appears in the Start menu. As with the previous testing, it's unclear how likely the advertising is to be rolled out to all users. It seems Microsoft is not just testing the technology itself but also how users will respond. Back in March, a selection of users in the Windows 11 test program started seeing promotions in the File Explorer tool. One suggested the user install a Microsoft-made browser extension for getting spelling and grammar suggestions when typing on websites such as forums ... (<a href="/news/11173/windows-11-start-menu-gets-ads" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 29 Nov 2022 18:11:10 +0000 John Lister 11173 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/11173/windows-11-start-menu-gets-ads#comments f1 Microsoft $3.36B in Bitcoin Hidden in Bathroom http://www.infopackets.com/news/11172/336b-bitcoin-hidden-bathroom <div class="google_ads"></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">The Department of Justice has found $3.36 billion of stolen money in a popcorn tin. But more than $2 billion of it no longer exists. It's not a case of corrupt law enforcement, but rather a spectacular example of the bizarre world of cryptocurrency. It raises head scratching questions about what money really is in 2022. The money was seized in a raid of the home of James Zhong. He's now admitted to stealing it in a hacking attack on the controversial online marketplace Silk Road. That's a site where goods and services, many of them illegal, were bought and sold using cryptocurrency. Bogus ... (<a href="/news/11172/336b-bitcoin-hidden-bathroom" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Mon, 28 Nov 2022 19:21:27 +0000 John Lister 11172 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/11172/336b-bitcoin-hidden-bathroom#comments f1 Courts Government to Scan Every Internet Device http://www.infopackets.com/news/11171/government-scan-every-internet-device <div class="google_ads"></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">A government plans to scan every Internet-connected device in the country for vulnerabilities. The agency concerned insists it won't compromise privacy. The scan is the work of the United Kingdom's National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC). It says its looking for zero-day vulnerabilities, meaning security holes that hackers are actively exploiting before a fix is available. The NCSC says it will regularly scan all Internet connected devices based in the UK. It doesn't intend to access any data on devices but instead simply make a connection request. The scanning software will then log any ... (<a href="/news/11171/government-scan-every-internet-device" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Fri, 25 Nov 2022 18:37:42 +0000 John Lister 11171 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/11171/government-scan-every-internet-device#comments f1 Security Nine Bucks Will Stop Your Internet Working http://www.infopackets.com/news/11169/nine-bucks-will-stop-your-internet-working <div class="google_ads"></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Internet users who find themselves distracted online can pay up to $9 a month to block certain websites. The service has some obvious limitations but does prompt debate about Internet addiction. The Freedom service offers users four types of block: block all Internet access, block specific websites, block specific apps, or block all sites except those the user has specifically listed. It can cover computers, phones and tablets. After a free trial of seven "block sessions" users must pay for some features. This includes use on an unlimited devices and scheduling. This carries a subscription ... (<a href="/news/11169/nine-bucks-will-stop-your-internet-working" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 24 Nov 2022 17:19:05 +0000 John Lister 11169 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/11169/nine-bucks-will-stop-your-internet-working#comments f1 Internet iPhone App Ads Cause Controversy http://www.infopackets.com/news/11168/iphone-app-ads-cause-controversy <div class="google_ads"></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Apple has come under fire on two fronts over changes to ads on its app store listings. Developers feel their apps are being undermined while parents have complained about promotions for gambling appearing beside child-focused apps. The changes affect the way users see listings when browsing for apps on an iPhone. That means any changes have a big effect because screen space is so limited. Apple has now created extra ad spaces, one that appears in the main tab of the app store and one at the bottom of the page for an individual app. The ads are all for other iPhone apps. Rival Apps Promoted ... (<a href="/news/11168/iphone-app-ads-cause-controversy" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 23 Nov 2022 01:31:49 +0000 John Lister 11168 