https://www.infopackets.com/index.xml en T-Mobile Ranks Fastest Network for 2018 https://www.infopackets.com/news/10270/t-mobile-ranks-fastest-network-2018 <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 is the fastest, most reliable mobile broadband in the US according to a newly-published study. It seems some of its rivals struggled to cope with demand after switching to unlimited data plans. The good news is that speeds are increasing across the industry, with AT ... (<a href="/news/10270/t-mobile-ranks-fastest-network-2018" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 23 Jan 2018 17:47:18 +0000 John Lister 10270 at https://www.infopackets.com https://www.infopackets.com/news/10270/t-mobile-ranks-fastest-network-2018#comments f1 Mobile How to Fix: 'Access Denied' Folder on Mounted VMWare Virtual Disk https://www.infopackets.com/news/10269/how-fix-access-denied-folder-mounted-vmware-virtual-disk <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 Ted G. writes: " Dear Dennis, Thank you for your pearls of wisdom! I have a question regarding VMWare Workstation . I recently virtualized a friend's PC which was facing numerous blue screens - I suspect his PC has a hardware error. After virtualizing the machine I mapped his drive in Windows Explorer; when I try to access c:\users\jim (his user folder), Windows keeps giving me an ' Access denied ' error. There does not seem to be any way to access his files using this method. For the record I have tried copying the files by networking his virtual machine to mine but it is ... (<a href="/news/10269/how-fix-access-denied-folder-mounted-vmware-virtual-disk" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Mon, 22 Jan 2018 18:25:36 +0000 Dennis Faas 10269 at https://www.infopackets.com https://www.infopackets.com/news/10269/how-fix-access-denied-folder-mounted-vmware-virtual-disk#comments f1 Windows Tips How to Fix: 'This site can't be reached. The connection was reset.' Error https://www.infopackets.com/news/10268/how-fix-site-cant-be-reached-connection-was-reset-error <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 'Emmy-Lou' writes: " Dear Dennis, I am having trouble accessing eBay. The error message I get is: 'This site can't be reached. The connection was reset.' Other times, it is 'This site can't be reached. eBay unexpectedly closed the connection'. On the page with the error message, it says to: 'Try: Checking the connection, checking the proxy and the firewall, and Running Windows Network Diagnostics'. The official error message is ERR_CONNECTION_RESET (but sometimes it is ERR_CONNECTION_CLOSED ). Can you help? " My response: Troubleshooting this error message can be rather ... (<a href="/news/10268/how-fix-site-cant-be-reached-connection-was-reset-error" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Fri, 19 Jan 2018 19:21:11 +0000 Dennis Faas 10268 at https://www.infopackets.com https://www.infopackets.com/news/10268/how-fix-site-cant-be-reached-connection-was-reset-error#comments f1 Windows Tips Chrome Extensions Labelled Rogue https://www.infopackets.com/news/10267/chrome-extensions-labelled-rogue <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 security firm says four malicious extensions for Google Chrome were downloaded a total of more than half a million times. It's asking why Google's vetting process didn't weed the malware earlier. Extensions in Chrome are similar to add-ons for other browsers - namely, third-party tools that improve the web browsing experience. Common examples include ad-blockers, password managers and tools for downloading videos from web pages (such as Youtube). Because extensions have some level of access to a user's Internet data (and even some control over their browsing), Google has some security ... (<a href="/news/10267/chrome-extensions-labelled-rogue" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 18 Jan 2018 18:47:31 +0000 John Lister 10267 at https://www.infopackets.com https://www.infopackets.com/news/10267/chrome-extensions-labelled-rogue#comments f1 Security New Android Malware Most Powerful Yet https://www.infopackets.com/news/10266/new-android-malware-most-powerful-yet <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 newly discovered malware exploit offers hackers an incredible level of control and access. Fortunately the creators appear to be highly targeting their victims, though it's still a threat to ordinary users. Dubbed Skygofree, the malware affects users of the Android smartphone operating system. It is said to give the people behind the malware the ability to remotely carry out 48 different operations on an infected phone. These include targeted controls not previously seen, as well as more common malware exploitations. Some of the 'normal' options for the malware creators include the ability ... (<a href="/news/10266/new-android-malware-most-powerful-yet" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 17 Jan 2018 18:16:36 +0000 John Lister 10266 at https://www.infopackets.com https://www.infopackets.com/news/10266/new-android-malware-most-powerful-yet#comments f1 Security Report: Google Home, Chromecast Break WiFi https://www.infopackets.com/news/10265/report-google-home-chromecast-break-wifi <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 Google devices such as the Google Home and Chromecast appear to be causing temporary WiFi outages on home routers. Google says it's working on the problem, but some critics believe it's a design flaw rather than a bug. Originally it appeared the problem was specifically restricted to one gadget, the Google Home Max, and affected only "Archer" brand routers. However, later reports have identified the problem in other models of the Google Home smart speaker, along with the Chromecast range that 'casts' Internet audio and video to a television set. WiFi Dropping Out Reports ... (<a href="/news/10265/report-google-home-chromecast-break-wifi" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 16 Jan 2018 14:08:13 +0000 John Lister 10265 at https://www.infopackets.com https://www.infopackets.com/news/10265/report-google-home-chromecast-break-wifi#comments f1 Google Intel and IBM Demo Quantum Computer at CES 2018 https://www.infopackets.com/news/10264/intel-and-ibm-demo-quantum-computer-ces-2018 <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">Intel and IBM are battling to show off some of the most advanced 'quantum computers' ever made. It's a big step towards incredibly powerful computers that could even replicate the workings of a human brain. A quantum computer takes advantage of one of the most curious aspects of physics: that tiny particles can exist in two different states at the same time. This essentially allows a complete rewrite of the mathematics behind computing. Ordinary computers work by turning data into binary code: a string of 0s and 1s. In traditional computers, that involves a series of electronic 'gates' that ... (<a href="/news/10264/intel-and-ibm-demo-quantum-computer-ces-2018" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 11 Jan 2018 18:19:00 +0000 John Lister 10264 at https://www.infopackets.com https://www.infopackets.com/news/10264/intel-and-ibm-demo-quantum-computer-ces-2018#comments f1 Technology Samsung Unveils 'The Wall' - a Massive 146" MLED TV https://www.infopackets.com/news/10263/samsung-unveils-wall-massive-146-mled-tv <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">Samsung has unveiled a massive 146" television, nicknamed " The Wall " (pic). While the size is clearly too large for most homes, it uses a new approach that could mean more choices about television set size in future. Most TV sets these days use liquid-crystal displays (LCD). In simple terms, these TV's shine light through tiny crystals that - depending on their electric charge - either pass through and color the light, or simply show a black background that's behind the screen. Samsung's new screen is currently a prototype only. It instead uses what calls a MicroLED ... (<a href="/news/10263/samsung-unveils-wall-massive-146-mled-tv" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 10 Jan 2018 18:20:13 +0000 John Lister 10263 at https://www.infopackets.com https://www.infopackets.com/news/10263/samsung-unveils-wall-massive-146-mled-tv#comments f1 Technology Investors Demand Apple Tackle Phone Addiction https://www.infopackets.com/news/10262/investors-demand-apple-tackle-phone-addiction <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">Two of Apple's big investors want the company to tackle 'smartphone addiction' among younger users. They say failing to address the problem now could hurt the company's value in the long term. The call comes from investment management company Jana Partners, along with the managers of retirement plans for teachers in California. Between them they hold around $2 billion of Apple Stock, though that