http://www.infopackets.com/index.xml en Apple Patches Critical Image Preview Bug http://www.infopackets.com/news/10989/apple-patches-critical-image-preview-bug <div class="google_ads"></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Apple has patched a security flaw that could compromise phones and tablets just by users receiving a message. The exploit would use an attachment in iMessages but wouldn't require the user to click or open it. It's a potentially very serious flaw though ironically that may be the saving factor for most ordinary users. Because it's so serious, experts believe it's most likely to be used for highly targeted attacks. The bug was discovered by researchers at the University of Toronto, who say it's an example of "zero-click spyware". While they've seen similar attacks on Apple devices before, it's ... (<a href="/news/10989/apple-patches-critical-image-preview-bug" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Mon, 20 Sep 2021 17:49:21 +0000 John Lister 10989 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10989/apple-patches-critical-image-preview-bug#comments f1 Security Mozilla, Microsoft in Browser Dispute http://www.infopackets.com/news/10988/mozilla-microsoft-browser-dispute <div class="google_ads"></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Mozilla has found a way to make it easier to set Firefox as a default browser in Windows. The move may raise eyebrows at Microsoft, as it involved getting past measures designed to combat malware. By default, Windows doesn't let users set an application as the default for a particular task (web browsing or otherwise) within the application itself. That's in principle a sensible idea as it reduces the risk of malware setting itself as a default app or tricking a user into doing so. Once established as a default app, the malware would have a big advantage as it would be opened more often, ... (<a href="/news/10988/mozilla-microsoft-browser-dispute" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 16 Sep 2021 16:37:37 +0000 John Lister 10988 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10988/mozilla-microsoft-browser-dispute#comments f1 Internet MS Office, Internet Explorer Form Zero Day Attack http://www.infopackets.com/news/10987/ms-office-internet-explorer-form-zero-day-attack <div class="google_ads"></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Security experts have warned users to take extra care opening Microsoft Office files. An unpatched bug in Internet Explorer can affect users regardless of their preferred browser. The bug takes advantage of the way Office files can open links in Internet Explorer. It means that attackers can craft Office files that, once opened, automatically load an "attack" page in Internet Explorer that installs malware. Exactly what malware to install is up to the attacker. There is some protection for some users. In many cases, Office will by default open a document in Protected View, which blocks links ... (<a href="/news/10987/ms-office-internet-explorer-form-zero-day-attack" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 14 Sep 2021 18:04:16 +0000 John Lister 10987 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10987/ms-office-internet-explorer-form-zero-day-attack#comments f1 Security Phones May Get Updates For Seven Years http://www.infopackets.com/news/10986/phones-may-get-updates-seven-years <div class="google_ads"></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Phone and tablet makers could be forced to update devices for at least seven years. The proposed law would only affect Europe but, if passed, could change policies around the world. At the moment, how long phones get security and feature updates is largely up to manufacturers. In many cases it can be as little as three years. Critics say that brings several problems, including unfairly pressuring owners to buy new devices even when their existing one works well. That also creates environmental problems with users struggling to find responsible ways to recycle old devices. Spare Parts Must Be ... (<a href="/news/10986/phones-may-get-updates-seven-years" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Mon, 13 Sep 2021 21:20:45 +0000 John Lister 10986 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10986/phones-may-get-updates-seven-years#comments f1 Mobile Facebook AI Mistakenly Labels Men as Primates http://www.infopackets.com/news/10985/facebook-ai-mistakenly-labels-men-primates <div class="google_ads"></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Facebook has apologized after its recommendation system labeled two black men as "primates." It's the latest in a series of blunders by automated technology. The "recommendation" was shown at the end of a video posted by a British newspaper. It featured a white man in the United States phoning 911 to report "being harassed by a bunch of black men." The video did not include any content of references involving non-human primates. One user who watched the video shared a screenshot of a message created by Facebook that appeared at the end of the video, asking ... (<a href="/news/10985/facebook-ai-mistakenly-labels-men-primates" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 