http://www.infopackets.com/index.xml en Google Works On New Alternative To Password http://www.infopackets.com/news/9854/google-works-new-alternative-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><!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Google is working on an option to replace password logins on mobile devices with a "trust score" based on multiple factors. The idea is to combine all sorts of factors that aren't secure enough on their own. The idea is to balance the need for security with the hassle of remembering passwords by building on the concept of two-factor authentication. That's an existing philosophy that deals with the inherent weakness of using a single login factor such as a password. Two-factor authentication combines a password with another factor such as using a specific device or having ... (<a href="/news/9854/google-works-new-alternative-password" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 25 May 2016 16:11:33 +0000 John Lister 9854 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9854/google-works-new-alternative-password#comments f1 Security More Users Hit By Surprise Windows 10 Upgrade http://www.infopackets.com/news/9853/more-users-hit-surprise-windows-10-upgrade <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><!-- google_ad_section_start --><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's attempts to get all users running Windows 10 has taken yet another step further. It's now rolling out a sneaky way of getting users to "consent" to the update. As we've previously covered, Windows 10 is now classed as a "Recommended update" which means it will download and attempt to install on all Windows computers where the user hasn't actively changed the update settings from their default. After that reclassification, some users started seeing a pop-up message saying that Windows 10 was ready to install and the scheduled upgrade time. The ... (<a href="/news/9853/more-users-hit-surprise-windows-10-upgrade" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 24 May 2016 16:35:02 +0000 John Lister 9853 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9853/more-users-hit-surprise-windows-10-upgrade#comments f1 Microsoft How to Fix: No WiFi After Windows 10 Upgrade http://www.infopackets.com/news/9852/how-fix-no-wifi-after-windows-10-upgrade <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><!-- google_ad_section_start --><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 'Sisi' writes: " Dear Dennis, After I upgraded to Windows 10, I can no longer connect to my wireless network. However, when I connect my laptop to my router using a ethernet cable, it works fine. How can I get my wireless network to work again? " My response: There's a lot of reasons that the WiFi won't work after upgrading to Windows 10. The top two reasons are that the driver for your wireless network adapter needs to be updated, or it's possible that Windows 10 does not support your wireless adapter. With that said, I'll describe a systematic approach to resolving this ... (<a href="/news/9852/how-fix-no-wifi-after-windows-10-upgrade" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Fri, 20 May 2016 20:11:25 +0000 Dennis Faas 9852 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9852/how-fix-no-wifi-after-windows-10-upgrade#comments f1 Windows Tips Judge says FBI can Keep Firefox Bug a Secret http://www.infopackets.com/news/9851/judge-says-fbi-can-keep-firefox-bug-secret <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><!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">A judge has refused Mozilla's request that the FBI be forced to hand over details of a potential security bug in its Firefox browser. Mozilla argued there was a risk of the bug becoming public, which would then put anyone using its browser(s) at risk of an online attack. The request follows a separate criminal case involving a website engaged in indecent content depicting children. The site isn't available through ordinary web browsers such as Firefox, but instead runs through the Tor network. The Tor network works using the world wide web, but data is sent on a different channel (so ... (<a href="/news/9851/judge-says-fbi-can-keep-firefox-bug-secret" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 19 May 2016 16:40:08 +0000 John Lister 9851 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9851/judge-says-fbi-can-keep-firefox-bug-secret#comments f1 Courts Irony Strikes As Hacking Site Hacked http://www.infopackets.com/news/9850/irony-strikes-hacking-site-hacked <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><!-- google_ad_section_start --><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 major website used by hackers to exchange stolen data has itself been hacked. The breach has exposed hundreds of thousands of user accounts. The site called "Nulled" hosted discussion forums for users to exchange tips on how to hack into websites. It also included a section for buying and selling data such as stolen account information. Ironically, given the new development, the site had the slogan "Expect the unexpected." At the time of writing, the site was offline for "temporary unscheduled maintenance," with its database leaked onto other websites for ... (<a href="/news/9850/irony-strikes-hacking-site-hacked" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 18 May 2016 16:52:02 +0000 John Lister 9850 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9850/irony-strikes-hacking-site-hacked#comments f1 Security Google Faces $3.4B Fine for Search Bias http://www.infopackets.com/news/9849/google-faces-34b-fine-search-bias <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><!-- google_ad_section_start --><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 will reportedly face a fine of more than $3 billion for a series of alleged breaches of European competition laws. The penalty would be one-sixth of the maximum that could be imposed, but would still dwarf previous records. The penalty would come from the European Commission. Among many other roles, the commission oversees competition rules which apply to firms doing business across 28 European countries. For the record, this is a separate case launched last month , which the European Commission formally accused Google of using unfair rules in the way it pressures Android device ... (<a href="/news/9849/google-faces-34b-fine-search-bias" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 17 May 2016 16:58:46 +0000 John Lister 9849 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9849/google-faces-34b-fine-search-bias#comments f1 Google Explained: If I upgrade to Windows 10, will my Virtual Machine Stop Working? http://www.infopackets.com/news/9848/explained-if-i-upgrade-windows-10-will-my-virtual-machine-stop-working <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><!-- google_ad_section_start --><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 Dave C. writes: " Dear Dennis, I am currently running Windows 8.1 and am thinking to get the free version of Windows 10 before the deadline on July 29, 2016. I am currently running Hyper-V on my system and have a very important virtual machine that I've compiled. I was wondering if I upgrade to Windows 10, is there a chance that my virtual machine will stop working? I do not want to lose it. " My response: One of the beautiful things about virtual machines is that they are portable. So, if one of your virtual machines grew to eat up a lot of resources (for example), you can ... (<a href="/news/9848/explained-if-i-upgrade-windows-10-will-my-virtual-machine-stop-working" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Mon, 16 May 2016 17:28:10 +0000 Dennis Faas 9848 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9848/explained-if-i-upgrade-windows-10-will-my-virtual-machine-stop-working#comments f1 Windows Tips How to Fix: The request could not be performed because of an I/O device error http://www.infopackets.com/news/9847/how-fix-request-could-not-be-performed-because-io-device-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><!-- google_ad_section_start --><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 Terrel W. writes: " Dear Dennis, I installed Windows 10 on my laptop about 2 months ago. Just recently the laptop has been extremely slow; whenever I click on anything, the cursor will spin for literally 3 to 5 minutes before I am able to do anything. Any action I take on the computer - whether it's a right click on the desktop, or launching the browser - results in the same spinning. This is not normal behavior! I have tried the Windows 10 Reset but it gives me an error. Can you help? " My response: I asked Terrell if he'd like me to connect to his system using my remote ... (<a href="/news/9847/how-fix-request-could-not-be-performed-because-io-device-error" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Fri, 13 May 2016 12:43:27 +0000 Dennis Faas 9847 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9847/how-fix-request-could-not-be-performed-because-io-device-error#comments Windows Tips Google Refuses Payday Loan Ads http://www.infopackets.com/news/9846/google-refuses-payday-loan-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><!