http://www.infopackets.com/index.xml en Windows 10 to Only Get Security Fixes http://www.infopackets.com/news/10734/windows-10-only-get-security-fixes <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; 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 switching to a "security updates only" model for Windows from May until further notice. The idea is to limit the risk of creating bugs while many people are working from home without IT support staff. The change affects what are known internally at Microsoft as C and D updates. Those roll out on the third and fourth week of the month and contain previews and testing of new features that are planned for a main release the following month. Microsoft will continue with the B update on the second Tuesday of each month, unofficially known as Patch Tuesday. However, this will now only ... (<a href="/news/10734/windows-10-only-get-security-fixes" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 26 Mar 2020 17:32:51 +0000 John Lister 10734 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10734/windows-10-only-get-security-fixes#comments f1 Microsoft Critical Security Flaw Hits Windows 7 and 8 Hardest http://www.infopackets.com/news/10733/critical-security-flaw-hits-windows-7-and-8-hardest <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Microsoft has warned users of a significant unpatched security flaw in Windows. It's offered some key steps to take while the problem is being fixed. The problem affects all currently supported versions of Windows, though Windows 7 and 8 machines are affected 'critically' according to the Microsoft advisory bulletin. Attacks on Windows 10 machines are considerably more constrained due to its enhanced security features. Microsoft says its currently only aware of targeted attacks on Windows 7 machines, though that could change now the bug has been made public. (Source: microsoft.com ) Adobe ... (<a href="/news/10733/critical-security-flaw-hits-windows-7-and-8-hardest" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 25 Mar 2020 18:04:37 +0000 John Lister 10733 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10733/critical-security-flaw-hits-windows-7-and-8-hardest#comments f1 Security Warning: Windows Defender May Break (Workaround) http://www.infopackets.com/news/10732/warning-windows-defender-may-break-workaround <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; 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">Windows 10's built-in security tool Windows Defender has stopped working properly for some users. There's a workaround for those who want added peace of mind. Exactly what's causing the problem isn't yet clear, but some users are finding both manual and automatic scans produce messages such as: "Items skipped during scan: The Windows Defender Antivirus scan skipped an item due to exclusion or network scanning settings." In other cases, the error message reports that the entire scan was skipped. The message isn't proving particularly helpful as it's not clear what items are actually being ... (<a href="/news/10732/warning-windows-defender-may-break-workaround" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 24 Mar 2020 17:48:23 +0000 John Lister 10732 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10732/warning-windows-defender-may-break-workaround#comments f1 Security Google Pauses Chrome Updates http://www.infopackets.com/news/10731/google-pauses-chrome-updates <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; 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 says it won't be adding any new features to the Chrome browser and operating system for the moment. It's switching to security updates only, a move prompted by changing work patterns. Announcing the move, Google wrote: Due to adjusted work schedules at this time, we are pausing upcoming Chrome and Chrome OS releases. Our primary objectives are to ensure Chrome continues to be stable, secure, and work reliably for anyone who depends on them. We'll continue to prioritize any updates related to security, which will be included in Chrome 80. (Source: chromium.org ) Chromebook Use May Rise ... (<a href="/news/10731/google-pauses-chrome-updates" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 19 Mar 2020 16:52:01 +0000 John Lister 10731 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10731/google-pauses-chrome-updates#comments f1 Google Tech Giants Tackle COVID-19 Fake News http://www.infopackets.com/news/10730/tech-giants-tackle-covid-19-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">Leading tech companies have agreed a joint program to week out false information about the COVID-19 pandemic. It could have a knock-on effect on the rest of their services. The program is announced in a joint statement from Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Reddit, Twitter and YouTube. It says they will take steps "to make sure everyone has access to accurate information, stop misinformation and harmful content, and support global health experts, local governments, businesses and communities." (Source: fb.com ) It's part of a four part program of measures from Facebook. The ... (<a href="/news/10730/tech-giants-tackle-covid-19-fake-news" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 18 Mar 2020 17:24:28 +0000 John Lister 10730 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10730/tech-giants-tackle-covid-19-fake-news#comments f1 Internet Apple, Google Differ On COVID-19 Apps http://www.infopackets.com/news/10728/apple-google-differ-covid-19-apps <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Apple says it's banning any COVID-19 related apps unless it's certain they come from authoritative sources. It's also banning any game or entertainment apps related to the coronavirus pandemic. The move is particularly significant as it's almost impossible to install an app on an iPhone or iPad unless it's been approved by Apple. In contrast, Android users can install unapproved apps from sources other than the official Google Play store, albeit only after confirming they are willing to take the security risk. Apple says that when it comes to COVID-19 content it is "evaluating apps critically ... (<a href="/news/10728/apple-google-differ-covid-19-apps" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 17 Mar 2020 18:09:07 +0000 John Lister 10728 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10728/apple-google-differ-covid-19-apps#comments f1 Mobile How to Fix: Win10 Home Disable Password Complexity, Expiration http://www.infopackets.com/news/10729/how-fix-win10-home-disable-password-complexity-expiration <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; 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 Ginny S. writes: " Dear Dennis, I am running Windows 10 Home and all the sudden it is telling me that I need to change my password and that my Windows password must meet complexity requirements . I have never had this issue before. To make matters worse it tells me that the password needs to be minimum of 8 characters and contain both upper and lower case, plus digits. This has happened twice already and I have a hard enough time remembering my passwords. How can I disable the Windows 10 Home password complexity and expiration ? All the posts I've come across all mention ... (<a href="/news/10729/how-fix-win10-home-disable-password-complexity-expiration" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Mon, 16 Mar 2020 19:12:36 +0000 Dennis Faas 10729 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10729/how-fix-win10-home-disable-password-complexity-expiration#comments f1 Windows Tips How to Fix: Can't