is only around one fifth of one percent of the entire company. (Source: bbc.co.uk ) They cited research that says using smartphones too much can mean students don't get enough sleep and pay less ... (<a href="/news/10262/investors-demand-apple-tackle-phone-addiction" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 09 Jan 2018 18:19:02 +0000 John Lister 10262 at https://www.infopackets.com https://www.infopackets.com/news/10262/investors-demand-apple-tackle-phone-addiction#comments f1 Apple Can Malware (Spectre, Meltdown) Spy After Reboot? https://www.infopackets.com/news/10261/can-malware-spectre-meltdown-spy-after-reboot <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">In regard to last week's article on the Spectre and Meltdown CPU exploits, which affects 100% of all computers made since 1995, user 'rep' had the following question to ask: " Dear Dennis, [Being that this is a hardware exploit], am I right in thinking that any passwords, etc, which are stored in the CPU's memory are lost when the computer is shut down? If so, could I simply shut off the computer and reload it every time I want to use Internet banking and would that keep me safe from these exploits? " My response: I posted my original response in the comments section of Friday's article, but ... (<a href="/news/10261/can-malware-spectre-meltdown-spy-after-reboot" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Mon, 08 Jan 2018 19:29:04 +0000 Dennis Faas 10261 at https://www.infopackets.com https://www.infopackets.com/news/10261/can-malware-spectre-meltdown-spy-after-reboot#comments f1 Windows Tips Spectre and Meltdown Exploits - What You Need to Know https://www.infopackets.com/news/10260/spectre-and-meltdown-exploits-what-you-need-know <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 Steve P. writes: " Dear Dennis, There has been a whirlwind of news on the Internet regarding the 'Spectre' and 'Meltdown' exploits that affect all microprocessors (CPUs) from 1995 and on. I am afraid my computer is at risk but I don't understand all the tecno-talk. Should I be worried? " My response: The short answer is: yes and no, mostly no (once patches are released). At the end of this article I'll offer advice on what you can do to stay protected. What does the Spectre and Meltdown Exploit Mean? I have been following the news for the last few days and here is what I ... (<a href="/news/10260/spectre-and-meltdown-exploits-what-you-need-know" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Fri, 05 Jan 2018 20:54:33 +0000 Dennis Faas 10260 at https://www.infopackets.com https://www.infopackets.com/news/10260/spectre-and-meltdown-exploits-what-you-need-know#comments f1 Windows Tips Politician: Tech Firms Should Fight Terror or Pay Tax https://www.infopackets.com/news/10259/politician-tech-firms-should-fight-terror-or-pay-tax <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 politician says online companies that don't do enough to help fight terrorism should be punished through the tax system. Ben Wallace's argument is based on the idea that one-off fines don't make enough difference to hugely profitable companies. Ben Wallace, a British government politician responsible for security issues, called technology companies "ruthless profiteers" in an interview with the Sunday Times. He complained about some companies refusing to hand over details of users alleged to have encouraged or incited terrorism, saying the companies "will ruthlessly sell our ... (<a href="/news/10259/politician-tech-firms-should-fight-terror-or-pay-tax" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 04 Jan 2018 18:31:27 +0000 John Lister 10259 at https://www.infopackets.com https://www.infopackets.com/news/10259/politician-tech-firms-should-fight-terror-or-pay-tax#comments f1 Politics ISP Issues Bizarre Warning to Customers Engaged in Piracy https://www.infopackets.com/news/10257/isp-issues-bizarre-warning-customers-engaged-piracy <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 Internet provider has warned customers that "pirating online content could affect thermostats and security cameras." But the explanation is something of a stretch. The warning comes from Armstrong Zoom, an Internet Provider that serves several states from Ohio over to the Washington DC area. It's written to customers whose connections have reportedly been used to infringe copyright. The letter says customers won't face immediate action but will face sanctions for repeat offenses. That's similar of an industry-wide effort that tried to cut down on piracy (including a 'six strike' ... (<a href="/news/10257/isp-issues-bizarre-warning-customers-engaged-piracy" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 03 Jan 2018 17:51:15 +0000 John Lister 10257 at https://www.infopackets.com https://www.infopackets.com/news/10257/isp-issues-bizarre-warning-customers-engaged-piracy#comments f1 Internet Websites Face $60 Million Fine for 'Illegal Content' https://www.infopackets.com/news/10258/websites-face-60-million-fine-illegal-content <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">Social media sites could face fines of almost $60 million if they don't remove hate speech and other illegal posts within 24 hours of receiving a report. The new German law has prompted Facebook to recruit hundreds of staff. It's the result of the Netzwerkdurchsetzungsgesetz law, which is known as NetzDG for short, and literally translates as Network Enforcement Act. (Source: BBC.com ) Libel And Hate Speech Both Covered The law doesn't change what content is allowed and not allowed. Instead, it says that sites must remove any content that is "obviously illegal." A prime example is ... (<a href="/news/10258/websites-face-60-million-fine-illegal-content" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 02 Jan 2018 17:18:37 +0000 John Lister 10258 at https://www.infopackets.com https://www.infopackets.com/news/10258/websites-face-60-million-fine-illegal-content#comments f1 Internet How to Fix: Run Batch Script as Administrator (Without Password) https://www.infopackets.com/news/10256/how-fix-run-batch-script-administrator-without-password <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 Barry S. writes: " Dear Dennis, I read with interest your article on how to shut down Mozilla Thunderbird gracefully using a series of 'taskkill' commands. The issue I have is that Thunderbird eats an enormous amount of memory if I leave it running over a period of 24 hours or more. When I try and send an email, the words in the email window (as I'm typing them) come out in spurts. This drives me crazy as I am a fairly quick typist. I tried setting up a batch script to run (using Task Scheduler) to gracefully close Thunderbird and restart it every 24 hours, but for some ... (<a href="/news/10256/how-fix-run-batch-script-administrator-without-password" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Fri, 29 Dec 2017 19:40:29 +0000 Dennis Faas 10256 at https://www.infopackets.com https://www.infopackets.com/news/10256/how-fix-run-batch-script-administrator-without-password#comments f1 Windows Tips Library Of Congress Abandons Twitter Archive https://www.infopackets.com/news/10255/library-congress-abandons-twitter-archive <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 Library of Congress has abandoned a project to archive every post made on Twitter. It blames the sheer number of "tweets" now being made, along with an increasing reliance on images and videos. The library is the world's largest and collects all manner of documents from newspapers to government forms. As a general rule it, doesn't aim to collect all possible data from a source but made an exception for Twitter in 2010. At that point it reached an agreement with Twitter to get a copy of its complete archive of posts, then dating back to 2006. The idea was to "document the emergence of ... (<a href="/news/10255/library-congress-abandons-twitter-archive" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 28 Dec 2017 17:41:30 +0000 John Lister 10255 at https://www.infopackets.com https://www.infopackets.com/news/10255/library-congress-abandons-twitter-archive#comments f1 Internet Apple Admits: Older iPhone Models Purposely Slowed Down https://www.infopackets.com/news/10253/apple-admits-older-iphone-models-purposely-slowed-down <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 has admitted it deliberately slowed down older iPhones, saying the move improved performance. It's ended years of speculation, but sparked a flurry of lawsuits. Every time a new iPhone comes out, a conspiracy theory emerges that older iPhones suddenly started getting slower. Critics claimed Apple was deliberately slowing down the models so that people would be more tempted to upgrade to the new model in the hope of regaining their former performance. Apple has always denied this and a study a couple of months