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Google is to refuse to carry advertising for payday loans companies. It's the biggest such ban for something other than illegal activity or matters of taste. The ban will apply to all Google's advertising systems. That includes both the ads that appear alongside search results and the ads that are placed by Google for clients on third party websites. The move however will not stop payday loan companies showing up in search results. Google has defined the affected ads as ones for loans where the repayment is due within 60 days of taking out the loan. While this will apply worldwide, a ... (<a href="/news/9846/google-refuses-payday-loan-ads" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 12 May 2016 11:25:21 +0000 John Lister 9846 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9846/google-refuses-payday-loan-ads#comments f1 Google Facebook 'Trending News' Accused of Political Bias http://www.infopackets.com/news/9845/facebook-trending-news-accused-political-bias <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><!-- google_ad_section_start --><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 rejected claims that its staff manually 'suppressed' conservative-slanted news stories in its trending topics feature. That hasn't satisfied a Senate committee which has now demanded more information about how the feature works. The feature is the list of news articles that appears on the Facebook web page when users are logged in. It's presented as a list of the news topics and stories that users are most sharing and talking about on the site, with the impression being that its a purely objective ranking based on raw numbers. Trending Topics is separate to the ... (<a href="/news/9845/facebook-trending-news-accused-political-bias" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 11 May 2016 11:29:15 +0000 John Lister 9845 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9845/facebook-trending-news-accused-political-bias#comments f1 Internet Phone Manufacturers, Carriers Under Security Probe http://www.infopackets.com/news/9844/phone-manufacturers-carriers-under-security-probe <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><!-- google_ad_section_start --><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 government agencies are investigating the way smartphone manufacturers and wireless carriers issue security updates for devices. They say they are particularly worried about older devices being left unpatched. It's a rare joint probe by both the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). While the FCC usually handles issues relating to the Internet and smartphones, the FTC usually only gets involved in cases of misleading advertising or unfair contracts. That may suggest officials are exploring whether companies have overstated the security their ... (<a href="/news/9844/phone-manufacturers-carriers-under-security-probe" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 10 May 2016 11:41:19 +0000 John Lister 9844 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9844/phone-manufacturers-carriers-under-security-probe#comments f1 Security How to Fix: Can't Resolve Windows Server 2012 Host Name (Remote Desktop) http://www.infopackets.com/news/9843/how-fix-cant-resolve-windows-server-2012-host-name-remote-desktop <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><!-- google_ad_section_start --><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 Giovani S. writes: " Dear Dennis, I happened to stumble across your website the other day -- very informative! I am using Windows 10 as my main PC, but I also installed Windows Server 2012 as a virtual machine. I am trying to connect to the Windows Server 2012 via Remote Desktop, however, the the UNC path of the Windows Server (\\server2012r2) will not resolve when I try and access it. I have googled this question a million times with a million different 'solutions', but I can't seem to find the answer. The only way I can connect to the Windows Server 2012 using remote ... (<a href="/news/9843/how-fix-cant-resolve-windows-server-2012-host-name-remote-desktop" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Fri, 06 May 2016 12:43:36 +0000 Dennis Faas 9843 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9843/how-fix-cant-resolve-windows-server-2012-host-name-remote-desktop#comments f1 Windows Tips Hacker Gives Away 272 Million Stolen Accounts for $1 http://www.infopackets.com/news/9842/hacker-gives-away-272-million-stolen-accounts-1 <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><!-- google_ad_section_start --><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">Stolen usernames and passwords from Yahoo, Google and Microsoft's webmail services are reportedly being traded by Russian criminals. They are said to be among a batch of 272.3 million accounts, though most are from a popular Russian service. The trade has been revealed by Hold Security in a discussion with Reuters. Hold's founder says his staff uncovered the batch when trawling an online forum used by hackers. The person who provided the information claimed he had a total of 1.17 billion records, but agreed to hand over a portion of them. It seems that while many criminals buy and ... (<a href="/news/9842/hacker-gives-away-272-million-stolen-accounts-1" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 05 May 2016 11:25:53 +0000 John Lister 9842 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9842/hacker-gives-away-272-million-stolen-accounts-1#comments f1 Security Google Gets Hands On Patient Records http://www.infopackets.com/news/9841/google-gets-hands-patient-records <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><!-- google_ad_section_start --><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 granted access to millions of patient medical records in the United Kingdom. It plans to use it to develop a way to spot patients at risk of developing serious kidney conditions. Although officials say personally identifying details will remain encrypted, the move has raised controversy with questions about the scope of the data involved. The records cover every patient who had dealings in the past five years with one of three specific hospitals in London overseen by the same NHS Trust. That's the local organizational body that delivers government-funded healthcare. ' ... (<a href="/news/9841/google-gets-hands-patient-records" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 04 May 2016 11:25:16 +0000 John Lister 9841 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9841/google-gets-hands-patient-records#comments f1 Google Phone Fingerprint Lock Sparks New Legal Dispute http://www.infopackets.com/news/9840/phone-fingerprint-lock-sparks-new-legal-dispute <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">A federal court has ordered a woman to use her finger to unlock her iPhone. It's the latest legal tussle in the ongoing debate pitting security and law enforcement against constitutional rights. The case involved a Los Angeles woman who had been arrested for identity theft. The FBI wanted to access the contents of her phone, which was protected by a fingerprint lock. Officials have not publicly revealed exactly why they wanted to access the data, or whether it directly related to the identity theft charges. Court documents show she was the girlfriend of a known member of a major LA ... (<a href="/news/9840/phone-fingerprint-lock-sparks-new-legal-dispute" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 03 May 2016 11:19:52 +0000 John Lister 9840 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9840/phone-fingerprint-lock-sparks-new-legal-dispute#comments f1 Courts How to Fix: Windows 10 Windows Mail Frozen http://www.infopackets.com/news/9839/how-fix-windows-10-windows-mail-frozen <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><!-- google_ad_section_start --><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 Marion writes: " Dear Dennis, I am running Windows 10 and my Windows Mail won't work; every time I load Windows Mail it just freezes. For example, normally when I load Windows Mail, the left hand side of the screen displays my Accounts, Inbox, Sent items, Drafts, and Archives - however, almost all of these headings are completely blank. If I move my mouse over top of each section it will show its heading, but I know that isn't right. I can only see a few items in my Sent box but no mail comes through the Inbox. Any ideas? " My response: I contacted Marion and she agreed to ... (<a href="/news/9839/how-fix-windows-10-windows-mail-frozen" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Mon, 02 May 2016 11:11:42 +0000 Dennis Faas 9839 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9839/how-fix-windows-10-windows-mail-frozen#comments f1 Windows Tips Hackers Weaponize Obscure Windows Feature http://www.infopackets.com/news/9838/hackers-weaponize-obscure-windows-feature <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><!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Microsoft has detailed the intricate and carefully crafted attack techniques of a longstanding group of online spies. They include taking advantage of a now-retired Windows feature for easier updates. Thankfully for home users, the attacks from the group Microsoft dubs "Platinum" have been highly targeted at government, defense, communications and intelligence agencies and organizations. That's promoted speculation a government may be behind the attacks. The details come in a report by Microsoft's Windows Defender Advanced Threat Hunting. It notes that while some attacks are ... (<a href="/news/9838/hackers-weaponize-obscure-windows-feature" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 28 Apr 2016 11:19:16 +0000 John Lister 9838 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9838/hackers-weaponize-obscure-windows-feature#comments f1 Security Cellphones in India to Include Panic Button http://www.infopackets.com/news/9837/cellphones-india-include-panic-button <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><!