http://www.infopackets.com/index.xml en Megaupload Boss Loses Extradition Appeal http://www.infopackets.com/news/10040/megaupload-boss-loses-extradition-appeal <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Controversial file sharing site owner Kim Dotcom has come another step closer to being extradited to the United States. It comes despite a New Zealand court agreeing with one of Dotcom's key arguments against extradition. Dotcom, who changed his name from Kim Schmitz, was the man behind one of the biggest alleged piracy websites, "Megaupload." It was a site where users could upload files, either as a form of back-up, or as a way to share files with other people. Not surprisingly, many users found that Megaupload was an excellent way to illegally share copies of copyrighted music ... (<a href="/news/10040/megaupload-boss-loses-extradition-appeal" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 21 Feb 2017 16:33:37 +0000 John Lister 10040 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10040/megaupload-boss-loses-extradition-appeal#comments f1 Piracy How to Fix: Disable Presentationfontcache.exe (High CPU) http://www.infopackets.com/news/10039/how-fix-disable-presentationfontcacheexe-high-cpu <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Infopackets Reader Teresa P. writes: " Dear Dennis, My computer has been acting terribly slow! I pressed CTRL + ALT + DEL to bring up Task Manager to see what was going on, and I have a task called presentationfontcache.exe that is eating 25% of my CPU. This is an older computer, and these days I need all the CPU processing power I can get - and this definitely isn't helping! Can you please tell me how I can disable presentationfontcache.exe in Windows 7? " My response: I have not had this problem before so I asked Teresa if she would like me to look at the issue more closely using my remote ... (<a href="/news/10039/how-fix-disable-presentationfontcacheexe-high-cpu" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Mon, 20 Feb 2017 17:52:38 +0000 Dennis Faas 10039 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10039/how-fix-disable-presentationfontcacheexe-high-cpu#comments f1 Windows Tips How to Fix: Remote Desktop Missing (settings via System Properties) http://www.infopackets.com/news/10038/how-fix-remote-desktop-missing-settings-system-properties <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Infopackets Reader Sam R. writes: " Dear Dennis, The other day I wanted to connect to my wife's PC using Remote Desktop, but the Remote Desktop settings are missing. I've right clicked 'This PC', then selected Properties, then clicked on the 'Remote Desktop' link, but all I see is an option for 'Remote assistance' - there is no option for 'Remote Desktop' as there is on my machine. She is running Windows 10 Home. What gives? " My response: Unfortunately, there is no way to manage the Remote Desktop service using Windows Home versions; you need the "Pro" version of Windows to be able to use ... (<a href="/news/10038/how-fix-remote-desktop-missing-settings-system-properties" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Fri, 17 Feb 2017 17:15:31 +0000 Dennis Faas 10038 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10038/how-fix-remote-desktop-missing-settings-system-properties#comments f1 Windows Tips Report: You can be Tracked Online, even without IP or Cookies http://www.infopackets.com/news/10037/report-you-can-be-tracked-online-even-without-ip-or-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><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Researchers have found a way to track web users even if they switch web browsers. It could improve security but also weaken online privacy. The researchers at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania were trying to find ways of improving fingerprinting. That's a way to attempt to identify an individual user (or at least their computer) without relying on single identifiers such as login details, browser cookies, or an IP address. Instead, fingerprinting involves taking multiple pieces of information provided by a user's browser such as the browser name, it's version, whether they have an ad blocker ... (<a href="/news/10037/report-you-can-be-tracked-online-even-without-ip-or-cookies" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 16 Feb 2017 17:28:35 +0000 Dennis Faas 10037 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10037/report-you-can-be-tracked-online-even-without-ip-or-cookies#comments f1 Security IBM's Watson to Tackle Computer Security, Threats http://www.infopackets.com/news/10036/ibms-watson-tackle-computer-security-threats <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">IBM's artificial intelligence system Watson is to lend its hand to security. It will help scour millions of reports to try to learn more about current online threats. The Watson system was originally designed to see if a computer could compete on Jeopardy!, the show where contestants are given an answer and have to try to figure out the question. It was considered a challenge for computers because, although they can store a lot of information and process it quickly, they don't always have the human ability to decipher meaning and context. In the event, Watson prevailed against two human ... (<a href="/news/10036/ibms-watson-tackle-computer-security-threats" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 15 Feb 2017 19:33:11 +0000 Dennis Faas 10036 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10036/ibms-watson-tackle-computer-security-threats#comments f1 Security Facebook makes it Easier to Help in Crisis, Disaster http://www.infopackets.com/news/10035/facebook-makes-it-easier-help-crisis-disaster <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Facebook is to make it easier for people to offer practical help after a crisis or natural disaster. It's an update to an existing tool for people to check up on loved ones. When triggered, the "Safety Check" feature will check which Facebook users are in the relevant physical area, based on their IP address or the location information on their mobile device. They'll then be asked to choose options of "I'm safe" or "I'm not in the area." Their Facebook friends will then see them listed as safe. The idea is that publicizing somebody as being " ... (<a href="/news/10035/facebook-makes-it-easier-help-crisis-disaster" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 09 Feb 2017 17:21:57 +0000 John Lister 10035 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10035/facebook-makes-it-easier-help-crisis-disaster#comments f1 Internet Smart TV Maker Spied on Viewing Habits, Sold Data http://www.infopackets.com/news/10034/smart-tv-maker-spied-viewing-habits-sold-data <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Vizio is to pay $2.2 million in fines after tracking viewing habits on 11 million smart TVs without their owners' knowledge or permission. They then sold the details, including personal information, to advertisers. As part of a settlement, Vizio has now agreed to inform customers about the practice and promises to always get their express consent before tracking any viewing. It will also have to delete much of the data it has already collected. Vizio had relied on the idea that customers retained enough control because there was a setting named "Smart Interactivity" that could ... (<a href="/news/10034/smart-tv-maker-spied-viewing-habits-sold-data" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 08 Feb 2017 17:40:47 +0000 John Lister 10034 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10034/smart-tv-maker-spied-viewing-habits-sold-data#comments f1 Technology Google Fails to Block Email Search Warrant http://www.infopackets.com/news/10033/google-fails-block-email-search-warrant <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">A US court has ordered Google to hand over emails that it stores on computers in another country. That's a contrast to a previous ruling involving Microsoft, and highlights the complexity of applying national laws to Internet issues. The case involves an FBI search warrant that applies to a criminal suspect. Google had refused to comply with the warrant on two grounds: that there wasn't enough evidence for a seizure to overcome the restrictions placed by the constitution, and that the emails were physically stored outside of the US and thus couldn't be covered by a domestic ... (<a href="/news/10033/google-fails-block-email-search-warrant" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 07 Feb 2017 17:22:30 +0000 John Lister 10033 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10033/google-fails-block-email-search-warrant#comments f1 Courts How to Fix: The Version of SQL Server Does Not Match Update http://www.infopackets.com/news/10032/how-fix-version-sql-server-does-not-match-update <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Infopackets Reader John R. writes: " Dear Dennis, I'm