http://www.infopackets.com/index.xml en Many Amazon Reviews Could Be Bogus http://www.infopackets.com/news/10435/many-amazon-reviews-could-be-bogus <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 consumer group says Amazon sellers are bribing people to post bogus reviews on Amazon's websites. But it also suggests some reviewers may also be getting ripped off. The claims come from "Which?", a British organization similar to Consumer Reports. It tested five sellers who had posted in Facebook groups designed to recruit people to buy and review Amazon products. The groups involve sellers suggesting products which people can then buy and review, after which the seller will refund their purchase cost. Which? staff did so for five products and then posted what it called a fair ... (<a href="/news/10435/many-amazon-reviews-could-be-bogus" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 23 Oct 2018 16:29:28 +0000 John Lister 10435 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10435/many-amazon-reviews-could-be-bogus#comments f1 Internet Windows 10 Hit By Second File Deletion Bug http://www.infopackets.com/news/10434/windows-10-hit-second-file-deletion-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">Another file deletion bug appears to have hit Windows 10's latest update. It's raised questions about Microsoft's review process. This is a separate issue to the recent bug that deleted user documents . The new problem - which is also related to the October Update - affects .ZIP files. ZIP files are used to store multiple files (and sometimes backups) into a single, archived file. Archives usually offer a high compression ratio, which means files inside the archive are shrunk. This makes .ZIP files especially useful for downloading files from websites because it takes less time. Duplicate ... (<a href="/news/10434/windows-10-hit-second-file-deletion-bug" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Mon, 22 Oct 2018 17:43:55 +0000 John Lister 10434 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10434/windows-10-hit-second-file-deletion-bug#comments f1 Microsoft Explained: How is My IP Assigned / Determined (IPv4)? http://www.infopackets.com/news/10433/explained-how-my-ip-assigned-determined-ipv4 <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 Izzy M. writes: " Dear Dennis, I am trying to figure out how IP addresses are assigned using IPv4 (IP addressing version 4), but can't seem to find a straight answer online. My question: is there a certain number that my IP address has to be? Is there any correlation between my IP address, subnet mask and default gateway? How is my IP address assigned or determined? Thank you in advance! " My response: I think the reason you can't find an answer to this question is because this is an extremely broad question. To put this as simple as possible: the answer to your question ... (<a href="/news/10433/explained-how-my-ip-assigned-determined-ipv4" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Fri, 19 Oct 2018 20:02:26 +0000 Dennis Faas 10433 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10433/explained-how-my-ip-assigned-determined-ipv4#comments f1 Windows Tips New 'LiFi' Gets 8 Gigabit Speed; Faster than WiFi, 5G http://www.infopackets.com/news/10431/new-lifi-gets-8-gigabit-speed-faster-wifi-5g <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">Light could be the key to solving one of the big problems of faster mobile Internet. But the technology, which uses spotlights to send out signals, has some limited range of uses. The technology developed by pureLiFi works on a simple principle: rather than using radio waves to transmit data (as does WiFi), it uses light waves. A demo of the system uses ceiling spotlights which blast out light in a cone shape. To the human eye it looks like an ordinary constant light supply. In fact it's actually flickering at incredibly high speeds to create a pattern. 5G Signals Hurt By Walls A plug-in ' ... (<a href="/news/10431/new-lifi-gets-8-gigabit-speed-faster-wifi-5g" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 18 Oct 2018 12:32:44 +0000 John Lister 10431 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10431/new-lifi-gets-8-gigabit-speed-faster-wifi-5g#comments f1 Mobile Windows 10 Bug Silences Sound Cards http://www.infopackets.com/news/10429/windows-10-bug-silences-sound-cards <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 fixed a problem with the latest major Windows 10 update that left some computers silent. It's blamed Intel for an incompatible audio driver. A driver is software that helps a hardware device (such as a soundcard) work with an operating system, such as Windows. Sometimes drivers need to be updated to keep working with a new or updated edition of Windows. In the past, users often had to download drivers from hardware manufacturers, which usually meant using a search engine to find the appropriate page with a download link. These days, however, the Windows Update process often ... (<a href="/news/10429/windows-10-bug-silences-sound-cards" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 17 Oct 2018 16:10:40 +0000 John Lister 10429 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10429/windows-10-bug-silences-sound-cards#comments f1 Hardware Windows 10 October Update Deletes User Documents http://www.infopackets.com/news/10428/windows-10-october-update-deletes-user-documents <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 fixed a problem with a Windows 10 update that inadvertently deleted user documents. Oddly the problem had been highlighted in early testing, but doesn't seem to have been fixed. The issue received widespread attention when the October 2018 Update started rolling out to the wider public. That's the second of the two big annual updates that bring new features to Windows 10, a system that replaces the old set-up of having service packs rolled out every few years. Some users discovered that after the update, everything they had stored in their Documents folders had disappeared. Some ... (<a href="/news/10428/windows-10-october-update-deletes-user-documents" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 16 Oct 2018 16:42:45 +0000 John Lister 10428 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10428/windows-10-october-update-deletes-user-documents#comments f1 Microsoft Being Blackmailed for Money on Facebook? Here's What to Do http://www.infopackets.com/news/10430/being-blackmailed-money-facebook-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 Peter T. writes: " Dear Dennis, I have a friend who recently met someone on Facebook. What started out as simple flirting soon became a romantic relationship online, though they have never met in person. For sake of argument I'll refer to my friend as Bob and his romantic interest as Tina. In a moment of weakness, Bob sent a video of himself in a compromising way, and is now being blackmailed by Tina. She is demanding a lump sum of cash, or says she will send the compromising video to all of Bob's friends on Facebook. You are the first person I thought of who may be able to ... (<a href="/news/10430/being-blackmailed-money-facebook-heres-what-do" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Mon, 15 Oct 2018 17:36:04 +0000 Dennis Faas 10430 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10430/being-blackmailed-money-facebook-heres-what-do#comments f1 Internet Google+ Social Network Bites Dust amid Data Breach http://www.infopackets.com/news/10427/google-social-network-bites-dust-amid-data-breach <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 is to shut its social network Google+. Although the service was something of a flop, the closure is more to do with a massive data exposure. Google+ launched back in 2011 and was one of several attempts by the company to compete with the likes of Facebook. Its main selling point was the concept of Circles, which meant that users weren't