-- google_ad_section_start --><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">Varying attitudes around the world to cellphone use are reflected in two new policies. India is to mandate 'panic buttons' in cellphones, while a German city has taken drastic measures to keep phone users safer. The Indian rules begin to take effect next January when all cellphones on sale will have to include some form of panic button. The measure is designed to deal with growing fears for safety on the streets, particularly among women. Officials reportedly concluded that while cellphones make it much easier to call for help than in the days of relying on payphones, the process of ... (<a href="/news/9837/cellphones-india-include-panic-button" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 27 Apr 2016 16:16:20 +0000 John Lister 9837 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9837/cellphones-india-include-panic-button#comments f1 Mobile 'Secure' Phone Could Cost $15,000 http://www.infopackets.com/news/9836/secure-phone-could-cost-15000 <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><!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">A new manufacturer plans to sell ultra-secure smartphones for as much as $15,000. They won't be the most expensive ever made, but will be the costliest outside of gimmick "luxury" handsets. Sirin Labs, a company based in the United Kingdom and Israel, has raised $72 million in investment funding. It plans to launch its first handset in a dedicated retail store next year. (Source: reuters.com ) The company has released relatively little detail about the handset, but has been working on it for almost three years. It says the big selling point is that it will offer military level ... (<a href="/news/9836/secure-phone-could-cost-15000" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 26 Apr 2016 16:04:03 +0000 John Lister 9836 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9836/secure-phone-could-cost-15000#comments f1 Mobile How to Fix: CRITICAL_PROCESS_DIED Error - Step by Step http://www.infopackets.com/news/9835/how-fix-criticalprocessdied-error-step-step <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><!-- google_ad_section_start --><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 'Lee' writes: " Dear Dennis. I have done a clean install of Windows 10 and downloaded all updates; however, I keep getting a blue screen error message that "CRITICAL_PROCESS_DIED". Prior to that I was running Windows 7 - but also had the same error CRITICAL_PROCESS_DIED. I have done several clean installs, but no luck. I've run chkdsk (check disk) and did a memory check - but neither report any errors. I did the 'sfc /scannow', but receive an error that 'windows resource protection found corrupt files but was unable to fix some of them'. Can you please help? " My response: ... (<a href="/news/9835/how-fix-criticalprocessdied-error-step-step" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Fri, 22 Apr 2016 16:52:20 +0000 Dennis Faas 9835 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9835/how-fix-criticalprocessdied-error-step-step#comments f1 Windows Tips Google Accused of Unfair Competition http://www.infopackets.com/news/9834/google-accused-unfair-competition <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><!-- google_ad_section_start --><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">European officials have formally accused Google of breaching competition rules in the way it handles the Android system. They say the company unfairly used the system to push its search services. The claims come from the European Commission, the equivalent of the executive branch of the European Union. It oversees some elements of competition law that apply across 28 countries. The Commission has issued a Statement of Objections, which is formal notification that it is investigating alleged breaches. Google now has 12 weeks to respond to the claims. If found guilty it could face financial ... (<a href="/news/9834/google-accused-unfair-competition" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 21 Apr 2016 16:43:45 +0000 John Lister 9834 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9834/google-accused-unfair-competition#comments f1 Courts Global PC Sales Continue To Slump http://www.infopackets.com/news/9833/global-pc-sales-continue-slump <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><!-- google_ad_section_start --><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">Worldwide PC sales have fallen to their lowest level in almost a decade according to new estimates. It's also now four years since sales rose year-on-year. The figures come from analyst Gartner, which gathers together data from a range of sources. Strictly speaking, it estimates shipments to retailers rather than actual sales to consumers and businesses. That can have a lag effect, but doesn't affect overall trends - over the long run, sales affect how many units retailers order. (Source: gartner.com ) According to the company, shipments between January and March this year totaled 64. ... (<a href="/news/9833/global-pc-sales-continue-slump" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 20 Apr 2016 15:39:54 +0000 John Lister 9833 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9833/global-pc-sales-continue-slump#comments f1 Technology Authors Fail in Legal Challenge to Google Books http://www.infopackets.com/news/9832/authors-fail-legal-challenge-google-books <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><!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">The Supreme Court has rejected claims by authors that Google Books violates copyright. It ends a legal battle dating back 12 years. The legal issues originally centered on Google Library, in which the company scanned millions of books that were no longer being published and made them available in full. Later on Google used the same technology to scan books that are in print and add them to its search database alongside web pages and other forms of information. When users carry out a search that matches content in a scanned book, they can now see the relevant section as part of the search ... (<a href="/news/9832/authors-fail-legal-challenge-google-books" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 19 Apr 2016 16:48:24 +0000 John Lister 9832 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9832/authors-fail-legal-challenge-google-books#comments f1 Courts How to: Use Gparted, VMWare to Increase /dev/sda Partition (LVM) http://www.infopackets.com/news/9831/how-use-gparted-vmware-increase-devsda-partition-lvm <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><!-- google_ad_section_start --><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 Todd G. writes: " Dear Dennis, I am using Windows 10 and I have VMWare workstation installed. I have been playing around with a CentOS (Linux) virtual machine for the last few months. When I first created the virtual machine, I selected the default size for the operating system which is 8 gigabytes. However, I'd like to create a larger partition because I am running out of space. I am using the Ext4 file system with a logical volume for my primary partition. I tried using gparted to increase the volume size on /dev/sda, but when I rebooted, the 'df -h' command shows that my ... (<a href="/news/9831/how-use-gparted-vmware-increase-devsda-partition-lvm" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Mon, 18 Apr 2016 18:23:16 +0000 Dennis Faas 9831 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9831/how-use-gparted-vmware-increase-devsda-partition-lvm#comments f1 Windows Tips How to: Access Windows Shares using an Android Device http://www.infopackets.com/news/9830/how-access-windows-shares-using-android-device <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><!-- google_ad_section_start --><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 Sonja S. writes: " Dear Dennis, I have a very perplexing question that has been bothering me for the last little while. For the longest time, I have been using an app called ES File Explorer for my Android smartphone, which allows me to connect to a shared Windows folder on my Windows PC using my WiFi connection. However, it appears that ES File Explorer now contains a bunch of bloatware and is constantly scanning my SD Card, and alerting me of programs 'requesting sensitive information'. I was wondering if you can tell me if there is another Android app I can use to share ... (<a href="/news/9830/how-access-windows-shares-using-android-device" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Fri, 15 Apr 2016 16:10:34 +0000 Dennis Faas 9830 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9830/how-access-windows-shares-using-android-device#comments f1 Windows Tips New Luxury Kindle Carries Price to Match http://www.infopackets.com/news/9829/new-luxury-kindle-carries-price-match <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><!