08 Sep 2021 19:37:30 +0000 John Lister 10985 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10985/facebook-ai-mistakenly-labels-men-primates#comments f1 Internet Apple Offers Settlement in App Store Dispute http://www.infopackets.com/news/10983/apple-offers-settlement-app-store-dispute <div class="google_ads"></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Apple has agreed to allow app developers to tell users how to save money on app payments. It's part of a settlement in a long-running dispute but it's not enough to satisfy some developers. At the moment, app developers who sell apps in the official Apple store can gather email addresses of customers. However, the developers are not allowed to use those addresses to tell customers about how to pay them directly for subscriptions and one-off payments relating to the app. In-App Messages Banned That's a blow to developers who use a "freemium" model where the app itself is free but ... (<a href="/news/10983/apple-offers-settlement-app-store-dispute" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 07 Sep 2021 18:00:07 +0000 John Lister 10983 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10983/apple-offers-settlement-app-store-dispute#comments f1 Apple Windows 11 Release Date Revealed http://www.infopackets.com/news/10984/windows-11-release-date-revealed <div class="google_ads"></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Microsoft has confirmed Windows 11 will start rolling out as a free upgrade from October 5th, 2021. Users of older machines may have to wait until mid-2022, however. There will be some overlap with Windows 10, further blurring the lines of whether Windows 11 should be treated as a totally new operating system or the latest updates to what was supposed to be a "forever" system. The semi-annual major update to Windows 10 will still come out this fall, but Microsoft isn't promising anything else other than a guarantee of security updates and support until October, 14 2025. Windows 11 will only ... (<a href="/news/10984/windows-11-release-date-revealed" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Fri, 03 Sep 2021 18:33:41 +0000 John Lister 10984 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10984/windows-11-release-date-revealed#comments f1 Microsoft Windows 11 Compatibility Still An Issue http://www.infopackets.com/news/10982/windows-11-compatibility-still-issue <div class="google_ads"></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Microsoft will soon start telling Windows 10 users directly whether they'll be able to upgrade to Windows 11. It also looks likely machines that don't meet the specifications will be upgradeable but without any support. Users can already check for compatibility using a dedicated "PC Health Check" tool. However, Microsoft is now using Windows Update to send direct messages to users who are in the Windows test program. (Source: techradar.com ) Specifically the messages are going to those in the "Release Preview" channel, which means they can access new versions of Windows when Microsoft ... (<a href="/news/10982/windows-11-compatibility-still-issue" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 01 Sep 2021 17:01:37 +0000 John Lister 10982 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10982/windows-11-compatibility-still-issue#comments f1 Microsoft Samsung TV Block Feature Prompts Debate http://www.infopackets.com/news/10981/samsung-tv-block-feature-prompts-debate <div class="google_ads"></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Samsung is to remotely disable televisions stolen from its warehouses. It appears to be the first time it's activated the security measure. "TV Block" hasn't attracted much attention before but Samsung says it is installed on all its televisions. It hasn't confirmed if this is only in South Africa, where the feature has now been triggered, or on all sets worldwide. The activation follows looting during unrest in South Africa last month. A Samsung warehouse was among the locations ransacked. Internet Connection Used For Block The TV Block feature works because Samsung's Smart TV sets have an ... (<a href="/news/10981/samsung-tv-block-feature-prompts-debate" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Fri, 27 Aug 2021 16:54:18 +0000 John Lister 10981 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10981/samsung-tv-block-feature-prompts-debate#comments f1 Technology Vaccine Article Tops Facebook 'Most Viewed' List http://www.infopackets.com/news/10980/vaccine-article-tops-facebook-most-viewed-list <div class="google_ads"></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">The most viewed link for Americans on Facebook in the first three months of 2021 was to a news story about a doctor who died after getting a COVID vaccine. The story turned out to be questionable and may have given a misleading impression. The statistic comes in a Facebook report that was mysteriously delayed. That's raised questions about whether Facebook held it back to avoid controversy. Facebook publishes a quarterly report titled "Widely Viewed Content" that details posts, links and other content that are seen by the biggest number of users in the United States. It's designed