http://www.infopackets.com/index.xml en Tech Giants Unite to Take Down Terrorist Posts http://www.infopackets.com/news/9990/tech-giants-unite-take-down-terrorist-posts <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></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 of the biggest Internet firms say they'll work together to remove images and videos that promote the message of terrorists. The announcement comes in the same week that European officials have criticized companies for failing to live up to a promise to tackle hate-based speech online. The agreement involves Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and YouTube. They'll build a joint database of images and videos that they have removed from their site after human moderators have flagged them as being either violent imagery produced by terrorists, or imagery specifically designed to recruit ... (<a href="/news/9990/tech-giants-unite-take-down-terrorist-posts" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 07 Dec 2016 17:00:12 +0000 John Lister 9990 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9990/tech-giants-unite-take-down-terrorist-posts#comments f1 Internet Exploding Samsung Phone 'Too Thin' For Safety: Report http://www.infopackets.com/news/9988/exploding-samsung-phone-too-thin-safety-report <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></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">An independent report suggests the spate of Galaxy Note 7 phone explosions was caused by the design of the phone itself. Engineering analysts "Instrumental" say Samsung blundered in its attempts to make the phone as slim as possible. After initial reports of the phones catching fire this year, Samsung appeared to believe a particular batch of faulty batteries was to blame and proceeded to recall the affected handsets. When phones that had been replaced in this way continued to explode, Samsung took the costly and embarrassing step of abandoning the handset entirely . While Samsung ... (<a href="/news/9988/exploding-samsung-phone-too-thin-safety-report" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 06 Dec 2016 17:32:35 +0000 John Lister 9988 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9988/exploding-samsung-phone-too-thin-safety-report#comments f1 Mobile Easy Duplicate Finder Review http://www.infopackets.com/news/9987/easy-duplicate-finder-review <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></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">Duplicate files are the curse of every computer user - even professional computer technicians have them. While duplicate files are not really something that harms your PC, they do take up disk drive space, slow the PC down (especially when thumbnail previews are generated in Windows), and make things very disorganized. So, if you have a large drive - or a couple of them - and store lots of files on your PC, one thing I recommend my clients do is to take some time to manage duplicate files in order to free up space. This not only saves backup space, but also the users' sanity, should they ever ... (<a href="/news/9987/easy-duplicate-finder-review" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Mon, 05 Dec 2016 17:37:10 +0000 Dennis Faas 9987 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9987/easy-duplicate-finder-review#comments f1 Software Reviews How to Fix: Thunderbird Paragraph Mode (Press Enter Twice) http://www.infopackets.com/news/9986/how-fix-thunderbird-paragraph-mode-press-enter-twice <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></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 Fran G. writes: " Dear Dennis, Thanks so much for your recent articles on Mozilla Thunderbird. I have a question regarding Thunderbird as well. Whenever I respond to an email from someone, during the composition I usually press Enter twice on the keyboard to start a new paragraph. This happens most of the time. However, if I start a new email and then begin a new paragraph, I only need to press Enter once on the keyboard. This is very inconsistent and confusing! Can you explain why this is and/or explain how to fix it so paragraphs are the same all the time? " My response: ... (<a href="/news/9986/how-fix-thunderbird-paragraph-mode-press-enter-twice" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Fri, 02 Dec 2016 17:58:00 +0000 Dennis Faas 9986 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9986/how-fix-thunderbird-paragraph-mode-press-enter-twice#comments f1 Windows Tips Android Malware Hits One Million Users http://www.infopackets.com/news/9985/android-malware-hits-one-million-users <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></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">Bogus Android apps have helped hackers seize control of more than a million Google accounts in the past few months according to a security company. The apps have also been posting fake online reviews in the names of victims. The attack involves malware that's been dubbed "Gooligan." It's particularly concerning because of the sheer amount of personal data a hacker could theoretically access if they can use somebody's Google accounts, such as their email messages and any files stored on Google Docs and Drive. The malware affects devices running versions 4 and 5 of the ... (<a href="/news/9985/android-malware-hits-one-million-users" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 01 Dec 2016 17:49:14 +0000 John Lister 9985 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9985/android-malware-hits-one-million-users#comments f1 Security Apple Users Flooded with 'Calendar Spam' http://www.infopackets.com/news/9984/apple-users-flooded-calendar-spam <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></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 experts warn that spammers are abusing the iPhone's calendar system. They say users should be wary of responding in any way to unexpected "event" invites. The problem appears to affect multiple Apple products, including Mac computers, iPhones and iPads. It takes advantage of the way Apple's system lets users create events and then invite friends and family by inputting their email address. The spammers, who appear to be based in China, are using large lists of email addresses to send invitations to non-existent events, usually listed as special offers on consumer goods ... (<a href="/news/9984/apple-users-flooded-calendar-spam" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 30 Nov 2016 17:05:34 +0000 John Lister 9984 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9984/apple-users-flooded-calendar-spam#comments f1 Apple San Francisco Trains Hit By Hackers http://www.infopackets.com/news/9983/san-francisco-trains-hit-hackers <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></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">Hackers had an unexpected deal for San Francisco passengers on Black Friday: free journeys thanks to a ransomware attack. Officials were forced to suspend charging on the Municipal Railway system after hackers took control of payment computers. While the problem has now been fixed, it's not known if officials paid up a reported $73,000 ransom to regain access. The hackers manipulated the computer systems so that screens did not allow customer interaction and instead displayed a message reading "You Hacked, ALL Data Encrypted. Contact For Key ( cryptom27@yandex.com )ID:681, Enter. ... (<a href="/news/9983/san-francisco-trains-hit-hackers" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 29 Nov 2016 17:50:06 +0000 John Lister 9983 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9983/san-francisco-trains-hit-hackers#comments f1 Security How to Fix: Disable Avast 'Software Updater' Notifications http://www.infopackets.com/news/9982/how-fix-disable-avast-software-updater-notifications <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></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 Peter F. writes: " Dear Dennis, Thanks so much for your newsletter. I've been a long time subscriber (about 10 years now) and enjoy reading your Windows tips. I took your advice some time ago regarding antivirus software, and have been using Avast antivirus (free) ever since. I have never had an issue with it - except for today when Avast popped up with an 'Avast Software Updater' notification in the bottom right hand corner near the clock. I have never seen this notification before. When I clicked on it, Avast opened up with a new window with the title 'Software Updater' ... (<a href="/news/9982/how-fix-disable-avast-software-updater-notifications" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Mon, 28 Nov 2016 18:06:21 +0000 Dennis Faas 9982 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9982/how-fix-disable-avast-software-updater-notifications#comments f1 Windows Tips How to Fix: Disable Thunderbird Popup Notifications http://www.infopackets.com/news/9981/how-fix-disable-thunderbird-popup-notifications <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></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 Bryan M. writes: " Dear Dennis, Thanks for your excellent article on how to disable Thunderbird email attachment