-- google_ad_section_start --><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 has released a luxury version of the Kindle e-Reader, with a price tag to match. It's drawn comparisons to Apple's high-priced iPads, despite being a single-purpose device. New Kindle editions over the past few years have mainly involved very small tweaks to an established design. The new Kindle Oasis has been redesigned to be easier to hold. The most notable difference is that the device is no longer a perfectly flat device. One side of it is the thinnest a Kindle has ever been, at barely an eighth of an inch. However, the other side has a tapered bump that takes it up to a ... (<a href="/news/9829/new-luxury-kindle-carries-price-match" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 14 Apr 2016 12:30:31 +0000 John Lister 9829 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9829/new-luxury-kindle-carries-price-match#comments f1 Gadgets Windows Blue Screen of Death to Get Revamp http://www.infopackets.com/news/9828/windows-blue-screen-death-get-revamp <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><!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Microsoft is to make the dreaded "Blue Screen of Death" (BSOD) a little less likely to leave people feeling helpless. Users may be able to hold a smartphone up to the screen and get a link to an explanation of the problem. The screen appears when Windows encounters a serious problem that causes it to completely crash. When this happens, a blue screen with a cryptic error message is displayed, and sometimes the system will reboot automatically. For the most part, a blue screen involves an incompatibility or fault between Windows and software or a hardware device. At the moment, the ... (<a href="/news/9828/windows-blue-screen-death-get-revamp" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 13 Apr 2016 11:23:31 +0000 John Lister 9828 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9828/windows-blue-screen-death-get-revamp#comments f1 Microsoft Researchers Claim to Unlock Ransomware Encryption http://www.infopackets.com/news/9827/researchers-claim-unlock-ransomware-encryption <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><!-- google_ad_section_start --><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 nastiest ransomware variants may have been defeated. Two security researchers have reportedly figured out a way to recover access to an encrypted computer without paying an extortion fee. Most forms of ransomware involve infecting a victim's computer and then individually encrypts files. That leaves the victim able to run Windows, but unable to access any of their data. The Petya variant is more dangerous as it encrypts the hard drive's master file table. That's a database which has the details of every files on a computer, including those for Windows itself. If the master ... (<a href="/news/9827/researchers-claim-unlock-ransomware-encryption" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 12 Apr 2016 11:47:56 +0000 John Lister 9827 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9827/researchers-claim-unlock-ransomware-encryption#comments f1 Security How to Fix: Svchost.exe High CPU Usage http://www.infopackets.com/news/9826/how-fix-svchostexe-high-cpu-usage <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><!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">How to Fix: Svchost.exe High CPU Usage Infopackets Reader Ben J. writes: " Dear Dennis, I just reinstalled Windows 7 on my machine, and from the get-go the machine is very slow to use. I ran Windows Task Manager to see what is going on, and the svchost.exe process is consuming 50% of my CPU. I have disabled the sleep mode on my computer and let svchost run for a few days, but nothing has come of it - it's still causing high CPU usage. I should also mention that I have not yet received any Windows Updates on my computer for the last week. What is causing the svchost process to run at high CPU ... (<a href="/news/9826/how-fix-svchostexe-high-cpu-usage" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Mon, 11 Apr 2016 13:29:11 +0000 Dennis Faas 9826 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9826/how-fix-svchostexe-high-cpu-usage#comments f1 Windows Tips How to Fix: Trojan Keeps Coming Back, Won't Remove http://www.infopackets.com/news/9825/how-fix-trojan-keeps-coming-back-wont-remove <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><!-- google_ad_section_start --><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 Jason B. writes: " Dear Dennis, Thanks for all your excellent articles! Somehow my PC got infected with the Trojan: Trojan.Agent.Gen - it was detected by Malwarebytes Antimalware after I ran a scan. Malwarebytes said it needed to reboot to clean the infection; I did that, but after another scan, the Trojan is still on my system - I can't remove it! The filename and path of the Trojan is located at %userprofile%\AppData\Roaming\windows.vbs. I have also tried removing Trojan.Agent.Gen using Microsoft Security Essentials and ADWCleaner, but neither program will remove it and ... (<a href="/news/9825/how-fix-trojan-keeps-coming-back-wont-remove" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Fri, 08 Apr 2016 16:45:43 +0000 Dennis Faas 9825 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9825/how-fix-trojan-keeps-coming-back-wont-remove#comments f1 Windows Tips New Bogus Invoice Emails Could Lead to Ransomware Attack http://www.infopackets.com/news/9824/new-bogus-invoice-emails-could-lead-ransomware-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><!-- google_ad_section_start --><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 people behind phishing emails appear to be getting more sophisticated. Reports from both sides of the Atlantic say such emails are including more personal details, something that was previously used only for high value target. Phishing emails are a way to try to trick people into either providing confidential information such as bank details or online passwords, or by clicking on links that install malware, usually through security weaknesses in web browsers or office software. More and more phishing attacks now involve trying to install ransomware that locks up a computer until the ... (<a href="/news/9824/new-bogus-invoice-emails-could-lead-ransomware-attack" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 07 Apr 2016 11:35:48 +0000 John Lister 9824 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9824/new-bogus-invoice-emails-could-lead-ransomware-attack#comments f1 Security Windows 10 Getting Two New Changes http://www.infopackets.com/news/9823/windows-10-getting-two-new-changes <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><!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Microsoft has unveiled a couple of changes to improve Windows 10: smartphone owners will be able to see notifications on their computer screen, while many Chrome extensions could be coming to the Edge browser. A forthcoming update will introduce something called "notification mirroring." That will mean pairing a Windows or Android smartphone or tablet with a Windows 10 computer. Users can then automatically have any notifications that normally appear on their smartphone or tablet show up on their computer screen instead. The idea is that while somebody is working on their computer, ... (<a href="/news/9823/windows-10-getting-two-new-changes" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 06 Apr 2016 11:48:33 +0000 John Lister 9823 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9823/windows-10-getting-two-new-changes#comments f1 Microsoft Broadband Pricing to be Clearer, using 'Labels' http://www.infopackets.com/news/9822/broadband-pricing-be-clearer-using-labels <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><!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has unveiled a standardized way for broadband providers to give details on pricing and other contract terms. The "consumer broadband labels" resemble, and are based on, the nutritional information labels seen on packaged food. The labels were developed with the input of both broadband providers and consumer groups. Although providers won't legally be required to use the labels, it is very much in their interests to do so. Companies which do use the labels will, assuming they have been honest and accurate with the information, ... (<a href="/news/9822/broadband-pricing-be-clearer-using-labels" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 05 Apr 2016 12:03:48 +0000 John Lister 9822 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9822/broadband-pricing-be-clearer-using-labels#comments f1 Internet How to Fix: Windows 10 Start Menu Not Working http://www.infopackets.com/news/9820/how-fix-windows-10-start-menu-not-working <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><!-- google_ad_section_start --><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 Sam S. writes: " Dear Dennis, A few days ago I booted my computer to the Windows 10 desktop, but now my Windows 10 start menu doesn't work. If I click on the start menu, it doesn't do anything at all - no menu, no tiles - nothing at all! The only options I have are the Windows 10 task bar which allows me to click on Microsoft Edge browser, so I can at least get on the Internet. Can you tell me why my Windows 10 start menu disappeared? I need to get into my tiles so can access my apps. Thanks for any help you can offer. " My response: This is a very vexing problem (based on ... (<a href="/news/9820/how-fix-windows-10-start-menu-not-working" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Mon, 04 Apr 2016 13:31:09 +0000 Dennis Faas 9820 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9820/how-fix-windows-10-start-menu-not-working#comments f1 Windows Tips How to Fix: Another Installation is in Progress Error http://www.infopackets.com/news/9819/how-fix-another-installation-progress-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><!