restricted to sharing posts and updates with a fixed set of friends. Instead, they could write a post that was seen by a particular group, such as work colleagues or people with a shared hobby. Facebook does have such a feature, but it's not as ... (<a href="/news/10427/google-social-network-bites-dust-amid-data-breach" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 10 Oct 2018 15:38:52 +0000 John Lister 10427 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10427/google-social-network-bites-dust-amid-data-breach#comments f1 Google Facebook Launches Dedicated Screens http://www.infopackets.com/news/10426/facebook-launches-dedicated-screens <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 launching dedicated devices for video-calling friends and family. While they have some impressive technology, it's a bold move from a company whose reputation on privacy issues is controversial to say the least. The devices are known as the "Portal" and "Portal+". They both offer some of the features of 'smart speakers' such as Google Home and the Amazon Echo, but the main function is for making video calls. That's reflected in the 10 inch screen of the Portal and the 15 inch screen of the Portal+. There's no charge for making calls on the devices as they work ... (<a href="/news/10426/facebook-launches-dedicated-screens" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 09 Oct 2018 16:39:38 +0000 John Lister 10426 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10426/facebook-launches-dedicated-screens#comments f1 Gadgets Google Cracks Down On Browser Scams http://www.infopackets.com/news/10425/google-cracks-down-browser-scams <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 is taking several more steps to make browser extensions safer. It's giving users more control and cracking down on some common rogue practices. The changes are to Chrome's extensions. Also known as add-ons with some browsers, extensions are third-party tools designed to improve the online experience using a web browser. For example, an Amazon extension lets users send text on a web page (such as a lengthy article) straight to their Kindle e-reader as a document with one click. By nature, extensions need some degree of access to and control over Chrome itself, which sometimes means the ... (<a href="/news/10425/google-cracks-down-browser-scams" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 04 Oct 2018 17:53:54 +0000 John Lister 10425 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10425/google-cracks-down-browser-scams#comments f1 Security New Sunglasses Make PC, TV Screens Invisible http://www.infopackets.com/news/10424/new-sunglasses-make-pc-tv-screens-invisible <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 pair of sunglasses aims to block out screens such as TV sets and computers. It's a real product, though it's as much an art and culture project than a true business idea. The glasses work in a similar fashion to polarized lenses in ordinary sunglasses, which block out the most intense reflected lights from the sun. With sunglasses the idea is to block any light that's reflected off a surface such as the ground or sea, thus reducing the overall brightness. Glasses Turn Screens Black With these special glasses, however, the lenses are flat rather than curved and are rotated 90 degrees. ... (<a href="/news/10424/new-sunglasses-make-pc-tv-screens-invisible" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 03 Oct 2018 17:19:31 +0000 John Lister 10424 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10424/new-sunglasses-make-pc-tv-screens-invisible#comments f1 Technology Police Use Suspect's Face to Unlock Phone http://www.infopackets.com/news/10423/police-use-suspects-face-unlock-phone <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">Police have used a suspect's face to unlock a phone for what appears to be the first time. It didn't go quite as planned and is another step in the law adapting to technology. The man in question was suspected of receiving and possessing indecent images of children. Police raided his house with a search warrant and discovered he had a phone which was locked. Historically such cases have proven a grey area when it comes to privacy laws and the rights of police. For example, while law enforcement agencies have argued that, as long as they have a court order, accessing a phone or computer is a ... (<a href="/news/10423/police-use-suspects-face-unlock-phone" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 02 Oct 2018 17:48:15 +0000 John Lister 10423 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10423/police-use-suspects-face-unlock-phone#comments f1 Courts Report: Google Maps For Pedestrians 'Not Safe Enough' http://www.infopackets.com/news/10421/report-google-maps-pedestrians-not-safe-enough <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 is under pressure to provide safer routes for pedestrians in its mapping tools. It's previously done so for cyclists, though hasn't yet pleased everyone. The latest call comes in international business newspaper the Financial Times. Special reports writer Madison Darbyshire highlighted a recent walk from a concert venue to a stop for a late night bus in which she used Google's suggested walking route. According to Darbyshire, "I found myself meandering along unlit side streets and away from the traffic that makes the city feel alive at all hours." (Source: ft.com ) Pedestrians Offer ... (<a href="/news/10421/report-google-maps-pedestrians-not-safe-enough" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Mon, 01 Oct 2018 18:44:44 +0000 John Lister 10421 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10421/report-google-maps-pedestrians-not-safe-enough#comments f1 Technology 8 Ways to Protect Your Backups from Ransomware http://www.infopackets.com/news/10422/8-ways-protect-your-backups-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">Infopackets Reader Bob S. writes: " Dear Dennis, ... [I run an accounting firm and was recently hit with a ransomware attack which encrypted over 70,000 of my files . I nearly lost everything, though I was finally able to overcome this and recover my data through your help] ... What I need is a comprehensive backup solution that will allow me to automate my backups - which means having the backup drive attached to my system 24/7 - yet, the backup drive must be protected such that ransomware cannot spread to the drive and encrypt my backup data. If that were to happen, my backups would be ... (<a href="/news/10422/8-ways-protect-your-backups-ransomware" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Fri, 28 Sep 2018 18:48:28 +0000 Dennis Faas 10422 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10422/8-ways-protect-your-backups-ransomware#comments f1 Windows Tips Microsoft: Office 2019 Is Coming, But Get 365 Instead http://www.infopackets.com/news/10420/microsoft-office-2019-coming-get-365-instead <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 released Office 2019, but effectively told would-be buyers it's not as good as Office 365. It's a clear attempt to push people towards the subscription model. In one of the more bizarre publicity drives for a new product, Microsoft gives very little attention to Office 2019 itself. It's the latest (and very possibly last) installment of MS Office as a standalone program to install and run on a computer, something Microsoft now calls the "on-premises" version. (Source: theregister.co.uk ) The package includes the core programs of Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint and Word on both ... (<a href="/news/10420/microsoft-office-2019-coming-get-365-instead" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 27 Sep 2018 17:31:16 +0000 John Lister 10420 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10420/microsoft-office-2019-coming-get-365-instead#comments f1 Microsoft Firefox Download Bug Could Crash Windows