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/11168/iphone-app-ads-cause-controversy#comments f1 Apple WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe Review http://www.infopackets.com/news/11076/winx-hd-video-converter-deluxe-review <div class="google_ads"></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Infopackets Reader Leona L. writes: " Dear Dennis, Thank you for mentioning our product WinX DVD Ripper in your newsletter. We would like to extend a special Black Friday two week-long offer to your readers starting November 21, 2022 until December 2, 2022. For only $9.90 Digiarty is offering WinX HD Video Converter for 1 year and $24.90 for an unlimited license. Please kindly let your readers know! " My response: Thanks, Leona for sending our readers another great deal. Below I'll provide a bullet point of what each program does. WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe: Full list of Features an all- ... (<a href="/news/11076/winx-hd-video-converter-deluxe-review" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Mon, 21 Nov 2022 18:41:59 +0000 Dennis Faas 11076 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/11076/winx-hd-video-converter-deluxe-review#comments f1 Software Reviews Adobe Wants $15 A Month To Use Some Colors http://www.infopackets.com/news/11167/adobe-wants-15-month-use-some-colors <div class="google_ads"></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Adobe is charging an additional monthly fee to use particular colors in Photoshop. Some users have even seen parts of existing images turn black. The seemingly bizarre policy is all to do with Adobe's commercial agreement with Pantone, a company that offers services helping businesses create a consistent color scheme, such as branding. Historically, Adobe included more than 2,000 specific colors that are part of Pantone's "Color Matching Scheme". The idea of the scheme is to use a common reference that means any two uses of the color will look the same, no matter the origin or ... (<a href="/news/11167/adobe-wants-15-month-use-some-colors" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 16 Nov 2022 17:55:11 +0000 John Lister 11167 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/11167/adobe-wants-15-month-use-some-colors#comments f1 Security New Internet Cable Brings Unbelievable Speeds http://www.infopackets.com/news/11164/new-internet-cable-brings-unbelievable-speeds <div class="google_ads"></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Researchers say they used a single five-mile cable to transmit twice the amount of data that's currently used by the entire Internet. While it could one day mean faster connections for users, the main benefit of the research could be more energy-efficient data centers. The project involved the Technical University of Denmark and the Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg. They explored the way most high-speed data connections today involve encoding signals to transmit as light. The key was combining a single laser with a specially-designed optical chip. This breaks the light into 223 ... (<a href="/news/11164/new-internet-cable-brings-unbelievable-speeds" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 15 Nov 2022 18:11:44 +0000 John Lister 11164 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/11164/new-internet-cable-brings-unbelievable-speeds#comments f1 Technology Fujitsu: 'Trustable Internet' Could tackle Fake News http://www.infopackets.com/news/11163/fujitsu-trustable-internet-could-tackle-fake-news <div class="google_ads"></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Fujitsu has proposed an "endorsement layer" on top of the Internet to tackle bogus information. It's an idea that would certainly face both technological and societal challenges. The idea comes in a white paper (a report designed to provoke discussion) written alongside Keio University in Japan. It explores the idea of a "trustable Internet in which people can use information securely." (Source: kaeio.ac.jp ) The concept is simple, if abstract. The writers propose a system that "overlays a layer on the Internet, which has a mechanism to confirm the credibility of the ... (<a href="/news/11163/fujitsu-trustable-internet-could-tackle-fake-news" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Mon, 14 Nov 2022 18:00:30 +0000 John Lister 11163 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/11163/fujitsu-trustable-internet-could-tackle-fake-news#comments f1 Internet Study: Microsoft Defender Too Reliant on Internet http://www.infopackets.com/news/11160/study-microsoft-defender-too-reliant-internet <div class="google_ads"></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">A new study suggests Microsoft Defender's effectiveness varies dramatically on the setting. It's one of the best for online-based threats, but among the worst performers for offline-based threats. The study is from AV Comparatives, which runs regular tests on