running Windows 10. For the last week, Windows Update fails every time with this error: 'Critical Update for SQL Server 2016 MSVCRT Prerequisites KB3164398 - Error 0x80070643'. Any idea how to fix this? " My response: I have not had this problem before so I asked John if he would like me to connect to his machine using my remote desktop service , and he agreed. The reason for the SQL Server update (KB3164398) failing was an interesting problem, as it was not very obvious. I'll explain more about that further down - for now I'll go through ... (<a href="/news/10032/how-fix-version-sql-server-does-not-match-update" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Mon, 06 Feb 2017 18:49:32 +0000 Dennis Faas 10032 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10032/how-fix-version-sql-server-does-not-match-update#comments f1 Windows Tips How to Fix: Chrome Won't Update, Won't Uninstall http://www.infopackets.com/news/10031/how-fix-chrome-wont-update-wont-uninstall <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Infopackets Reader Scott W. writes: " Dear Dennis, Dennis, I have not been able to update Google Chrome for about a year. If I click Help -&gt; About, it says it's up to date, but it's not. Sometimes I get an error message that says: 'An error occurred while checking for updates: The installer encountered error 106. (error code 7: 0x80040902: 106 -- system level).' I have no idea what that means. I tried uninstalling Chrome but Windows 10 says 'You do not have sufficient access to uninstall Chrome'. What is going on here? I would like to hire you to fix this vexing issue because my business ... (<a href="/news/10031/how-fix-chrome-wont-update-wont-uninstall" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Fri, 03 Feb 2017 18:38:41 +0000 Dennis Faas 10031 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10031/how-fix-chrome-wont-update-wont-uninstall#comments f1 Windows Tips Computer AI Masters Poker http://www.infopackets.com/news/10030/computer-ai-masters-poker <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">An artificial intelligence program has beaten professional poker players for the first time. It may sound trivial but marks a major advance in technology that could have practical benefits. Computers beat human experts at chess many years ago, and last year a computer beat the world champion at the far more complex board game "Go" for the first time. That was significant because the sheer number of possible moves available in Go means ever the most powerful computer can't assess every possible move. Instead the program had to learn to use human tactics such as heuristics (in ... (<a href="/news/10030/computer-ai-masters-poker" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 02 Feb 2017 17:41:58 +0000 John Lister 10030 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10030/computer-ai-masters-poker#comments f1 Technology Hotel Ditches Key Cards After Ransomware Attack http://www.infopackets.com/news/10029/hotel-ditches-key-cards-after-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><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Hackers have forced a hotel to ditch its electronic room key system and return to physical keys. But reports that guests were locked in and out of their room turned out to be overblown. The Seehotel Jaegewirt in Austria has been targeted by at least four different attacks on its computer system. The most recent involved the system data being encrypted and the hackers demanding a payment in the virtual currency Bitcoin equivalent to around $1,600. The hotel mentioned the attack in a press release designed to raise awareness and warn other hotels of the need to maintain security. A news agency ... (<a href="/news/10029/hotel-ditches-key-cards-after-ransomware-attack" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 01 Feb 2017 17:49:17 +0000 John Lister 10029 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10029/hotel-ditches-key-cards-after-ransomware-attack#comments f1 Security Internet Piracy Warning Program Ditched http://www.infopackets.com/news/10028/internet-piracy-warning-program-ditched <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">A controversial program of warning letters for suspected copyright infringers has been dropped. The organization behind it says it was a successful education program but critics say it failed to have much impact. The "Copyright Alert System" was set up by the Center for Copyright Information, made up of the main producers of TV shows, movies and music in the US. It struck a deal in 2013 with the five largest Internet providers to send up to six warnings to customers after the copyright holders made a complaint of alleged infringement. The precise format was up to the Internet firm, ... (<a href="/news/10028/internet-piracy-warning-program-ditched" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 31 Jan 2017 17:38:31 +0000 John Lister 10028 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10028/internet-piracy-warning-program-ditched#comments f1 Piracy Explained: How to Defrag a Network Drive (NAS or Remote PC) http://www.infopackets.com/news/10027/explained-how-defrag-network-drive-nas-or-remote-pc <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Infopackets Reader Ron C. writes: " Dear Dennis, I have several drives on my network that I'd like to defrag, but none of the defrag software programs I've tried allow me to defrag a network drive. Any suggestions on how to defrag a network drive, or a program that can provide this functionality? " My response: The reason you can't find a program to defrag a network drive is because this is not possible - the easiest way to explain "why" is that the remote drives are owned by another operating system. Simply put: your system does not have permission to move these files around. With ... (<a href="/news/10027/explained-how-defrag-network-drive-nas-or-remote-pc" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Fri, 27 Jan 2017 18:46:09 +0000 Dennis Faas 10027 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10027/explained-how-defrag-network-drive-nas-or-remote-pc#comments f1 Windows Tips Facebook Revamps Trending Topics List http://www.infopackets.com/news/10026/facebook-revamps-trending-topics-list <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Facebook is making several changes to its Trending Topics section that, in effect, serves as its news headlines. The changes are designed to make it harder for people to game the system with bogus or intentionally provocative stories. Trending Topics is not about the stories that appear in the main news feed. They will continue to be decided by how many of the user's friends post, share or comment on links to the relevant web pages. Instead, Trending Topics is a separate list that appears on the right hand side of the page when users are logged in to the Facebook website. Clicking on the ... (<a href="/news/10026/facebook-revamps-trending-topics-list" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 26 Jan 2017 17:07:04 +0000 John Lister 10026 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10026/facebook-revamps-trending-topics-list#comments f1 Internet Windows 10 Security Simplified http://www.infopackets.com/news/10025/windows-10-security-simplified <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Microsoft is to launch a simplified all-in-one tool for keeping track of security in Windows 10. It's based around what Microsoft is calling the "five pillars of protection." The new tool will be called the Windows Defender Security Center. As the name suggests, it's a mixture of Security Centre (a longstanding menu in Windows) and Windows Defender, Windows 10's built-in security software which replaces the old Microsoft Security Essentials. It's currently in testing among users who have signed up for 'fast ring updates', but will be introduced to the general public via ... (<a href="/news/10025/windows-10-security-simplified" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 25 Jan 2017 17:39:57 +0000 John Lister 10025 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10025/windows-10-security-simplified#comments f1 Security Ads for Google Products Top Search Results: Report http://www.infopackets.com/news/10024/ads-google-products-top-search-results-report <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">An independent study found 91 percent of Google searches for physical products brought up a Google product as the top ad result. Google says it plays fair and the practice doesn't mean other companies have to spend more on advertising. The Wall Street Journal study wasn't about the search results themselves, but rather the ads that appear on the results page. It took 25 tech hardware products from carbon monoxide detectors to WiFi routers and carried out 1,000 searches for each on a computer, having first blocked its past search history to avoid distortion. On all but two of the ... (<a