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Infopackets Reader 'David' writes: " Dear Dennis, I have Windows 10, and the updates keep failing. Also, when I try to update Creative Cloud (to upgrade my Adobe Photoshop), it gets to 54% complete and then I receive a message stating that 'Another installation is in progress' error. I also received a very strange error message when attempting to install Classic Shell: 'User System has previously initiated an install for product (Microsoft Office). That user will need to run that install again before they can use that product. You current install will now continue.' I click OK and it will ... (<a href="/news/9819/how-fix-another-installation-progress-error" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Fri, 01 Apr 2016 13:17:47 +0000 Dennis Faas 9819 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9819/how-fix-another-installation-progress-error#comments f1 Windows Tips Windows 10 Redstone: Major Update Due Summer 2016 http://www.infopackets.com/news/9818/windows-10-redstone-major-update-due-summer-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><!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Microsoft has unveiled some of the features for the next major update to Windows 10. Among the biggest surprise is better support for the world of Linux. The new features and tweaks will come in an update that's been codenamed Windows 10 Redstone. It's expected some time this summer and is planned to be the biggest update yet. Microsoft has likened Redstone to the level of change that came with Windows 8.1, though thankfully this time it will be less about undoing changes in the initial release that went down badly. Cortana &amp; Action Center Overhauled The most visible changes for ... (<a href="/news/9818/windows-10-redstone-major-update-due-summer-2016" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 31 Mar 2016 12:07:16 +0000 John Lister 9818 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9818/windows-10-redstone-major-update-due-summer-2016#comments f1 Microsoft Ransomware Takes Nasty New Twist http://www.infopackets.com/news/9817/ransomware-takes-nasty-new-twist <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><!-- google_ad_section_start --><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 FBI has asked businesses for urgent help dealing with a new form of ransomware. The attack is designed to compromise an entire network, rather than just a single computer. Ransomware is a form of malware that damages a computer in a way that's usually reversible - but only by the malware creators. Commonly it involves encrypting files or even an entire hard drive so that they can't be accessed without a key, which is only provided when the victim hands over a fee. Last month the FBI put out a warning of a form of ransomware dubbed MSIL/Samas.A. It targets a security vulnerability ... (<a href="/news/9817/ransomware-takes-nasty-new-twist" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 30 Mar 2016 11:58:32 +0000 John Lister 9817 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9817/ransomware-takes-nasty-new-twist#comments f1 Security Microsoft Alters Windows 10 to Please China http://www.infopackets.com/news/9816/microsoft-alters-windows-10-please-china <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><!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Microsoft has finished work on a special edition of Windows 10 for Chinese users. It appears to be designed to keep the country's authoritarian government happy. The edition is known as Windows 10 Zhuangongban, which translates as Specially Provided Edition, and will be aimed mainly at government agencies and government-owned businesses. The new software is described in an article on Chinese website Caixin, though its unclear how free the site was to cover the news without either direct censorship or self-censorship. Software Meets 'Special Needs' Based on an automated Google ... (<a href="/news/9816/microsoft-alters-windows-10-please-china" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 29 Mar 2016 12:44:23 +0000 John Lister 9816 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9816/microsoft-alters-windows-10-please-china#comments f1 Microsoft How to: Run 16-bit Programs on Windows 10 64-bit http://www.infopackets.com/news/9815/how-run-16-bit-programs-windows-10-64-bit <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><!-- google_ad_section_start --><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 'Colin' writes: " Dear Dennis, I have Windows 10 64-bit and when I try and run an old Visual Basic software program, it says 'This app cannot run on your PC'. I believe the Visual Basic program uses 16-bit architecture. So the question is, how can I run 16-bit programs on Windows 10 64-bit? " My response: The simple answer is that you cannot run 16-bit applications on 64-bit Windows directly , including Windows 10 64-bit. The same holds true when trying to run 16-bit applications on Windows 7 64-bit or Windows 8 64-bit. That said, there are workarounds to the problem. ... (<a href="/news/9815/how-run-16-bit-programs-windows-10-64-bit" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Mon, 28 Mar 2016 13:03:16 +0000 Dennis Faas 9815 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9815/how-run-16-bit-programs-windows-10-64-bit#comments f1 Windows Tips Explained: Do I need a VPN? Are VPNs Safe for Online Banking? http://www.infopackets.com/news/9814/explained-do-i-need-vpn-are-vpns-safe-online-banking <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><!-- google_ad_section_start --><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 Janie T. writes: " Dear Dennis, I wanted to know if I should use a VPN (virtual private network) to connect to my bank website. A service I came across called saferweb.com claims that they will encrypt my connection, but I don't know if they can be trusted or not. What do you think? PS: I love your daily infopackets letters - they are very informative. " My response: This is a good question. When visiting saferweb.com I noted the following statements on their site: "Safer Web gives you an extra layer of security against Internet hackers. By hiding your IP, we keep your ... (<a href="/news/9814/explained-do-i-need-vpn-are-vpns-safe-online-banking" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Fri, 25 Mar 2016 15:14:22 +0000 Dennis Faas 9814 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9814/explained-do-i-need-vpn-are-vpns-safe-online-banking#comments f1 Windows Tips FBI May Unlock iPhone Without Apple's Help http://www.infopackets.com/news/9813/fbi-may-unlock-iphone-without-apples-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><!-- google_ad_section_start --><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 FBI says it may be able to unlock the San Bernadino shooter's phone without Apple's help. But it's refusing to reveal details of its apparent solution. Apple recently refused to comply with an order to assist law enforcement officials with unlocking the phone, leading to a planned courtroom hearing this week. The FBI then asked for the case to be put on hold until next month, saying it wanted to investigate a method it discovered this past weekend that may make Apple's help irrelevant. The argument isn't about decrypting the data on the phone, something that's ... (<a href="/news/9813/fbi-may-unlock-iphone-without-apples-help" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 24 Mar 2016 11:45:14 +0000 John Lister 9813 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9813/fbi-may-unlock-iphone-without-apples-help#comments f1 Security Email Security Likely to Get Boost http://www.infopackets.com/news/9812/email-security-likely-get-boost <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><!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Some of the biggest tech firms have joined together to call for new standards that could make emails more secure. The proposals have gone to the Internet Engineering Task Force, which develops voluntary but widely used technical standards for the Internet. These days around 30 percent of Internet traffic from North American users is encrypted, meaning that if somebody intercepts it on route, they'll struggle to be able to read it. That figure is expected to jump to 60 percent this year, though that's largely a quirk caused by a change in policy by Netflix. In any case, it's now ... (<a href="/news/9812/email-security-likely-get-boost" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 23 Mar 2016 11:32:48 +0000 John Lister 9812 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9812/email-security-likely-get-boost#comments f1 Security Kindle eReaders May Lose Connectivity if not Updated http://www.infopackets.com/news/9811/kindle-ereaders-may-lose-connectivity-if-not-updated <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><!-- google_ad_section_start --><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">Owners of older Kindle eReaders have been warned to update their devices today or temporarily lose Internet connectivity. The loss won't be irreversible, but will cause added hassle. The issue affects all Kindle eReader models released before 2013. That includes the Keyboard, Touch and DX versions, along with the 5th generation and earlier of both the standard Kindle and Paperwhite editions. (Source: amazon.com ) The only unaffected models are those released from 2013 onwards, specifically the Paperwhite 6th and 7th generation, the 7th generation standard Kindle and the Voyage model. The ... (<a href="/news/9811/kindle-ereaders-may-lose-connectivity-if-not-updated" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 22 Mar 2016 12:19:02 +0000 John Lister 9811 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9811/kindle-ereaders-may-lose-connectivity-if-not-updated#comments f1 Gadgets How to: Compare Video Cards - Quick and Easy http://www.infopackets.com/news/9810/how-compare-video-cards-quick-and-easy <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><!