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Mon
24
Mar
Brandon Dimmel's picture

Microsoft Admits Email Snoop, Revises Privacy Policy

Microsoft has revised its Hotmail / Outlook email privacy policy. It's in response to concerns after the company admitted to reading emails and instant messages of a blogger who allegedly tried to sell Microsoft intellectual property without ... permission. Former Microsoft employee Alex Kibkalo is currently being investigated for stealing Microsoft trade secrets. According to Microsoft, in 2012 Kibkalo acquired pre-release Windows 8 source code, which he emailed to a mysterious blogger who has not been named. It's the anonymous blogger who had his email and instant messages snooped. ... (view more)

Wed
11
Sep
Dennis Faas's picture

Patch Tuesday: Microsoft Fixes Serious Outlook Flaw

Another monthly Patch Tuesday security update has arrived and this time Microsoft is providing fixes for 'critical' flaws in its Internet Explorer web browser and its Outlook email manager. In total, Microsoft's Patch Tuesday offering includes 13 ... bulletins, four of which have been marked critical -- Microsoft's highest security rating. Many security experts are pointing to the critical bulletin affecting Outlook as the most important security issue this month. Code Execution Flaw Affects Outlook Wolfgang Kandek, chief technology officer at IT security firm Qualys, says it's imperative that ... (view more)

Fri
08
Feb
Dennis Faas's picture

Microsoft: Google Scans Gmail Messages

Microsoft is targeting Google's Gmail in a new campaign designed to steer Internet email users towards the Redmond, Washington-based firm's own Outlook.com service. The basis for that attack: Google doesn't do enough to protect the privacy of Gmail ... users. The Microsoft campaign, which is being carried out across the United States, is called "Don't get scroogled by Gmail." At the heart of that campaign: the fact that Google scans Gmail inboxes to figure out which advertisements should be displayed along with the messages. Microsoft Investigates Responses to Gmail ... (view more)

Mon
31
Dec
Dennis Faas's picture

Windows 8: How to Use the Windows 8 Mail App

If you've been stymied by the intricacies of email in Windows 8, you're not alone. An Infopackets subscriber asks: "Dear Infopackets, I just got Windows 8 and am interested in trying out the new Windows 8 Mail program. But I can't figure it out. It ... seems things have changed a lot since I last used Outlook in Windows 7. Do you have any tips on how to use this software properly? Thanks, Brian D." My response: You're right, Brian. Windows 8 Mail is a lot different from Outlook, Windows Live Mail, or any other email client you've used before. But that's not necessarily a bad thing. Microsoft has ... (view more)

Tue
18
Sep
Dennis Faas's picture

New Law Would Block Authorities From Reading Emails

A U.S. senator wants to close a legal loophole that allows law enforcement officials to read private emails without first obtaining a warrant. If successful, the change would mean users of webmail services, such as Gmail and Hotmail, will receive ... extra protection against prying eyes. Private email content is currently protected by the Electronic Communications Privacy Act of 1986. However, email usage is far greater today than it was then, and new procedures leave open the opportunity for officials to read private emails in secret. Years ago most email users downloaded their messages, which ... (view more)

Tue
04
Sep
Dennis Faas's picture

'Live Hotmail Email Notifier 1.06', and 'SlimComputer 1.3.23129.20387'

Live Hotmail Email Notifier 1.06 This free utility can be configured to send an instant message to your desktop, alerting you whenever a new email has arrived in your Hotmail inbox. This program places a small figure in the bottom right of your ... screen. When a new email arrives, a red 'letter' symbol will appear in that position. http://thesz.diecru.eu SlimComputer 1.3.23129.20387 SlimComputer is a free software utility that scans your new PC to identify programs, toolbars, and startup entries you may or may not want on your computer system. You can use this information to decide what pre- ... (view more)

Wed
13
Jun
Dennis Faas's picture

Mitt Romney Hotmail Hack: Microsoft to Blame?

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's personal email account has reportedly been hacked. According to some observers, security weaknesses in Microsoft's Hotmail email service allowed the hack to occur. In reality, however, slip-ups by both ... Romney and Microsoft facilitated the hack. The incident occurred after the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) obtained and printed several emails sent to and from Romney during his time as governor of Massachusetts. The newspaper did not hack the account to obtain the emails, but rather made a legal request for Romney's office to hand them over. The WSJ ... (view more)

Fri
09
Mar
Dennis Faas's picture

PlayBook Update Allows Android Apps, Many Fixes

Research in Motion (RIM), best known for its BlackBerry smartphone, has recently released a highly-anticipated software update for its struggling PlayBook tablet computer. The updates help to resolve interactive features of the device. The PlayBook ... was first launched in April, 2011, in an attempt to siphon off sales from the iPad. Unfortunately, it sold just 500,000 units in its first quarter of availability, only 250,000 units in the next quarter, and a disappointing 150,000 units in its third quarter. (Source: thestar.com ) Email Issues, Lack of Apps Kept Down PlayBook Sales Several factors ... (view more)

Thu
12
Jan
Dennis Faas's picture

'dMaintenance 1.2', and 'Microsoft Outlook E-mail Signature Creator 4.0'

dMaintenance 1.2 dMaintenance is a tool designed to help automate "behind the scenes" maintenance tasks. It can be programmed to delete temporary Internet files, correct time zone settings, disable Internet Explorer toolbars, reset networking ... settings, and more. Note that dMaintenance makes no permanent modifications to the system. Click the "dMaintenance" link at the left of the page (link below), then scroll down and click the 'Download' link at the bottom of the page to obtain the software from the "Foolish IT" website. http://www.foolishit.com Microsoft Outlook E-mail ... (view more)

Thu
12
Jan
Dennis Faas's picture

Stratfor Military Intelligence Hack Turns Prank

A military and security intelligence firm that fell victim to a hacking attack has suffered another embarrassment, even while analysis reveals that hundreds of military and political officials had their digital details exposed by hackers. As ... reported last month , hackers struck Stratfor (or "Strategic Forecasting"), a Texas-based security consulting and analysis firm. They captured details of some 4,000 clients, cheekily using the stolen credit card information to make charitable donations. Stratfor customers recently received an email apparently sent by CEO, George Friedman, asking ... (view more)

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