ago found no clear pattern of processor performance and speed slowing down, ... (<a href="/news/10253/apple-admits-older-iphone-models-purposely-slowed-down" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 27 Dec 2017 18:40:18 +0000 John Lister 10253 at https://www.infopackets.com https://www.infopackets.com/news/10253/apple-admits-older-iphone-models-purposely-slowed-down#comments f1 Apple Explained: in terms of Net Neutrality, will a VPN Stop ISP Throttling, Filtering? https://www.infopackets.com/news/10252/explained-terms-net-neutrality-will-vpn-stop-isp-throttling-filtering <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 Corey S. writes: " Dear Dennis, With the FCC repealing its plans to protect net neutrality in which all Internet traffic is created equal, will Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) make any difference what Internet Service Providers (ISPs) will be able to monitor and control when it comes to Internet traffic? For example, if there is no net neutrality and suddenly my Internet Service Provider wants to charge me extra to visit Netflix to view movies online, will a VPN help? Will a VPN help in terms of Blocking and Filtering, Internet Fast Lanes, Throttling, Zero Rated Services? ... (<a href="/news/10252/explained-terms-net-neutrality-will-vpn-stop-isp-throttling-filtering" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Fri, 22 Dec 2017 19:29:40 +0000 Dennis Faas 10252 at https://www.infopackets.com https://www.infopackets.com/news/10252/explained-terms-net-neutrality-will-vpn-stop-isp-throttling-filtering#comments f1 Internet Uber Ruling Could Affect Other Tech Companies https://www.infopackets.com/news/10251/uber-ruling-could-affect-other-tech-companies <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 European court has ruled that Uber is a transport company rather than a tech business. It may not make an immediate difference to its operations, but could be a big step in the way online companies are regulated. Uber, which describes itself as a ride-hailing firm, lets users hire a cab through a smartphone app, then pairs them with self-employed drivers in the area. The ruling by the European Court of Justice stemmed from attempts by city officials in Barcelona, Spain to hold Uber to the same local regulations as traditional taxi services. The legal principle determined by the case now ... (<a href="/news/10251/uber-ruling-could-affect-other-tech-companies" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 21 Dec 2017 18:51:02 +0000 John Lister 10251 at https://www.infopackets.com https://www.infopackets.com/news/10251/uber-ruling-could-affect-other-tech-companies#comments f1 Technology 'Password' Still a Common Password in 2017 https://www.infopackets.com/news/10250/password-still-common-password-2017 <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 security company has released its list of the worst passwords of 2017. As always with this annual survey, it tells us more about culture than security practices. The list comes from SplashData, which compiles the rankings based on how many times particular passwords appears in leaked lists of user databases (mainly among English language users). The survey this year totaled more than five million passwords, though it's worth noting the company deliberately excluded leaks of passwords from adult sites. (Source: cnet.com ) The most common are hardly any surprise with "123456" beating out " ... (<a href="/news/10250/password-still-common-password-2017" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 20 Dec 2017 19:22:58 +0000 John Lister 10250 at https://www.infopackets.com https://www.infopackets.com/news/10250/password-still-common-password-2017#comments f1 Security Facebook to Penalize 'Engagement Bait' Posts https://www.infopackets.com/news/10248/facebook-penalize-engagement-bait-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">Facebook says it's cracking down on posts that unreasonably encourage users to share content or tag friends. It's also offering a way to temporarily stop seeing posts from a particular user. The move is designed to deal with people and organizations who take unfair advantage of the way Facebook decides what most users see on the site (with the default settings). The order posts appear for a particular user is heavily influenced by how many other people the user knows have "liked", shared or commented on. Meanwhile tagging somebody in a post (which is done by writing their name in a reply to a ... (<a href="/news/10248/facebook-penalize-engagement-bait-posts" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 19 Dec 2017 17:48:08 +0000 John Lister 10248 at https://www.infopackets.com https://www.infopackets.com/news/10248/facebook-penalize-engagement-bait-posts#comments f1 Internet Windows 7 Users: Security Updates End January 2020 https://www.infopackets.com/news/10249/windows-7-users-security-updates-end-january-2020 <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 Jerry K. writes: " Dear Dennis, I've read that the Windows 10 free upgrade ends at the end of this year. I have Windows 7 on my main PC and and my wife has Windows 8 on her laptop. In all, I find Windows 7 easier to use. Can we continue using Windows 7 and 8 indefinitely? Can you give me a few good reasons why I should get the free upgrade? " My response: I have been receiving a lot of questions lately similar to this, so I will try and answer this as best I can. First let's address your first question: no, you cannot continue using Windows 7 or 8 indefinitely (at least, ... (<a href="/news/10249/windows-7-users-security-updates-end-january-2020" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Mon, 18 Dec 2017 21:37:23 +0000 Dennis Faas 10249 at https://www.infopackets.com https://www.infopackets.com/news/10249/windows-7-users-security-updates-end-january-2020#comments f1 Windows Tips Step-by-Step: Fix 'I/O Device Error' (Hard Drive, SD Card, etc) https://www.infopackets.com/news/10246/step-step-fix-io-device-error-hard-drive-sd-card-etc <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 Greeshma N. writes: " Dear Dennis, I have an external hard drive that has worked fine for years. Now the hard drive won't show up in My Computer, though it shows up under Devices and Printers - very strange! I have tried initializing the disk from Disk Management, but it won't format and I keep getting ' The request could not be performed because of an I/O device error '. I have tried cleaning up the disk by deleting items but it shows 0 bytes free and keeps giving me 'The request could not be performed because of an I/O device error'. What can I do to make this work? " My ... (<a href="/news/10246/step-step-fix-io-device-error-hard-drive-sd-card-etc" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Fri, 15 Dec 2017 19:28:19 +0000 Dennis Faas 10246 at https://www.infopackets.com https://www.infopackets.com/news/10246/step-step-fix-io-device-error-hard-drive-sd-card-etc#comments f1 Windows Tips Trio Admits Hijacking Home Devices https://www.infopackets.com/news/10245/trio-admits-hijacking-home-devices <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">Three Americans have plead guilty to hijacking more than 100,000 internet-connected devices. The group of infected machines (known as a "botnet") was then used to attack websites using a distributed denial of service attack (DDoS) to make websites unavailable. While most DDoS attacks are carried out on PCs, this attack in particular targeted weaknesses in smaller devices that use the Internet. This included routers, digital video recorders and wireless cameras. That's a significant point, as the tech security community has generally treated security flaws in such devices as a lower ... (<a href="/news/10245/trio-admits-hijacking-home-devices" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 14 Dec 2017 19:07:39 +0000 John Lister 10245 at https://www.infopackets.com https://www.infopackets.com/news/10245/trio-admits-hijacking-home-devices#comments f1 Security Report: AI Trading May Hasten a Stock Market Crash https://www.infopackets.com/news/10243/report-ai-trading-may-hasten-stock-market-crash <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">Artificial intelligence designed to make investing more reliable could backfire in the next stock market crash, according to a global business site. The article for website "Quartz" says AI systems might not react well if market conditions suddenly change. The problem is with the increasingly sophisticated way that computer programs can make investment decisions on behalf of human investments. Computers have been used for such processes for many years - but until recently, were simply set to follow basic preprogrammed rules. For example: the program might place a buy order if a ... (<a