-- google_ad_section_start --><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 Tim S. writes: " Dear Dennis, I am upgrading the hard drive and CPU on a computer for a friend of mine. His computer does not have a dedicated video card; as such, he is using the onboard graphics built onto the motherboard, which is very outdated and slow compared to today's standards. I would like to buy him a used video card, but am not sure which model to get, as the model numbers seem to be very confusing - whether it's an AMD video card or an Nvidia card. How can I compare video cards so I know which card is better than the other? " My response: This is a very good ... (<a href="/news/9810/how-compare-video-cards-quick-and-easy" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Mon, 21 Mar 2016 13:05:00 +0000 Dennis Faas 9810 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9810/how-compare-video-cards-quick-and-easy#comments f1 Windows Tips Explained: What to Expect if you Ditch Windows and Go Linux http://www.infopackets.com/news/9809/explained-what-expect-if-you-ditch-windows-and-go-linux <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><!-- google_ad_section_start --><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 'Kathy aka VJ' writes: " Dear Dennis, In regard to John Lister's article ' Windows 10 install surprising users ' - how about an article about switching to Linux instead of Windows 10, including a how to, cost, warnings, software compatibility, etc. I've just about had it with Microsoft and it's aggressive tactics, trying to get me to install Windows 10 with its 'gotcha' updates . As such, I am thinking it's time to get myself out from under the Microsoft umbrella. I am expert with MS Office and would hate to switch, but if it won't run under Linux, I may have to stick with ... (<a href="/news/9809/explained-what-expect-if-you-ditch-windows-and-go-linux" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Fri, 18 Mar 2016 13:23:02 +0000 Dennis Faas 9809 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9809/explained-what-expect-if-you-ditch-windows-and-go-linux#comments f1 Windows Tips New Crowdsourced GPS App Tells You When to Leave http://www.infopackets.com/news/9808/new-crowdsourced-gps-app-tells-you-when-leave <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><!-- google_ad_section_start --><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 Google-owned app aims to tell you the right time to leave on a car journey based on current traffic. It's something of a chicken and egg situation though, as the more people who use Waze, the more accurate it gets. Waze was developed by an Israeli company and bought out by Google in 2013. Unlike most GPS navigation tools, it doesn't work solely by databases of roads. Instead, it gathers anonymized information from users about their journeys, measuring exactly how long they take to cover a particular route and where they are being held up. The idea is to use this crowdsourced ... (<a href="/news/9808/new-crowdsourced-gps-app-tells-you-when-leave" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 17 Mar 2016 11:52:05 +0000 John Lister 9808 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9808/new-crowdsourced-gps-app-tells-you-when-leave#comments f1 Mobile Google Email Automatic Reply Tool Expanded http://www.infopackets.com/news/9807/google-email-automatic-reply-tool-expanded <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><!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Google is expanding a feature that automatically suggests quick email replies that you can send with one click. It's moving it from mobile only to the desktop, though won't yet be part of the main Gmail tool. The feature, called Smart Reply, debuted on the Inbox by Gmail mobile app. That's a separate tool to Gmail, though lets you access the same email accounts. The difference is that the app contains several tools designed to make it easier to deal with large numbers of messages, particularly for people who work on the move. Smart Reply works by scanning the content of an ... (<a href="/news/9807/google-email-automatic-reply-tool-expanded" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 16 Mar 2016 11:37:37 +0000 John Lister 9807 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9807/google-email-automatic-reply-tool-expanded#comments f1 Google Windows 10 Install Surprising Users http://www.infopackets.com/news/9806/windows-10-install-surprising-users <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><!-- google_ad_section_start --><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's push to get Windows 10 onto computers seems to be going a step further than anticipated. Even tech-savvy users are complaining their machines updated to the new system without their express consent. The last big change to the Windows 10 upgrade process took place last month, but seems to be working more aggressively than expected. The change involved Windows 10 being reclassified as a "Recommended" update in the automatic update program. That was hugely significant as the default setting for most Windows PCs is to install all recommended updates automatically. It ... (<a href="/news/9806/windows-10-install-surprising-users" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 15 Mar 2016 11:31:00 +0000 John Lister 9806 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9806/windows-10-install-surprising-users#comments f1 Microsoft How to Fix: NTDLL.DLL Error - The Definitive Guide http://www.infopackets.com/news/9805/how-fix-ntdlldll-error-definitive-guide <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><!-- google_ad_section_start --><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 Gerry O. writes: " Dear Dennis, I am running windows 8.1 and have a program that reports an ntdll.dll failure. Will an upgrade to Windows 10 (not clean install) create a new ntdll.dll file, would I need to do a clean install of windows 10? Is there another way of getting a clean ntdll.dll file without upgrading? " My response: The file ntdll.dll is typically located in c:\windows\system32, and in very old versions of Windows (such as Windows XP), in the c:\i386 directory. The ntdll.dll file is a legitimate dynamic link library file (DLL) and is referred to as the "NT Layer ... (<a href="/news/9805/how-fix-ntdlldll-error-definitive-guide" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Mon, 14 Mar 2016 13:22:08 +0000 Dennis Faas 9805 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9805/how-fix-ntdlldll-error-definitive-guide#comments f1 Windows Tips How to Fix: Can't Uninstall or Reinstall Windows Live Mail / Essentials http://www.infopackets.com/news/9804/how-fix-cant-uninstall-or-reinstall-windows-live-mail-essentials <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><!-- google_ad_section_start --><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 'Philip' writes: " Dear Dennis, Recently, I uninstalled Windows Essentials, not realizing it contained Windows Live Mail. I therefore thought I had completely lost my emails and address book, but when I did a search on my hard drive with the program called 'everything', I found some data files in 'C:\Users\phil\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows Live Mail' folder. So, I tried to download Windows Essentials from Microsoft's website, thinking I would be able to access my Windows Live Mail emails once again; however, I received a message stating that Windows Live Essentials has ... (<a href="/news/9804/how-fix-cant-uninstall-or-reinstall-windows-live-mail-essentials" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Fri, 11 Mar 2016 13:41:34 +0000 Dennis Faas 9804 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9804/how-fix-cant-uninstall-or-reinstall-windows-live-mail-essentials#comments f1 Windows Tips Google Loses Court Case Over Fake Online Reviews http://www.infopackets.com/news/9803/google-loses-court-case-over-fake-online-reviews <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><!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">A court has ordered Google to hand over details that could identify the people behind four accounts used for bogus online reviews. One of the accounts had assumed the identity of a dead woman. The reviews were made on the social networking site Google+. While the site has arguably struggled to compete with the likes of Facebook, posts there are particularly likely to show up in search results for a relevant term. In this case the reviews were of an Amsterdam daycare center, and would appear next to a map of the center's location before the rest of the "ranked" search results. ... (<a href="/news/9803/google-loses-court-case-over-fake-online-reviews" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 10 Mar 2016 17:54:08 +0000 John Lister 9803 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9803/google-loses-court-case-over-fake-online-reviews#comments f1 Courts Lifeline Low Income Phone Subsidy to Include Broadband http://www.infopackets.com/news/9802/lifeline-low-income-phone-subsidy-include-broadband <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><!