http://www.infopackets.com/news/10419/firefox-download-bug-could-crash-windows <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 researcher has found a way to crash the Firefox browser and even Windows itself. Sabri Haddouche has demonstrated the technique to highlight the risk that it could be misused. The bug is shown off at Haddouche's site Browser Reaper, which he created to chart his interest in denial of service attacks. Normally such attacks involve flooding a website with bogus visits until it is overloaded and becomes unavailable to ordinary users. However, Haddouche has been exploring the technique from the other perspective: forcing a browser to deal with so much traffic that it crashes. Epic Name ... (<a href="/news/10419/firefox-download-bug-could-crash-windows" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 26 Sep 2018 16:45:36 +0000 John Lister 10419 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10419/firefox-download-bug-could-crash-windows#comments f1 Security Electronic Vote System Escapes Court Ban http://www.infopackets.com/news/10418/electronic-vote-system-escapes-court-ban <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 judge in Georgia says she is "gravely concerned" that electronic voting machines could be hacked. But she says it's too late to scrap them for this year's elections. Amy Totenberg was ruling on a lawsuit originally filed May 2017 against Georgia's Secretary of State. It called for the use of the Direct Recording Voting machines to be banned for the elections. Among the arguments in the lawsuit were that the system doesn't create a paper trail for verifying any discrepancies; that the software on the machine could be altered or replaced without detection; and that the system makes it ... (<a href="/news/10418/electronic-vote-system-escapes-court-ban" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 25 Sep 2018 14:04:14 +0000 John Lister 10418 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10418/electronic-vote-system-escapes-court-ban#comments f1 Security Google Lets Parents Monitor Teens' Phone Use http://www.infopackets.com/news/10417/google-lets-parents-monitor-teens-phone-use <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 is extending its parental monitoring tools to cover teenagers as well as children. There's a pretty major flaw in the program however. The change is to "Family Link," which Google introduced last year. That's a way for pre-teens to have a Google account of their own, letting them use an Android handset, but with heavy parental supervision and controls. Key features include parents being able to control which apps the child is allowed to install, when they can use their devices, and how long they can use the device for in total during the day. Parents can also access location ... (<a href="/news/10417/google-lets-parents-monitor-teens-phone-use" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 20 Sep 2018 17:15:22 +0000 John Lister 10417 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10417/google-lets-parents-monitor-teens-phone-use#comments f1 Google Google Remotely Changes Phone Settings http://www.infopackets.com/news/10415/google-remotely-changes-phone-settings <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 apologized for remotely switching on "battery saver mode" on some Android phones. It says it was an internal test that was mistakenly rolled out. Battery Saver is an optional mode first added to the Android system in 2014. It aims to find a balance between reducing battery drain and maintaining convenience and functionality. The mode is effectively a collection of settings changes. These include reducing background processes (activity by apps the user isn't actively using), cutting down on screen animations, and stopping apps from automatically updating. It also disables ... (<a href="/news/10415/google-remotely-changes-phone-settings" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 19 Sep 2018 17:17:30 +0000 John Lister 10415 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10415/google-remotely-changes-phone-settings#comments f1 Mobile Microsoft Warns Users Not to Install Chrome Browser http://www.infopackets.com/news/10413/microsoft-warns-users-not-install-chrome-browser <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 asking users to think twice before installing browsers such as Firefox and Chrome. A "warning message" is being tested in Windows 10. The message has been spotted by people in the Windows Insider program that lets them get early access to new features. The idea is to test the features on computers being used out in the 'real world' rather than in Microsoft labs. One such user has posted a screenshot of a message that appeared when they attempted to install Mozilla's Firefox browser. It reads "You already have Microsoft Edge - the safer, faster browser for Windows 10." ... (<a href="/news/10413/microsoft-warns-users-not-install-chrome-browser" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 18 Sep 2018 17:32:46 +0000 John Lister 10413 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10413/microsoft-warns-users-not-install-chrome-browser#comments f1 Microsoft Explained: Is Ransomware a Real Threat? Should I worry? http://www.infopackets.com/news/10416/explained-ransomware-real-threat-should-i-worry <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 Tina A. writes: " Dear Dennis, I've been reading articles on the Internet about cyber criminals breaking into computer networks, encrypting files and then demanding a ransom. I've also read that if I leave my computer connected to the Internet, I could be susceptible to ransomware. I don't know what to believe. So my question is: is ransomware a threat? Is ransomware malware? Should I be worried? " My response: This is a pretty big question to answer. The simple answer is that: yes , ransomware is a threat, and yes you can get infected with ransomware just by having your ... (<a href="/news/10416/explained-ransomware-real-threat-should-i-worry" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Mon, 17 Sep 2018 19:31:24 +0000 Dennis Faas 10416 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10416/explained-ransomware-real-threat-should-i-worry#comments f1 Windows Tips How to Fix: OpenVPN 'SSL_CTX_use_certificate:ca md too weak' http://www.infopackets.com/news/10414/how-fix-openvpn-sslctxusecertificateca-md-too-weak <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Infopackets Reader Steve T. writes: " Dear Dennis, I recently upgraded my OpenVPN from version 2.3.2 (back in 2014) to the latest version 2.4.6, but now my OpenVPN server is broken. I checked the log files and it says ' SSL routines:SSL_CTX_use_certificate:ca md too weak ', followed by 'Cannot load certificate file /path/cert.crt'. I have tried embedding my certificates inside the server.ovpn file (rather than having it point somewhere externally), but that does not help. It simply won't load the certificate. I've researched this issue for days and keep coming across a forum post on the ... (<a href="/news/10414/how-fix-openvpn-sslctxusecertificateca-md-too-weak" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Fri, 14 Sep 2018 18:21:11 +0000 Dennis Faas 10414 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10414/how-fix-openvpn-sslctxusecertificateca-md-too-weak#comments f1 Windows Tips Vizio Smart TVs Spied on Users; Sold Data to Ad Firms http://www.infopackets.com/news/10412/vizio-smart-tvs-spied-users-sold-data-ad-firms <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">Smart TV sets that passed on user data without permission might have to display a message suggesting users sue the manufacturers. It's an unusual proposal in a class action lawsuit. Last year Vizio agreed to pay $3.7 million in fines to settle investigations by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the New Jersey attorney general. The TVs in question used