http://www.infopackets.com/index.xml en MS: Want Windows 11? You Have 10 Days to Decide http://www.infopackets.com/news/11024/ms-want-windows-11-you-have-10-days-decide <div class="google_ads"></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 appears to have cut the period during which users who upgrade to Windows 11 can change their minds and roll back to Windows 10. They'll now have just 10 days to roll back without much hassle. Upgrading to Windows 11 seems to have proven a relatively straightforward process for most users, or at least those with the option to do so. Microsoft is rolling out upgrade availability starting with those machines it assesses as least likely to experience problems, though some will never officially be able to run a fully supported Windows 11. Whether to cover cases where Windows 11 doesn't ... (<a href="/news/11024/ms-want-windows-11-you-have-10-days-decide" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Fri, 03 Dec 2021 21:58:45 +0000 John Lister 11024 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/11024/ms-want-windows-11-you-have-10-days-decide#comments f1 Microsoft Android 12 Brings Incredibly Useful Privacy Tools http://www.infopackets.com/news/11023/android-12-brings-incredibly-useful-privacy-tools <div class="google_ads"></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 latest version of Android adds several new privacy features. However, users may need to make some manual tweaks to take full advantage. The changes come in Android 12 which is rolling out to newer phones at the moment. Older models will either get it later on or will never be able to get it, depending on the manufacturer. The biggest change is more information about the permissions system. That's the set-up by which users don't have to give an app complete access to the hardware and software on their system. Instead they can individually grant or restrict individual permissions, each of ... (<a href="/news/11023/android-12-brings-incredibly-useful-privacy-tools" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 01 Dec 2021 21:18:26 +0000 John Lister 11023 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/11023/android-12-brings-incredibly-useful-privacy-tools#comments f1 Mobile Study: Predictive Text Slows Users Down http://www.infopackets.com/news/11021/study-predictive-text-slows-users-down <div class="google_ads"></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">Predictive text may not make typing messages on phones quicker or easier according to a new study. In many cases, the study says, it will slow things down. The research comes from Pe Ola Kristennson, a professor of interactive systems engineering at the University of Cambridge, and colleague Thomas Mullners. (Source: acm.org ) They previously ran a study in 2019 asking 37,000 volunteers to copy sentences on a mobile phone. Those who used predictive text averaged 33 words a minutes, slightly slower than the 35 words a minute of those who didn't use any technologies. (Source: theconversation. ... (<a href="/news/11021/study-predictive-text-slows-users-down" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 30 Nov 2021 22:05:44 +0000 John Lister 11021 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/11021/study-predictive-text-slows-users-down#comments f1 Mobile How Thieves Use The Dark Web to Steal Your Data http://www.infopackets.com/news/11022/how-thieves-use-dark-web-steal-your-data <div class="google_ads"></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">We live in the age of technology where every day is full of advancements that make our lives easier. At what cost, though? Our Internet security is constantly under fire by hackers and cyber criminals using these technological advances to their gain. Through the dark web, a virtual underworld full of criminal activity that can be accessed using specific tools, such activity is made possible. However, many people aren't sure what the dark web actually is. According to Business Insider, it's "defined as all content hosted on darknets, or online networks that require a specific browsing software ... (<a href="/news/11022/how-thieves-use-dark-web-steal-your-data" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Fri, 26 Nov 2021 19:46:24 +0000 Dennis Faas 11022 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/11022/how-thieves-use-dark-web-steal-your-data#comments f1 IT Facebook Delays End-to-End Encryption Plans http://www.infopackets.com/news/11020/facebook-delays-end-end-encryption-plans <div class="google_ads"></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 and Instagram will not strengthen the encryption on their messaging until 2023, a year later than planned. The delay has been linked to complaints that the encryption could help abusers of children. At the moment, both service messages are encrypted between the sender and the company's servers and then from the company's servers to the recipient. That means anyone who intercepts the message in transit can't practically read it, but the company itself can. Although the companies say they do not access the messages normally, they may do so in response to a court order, law enforcement ... (<a href="/news/11020/facebook-delays-end-end-encryption-plans" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 25 Nov 2021 21:28:49 +0000 John Lister 11020 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/11020/facebook-delays-end-end-encryption-plans#comments f1 Internet Windows 10 Updates Slowed Down http://www.infopackets.com/news/11018/windows-10-updates-slowed-down <div class="google_ads"></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Microsoft