reminders ! I have somewhat of a related question. When I leave Thunderbird running in the background and if I'm surfing the web or perhaps even writing a document, Thunderbird pops up constantly with a new email notification window in the bottom right of my screen (by the clock), and it stays there for about 5 seconds. I imagine this wouldn't be an issue for most people, however I have multiple email accounts set up with Thunderbird and I receive a lot of emails ... (<a href="/news/9981/how-fix-disable-thunderbird-popup-notifications" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Fri, 25 Nov 2016 18:22:54 +0000 Dennis Faas 9981 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9981/how-fix-disable-thunderbird-popup-notifications#comments f1 Windows Tips Report: Earphones Could Be Hijacked By Hackers http://www.infopackets.com/news/9980/report-earphones-could-be-hijacked-hackers <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></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">Security researchers say hackers could turn people's headphones into a microphone for surreptitious remote listening. However, the method has enough limitations that it shouldn't be a major concern for most users. The method, shown off by researchers at Ben Guiron University in Israel, takes advantage of a very simple element of engineering. That is that the process by which a microphone turns speech into an electronic signal is effectively the same as that by which earphones turn a speaker into sound, just with the process reversed. According to the researchers, that's a security ... (<a href="/news/9980/report-earphones-could-be-hijacked-hackers" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 24 Nov 2016 17:55:26 +0000 John Lister 9980 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9980/report-earphones-could-be-hijacked-hackers#comments f1 Security Facebook Messages May Harbour Scams, Ransomware http://www.infopackets.com/news/9979/facebook-messages-may-harbour-scams-ransomware <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></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 users have been warned to watch out for bogus links in messages that appear to be from friends. While Facebook appears to be on top of the problem for now, it's an approach that could lead to personal data being siphoned off, or computers locked. The problem was highlighted by security researcher Bart Parys who became aware of the problem this weekend after a tip-off from a friend. It involves Facebook messages which appear to consist only of an image but are actually a type of file called SVG (scalable vector graphics). 'YouTube' Video Next Step In Scam Normally such ... (<a href="/news/9979/facebook-messages-may-harbour-scams-ransomware" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 23 Nov 2016 17:21:12 +0000 John Lister 9979 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9979/facebook-messages-may-harbour-scams-ransomware#comments f1 Internet Smartphones Could Replace Cards at ATMs http://www.infopackets.com/news/9978/smartphones-could-replace-cards-atms <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></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 British bank is testing ATMs that let customers take out money using their phone rather than a bank card. It says the technology could be safer than using a card because there's less room for hackers to steal details. Withdrawing money without a card isn't a completely new idea. One rival bank already allows users to get cash out using a smartphone app that generates a unique code that they can then type in to the phone to get money. The idea is to remove the need to carry a card, for example on a night out. The new system from Barclays would be even quicker to use however, and ... (<a href="/news/9978/smartphones-could-replace-cards-atms" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 22 Nov 2016 17:43:17 +0000 John Lister 9978 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9978/smartphones-could-replace-cards-atms#comments f1 Mobile How to Fix: Disable Thunderbird Attachment Reminder http://www.infopackets.com/news/9977/how-fix-disable-thunderbird-attachment-reminder <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></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 Barb S. writes: " Dear Dennis, I just upgraded to Windows 10 and did not like the default email client, so I decided to give Mozilla Thunderbird a try. So far it is an excellent email program; however, one thing that is driving me nuts is the way that Thunderbird constantly pops up with a message 'Found an attachment keyboard: attached' every time I type in 'attached' or 'attach', when composing an email. I would prefer not to be reminded of this every time I type those words. Is there any way to disable the Thunderbird attachment reminder messages, or whatever they're ... (<a href="/news/9977/how-fix-disable-thunderbird-attachment-reminder" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Mon, 21 Nov 2016 17:34:35 +0000 Dennis Faas 9977 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9977/how-fix-disable-thunderbird-attachment-reminder#comments f1 Windows Tips Explained: Do I need Antivirus for my Smartphone? http://www.infopackets.com/news/9976/explained-do-i-need-antivirus-my-smartphone <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></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 Mike B. writes: " Dear Dennis, I just read John Lister's article on ' 700M Android Phones Contain Chinese Spyware ', and I have a related question. I've just bought myself a Windows 10 phone (Lumia 640 XLT LTE). I like it, but am unsure what I need to do, if anything, about antivirus / malware protection. I'm a bit paranoid about this stuff and keep my home PC up to date and protected, and backed up. I read in a number of places that it's not necessary to have antivirus / anti-malware software on the Windows Phone. Is this true, or do I need some form of malware protection ... (<a href="/news/9976/explained-do-i-need-antivirus-my-smartphone" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Fri, 18 Nov 2016 18:12:29 +0000 Dennis Faas 9976 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9976/explained-do-i-need-antivirus-my-smartphone#comments f1 Mobile Smart Devices a 'Major Threat' when it comes to Cyber Warfare http://www.infopackets.com/news/9975/smart-devices-major-threat-when-it-comes-cyber-warfare <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></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 Harvard lecturer has warned Congress that only government regulations can prevent serious consequences from security attacks on the "Internet of Things." Bruce Schneier says there's little market incentive for buyers or sellers to fix a problem, should a problem arise. The Internet of Things (IoT) refers to the growing number of devices that can now be connected to the Internet, making them "smart devices". Rather than just computers and phones, the Internet of Things covers everything from thermostats to cars, often with the Internet connection allowing users remote ... (<a href="/news/9975/smart-devices-major-threat-when-it-comes-cyber-warfare" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 17 Nov 2016 15:02:44 +0000 John Lister 9975 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9975/smart-devices-major-threat-when-it-comes-cyber-warfare#comments f1 Security Report: 700M Android Phones Contain Chinese Spyware http://www.infopackets.com/news/9974/report-700m-android-phones-contain-chinese-spyware <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></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 cheaply made Android phones are reportedly sending copies of text messages to a Chinese source every 72 hours. The official explanation is that international customers have unintentionally received handsets with a "feature" designed for Chinese users. A security firm named Kryptowire made the discovery. It found that hidden software preinstalled in phones was contacting a Chinese server every three days and passing on details including contacts lists and call logs. The software also sent back daily updates with the full content of text messages and location data. (Source: ... (<a href="/news/9974/report-700m-android-phones-contain-chinese-spyware" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 16 Nov 2016 17:38:18 +0000 John Lister 9974 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9974/report-700m-android-phones-contain-chinese-spyware#comments f1 Security Google Slammed Over Election News Link http://www.infopackets.com/news/9973/google-slammed-over-election-news-link <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></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">Critics of Google say the search engine's algorithm is giving undue credibility to a website claiming to have final voting figures for the US election. The site, which is given prime position when users search for several election-related terms, appears to be unauthoritative and rely on questionable sources. As with any story in this year's US presidential election, its likely to prove partisan responses on both