Internet connectivity (providing the TV was connected to Internet access at the home by the user), which then utilized a feature called "Smart Interactivity". Though the feature was enabled by default, users could switch it off ... (<a href="/news/10412/vizio-smart-tvs-spied-users-sold-data-ad-firms" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 13 Sep 2018 17:25:13 +0000 John Lister 10412 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10412/vizio-smart-tvs-spied-users-sold-data-ad-firms#comments f1 Courts Windows 10 Gets SMS, Seamless Photo Sharing via Phone http://www.infopackets.com/news/10410/windows-10-gets-sms-seamless-photo-sharing-phone <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 next major update will add a couple of features to make life easier for people with an Android phone. Using text messages and accessing photos on the PC will be possible without having to touch the phone. The services are both in a new built-in Windows 10 app called Your Phone. However, to use the new features, phone owners will also need to install "Microsoft Apps" from the Google Play Store on their handset. (Source: 9to5google.com ) Typing Possible On Full Size Keyboard The messaging tool covers SMS text messages. Users will be able to see the latest batch of messages received ... (<a href="/news/10410/windows-10-gets-sms-seamless-photo-sharing-phone" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 12 Sep 2018 16:52:54 +0000 John Lister 10410 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10410/windows-10-gets-sms-seamless-photo-sharing-phone#comments f1 Microsoft Explained: Difference Between Dark Web, Deep Net, Darknet and More http://www.infopackets.com/news/10408/explained-difference-between-dark-web-deep-net-darknet-and-more <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 heard of the Deep Web, Dark Net, Dark Web, or Dark Market while surfing the Internet? What is the difference? Is there a difference? In each case, these are technical terms used to describe various parts of the Internet that are not normally accessible to users using a standard web browser. Below we'll describe the differences using easy to understand key examples. Deep Web In the most simplest terms, the Deep Web is any web page that is not indexed by a search engine. Let's look an example. A Deep Web can be your bank account details, after you've logged in securely to your online ... (<a href="/news/10408/explained-difference-between-dark-web-deep-net-darknet-and-more" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 11 Sep 2018 18:55:09 +0000 John Lister 10408 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10408/explained-difference-between-dark-web-deep-net-darknet-and-more#comments f1 Internet Explained: If I Reset Windows 10 will it Remove Malware? http://www.infopackets.com/news/10411/explained-if-i-reset-windows-10-will-it-remove-malware <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 Abdul M. writes: " Dear Dennis, A few weeks ago my computer gave me a warning message that I was infected with virus and that I needed to call 1 800 208 0798 to fix the problem. The man I spoke to had an Indian accent and said he was from Microsoft. He then connected to my computer and removed the virus, then demanded $199 payment which I paid. He then forwarded me to another security specialist, who examined my system and said that my firewall was broken and it would cost another $350 to fix it. If I didn't pay it, he said hackers would attack my computer . At this point I ... (<a href="/news/10411/explained-if-i-reset-windows-10-will-it-remove-malware" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Mon, 10 Sep 2018 19:58:21 +0000 Dennis Faas 10411 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10411/explained-if-i-reset-windows-10-will-it-remove-malware#comments f1 Windows Tips Scammed by Live PC Expert? Here's What to Do http://www.infopackets.com/news/10409/scammed-live-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 Elliot D. writes: " Dear Dennis, I'm reaching out to you because I've been scammed by Live PC Experts (livepcexpert.com). Back in February this year an error message appeared, stating that my computer was infected and I needed to call 855 631 4214 to fix it. The tech I spoke with had a very thick Indian accent and said my computer was infected with the Zeus Trojan. They then offered me a 5 year support contract for $500 and said they would fix the problem; that was in February this year. I paid them by check because they said my credit card was being attacked by hackers and ... (<a href="/news/10409/scammed-live-pc-expert-heres-what-do" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Fri, 07 Sep 2018 21:22:39 +0000 Dennis Faas 10409 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10409/scammed-live-pc-expert-heres-what-do#comments f1 Windows Tips New Firefox to Block Unwanted Tracking, Cryptojacking http://www.infopackets.com/news/10407/new-firefox-block-unwanted-tracking-cryptojacking <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">Firefox is getting a series of updates to boost performance, privacy and usability. Unwanted tracking tools and browser hijackers are among the targets of security updates. Two of the biggest measures deal with websites that track user activity online, potentially to make site content more relevant, but more commonly to deliver targeted advertising. Version 63 of Firefox, due in September, will by default block ad trackers if they take a particularly long time to load, in turn making pages slow to appear. This setting is purely to do with the load time of the tracker rather than what it ... (<a href="/news/10407/new-firefox-block-unwanted-tracking-cryptojacking" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 06 Sep 2018 16:46:04 +0000 John Lister 10407 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10407/new-firefox-block-unwanted-tracking-cryptojacking#comments f1 Internet Next Major Windows Update on the Way http://www.infopackets.com/news/10406/next-major-windows-update-way <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 next major Windows 10 update is only a few weeks away and will be officially named the "October 2018 Update." The update is a new series of twice-yearly updates, which replaces the old system of small monthly updates, followed by a completely new version of Windows every few years. Security fixes remain on a monthly schedule, except for emergency patches. The October 2018 Update follows on from the April 2018 Update, both in contrast to last years Fall Creators Update and Creators Update that told you something about Microsoft's focus with new features. Small Set of New Features ... (<a href="/news/10406/next-major-windows-update-way" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 05 Sep 2018 16:56:32 +0000 John Lister 10406 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10406/next-major-windows-update-way#comments f1 Microsoft Facebook Tells Users What They Have in Common http://www.infopackets.com/news/10403/facebook-tells-users-what-they-have-common <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Facebook is testing a feature that identifies when users have something in common. The theory is that it will boost connections and even lead to more polite conversations. The feature is not related to the "People You Might Know" section, which suggests other Facebook users to add as friends. That's proven controversial in the past as it often appears to be driven by data users haven't provided directly, such as when two users both appear in the phone contacts list of a mutual friend. Instead the new feature will take effect in comments, whether that be underneath a post, a photo, a link or ... (<a href="/news/10403/facebook-tells-users-what-they-have-common" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 04 Sep 2018 17:16:28 +0000 John Lister 10403 