Start Malwarebytes Installer Service http://www.infopackets.com/news/10727/how-fix-cant-start-malwarebytes-installer-service <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Infopackets Reader Marlene T. writes: " Dear Dennis, My Windows 10 computer recently upgraded and my desktop icons have gone missing . On top of that, Malwarebytes Antimalware no longer works. When I try to launch Malwarebytes Antimalware, it freezes at the Malwarebytes logo and does not progress. I've tried to uninstall Malwarebytes Antimalware but it tells me that it can't start the malwarebytes installer service . I'm completely lost and need Malwarebytes to run! I need your help! " My response: I asked Marlene if she would like me to connect to her machine using my remote desktop support ... (<a href="/news/10727/how-fix-cant-start-malwarebytes-installer-service" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Fri, 13 Mar 2020 20:40:39 +0000 Dennis Faas 10727 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10727/how-fix-cant-start-malwarebytes-installer-service#comments f1 Windows Tips New Ransomware Exploits Excel Format http://www.infopackets.com/news/10726/new-ransomware-exploits-excel-format <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; 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 ransomware variant takes advantage of a Microsoft Excel feature. It's a good reminder to keep security software up-to-date. The variant has been reported by security company Lastline. It involves a known ransomware called Paradise that operates in the familiar fashion: the attackers find a way to get remote access to a computer then encrypt files and demand a fee to restore access - sometimes in the tens of thousands of dollars, or much higher. In this case, the attackers try to trick victims into opening a file attachment that creates the opening for accessing the machine. The ... (<a href="/news/10726/new-ransomware-exploits-excel-format" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 12 Mar 2020 17:43:54 +0000 John Lister 10726 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10726/new-ransomware-exploits-excel-format#comments f1 Security Official: COVID-19 a Pandemic; Tips to Clean Devices http://www.infopackets.com/news/10725/official-covid-19-pandemic-tips-clean-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">Apple has issued new guidance on how to clean iPhones, iPods and laptops. Though it doesn't mention the reason for the update, it's almost certainly a reaction to concerns about COVID-19, otherwise known as the coronavirus. Most of the medical advice for people to minimize the risk of catching or spreading the coronavirus has centered on regular hand washing with hot water for at least 20 seconds and avoiding touching the face. However, portable devices are certainly an area of concern, given how often many owners touch them during a day. Apple already offers official advice for keeping ... (<a href="/news/10725/official-covid-19-pandemic-tips-clean-devices" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 11 Mar 2020 17:35:38 +0000 John Lister 10725 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10725/official-covid-19-pandemic-tips-clean-devices#comments f1 IT Microsoft Revamps Win10 Data Collection Options http://www.infopackets.com/news/10723/microsoft-revamps-win10-data-collection-options <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; 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 changing the options for how Windows 10 computers share data for diagnostic purposes. It's ditching one option and renaming the others, though no PC will start reporting data without the user's permission. The diagnostic data program is where computers send information to Microsoft about their activity and any problems. The idea is to help Microsoft spot any bugs as well as assess how widely features are used and thus which are most worthy of further maintenance and development. Some User Control Because there's an obvious tension between improving Windows 10 and addressing ... (<a href="/news/10723/microsoft-revamps-win10-data-collection-options" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 10 Mar 2020 17:52:38 +0000 John Lister 10723 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10723/microsoft-revamps-win10-data-collection-options#comments f1 Microsoft How to Fix: Program Won't Remove from Programs and Features http://www.infopackets.com/news/10724/how-fix-program-wont-remove-programs-and-features <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; 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 Rick F. writes: " Dear Dennis, I had a problem trying to uninstall a program via the Control Panel (Add or Remove Programs / Programs and Features) and ended up having to remove it manually. The problem now is that the program won't uninstall from Programs and Features . Is there a way to manually fix a program that won't remove from Programs and Features so it's completely removed from the list? It's like I have a phantom entry and I don't know how to get rid of it. I hope what I'm asking makes sense. I've tried to follow so-called guides online to fix this problem but ... (<a href="/news/10724/how-fix-program-wont-remove-programs-and-features" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Mon, 09 Mar 2020 20:05:52 +0000 Dennis Faas 10724 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10724/how-fix-program-wont-remove-programs-and-features#comments f1 Windows Tips How to Fix: Disable CompatTelRunner.exe (High CPU, Disk Usage) http://www.infopackets.com/news/10722/how-fix-disable-compattelrunnerexe-high-cpu-disk-usage <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><div class="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 Sharon S. writes: " Dear Dennis, I just purchased a used Acer laptop with Windows 10 on it. The system is slow and Task Manager shows 100% disk usage by CompatTelRunner.exe . Also CompatTelRunner.exe causes high CPU usage . I searched Google on how to disable CompatTelRunner.exe or delete CompatTelRunner.exe but can't seem to find a straight answer. Can you help? " My response: I asked Sharon if she would like me to have a closer look at the issue using my remote desktop support service , and she agreed. Below I will discuss my findings. How to Fix: Disable CompatTelRunner. ... (<a href="/news/10722/how-fix-disable-compattelrunnerexe-high-cpu-disk-usage" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Fri, 06 Mar 2020 22:09:47 +0000 Dennis Faas 10722 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10722/how-fix-disable-compattelrunnerexe-high-cpu-disk-usage#comments f1 Windows Tips Malware-Free Cyber Attacks on the Rise http://www.infopackets.com/news/10721/malware-free-cyber-attacks-rise <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; 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">Most online attacks don't involve malware, according to newly published figures. It's the first time "fileless techniques" have been in the majority. The figures come from an annual report by security company CrowdStrike. It says it analyzed its own customer data along with that from investigations into known attackers and data from reported incidents. According to the report, malware-free attacks made up 51 percent of the total during 2019, up from 40 percent the previous year. The tactics were particularly prevalent in North America, making up 74 percent of attacks. (Source: zdnet.com ) As ... (<a href="/news/10721/malware-free-cyber-attacks-rise" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 05 Mar 2020 19:02:04 +0000 John Lister 10721 