is to switch to updating Windows 10 once a year. It's good news both for those hoping to use it for years to come and for those who'd prefer Microsoft to stop making changes for the sake of it. When Windows 10 debuted, Microsoft adopted a policy of batching most non-security updates into two releases each year. The plan appeared to be that this schedule would effectively go on forever with Windows 10 being the last totally new "edition" of the system. That was been ditched with the release of Windows 11, leaving some question over future updates. Windows 10 ... (<a href="/news/11018/windows-10-updates-slowed-down" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 24 Nov 2021 07:24:47 +0000 John Lister 11018 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/11018/windows-10-updates-slowed-down#comments f1 Microsoft VideoProc Converter Review http://www.infopackets.com/news/10863/videoproc-converter-review <div class="google_ads"></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">What's one of the best one-stop video editing software available for both PC and Mac? Answer: Digiarty's VideoProc Converter! From the makers of WinX DVD Ripper and WinX Video Converter comes VideoProc Converter: a multi-award winning software program that is a one-stop video processing program that allows you to convert video/audio, rip DVDs, edit video, download videos, video to GIF maker ... plus much more! Note: near the end of the article I've included a link to a FREE trial to the full version, plus link to save 60% off a lifetime license. -- VideoProc Converter: Features Overview A ... (<a href="/news/10863/videoproc-converter-review" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 23 Nov 2021 22:31:14 +0000 Dennis Faas 10863 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10863/videoproc-converter-review#comments f1 Windows Tips Microsoft Still Pushing Edge Browser Hard http://www.infopackets.com/news/11017/microsoft-still-pushing-edge-browser-hard <div class="google_ads"></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 confirmed it is blocking third party tools designed to overcome several ways it pushes people towards the Edge browser. It affects tools such as EdgeDeflector which works on Windows 10 and 11. The tools take aim at the way Windows and some built-in Microsoft applications use links to web pages. Rather than simply linking to a page address, they start with "microsoft-edge://" and open automatically in the Edge browser. This overrides the user's chosen default browser for opening web link. Once Edge opens with the page in question, it also displays a request to set Edge as the ... (<a href="/news/11017/microsoft-still-pushing-edge-browser-hard" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Mon, 22 Nov 2021 18:24:20 +0000 John Lister 11017 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/11017/microsoft-still-pushing-edge-browser-hard#comments f1 Microsoft Antivirus Renewal Email May Be Scam http://www.infopackets.com/news/11016/antivirus-renewal-email-may-be-scam <div class="google_ads"></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">Scammers are using bogus antivirus renewal demands as their latest money-grabbing tactics. The attacks appear to target both people's money and their account details. The warning came from consumer group "Which" after it spotted two different fake emails. One supposedly comes from McAfee and the other from Norton Antivirus, both claiming a subscription is about to end. (Source: which.co.uk ) It's another case of playing the numbers game: while many people will either not use these products or will spot the scam, the popularity means that simply spraying out emails will eventually ... (<a href="/news/11016/antivirus-renewal-email-may-be-scam" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Fri, 19 Nov 2021 19:02:19 +0000 John Lister 11016 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/11016/antivirus-renewal-email-may-be-scam#comments f1 Internet Google Faces $2.7 Billion Fine http://www.infopackets.com/news/11015/google-faces-27-billion-fine <div class="google_ads"></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 set to pay a fine of more than $2.5 billion for unfairly favoring its own shopping comparison service in search results. But critics say the fine is too small to have a serious effect on the company. A European Union court has rejected an appeal by Google against a 2017 fine imposed by the European Commission for breaking antitrust rules. The case involved the way the main Google Search service handled queries about products. As well as relevant product pages on retailer and manufacturer sites, the results list would often include relevant pages on price comparison services. Google ... (<a href="/news/11015/google-faces-27-billion-fine" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Fri, 19 Nov 2021 03:18:12 +0000 John Lister 11015 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/11015/google-faces-27-billion-fine#comments f1 Google Chrome Gets Speed And Memory Boost http://www.infopackets.com/news/11014/chrome-gets-speed-and-memory-boost <div class="google_ads"></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 Chrome will be faster and use less memory with the latest updates. That may not be enough to bring back users who've switched away though. The browser has received three key updates, the first being to the "omnibox." That's the single box at the top of the browser used both for typing website URLs and inserting search terms. When users start typing a term, they will now see suggestions, which update as users