to show ... (<a href="/news/10980/vaccine-article-tops-facebook-most-viewed-list" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 25 Aug 2021 20:16:43 +0000 John Lister 10980 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10980/vaccine-article-tops-facebook-most-viewed-list#comments f1 Internet Windows 11 Demo Runs in Browser http://www.infopackets.com/news/10979/windows-11-demo-runs-browser <div class="google_ads"></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">A new website lets users try out the new Windows 11 user interface. The unofficial site doesn't require any software installation or special hardware. The demo is available at win11.blueedge.me and is an open source project involving several contributors. (Source: techspot.com ) Unlike Microsoft's various test editions (and the less official leaked copies), the demo doesn't actually run any standalone software. Instead it's a web page that simulates the look and feel of the Windows 11 desktop, along with some of the key features and functions. This includes working copies of apps including ... (<a href="/news/10979/windows-11-demo-runs-browser" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 24 Aug 2021 19:05:16 +0000 John Lister 10979 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10979/windows-11-demo-runs-browser#comments f1 Internet Recent Update Glitches Windows 'Alt-Tab' Shortcut http://www.infopackets.com/news/10978/recent-update-glitches-windows-alt-tab-shortcut <div class="google_ads"></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">A recent Windows 10 update appears to have broken the Alt-Tab feature. Thankfully there's a simple fix that doesn't involve compromising security or performance. Holding down the Alt button and then hitting Tab is one of the more long-standing and useful Windows keyboard shortcuts. For those who've somehow missed out, it lets users quickly switch between open windows, including those not currently visible at the foreground. In later editions of Windows, including Windows 10, the shortcut displays a small image of every open windows showing its current content. That's useful when running two ... (<a href="/news/10978/recent-update-glitches-windows-alt-tab-shortcut" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Mon, 23 Aug 2021 16:54:51 +0000 John Lister 10978 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10978/recent-update-glitches-windows-alt-tab-shortcut#comments f1 Microsoft Internet Explorer Finally Heading for Exit http://www.infopackets.com/news/10977/internet-explorer-finally-heading-exit <div class="google_ads"></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Internet Explorer 11 users will start losing access to Microsoft 365 this week. It's the latest step towards the browser being phased out altogether. Microsoft 365 is the subscription version of Microsoft Office. Rather than buy a one-off edition, users pay an annual fee and will always have access to the latest versions of tools such as Word and Excel. That's because Microsoft 365 works online rather than the bulk of the software being installed and running on the user's hard drive. Internet Explorer 11 was released in 2013 and became the default browser for Windows 8.1 and earlier. It was ... (<a href="/news/10977/internet-explorer-finally-heading-exit" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Fri, 20 Aug 2021 17:58:19 +0000 John Lister 10977 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10977/internet-explorer-finally-heading-exit#comments f1 Microsoft T-Mobile Allegedly Hit By Massive Breach http://www.infopackets.com/news/10976/t-mobile-allegedly-hit-massive-breach <div class="google_ads"></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">T-Mobile is investigating claims a hacker stole sensitive data about more than 100 million customers. It hasn't confirmed or denied claims. The haul included social security numbers and driver license information. The alleged breach was first reported by Motherboard, which spotted a hacker forum post from somebody attempting to steal the data. The would-be seller says it comes from multiple T-Mobile servers and contains "full customer info" on US customers. The seller claims the haul includes names, phone numbers and physical addresses, along with IMEI numbers that identify individual ... (<a href="/news/10976/t-mobile-allegedly-hit-massive-breach" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 19 Aug 2021 16:03:03 +0000 John Lister 10976 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10976/t-mobile-allegedly-hit-massive-breach#comments f1 Security Firefox Takes Aim At Cookies http://www.infopackets.com/news/10975/firefox-takes-aim-cookies <div class="google_ads"></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Firefox has added a new feature letting users remove all traces of visiting a website, including cookies. It builds on the browser's existing technology that makes it harder for a single site to track users across the web. Both features aim to tackle the problem that tracking and other records of online activity come from a variety of sources. Visiting a particular site creates several pieces of data on a computer, while cookies are made more complicated