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10721/malware-free-cyber-attacks-rise#comments f1 Security Apple to Pay Price for Purposely Slowing iPhones http://www.infopackets.com/news/10720/apple-pay-price-purposely-slowing-iphones <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; 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 to compensate customers after claims it intentionally slowed down old iPhones to make people more likely to upgrade. Each person eligible in the class action lawsuit will get around $25, but Apple isn't formally admitting any wrongdoing. Back in 2017 Apple admitted it had intentionally slowed down the performance of old iPhones through a software update. However, it denied this was a marketing move and instead said it was a necessary step to extend the lifespan of ageing batteries of older iPhones . Specifically it said sudden spikes in processor demand could cause older batteries to ... (<a href="/news/10720/apple-pay-price-purposely-slowing-iphones" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 04 Mar 2020 19:02:15 +0000 John Lister 10720 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10720/apple-pay-price-purposely-slowing-iphones#comments f1 Apple Unsafe VPN Android Apps Threaten Privacy http://www.infopackets.com/news/10718/unsafe-vpn-android-apps-threaten-privacy <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; 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 most popular VPN apps for Android are dangerous to use, according to a leading review site. The VPN apps, which are supposed to protect privacy, actually expose users to attacks according to VPN Pro. A VPN, or virtual private network, is meant to be a way to boost privacy online. It works by re-routing traffic through a middle-man server to make it appear that your IP is in another location. When configured properly, the VPN effectively creates a secure online connection that means even though data is going through the Internet, it can't be read by anyone other than the sender and ... (<a href="/news/10718/unsafe-vpn-android-apps-threaten-privacy" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 03 Mar 2020 19:11:22 +0000 John Lister 10718 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10718/unsafe-vpn-android-apps-threaten-privacy#comments f1 Security How to Fix: Remove Social Icons (WordPress, Drupal, etc) http://www.infopackets.com/news/10719/how-fix-remove-social-icons-wordpress-drupal-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 Suzanne V. writes: " Dear Dennis, I have a website that someone created for me a few years ago using the WordPress content management system (CMS). I want to remove social icons from WordPress so that they aren't displayed on my main page and other pages. Specifically, I want to remove the Google Plus social icon, as well as the RSS feed icon. I have logged into the WordPress administration page on my website but I cannot find how to disable or remove the social icons. Can you please help? I will hire you to fix this problem. " My response: Suzanne provided me the login ... (<a href="/news/10719/how-fix-remove-social-icons-wordpress-drupal-etc" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Mon, 02 Mar 2020 21:50:31 +0000 Dennis Faas 10719 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10719/how-fix-remove-social-icons-wordpress-drupal-etc#comments f1 IT How to Fix: Dell No Sound After Update (Inspiron 3760) http://www.infopackets.com/news/10717/how-fix-dell-no-sound-after-update-inspiron-3760 <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; 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 P. writes: " Dear Dennis, Thank you for your excellent website and remote desktop service - you've been a great help in the past. I have a new problem: Dell SupportAssist recently popped up with a message stating that I had sound driver updates to apply to Windows 10 , namely: two Intel high definition audio drivers, and one Realtek high definition audio driver. I downloaded and installed the sound drivers onto my PC, but unfortunately, there's been no sound after the Dell update . I've tried to uninstall and reinstall the Dell audio drivers but it made no difference. ... (<a href="/news/10717/how-fix-dell-no-sound-after-update-inspiron-3760" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Fri, 28 Feb 2020 19:35:19 +0000 Dennis Faas 10717 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10717/how-fix-dell-no-sound-after-update-inspiron-3760#comments f1 Windows Tips WinX DVD Ripper: Convert / Play DVDs on Windows 10 http://www.infopackets.com/news/10716/winx-dvd-ripper-convert-play-dvds-windows-10 <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Infopackets Reader Steve G. writes: " Dear Dennis, I just upgraded my PC to Windows 10 and I noticed that Windows Media Player no longer plays DVDs in Windows 10 . In Windows 7 it worked without a problem. I researched this issue and it appears that this 'feature' was removed on purpose because newer PCs and laptops do not have DVD players. As such, Microsoft has dropped all support for Windows 10 DVD playback in Windows Media Player. I plan on purchasing a thin ultrabook laptop (with no DVD player) soon. As such, I'd like to convert my DVDs into AVI or MP4 (for example) so I ... (<a href="/news/10716/winx-dvd-ripper-convert-play-dvds-windows-10" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 27 Feb 2020 19:30:55 +0000 Dennis Faas 10716 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10716/winx-dvd-ripper-convert-play-dvds-windows-10#comments f1 Windows Tips Chrome Users: Update Now to Patch Critical Bug http://www.infopackets.com/news/10715/chrome-users-update-now-patch-critical-bug <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Google has issued a critically important update to its Chrome browser due to a nasty zero day bug. The browser should update automatically for most users, but the bug is serious enough that it's a case of checking to ensure that the update has been successfully applied. The update fixes three security problems, one of which is a critical. It means hackers were actively exploiting the problem before Google fixed it - meaning the update process gave users a zero day head start on the bad guys (hence the term, ' zero day exploit '). Perhaps unsurprisingly, Google isn't saying much at all about ... (<a href="/news/10715/chrome-users-update-now-patch-critical-bug" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 26 Feb 2020 20:08:13 +0000 John Lister 10715 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10715/chrome-users-update-now-patch-critical-bug#comments f1 Security Windows 10 Start Menu to be Redesigned http://www.infopackets.com/news/10714/windows-10-start-menu-be-redesigned <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; 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 reportedly set to ditch "live tiles" from Windows 10. It's part of a planned revamp of the system's Start Menu. Live tiles originally debuted in Windows Phone 7 and there's a strong argument it's a feature that should have been left to mobile devices. The tile is a square display that shows a specific piece of information such as current weather or a stock price, updated in real time rather than the user having to click on it. Live Tiles Driven By Mobile The feature debuted on the PC desktop with Windows 8, which was widely criticized for being designed ... (<a href="/news/10714/windows-10-start-menu-be-redesigned" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 25 Feb 2020 21:08:07 +0000 John Lister 10714 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10714/windows-10-start-menu-be-redesigned#comments