href="/news/10024/ads-google-products-top-search-results-report" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 24 Jan 2017 16:51:27 +0000 John Lister 10024 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10024/ads-google-products-top-search-results-report#comments f1 Google How to Fix: Java 'Expired or not-yet-valid Certificate' Error http://www.infopackets.com/news/10023/how-fix-java-expired-or-not-yet-valid-certificate-error <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Infopackets Reader Tom G. writes: " Dear Dennis, I recently had to reinstall Windows, which also required reinstalling all my programs. Ever since then, whenever I try to access my work's website (which uses a Java applet), I receive an error message that says: 'Your security settings have blocked an application with an expired or not-yet-valid certificate from running.' I cannot proceed past that, and am therefore unable to access the website. The Java applet worked fine before I reinstalled Windows, so how can I get past this error? " My response: I had a sneaking suspicion that the website ... (<a href="/news/10023/how-fix-java-expired-or-not-yet-valid-certificate-error" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Mon, 23 Jan 2017 17:36:15 +0000 Dennis Faas 10023 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10023/how-fix-java-expired-or-not-yet-valid-certificate-error#comments f1 Windows Tips Explained: if I Reset Windows 10, What Happens? http://www.infopackets.com/news/10022/explained-if-i-reset-windows-10-what-happens <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Infopackets Reader Gene R. writes: " Dear Dennis, I installed Windows 10 when it first became available as a free upgrade, back in August 2015. However, since then my PC has been acting very erratic - as such, I have decided I would like to reset it. My question is: if I reset Windows 10 what happens? As far as I recall there is a hard drive partition on my system for resetting the PC - will I still get Windows 10 or will I get Windows 7? What does system restore do? " My response: This is a very frequently asked question, though your question in particular deal with three completely separate ... (<a href="/news/10022/explained-if-i-reset-windows-10-what-happens" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Fri, 20 Jan 2017 19:19:20 +0000 Dennis Faas 10022 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10022/explained-if-i-reset-windows-10-what-happens#comments f1 Windows Tips Verizon Blocks Voice Calls for Samsung Note 7 Users http://www.infopackets.com/news/10021/verizon-blocks-voice-calls-samsung-note-7-users <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Verizon has picked a creative way of making owners of the Galaxy Note 7 return the potentially dangerous handset. It's going to reroute outgoing voice calls and make users speak to its staff instead. It's the latest in a series of attempts to make sure all of the handsets are returned to Samsung. The company formally recalled the phone after multiple reports of overheating and even catching fire, something that's widely thought to be related to the battery design. Users Holding Out on Returns An original program asking owners to return the handset and offering a full refund had ... (<a href="/news/10021/verizon-blocks-voice-calls-samsung-note-7-users" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 19 Jan 2017 12:47:22 +0000 John Lister 10021 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10021/verizon-blocks-voice-calls-samsung-note-7-users#comments f1 Mobile Squirrels Dubbed Major Security Threat http://www.infopackets.com/news/10020/squirrels-dubbed-major-security-threat <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Squirrels pose more of a threat to infrastructure than cyber terrorists - or, at least that's what one researcher's project implies. Cris Thomas says he found nearly five million people have been affected by power cuts caused by animals since 2013. According to Thomas, that's vastly more damaging than deliberate human actions to disrupt power and communications networks. The surprising claim came at a security conference in Washington and attracted attention given many speeches at such events concentrate on the actions of human hackers, terrorists and state governments in ... (<a href="/news/10020/squirrels-dubbed-major-security-threat" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 18 Jan 2017 17:10:11 +0000 John Lister 10020 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10020/squirrels-dubbed-major-security-threat#comments f1 Security Facebook Tests Tools to Fight Fake News http://www.infopackets.com/news/10019/facebook-tests-tools-fight-fake-news <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Facebook is testing tools to make it easier to combat "fake news" posted to the site. It's using Germany as a test bed for the tools, which will include making it harder for scammers to make money from false stories. The term "fake news" came to prominence last year and has been applied to all sorts of types of writing, including opinionated pieces and legitimate articles with unintended factual errors. However, what Facebook is targeting is material that has the appearance of legitimate news reporting but is largely completely fictional and designed either to spread ... (<a href="/news/10019/facebook-tests-tools-fight-fake-news" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 17 Jan 2017 17:19:34 +0000 John Lister 10019 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10019/facebook-tests-tools-fight-fake-news#comments f1 Internet How to Fix: Thunderbird Spell Check Won't Work http://www.infopackets.com/news/10018/how-fix-thunderbird-spell-check-wont-work <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Infopackets Reader Bill V. writes: " Dear Dennis, I recently upgraded to Windows 10. Everything worked fine for a few months, but all the sudden my Start Menu stopped working. To fix that issue, I created a new user account and migrated over my data to the new account. Everything worked fine after that - however, my Thunderbird spell check won't work. If I go to Tools -&gt; Options -&gt; Composition -&gt; Spelling tab, it has a check mark beside 'Enable spelling as you type', but the 'Language' option is grayed out. How can I fix this? " My response: I have not had this problem before, so I ... (<a href="/news/10018/how-fix-thunderbird-spell-check-wont-work" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Mon, 16 Jan 2017 18:30:07 +0000 Dennis Faas 10018 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10018/how-fix-thunderbird-spell-check-wont-work#comments f1 Windows Tips How to: Download Emails (from Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo, etc) http://www.infopackets.com/news/10017/how-download-emails-gmail-hotmail-yahoo-etc <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Infopackets Reader Gale S. writes: " Dear Dennis, I read with great interest your series of articles on Mozilla Thunderbird. The last article I read was in regard to Thunderbird: One Inbox, Multiple Email Accounts . Near the end of that article you mentioned there would be another editorial piece to explain how to archive emails for offline viewing using Thunderbird. I would personally love to download my Gmail emails to my PC and store them locally. Can you explain how to do that? " My response: I've already written an article on how to do that , though I'd be happy to go over it again in ... (<a href="/news/10017/how-download-emails-gmail-hotmail-yahoo-etc" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Fri, 13 Jan 2017 18:20:20 +0000 Dennis Faas 10017 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10017/how-download-emails-gmail-hotmail-yahoo-etc#comments f1 Windows Tips Online Tracking Ads May Get Overhaul http://www.infopackets.com/news/10016/online-tracking-ads-may-get-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><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Major changes to privacy laws in Europe could affect the way websites deliver advertising. The move is meant to protect user privacy, but critics claim it could make ads more annoying and intrusive. The proposed changes would affect websites used by people in European Union countries, but the regulatory impact could be so severe that sites find it easier to change their policies worldwide. According to European officials, the changes are designed to take existing rules that affect telecommunications companies and apply them equally to Internet companies. The main principle of the change is ... (<a href="/news/10016/online-tracking-ads-may-get-overhaul" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 12 Jan 2017 16:39:59 +0000 John Lister 10016 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10016/online-tracking-ads-may-get-overhaul#comments f1 Internet Bad News for 'Unlimited Data' Mobile Users http://www.infopackets.com/news/10015/bad-news-unlimited-data-mobile-users <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Mobile users on "unlimited" data plans got a double dose of bad news this week. Verizon will be kicking the heaviest data users off the plan, while AT&amp;T's remaining unlimited users face a price hike. Cellphone service providers have largely moved away from offering truly unlimited data plans over the past few years. That's partly because of a big increase in how much data mobile customers use, particularly as faster speeds made streaming video more practical. While new unlimited deals are almost non-existent, most providers have continued to allow people to keep existing ... (<a href="/news/10015/bad-news-unlimited-data-mobile-users" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 11 Jan 2017 17:03:08 +0000 John Lister 10015 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10015/bad-news-unlimited-data-mobile-users#comments f1 Mobile More Windows 10 Changes Unveiled http://www.infopackets.com/news/10014/more-windows-10-changes-unveiled <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Microsoft has started public testing on the next major update for Windows 10. Many of the new features are for the Edge browser, but tweaks to security and usability are also on the way. The changes are now available to members of the Windows Insider program that allows users to act as guinea pigs and try out new features and fixes, albeit with the risk that not everything will always work perfectly. It appears the new features will be rolled out to the general in the spring as part of a major update. Initially it appeared that update, codenamed "Creators Update" or "Creative ... (<a href="/news/10014/more-windows-10-changes-unveiled" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 10 Jan 2017 17:31:47 +0000 John Lister 10014 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10014/more-windows-10-changes-unveiled#comments f1 Microsoft How to Fix: Can't Uninstall McAfee Security Scan Plus - (Won't Remove) http://www.infopackets.com/news/10013/how-fix-cant-uninstall-mcafee-security-scan-plus-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><div class="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 Shirley B. writes: " Dear Dennis, Thanks for your article on how to remove AVG Web TuneUp ! I have a similar question. Recently I downloaded Adobe Flash Player and it came bundled with McAfee Security Scan Plus. I already have antivirus software installed on my machine so I don't need it. I tried to remove Mcafee Security Scan Plus using the Control Panel -&gt; Programs and Features, but it won't uninstall. Can you help? " My response: I had a hunch that the removal procedure for McAfee Security Scan Plus was going to be similar to the article I had already written on how ... (<a href="/news/10013/how-fix-cant-uninstall-mcafee-security-scan-plus-wont-remove" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Mon, 09 Jan 2017 18:13:28 +0000 Dennis Faas 10013 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10013/how-fix-cant-uninstall-mcafee-security-scan-plus-wont-remove#comments f1 Windows Tips How to Fix: Can't Uninstall AVG Web TuneUp (Won't Remove) http://www.infopackets.com/news/10012/how-fix-cant-uninstall-avg-web-tuneup-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><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Infopackets Reader Steve S. writes: " Dear Dennis, I have a program called 'AVG Web TuneUp' which refuses to uninstall from my system. I have gone to the Control Panel -&gt; Programs and Features and right clicked it, and selected 'Uninstall' multiple times. It goes through the process each time and tells me to reboot - however, after the reboot the program is still there. Is there a way I can remove AVG Web TuneUp from my machine manually? " My response: I asked Steve if he would like me to connect to his machine via my remote desktop support service to have a closer look, and he agreed. ... (<a href="/news/10012/how-fix-cant-uninstall-avg-web-tuneup-wont-remove" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Fri, 06 Jan 2017 19:37:39 +0000 Dennis Faas 10012 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10012/how-fix-cant-uninstall-avg-web-tuneup-wont-remove#comments f1 Windows Tips CES 2017 Brings Smart Hairbrush and Listening Fridge http://www.infopackets.com/news/10011/ces-2017-brings-smart-hairbrush-and-listening-fridge <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">It's the week of the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, and this year smart home gadgets seem to be attracting attention - rather than the latest TV technology. Everything from fridges to hairbrushes is getting some form of upgrade from gadget makers. One big story is the attempts by firms such as Google and Amazon to get their voice-operated "virtual assistants" connected to home devices. While gadgets such as Google Home and the Amazon Echo already control of some more common smart tech such as automated lighting and thermostats, several manufacturers showed ... (<a href="/news/10011/ces-2017-brings-smart-hairbrush-and-listening-fridge" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 05 Jan 2017 17:30:06 +0000 John Lister 10011 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10011/ces-2017-brings-smart-hairbrush-and-listening-fridge#comments f1 Gadgets Fatal Car Crash Provokes iPhone FaceTime Lawsuit http://www.infopackets.com/news/10010/fatal-car-crash-provokes-iphone-facetime-lawsuit <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Apple is being sued after a fatal crash in which a driver was using the FaceTime video chat tool. The parents of the child who died are putting forward an unusual legal argument. Normally lawsuits relating to technology involve a product or service a company has made. In this case, Apple is under fire because of a feature it didn't develop. 5-year-old Moriah Modisette died when her parents car slowed and stopped as a result of a highway patrol stop 1,500 feet away. The driver of the car behind failed to stop and crashed into the rear of the Modisette car. The lawsuit says police ... (<a href="/news/10010/fatal-car-crash-provokes-iphone-facetime-lawsuit" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 04 Jan 2017 16:23:34 +0000 John Lister 10010 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10010/fatal-car-crash-provokes-iphone-facetime-lawsuit#comments f1 Courts Lost Wallet? Device Tracker Uses 'Crowd GPS', Smartphone http://www.infopackets.com/news/10009/lost-wallet-device-tracker-uses-crowd-gps-smartphone <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">A $30 tracking device could make it easier to find lost wallets or other items, but there's a big catch. While the "TrackR" range works fine around the house, if you lose your wallet while away from home, you may be reliant on other people having subscribed to the service. The range is billed as being the smallest tracking devices on the market. It comes in two models: the $30 TrackrR wallet 2.0, which is a two millimeter thick credit card-sized device for putting into a wallet, and the $25 TrackR Pixel, which is a similar size to a quarter coin but a little thicker, designed ... (<a href="/news/10009/lost-wallet-device-tracker-uses-crowd-gps-smartphone" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 03 Jan 2017 17:38:11 +0000 John Lister 10009 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10009/lost-wallet-device-tracker-uses-crowd-gps-smartphone#comments f1 Mobile How to Fix: Operation Requires Interactive Windows Station (Code 28) Error http://www.infopackets.com/news/10008/how-fix-operation-requires-interactive-windows-station-code-28-error <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Infopackets Reader Gord F. writes: " Dear Dennis, I recently installed Windows 10 on my PC. Everything has been working fine for over a year, however, all the sudden my Logitech webcam 300 stopped working with Windows 10. I thought perhaps I may need to reinstall the driver, so I went to Device Manager to locate the webcam but it is not there anymore. Instead, I see an 'Unknown device' and if I double click it, it says: 'The drivers for this device are not installed. (Code 28) This operation requires an interactive windows station'. I have absolutely no idea what that means. I tried ... (<a href="/news/10008/how-fix-operation-requires-interactive-windows-station-code-28-error" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Mon, 02 Jan 2017 18:35:47 +0000 Dennis Faas 10008 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10008/how-fix-operation-requires-interactive-windows-station-code-28-error#comments f1 Windows Tips How to: Send a Fax Online the Internet for Free http://www.infopackets.com/news/10007/how-send-fax-online-internet-free <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Infopackets Reader Karin S. writes: " Dear Dennis, I recently received a letter in the mail from the government requesting