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">The US government plans to offer a subsidy to help people on low incomes get cheaper access to broadband Internet. Recipients would get a choice of using it on fixed-line or mobile services. The plan is an extension to an existing program called Lifeline, which has been running for around thirty years. Its funded by a levy on phone companies and allows people who meet low income eligibility requirements to get a monthly discount of $9.25 on phone line rental. Since 2005, the plan has allowed recipients to opt to use the discount of a pre-paid cellular phone plan instead of a landline. Now the ... (<a href="/news/9802/lifeline-low-income-phone-subsidy-include-broadband" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 09 Mar 2016 12:46:37 +0000 John Lister 9802 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9802/lifeline-low-income-phone-subsidy-include-broadband#comments f1 Government Verizon Fined for Secretive Use of 'Super Cookies' http://www.infopackets.com/news/9800/verizon-fined-secretive-use-super-cookies <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><!-- google_ad_section_start --><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">Verizon has agreed to pay a fine of $1.35 million for its use of controversial "super cookies." The files, which are solely used to track its own users, were set up in a way that made them difficult if not impossible to delete. Cookies are small text files placed on a user's computer by a website. In many cases, cookies have a perfectly legitimate use of identifying a visitor, even if the site doesn't have a login or registration system. Examples of such user might include a weather site automatically delivering a forecast for the user's preferred location, or a sports ... (<a href="/news/9800/verizon-fined-secretive-use-super-cookies" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 08 Mar 2016 12:33:16 +0000 John Lister 9800 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9800/verizon-fined-secretive-use-super-cookies#comments f1 Internet How to Know if a Program is Compatible with Windows 10 http://www.infopackets.com/news/9799/how-know-if-program-compatible-windows-10 <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><!-- google_ad_section_start --><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 V. writes: " Dear Dennis, We have two computers running Windows 7; one of them has the white Microsoft logo on it which says it's ready for the Windows 10 upgrade, while the other one does not. I'd like to upgrade both computers to Windows 10, however, we have a very important Lotus 1-2-3 spreadsheet set up and I would hate to find out that I can't use the spreadsheet after upgrading to Windows 10. Is there a way to know if a program is compatible with Windows 10? " My response: I've been asked this question quite a bit lately and the easiest way to find out if your ... (<a href="/news/9799/how-know-if-program-compatible-windows-10" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Mon, 07 Mar 2016 13:50:32 +0000 Dennis Faas 9799 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9799/how-know-if-program-compatible-windows-10#comments f1 Windows Tips 3 Ways to Install Windows 10 using an .ISO File (with or without a DVD Burner) http://www.infopackets.com/news/9798/3-ways-install-windows-10-using-iso-file-or-without-dvd-burner <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><!-- google_ad_section_start --><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 Perry F. writes: " Dear Dennis, I have two laptops with Windows 7 that I would like to upgrade to Windows 10. From what I understand, I can use the Microsoft Media Creation Tool to download Windows 10 in an .ISO file format. When that is done downloading, I would then burn the .ISO disc image file onto a DVD, then use the DVD to install Windows 10 onto my machines. The problem however is that I don't have a DVD drive on either laptop - so how can I use the .ISO format to install Windows 10? " My response: In a nutshell, an ISO file is an exact copy of an entire CD or DVD, ... (<a href="/news/9798/3-ways-install-windows-10-using-iso-file-or-without-dvd-burner" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Fri, 04 Mar 2016 13:29:04 +0000 Dennis Faas 9798 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9798/3-ways-install-windows-10-using-iso-file-or-without-dvd-burner#comments f1 Windows Tips New 'Drown' Bug: Millions of Secure Sites Could be at Risk http://www.infopackets.com/news/9797/new-drown-bug-millions-secure-sites-could-be-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><!-- google_ad_section_start --><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 estimated 11 million secure websites could be vulnerable to hackers exploiting a security bug. Amazingly, the bug has to do with technology that is over 20 years old. There's little, if anything website visitors can do as the bug needs fixing by site operators. However, it is possible to check if a site appears to be vulnerable. The bug has been dubbed Drown, a name rather tenuously derived from "Decrypting the RSA algorithm with Obsolete and Weakened eNcryption." Researchers who uncovered the bug aren't publishing the precise details. At the moment it's not known if ... (<a href="/news/9797/new-drown-bug-millions-secure-sites-could-be-risk" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 03 Mar 2016 13:11:54 +0000 John Lister 9797 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9797/new-drown-bug-millions-secure-sites-could-be-risk#comments f1 Security Critics Say Kids Search Engine Too Judgmental http://www.infopackets.com/news/9796/critics-say-kids-search-engine-too-judgmental <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><!-- google_ad_section_start --><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 search engine designed specifically for children has caused controversy, thanks to its filters. Critics say the creators are wrong in their choice of "bad words" to block. The site, named "Kiddle," takes several steps to make itself suitable for children. For example, it deletes its entire logs of user searches once every 24 hours and doesn't store any personal details. Of course, this also means it can't refine results like Google does. For example, the search engine won't automatically learn if a user searching for "football results" wants to know ... (<a href="/news/9796/critics-say-kids-search-engine-too-judgmental" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 02 Mar 2016 12:40:55 +0000 John Lister 9796 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9796/critics-say-kids-search-engine-too-judgmental#comments f1 Internet Google Self-Driving Car at Partial Fault for Crash http://www.infopackets.com/news/9795/google-self-driving-car-partial-fault-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><!-- google_ad_section_start --><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 confirmed that one of its self-driving cars was partially responsible for a minor crash with a bus. It's the first time the company has taken a share of the blame for a prang. The cars operate through a range of technologies including sensors, cameras, lasers, GPS and map data. The theory is that these allow them to track the activity of other vehicles on the road and more reliably avoid crashes than cars which are subject to human driver error. California allows companies such as Google which meet set criteria to operate self-driving or "autonomous" vehicles on ... (<a href="/news/9795/google-self-driving-car-partial-fault-crash" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 01 Mar 2016 12:38:25 +0000 John Lister 9795 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9795/google-self-driving-car-partial-fault-crash#comments f1 Technology Explained: System Restore vs System Recovery, and When to Use It http://www.infopackets.com/news/9794/explained-system-restore-vs-system-recovery-and-when-use-it <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><!-- google_ad_section_start --><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 Fred L. writes: " Dear Dennis, I own an HP computer with Windows 7 and many of my programs keep crashing for no apparent reason. One of the biggest problems I have is that Windows Explorer crashes, then my desktop is reset; this happens over and over again, making it impossible to use the computer. I've scanned for viruses and malware and nothing as turned up. As such, I would like to reset the computer to factory settings and wipe out the entire hard drive, similar to when I first purchased the computer. There is something called HP Recovery Manager, but I don't fully ... (<a href="/news/9794/explained-system-restore-vs-system-recovery-and-when-use-it" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Mon, 29 Feb 2016 12:43:51 +0000 Dennis Faas 9794 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9794/explained-system-restore-vs-system-recovery-and-when-use-it#comments f1 Windows Tips How to Fix: Windows 10 KB3135173 Won't Install (10586.104) http://www.infopackets.com/news/9793/how-fix-windows-10-kb3135173-wont-install-10586104 <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><!