f1 Microsoft Gas Pipeline Shut Down After Ransomware Attack http://www.infopackets.com/news/10713/gas-pipeline-shut-down-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">Ransomware forced an unplanned shutdown of a US gas pipeline for two days. It's not yet clear if the attackers intended to have that effect. The full details, including the identity of the pipeline and its operators, have been kept under wraps. The only official information that's been made public comes from a security alert bulletin by the Department of Homeland Security (DoHS). (Source: us-cert.gov ) The attack started as an all-too-familiar "spear phishing" attack. That's a deliberately targeted email that tries to fool somebody (that typically works for a corporation) into clicking on a ... (<a href="/news/10713/gas-pipeline-shut-down-after-ransomware-attack" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Mon, 24 Feb 2020 18:54:33 +0000 John Lister 10713 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10713/gas-pipeline-shut-down-after-ransomware-attack#comments f1 Security Google: OEM Mods Make Android OS Less Safe http://www.infopackets.com/news/10712/google-oem-mods-make-android-os-less-safe <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Google says phone and tablet makers who alter Android's code to add security measures may actually be undermining security. It says device manufacturers should stick to Android's own measures. Jann Horn of Google's Project Zero security team specifically pointed to an alteration made by Samsung for the Galaxy A50 phone, which he says contained a bug that made the device vulnerable to attack. He says he discovered and reported the bug to Samsung in September 2018 but it wasn't patched until Samsung's security updates released this month. (Source: blogspot.com ) Ironically Horn believes the ... (<a href="/news/10712/google-oem-mods-make-android-os-less-safe" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 20 Feb 2020 19:01:24 +0000 John Lister 10712 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10712/google-oem-mods-make-android-os-less-safe#comments f1 Security More Than 500 Rogue Chrome Extensions Removed http://www.infopackets.com/news/10711/more-500-rogue-chrome-extensions-removed <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; 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 removed more than 500 rogue Chrome extensions that were scamming both computer users and advertisers. Some rogue extensions have been operating for more than a year. The rogue extensions were spotted by security researcher Jamila Kaya and Jacob Rickerd of Cisco. They used a Cisco security tool called CRXcavator that's specially designed to assess Chrome extensions. (Source: duo.com ) The pair worked on a project to try to spot common patterns of bogus extensions. They started by assessing "a few dozen" extensions they knew to be rogue and were able to use patterns to expose 70 ... (<a href="/news/10711/more-500-rogue-chrome-extensions-removed" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 19 Feb 2020 19:59:24 +0000 John Lister 10711 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10711/more-500-rogue-chrome-extensions-removed#comments f1 Security User Files Disappear After Botched Win10 Update http://www.infopackets.com/news/10709/user-files-disappear-after-botched-win10-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">Two different Windows 10 updates have caused a host of problems, including some files disappearing from the desktop, or deleted permanently. Microsoft has pulled one update and is investigating the other. The update with the more serious problems - which is the one Microsoft has withdrawn - is numbered KB4532693 and has a couple of major bugs. The first is that some users have discovered their desktop has returned to its default state. In other words, any customizations such as the arrangement of icons and short cuts, or a background image, have been removed. The most credible suggested ... (<a href="/news/10709/user-files-disappear-after-botched-win10-update" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 18 Feb 2020 19:44:52 +0000 John Lister 10709 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10709/user-files-disappear-after-botched-win10-update#comments f1 Microsoft How to Fix: Right Click Desktop Not Working (Spinning Circle) http://www.infopackets.com/news/10710/how-fix-right-click-desktop-not-working-spinning-circle <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; 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 Jared P. writes: " Dear Dennis, The right click on my desktop is not working . When I right click on the desktop, all I get is a spinning blue circle . What normally appears is a dialogue menu that shows Display Settings, Personalize (the desktop), View, Sort by, and New (to create a folder, shortcut, text document, etc) - but instead, the cursor circle keeps spinning forever. I've left it alone for an hour but the right click keeps loading forever and never produces a menu like it should. Update: Since I've emailed you, I've found a few so-called guides online to fix my ... (<a href="/news/10710/how-fix-right-click-desktop-not-working-spinning-circle" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Mon, 17 Feb 2020 20:25:33 +0000 Dennis Faas 10710 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10710/how-fix-right-click-desktop-not-working-spinning-circle#comments f1 Windows Tips How to Fix: Open Shell Search Not Working (Classic Shell) http://www.infopackets.com/news/10708/how-fix-open-shell-search-not-working-classic-shell <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; 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 Lynda F. writes: " Dear Dennis, I've been using Classic Shell (now called 'Open Shell') for many years and it's worked great. The best feature about Classic Shell is the ability to search and find files on my hard drive. For example: when I click on the Start Menu, I then type in part of the title of a document I have on my hard drive, and Classic Shell finds it instantly. In contrast, the default Windows 10 Start Menu simply can't find anything on my computer and tells me to go to Bing to find it. As if! Anyhow: the issue I'm having is that the search in Classic Shell ... (<a href="/news/10708/how-fix-open-shell-search-not-working-classic-shell" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 13 Feb 2020 19:27:52 +0000 Dennis Faas 10708 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10708/how-fix-open-shell-search-not-working-classic-shell#comments f1 Windows Tips Tech Support Scams Up 40% Year-On-Year: Report http://www.infopackets.com/news/10707/tech-support-scams-40-year-year-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">Reported cyber crime has more than doubled in the last two years according to the FBI. Over 60s are the group with the biggest value losses. The figures come from the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3), a central resource for reporting cyber crime. The IC3 works with local and national agencies and businesses to coordinate work on cyber threats and identify particular patterns of risk. In 2019 it received 467,361 complaints with the reported losses topping $3.5 billion . That's up from $2.7 billion in 2018 and $1.4 billion in 2017. (Source: bbc.co.uk ) Part of the rise may be people ... (<a href="/news/10707/tech-support-scams-40-year-year-report" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 12 Feb 2020 18:41:18 +0000 John Lister 10707 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10707/tech-support-scams-40-year-year-report#comments