type more characters. The theory is that they will be able to click on a term and start the search more quickly than typing the term in full. (Source: t3.com ) The ... (<a href="/news/11014/chrome-gets-speed-and-memory-boost" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 17 Nov 2021 19:47:57 +0000 John Lister 11014 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/11014/chrome-gets-speed-and-memory-boost#comments f1 Internet US Blacklists Israeli 'Spyware' Maker http://www.infopackets.com/news/11013/us-blacklists-israeli-spyware-maker <div class="google_ads"></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 government has blacklisted an Israeli company that made spyware used by national governments. NSO Group's tools have reportedly been used against diplomats, journalists and political activists. The move is as much a political signal as a practical measure. NSO being added to the group means US businesses must apply for a license to supply it, which will likely be refused. This would primarily affect cyber researchers who sell it information about known vulnerabilities. Although there's no immediate ban on US organizations using NSO's services, it's now clearly frowned upon. Threat To ... (<a href="/news/11013/us-blacklists-israeli-spyware-maker" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 16 Nov 2021 18:11:10 +0000 John Lister 11013 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/11013/us-blacklists-israeli-spyware-maker#comments f1 Government WinX DVD Ripper: Convert / Play DVDs on Windows 10 http://www.infopackets.com/news/10716/winx-dvd-ripper-convert-play-dvds-windows-10 <div class="google_ads"></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Infopackets Reader Steve G. writes: " Dear Dennis, I just upgraded my PC to Windows 10 and I noticed that Windows Media Player no longer plays DVDs in Windows 10 . In Windows 7 it worked without a problem. I researched this issue and it appears that this 'feature' was removed on purpose because newer PCs and laptops do not have DVD players. As such, Microsoft has dropped all support for Windows 10 DVD playback in Windows Media Player. I plan on purchasing a thin ultrabook laptop (with no DVD player) soon. As such, I'd like to convert my DVDs into AVI or MP4 (for example) so I ... (<a href="/news/10716/winx-dvd-ripper-convert-play-dvds-windows-10" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Mon, 15 Nov 2021 19:40:06 +0000 Dennis Faas 10716 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10716/winx-dvd-ripper-convert-play-dvds-windows-10#comments f1 Windows Tips Wrong Number Text May Be Scam http://www.infopackets.com/news/11012/wrong-number-text-may-be-scam <div class="google_ads"></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 Better Business Bureau has warned the public to ignore text messages that appear to be wrong numbers. It says it's the first step in an ongoing scam using automated chat bots to scam people. The scam is not particularly sophisticated in principle but uses automation to play the numbers game. In the current form it tries to take advantage of base desires, though the BBB warns the format could change. According to the warning, one example of the opening text message reads: "Hey is this John? It's Amanda. We chatted on Tinder before when I came to visit my cousin but we never met if I recall ... (<a href="/news/11012/wrong-number-text-may-be-scam" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Fri, 12 Nov 2021 20:24:13 +0000 John Lister 11012 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/11012/wrong-number-text-may-be-scam#comments f1 Mobile Apple Privacy Boost Hurts Facebook Revenues http://www.infopackets.com/news/11011/apple-privacy-boost-hurts-facebook-revenues <div class="google_ads"></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 change giving Apple users more control over their data has cost four major tech companies nearly $10 billion in lost ad revenue according to one estimate. But the drop is nowhere near as big as Facebook had warned. The change, which took effect in April, affects a tag called Identifier for Advertisers that links to a specific iPhone. It lets advertisers combine data from multiple sources and build up a picture of the device owner's interests, helping them better target advertising. Individual apps must now ask for permission (via an on-screen prompt) to access the tag, giving users greater ... (<a href="/news/11011/apple-privacy-boost-hurts-facebook-revenues" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 10 Nov 2021 18:36:08 +0000 John Lister 11011 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/11011/apple-privacy-boost-hurts-facebook-revenues#comments f1 Internet Apps Secretly Shared User Location Without Consent http://www.infopackets.com/news/11010/apps-secretly-shared-user-location-without-consent <div class="google_ads"></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 company that sells location data has apologized after some details were collected without permission. Huq says the data remained anonymous despite the lack of consent. The company's business model is to partner with app developers to collect location data, aggregate it, then sell the overall details to clients. These included businesses trying to figure out patterns in where potential customers will be, and local governments that want to know which areas are busy at what times, for example to prioritize repairs of street lighting. (Source: bbc.co.uk ) The problem appears to be that Huq ... (<a href="/news/11010/apps-secretly-shared-user-location-without-consent" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 