href="/news/10243/report-ai-trading-may-hasten-stock-market-crash" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 13 Dec 2017 13:51:56 +0000 John Lister 10243 at https://www.infopackets.com https://www.infopackets.com/news/10243/report-ai-trading-may-hasten-stock-market-crash#comments f1 Technology Former Exec Slams Facebook for 'Destroying Society' https://www.infopackets.com/news/10242/former-exec-slams-facebook-destroying-society <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 former Facebook executive says the site is responsible for "ripping apart the social fabric of how society works." Chamath Palihapitiya says the problem isn't restricted to the US. Speaking at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, Palihapitiya said he felt "tremendous guilt" about his role as Facebook's vice president of user growth. Talking about the way Facebook tried to get users to stick around on the site, he echoed the comments of former colleagues in likening it to psychological manipulation. Social Media Works Like Drug He referred to "dopamine-driven feedback loops", referring ... (<a href="/news/10242/former-exec-slams-facebook-destroying-society" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 12 Dec 2017 19:05:54 +0000 John Lister 10242 at https://www.infopackets.com https://www.infopackets.com/news/10242/former-exec-slams-facebook-destroying-society#comments f1 Internet How to Fix: Can't Delete Restore Points (C Drive Full) https://www.infopackets.com/news/10241/how-fix-cant-delete-restore-points-c-drive-full <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 Bill L. writes: " Dear Dennis, I am a long time reader of Infopackets, and have used several of your articles to help fix problems for myself or friends. I have a similar problem mentioned in one of your previously written articles, where my C drive has magically filled up to almost completely full (with only 5.8GB free) and I am not able to find where the missing space went. I have examined directory on my system and it appears that 244 GB of available space is unaccounted for. I am a retired computer engineer, however my expertise was in large system development, and not ... (<a href="/news/10241/how-fix-cant-delete-restore-points-c-drive-full" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Mon, 11 Dec 2017 20:02:16 +0000 Dennis Faas 10241 at https://www.infopackets.com https://www.infopackets.com/news/10241/how-fix-cant-delete-restore-points-c-drive-full#comments f1 Windows Tips How to Fix: Change Firefox Quantum Black Tabs to Gray https://www.infopackets.com/news/10240/how-fix-change-firefox-quantum-black-tabs-gray <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 Jean B. writes: " Dear Dennis, I hope this email finds you well. My system recently upgraded to the newest version of Firefox Quantum (version 57), and so far it is much faster than the previous versions. One of the annoying features of the Firefox upgrade is the black tabs (black background) near the top of the page. Previously the Firefox tabs were gray in color and I prefer that to the black tabs. I have looked in the program preferences but can't find a way to change it back. Can you help? " My response: I am also not a fan of the black tabs in Firefox and am in the ... (<a href="/news/10240/how-fix-change-firefox-quantum-black-tabs-gray" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Fri, 08 Dec 2017 19:26:42 +0000 Dennis Faas 10240 at https://www.infopackets.com https://www.infopackets.com/news/10240/how-fix-change-firefox-quantum-black-tabs-gray#comments f1 Windows Tips YouTube Pulled From Amazon Gadgets https://www.infopackets.com/news/10239/youtube-pulled-amazon-gadgets <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 some Amazon gadgets will have to look elsewhere for YouTube videos, after Google announced it will block the site from the devices. It's a tit-for-tat response to Amazon refusing to stock some Google hardware products. YouTube will be blocked from January 1st, 2018 on Amazon Fire TV devices, which include both table-top boxes and HDMI sticks. There's also an immediate block on YouTube on the Echo Show, which is a variant of the 'smart speaker' range that includes a screen. Google had already blocked YouTube on the Echo Show once but Amazon found a workaround. That workaround has now ... (<a href="/news/10239/youtube-pulled-amazon-gadgets" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 07 Dec 2017 18:47:39 +0000 John Lister 10239 at https://www.infopackets.com https://www.infopackets.com/news/10239/youtube-pulled-amazon-gadgets#comments f1 Internet New Windows 10 Laptops 'Could Run For Weeks' https://www.infopackets.com/news/10238/new-windows-10-laptops-could-run-weeks <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 says new Windows laptops could last more than 20 hours of continued use without needing a recharge. Other changes mean its plausible the machines could be permanently connected to the Internet. The difference is all about the processors: the part of the computer that actually does the calculations which are at the heart of every computing activity. Usually Windows PCs run x86 processors (or compatible), most commonly produced by Intel and AMD. Now Microsoft is making a fresh attempt at Windows laptops that run the rival ARM processors, which are already used in the vast majority of ... (<a href="/news/10238/new-windows-10-laptops-could-run-weeks" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 06 Dec 2017 19:21:20 +0000 John Lister 10238 at https://www.infopackets.com https://www.infopackets.com/news/10238/new-windows-10-laptops-could-run-weeks#comments f1 Microsoft Facebook Launches Chat For Kids - But is it Safe? https://www.infopackets.com/news/10236/facebook-launches-chat-kids-it-safe <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 created a special version of its Messenger tool for users aged under 13. Those are kids that are too young to use the main Facebook site (officially, at least). The core functions of Messenger Kids will be the same as the main Messenger app: users can exchange written messages in real time, or carry out video calls. There'll also be a range of "comedic" filters and effects to overlay on the video. One difference is that there will be no form of advertising whatsoever. There will also be some automated moderation tools that block users from sharing abusive content. Parents Must ... (<a href="/news/10236/facebook-launches-chat-kids-it-safe" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 05 Dec 2017 19:20:48 +0000 John Lister 10236 at https://www.infopackets.com https://www.infopackets.com/news/10236/facebook-launches-chat-kids-it-safe#comments f1 Internet How to Fix: Gracefully Close Thunderbird using Batch Script https://www.infopackets.com/news/10237/how-fix-gracefully-close-thunderbird-using-batch-script <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 Steve T. writes: " Dear Dennis, I am trying to backup my Mozilla Thunderbird emails using an automated backup schedule. The problem is that Thunderbird is always running on my computer and there does not seem to be a way to gracefully close the program so that the backup can start. Without closing the Thunderbird before the backup, I run the risk of having corrupt backups due to files being in use. Can you please tell me if there is a way that I can gracefully close Thunderbird (without terminating the process unexpectedly) so that I can complete my automated backups? " My ... (<a href="/news/10237/how-fix-gracefully-close-thunderbird-using-batch-script" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Mon, 04 Dec 2017 19:20:59 +0000 Dennis Faas 10237 at https://www.infopackets.com https://www.infopackets.com/news/10237/how-fix-gracefully-close-thunderbird-using-batch-script#comments f1 Windows Tips 'Spectacular' Apple Flaw Left Macs Wide Open for Attack https://www.infopackets.com/news/10235/spectacular-apple-flaw-left-macs-wide-open-attack <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 has been forced to fix a major security flaw in the latest edition of the Mac operating system. The fix makes it far easier for a thief to access a computer's files. The bug is in MacOS High Sierra, which was released two months ago. It's widely used as its compatible with most Mac computers released in the past eight years or so. The problem is with root access on the system. That's the highest level of access, giving complete control of the computer and even the opportunity to alter key system files. Normally only the most confident users would enable root access (which then acts a ... (<a href="/news/10235/spectacular-apple-flaw-left-macs-wide-open-attack" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 30 Nov 2017 07:55:42 +0000 John Lister 10235 at https://www.infopackets.com https://www.infopackets.com/news/10235/spectacular-apple-flaw-left-macs-wide-open-attack#comments f1 Security New Google