f1 Security Scientists use Light, Sound to Produce 100 Gbps Internet http://www.infopackets.com/news/10706/scientists-use-light-sound-produce-100-gbps-internet <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; 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 believe a new type of cable could carry Internet data at speeds 100 times greater than even the fastest on offer today. The new technology could benefit hospitals and research facilities in particular. The technique was developed by researchers at universities in Leeds and Nottingham in the United Kingdom, and is based around similar technology found in fiber optic cables. Those are the fastest data-carrying cables and work by sending pulses of light down a tiny transparent tube. By far, the greatest benefit of utilizing fiber optic cables is that it can transfer data over long ... (<a href="/news/10706/scientists-use-light-sound-produce-100-gbps-internet" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 11 Feb 2020 19:58:56 +0000 John Lister 10706 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10706/scientists-use-light-sound-produce-100-gbps-internet#comments f1 Technology Banking Malware Relays Passwords to Cyber Criminals http://www.infopackets.com/news/10705/banking-malware-relays-passwords-cyber-criminals <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; 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 warned of a sneaky trick that uses malware to collect passwords for online banking. The "Metamorfo" malware disables autocomplete to force users to retype passwords that can then be hijacked. Metamorfo is familiar to security researchers, but has developed two new characteristics. The first is that it no longer targets only financial institutions in Brazil, but has expanded to other countries. The seconds is a new tactic to make it more effective. The malware works in a familiar fashion. It's distributed through a .ZIP file that's disguised as an invoice attached to ... (<a href="/news/10705/banking-malware-relays-passwords-cyber-criminals" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Mon, 10 Feb 2020 20:22:19 +0000 John Lister 10705 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10705/banking-malware-relays-passwords-cyber-criminals#comments f1 Security Report: Malware Attacks Fall Year-on-Year http://www.infopackets.com/news/10704/report-malware-attacks-fall-year-year <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; 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 computer security company claims malware attacks are on the decrease. The difference appears to be that criminals are more closely targeting attacks, which could be good news for the average user. The figures come from Sonicwall, which offers firewalls and other cyber security solutions. The data is based on the attacks and attempted attacks it detected among customers covering 1.1 million sites in 215 countries. (Source: sonicwall.com ) Although the actual numbers it gives aren't necessarily meaningful, the year-on-year comparisons between its new report covering 2019 and the one it did ... (<a href="/news/10704/report-malware-attacks-fall-year-year" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 06 Feb 2020 18:03:32 +0000 John Lister 10704 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10704/report-malware-attacks-fall-year-year#comments f1 Security Facebook Messenger Kids Beefs Up Parental Controls http://www.infopackets.com/news/10703/facebook-messenger-kids-beefs-parental-controls <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Facebook has given parents more ability to monitor their child's use of its messaging tool. The move follows criticism of Facebook producing such a tool in the first place. "Messenger Kids" launched back in 2017 for use by under 13s, who aren't allowed to use Facebook itself. The key selling point was that parents had to approve the contacts that the child could then exchange messages with. That hasn't always worked exactly as planned, as a glitch meant children could take part in group chats containing people who weren't approved or even that they'd blocked. Parents will now be ... (<a href="/news/10703/facebook-messenger-kids-beefs-parental-controls" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 05 Feb 2020 19:30:08 +0000 John Lister 10703 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10703/facebook-messenger-kids-beefs-parental-controls#comments f1 Internet Android Users: 17 Rogue Apps to Delete http://www.infopackets.com/news/10702/android-users-17-rogue-apps-delete <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">A security company has spotted 17 rogue Android apps that users should immediately delete. All 17 apps were approved by the Google Play store, where they managed to get past Google's security checks. Bitdefender, which published the list of apps, says the apps aren't malware as such. However, they use tactics associated with malware creators and could seriously inconvenience users. Bitdefender dubs this as 'riskware'. The List Of Shame The apps to immediately delete are: 4K Wallpaper (Background 4K Full HD) Backgrounds 4K HD Barcode Scanner Car Racing 2019 Clock LED Explorer File ... (<a href="/news/10702/android-users-17-rogue-apps-delete" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 04 Feb 2020 14:59:09 +0000 John Lister 10702 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10702/android-users-17-rogue-apps-delete#comments f1 Security Malware Botnet Mysteriously Hijacked http://www.infopackets.com/news/10701/malware-botnet-mysteriously-hijacked <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; 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 malicious network of 500,000 computers used to spread malware around the globe has been taken over by do-gooders in an apparent hijack meant to foil cyber criminals. Victims of the botnet have not only found the stealth malware removed from their system, but are also receiving an on screen warning to update their computers. It appears the malware creators are themselves the victim of a hack attack by an online vigilante. Phorpiex Botnet a Decade Old, 500k Strong The malware concerned is distributed through the Phorpiex botnet, which has been operating for nearly 10 years. A botnet is a ... (<a href="/news/10701/malware-botnet-mysteriously-hijacked" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 29 Jan 2020 18:37:58 +0000 John Lister 10701 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10701/malware-botnet-mysteriously-hijacked#comments f1 Security State Could Ban Gov't Ransomware Payments http://www.infopackets.com/news/10700/state-could-ban-govt-ransomware-payments <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; 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">New York state senators want a legal ban on local governments paying ransomware demands. The bipartisanship move is based on the idea that paying up simply incentivises the attacks. Ransomware is malicious software that encrypts files on a hard drive so that they become unusable. Cyber criminals then demand a hefty ransom to unlock the files. Two state senators, one Democrat and one Republican, have each proposed broadly similar bills. They are currently in the committee stage and its likely that one will go ahead to a full vote of the New York State Senate. Both bills are based on similar ... (<a href="/news/10700/state-could-ban-govt-ransomware-payments" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 28 Jan 2020 18:02:00 +0000 John Lister 10700 