-- google_ad_section_start --><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 Sammy T. writes: " Dear Dennis, I own two systems running Windows 10; my laptop just updated yesterday and I confirmed that it's running the latest version of Windows 10 (10586.104). However, my desktop PC is still running an earlier version (10586.63) and hasn't been updated in over a month. When do a manual check for Windows Updates on the PC, it says 'checking for updates ...' and continues to do so for a very long time, until I receive the windows update error 0x800705b4. Any idea how I can get my desktop PC updated to Windows 10 version 10586.104? " My response: I also ... (<a href="/news/9793/how-fix-windows-10-kb3135173-wont-install-10586104" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Fri, 26 Feb 2016 12:13:54 +0000 Dennis Faas 9793 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9793/how-fix-windows-10-kb3135173-wont-install-10586104#comments f1 Windows Tips FTC Cracks Down on Poor Router Security http://www.infopackets.com/news/9792/ftc-cracks-down-poor-router-security <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><!-- google_ad_section_start --><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">ASUS has agreed to government supervision for 20 years after exaggerating the security of its routers. Officials say the company put hundreds of thousands of computers at risk. The company has agreed to a settlement in response to Federal Trade Commission (FTC) charges. The alleged breach of rules wasn't in the security flaws themselves, but rather that ASUS continuing to market the routers as "safe" was misleading to customers. Among ASUS's bold claims was that its routers could "protect computers from any unauthorized access, hacking, and virus attacks." This ... (<a href="/news/9792/ftc-cracks-down-poor-router-security" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 25 Feb 2016 12:20:44 +0000 John Lister 9792 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9792/ftc-cracks-down-poor-router-security#comments f1 Security Pentagon to Upgrade 4M Seats to Windows 10 http://www.infopackets.com/news/9791/pentagon-upgrade-400m-seats-windows-10 <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">The Department of Defense plans to upgrade four million staff members to Windows 10. It's a major boost for Microsoft given the security needs of the DoD. Historically, government organizations have been slow to update operating systems. That's often because of the complexity of doing so across an entire network; for example, having to weigh up the problems of different computers on different systems, plus the hassle of having too many computers out of action even temporarily during an upgrade. Major upgrades such as this have caused concern in the security community - especially when ... (<a href="/news/9791/pentagon-upgrade-400m-seats-windows-10" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 24 Feb 2016 12:56:24 +0000 John Lister 9791 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9791/pentagon-upgrade-400m-seats-windows-10#comments f1 Microsoft Apple Refuses Court Order to Unlock Encrypted iPhone http://www.infopackets.com/news/9790/apple-refuses-court-order-unlock-encrypted-iphone <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><!-- google_ad_section_start --><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">Tech company leaders are backing Apple in its defiance of a court order to make it easier for the FBI to access a murderer's iPhone. However, a poll shows public support for officials despite Apple's claims that the order threatens security. The case involves a phone belonging to Syed Farook who, along with his wife, shot dead 14 people in California last December. He was killed in a police shootout, but the FBI wants to examine his phone to see if it contains any details about the planning of the attacks and links to terrorist groups. FBI Needs More Than 10 Password Attempts The ... (<a href="/news/9790/apple-refuses-court-order-unlock-encrypted-iphone" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 23 Feb 2016 12:51:16 +0000 John Lister 9790 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9790/apple-refuses-court-order-unlock-encrypted-iphone#comments f1 Security How to: Move Installed Programs to Another Drive in Windows 7, 8, 10 http://www.infopackets.com/news/9789/how-move-installed-programs-another-drive-windows-7-8-10 <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><!-- google_ad_section_start --><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 'Ed' writes: " Dear Dennis, Back in the days of Windows 95 and 98 there used to be a utility called Change of address (also known as 'COA' or 'COA2'), which allowed you to move a program from one drive to another. For example, I could move an installed program from C: to D: drive, then Windows would run the program from the new location. Is there still such a utility available for Windows 7, 8 and 10? " My response: Change of Address was created by Ziff Davis and is downloadable through PC Magazine's website. That said, the program was made in 2001 and I am not sure if you ... (<a href="/news/9789/how-move-installed-programs-another-drive-windows-7-8-10" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Mon, 22 Feb 2016 13:47:10 +0000 Dennis Faas 9789 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9789/how-move-installed-programs-another-drive-windows-7-8-10#comments f1 Windows Tips Explained: Why You Can't Copy / Restore the Program Files Folder http://www.infopackets.com/news/9788/explained-why-you-cant-copy-restore-program-files-folder <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><!-- google_ad_section_start --><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 Guy P. writes: " Dear Dennis, A few days ago I turned my PC on and instead of booting into Windows, it went directly into Windows Startup Repair. It scanned the drive but then reported that 'Startup Repair cannot repair this computer automatically'. I restarted the system and tried to boot Windows normally, but again it went into the Startup Repair, and with the same results. I backed up my system previously from within Windows but there was no way for me to restore the backup (since the backup program runs inside of Windows). Long story short, I decided to format my hard ... (<a href="/news/9788/explained-why-you-cant-copy-restore-program-files-folder" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Fri, 19 Feb 2016 13:29:03 +0000 Dennis Faas 9788 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9788/explained-why-you-cant-copy-restore-program-files-folder#comments f1 Windows Tips Outlook Web Email Gets Overhaul http://www.infopackets.com/news/9787/outlook-web-email-gets-overhaul <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><!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Microsoft has started rolling out a revamped Outlook.com, its email web portal. The service now includes a variety of tools, including some from other companies, designed to make email easier and more productive. Outlook.com takes Microsoft's existing email software and turns it into a web service, meaning that you can get your messages by visiting a website in a browser rather than the traditional (if now seen as outdated) method of using a separate application. Filtering And Searching Improved Among the key features is "Clutter." It's Microsoft's take on a filter for ... (<a href="/news/9787/outlook-web-email-gets-overhaul" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 18 Feb 2016 12:41:24 +0000 John Lister 9787 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9787/outlook-web-email-gets-overhaul#comments f1 Internet Hackers Demand $3.6M To Restore Hospital Computers http://www.infopackets.com/news/9786/hackers-demand-36m-restore-hospital-computers <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><!-- google_ad_section_start --><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 California hospital has been unable to use its computer system for more than a week thanks to a ransomware attack. The hackers are said to be demanding more than $3 million in return for returning access. The Hollywood Presbytarian Medical Center has confirmed the attack but is keeping many of the details quiet. Local news outlets say it doesn't appear any personal data has been compromised and no patients have been put at medical risk. However, the attack has been highly disruptive. Staff are having to register new patients and update medical records on paper. Some patients and family ... (<a href="/news/9786/hackers-demand-36m-restore-hospital-computers" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 17 Feb 2016 12:24:59 +0000 John Lister 9786 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9786/hackers-demand-36m-restore-hospital-computers#comments f1 Security Smartphones Could Detect Earthquakes http://www.infopackets.com/news/9785/smartphones-could-detect-earthquakes <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><!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">A new phone app is said to help detect earthquakes and provide quicker warnings than is currently possible. The 'MyShake app' has many limitations, but could theoretically still save lives. The app uses the accelerometer that's built into most modern phones. It's a small gadget that measures movement in the phone along three axes (left-right, up-down, back-forth) and powers all sorts of features, including fitness tools and the way that displays automatically rotate and resize if you turn the phone from landscape to portrait or vice versa. The idea of MyShake is to constantly monitor ... (<a href="/news/9785/smartphones-could-detect-earthquakes" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><!-- google_ad_section_end --><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 16 Feb 2016 13:01:43 +0000 John Lister 9785 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9785/smartphones-could-detect-earthquakes#comments f1 Technology