Tool Makes Snoopers Vomit Rainbows https://www.infopackets.com/news/10234/new-google-tool-makes-snoopers-vomit-rainbows <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 researchers are working on a way to warn users when someone else might be sneaking a peek at your smartphone. They say it can spot a gaze in just two milliseconds. The project is the work of Hee Jung Ryu and Florian Schroff, who'll demonstrate their work at a conference on Neural Information Processing Systems. It's based on a remarkably simple concept with some smart technology. Front Camera is Key to Tool In its current form, the system runs on a Google Pixel phone and takes advantage of the front-facing camera - the one typically used for face / video conferencing before it became ... (<a href="/news/10234/new-google-tool-makes-snoopers-vomit-rainbows" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 29 Nov 2017 08:58:57 +0000 John Lister 10234 at https://www.infopackets.com https://www.infopackets.com/news/10234/new-google-tool-makes-snoopers-vomit-rainbows#comments f1 Security Facebook Automated System Scans for Suicidal Posts, Offers Help https://www.infopackets.com/news/10233/facebook-automated-system-scans-suicidal-posts-offers-help <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 is to use artificial intelligence to spot posts made by people who might be suicidal. However, it will continue using human moderators to decide how to act over such posts. The site already has a tool that moderators can activate to display special messages to people whose wellbeing may be in question. These messages include details of local professional support services and help lines. The messages also encourage the user to talk over their problems with a friend and even include suggested wordings for how to ask for help. Facebook says this tool was developed with the help of ... (<a href="/news/10233/facebook-automated-system-scans-suicidal-posts-offers-help" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 29 Nov 2017 02:58:02 +0000 John Lister 10233 at https://www.infopackets.com https://www.infopackets.com/news/10233/facebook-automated-system-scans-suicidal-posts-offers-help#comments f1 Internet How to Fix: FileZilla Server 'Failed to Retrieve Directory Listing' Error https://www.infopackets.com/news/10232/how-fix-filezilla-server-failed-retrieve-directory-listing-error <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 Carl S. writes: " Dear Dennis, I am frequently on the road with my laptop and need to access my files at home on the PC. I have installed FileZilla FTP Server (version 0.9.60 beta) and it works fine at home but when I am remote, I get the error: ' failed to receive directory listing ', and then it disconnects. I am currently using Port 21 to host the FTP and have added it to my firewall, but I don't understand why FileZilla server can't retrieve the directory listing by remote. Can you help? " My response: I asked Carl if he would like me to connect to his system using my ... (<a href="/news/10232/how-fix-filezilla-server-failed-retrieve-directory-listing-error" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Mon, 27 Nov 2017 06:58:21 +0000 Dennis Faas 10232 at https://www.infopackets.com https://www.infopackets.com/news/10232/how-fix-filezilla-server-failed-retrieve-directory-listing-error#comments f1 Windows Tips Windows Bugs Could Be Much More Serious https://www.infopackets.com/news/10230/windows-bugs-could-be-much-more-serious <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 key security feature in Windows doesn't work as planned. It's not a vulnerability in itself, but means that hackers who find bugs in software are much more likely to be able to do damage. The problem is with Address Space Layout Randomization (ASLR). It deals with the way a computer organizes different programs in memory. As an analogy, it's like organizing vehicles of different sizes and makes in a parking lot. Most operating systems support ASLR, which means that when a program starts up and needs to use the computer's memory, it's assigned a random location. In the analogy, think of cars ... (<a href="/news/10230/windows-bugs-could-be-much-more-serious" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Sat, 25 Nov 2017 00:09:50 +0000 John Lister 10230 at https://www.infopackets.com https://www.infopackets.com/news/10230/windows-bugs-could-be-much-more-serious#comments f1 Security Google Tracked User Location even when GPS Turned Off https://www.infopackets.com/news/10231/google-tracked-user-location-even-when-gps-turned <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 has admitted it tracked the location of cellphone users even when they had location services switched off. It says it's now stopped an 11-month program designed to improve "message delivery." Having location services switched on allows an Android phone to collect information about a user's location, commonly combining GPS data, details of nearby WiFi networks, and the location of nearby cellphone towers - all of which can be detected by a phone. Google - and third party app makers - use this data for tools such as mapping, navigation and finding nearby outlets of a particular chain of ... (<a href="/news/10231/google-tracked-user-location-even-when-gps-turned" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Fri, 24 Nov 2017 00:17:14 +0000 John Lister 10231 at https://www.infopackets.com https://www.infopackets.com/news/10231/google-tracked-user-location-even-when-gps-turned#comments f1 Google Website User Tracking 'A Major Security Risk' https://www.infopackets.com/news/10229/website-user-tracking-major-security-risk <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">More than 400 leading websites could be compromising user security by collecting everything the user types - whether or not the user is aware. A Princeton University study also found the collected information was not always adequately protected and anonymized. The problem highlighted by the study was the use of third-party tools that website owners can use to find out more about how people navigate their site. These tools often track precisely where the user moves a mouse cursor along with information they type in, even if they then delete it. In principle these "session replay" tools can be ... (<a href="/news/10229/website-user-tracking-major-security-risk" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 23 Nov 2017 01:27:37 +0000 John Lister 10229 at https://www.infopackets.com https://www.infopackets.com/news/10229/website-user-tracking-major-security-risk#comments f1 Security How to Fix: Disable Google Drive / Backup and Sync Popups when Inserting USB, DVD, or Smartphone https://www.infopackets.com/news/10228/how-fix-disable-google-drive-backup-and-sync-popups-when-inserting-usb-dvd-or-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 Jenna R. writes: " Dear Dennis, I installed Google Drive on my system a while ago but it stopped working; I reinstalled the program only to find that Google Drive has been replaced with ' Google Backup and Sync '. Now when I plug in a USB thumb drive to my computer, I see this annoying popup message in the lower right hand corner of my screen asking if I want to backup my photos. This also happens when I plug in my smartphone. Despite clicking ' Remember my choice for this device' and 'Not now' (pic), it never remembers that I don't want to use this feature. It's incredibly ... (<a href="/news/10228/how-fix-disable-google-drive-backup-and-sync-popups-when-inserting-usb-dvd-or-smartphone" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Mon, 20 Nov 2017 18:37:47 +0000 Dennis Faas 10228 at https://www.infopackets.com https://www.infopackets.com/news/10228/how-fix-disable-google-drive-backup-and-sync-popups-when-inserting-usb-dvd-or-smartphone#comments f1 Windows Tips How to Fix: WPA2 Vulnerability using DD-WRT Firmware https://www.infopackets.com/news/10225/how-fix-wpa2-vulnerability-using-dd-wrt-firmware <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 Paul E. writes: " Dear Dennis, I read with interest John Lister's article on the WPA2 exploit (KRACKs) , which explains how hackers can break into any WiFi network. I have 4 TPLink routers in my home that I use as 'hot spots' in various locations. As per your suggestion, I have visited TPLink's website for firmware updates for my routers, but there are none available. I am worried that someone is going to break into my network and steal my financial information. What can I do? " My response: I own a few TP Link routers as well and what I've done is flashed the routers using ... (<a href="/news/10225/how-fix-wpa2-vulnerability-using-dd-wrt-firmware" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Fri, 17 Nov 2017 17:33:59 +0000 Dennis Faas 10225 at https://www.infopackets.com https://www.infopackets.com/news/10225/how-fix-wpa2-vulnerability-using-dd-wrt-firmware#comments