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10700/state-could-ban-govt-ransomware-payments#comments f1 Government Windows 7 'End Of Life' Lasts Just 13 Days http://www.infopackets.com/news/10699/windows-7-end-life-lasts-just-13-days <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; 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 issued one extra fix for Windows 7 after it passed the deadline for security updates to the system. In an all-too-familiar move, the extra update fixed a problem caused by the final scheduled update. January 14, 2020 officially marked the end of Windows 7's Extended Support period . During the Extended Support period, Microsoft no longer added new features or offered free support, but did issue security patches, fixed major bugs and offered chargeable support for consumers. That's now over and the official position is that there will be no further updates of any kind for Windows ... (<a href="/news/10699/windows-7-end-life-lasts-just-13-days" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Mon, 27 Jan 2020 20:18:26 +0000 John Lister 10699 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10699/windows-7-end-life-lasts-just-13-days#comments f1 Microsoft Scammed by Live Network Help? Here's What to Do http://www.infopackets.com/news/10698/scammed-live-network-help-heres-what-do <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; 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 Gina S. writes: " Dear Dennis, Last week, I was using my PC when suddenly a red screen appeared, stating that my 'PC ran into a problem' and to call 1-657-233-9938 to speak to Microsoft. I tried to close the window but the screen was locked. That's when I called the number and spoke to a person with a very thick Indian accent . I later discovered that the company name was Live Network Help ( livenetworkhelp.com / 1-855-295-0715 / 855-500-0425), which was different than the phone number on the red screen virus alert. At any rate - after about 10 minutes on the phone, the ... (<a href="/news/10698/scammed-live-network-help-heres-what-do" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Fri, 24 Jan 2020 21:40:44 +0000 Dennis Faas 10698 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10698/scammed-live-network-help-heres-what-do#comments f1 Windows Tips Experts: Windows Feature Can Be Used as Ransomware http://www.infopackets.com/news/10697/experts-windows-feature-can-be-used-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">Ransomware attackers could turn a key Windows security tool against the system, according to new research. The tactic could also evade leading security tools. The research from SafeBreach Labs covered "EFS", otherwise known as Encrypting File System. EFS was released as far back as Windows 2000 (in the year 2000), and is somewhat similar to Bitlocker. The main difference between the two is that Bitlocker can encrypt an entire volume, while EFS can encrypt individual files and folders. In either case, the reason for encrypting files / folders or an entire volume is that if an ... (<a href="/news/10697/experts-windows-feature-can-be-used-ransomware" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 23 Jan 2020 20:12:13 +0000 John Lister 10697 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10697/experts-windows-feature-can-be-used-ransomware#comments f1 Security Apple Drops Plan to Tighten iCloud Encryption http://www.infopackets.com/news/10696/apple-drops-plan-tighten-icloud-encryption <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Reports suggest that Apple has been pressured by the FBI to drop plans to improve the security of its customer backups. The plan was to better encrypt backups on the iCloud service. iCloud serves two purposes: it's a way for Apple users to store data and documents online and access them from anywhere (from any Apple device) with a password; it's also a way to automatically backup the contents of iPads and iPhones. Data from the iCloud is stored on Apple servers in an encrypted format, which means that if somebody gained access to the files (either through a remote hack, or a physical breach ... (<a href="/news/10696/apple-drops-plan-tighten-icloud-encryption" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 22 Jan 2020 18:01:04 +0000 John Lister 10696 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10696/apple-drops-plan-tighten-icloud-encryption#comments f1 Government Microsoft Could Improve Google Chrome http://www.infopackets.com/news/10695/microsoft-could-improve-google-chrome <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">The Chrome browser may soon put less drain on processors and battery life in Windows 10. Perhaps surprisingly, that's because of changes made by Microsoft rather than Google. The relevant tweaks were discovered by Microsoft as part of its work to rebuild the Edge browser that comes with Windows 10. Originally it ran on Microsoft code, but the new version of Edge is now based on Chromium. For those unaware, Chromium is an open source project, which is the basis of Google's Chrome browser. Microsoft found one cause of battery drain was disk caching during online video playback. In simple terms ... (<a href="/news/10695/microsoft-could-improve-google-chrome" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 21 Jan 2020 19:17:05 +0000 John Lister 10695 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10695/microsoft-could-improve-google-chrome#comments f1 Technology Scammed by Fake PayPal Tech Support? Here's What to Do http://www.infopackets.com/news/10694/scammed-fake-paypal-tech-support-heres-what-do <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; 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 Kathleen S. writes: " Dear Dennis, I really need your help! I have been scammed by fake PayPal technical support . Here's how it happened: beginning some time in March, 2019, I received invoices from PayPal claiming that I paid for some kind of technical support for my computer. I have no recollection of this, so up until now I've kept deleting the emails, thinking they were sent in error. Flash forward to January 8, 2020, and I received another message stating that if I don't pay the original invoice ($399), I'm going to be charged an additional ' $500 late fee ,' and ... (<a href="/news/10694/scammed-fake-paypal-tech-support-heres-what-do" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Fri, 17 Jan 2020 21:03:40 +0000 Dennis Faas 10694 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10694/scammed-fake-paypal-tech-support-heres-what-do#comments f1 Windows Tips Chrome to Block Third-Party Cookies http://www.infopackets.com/news/10691/chrome-block-third-party-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">Google says it will block third-party cookies, which can track Internet users in ways they don't expect. But it could be up to two years before the block is fully in place. A cookie is a small text file placed on a user's computer by a website. The idea is the site can check for the cookie later on and customize the users' web experience. Examples of 'legitimate' cookie use would be an online store that holds items in a virtual 'shopping basket', and a movie theater chain's site 'remembering' a user's location to automatically show them local listings. The more controversial variant is third- ... (<a href="/news/10691/chrome-block-third-party-cookies" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 16 Jan 2020 18:44:18 +0000 John Lister 10691 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10691/chrome-block-third-party-cookies#comments f1 Google Critical Windows 10 Bug Needs Immediate Fix