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10403/facebook-tells-users-what-they-have-common#comments f1 Internet Explained: VPN vs Proxy; What's the Difference? http://www.infopackets.com/news/10405/explained-vpn-vs-proxy-whats-difference <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Infopackets Reader Bill K. writes: " Dear Dennis, Thanks for your excellent and concise explanations regarding VPNs (virtual private networks). I read with interest the latest article, ' Difference Between VPN Server and VPN (Service) ' and also ' Do I need a VPN? Are VPNs Safe for Online Banking? '. I was wondering if you could explain the difference between a VPN vs Proxy ? Which one is better? Can I use a Proxy with bit torrent or browsing the web anonymously? " My response: In this case, the term "proxy" refers to a "proxy server", which is a special use server online the Internet that is ... (<a href="/news/10405/explained-vpn-vs-proxy-whats-difference" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Fri, 31 Aug 2018 17:59:31 +0000 Dennis Faas 10405 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10405/explained-vpn-vs-proxy-whats-difference#comments f1 Windows Tips 'ShutUp10' Simplifies Windows 10 Privacy Settings http://www.infopackets.com/news/10402/shutup10-simplifies-windows-10-privacy-settings <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Users frustrated with Windows 10's complicated privacy settings have an alternative option. A third-party tool called ' ShutUp10 ' offers a one-stop dashboard to control exactly what data is shared. The free tool can be downloaded directly from the developers O&amp;O Software . It's a standalone application meaning you can run it without having to install it first, in turn meaning there's none of the bundled 'crapware' that comes with some free applications. Once opened, the tool lists just over 100 settings in 13 categories: Privacy App Privacy Security Web ... (<a href="/news/10402/shutup10-simplifies-windows-10-privacy-settings" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 30 Aug 2018 17:31:08 +0000 John Lister 10402 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10402/shutup10-simplifies-windows-10-privacy-settings#comments f1 Microsoft Google Warns: Major Security Flaw in Fortnite Game http://www.infopackets.com/news/10397/google-warns-major-security-flaw-fortnite-game <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 makers of the hit video game "Fortnite" have called Google irresponsible for revealing a security flaw. The controversy follows Epic Games choosing not to use the Google Play store to distribute the game. Although it's free to download and play, Fortnite has proved hugely lucrative thanks to in-game purchases. Although 'buying' character costumes and animations doesn't affect gameplay, gamers - many of them children - have now spent more than a billion dollars. With so much money at stake, it appears Epic Games didn't want to go through Google Play for the Android version. Had ... (<a href="/news/10397/google-warns-major-security-flaw-fortnite-game" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 29 Aug 2018 16:29:12 +0000 John Lister 10397 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10397/google-warns-major-security-flaw-fortnite-game#comments f1 Security Google to Make News More Positive with 'Good News' http://www.infopackets.com/news/10395/google-make-news-more-positive-good-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">Google is to launch a dedicated "good news" feature on its gadgets and services. It calls it "part of a balanced news diet." The good news in question is designed to avoid too much subjectivity. For example, the algorithm would have not have reported to Cleveland Indian fans that the Chicago Cubs won the World Series back in November of 2016. The category will not also cover the more traditional "good news" feature that appears at the end of some TV news broadcasts such as skateboarding ducks or lost kittens being found. While such stories are momentarily uplifting, they don't necessarily ... (<a href="/news/10395/google-make-news-more-positive-good-news" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 28 Aug 2018 16:22:40 +0000 John Lister 10395 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10395/google-make-news-more-positive-good-news#comments f1 Google Explained: Difference Between VPN Server and VPN (Service) http://www.infopackets.com/news/10404/explained-difference-between-vpn-server-and-vpn-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 Kathy S. writes: " Dear Dennis, I have been researching the difference between a VPN server and a VPN , and I am super confused. I read your article entitled ' Do I need a VPN? Are VPNs Safe for Online Banking? ' and that has helped a bit, but I was wondering if you could explain which one would be cheaper for me in the long run? It is cheaper to have my own VPN server or should I pay for a VPN service? " My response: A VPN server and VPN (service) operate very similar because they use the exact same technology - however, using a VPN server vs a VPN (service) are two ... (<a href="/news/10404/explained-difference-between-vpn-server-and-vpn-service" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Mon, 27 Aug 2018 18:11:39 +0000 Dennis Faas 10404 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10404/explained-difference-between-vpn-server-and-vpn-service#comments f1 Windows Tips How to Fix: Kodi Password Protect Folder / Content http://www.infopackets.com/news/10396/how-fix-kodi-password-protect-folder-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">Infopackets Reader Jill A. writes: " Dear Dennis, I have installed Kodi media center on my media PC, which is connected to my HDTV in the living room. We use Kodi to play videos that we download off the Internet. I have two children under the age of 10 that I don't want accessing R rated movies and was wondering if there is a way to lock or password protect folders in Kodi ? I have searched for 'Kodi password protect folder' using Google but the instructions were confusing. Can you help? " My response: In a nutshell, it is possible to password protect folders in Kodi after first setting a " ... (<a href="/news/10396/how-fix-kodi-password-protect-folder-content" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Fri, 24 Aug 2018 18:44:48 +0000 Dennis Faas 10396 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10396/how-fix-kodi-password-protect-folder-content#comments f1 Windows Tips Microsoft Phasing Out Windows 8 http://www.infopackets.com/news/10394/microsoft-phasing-out-windows-8 <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 announced several measures to slowly kill off Windows 8. It's targeting apps to try to persuade holdouts to upgrade to Windows 10. From October 31st, 2018, new apps designed for either Windows 8 or 8.1 on desktop or Windows Phone 8 on mobile devices can no longer be added to the Microsoft Store. From July 1st, 2019, Microsoft will stop sending app updates to Windows Phone 8 devices. The theory seems to be that developers will no longer have any reason to work on the platform and in turn it will become less and less attractive to users. Updates for existing Windows 8 and 8.1 ... (<a href="/news/10394/microsoft-phasing-out-windows-8" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 22 Aug 2018 16:53:27 +0000 John Lister 10394 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10394/microsoft-phasing-out-windows-8#comments f1 Microsoft Skype Offers Secret Calling, End-to-End Encryption http://www.infopackets.com/news/10392/skype-offers-secret-calling-end-end-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">Skype has added a new "private conversations" feature. Calls made this way will be encrypted so that it's impossible for anyone to usefully intercept or listen in. The data for such calls will use end-to-end encryption. That means the data is encrypted on one user's device