f1 Windows Tips Windows 10 Free Upgrade Loophole ends Dec 31, 2017 https://www.infopackets.com/news/10227/windows-10-free-upgrade-loophole-ends-dec-31-2017 <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 final route to getting a free upgrade to Windows 10 will officially end on December 31, 2017. That's when Microsoft has decided to ditch a special program that many users have been using as a free upgrade loophole. Officially home users could only get the free upgrade (from Windows 7 or 8.1) between July 2016 and July 2017 - the one year after the new system launched. That meant avoiding the standalone price of $119 for the Home edition or $199 for the Professional Edition. No Proof Needed For Loophole However, eagle-eyed users noted after this date it was still possible to upgrade by ... (<a href="/news/10227/windows-10-free-upgrade-loophole-ends-dec-31-2017" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 16 Nov 2017 18:39:49 +0000 John Lister 10227 at https://www.infopackets.com https://www.infopackets.com/news/10227/windows-10-free-upgrade-loophole-ends-dec-31-2017#comments f1 Microsoft New Firefox Quantum Twice as Fast, 30% Less Memory https://www.infopackets.com/news/10226/new-firefox-quantum-twice-fast-30-less-memory <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">Mozilla has launched a new version of the Firefox browser aimed at winning over Google Chrome users. It says the new version is twice as fast as earlier versions of Firefox that were available this year. The key is the "web rendering engine," which is the part of the browser that interprets the code on a website page and visually combines it on the user's computer. Mozilla has replaced its old engine with a new one dubbed Firefox Quantum. It's also put together videos showing that Firefox is now quicker than Chrome to fully load most (but not all) of the more popular websites. ... (<a href="/news/10226/new-firefox-quantum-twice-fast-30-less-memory" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 15 Nov 2017 18:55:12 +0000 John Lister 10226 at https://www.infopackets.com https://www.infopackets.com/news/10226/new-firefox-quantum-twice-fast-30-less-memory#comments f1 Internet Facebook: Send Us Photos of You in the Buff https://www.infopackets.com/news/10224/facebook-send-us-photos-you-buff <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 come up with a controversial way to help people whose compromising pictures are shared online without their permission. The term is dubbed "revenge porn" - and to solve the problem, Facebook wants users to upload naked pictures of themselves to Facebook servers. Yes, you read that correctly. The test program is known as the "Non-Consensual Intimate Image Pilot." It's designed to counter cases where somebody - often a former partner - tries to humiliate the victim by sharing images of them in revealing situations on the victim Facebook wall. Such behavior can be ... (<a href="/news/10224/facebook-send-us-photos-you-buff" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 14 Nov 2017 19:00:07 +0000 John Lister 10224 at https://www.infopackets.com https://www.infopackets.com/news/10224/facebook-send-us-photos-you-buff#comments f1 Internet Firefox 57 to Kill Many Addons: Tab Groups Alternative https://www.infopackets.com/news/10223/firefox-57-kill-many-addons-tab-groups-alternative <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 Jean K. writes: " Dear Dennis, Recently my Firefox web browser updated to version 56.0.2. When I go Tools -&gt; Add-ons , I see most of my addons are marked as ' Legacy '. I read online that when Firefox 57 is released, it will use ' web extensions ,' (also spelt " WebExtensions ") which will make the current addons incompatible. This is a big problem! I have been using the ' Tab Groups ' addon by Quicksaver for a while now (which groups my web browser tabs into categories) and cannot imagine life without this incredibly helpful addon. Unfortunately the developer ... (<a href="/news/10223/firefox-57-kill-many-addons-tab-groups-alternative" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Fri, 10 Nov 2017 19:38:17 +0000 Dennis Faas 10223 at https://www.infopackets.com https://www.infopackets.com/news/10223/firefox-57-kill-many-addons-tab-groups-alternative#comments f1 Windows Tips Chrome to Block Sneaky Web Page Popup Ads https://www.infopackets.com/news/10222/chrome-block-sneaky-web-page-popup-ads <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">Chrome browser users should see fewer cases of web pages unexpectedly being replaced by ads and other annoyances with some upcoming updates. The changes aim to tackle unwanted content appearing in three ways. The first change deals with the problem of the page the user wants to visit suddenly being replaced by another page, usually advertising and often with no clear way of going back to the desired content. This is usually caused by rogue content in code on third-party ads that are meant to appear besides the content on the original web page. Auto-Redirection Won't Work Once Chrome gets the ... (<a href="/news/10222/chrome-block-sneaky-web-page-popup-ads" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 09 Nov 2017 18:40:26 +0000 John Lister 10222 at https://www.infopackets.com https://www.infopackets.com/news/10222/chrome-block-sneaky-web-page-popup-ads#comments f1 Internet Driverless Cab Service to Launch in Arizona https://www.infopackets.com/news/10221/driverless-cab-service-launch-arizona <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's sister company has revealed it has sent vehicles driving on Arizona roads with nobody at the wheel. It plans to start using the vehicles as a driverless cab service in the next few months, albeit only with invited test customers. Waymo chief John Krafcik announced today that the company has been testing the minivans on public roads in fully autonomous mode since October 19. During the tests, both the driver and passenger seats are empty. A Waymo employee sits in the back of the vehicle and can hit an emergency brake button, but otherwise has no control. It appears to be the first ... (<a href="/news/10221/driverless-cab-service-launch-arizona" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 08 Nov 2017 18:33:55 +0000 John Lister 10221 at https://www.infopackets.com https://www.infopackets.com/news/10221/driverless-cab-service-launch-arizona#comments f1 Technology Bogus 'WhatsApp' Chat Client Downloaded 1 Million Times https://www.infopackets.com/news/10220/bogus-whatsapp-chat-client-downloaded-1-million-times <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">Scammers used a computer code loophole to trick more than a million people into downloading a rogue Android app. The fake variant of WhatsApp appears to have been designed to distribute ads. The bogus app took advantage of the popularity of the genuine WhatsApp Messenger, which has been downloaded more than 60 million times on Google Play alone. It's a tool for exchanging messages with friends or groups over the Internet rather than eating into SMS text message allowances. Extra Space Went Unseen "Update What's App Messenger" was one of numerous bogus apps that tried to mislead users with ... (<a href="/news/10220/bogus-whatsapp-chat-client-downloaded-1-million-times" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 07 Nov 2017 18:43:12 +0000 John Lister 10220 at https://www.infopackets.com https://www.infopackets.com/news/10220/bogus-whatsapp-chat-client-downloaded-1-million-times#comments f1 Security How to Fix: Combine PST Files - Free (Outlook 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016) https://www.infopackets.com/news/10219/how-fix-combine-pst-files-free-outlook-2007-2010-2013-2016 <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 C. writes: " Dear Dennis, I have been using Microsoft Outlook for a number of years as it is my go-to email client. Every so often I need to reinstall Windows for various reasons; when this happens I have to reinstall Outlook and create a new Outlook .PST file, which stores my Outlook data including emails and calendar. The problem is that I have 8 .PST files from each time I've had to reinstall Windows over the years, as Outlook simply - will not - allow you to continue using the same .PST file from where you last left off. From what I can tell, each time the .PST file ... (<a href="/news/10219/how-fix-combine-pst-files-free-outlook-2007-2010-2013-2016" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Mon, 06 Nov 2017 19:40:33 +0000 Dennis Faas 10219 at https://www.infopackets.com https://www.infopackets.com/news/10219/how-fix-combine-pst-files-free-outlook-2007-2010-2013-2016#comments f1 Windows Tips How to Fix: Send Encrypted Email to Gmail (Postfix, TLS, SSL Certificates) https://www.infopackets.com/news/10218/how-fix-send-encrypted-email-gmail-postfix-tls-ssl-certificates <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 Martin R. writes: " The email newsletter I receive from you is showing in my gmail as "unencrypted," with a red pad lock . There is also a new warning banner that says: 'Be careful with this message. It contains content that's typically used to steal personal information.' The options are: learn more, report this suspicious message, ignore, or 'I trust this message.' This is not the only email I get that shows as unencrypted. What does this mean and how can it be fixed? " My response: Essentially it means that the mail you received (at gmail) was not sent using email ... (<a href="/news/10218/how-fix-send-encrypted-email-gmail-postfix-tls-ssl-certificates" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Fri, 03 Nov 2017 20:17:33 +0000 Dennis Faas 10218 at https://www.infopackets.com https://www.infopackets.com/news/10218/how-fix-send-encrypted-email-gmail-postfix-tls-ssl-certificates#comments f1 Linux Reset Forgotten Windows Password https://www.infopackets.com/news/10247/reset-forgotten-windows-password <div class="field field-name-field-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" rel="og:image rdfs:seeAlso" resource="https://www.infopackets.com/files/styles/thumbnail/public/hash/3/314/314bab5a6151c8e7cb80e8331480c913.jpg?itok=xcEQqc3K"><img typeof="foaf:Image" src="https://www.infopackets.com/files/styles/thumbnail/public/hash/3/314/314bab5a6151c8e7cb80e8331480c913.jpg?itok=xcEQqc3K" width="100" height="90" alt="" /></div></div></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">Have you ever lost or forgotten your Windows password? Infopackets Reader Steve J. writes: " Last week, a friend borrowed my laptop and changed my password. I didn't realize this until now because I haven't had to reboot the system. Now I am completely locked out! To make matters worse, he doesn't remember what he changed the password to. The laptop is Dell Inspiron 15 running Windows 10. What do I need to do to reset my password?" My response: If you lost your password, there are a few ways you can reset the password to local account. The methods I'll describe below ... (<a href="/news/10247/reset-forgotten-windows-password" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 02 Nov 2017 20:56:54 +0000 Anonymous 10247 at https://www.infopackets.com https://www.infopackets.com/news/10247/reset-forgotten-windows-password#comments f1 PC Beats Lawyers in Legal Prediction Contest https://www.infopackets.com/news/10217/pc-beats-lawyers-legal-prediction-contest <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">Computers can beat lawyers at predicting the outcome of cases according to a recent test. Organizers say an artificial intelligence program might even have uncovered insight into what influences case decisions. The test involved a computer program that has proven more sophisticated than intended. "Case Cruncher" was originally designed as a chatbot - a program that simulates a text conversation with a user - that would answer questions about the law. It was created and 'taught' by four law students in the UK. The team later developed it into a tool called Case Cruncher. Each variant ... (<a href="/news/10217/pc-beats-lawyers-legal-prediction-contest" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 02 Nov 2017 17:29:04 +0000 John Lister 10217 at https://www.infopackets.com https://www.infopackets.com/news/10217/pc-beats-lawyers-legal-prediction-contest#comments f1 Technology Google Docs Users Locked Out https://www.infopackets.com/news/10216/google-docs-users-locked-out <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 has been locking users out of their online documents in what appears to be a glitch. The problem has raised questions over how and why Google scans the contents of documents. The problem is with Google Docs, a service that lets users store, edit and share documents online, rather than them having to be stored on a specific computer (and shared by physical media such as USB sticks if necessary). Multiple users are reporting that they've been unable to access files, instead seeing a message saying "This item has been flagged as inappropriate and can no longer be shared" or "We're sorry. ... (<a href="/news/10216/google-docs-users-locked-out" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 01 Nov 2017 17:50:40 +0000 John Lister 10216 at https://www.infopackets.com https://www.infopackets.com/news/10216/google-docs-users-locked-out#comments f1 Google Facebook to Reveal Details of Advertisers, Ads Used on Site https://www.infopackets.com/news/10214/facebook-reveal-details-advertisers-ads-used-site <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 says it will be more transparent about who is running ads on its site. It's also introducing tighter controls on election-related ads. The transparency changes follow questions about the influence of political advertising, particularly when it was unclear who had actually bought and placed the ads. However, Facebook says it will apply to changes to ads of all kind. (Source: fb.com ) Changes Set For 2018 Campaigns The changes will mean that any paid ad on Facebook must be linked to a Page, which is the business or organization equivalent to a personal account on the site. When the ... (<a href="/news/10214/facebook-reveal-details-advertisers-ads-used-site" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 31 Oct 2017 16:44:19 +0000 John Lister 10214 at https://www.infopackets.com https://www.infopackets.com/news/10214/facebook-reveal-details-advertisers-ads-used-site#comments f1 Politics How to Fix: Stop Windows 10 Update Restart / Reboot https://www.infopackets.com/news/10215/how-fix-stop-windows-10-update-restart-reboot <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 Steve P. writes: " Dear Dennis, I have a question regarding the Microsoft policy to have Windows 10 reboot after an update automatically. Oftentimes the automatic reboots cause me to lose my work (example: open documents, open tabs on my browser, certain folders open, etc). I would prefer to have it so that Windows 10 doesn't reboot on updates. I understand the policy to reboot on update is forced Windows 10 users but can this be prevented? " My response: You can stop Windows 10 from rebooting on updates using two easy methods, which I will describe below. Before I get into ... (<a href="/news/10215/how-fix-stop-windows-10-update-restart-reboot" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Mon, 30 Oct 2017 18:16:46 +0000 Dennis Faas 10215 at https://www.infopackets.com https://www.infopackets.com/news/10215/how-fix-stop-windows-10-update-restart-reboot#comments f1 Windows Tips How to Fix: 'Avast cannot be installed (directory not empty)' Error https://www.infopackets.com/news/10213/how-fix-avast-cannot-be-installed-directory-not-empty-error <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 Jerry C. writes: " Dear Dennis, I took your advice on antivirus and tried to install Avast! using minimal settings, but the install fails with an error message ' Avast cannot be installed into the folder you entered (directory not empty) '. I have searched for the answer to this but no one seems to know the answer. Can you help? " My response: I asked Jerry if he would like me to connect to his machine using my remote desktop service and he agreed. I have not seen this error message before, and tried running the "Avast Uninstall Utility" to clean up any left-over remnants ... (<a href="/news/10213/how-fix-avast-cannot-be-installed-directory-not-empty-error" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Fri, 27 Oct 2017 18:04:13 +0000 Dennis Faas 10213 at https://www.infopackets.com https://www.infopackets.com/news/10213/how-fix-avast-cannot-be-installed-directory-not-empty-error#comments f1 Windows Tips Amazon Couriers Could Open Your Front Door for Delivery https://www.infopackets.com/news/10212/amazon-couriers-could-open-your-front-door-delivery <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">Amazon wants customers to let couriers have an electronic key to get inside customer homes for deliveries. The Amazon Key program also appears to be a way to promote customers buying security cameras and smart locks. The Amazon Key feature is only available to customers in the Amazon Prime subscription program, which includes free home delivery and access to streaming video. They'll also need a compatible camera and smart lock, with Amazon bundling the two devices together for $250 including installation. The smart lock technology can be added to an existing standard deadbolt, meaning a ... (<a href="/news/10212/amazon-couriers-could-open-your-front-door-delivery" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 26 Oct 2017 17:57:38 +0000 John Lister 10212 at https://www.infopackets.com