http://www.infopackets.com/news/10692/critical-windows-10-bug-needs-immediate-fix <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">The National Security Agency (NSA) has told Microsoft about a major Windows 10 bug which also affects Windows Server 2016 and 2019. A patch is already available and is a must install. For the NSA to tell Microsoft about a Windows vulnerability and then discuss it publicly is relatively rare. In the past, the NSA has used such security flaws to take advantage of potential suspects, as part of its surveillance program. In this case, the bug was so serious the NSA seems to have concluded any benefits it could gain itself would be more than wiped out by the threat to the general public (and US ... (<a href="/news/10692/critical-windows-10-bug-needs-immediate-fix" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 15 Jan 2020 19:38:16 +0000 John Lister 10692 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10692/critical-windows-10-bug-needs-immediate-fix#comments f1 Security How to use Smart DNS to Access Geo-Restricted Content http://www.infopackets.com/news/10693/how-use-smart-dns-access-geo-restricted-content <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Have you ever tried to watch a trending online video, only to find that it's not available in your region? A Smart DNS proxy is a solution can help. Here's how it works: A Smart DNS proxy can be used to unblock geo-restricted content from around the world. It does this by collecting data related to your geographical location and re-routing it through a computer server located in a region where access to the blocked content is permitted. They do this by changing your Domain Name System (DNS) settings so that the websites you visit think you're in a location where you are permitted to access ... (<a href="/news/10693/how-use-smart-dns-access-geo-restricted-content" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 15 Jan 2020 19:25:57 +0000 Dennis Faas 10693 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10693/how-use-smart-dns-access-geo-restricted-content#comments IT Google Slammed Over Android 'Bloatware' http://www.infopackets.com/news/10690/google-slammed-over-android-bloatware <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; 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">50 privacy groups have urged Google to crack down on pre-installed "bloatware" on Android devices. They say the apps haven't been properly vetted and could threaten privacy. Bloatware refers to software that is already installed on a device when a user first starts it up. With Android phones it's particularly significant as it's difficult or even impossible to uninstall. Sometimes manufacturers consider such apps to be genuinely useful for phone owners and even part of the appeal of getting a handset. In other cases it seems more likely the manufacturers have struck deals with developers to ... (<a href="/news/10690/google-slammed-over-android-bloatware" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 14 Jan 2020 18:57:17 +0000 John Lister 10690 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10690/google-slammed-over-android-bloatware#comments f1 Mobile 'Police Web Browser Scam' Dupes Users into Paying Thousands http://www.infopackets.com/news/10689/police-web-browser-scam-dupes-users-paying-thousands <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; 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 old Internet scam has got a new twist. The new scam makes it appear as if local police have taken over the web browser in order to "fine" the user for "illegal activities". The "police browser locker" scam is an example of what's dubbed scareware by preying on a user's paranoia (or guilt). It involves popup window from within the web browser, or an unexpected web page appearing and giving a bogus message demanding payment. A common form of this scam is the infamous Microsoft tech support scam stating that the computer has been infected with malware and the user needs to ... (<a href="/news/10689/police-web-browser-scam-dupes-users-paying-thousands" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Fri, 10 Jan 2020 22:04:21 +0000 John Lister 10689 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10689/police-web-browser-scam-dupes-users-paying-thousands#comments f1 Security Cyber Attack Fears Rise Over Iran Conflict http://www.infopackets.com/news/10688/cyber-attack-fears-rise-over-iran-conflict <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; 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">Cyber analysts warn Iran may further target the US with cyber attacks as tensions rise in the Middle East. While one federal website has already been compromised for propaganda purposes, the real danger may be to infrastructure, with businesses and home users caught in the crossfire. The most eye-catching attack this week involved the website of the Federal Depository Library Program, which was altered to show and Iranian flag and an unflattering picture of the President. However, this doesn't appear to be a particularly sophisticated breach and may well have been the work of amateur hackers ... (<a href="/news/10688/cyber-attack-fears-rise-over-iran-conflict" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 09 Jan 2020 19:23:44 +0000 John Lister 10688 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10688/cyber-attack-fears-rise-over-iran-conflict#comments f1 Security New Clop Ransomware Encrypts Windows Processes http://www.infopackets.com/news/10686/new-clop-ransomware-encrypts-windows-processes <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; 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 spotted new ransomware with a nasty new twist. "Clop," as it's called, doesn't just encrypt files, but deliberately attempts to screw up applications as well. The move is most likely intended to reduce the chances of the ransomware being blocked, but also means an attack could be even more disruptive and make it more likely a complete rebuild of the affected PC is necessary. Normally ransomware's main task is to encrypt as many files as possible on a computer. The idea here is to extort the user by forcing them to pay a ransom to regain access to the locked files. ... (<a href="/news/10686/new-clop-ransomware-encrypts-windows-processes" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 08 Jan 2020 17:59:46 +0000 John Lister 10686 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10686/new-clop-ransomware-encrypts-windows-processes#comments f1 Security Scammed by Easy / Net PC Expert? Here's What to Do http://www.infopackets.com/news/10687/scammed-easy-net-pc-expert-heres-what-do <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; 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 Jerald B. writes: " Dear Dennis, I was using my computer the other day, then all of a sudden the screen turned red and started flashing, telling me my computer was at risk and I must call 1-855-551-6777 to find out the problem. I was on the phone for about an hour and a half, and the people that I spoke to had a very thick Indian accent . They told me that my IP address was open to anyone who wanted to use it and I must encrypt my IP address for the price of $399.00, otherwise hackers would get into my machine. I reluctantly paid the fee and felt uneasy about it. That's ... (<a href="/news/10687/scammed-easy-net-pc-expert-heres-what-do" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Mon, 06 Jan 2020 20:49:30 +0000 Dennis Faas 10687 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10687/scammed-easy-net-pc-expert-heres-what-do#comments f1 Windows