additional information on my account. The letter states that I can mail or fax in my information back to them (they won't accept email attachments for some reason). As such, I would prefer to fax the information as that is the fastest method. I would like to know if you can recommend a good, free fax service over the Internet that I can use to send this information? Thanks! " My response: I did a bit of research, and there are two popular websites offering free faxes ... (<a href="/news/10007/how-send-fax-online-internet-free" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Fri, 30 Dec 2016 18:10:20 +0000 Dennis Faas 10007 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10007/how-send-fax-online-internet-free#comments f1 Windows Tips Amazon Gadget could be Murder Case Key http://www.infopackets.com/news/10006/amazon-gadget-could-be-murder-case-key <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Amazon has refused to give police access to data from a home gadget that may have recorded audio relevant to a murder investigation. The company says its policy is to only provide customer information if and when it gets a valid court order. The request by Arkansas police is for information that may have been recorded by an Amazon Echo. That's a gadget that combines a wireless speaker with voice recognition and an Internet connection. It lets users give voice commands for actions such as selecting music to play, carrying out voice searches of the Internet and controlling smart devices ... (<a href="/news/10006/amazon-gadget-could-be-murder-case-key" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 29 Dec 2016 17:40:43 +0000 John Lister 10006 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10006/amazon-gadget-could-be-murder-case-key#comments f1 Technology Google Accused of Silencing Whistle-Blowers http://www.infopackets.com/news/10004/google-accused-silencing-whistle-blowers <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">A Google employee is suing the company, claiming it imposed unlawful confidentiality agreements. The plaintiff says staff are banned from speaking out even about illegal activities. The lawsuit has been filed anonymously and is thus in the name of John Doe. It alleges violations of the Private Attorney Generals Act, which is a technical measure that lets private citizens bring claims against a company for breaching labor laws. "Doe" claims that although he remains at the company, Google falsely told other Google workers that he had been fired for leaking information to the press. ... (<a href="/news/10004/google-accused-silencing-whistle-blowers" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 28 Dec 2016 16:59:23 +0000 John Lister 10004 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10004/google-accused-silencing-whistle-blowers#comments f1 Google Tesla Autopilot No Longer Breaks Speed Limit http://www.infopackets.com/news/10003/tesla-autopilot-no-longer-breaks-speed-limit <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Tesla's automatic car steering tool will now restrict the car to the local speed limit on most roads. Users had previously been able to set the system to run up to five miles over the limit. The changes are to a feature which has the full title of Autopilot Traffic-Aware Cruise Control. It not only controls the car's speed as with normal cruise control, but automatically adjusts to keep a safe distance from surrounding vehicles and steers the car to keep in the lane. (Source: electrek.co ) Freeways an Exception to No-Speeding Policy Once the latest update takes effect, the feature ... (<a href="/news/10003/tesla-autopilot-no-longer-breaks-speed-limit" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 27 Dec 2016 16:22:56 +0000 John Lister 10003 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10003/tesla-autopilot-no-longer-breaks-speed-limit#comments f1 Technology How to Fix: 'Open With' Not Working - this fix WORKS! http://www.infopackets.com/news/10005/how-fix-open-not-working-fix-works <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Infopackets Reader George M. writes: " Dear Dennis, I upgraded to Windows 10 a few months ago - however, just recently when I right click on a file, the 'Open with' option is missing from the menu. For example, normally when I right click on a video file, I have the option to 'Open with', and then I can choose Video Lan Player, or Windows Media Player, etc - but that option is no longer available. I have searched the web on how to fix the broken 'Open with' option but NONE of the fixes online work! Can you please help? " My response: I contacted George and asked if he would like to connect to ... (<a href="/news/10005/how-fix-open-not-working-fix-works" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Mon, 26 Dec 2016 18:01:55 +0000 Dennis Faas 10005 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10005/how-fix-open-not-working-fix-works#comments f1 Windows Tips Holocaust Denial Site Tops Google Rankings http://www.infopackets.com/news/10001/holocaust-denial-site-tops-google-rankings <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Google has tweaked its search algorithm after discovering holocaust denial sites were topping the results for some queries. The incident may have highlighted a difference in the way Google and other search engines rank pages. The issue came to light when a newspaper reporter experimented with searches for the phrase "did the Holocaust happen" and discovered that the top result returned by Google was a site specifically dedicated to denying the Holocaust. Other journalists checked up potentially controversial queries and found unsettling top results, such as a search for "are ... (<a href="/news/10001/holocaust-denial-site-tops-google-rankings" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Fri, 23 Dec 2016 16:31:27 +0000 John Lister 10001 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10001/holocaust-denial-site-tops-google-rankings#comments f1 Google New Yahoo Breach Affects 1 Billion Accounts http://www.infopackets.com/news/10002/new-yahoo-breach-affects-1-billion-accounts <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Stolen Yahoo account details could be changing hands for as little as three-hundredths of a cent according to security researchers. It follows a hack of more than a billion accounts. It's the second Yahoo breach reported this year. Back in September the news broke that details of more than 500,000 accounts had been accessed by hackers in 2014. Now Yahoo has confirmed a separate attack in 2013 involved the theft of data for more than a billion accounts, something security experts believe makes it a record breach. It's suggested that the stolen data includes email addresses and passwords, ... (<a href="/news/10002/new-yahoo-breach-affects-1-billion-accounts" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 22 Dec 2016 17:36:05 +0000 John Lister 10002 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10002/new-yahoo-breach-affects-1-billion-accounts#comments f1 Security Uber Defies Ban on Self-Driving Cars http://www.infopackets.com/news/9999/uber-defies-ban-self-driving-cars <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Taxicab-rival Uber says it will ignore orders to stop using self-driving cars to pick up passengers. It disputes a Department of Motor Vehicle statement that it requires a test permit to use such vehicles. Uber has long caused controversy with its attitude to regulations. Its service uses an app to let customers book a vehicle driven by a private individual, with Uber handling the payment, providing navigation directions and taking a commission. That set-up often means it doesn't face the same level of regulation as licensed taxi cabs, which can pick up customers on the street without a ... (<a href="/news/9999/uber-defies-ban-self-driving-cars" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 21 Dec 2016 16:57:49 +0000 John Lister 9999 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9999/uber-defies-ban-self-driving-cars#comments f1 Courts How to Fix: Disable Windows 10 Password Reminder http://www.infopackets.com/news/10000/how-fix-disable-windows-10-password-reminder <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Infopackets Reader Dan A. writes: " Dear Dennis, I upgraded to Windows 10 last year and now all the sudden I keep receiving popup notifications from the Windows 10 Action Centre that my Windows 10 password is about to expire. I have never received this password expire notification before. How can I disable these notifications? " My response: I also started receiving these notifications some time in the last two weeks and I'm not sure why. Perhaps there was an update to Windows 10 that caused these notifications to appear. How to Fix: Disable Windows 10 Password Reminder There are a few ways ... (<a href="/news/10000/how-fix-disable-windows-10-password-reminder" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 