sides. However, this specific scenario is about Google's quality control, rather than political arguments. The issue surrounds the way Google doesn't just produce a ... (<a href="/news/9973/google-slammed-over-election-news-link" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 15 Nov 2016 17:29:42 +0000 John Lister 9973 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9973/google-slammed-over-election-news-link#comments f1 Politics How to Fix: Remove Drive Letters from File Explorer http://www.infopackets.com/news/9972/how-fix-remove-drive-letters-file-explorer <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></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 John D. writes: " Dear Dennis, I just upgraded to Windows 10 recently. When I click on File Explorer by the Start menu (which brings up This PC or "My Computer" in previous editions of Windows), I now see C and D drive and now a drive E which appears to be empty - it is only about 1 gigabyte large. I don't know where this drive came from but I have no use for it and would prefer not to see it. Is there any way to remove this drive letter in file explorer? " My response: Some manufactures will assign partitions on the hard drive for Windows or BIOS recovery or some other ... (<a href="/news/9972/how-fix-remove-drive-letters-file-explorer" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Fri, 11 Nov 2016 18:10:03 +0000 Dennis Faas 9972 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9972/how-fix-remove-drive-letters-file-explorer#comments f1 Windows Tips Sites Hosting Malware Get 30 Day Google Ban http://www.infopackets.com/news/9971/sites-hosting-malware-get-30-day-google-ban <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></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 is to take harsher actions against sites that it determines house malware or attempt to steal user data. Repeat offenders will effectively be hidden from view from many users for 30 days. The changes are to Google's Safe Browsing feature, which vets sites for malicious content. The feature is built into the Chrome browser and made available for other online tools. It's also built-in to all the links from Google search results, regardless of the user's browser. When Google detects a site is potentially harmful, it won't take users directly to the page when they click on ... (<a href="/news/9971/sites-hosting-malware-get-30-day-google-ban" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 10 Nov 2016 17:44:02 +0000 John Lister 9971 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9971/sites-hosting-malware-get-30-day-google-ban#comments f1 Google Facebook Accused of Racist Ad Policies http://www.infopackets.com/news/9970/facebook-accused-racist-ad-policies <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></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 has denied claims that it allows racial discrimination in advertisements based on houses and jobs. A lawsuit may come down to interpretation of anti-discrimination laws. The lawsuit is filed against Facebook and "up to 9,999" unnamed co-defendants, though that appears to be a legal procedural move. It says Facebook has violated both the Fair Housing Act and Civil Rights Act. The legal action follows an investigation by "public interest journalism" group ProPublica, which bought an advertisement aimed at house buyers to check out claims of racial bias. Test Ad ... (<a href="/news/9970/facebook-accused-racist-ad-policies" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 09 Nov 2016 14:48:55 +0000 John Lister 9970 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9970/facebook-accused-racist-ad-policies#comments f1 Internet Nearly 60% of Social Media Users Frustrated by Politics http://www.infopackets.com/news/9969/nearly-60-social-media-users-frustrated-politics <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></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">One in five people say social media posts have changed their minds on political issues this year. But many of those changes have been to a negative position. The statistic comes from the Pew Research Center, which regularly surveys Internet users on their online activities. It found that 20 percent of the social media users it questioned in its latest study said they have changed their minds about a social or political issue because of something they saw on a social media service, while 17 percent said they have changed their minds about a specific candidate. (Source: washingtonpost.com ) In ... (<a href="/news/9969/nearly-60-social-media-users-frustrated-politics" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 08 Nov 2016 14:22:00 +0000 John Lister 9969 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9969/nearly-60-social-media-users-frustrated-politics#comments f1 Internet How to Fix: Windows Server 2008 Right Click Menu Missing http://www.infopackets.com/news/9968/how-fix-windows-server-2008-right-click-menu-missing <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></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 David F. writes: " Dear Dennis, Our company is running Windows Server 2008 Standard edition. One of the things that has been broken for a very long time is the right click context menu. For example, if we login as the Administrator on the server and try and right click an icon on the desktop, nothing happens. The right click context menu is also missing on all of our machines connected to the domain. Can you help? " My response: Admittedly I was not sure why this was happening but had a suspicion it was related to a group policy object setting. Group Policy Objects (or GPOs ... (<a href="/news/9968/how-fix-windows-server-2008-right-click-menu-missing" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 17:59:24 +0000 Dennis Faas 9968 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9968/how-fix-windows-server-2008-right-click-menu-missing#comments f1 Windows Tips Facebook Blocks Insurance App to Spy on Users, Set Premiums http://www.infopackets.com/news/9967/facebook-blocks-insurance-app-spy-users-set-premiums <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></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 has blocked plans by a British insurance company to use customer posts on Facebook to help determine motor premiums. Admiral Insurance claims no customers would have lost out from the policy. The plan was for customers to give the insurer automated access to their Facebook posts (but not photographs) to help decide whether to offer discounts. It would have been aimed mainly at young drivers who had no insurance history to show if they were safe or dangerous drivers. Language Could Indicate Risk Factors The precise details of the algorithm to figure out risk are confidential, but it ... (<a href="/news/9967/facebook-blocks-insurance-app-spy-users-set-premiums" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 03 Nov 2016 16:30:38 +0000 John Lister 9967 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9967/facebook-blocks-insurance-app-spy-users-set-premiums#comments f1 Internet Microsoft Slams Google for Unveiling 'Critical' Windows Bug http://www.infopackets.com/news/9966/microsoft-slams-google-unveiling-critical-windows-bug <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></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 criticized Google for revealing details of what the search giant has dubbed a "critical" security flaw in Windows. The two companies dispute whether Google gave Microsoft enough time to fix the problem before going public. The controversy lies in the fact that Microsoft has yet to release a fix for the problem and has not even said if one exists. The bug applies to 32-bit editions of Windows and allows an unauthorized local privilege escalation. The effect is to undermine a security feature known as " sandboxing ," which is designed so that if a hacker ... (<a href="/news/9966/microsoft-slams-google-unveiling-critical-windows-bug" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 02 Nov 2016 16:42:01 +0000 John Lister 9966 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9966/microsoft-slams-google-unveiling-critical-windows-bug#comments f1 Security ISPs Must Ask Before Collecting Personal Data http://www.infopackets.com/news/9965/isps-must-ask-collecting-personal-data <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></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 service providers such as cable companies will no longer be allowed to use or sell personal data about customers without permission. The ban includes details about the sites and apps that a customer uses. It's part of a new set of rules issued by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) after a 3-2 vote in favor by commissioners. The rules will be formally published soon, at which point ISPs will have a year to comply, though smaller providers will have a further 12 months after that. Providers will have to tell customers what data they collect, how they use it, and who if ... (<a href="/news/9965/isps-must-ask-collecting-personal-data" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 01 Nov 2016 16:11:20 +0000 John