Tips North Korea Accused of Attacking Windows Users http://www.infopackets.com/news/10685/north-korea-accused-attacking-windows-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">Microsoft has warned users to pay particularly close attention to emails that appear to come from "microsoft.com". A simple trick involving spelling was the key to a security attack that Microsoft believes was instigated by North Korea. A US court has given Microsoft legal control of 50 web domains it says were used to carry out cyber attacks on Windows users. It's said to be the work of a group dubbed Thallium operating out of North Korea. Microsoft says the attacks were targeted at "government employees, think tanks, university staff members, members of organizations ... (<a href="/news/10685/north-korea-accused-attacking-windows-users" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Fri, 03 Jan 2020 20:20:49 +0000 John Lister 10685 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10685/north-korea-accused-attacking-windows-users#comments f1 Security No More Security Updates: Win7 Support Ends Jan 14 http://www.infopackets.com/news/10683/no-more-security-updates-win7-support-ends-jan-14 <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; 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 will officially ditch support for Windows 7 in just a couple of weeks, a decade after the system debuted. It means Microsoft may face a difficult choice over security issues. January 14 will mark the end of Extended Support for Windows 7 - the second period of a Windows edition's lifespan. Mainstream support, which is the period when Windows 7 received new features and Microsoft deals with tech queries free of charge, already ended in 2015. (Source: bt.com ) Extended Support is where Microsoft charges for help and where the only updates are to fix security problems and major ... (<a href="/news/10683/no-more-security-updates-win7-support-ends-jan-14" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 02 Jan 2020 18:37:15 +0000 John Lister 10683 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10683/no-more-security-updates-win7-support-ends-jan-14#comments f1 Security Wyze Camera, Customer Database Leaked http://www.infopackets.com/news/10684/wyze-camera-customer-database-leaked <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; 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 "smart" security camera maker has suffered a significant data breach. No video footage was leaked, but email addresses and details of some home gadgets were exposed. Manufacture Wyze hasn't revealed full details of how the breach happened, but denied that the leak was due to using cloud computing in China. According to Wyze, the exposed data covered 2.4 million customers and included "customer emails along with camera nicknames, WiFi SSIDs, Wyze device information, body metrics for a small number of product beta testers, and limited tokens associated with Alexa integrations. ... (<a href="/news/10684/wyze-camera-customer-database-leaked" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 31 Dec 2019 18:42:41 +0000 John Lister 10684 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10684/wyze-camera-customer-database-leaked#comments f1 Security Windows 10 Updates Could Get Big Change http://www.infopackets.com/news/10681/windows-10-updates-could-get-big-change <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; 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 may be planning to change the way it issues updates for Windows 10. It could help break the cycle of updates fixing previous problems and introducing new ones. Windows 10 represents a shift in the way that Windows Updates are applied. In addition to frequent updates to fix bugs and add features, the biggest changes are saved for two major updates each year. The idea is that Windows 10 will be updated indefinitely, rather than introducing a totally new edition. This replaced the previous model of each edition of Windows getting a "Service Pack" of updates every year or two and then ... (<a href="/news/10681/windows-10-updates-could-get-big-change" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Fri, 27 Dec 2019 18:32:36 +0000 John Lister 10681 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10681/windows-10-updates-could-get-big-change#comments f1 Microsoft Report: Most Facial Recognition Software 'Racist' http://www.infopackets.com/news/10680/report-most-facial-recognition-software-racist <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; 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">Facial recognition software may be less accurate when dealing with non-Caucasian faces, according to a new study. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) noted the problem was likely the data used to "train" algorithms. The NIST examined 189 algorithms from 99 different developers, which it says is a majority of all commercially available systems. (Source: bbc.co.uk ) In the testing, it looked at two tasks. Specifically, they looks to see if two specific photographs are of the same person. In one example, it was to verify identity in order to unlock a phone or check a ... (<a href="/news/10680/report-most-facial-recognition-software-racist" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 26 Dec 2019 18:17:37 +0000 John Lister 10680 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10680/report-most-facial-recognition-software-racist#comments f1 Technology Facebook Stops Using Phone Numbers for Advertisements http://www.infopackets.com/news/10679/facebook-stops-using-phone-numbers-advertisements <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; 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 stop treating user's phone numbers as a way to target advertising and recommend friends. Critics said the practice undermined a key security measure. The company says it wasn't collecting the numbers directly from phones or the Facebook app. Instead, users provided the number when taking advantage of two factor authentication. With this set-up, it means that if a user tries to log in to Facebook on a new device or from a new location, Facebook sends a security code by text message to the number on file. The user then has to type the code in to Facebook before they can login ... (<a href="/news/10679/facebook-stops-using-phone-numbers-advertisements" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 24 Dec 2019 17:45:10 +0000 John Lister 10679 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10679/facebook-stops-using-phone-numbers-advertisements#comments f1 Internet How to Fix: Move System Partition to C http://www.infopackets.com/news/10682/how-fix-move-system-partition-c <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Infopackets Reader Jean P. writes: " Dear Dennis, Last week my PC tried to update, but now Windows 10 boots to a black screen. I read your article on Windows 10 boots to black screen with mouse , but was unsuccessful. I decided to format and reinstall Windows 10. Unfortunately, now the system reserved partition is on the second hard drive . This is a problem because when I do a disk image backup of my C drive, the system reserved partition is on the wrong drive . Do you know how I can move the system reserved partition to another disk? I want to move system reserved partition to C ." My ... (<a href="/news/10682/how-fix-move-system-partition-c" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Mon, 23 Dec 2019 19:35:20 +0000 Dennis Faas 10682 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10682/how-fix-move-system-partition-c#comments f1 Windows Tips