20 Dec 2016 17:30:47 +0000 Dennis Faas 10000 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10000/how-fix-disable-windows-10-password-reminder#comments f1 Windows Tips How to Fix: Sort and Archive Emails with Thunderbird Locally (or Remote) http://www.infopackets.com/news/9998/how-fix-sort-and-archive-emails-thunderbird-locally-or-remote <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">This article will explain how to keep your email inbox clean, and how to sort and store your email messages locally (or by remote) using Mozilla Thunderbird. This article is the 6th article in a series of articles I've recently written on Thunderbird, including: How to Fix: Thunderbird: One Inbox, Multiple Accounts How to Fix: Minimize Thunderbird to Tray Bar (Not Task Bar) How to Fix: Thunderbird Paragraph Mode (Press Enter Twice) How to Fix: Disable Thunderbird Popup Notifications How to Fix: Disable Thunderbird Attachment Reminder How to Fix: Sort and Archive Emails with Thunderbird ... (<a href="/news/9998/how-fix-sort-and-archive-emails-thunderbird-locally-or-remote" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Mon, 19 Dec 2016 18:48:07 +0000 Dennis Faas 9998 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9998/how-fix-sort-and-archive-emails-thunderbird-locally-or-remote#comments f1 Windows Tips How to Fix: Thunderbird: One Inbox, Multiple Accounts http://www.infopackets.com/news/9997/how-fix-thunderbird-one-inbox-multiple-accounts <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Infopackets Reader Julia S. writes: " Dear Dennis, Thanks for your articles on Thunderbird. I have a question! I have multiple email accounts that I use with Thunderbird; one issue I find is that it's difficult to figure out which inbox has my new emails. Some accounts are set up with POP3, others with IMAP. The IMAP accounts have their own 'Inbox', 'Sent', 'Deleted items', etc, whereas the POP3 emails end up in my 'Local Inbox'. Is there a plug-in or a way to configure Thunderbird so everything goes into one single inbox? It would make my life so much easier! " My response: I wondered the ... (<a href="/news/9997/how-fix-thunderbird-one-inbox-multiple-accounts" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Fri, 16 Dec 2016 19:40:52 +0000 Dennis Faas 9997 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9997/how-fix-thunderbird-one-inbox-multiple-accounts#comments f1 Windows Tips Google Publishes Previously Secret FBI Letters http://www.infopackets.com/news/9996/google-publishes-previously-secret-fbi-letters <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Google has published eight letters sent by the FBI demanding details about its users. Normally the company isn't allowed to even acknowledge the letters exist. The letters, known as National Security Letters, are formal demands from the FBI for details about users - in this case, Google users. The letters are controversial for two reasons; first, the demands can be made without a specific search order, something that raises constitutional issues. The second is that Google isn't normally allowed to tell the user about the demand. While it's been argued that doing so may tip off a ... (<a href="/news/9996/google-publishes-previously-secret-fbi-letters" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 15 Dec 2016 17:18:26 +0000 John Lister 9996 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9996/google-publishes-previously-secret-fbi-letters#comments f1 Government New Ransomware: Scam Two Friends to Unlock Your PC http://www.infopackets.com/news/9995/new-ransomware-scam-two-friends-unlock-your-pc <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">A new form of ransomware offers victims the chance to escape the release fee by fooling two friends into paying up instead. A security expert likened it to a malware version of a pyramid scheme. Traditionally ransomware involves malware getting onto a computer and then encrypting all files, with an on-screen message demanding the victim pay a fee to regain access. It's unknown what proportion of people pay up, but some big organizations such as hospitals and police forces are known to have paid the fee in the past, rather than lose sensitive data or access to control systems. The new ... (<a href="/news/9995/new-ransomware-scam-two-friends-unlock-your-pc" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 14 Dec 2016 16:49:23 +0000 John Lister 9995 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9995/new-ransomware-scam-two-friends-unlock-your-pc#comments f1 Security Samsung Note 7 to be Disabled Remotely: No Recharge, Signal http://www.infopackets.com/news/9994/samsung-note-7-be-disabled-remotely-no-recharge-signal <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Samsung is to remotely block the controversial Galaxy Note 7 phone from recharging. It's an attempt to persuade users who've hung on to the potentially-exploding handset to return the device for a refund. The phone was officially recalled by Samsung after reports of handsets overheating and causing burns, and in some cases catching fire. While Samsung is yet to release an official report into the causes of the problem, independent analysis suggests the phone's thin design put too much stress on the battery . To date, around 93 percent of the Note 7's sold to the public have ... (<a href="/news/9994/samsung-note-7-be-disabled-remotely-no-recharge-signal" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 13 Dec 2016 17:09:06 +0000 John Lister 9994 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9994/samsung-note-7-be-disabled-remotely-no-recharge-signal#comments f1 Mobile How to Fix: Disable Firefox Website Notifications (Properly) http://www.infopackets.com/news/9993/how-fix-disable-firefox-website-notifications-properly <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Infopackets Reader Richard L. writes: " Dear Dennis, Thanks for your ongoing articles on Thunderbird. I have a question about Firefox. Lately when I visit websites, I get a popup asking me: 'Would you like to receive notifications from this website?' with the default option 'Always receive notifications'. In sheer frustration I've tried to select 'Never receive notifications' but accidentally clicked on 'Always receive notifications' and now I'm getting a barrage of website spam! Whoever thought of this 'notification' idea should be shot! I should not have to keep clicking on 'NO!' I don't ... (<a href="/news/9993/how-fix-disable-firefox-website-notifications-properly" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Mon, 12 Dec 2016 17:06:57 +0000 Dennis Faas 9993 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9993/how-fix-disable-firefox-website-notifications-properly#comments f1 Windows Tips How to Fix: Minimize Thunderbird to Tray Bar (Not Task Bar) http://www.infopackets.com/news/9992/how-fix-minimize-thunderbird-tray-bar-not-task-bar <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Infopackets Reader Barb F. writes: " Dear Dennis, Thanks for your ongoing articles on Thunderbird - they've been a big help! I have a question as well. In earlier editions of Thunderbird, there was an option such that if I minimized Thunderbird, it would minimize to my tray bar (where the clock is) rather than on the task bar. I've searched and searched inside the program preferences but I don't see an option for Thunderbird to 'minimize to tray bar'. I prefer this behavior because I leave Thunderbird open all the time, but I don't want it taking up space on my task bar. Is there a way to ... (<a href="/news/9992/how-fix-minimize-thunderbird-tray-bar-not-task-bar" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Fri, 09 Dec 2016 17:33:19 +0000 Dennis Faas 9992 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9992/how-fix-minimize-thunderbird-tray-bar-not-task-bar#comments f1 Windows Tips One Mobile Number Could Cover Multiple Devices http://www.infopackets.com/news/9991/one-mobile-number-could-cover-multiple-devices <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">T-Mobile is to let customers use a single phone number on multiple devices, including computers and tablets. It will even work on handsets with service from rival carriers. Although tools such as Google Voice already allow a similar function, they use data networks to carry voice calls, which can mean lower quality. The T-Mobile tool will work over ordinary voice networks wherever possible. The technology, which T-Mobile dubs Digits, involves a fundamental rethink of what a SIM card is for. At the moment it involves identifying a specific device that's linked to a mobile service plan. ... (<a href="/news/9991/one-mobile-number-could-cover-multiple-devices" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 08 Dec 2016 17:12:54 +0000 John Lister 9991 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9991/one-mobile-number-could-cover-multiple-devices#comments f1 Mobile Tech Giants Unite to Take Down Terrorist