Lister 9965 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9965/isps-must-ask-collecting-personal-data#comments f1 Your Rights How to Fix: MS Office Key Not Valid, Won't Activate http://www.infopackets.com/news/9964/how-fix-ms-office-key-not-valid-wont-activate <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></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 Pat P. writes: " Dear Dennis, I recently had to rollback Windows 7 because the system appeared to be corrupt. The rollback worked. However, now whenever I try to open MS Office it starts up with a message that it is configuring MS Office, then says 'MS Office requires validation'. I chose the option to activate on line (or by phone), but then all I get after that is a message that MS Office could not be activated because the product key is invalid. What do I do now? " My response: I did have this exact same problem a few months back with another user. The scenario was ... (<a href="/news/9964/how-fix-ms-office-key-not-valid-wont-activate" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Mon, 31 Oct 2016 16:51:25 +0000 Dennis Faas 9964 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9964/how-fix-ms-office-key-not-valid-wont-activate#comments f1 Windows Tips Explained: How and Why Windows Goes Corrupt http://www.infopackets.com/news/9963/explained-how-and-why-windows-goes-corrupt <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></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">I've been repairing computers now for over 23 years and for the last few years, I began offering my computer repair service online . One of the most popular repairs I do today is to fix Windows Update; sometimes, however, Windows Update is too far corrupt that it requires a complete reinstall of Windows in order to fix the issue. The same can be said in other situations where Windows is too far corrupt that it cannot be repaired even by someone with as much experience as I have . Based on this, users ask me "Why is my Windows corrupt?" and "How can this have happened?" I thought I'd write an ... (<a href="/news/9963/explained-how-and-why-windows-goes-corrupt" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Fri, 28 Oct 2016 17:28:16 +0000 Dennis Faas 9963 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9963/explained-how-and-why-windows-goes-corrupt#comments f1 Windows Tips Windows 10 Update Targets Gadget Lovers http://www.infopackets.com/news/9962/windows-10-update-targets-gadget-lovers <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></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 detailed the next major update for Windows 10. Dubbed the "Creators Update," its emphasis is on 3D and virtual reality. While Windows 10 gets regular small updates, it also has the occasional major update. The next of these will come sometime next spring. Rather than bring minor tweaks and fixes, these major updates are based around entirely new features to the system. The update includes a revised version of the longstanding Paint app, with the emphasis on 3D. As well as creating 3D designs, users will be able to turn photographs into 3D and edit them. Update Pushing ... (<a href="/news/9962/windows-10-update-targets-gadget-lovers" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 27 Oct 2016 11:46:46 +0000 John Lister 9962 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9962/windows-10-update-targets-gadget-lovers#comments f1 Microsoft Experts: Kids Tablet Use Requires Parental Interaction http://www.infopackets.com/news/9961/experts-kids-tablet-use-requires-parental-interaction <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></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">Experts say toddlers should be allowed limited access to tablets and other gadgets. It reverses previous advice that kids under two be kept away from small screens altogether. The advice comes from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). It now recommends 18 months as the minimum age to "use" screen devices, but says children aged five and under should spend a maximum of one hour a day in front of screens. It's not a case of 'anything goes', however. The AAP says young kids should only use screens for specific purposes. These include watching "high quality" ... (<a href="/news/9961/experts-kids-tablet-use-requires-parental-interaction" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 26 Oct 2016 17:01:36 +0000 John Lister 9961 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9961/experts-kids-tablet-use-requires-parental-interaction#comments f1 Technology Microsoft Warns: Fake Blue Screen of Death with 1-800 Number is a Scam http://www.infopackets.com/news/9960/microsoft-warns-fake-blue-screen-death-1-800-number-scam <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></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 warned that scammers are trying to trick users with a fake "Blue Screen of Death" error message. The idea is to fool users into calling a bogus 1-800 tech support hotline. The Blue Screen of Death is an unofficial name given to a particular type of error message which appears when a Windows computer suffers a serious malfunction. In most cases, once the screen appears the only option is to reboot the computer, usually by switching it off with a physical power button or by resetting the machine with a reset button (if it is available). The idea of the screen is to give ... (<a href="/news/9960/microsoft-warns-fake-blue-screen-death-1-800-number-scam" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 25 Oct 2016 16:43:47 +0000 John Lister 9960 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9960/microsoft-warns-fake-blue-screen-death-1-800-number-scam#comments f1 Security How to Fix: Disable Google Analytics in Firefox, Chrome, IE http://www.infopackets.com/news/9959/how-fix-disable-google-analytics-firefox-chrome-ie <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></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 Ray F. writes: " Dear Dennis, I have a problem with Google Analytics tying up my web browser with a 'waiting for www google-analytics.com' messages every time I visit a site. It shows this message in the action box on the lower left of the browser as the page loads. This goes for about 20 to 40 seconds and will not let me pass it; I have to wait for it to complete before the page will fully load. How do I get rid of this? Thanks for a great website and newsletter. " My response: This is a good question. The reason why the analytics is there is so that the website operator ... (<a href="/news/9959/how-fix-disable-google-analytics-firefox-chrome-ie" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 17:08:46 +0000 Dennis Faas 9959 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9959/how-fix-disable-google-analytics-firefox-chrome-ie#comments f1 Windows Tips T-Mobile Hit With $48 Million Penalty in 'Unlimited Data' Dispute http://www.infopackets.com/news/9958/t-mobile-hit-48-million-penalty-unlimited-data-dispute <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></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">T-Mobile has agreed to pay nearly $50 million after misleading customers about a supposed unlimited data plan. Unlike rival AT&amp;T, it chose to settle with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rather than risk a court case. The agreement came after complaints from a customer who had signed up to an unlimited plan for mobile data use. It turned out that at times when the service was most heavily used T-Mobile "de-prioritized" -- in other words, slowed down -- data speeds for customers who used the most data. It's believed the threshold, which was never made public, was ... (<a href="/news/9958/t-mobile-hit-48-million-penalty-unlimited-data-dispute" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 20 Oct 2016 16:41:24 +0000 John Lister 9958 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9958/t-mobile-hit-48-million-penalty-unlimited-data-dispute#comments f1 Mobile Cops Could Force Non-Suspects to Unlock Phones http://www.infopackets.com/news/9957/cops-could-force-non-suspects-unlock-phones <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></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 argued that police have the right to force anyone in a searched property to unlock phones with a fingerprint lock. Lawyers disputing the argument say that would go beyond the reasonable scope of a search warrant. It's the latest development in the ongoing development of privacy and search laws as technology evolves . For example, previous cases have concluded that police can't force somebody to provide a passcode or password to unlock a phone, because it would breach the Fifth Amendment's measures on self-incrimination. However, law enforcement ... (<a href="/news/9957/cops-could-force-non-suspects-unlock-phones" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 19 Oct 2016 16:39:02 +0000 John Lister 9957 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9957/cops-could-force-non-suspects-unlock-phones#comments f1 Security Google Predicts Flight Ticket Price Hikes http://www.infopackets.com/news/9956/google-predicts-flight-ticket-price-hikes <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></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 is to start warning users when flight ticket prices are likely to rise. It adds forecasts to a current system that works with actual price changes. The feature is coming to Google Flights, a dedicated search tool which lets users look for flight prices. While several travel sites offer similar tools, Google argues that its is easier to use. It's no secret that ticket prices change over time. While there's an element of last-minute drops as airlines try to avoid empty seats, there's also a broader trend of prices increasing as the weeks count down to a flight, the theory ... (<a href="/news/9956/google-predicts-flight-ticket-price-hikes" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 18 Oct 2016 16:42:22 +0000 John Lister 9956 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9956/google-predicts-flight-ticket-price-hikes#comments f1 Google How to Fix: Firefox Forget Username / Remove Autocomplete http://www.infopackets.com/news/9955/how-fix-firefox-forget-username-remove-autocomplete <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></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 Bill P. writes: " Dear Dennis, I am using Windows 10 and Firefox. Recently I went to sign onto my banking website and entered in the wrong user name during the sign on. A few days later I went to sign onto the bank again and it seems that Firefox saved the incorrect user name to that field (note - I am not using the Firefox password manager to fill my fields, I am doing it manually). Normally when I visit my bank website, I enter in a few characters for my user name and then Firefox usually presents me with the correct user name as part of the field - sort of the same autocomplete ... (<a href="/news/9955/how-fix-firefox-forget-username-remove-autocomplete" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Fri, 14 Oct 2016 17:04:17 +0000 Dennis Faas 9955 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9955/how-fix-firefox-forget-username-remove-autocomplete#comments Windows Tips Social Media Monitoring Service Sold Data to Cops http://www.infopackets.com/news/9954/social-media-monitoring-service-sold-data-cops <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></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 company accused of selling social media data to the police has been blocked from accessing some or all content from three major sites. Facebook, Instagram and Twitter made the move after complaints from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU.) According to the ACLU, Geofeedia markets its social media monitoring product to police forces as a way to monitor people who may be involved in protests. In one marketing message, a company representative specifically cited the use of the service during the high-profile unrest that followed the shooting of a man by police officers in Ferguson, ... (<a href="/news/9954/social-media-monitoring-service-sold-data-cops" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 13 Oct 2016 16:26:26 +0000 John Lister 9954 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9954/social-media-monitoring-service-sold-data-cops#comments f1 Government Yahoo Accused of Holding Email Users Hostage http://www.infopackets.com/news/9953/yahoo-accused-holding-email-users-hostage <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></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">Yahoo has blocked users from automatically forwarding incoming emails to an account with a rival provider. Many are interpreting it as an attempt to stop users jumping ship after revelations of a major security breach. The forwarding feature is pretty much a standard feature across the webmail industry, and means users can change from one account to another without having to worry about missing out on an important message during the switchover. Officially Yahoo says the feature is only temporarily disabled. It says the move was planned in advance and is to allow it to work on a range of ... (<a href="/news/9953/yahoo-accused-holding-email-users-hostage" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 12 Oct 2016 13:01:01 +0000 John Lister 9953 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9953/yahoo-accused-holding-email-users-hostage#comments f1 Internet Samsung Permanently Discontinues Note 7 Amidst Exploding Smartphones http://www.infopackets.com/news/9952/samsung-permanently-discontinues-note-7-amidst-exploding-smartphones <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></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">What's worse than a bunch of smartphones catching fire? A company that recalls them, reissues them, and the reissued ones also going up in flames. That's what's happened to Samsung with its Galaxy Note 7 handset, which ultimately led the company to permanently discontinue and abandon the model altogether. Launched in August, 2016, the Samsung Note 7 originally received great reviews and was listed by some as not only among the best Samsung phones, but also the best of any phones running the Android operating system. Like previous Samsung Note models, it has a huge screen that ... (<a href="/news/9952/samsung-permanently-discontinues-note-7-amidst-exploding-smartphones" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 11 Oct 2016 17:18:45 +0000 John Lister 9952 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9952/samsung-permanently-discontinues-note-7-amidst-exploding-smartphones#comments f1 Mobile How to Fix: Windows 10 Drive Letters Missing in Explorer http://www.infopackets.com/news/9951/how-fix-windows-10-drive-letters-missing-explorer <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></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 Barb J. writes: " Dear Dennis, I just upgraded to Windows 10. When I click on 'This PC' from the Start menu, my drive letters are missing from Windows explorer. Previously, I was using Windows 7, and when I clicked on My Computer it would show the C drive (my hard drive), and D, E, and F drive which are memory card slots. Why are my drive letters missing from explorer in Windows 10? Is this a feature I can change? " My response: Sometimes when you do a major upgrade from one operating system to another, settings from the previous operating system get misconstrued and weird ... (<a href="/news/9951/how-fix-windows-10-drive-letters-missing-explorer" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Mon, 10 Oct 2016 17:37:05 +0000 Dennis Faas 9951 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9951/how-fix-windows-10-drive-letters-missing-explorer#comments f1 Windows Tips How to Fix: Disable Airplane Mode in Windows 10 http://www.infopackets.com/news/9950/how-fix-disable-airplane-mode-windows-10 <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></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">How to Fix: Disable Airplane Mode in Windows 10 Infopackets Reader Eric H. writes: " Dear Dennis, When I used my computer last night (after returning home from work), I was immediately told that there was no Internet connection - none of my web browsers would work. I tried to reset my router by unplugging it, waiting a few seconds, and plugging it back in, but that did not help. With that said, I did notice that when I moved the mouse over the network icon in the system tray bar, a dialogue box says I have Airplane Mode turned on. I should mention this is a desktop PC. I managed to go to the ... (<a href="/news/9950/how-fix-disable-airplane-mode-windows-10" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Fri, 07 Oct 2016 14:55:45 +0000 Dennis Faas 9950 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9950/how-fix-disable-airplane-mode-windows-10#comments f1 Windows Tips Is a Chromebook Right for You? http://www.infopackets.com/news/9946/chromebook-right-you <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></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">With smartphones and tablets gaining extreme popularity thanks to low-cost production and ever-increasing CPU speeds, many users are looking at alternatives to Windows when it comes to being able to compute on the go. One system in particular is the ChromeBook (laptop) which is based on Google's Chrome operating system. Many major manufacturers produce Chromebooks, including Acer, ASUS, Dell, HP, Lenovo and Samsung. As of September 2016 there were at least three dozen Chromebook models on the market. What is Chrome OS? Chrome OS is a somewhat similar, but separate operating system to Android ... (<a href="/news/9946/chromebook-right-you" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 06 Oct 2016 17:12:13 +0000 John Lister 9946 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9946/chromebook-right-you#comments f1 Google Should You Use a Password Manager? http://www.infopackets.com/news/9945/should-you-use-password-manager <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></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">Lately we've been posting a lot of articles about websites and services that have been hacked . One of the primary