because the site that places them on a computer isn't always the same as the site that access and uses the cookie. Total Cookie Protection ... (<a href="/news/10975/firefox-takes-aim-cookies" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 19 Aug 2021 02:19:41 +0000 John Lister 10975 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10975/firefox-takes-aim-cookies#comments f1 Internet Apple: iPhone Photo Scans 'Not a Privacy Risk' http://www.infopackets.com/news/10974/apple-iphone-photo-scans-not-privacy-risk <div class="google_ads"></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Apple has admitted it scans iPhone images for pictures of children being abused. It says it will refuse any government request to use the facility for other purposes. The scans cover any photos uploaded to the iCloud Photos backup service rather than scanning the entire phone. This feature is switched off by default. Once it's switched on, any photo added to the device is automatically uploaded to iCloud and will therefore be covered by the new scans. When Apple scans the image, it doesn't try to figure out the content. Instead it compares it to a database of known child abuse images. If it ... (<a href="/news/10974/apple-iphone-photo-scans-not-privacy-risk" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 17 Aug 2021 18:25:21 +0000 John Lister 10974 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10974/apple-iphone-photo-scans-not-privacy-risk#comments f1 Apple VideoProc Review http://www.infopackets.com/news/10863/videoproc-review <div class="google_ads"></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">What's one of the best one-stop video editing software available for both PC and Mac? Answer: Digiarty's VideoProc! From the makers of WinX DVD Ripper and WinX Video Convert comes VideoProc: a multi-award winning software program that allows you to edit, convert, resize and adjust large/4K videos, DVDs, and audio at fully accelerated speed. Update 2021/08/16 : The latest release of VideoProc can now estimate video size when converting video, plus support for Video to GIF conversion, as well as GIF to MP4, MKV, etc for sharing via SMS. AMD video hardware encoding has also been improved, plus ... (<a href="/news/10863/videoproc-review" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Mon, 16 Aug 2021 18:57:02 +0000 Dennis Faas 10863 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10863/videoproc-review#comments f1 Windows Tips Three Random Words 'Best Password Strategy' http://www.infopackets.com/news/10973/three-random-words-best-password-strategy <div class="google_ads"></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">A government agency says three "random" words make for a better password than many other approaches. It says other strategies such as adding symbols and numbers can be counterproductive. The advice comes from the National Cyber Security Center (NCSC). That's a body in the United Kingdom that deals with major security breaches and gives advice to businesses and other government organizations. According to the NCSC, the advice is aimed at people who try to remember passwords. It says password manager tools are a good solution but remain widely unused. (Source: gov.uk ) Predictable Appr0@ch ! ... (<a href="/news/10973/three-random-words-best-password-strategy" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 11 Aug 2021 20:18:25 +0000 John Lister 10973 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10973/three-random-words-best-password-strategy#comments f1 Security Report Condemns Government Cyber Security http://www.infopackets.com/news/10972/report-condemns-government-cyber-security <div class="google_ads"></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">A Senate committee has slammed cyber security in eight federal government agencies. The committee said most were failing basic security standards and had shown minimal improvements since a previous report. The report comes from the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. It followed up on a similar report from another committee in 2019. Both reports looked at issues including: Whether the agencies adequately protected personal information. Whether they kept track of the various IT equipment and systems they used. Whether they installed security patches quickly enough. Whether ... (<a href="/news/10972/report-condemns-government-cyber-security" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 10 Aug 2021 20:26:24 +0000 John Lister 10972 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10972/report-condemns-government-cyber-security#comments f1 Security Nations Ranked For Online Censorship http://www.infopackets.com/news/10971/nations-ranked-online-censorship <div class="google_ads"></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">At least 175 countries have some form of online censorship according to a newly-published study. The degree varies wildly, however, and is somewhat dependent on definitions. The report comes from Comparitech, which ranked the 175 countries for "censorship" in six categories of Internet use: file sharing torrents, pornography, political media, social media, virtual private networks and apps for messaging