Posts http://www.infopackets.com/news/9990/tech-giants-unite-take-down-terrorist-posts <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Some of the biggest Internet firms say they'll work together to remove images and videos that promote the message of terrorists. The announcement comes in the same week that European officials have criticized companies for failing to live up to a promise to tackle hate-based speech online. The agreement involves Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and YouTube. They'll build a joint database of images and videos that they have removed from their site after human moderators have flagged them as being either violent imagery produced by terrorists, or imagery specifically designed to recruit ... (<a href="/news/9990/tech-giants-unite-take-down-terrorist-posts" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 07 Dec 2016 17:00:12 +0000 John Lister 9990 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9990/tech-giants-unite-take-down-terrorist-posts#comments f1 Internet Exploding Samsung Phone 'Too Thin' For Safety: Report http://www.infopackets.com/news/9988/exploding-samsung-phone-too-thin-safety-report <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">An independent report suggests the spate of Galaxy Note 7 phone explosions was caused by the design of the phone itself. Engineering analysts "Instrumental" say Samsung blundered in its attempts to make the phone as slim as possible. After initial reports of the phones catching fire this year, Samsung appeared to believe a particular batch of faulty batteries was to blame and proceeded to recall the affected handsets. When phones that had been replaced in this way continued to explode, Samsung took the costly and embarrassing step of abandoning the handset entirely . While Samsung ... (<a href="/news/9988/exploding-samsung-phone-too-thin-safety-report" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 06 Dec 2016 17:32:35 +0000 John Lister 9988 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9988/exploding-samsung-phone-too-thin-safety-report#comments f1 Mobile Easy Duplicate Finder Review http://www.infopackets.com/news/9987/easy-duplicate-finder-review <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Duplicate files are the curse of every computer user - even professional computer technicians have them. While duplicate files are not really something that harms your PC, they do take up disk drive space, slow the PC down (especially when thumbnail previews are generated in Windows), and make things very disorganized. So, if you have a large drive - or a couple of them - and store lots of files on your PC, one thing I recommend my clients do is to take some time to manage duplicate files in order to free up space. This not only saves backup space, but also the users' sanity, should they ever ... (<a href="/news/9987/easy-duplicate-finder-review" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Mon, 05 Dec 2016 17:37:10 +0000 Dennis Faas 9987 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9987/easy-duplicate-finder-review#comments f1 Software Reviews How to Fix: Thunderbird Paragraph Mode (Press Enter Twice) http://www.infopackets.com/news/9986/how-fix-thunderbird-paragraph-mode-press-enter-twice <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Infopackets Reader Fran G. writes: " Dear Dennis, Thanks so much for your recent articles on Mozilla Thunderbird. I have a question regarding Thunderbird as well. Whenever I respond to an email from someone, during the composition I usually press Enter twice on the keyboard to start a new paragraph. This happens most of the time. However, if I start a new email and then begin a new paragraph, I only need to press Enter once on the keyboard. This is very inconsistent and confusing! Can you explain why this is and/or explain how to fix it so paragraphs are the same all the time? " My response: ... (<a href="/news/9986/how-fix-thunderbird-paragraph-mode-press-enter-twice" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Fri, 02 Dec 2016 17:58:00 +0000 Dennis Faas 9986 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9986/how-fix-thunderbird-paragraph-mode-press-enter-twice#comments f1 Windows Tips Android Malware Hits One Million Users http://www.infopackets.com/news/9985/android-malware-hits-one-million-users <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Bogus Android apps have helped hackers seize control of more than a million Google accounts in the past few months according to a security company. The apps have also been posting fake online reviews in the names of victims. The attack involves malware that's been dubbed "Gooligan." It's particularly concerning because of the sheer amount of personal data a hacker could theoretically access if they can use somebody's Google accounts, such as their email messages and any files stored on Google Docs and Drive. The malware affects devices running versions 4 and 5 of the ... (<a href="/news/9985/android-malware-hits-one-million-users" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 01 Dec 2016 17:49:14 +0000 John Lister 9985 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9985/android-malware-hits-one-million-users#comments f1 Security Apple Users Flooded with 'Calendar Spam' http://www.infopackets.com/news/9984/apple-users-flooded-calendar-spam <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Apple experts warn that spammers are abusing the iPhone's calendar system. They say users should be wary of responding in any way to unexpected "event" invites. The problem appears to affect multiple Apple products, including Mac computers, iPhones and iPads. It takes advantage of the way Apple's system lets users create events and then invite friends and family by inputting their email address. The spammers, who appear to be based in China, are using large lists of email addresses to send invitations to non-existent events, usually listed as special offers on consumer goods ... (<a href="/news/9984/apple-users-flooded-calendar-spam" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 30 Nov 2016 17:05:34 +0000 John Lister 9984 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9984/apple-users-flooded-calendar-spam#comments f1 Apple San Francisco Trains Hit By Hackers http://www.infopackets.com/news/9983/san-francisco-trains-hit-hackers <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Hackers had an unexpected deal for San Francisco passengers on Black Friday: free journeys thanks to a ransomware attack. Officials were forced to suspend charging on the Municipal Railway system after hackers took control of payment computers. While the problem has now been fixed, it's not known if officials paid up a reported $73,000 ransom to regain access. The hackers manipulated the computer systems so that screens did not allow customer interaction and instead displayed a message reading "You Hacked, ALL Data Encrypted. Contact For Key ( cryptom27@yandex.com )ID:681, Enter. ... (<a href="/news/9983/san-francisco-trains-hit-hackers" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 29 Nov 2016 17:50:06 +0000 John Lister 9983 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9983/san-francisco-trains-hit-hackers#comments f1 Security How to Fix: Disable Avast 'Software Updater' Notifications http://www.infopackets.com/news/9982/how-fix-disable-avast-software-updater-notifications <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Infopackets Reader Peter F. writes: " Dear Dennis, Thanks so much for your newsletter. I've been a long time subscriber (about 10 years now) and enjoy reading your Windows tips. I took your advice some time ago regarding antivirus software, and have been using Avast antivirus (free) ever since. I have never had an issue with it - except for today when Avast popped up with an 'Avast Software Updater' notification in the bottom right hand corner near the clock. I have never seen this notification before. When I clicked on it, Avast opened up with a new window with the title 'Software Updater' ... (<a href="/news/9982/how-fix-disable-avast-software-updater-notifications" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Mon, 28 Nov 2016 18:06:21 +0000 Dennis Faas 9982 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9982/how-fix-disable-avast-software-updater-notifications#comments f1 Windows Tips How to Fix: Disable Thunderbird Popup Notifications http://www.infopackets.com/news/9981/how-fix-disable-thunderbird-popup-notifications <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Infopackets Reader Bryan M. writes: " Dear Dennis, Thanks for your excellent article on how to disable Thunderbird email attachment reminders ! I have somewhat of a related question. When I leave Thunderbird running in the background and if I'm surfing the web or perhaps even writing a document, Thunderbird pops up constantly with a new email notification window in the bottom right of my screen (by the