recommendations we have also repeated is that users should use unique and hard-to-guess passwords for each site, as this will help to prevent any further breaches. The reasoning is that if user account data is stolen on one site ( Yahoo is a good example ), the same username and passwords may also be valid on other sites - but only if users are using the same account names, passwords or password hints. Unfortunately this is often the case, because using the same passwords on ... (<a href="/news/9945/should-you-use-password-manager" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 05 Oct 2016 18:30:26 +0000 John Lister 9945 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9945/should-you-use-password-manager#comments f1 Security 8 Tools that can Help Keep Your PC Secure http://www.infopackets.com/news/9944/8-tools-can-help-keep-your-pc-secure <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></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">At Infopackets we're often asked to recommend security software and tools or give our opinion on specific products. While every product has its pros and cons, as the old saying goes, the proof of the pudding is in the eating. With that in mind, I thought I'd run down the actual tools I use in my day to day life rather than when we're testing out products. That means trying to find the balance of staying protected without taking up too much time and attention or computing resources. Permanent My main anti-virus software is Microsoft Security Essentials on Windows 7. It's ... (<a href="/news/9944/8-tools-can-help-keep-your-pc-secure" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 04 Oct 2016 16:54:34 +0000 John Lister 9944 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9944/8-tools-can-help-keep-your-pc-secure#comments f1 Security How to Fix: Task Manager Top Menu and Tabs Missing http://www.infopackets.com/news/9949/how-fix-task-manager-top-menu-and-tabs-missing <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></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 James R. writes: " Dear Dennis, I just upgraded to Windows 10 and something strange has happened to my Task Manager. When I press CTRL + ALT + DEL on the keyboard, then click on the 'Task Manager' option, it brings up the Task Manager window - but the top menu of Task Manager is missing. Normally I would see 'File', 'Options', 'View' menus, plus the tabs (such as Processes, Performance, Details, etc) but neither of those are present. What gives? " My response: According to Microsoft Knowledge Base Article #193050, what you are describing is Task Manager that is operating in ... (<a href="/news/9949/how-fix-task-manager-top-menu-and-tabs-missing" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Mon, 03 Oct 2016 17:15:23 +0000 Dennis Faas 9949 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9949/how-fix-task-manager-top-menu-and-tabs-missing#comments f1 Windows Tips How to Fix: My Computer icon Missing in Windows 10 (Desktop) http://www.infopackets.com/news/9948/how-fix-my-computer-icon-missing-windows-10-desktop <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></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 "Sue" writes: " Dear Dennis, I've recently upgraded to Windows 10 and now the 'My Computer' icon is missing from my desktop. Now I don't know how to get to my files! I am completely lost and also very frustrated. Can you help? " My response: If memory serves correct, the "My Computer" icon was removed from the desktop starting with Windows 8, and is now called "This PC". Personally, I have always used "My Computer" as a starting point whenever I need to access a file or folder located somewhere on my hard drive, so I am not really sure why Microsoft decided to stop placing ... (<a href="/news/9948/how-fix-my-computer-icon-missing-windows-10-desktop" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Fri, 30 Sep 2016 17:19:03 +0000 Dennis Faas 9948 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9948/how-fix-my-computer-icon-missing-windows-10-desktop#comments f1 Windows Tips 500M Accounts Stolen in Yahoo Data Breach http://www.infopackets.com/news/9943/500m-accounts-stolen-yahoo-data-breach <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></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 US senator wants the Securities and Exchange Commission to investigate Yahoo's handling of a major data breach. Mark Warner says the company left the public, and specifically investors, in the dark. Last week the company announced that it was hit in late 2014 by an attack that it believed to have been backed by a foreign government. Around 500 million accounts were affected and the stolen data included names, email address, dates of birth, phone numbers and passwords. The good news is that the passwords were encrypted. The bad news is that the data also included security questions and ... (<a href="/news/9943/500m-accounts-stolen-yahoo-data-breach" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 29 Sep 2016 14:51:56 +0000 John Lister 9943 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9943/500m-accounts-stolen-yahoo-data-breach#comments f1 Security How to Fix: Windows 10 Black Border (Shrinking Screen) - Using Display Frequency http://www.infopackets.com/news/9947/how-fix-windows-10-black-border-shrinking-screen-using-display-frequency <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></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 "Ainsley" writes: " Dear Dennis, I'm using Windows 10. My screen has two big black bars on either side of it taking up approximately 2 inches on each side, shrinking my available screen. I have tried updating the video driver and restarting. This did not help. I have googled the issue and found your article ' How to Fix: Windows 10 Black Border (Shrinking Screen) ', but I don't see the windows registry entry that starts with 'DALR6 DFPI'. Please advise. Thank you. " My response: This is one of the most frequently asked questions I receive, having written 5 articles on the ... (<a href="/news/9947/how-fix-windows-10-black-border-shrinking-screen-using-display-frequency" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 17:26:28 +0000 Dennis Faas 9947 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9947/how-fix-windows-10-black-border-shrinking-screen-using-display-frequency#comments f1 Windows Tips Consumer Group Attacks Windows 10 Failings http://www.infopackets.com/news/9941/consumer-group-attacks-windows-10-failings <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></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 British consumer group charity has slammed Microsoft over Windows 10. It says it's received more than a thousand complaint from users disappointed with the upgrade. The report comes from "Which?" (also known as the Consumers Association) - an organization similar in concept and operation to Consumer Reports in the United States. In many cases, the complainants said they either felt nagged to get the upgrade, or had it installed against their will. The organization said that for many of its members, "Windows 10 has been foisted on them like an unwelcome house guest. ... (<a href="/news/9941/consumer-group-attacks-windows-10-failings" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 16:22:28 +0000 John Lister 9941 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9941/consumer-group-attacks-windows-10-failings#comments f1 Microsoft How to Fix: Windows 10 Display Shifted when Playing Games http://www.infopackets.com/news/9940/how-fix-windows-10-display-shifted-when-playing-games <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></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 "Ivar" writes: " Dear Dennis, I just upgraded to Windows 10 and am using a monitor with 60hz and 1600x900 resolution. Since the upgrade, I have encountered problems with my screen shifting whenever I play some games. When this happens, my screen shifts to the left, leaving a black bar of about 4 centimeters on the right side. This only seems to happen when the games change resolution to 1024x768 - however, in Windows 7, changing resolutions worked flawlessly. I came across your article on how to calibrate your screen , and looked for the 'auto calibration' button you ... (<a href="/news/9940/how-fix-windows-10-display-shifted-when-playing-games" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Fri, 23 Sep 2016 17:23:26 +0000 Dennis Faas 9940 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9940/how-fix-windows-10-display-shifted-when-playing-games#comments f1 Windows Tips North Korea Has Just 28 Internet Sites http://www.infopackets.com/news/9939/north-korea-has-just-28-internet-sites <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></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">North Korea has just 28 websites, an audit has revealed. It includes sites for education, travel and cookery. What information was already known about the secretive country showed that it has its own Intranet: a restricted, internal network that appears to be the only information accessible to the few North Koreans with access to computers. However, the country does have a few