or voice over Internet protocol (such as Skype). For each category it gave the country one point if it had some form of legal restriction and two points for an outright ban. That ... (<a href="/news/10971/nations-ranked-online-censorship" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Fri, 06 Aug 2021 18:02:49 +0000 John Lister 10971 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10971/nations-ranked-online-censorship#comments f1 Government Microsoft Explains Windows 11 Changes http://www.infopackets.com/news/10970/microsoft-explains-windows-11-changes <div class="google_ads"></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Microsoft has explained the thinking behind some of the main changes in Windows 11. It's also tweaked a notification feature that could have been unnecessarily annoying. According to Microsoft it used a "new approach" in designing Windows 11. It suggests that the "new approach" was to give users what they wanted. The move to "human-centered design practices" involved giving users several pieces of paper marked with different operating system features and asking them to arrange them in order of importance. In an amazing coincidence, Microsoft says "the research matched up perfectly ... (<a href="/news/10970/microsoft-explains-windows-11-changes" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 05 Aug 2021 20:09:46 +0000 John Lister 10970 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10970/microsoft-explains-windows-11-changes#comments f1 Microsoft Fake Windows 11 Riddled With Malware http://www.infopackets.com/news/10968/fake-windows-11-riddled-malware <div class="google_ads"></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">A security company has warned that scammers are using bogus copies of Windows 11 to distribute malware. Kaspersky reminds users that Microsoft's Windows Insider test program is the only place to get the real deal. While the average user can safely wait until the system's official release, tech enthusiasts may be eager to get their hands on Windows 11. That interest may well rise in the coming days with the first release of a beta edition that, in theory at least, is complete and much less likely to crash than the currently available "dev" edition. Kaspersky notes that several rogue sites are ... (<a href="/news/10968/fake-windows-11-riddled-malware" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 04 Aug 2021 19:34:52 +0000 John Lister 10968 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10968/fake-windows-11-riddled-malware#comments f1 Security Phone, Gadget Repair 'Rules' to be Enforced by FTC http://www.infopackets.com/news/10969/phone-gadget-repair-rules-be-enforced-ftc <div class="google_ads"></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has voted unanimously to enforce "right to repair" laws. The rules should make it harder for manufacturers to maintain monopolies over fixing gadgets such as phones. The FTC follows an executive order from the President that covered economic competition issues in general but included a specific reference to smartphones. (Source: theverge.com ) The moves aim to tackle companies such as phone makers which either block or restrict third-party companies or device buyers from carrying out repairs. This involves a range of tactics such as refusing to supply ... (<a href="/news/10969/phone-gadget-repair-rules-be-enforced-ftc" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 03 Aug 2021 17:00:25 +0000 John Lister 10969 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10969/phone-gadget-repair-rules-be-enforced-ftc#comments f1 Government Windows 11 Kills The Blue Screen Of Death http://www.infopackets.com/news/10967/windows-11-kills-blue-screen-death <div class="google_ads"></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Windows 11 will soon be available for testing in a less-risky manner. Meanwhile, Microsoft has unveiled some more changes, including an end - of sorts - to the "Blue Screen of Death". Microsoft has confirmed the system will be available to people in the Windows Insider Program in its Beta testing channel as of July 29. It is officially the first time something resembling the finished Windows 11 is available in a complete and fully usable manner. Up until then, Windows 11 has only available in the Dev channel, meaning some features and actions may be unavailable. Microsoft also stresses that ... (<a href="/news/10967/windows-11-kills-blue-screen-death" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Mon, 02 Aug 2021 17:04:58 +0000 John Lister 10967 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10967/windows-11-kills-blue-screen-death#comments f1 Microsoft Russian Ransomware Group Suffers Big Blow http://www.infopackets.com/news/10966/russian-ransomware-group-suffers-big-blow <div class="google_ads"></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">A ransomware gang said to have Russian links appears to have been knocked offline. The REvil group recently demanded a $70 million ransom after a major attack. The group was linked to two recent attacks, the first on an international meat processing company. JBS, which is estimated to process 20 percent of the beef and pork sold in the US, had to