more than a dozen leading cyber security tools. (Source: av-comparatives.org ) The results for Microsoft Defender are particular noteworthy for two reasons. First, it's the default, built-in tool for modern versions of Windows, meaning hundreds of millions of people use it. Second, it's often argued that Defender does a good enough job ... (<a href="/news/11160/study-microsoft-defender-too-reliant-internet" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Fri, 11 Nov 2022 19:34:58 +0000 John Lister 11160 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/11160/study-microsoft-defender-too-reliant-internet#comments f1 Security How to Fix Corrupt Outlook .PST File Using Repair Tool http://www.infopackets.com/news/11170/how-fix-corrupt-outlook-pst-file-using-repair-tool <div class="google_ads"></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Repair your corrupt outlook data file (.pst) with Outlook PST Repair Tool Personal Storage Table (PST) files are vulnerable to damage or corruption for various reasons, such as large size or oversizing, abrupt system or application shutdown, malware/virus intrusion, drive errors, etc. When the PST file is damaged or corrupt, it cant be opened in Outlook, leading to inaccessible mail items. If the PST file is not repaired, it may lead to data loss. Microsoft provides an Outlook PST file repair tool called Inbox Repair Tool or SCANPST.EXE . The tool is installed with MS Office installation. The ... (<a href="/news/11170/how-fix-corrupt-outlook-pst-file-using-repair-tool" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Fri, 04 Nov 2022 18:25:39 +0000 Dennis Faas 11170 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/11170/how-fix-corrupt-outlook-pst-file-using-repair-tool#comments f1 Windows Tips Apple Message Color Complaints Continue http://www.infopackets.com/news/11159/apple-message-color-complaints-continue <div class="google_ads"></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Apple has previously been accused of "dirty tricks" against Android users when it comes to the iMessaging app. Now, one critic says Apple's choice of colors may be deliberate to make Android messages harder to read. The dispute involves the way iPhones display chat messages that are sent over the Internet, rather than through SMS messaging that uses cellular data networks. This was originally an iPhone only feature, but from 2016, Apple allowed Android users to use it via the official iMessage app. During testing, Apple engineers added a green background to messages sent from ... (<a href="/news/11159/apple-message-color-complaints-continue" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 02 Nov 2022 19:18:14 +0000 John Lister 11159 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/11159/apple-message-color-complaints-continue#comments f1 Apple Remote Worker Fired For Switching Off Webcam http://www.infopackets.com/news/11158/remote-worker-fired-switching-webcam <div class="google_ads"></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">A court says an employee who refused to keep a webcam switched on was wrongly fired. He was awarded around $72,000 USD in compensation. The man, whose name was not revealed in the case, worked remotely in the Netherlands for a Florida-based IT company called Chetu. After working in the role for almost three years, he was told to take part in a "Corrective Action Program - Virtual Classroom." This involved keeping a webcam switched on throughout his nine-hour working day. (Source: bbc.co.uk ) The employee refused to do so, arguing that he was already sharing his screen with ... (<a href="/news/11158/remote-worker-fired-switching-webcam" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 01 Nov 2022 17:50:27 +0000 John Lister 11158 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/11158/remote-worker-fired-switching-webcam#comments f1 Courts Thermal Images Could Reveal Passwords http://www.infopackets.com/news/11157/thermal-images-could-reveal-passwords <div class="google_ads"></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Researchers say a thermal imaging camera could help crack passwords. It's not exactly a looming threat for the average user, though the study does reinforce the important of longer passwords. The research from the University of Glasgow appears to have been inspired by noticing that thermal-imaging cameras are becoming more affordable (less than $220 in some cases) and wondering how they could combine with machine learning. The researchers say they same idea may have struck would-be criminals, so it was worth trying to get one step ahead of them. (Source: zdnet.com ) The project followed a ... (<a href="/news/11157/thermal-images-could-reveal-passwords" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Mon, 31 Oct 2022 17:24:40 +0000 John Lister 11157 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/11157/thermal-images-could-reveal-passwords#comments f1 Security