clock), and it stays there for about 5 seconds. I imagine this wouldn't be an issue for most people, however I have multiple email accounts set up with Thunderbird and I receive a lot of emails ... (<a href="/news/9981/how-fix-disable-thunderbird-popup-notifications" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Fri, 25 Nov 2016 18:22:54 +0000 Dennis Faas 9981 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9981/how-fix-disable-thunderbird-popup-notifications#comments f1 Windows Tips Report: Earphones Could Be Hijacked By Hackers http://www.infopackets.com/news/9980/report-earphones-could-be-hijacked-hackers <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Security researchers say hackers could turn people's headphones into a microphone for surreptitious remote listening. However, the method has enough limitations that it shouldn't be a major concern for most users. The method, shown off by researchers at Ben Guiron University in Israel, takes advantage of a very simple element of engineering. That is that the process by which a microphone turns speech into an electronic signal is effectively the same as that by which earphones turn a speaker into sound, just with the process reversed. According to the researchers, that's a security ... (<a href="/news/9980/report-earphones-could-be-hijacked-hackers" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 24 Nov 2016 17:55:26 +0000 John Lister 9980 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9980/report-earphones-could-be-hijacked-hackers#comments f1 Security Facebook Messages May Harbour Scams, Ransomware http://www.infopackets.com/news/9979/facebook-messages-may-harbour-scams-ransomware <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Facebook users have been warned to watch out for bogus links in messages that appear to be from friends. While Facebook appears to be on top of the problem for now, it's an approach that could lead to personal data being siphoned off, or computers locked. The problem was highlighted by security researcher Bart Parys who became aware of the problem this weekend after a tip-off from a friend. It involves Facebook messages which appear to consist only of an image but are actually a type of file called SVG (scalable vector graphics). 'YouTube' Video Next Step In Scam Normally such ... (<a href="/news/9979/facebook-messages-may-harbour-scams-ransomware" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 23 Nov 2016 17:21:12 +0000 John Lister 9979 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9979/facebook-messages-may-harbour-scams-ransomware#comments f1 Internet Smartphones Could Replace Cards at ATMs http://www.infopackets.com/news/9978/smartphones-could-replace-cards-atms <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">A British bank is testing ATMs that let customers take out money using their phone rather than a bank card. It says the technology could be safer than using a card because there's less room for hackers to steal details. Withdrawing money without a card isn't a completely new idea. One rival bank already allows users to get cash out using a smartphone app that generates a unique code that they can then type in to the phone to get money. The idea is to remove the need to carry a card, for example on a night out. The new system from Barclays would be even quicker to use however, and ... (<a href="/news/9978/smartphones-could-replace-cards-atms" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 22 Nov 2016 17:43:17 +0000 John Lister 9978 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9978/smartphones-could-replace-cards-atms#comments f1 Mobile How to Fix: Disable Thunderbird Attachment Reminder http://www.infopackets.com/news/9977/how-fix-disable-thunderbird-attachment-reminder <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Infopackets Reader Barb S. writes: " Dear Dennis, I just upgraded to Windows 10 and did not like the default email client, so I decided to give Mozilla Thunderbird a try. So far it is an excellent email program; however, one thing that is driving me nuts is the way that Thunderbird constantly pops up with a message 'Found an attachment keyboard: attached' every time I type in 'attached' or 'attach', when composing an email. I would prefer not to be reminded of this every time I type those words. Is there any way to disable the Thunderbird attachment reminder messages, or whatever they're ... (<a href="/news/9977/how-fix-disable-thunderbird-attachment-reminder" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Mon, 21 Nov 2016 17:34:35 +0000 Dennis Faas 9977 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9977/how-fix-disable-thunderbird-attachment-reminder#comments f1 Windows Tips Explained: Do I need Antivirus for my Smartphone? http://www.infopackets.com/news/9976/explained-do-i-need-antivirus-my-smartphone <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Infopackets Reader Mike B. writes: " Dear Dennis, I just read John Lister's article on ' 700M Android Phones Contain Chinese Spyware ', and I have a related question. I've just bought myself a Windows 10 phone (Lumia 640 XLT LTE). I like it, but am unsure what I need to do, if anything, about antivirus / malware protection. I'm a bit paranoid about this stuff and keep my home PC up to date and protected, and backed up. I read in a number of places that it's not necessary to have antivirus / anti-malware software on the Windows Phone. Is this true, or do I need some form of malware protection ... (<a href="/news/9976/explained-do-i-need-antivirus-my-smartphone" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Fri, 18 Nov 2016 18:12:29 +0000 Dennis Faas 9976 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9976/explained-do-i-need-antivirus-my-smartphone#comments f1 Mobile Smart Devices a 'Major Threat' when it comes to Cyber Warfare http://www.infopackets.com/news/9975/smart-devices-major-threat-when-it-comes-cyber-warfare <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">A Harvard lecturer has warned Congress that only government regulations can prevent serious consequences from security attacks on the "Internet of Things." Bruce Schneier says there's little market incentive for buyers or sellers to fix a problem, should a problem arise. The Internet of Things (IoT) refers to the growing number of devices that can now be connected to the Internet, making them "smart devices". Rather than just computers and phones, the Internet of Things covers everything from thermostats to cars, often with the Internet connection allowing users remote ... (<a href="/news/9975/smart-devices-major-threat-when-it-comes-cyber-warfare" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 17 Nov 2016 15:02:44 +0000 John Lister 9975 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9975/smart-devices-major-threat-when-it-comes-cyber-warfare#comments f1 Security Report: 700M Android Phones Contain Chinese Spyware http://www.infopackets.com/news/9974/report-700m-android-phones-contain-chinese-spyware <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Some cheaply made Android phones are reportedly sending copies of text messages to a Chinese source every 72 hours. The official explanation is that international customers have unintentionally received handsets with a "feature" designed for Chinese users. A security firm named Kryptowire made the discovery. It found that hidden software preinstalled in phones was contacting a Chinese server every three days and passing on details including contacts lists and call logs. The software also sent back daily updates with the full content of text messages and location data. (Source: ... (<a href="/news/9974/report-700m-android-phones-contain-chinese-spyware" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 16 Nov 2016 17:38:18 +0000 John Lister 9974 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9974/report-700m-android-phones-contain-chinese-spyware#comments f1 Security Google Slammed Over Election News Link http://www.infopackets.com/news/9973/google-slammed-over-election-news-link <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Critics of Google say the search engine's algorithm is giving undue credibility to a website claiming to have final voting figures for the US election. The site, which is given prime position when users search for several election-related terms, appears to be unauthoritative and rely on questionable sources. As with any story in this year's US presidential election, its likely to prove partisan responses on both sides. However, this specific scenario is about Google's quality control, rather than political arguments. The issue surrounds the way Google doesn't just produce a ... (<a href="/news/9973/google-slammed-over-election-news-link" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 15 Nov 2016 17:29:42 +0000 John Lister 9973 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/9973/google-slammed-over-election-news-link#comments f1 Politics