shut down production while dealing with the breach. An even more serious attack targeted Kaseya, a company that not only offers computing services to businesses, but also powers many managed service providers that run IT for their own clients. The ... (<a href="/news/10966/russian-ransomware-group-suffers-big-blow" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 28 Jul 2021 16:11:35 +0000 John Lister 10966 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10966/russian-ransomware-group-suffers-big-blow#comments f1 Security Report: FCC Broadband Definition Too Slow http://www.infopackets.com/news/10965/report-fcc-broadband-definition-too-slow <div class="google_ads"></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">A government agency says the current US definition of broadband may be too slow. It says the threshold of 25 Mbps likely isn't enough for today's needs, particularly for small businesses. The figure in question is the Federal Communication Commission's "benchmark" for broadband speeds. It's important because it's the figure officials use to assess what proportion of the US population has access to broadband and whether the country is meeting targets. The most recent estimate is that 96 percent of the population has broadband access under the current definition. The benchmark also plays a key ... (<a href="/news/10965/report-fcc-broadband-definition-too-slow" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 15 Jul 2021 18:38:41 +0000 John Lister 10965 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10965/report-fcc-broadband-definition-too-slow#comments f1 Internet Web 'Influencers' Must Label Photoshopped Pics http://www.infopackets.com/news/10963/web-influencers-must-label-photoshopped-pics <div class="google_ads"></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">People paid to promote products in Norway will be legally required to say if they've used photo editing tools. The new law also covers using photo filters. The law has already been passed by legislators but the date it takes effect hasn't yet been confirmed. (Source: bbc.co.uk ) The rules will apply to any photo that's posted for promotional purposes. It will also apply to users - sometimes dubbed "influencers" - who are receiving payment or other benefits in return for making the post. Any manipulated image will need to carry a warning label, designed by the government, that tells users it ... (<a href="/news/10963/web-influencers-must-label-photoshopped-pics" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Mon, 12 Jul 2021 17:17:40 +0000 John Lister 10963 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10963/web-influencers-must-label-photoshopped-pics#comments f1 Internet Nine Rogue Android Apps to Delete Right Now http://www.infopackets.com/news/10962/nine-rogue-android-apps-delete-right-now <div class="google_ads"></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Nine popular Google Play apps were actually scams to steal Facebook logins according to a security company. Although Google has removed some of them, they may still be on devices. All the apps were promoted as performing a simple task and appear to have worked as designed. Although that meant more effort for the developers, the idea was to make users less suspecting that the apps were actually harmful. The affected apps had the following names and functions: App Lock Keep (child safety tool) App Lock Manager (child safety tool) Horoscope Daily (astrology) Horoscope Pi (astrology) Inwell ... (<a href="/news/10962/nine-rogue-android-apps-delete-right-now" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 08 Jul 2021 18:44:55 +0000 John Lister 10962 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10962/nine-rogue-android-apps-delete-right-now#comments f1 Security Social Media 'Deplatforming' Law Struck Down http://www.infopackets.com/news/10961/social-media-deplatforming-law-struck-down <div class="google_ads"></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">A federal judge has blocked a Florida law that would have made it illegal for social media sites to suspend or ban politicians from posting. The judge said the law was both discriminatory and a breach of the First Amendment. The controversial law was first proposed in February and signed by the state's governor in May. It was scheduled to take effect on July 1st, 2021, but was blocked by US District Judge via a preliminary injunction following a case brought by trade associations including social media companies. The law said social media companies could remove specific posts and suspend ... (<a href="/news/10961/social-media-deplatforming-law-struck-down" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 07 Jul 2021 19:56:08 +0000 John Lister 10961 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10961/social-media-deplatforming-law-struck-down#comments f1 Courts Judge: Facebook Not a Monopoly; Stock Skyrockets http://www.infopackets.com/news/10960/judge-facebook-not-monopoly-stock-skyrockets <div class="google_ads"></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">A judge has thrown out two complaints from federal and state government that claimed Facebook broke competition laws. After the ruling, Facebook's