and kept that way throughout its journey over the Internet until it reaches the other user's device. If the data is intercepted, it won't be of any use. The system will work on a "conversation" basis rather than a call-by-call basis. One user must select the feature, which will then send ... (<a href="/news/10392/skype-offers-secret-calling-end-end-encryption" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 21 Aug 2018 14:47:06 +0000 John Lister 10392 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10392/skype-offers-secret-calling-end-end-encryption#comments f1 Security Samsung: Smartphones Most Secure for Cryptocurrencies http://www.infopackets.com/news/10393/samsung-smartphones-most-secure-cryptocurrencies <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Samsung Provokes Debate with Claims that Smartphones Are The Most Secure for Cryptocurrencies Last month, leading Samsung author Joel Snyder penned a blog post in which he made the bold assertion that smartphones encompass the best security for owning, trading and managing cryptocurrency. He put this down to the Trusted Execution Environments (TEEs) in which smartphones, and particularly those developed by Samsung, operate. A trusted execution environment (TEE) is a secure area of a processor found on smartphones (not PCs), originally developed in 2010 by Open Mobile Terminal Platform ... (<a href="/news/10393/samsung-smartphones-most-secure-cryptocurrencies" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Mon, 20 Aug 2018 18:21:51 +0000 Dennis Faas 10393 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10393/samsung-smartphones-most-secure-cryptocurrencies#comments f1 Mobile Experiment Unveils Google Location Tracking http://www.infopackets.com/news/10390/experiment-unveils-google-location-tracking <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Google has been tracking mobile device users movements even when they have "Location History" switched off. It turns out users need to turn off a less well-known setting to stop tracking altogether. The issue doesn't just affect devices running Android. Some iPhones are also affected if they have Google apps such as Maps or Search running. In theory, switching off the Location History setting on your device or in a Google account will prevent the company tracking and storing location information. The immediate effect is visible as the timeline feature in Google Maps will stop updating. ... (<a href="/news/10390/experiment-unveils-google-location-tracking" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 16 Aug 2018 17:47:09 +0000 John Lister 10390 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10390/experiment-unveils-google-location-tracking#comments f1 Mobile Mock Election Site Hacked By Pre-Teen http://www.infopackets.com/news/10389/mock-election-site-hacked-pre-teen <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 11-year-old boy hacked a replica of a Florida election website in just 10 minutes. Officials have downplayed the incident saying it's not an accurate recreation of how such hacking could work. The hack took place at DefCon, an annual conference for people interested in computer security. It often has competitions and demonstrations of security vulnerability - and certainly isn't a place you would want to connect your wireless device to unknown WiFi networks. One of the events at the conference was the DefCon Voting Machine Hacking Village. Participants, including many children, attempted ... (<a href="/news/10389/mock-election-site-hacked-pre-teen" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 15 Aug 2018 17:14:32 +0000 John Lister 10389 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10389/mock-election-site-hacked-pre-teen#comments f1 Security Chromebooks Could Run Windows 10 http://www.infopackets.com/news/10387/chromebooks-could-run-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">Google is reportedly working on an option to run Windows on Chromebooks. It could remove one hurdle to people buying the devices, but won't be suitable for the lowest-spec line of Chromebook machines. Chromebooks are portable computers than run an operating system called ChromeOS. It's effectively a souped-up version of the Chrome browser, which means most of the processing is actually done by remote servers, rather than on the machine itself as with conventional PCs and laptops. This type of setup reduces hardware demands, meaning it can get by with cheaper components as well as being ... (<a href="/news/10387/chromebooks-could-run-windows-10" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 14 Aug 2018 13:53:01 +0000 John Lister 10387 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10387/chromebooks-could-run-windows-10#comments f1 Hardware How to Fix: WD My Book Read Only (Remove Write Protect) http://www.infopackets.com/news/10388/how-fix-wd-my-book-read-only-remove-write-protect <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 Larry O. writes: " Dear Dennis, I don't know what's going on but all my files on my external western digital 'My Book' are marked as ' READ ONLY '. I have tried formatting the My Book drive using File Explorer, but it tells me the drive is write protected. I have looked but there is no tab or switch on the USB drive to unlock or disable the write protect . I have also tried formatting the drive with Windows Disk Management but it fails. Also, if I right click the drive partition in Disk Management, the delete option is missing. I am at a complete loss. I have searched for ' ... (<a href="/news/10388/how-fix-wd-my-book-read-only-remove-write-protect" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Mon, 13 Aug 2018 18:13:52 +0000 Dennis Faas 10388 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10388/how-fix-wd-my-book-read-only-remove-write-protect#comments f1 Windows Tips How to Fix: Microsoft Visual C++ Hangs During Install http://www.infopackets.com/news/10386/how-fix-microsoft-visual-c-hangs-during-install <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 Joe P. writes: " Dear Dennis, I have Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit. I am trying to install 'ON1 Photo Editor' on my machine which requires Microsoft Visual C++ 2015 Redistributable. The installer package for the ON1 Photo Editor includes the Microsoft Visual C++ 2015 Redistributable as part of the installation. During the installation, however, the Microsoft Visual C++ hangs during the install and does not proceed. I have let it sit for over 24 hours and nothing happens - the installation hangs and ultimately fails . I should also mention that my Windows Update is also broken ... (<a href="/news/10386/how-fix-microsoft-visual-c-hangs-during-install" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Fri, 10 Aug 2018 19:20:02 +0000 Dennis Faas 10386 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10386/how-fix-microsoft-visual-c-hangs-during-install#comments f1 Windows Tips EU Wants to Ban Apple Lightening, Quick Charge http://www.infopackets.com/news/10385/eu-wants-ban-apple-lightening-quick-charge <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">Officials in Europe want all phone companies to use the same technology for charging mobile devices. If the rules go ahead, it could mean Apple has to ditch its custom 'Lightning' port, and Qualcomm's 'Quick Charge' (used by Android devices). The European Union is running an "impact assessment study" to decide whether to push the policy and if so, whether to seek a voluntary agreement or impose rules. If it opts for the latter, manufacturers might decide it is easier to use the relevant charging port format worldwide rather than make specific handsets for Europe. (Source: independent.co.uk ) ... (<a href="/news/10385/eu-wants-ban-apple-lightening-quick-charge" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 09 Aug 2018 17:44:27 +0000 John Lister 10385 