sites on the worldwide Internet, all with addresses ending in .kp in the same way that many Canadian sites often end in .ca. Until now, nobody was sure exactly how many such sites existed. Full Domains List Exposed Like ... (<a href="/news/9939/north-korea-has-just-28-internet-sites" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 22 Sep 2016 16:47:41 +0000 John Lister 9939 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9939/north-korea-has-just-28-internet-sites#comments f1 Internet Comcast Gets Into Cellphone Service http://www.infopackets.com/news/9938/comcast-gets-cellphone-service <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></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">Comcast is to offer cellphone service next year, targeting its existing customers. It will use a combination of cellphone towers leased from Verizon and its own wireless hotspots. The company is not revealing too many details at this point, but it appears it believes it will be able to offer a wider coverage area by using its existing network of around 14 million wireless hotspots. Customers Own Routers Part of Network That network is so large because it not only covers devices in public places such as coffee shops but also uses a "guest mode" on the wireless routers of many cable ... (<a href="/news/9938/comcast-gets-cellphone-service" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 21 Sep 2016 16:17:54 +0000 John Lister 9938 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9938/comcast-gets-cellphone-service#comments f1 Mobile Law Change Could Let Feds Spy On Malware Victims http://www.infopackets.com/news/9937/law-change-could-let-feds-spy-malware-victims <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></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">Opponents of proposed changes that could make government surveillance of computers easier have warned time is running out. The changes will take effect on December 1 unless Congress passes a law to stop them. The debate involves the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, which is effectively the rulebook of the judicial system. Rule 41 sets out how search warrants work in federal cases. Earlier this year the Supreme Court agreed to a request from the Justice Department for three changes to Rule 41. The first is an exception to the usual principle that a local judge can only issue a search ... (<a href="/news/9937/law-change-could-let-feds-spy-malware-victims" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 20 Sep 2016 16:14:58 +0000 John Lister 9937 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9937/law-change-could-let-feds-spy-malware-victims#comments f1 Courts How to Fix: Laptop Black Screen, Windows Won't Boot http://www.infopackets.com/news/9936/how-fix-laptop-black-screen-windows-wont-boot <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></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 Elijah N. writes: " Dear Dennis, I have an HP laptop with Windows 10. Yesterday the laptop was working perfectly fine, but this morning I tried to turn it on and all I get is a black screen. The power light turns on, and the screen appears to be on (the screen backlight is on), but the screen is black and it won't boot into Windows 10. Nothing happens. What can I do to get my laptop working? " My response: This is a fairly common issue, and is either a hardware problem or a Windows boot problem. Some possibilities include: the laptop motherboard or display may have died, or ... (<a href="/news/9936/how-fix-laptop-black-screen-windows-wont-boot" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Mon, 19 Sep 2016 17:04:39 +0000 Dennis Faas 9936 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9936/how-fix-laptop-black-screen-windows-wont-boot#comments f1 Windows Tips How to Fix: File or Folder in Use (and Can't be Deleted) http://www.infopackets.com/news/9935/how-fix-file-or-folder-use-and-cant-be-deleted <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></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 Shelly R. writes: " Dear Dennis, Every once in a while, when I try and delete a folder on my network share, Windows tells me that 'This action can't be completed because the folder or file in it is open in another program'. I click the 'Try again' button multiple times but that rarely ever works. Can you please tell me why this keeps happening and what I can do to delete the file / folder? " My response: The reason why you receive the 'File in use' error (or 'Folder in use' error) is exactly that - the file or folder is in use by some other program, however, Windows isn't saying ... (<a href="/news/9935/how-fix-file-or-folder-use-and-cant-be-deleted" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Fri, 16 Sep 2016 15:37:52 +0000 Dennis Faas 9935 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9935/how-fix-file-or-folder-use-and-cant-be-deleted#comments f1 Windows Tips 'No Negative Reviews' Clauses Could be Banned http://www.infopackets.com/news/9934/no-negative-reviews-clauses-could-be-banned <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></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 House of Representatives has passed a bill banning companies from gagging clauses that stop customers leaving online reviews. But the law doesn't mean customers are exempt from libel and related laws. The Consumer Review Fairness Act doesn't affect the legality of writing reviews itself. Neither is it anything to do with criminal law. Instead it's all about the terms and conditions that companies insist customers agree to before placing an order. These documents sometimes include a non-disparagement clause that says customers won't publish negative reviews of the companies ... (<a href="/news/9934/no-negative-reviews-clauses-could-be-banned" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 15 Sep 2016 16:05:06 +0000 John Lister 9934 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9934/no-negative-reviews-clauses-could-be-banned#comments f1 Your Rights Netflix Urges FCC to End All Data Caps http://www.infopackets.com/news/9933/netflix-urges-fcc-end-all-data-caps <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></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">Netflix has called upon the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to examine whether data caps are harming the expansion of broadband data. The company, which also has close interest on the subject, says the FCC might have a legal duty to take action on the matter. The company complained in particular about monthly data limits on home broadband such as those imposed by Comcast, which recently enforced a 300GB a month cap on some customers - along with steep overage fees ($10 per 50GB). However, Comcast now says the cap has been bumped to 1TB , with unlimited data available in some areas, ... (<a href="/news/9933/netflix-urges-fcc-end-all-data-caps" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 14 Sep 2016 16:40:19 +0000 John Lister 9933 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9933/netflix-urges-fcc-end-all-data-caps#comments f1 Technology Tesla Auto: Perfect, Hands-Free Safety 'Impossible' http://www.infopackets.com/news/9932/tesla-auto-perfect-hands-free-safety-impossible <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></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">Elon Musk, the man behind the Tesla electric cars, says that the "Autopilot" and other self-driving systems will never be perfectly safe. Instead, he insists that safety for such features is improving, and the latest changes would have prevented a recent death. In the case of Tesla models, the autopilot cars are not fully autonomous in the same way as self-driving cars, such as Google's test vehicles . Instead, the technology is pitched somewhere between such cars and the far more common 'cruise control' feature. The Autopilot feature on the Tesla Model S combines a windshield camera, a radar ... (<a href="/news/9932/tesla-auto-perfect-hands-free-safety-impossible" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 13 Sep 2016 16:14:54 +0000 John Lister 9932 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9932/tesla-auto-perfect-hands-free-safety-impossible#comments f1 Technology How to Fix: Disable Edge News Feed; Set Home Page http://www.infopackets.com/news/9931/how-fix-disable-edge-news-feed-set-home-page <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></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 Jane T. writes: " Dear Dennis, I recently upgraded to Windows 10 and have been using the Edge browser fairly extensively. One thing that really bothers me is that when I first start Edge, it displays a bunch of photos on the screen, including: My News feed, News, Entertainment, Sports, Money, Lifestyle, and Autos. Is there any way to disable these permanently so that only Edge shows up? I really don't care to read any of those items - in fact, I'd much rather just have Google as my home page. Can you help? " My response: By default Edge will display the items you mention, ... (<a href="/news/9931/how-fix-disable-edge-news-feed-set-home-page" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Mon, 