https://www.infopackets.com/news/10212/amazon-couriers-could-open-your-front-door-delivery#comments f1 Technology New Gmail Tools Easily Merge Data with Other Apps https://www.infopackets.com/news/10211/new-gmail-tools-easily-merge-data-other-apps <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">Gmail users can now add third-party tools to merge email messages with other programs - without the need to manually load a specific app, then copy and paste data. The idea is similar to using browser extensions on a web browser, but will likely raise privacy and security concerns. Google already has its own tools that connect Gmail with other services. For example, users who receive a message confirming a flight booking or restaurant reservation can often add the relevant information to their Google Calendar tool with a single click. The Google Translate tool is also built in to Gmail. Now ... (<a href="/news/10211/new-gmail-tools-easily-merge-data-other-apps" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 25 Oct 2017 18:05:30 +0000 John Lister 10211 at https://www.infopackets.com https://www.infopackets.com/news/10211/new-gmail-tools-easily-merge-data-other-apps#comments f1 Google Cheap Apple Watch - If You Exercise https://www.infopackets.com/news/10210/cheap-apple-watch-if-you-exercise <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 life insurance company is offering the Apple watch for just $25 to customers. The catch is that they will have to meet health goals as tracked by the watch to be eligible for the discount. The smart watch connects wirelessly to an iPhone and has two main uses (besides telling the time): displaying information so that users don't have to retrieve their phone, and tracking activity for fitness apps. Normally the latest model costs at least $329, so the offer from John Hancock insurance is a significant discount. It's only eligible for people who take out life insurance and sign up for ... (<a href="/news/10210/cheap-apple-watch-if-you-exercise" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 24 Oct 2017 12:51:07 +0000 John Lister 10210 at https://www.infopackets.com https://www.infopackets.com/news/10210/cheap-apple-watch-if-you-exercise#comments f1 Gadgets How to Fix: Make Windows 10 Stop Flashing on Sound https://www.infopackets.com/news/10209/how-fix-make-windows-10-stop-flashing-sound <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 Steve T. writes: " Dear Dennis, I am using a Windows 10 PC. This past weekend, my grandchild made some changes to my PC and now every time there is sound, the screen flashes. I have searched and searched how to fix this but I am cannot seem to find a solution. Can you tell me how I can make windows 10 stop flashing on sound? " My response: I have not heard of this issue before but suspected it may have something to do with the "Ease of Access" mechanism which has been built into Windows as far back as Windows XP. According to Microsoft, Ease of Access "helps make your PC ... (<a href="/news/10209/how-fix-make-windows-10-stop-flashing-sound" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Mon, 23 Oct 2017 17:32:04 +0000 Dennis Faas 10209 at https://www.infopackets.com https://www.infopackets.com/news/10209/how-fix-make-windows-10-stop-flashing-sound#comments f1 Windows Tips How to Fix: Attach, Rebuild RAID 5 after Failed Disk (Dell PERC S100, S300) https://www.infopackets.com/news/10208/how-fix-attach-rebuild-raid-5-after-failed-disk-dell-perc-s100-s300 <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 Harlen W. writes: " Dear Dennis, I own a Dell PowerEdge T110 server, which runs Windows Server 2008 R2 Foundation and is equipped with a Dell Perc 300 RAID card . We have 3 x 250 GB hard drives in RAID 5 format attached to the Perc 300 RAID card. According to the Dell OpenManage Server Administrator (which we use to manage the RAID via the browser), the 'Alert' log file is reporting ' Device failed: Physical Disk 0:1 Controller 0, Connector 0 '. I would like to hire you to help me fix this problem, including testing the failed hard drive . If it passes, I want to put it ... (<a href="/news/10208/how-fix-attach-rebuild-raid-5-after-failed-disk-dell-perc-s100-s300" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Fri, 20 Oct 2017 20:05:37 +0000 Dennis Faas 10208 at https://www.infopackets.com https://www.infopackets.com/news/10208/how-fix-attach-rebuild-raid-5-after-failed-disk-dell-perc-s100-s300#comments f1 Windows Tips Toronto Bayfront to Become 'Smart City' using Google Tech https://www.infopackets.com/news/10207/toronto-bayfront-become-smart-city-using-google-tech <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's sister company is to build a mini-city in Toronto that includes a range of technologies built into the infrastructure. It's designed partly to help locals and partly as a test bed for new technology. The 68-acre project on the Lake Toronto waterfront is led by Sidewalk Labs - a spin-off company that's owned by Google's parent company Alphabet. It's a partnership with the city and won't involve Google owning any land or acting as a landlord, though Google will move its Canadian headquarters to the area. It'll be part of a wider regeneration project covering 800 acres. Free Public WiFi ... (<a href="/news/10207/toronto-bayfront-become-smart-city-using-google-tech" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 19 Oct 2017 12:57:35 +0000 John Lister 10207 at https://www.infopackets.com https://www.infopackets.com/news/10207/toronto-bayfront-become-smart-city-using-google-tech#comments f1 Google Windows 10 Fall Creators Update Imminent https://www.infopackets.com/news/10206/windows-10-fall-creators-update-imminent <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 latest major update to Windows 10 starts rolling out to the general public this week. Some of the most useful changes will be behind the scenes, but there will be the first hints in a longer-term program to revamp the way the system looks on screen. The "Fall Creators Update" is the latest of the twice-yearly major Windows 10 updates that add new features. That's in contrast to the more frequent updates that fix performance and security problems. As usual, it's been available to people in Microsoft's testing programs before this roll out. Windows 10 Fall Creators Update will be a ... (<a href="/news/10206/windows-10-fall-creators-update-imminent" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 18 Oct 2017 17:36:16 +0000 John Lister 10206 at https://www.infopackets.com https://www.infopackets.com/news/10206/windows-10-fall-creators-update-imminent#comments f1 Microsoft New Wi-Fi Crack can Intercept Your Data: What You Need to Know https://www.infopackets.com/news/10205/new-wi-fi-crack-can-intercept-your-data-what-you-need-know <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 of the key security protections in WiFi has a serious vulnerability, a researcher has revealed. The exploit has to do with the protocol "WPA2" - currently considered the most secure protocol commonly used on WiFi routers and hotspots. Here's what you need to know about the WPA2 exploit. What's the problem and what does it affect? Security researcher Mathy Vanhoef has published a demonstration for what he's called "KRACKs," short for key reinstallation attacks. That's a way of exploiting a weakness in WPA2 (WiFi Protected Access II), the security system that is most ... (<a href="/news/10205/new-wi-fi-crack-can-intercept-your-data-what-you-need-know" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 17 Oct 2017 17:34:57 +0000 John Lister 10205 at https://www.infopackets.com https://www.infopackets.com/news/10205/new-wi-fi-crack-can-intercept-your-data-what-you-need-know#comments f1 Security How to Fix: Touchpad Scroll Not Working in Windows 7, 8 and 10 https://www.infopackets.com/news/10204/how-fix-touchpad-scroll-not-working-windows-7-8-and-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">Infopackets Ready Sally G. writes: " Dear Dennis, I just bought a new Windows 10 laptop and the touchpad scroll does not appear to be working. On my old Vista laptop, I had a scroll bar on the touchpad (on the far right), but the new Windows 10 laptop doesn't have this feature. Normally when I open a PDF file I need to zoom in and out. I would do this on the old laptop by pressing CTRL on my keyboard and using the scroll bar on the touchpad. On this laptop, I am at a complete loss. Can you tell me how I can fix my touchpad scroll? " My response: Each laptop manufacturer has their own way of ... (<a href="/news/10204/how-fix-touchpad-scroll-not-working-windows-7-8-and-10" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Mon, 16 Oct 2017 17:51:10 +0000 Dennis Faas 10204 at https://www.infopackets.com https://www.infopackets.com/news/10204/how-fix-touchpad-scroll-not-working-windows-7-8-and-10#comments f1 Windows Tips