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10385/eu-wants-ban-apple-lightening-quick-charge#comments f1 Mobile US Military Bans Fitness Trackers, Citing Spy Risk http://www.infopackets.com/news/10384/us-military-bans-fitness-trackers-citing-spy-risk <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">The US Department of Defense (DoD) has banned military staff from using geolocation tools such as GPS-enabled fitness trackers in "operational areas." The move follows fears such data could be unintentionally public and threaten security. Earlier this year fitness tracker company Strava published a worldwide map showing the most popular routes for its users to run and carry out other exercise activity. The map showed routes in increasing levels of brightness depending on their popularity. Middle East Bases Unintentionally Mapped Several users then spotted several routes in countries such as ... (<a href="/news/10384/us-military-bans-fitness-trackers-citing-spy-risk" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 08 Aug 2018 18:18:39 +0000 John Lister 10384 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10384/us-military-bans-fitness-trackers-citing-spy-risk#comments f1 Security New Android Pie Improves CPU, Battery, 'Wellbeing' http://www.infopackets.com/news/10383/new-android-pie-improves-cpu-battery-wellbeing <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 next edition of the Google Android operating system for phones and tablets will include measures to help users spend less time on their mobile devices. The update also makes notifications more useful and addresses battery life problems. The changes come in a new version of the operating system that's officially called Android 9.0 but nicknamed Android Pie (or "Android P"), continuing a pattern of naming updates after food. It's already available for Google's own Pixel phones and will then start gradually rolling out to other models, though older handsets may not get the update. ... (<a href="/news/10383/new-android-pie-improves-cpu-battery-wellbeing" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 07 Aug 2018 18:54:48 +0000 John Lister 10383 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10383/new-android-pie-improves-cpu-battery-wellbeing#comments f1 Mobile Gov't Staff Revert to Typewriters After Ransomware Attack http://www.infopackets.com/news/10382/govt-staff-revert-typewriters-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">Staff of a local government in Alaska have switched to typewriters after a ransomware attack crippled their computer network. Officials are currently rebuilding the system from scratch. The attack hit Matanuska-Susitna Borough, which covers the region just north of Anchorage. The problems began on July 24, though officials believe the malware may have been on the system for several weeks before activating. IT staff spotted the ransomware attack thanks to antivirus software , but had to start manually removing some of the more sophisticated elements. They also reset all passwords as a security ... (<a href="/news/10382/govt-staff-revert-typewriters-after-ransomware-attack" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 02 Aug 2018 18:08:20 +0000 John Lister 10382 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10382/govt-staff-revert-typewriters-after-ransomware-attack#comments f1 Security Google Bans Apps That Hijack Device Resources http://www.infopackets.com/news/10379/google-bans-apps-hijack-device-resources <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 is to ban several categories of apps from its app store. They include so-called "cryptomining" apps that can suck up a resources from a device for somebody else's financial benefits. The changes come in the latest update of the Play Store Developer Policy. The relevant apps will no longer be available through the official Play Store, meaning that although users can still install them, they'll get much less prominence and exposure. The ban is specifically on apps that use a device's processor for mining cryptocurrencies. In very simple terms, mining involves computers racing to solve a ... (<a href="/news/10379/google-bans-apps-hijack-device-resources" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 01 Aug 2018 17:29:09 +0000 John Lister 10379 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10379/google-bans-apps-hijack-device-resources#comments f1 Security Chrome Security Warnings Revamped: What You Need to Know http://www.infopackets.com/news/10378/chrome-security-warnings-revamped-what-you-need-know <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">If you use Google's Chrome browser, you may have started seeing warnings that a website is not secure. Here's what it means and what's changed. What's the change? Google has changed the way it displays information about websites in the space on the left of the address bar at the top of the Chrome display. Originally this space was only used to indicate when a website was secure via a padlock symbol. Later on Google gave this more emphasis, adding the word "Secure" and marking both in green to stand out. Until now, the fact that a website isn't secure hasn't been explicitly stated: it's just ... (<a href="/news/10378/chrome-security-warnings-revamped-what-you-need-know" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 31 Jul 2018 18:33:02 +0000 John Lister 10378 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10378/chrome-security-warnings-revamped-what-you-need-know#comments f1 Security Best Anti Ransomware Software Free - 5 Steps http://www.infopackets.com/news/10380/best-anti-ransomware-software-free-5-steps <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 Kevin L. writes: " Dear Dennis, I have been researching the best anti ransomware software for 2018 and came across your website. I was wondering if you had any recommendations? While searching for the best anti ransomware software (free), many websites have their own opinion on what anti ransomware software is the best, but most require a paid subscription. What is your opinion on the best anti ransomware software for PCs? " My response: I've answered this question in depth before (in a round about way) with my guide on How to Prevent Ransomware in 2018 - 10 Steps . This ... (<a href="/news/10380/best-anti-ransomware-software-free-5-steps" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Mon, 30 Jul 2018 19:27:20 +0000 Dennis Faas 10380 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10380/best-anti-ransomware-software-free-5-steps#comments f1 Windows Tips Google Fights Phishing Scams using USB Key http://www.infopackets.com/news/10377/google-fights-phishing-scams-using-usb-key <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Google says it's suffered zero phishing attacks since it started making staff use a physical key to log in to work accounts. Of course, it's possible it's been hit with attacks it doesn't know about. The measures were taken to prevent against phishing attacks in which scammers try to trick victims into following a link and opening a bogus website that appears to be from a legitimate organization. The idea is that they then type in login details which the scammers can use to access their account on the real website. This can be particularly problematic with business accounts that may house ... (<a href="/news/10377/google-fights-phishing-scams-using-usb-key" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 26 Jul 2018 13:04:36 +0000 John Lister 10377 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10377/google-fights-phishing-scams-using-usb-key#comments f1 Security Microsoft: Phishing Scam Targets Politicians http://www.infopackets.com/news/10375/microsoft-phishing-scam-targets-politicians <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Microsoft says hackers have targeted at least three candidates for Congress. Security experts say the group behind the attacks has been linked to Russia's