market value rose to more than a trillion dollars. The first case was brought by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), which said Facebook not only had a monopoly but had unfairly maintained it. The FTC said the monopoly was in the market of "personal social networking services" and that it's unfair actions included using technology to block interoperability between Facebook and other services. (Source: courtlistener.com ) Instagram Buyout Questioned ... (<a href="/news/10960/judge-facebook-not-monopoly-stock-skyrockets" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Mon, 05 Jul 2021 19:45:33 +0000 John Lister 10960 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10960/judge-facebook-not-monopoly-stock-skyrockets#comments f1 Courts Google To Warn Of Unreliable Results http://www.infopackets.com/news/10959/google-warn-unreliable-results <div class="google_ads"></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Google is to warn users when results for a search might not provide reliable information. It's designed mainly for breaking news stories. The warning will be an update feature for the existing "About this result" tool that Google has been testing publicly since February. The tool means results on mobile devices now have a menu option that brings up a pop-window that describes the source, with the description taken from Wikipedia. The idea is to give users a quick insight into sources they don't recognize and help them decide how authoritative or otherwise they may be. Warning Message Issued ... (<a href="/news/10959/google-warn-unreliable-results" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Fri, 02 Jul 2021 21:12:21 +0000 John Lister 10959 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10959/google-warn-unreliable-results#comments f1 Google Windows 11 Compatibility Test Confuses Users http://www.infopackets.com/news/10958/windows-11-compatibility-test-confuses-users <div class="google_ads"></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">A surprise requirement for Windows 11 has left many users fearing their computer may not be compatible with the new system. The need for a Trusted Platform Module (TPM) has led to a price spike for the component, though there's no real need to panic or pay over the odds right now. The requirement came to light when Microsoft published a downloadable PC Health Check tool that told users whether their PC met all the hardware requirements for running Windows 11, which is due for release later this year. That led to a lot of confusion with users seeing the answer was "No," but the tool not saying ... (<a href="/news/10958/windows-11-compatibility-test-confuses-users" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 30 Jun 2021 17:26:18 +0000 John Lister 10958 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10958/windows-11-compatibility-test-confuses-users#comments f1 Microsoft Being Blackmailed for Money on Facebook? Here's What to Do http://www.infopackets.com/news/10430/being-blackmailed-money-facebook-heres-what-do <div class="google_ads"></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Infopackets Reader Peter T. writes: " Dear Dennis, I have a friend who recently met someone on Facebook. For sake of argument I'll refer to my friend as Bob and his romantic interest as Tina. Bob says he received a friend request from Tina two days ago and after only 10 minutes of text messaging, things started getting hot and heavy. Tina then asked Bob to go into a video chat; as soon as he entered, Tina was already naked and playing with herself. During the chat, she stopped to message him a few times, though never spoke any words. Each time, she asked Bob to reciprocate by showing his ... (<a href="/news/10430/being-blackmailed-money-facebook-heres-what-do" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 29 Jun 2021 03:05:55 +0000 Dennis Faas 10430 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10430/being-blackmailed-money-facebook-heres-what-do#comments f1 Internet US Seizes 30+ 'Terrorist' Iranian News Sites http://www.infopackets.com/news/10957/us-seizes-30-terrorist-iranian-news-sites <div class="google_ads"></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">The US government has seized control of domain names for more than 30 Iranian news sites it accuses of spreading misinformation. The sites themselves are still online but are now much harder to reach. The sites were mostly used by the Iranian Islamic Radio and Television Union, which the US Department of Justice says is working on behalf of a Iranian military group the US had formally designated a foreign terrorist organization. It said the sites were posing as news organizations but had actually "targeted the United States with disinformation campaigns and malign influence operations." ( ... (<a href="/news/10957/us-seizes-30-terrorist-iranian-news-sites" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Fri, 25 Jun 2021 18:16:04 +0000 John Lister 10957 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10957/us-seizes-30-terrorist-iranian-news-sites#comments f1 Internet Key To Viral Posts: Naming Political Opponents http://www.infopackets.com/news/10956/key-viral-posts-naming-political-opponents <div class="google_ads"></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Social media users are more likely to share posts that criticize political opponents by name than those which praise people and ideas they support according to newly-published research. The pattern was consistent across different sites and people with different views. Researchers at the University of Cambridge were exploring what makes some posts on Facebook and Twitter more likely to be shared. Previous research had suggested the main driver was the tone of the language, with negative emotions such as anger, or a "sense of moral indignation" the most likely to lead to a post being widely ... (<a href="/news/10956/key-viral-posts-naming-political-opponents" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 24 Jun 2021 17:14:21 +0000 John Lister 10956 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10956/key-viral-posts-naming-political-opponents#comments f1 Internet Windows 11 Moves Start Menu, Leaked Online http://www.infopackets.com/news/10955/windows-11-moves-start-menu-leaked-online <div class="google_ads"></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">What looks very much to be "Windows 11" has leaked online. Most of the changes appear to be cosmetic, though it should boost performance on some PCs. While nothing is yet confirmed, we've effectively moved from "Windows 11 is coming" being an interesting rumor to something that seems likely, unless and until Microsoft denies it. Not only has what appears to be a copy of the new system (displaying the Windows 11 name on screen) leaked online, but Microsoft has issued a legal takedown notice to Google demanding it stop including the leak download page in its search results. The notice very much ... (<a href="/news/10955/windows-11-moves-start-menu-leaked-online" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 23 Jun 2021 17:14:34 +0000 John Lister 10955 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10955/windows-11-moves-start-menu-leaked-online#comments f1 Microsoft Court To Examine Online Ad Privacy http://www.infopackets.com/news/10954/court-examine-online-ad-privacy <div class="google_ads"></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">One of the key ways online advertising works has led to a court case alleging a breach of Internet users' privacy. A civil liberties group is taking legal action saying current regulations are too slow to have any effect. The Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) says IAB Tech Lab, which operates one of the world's main ad set-ups, is sharing revealing data about online activities without user consent. IAB is based in New York, though the legal case is against its branch in Hamburg, Germany to benefit from tighter rules in Europe. (Source: reuters.com ) Real Time Bidding Relies On Data The ... (<a href="/news/10954/court-examine-online-ad-privacy" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 22 Jun 2021 22:37:32 +0000 John Lister 10954 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10954/court-examine-online-ad-privacy#comments f1 Courts Gov't Proposes Curbing the Reach of Big Tech http://www.infopackets.com/news/10953/govt-proposes-curbing-reach-big-tech <div class="google_ads"></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">The House of Representatives will examine five different proposals for curbing the power of big tech companies. The bills take very different approaches to the task, though it's unclear if any but the least dramatic has a shot at becoming law. There could be a couple of reasons why lawmakers have thrown out so many ideas. One is simply a numbers game with the hope that more attempts means more chance of something becoming law. Another is to present some more drastic measures that get rejected in the hope that the "weaker" bills then look more reasonable and balanced. The five bills, as ... (<a href="/news/10953/govt-proposes-curbing-reach-big-tech" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Mon, 21 Jun 2021 18:52:10 +0000 John Lister 10953 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10953/govt-proposes-curbing-reach-big-tech#comments f1 Government Microsoft to 'Retire' Windows 10 http://www.infopackets.com/news/10952/microsoft-retire-windows-10 <div class="google_ads"></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Microsoft has dropped another strong hint that Windows 10 will be getting a sequel. It's now added an end date for the system. Rumors started getting louder last week that Windows 11 is on the cards. Those came partly from a Microsoft graphic that many took to be a not-so-hidden reference to 11 and partly from the wording some Microsoft executives used when promoting an upcoming media event. Now Microsoft has updated its support timetable documents to list Windows 10 Home and Pro as having a "retirement date" of 14 October 2025. That's the first time Microsoft has listed a date for Windows 10 ... (<a href="/news/10952/microsoft-retire-windows-10" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 15 Jun 2021 18:13:42 +0000 John Lister 10952 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10952/microsoft-retire-windows-10#comments f1 Microsoft