12 Sep 2016 16:48:37 +0000 Dennis Faas 9931 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9931/how-fix-disable-edge-news-feed-set-home-page#comments f1 Windows Tips Explained: My PC is Infected / Locked, has 1-800 Number. Is it a Scam? http://www.infopackets.com/news/9930/explained-my-pc-infected-locked-has-1-800-number-it-scam <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></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 "AJ" writes: " Dear Dennis, After having a conversation with Microsoft tech support yesterday, I realized that I was scammed. I took necessary steps to cancel credit card. I do not do business on my machine - just communication with friends, etc. I do see that the techs that took my money have done some work on my computer and it seems to run a lot better. Question: is it still harmful to leave my computer as-is, or should I hire another tech to clean my machine again? The people that took my money also gave me their phone numbers so that I can be in contact with them at ... (<a href="/news/9930/explained-my-pc-infected-locked-has-1-800-number-it-scam" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Fri, 09 Sep 2016 14:31:05 +0000 Dennis Faas 9930 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9930/explained-my-pc-infected-locked-has-1-800-number-it-scam#comments f1 Windows Tips Adult Site Hacked; 800,000 Accounts Exposed http://www.infopackets.com/news/9929/adult-site-hacked-800000-accounts-exposed <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></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 hack of nearly 800,000 accounts on an adult entertainment site could be among the most embarrassing ever. The breach at "Brazzers" may expose some of the very personal tastes of the site's users. The stolen data doesn't come from the main Brazzers site, which sells access to videos the company has made itself. Instead, it comes from the site's discussion forum, where users can discuss the scenes on the site and talk about what they'd like to see in future videos. Passwords Stored Without Encryption The data is said to include 790,724 email addresses (not including ... (<a href="/news/9929/adult-site-hacked-800000-accounts-exposed" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 08 Sep 2016 17:17:10 +0000 John Lister 9929 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9929/adult-site-hacked-800000-accounts-exposed#comments f1 Security Tech Giants Unite Against Government Gag Orders http://www.infopackets.com/news/9928/tech-giants-unite-against-government-gag-orders <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></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">Several tech giants have backed Microsoft in its attempt to overturn what it calls a gagging order over government data requests. The company says such orders are a double breach of the constitution. The case relates to the Store Communications Act, which is related to the Electronic Communications Privacy Act. In a nutshell, the law allows law enforcement officials to get a court order forcing tech companies to hand over details of customer activity, if it relates to an ongoing investigation. The controversial part is that the government can also ask the court to order the tech company not ... (<a href="/news/9928/tech-giants-unite-against-government-gag-orders" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 07 Sep 2016 16:07:40 +0000 John Lister 9928 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9928/tech-giants-unite-against-government-gag-orders#comments f1 Courts Warner Bros Accused of Pirating Own Movies http://www.infopackets.com/news/9927/warner-bros-accused-pirating-own-movies <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></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">An attempt to prevent the piracy of Warner Brothers movies has backfired, with several Warner Brothers official pages being reported in violation to Google. It appears to be an overzealous campaign by an agency hired to protect the company's copyright. The TorrentFreak site noticed the blunder while looking through a database of filings made to Google to report alleged breaches of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). Such reports are designed to persuade Google to remove copyright-infringing sites from its search index. (Source: torrentfreak.com ) This doesn't remove the page ... (<a href="/news/9927/warner-bros-accused-pirating-own-movies" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 06 Sep 2016 16:52:08 +0000 John Lister 9927 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9927/warner-bros-accused-pirating-own-movies#comments f1 Piracy How to Fix: "There is a problem with this website's security certificate" Error in IE, Edge http://www.infopackets.com/news/9926/how-fix-there-problem-websites-security-certificate-error-ie-edge <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></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 Julia R. writes: " Dear Dennis, I recently installed Windows 10 and while cleaning things up, inadvertently installed a program called 'Advanced PC Care' from my Download folder. Now when I go to use Internet Explorer 11 and Edge in Windows 10, I receive an error message stating: 'There is a problem with this website's security certificate,' no matter what website I try and visit. I have uninstalled the Advanced PC Care program but both IE11 and Edge are broken. I am completely at my wits end. Can you help? " My response: I asked Julia if she would like me to connect to her ... (<a href="/news/9926/how-fix-there-problem-websites-security-certificate-error-ie-edge" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Fri, 02 Sep 2016 14:37:57 +0000 Dennis Faas 9926 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9926/how-fix-there-problem-websites-security-certificate-error-ie-edge#comments f1 Windows Tips 2012 Dropbox Hack Far Worse Than Feared http://www.infopackets.com/news/9925/2012-dropbox-hack-far-worse-feared <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></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 2012 hacking incident has turned out to be far worse than initially believed. It turns out that the theft of more than 60 million account details also included passwords. Online storage company Dropbox admitted to the breach at the time, but only said a list of email addresses of customers had been stolen. It either didn't know or didn't say that passwords were also compromised. The incident was particularly embarrassing at the time, as the hack proved simple thanks to a Dropbox employee's poor lack of judgement. The employee's LinkedIn password had been stolen as part of a ... (<a href="/news/9925/2012-dropbox-hack-far-worse-feared" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 01 Sep 2016 14:22:56 +0000 John Lister 9925 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9925/2012-dropbox-hack-far-worse-feared#comments f1 Security MegaUpload Piracy Case Hearing to Be Shown Online http://www.infopackets.com/news/9924/megaupload-piracy-case-hearing-be-shown-online <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></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 high profile extradition case involving an alleged piracy site will be streamed online. The judge in the Kim Dotcom hearing imposed some restrictions on the streaming, though they are unlikely to make much difference. Dotcom, who changed his legal name from Kim Schmitz, was the man behind the controversial file hosting site Megaupload. Prosecutors in the US say he broke the law because the site was widely used for sharing files that breached copyright such as unauthorized movie video files. The heart of the case is what level of responsibility Dotcom bears for the actions of users. He ... (<a href="/news/9924/megaupload-piracy-case-hearing-be-shown-online" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 31 Aug 2016 14:13:41 +0000 John Lister 9924 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9924/megaupload-piracy-case-hearing-be-shown-online#comments f1 Courts Browser Sync Tool Hacking Raises Security Fears http://www.infopackets.com/news/9923/browser-sync-tool-hacking-raises-security-fears <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></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">Users of the Opera browser's sync tools have been warned to change their passwords for every website. The organization behind Opera says the warning is with "an abundance of caution." The warning only covers people who use Opera's system for synchronizing bookmarks, passwords and other information so that they can access the feature on any computer. This covers around 1.7 million people among the 350 million who use the browser. Writing on a company blog, Opera's Tarquin Wilton-Jones said an attack on the system had been detected and, although quickly blocked, was ... (<a href="/news/9923/browser-sync-tool-hacking-raises-security-fears" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 30 Aug 2016 13:30:28 +0000 John Lister 9923 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9923/browser-sync-tool-hacking-raises-security-fears#comments f1 Security