intelligence services. The revelation came at the Aspen Security Forum in a speech from Tom Burt, Microsoft's head of Customer Security ... (<a href="/news/10375/microsoft-phishing-scam-targets-politicians" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 25 Jul 2018 18:02:01 +0000 John Lister 10375 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10375/microsoft-phishing-scam-targets-politicians#comments f1 Security Google Hit With $5 Billion Antitrust Fine http://www.infopackets.com/news/10373/google-hit-5-billion-antitrust-fine <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Google has been fined $5 billion USD for breaking antitrust rules. European officials ruled it had acted unfairly in the way it linked its own services with Android devices. The fine comes from the European Commission, the administrative wing of the European Union, whose competition rules apply in 28 countries. It says Google breached the rules through the restrictions it places on companies that want to use its Android system on phones and tablets. Although the system is technically open source, regulators say three elements of Google's set-up go too far in promoting its other products and ... (<a href="/news/10373/google-hit-5-billion-antitrust-fine" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 24 Jul 2018 17:07:39 +0000 John Lister 10373 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10373/google-hit-5-billion-antitrust-fine#comments f1 Google How to Fix: Classic Shell Start Menu Empty / Blank http://www.infopackets.com/news/10376/how-fix-classic-shell-start-menu-empty-blank <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 J. writes: " Dear Dennis, Thanks so much for your website and all the wonderful tips you have provided us over the years. I recently upgraded my main PC to Windows 10 and with your advice I installed Classic Shell to replace the horrid Start menu that comes default with Windows 10. I proceeded to click the Start button after the installation finished, but for some reason my Classic Shell Start menu is blank and it's been like this for a few weeks now. I installed Classic Shell on my laptop as well and it has all its icons. What gives? " My response: Whenever I work on ... (<a href="/news/10376/how-fix-classic-shell-start-menu-empty-blank" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Mon, 23 Jul 2018 18:31:31 +0000 Dennis Faas 10376 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10376/how-fix-classic-shell-start-menu-empty-blank#comments f1 Windows Tips How to Fix: Windows 10 We Can't Sign Into Your Account http://www.infopackets.com/news/10374/how-fix-windows-10-we-cant-sign-your-account <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 Bob G. writes: " Dear Dennis, I am running Windows 10. Last week my system attempted to perform a major upgrade (to version 1803, April Creators Update), but the update failed and it rolled back to version 1709 (Fall Creators Update). Now when I try and sign into Windows 10, it says: 'Preparing Windows', then it says ' We can't sign into your account . This problem can often be fixed by signing out of your account and then signing back in. If you don't sign out now, any files you create or changes you make will be lost'. I then get a notification near the clock that says ' ... (<a href="/news/10374/how-fix-windows-10-we-cant-sign-your-account" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Fri, 20 Jul 2018 19:32:53 +0000 Dennis Faas 10374 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10374/how-fix-windows-10-we-cant-sign-your-account#comments f1 Windows Tips Scientists: Internet 'At Risk' of Climate Change http://www.infopackets.com/news/10372/scientists-internet-risk-climate-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">Researchers say key physical infrastructure that keeps the Internet working could be underwater within 15 years. They say the effects of climate change over the next century will have an impact on the equipment sooner than later. The researchers, from the Universities of Oregon and Wisconsin, explored the risks to US-based infrastructure including both the cables that carry Internet data and the key 'nodes' in the network such as colocation centers. These facilities not only route Internet data, but also house the computers where many websites are physically stored. Major website often rent ... (<a href="/news/10372/scientists-internet-risk-climate-change" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 19 Jul 2018 17:15:08 +0000 John Lister 10372 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10372/scientists-internet-risk-climate-change#comments f1 Internet Chrome to become Slower, Use More Memory to Tackle Malware http://www.infopackets.com/news/10370/chrome-become-slower-use-more-memory-tackle-malware <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 is updating the Chrome browser to give it better defenses against major security threats. It comes at the price of reduced performance and a larger memory footprint. The changes are to address two security bugs labeled Meltdown and Spectre by researchers. They take advantage of a flaw in almost every computer processor built since 1995, which is (as of this day) 100% of all computers, tablets, smartphones, laptops - and anything else that uses a processor. The flaw is in regard to a processor feature, which is designed to speed up a computer's response time. It works by using spare ... (<a href="/news/10370/chrome-become-slower-use-more-memory-tackle-malware" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 18 Jul 2018 18:11:09 +0000 John Lister 10370 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10370/chrome-become-slower-use-more-memory-tackle-malware#comments f1 Security Courts: Facebook Accounts Can Be Inherited After Death http://www.infopackets.com/news/10368/courts-facebook-accounts-can-be-inherited-after-death <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 German court has ruled that Facebook accounts can be inherited. It's the latest attempt to solve the problem of what happens to online data after somebody dies. The ruling came from the Federal Court of Justice, Germany's highest court, and ended a six-year legal process. It began with the death of a 15-year-old who died when she was hit by a train. Her parents asked Facebook to give them access to her account, meaning they could see the contents of private message exchanges. They said they wanted to find any clues as to whether the death was suicide or an accident. As well as giving the ... (<a href="/news/10368/courts-facebook-accounts-can-be-inherited-after-death" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 17 Jul 2018 13:17:44 +0000 John Lister 10368 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10368/courts-facebook-accounts-can-be-inherited-after-death#comments f1 Internet How to Fix: OpenVPN Won't Resolve After April Update http://www.infopackets.com/news/10371/how-fix-openvpn-wont-resolve-after-april-update <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Infopackets Reader Bob T. writes: " Dear Dennis, Thank you for your Windows 10 article on How to Fix: Computer Name Won't Resolve on Network (April Update) . I tried the fix and it works great - the computers on my local network can see each other. However, when I use OpenVPN to connect to my remote server, the server's computer name still does not resolve, whereas before it did before the Windows 10 April Creators Update. You mentioned there is an additional fix for OpenVPN with the April Creators Update in order to get the computer names to resolve. Can you please help? " My response: I am ... (<a href="/news/10371/how-fix-openvpn-wont-resolve-after-april-update" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Mon, 16 Jul 2018 18:29:40 +0000 Dennis Faas 10371 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10371/how-fix-openvpn-wont-resolve-after-april-update#comments f1 Windows Tips