09 Nov 2021 18:13:37 +0000 John Lister 11010 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/11010/apps-secretly-shared-user-location-without-consent#comments f1 Your Rights Phone Makers Attacked for Frequent Releases http://www.infopackets.com/news/11009/phone-makers-attacked-frequent-releases <div class="google_ads"></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">Using the average phone a year longer would have the same environmental impact as taking 636,000 cars off the road each year according to campaigners. It's a claim that's sparked calls to end the habit of manufacturers to produce a new model every year. The calls come in the run-up to a major climate change conference, but remains unclear what incentive gadget-makers have to respond. The 636,000 cars figure comes from the Public Interest Research Group, whose campaigns include giving consumers a right to repair devices. It told The Register that an average of 416,000 US cellphones are ditched ... (<a href="/news/11009/phone-makers-attacked-frequent-releases" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 03 Nov 2021 19:56:43 +0000 John Lister 11009 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/11009/phone-makers-attacked-frequent-releases#comments f1 Gadgets Report: Cyber Crime Lowest in Denmark, US Ranks #3 http://www.infopackets.com/news/11008/report-cyber-crime-lowest-denmark-us-ranks-3 <div class="google_ads"></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 United States is the third safest country for cyber crimes according to a newly-published study. However, the methodology means that might not reflect the actual risk to users. The figures come from Seon, a security company that specializes in automatically detecting online fraud. That makes the results (and the decision to publish them) a little surprising as such a company would have an obvious interest in suggesting cyber crime is a particularly big risk in larger, wealthier countries full of potential customers. Overall the results showed Denmark as the safest country, just ahead of ... (<a href="/news/11008/report-cyber-crime-lowest-denmark-us-ranks-3" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 02 Nov 2021 16:37:53 +0000 John Lister 11008 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/11008/report-cyber-crime-lowest-denmark-us-ranks-3#comments f1 Security Gadget Shortages Could Last Till 2023 http://www.infopackets.com/news/11007/gadget-shortages-could-last-till-2023 <div class="google_ads"></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">Intel says a shortage of computer chips could last until 2023. It's particularly bad news for video game players but could make it harder to buy affordable PCs. Pat Gelsinger, Intel's CEO, says the shortage is likely at its worst point now. He says the situation should improve throughout next year, mirroring his counterpart at AMD who believes supply should pick up in the second half of next year. However, Gelsinger believes it will be 2023 before production is back at a point where supply can meet demand. (Source: eurogamer.net ) Shutdown Means Slowdown The shortage is largely a result of ... (<a href="/news/11007/gadget-shortages-could-last-till-2023" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Fri, 29 Oct 2021 17:33:14 +0000 John Lister 11007 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/11007/gadget-shortages-could-last-till-2023#comments f1 Gadgets Brave 'Privacy Browser' Ditches Google http://www.infopackets.com/news/11006/brave-privacy-browser-ditches-google <div class="google_ads"></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 browser that promotes privacy as its key feature is ditching Google as its default search engine. Brave will instead use its own search service, though users are free to change back. Although Brave is based on the same Chromium code as Google Chrome, it's marketed towards users worried about privacy. By default it blocks all third-party ads and tracking tools. Until now, the browser has used well-known search engines as the default search tool. These include Google in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom and DuckDuckGo in Germany. However, Brave has been developing its own ... (<a href="/news/11006/brave-privacy-browser-ditches-google" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 28 Oct 2021 17:56:53 +0000 John Lister 11006 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/11006/brave-privacy-browser-ditches-google#comments f1 Internet Report: Facebook Moderation May Never Be Enough http://www.infopackets.com/news/11005/report-facebook-moderation-may-never-be-enough <div class="google_ads"></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">Internal Facebook documents suggest automated moderating will never pick up more than a small portion of the hate speech posted on the site. The figures suggest Facebook has used some creative wording when publicly arguing how well its systems are working. The company has a natural interest in using automated moderation, particularly with artificial intelligence that doesn't simply follow rules to spot content that breaks site rules, but develops its own methods for detecting it. That's because it's highly unlikely Facebook could every employ enough humans to manually moderate posts (before ... (<a href="/news/11005/report-facebook-moderation-may-never-be-enough" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 28 Oct 2021 03:18:13 +0000 John Lister 11005 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/11005/report-facebook-moderation-may-never-be-enough#comments f1 Internet 3-in-1 Printer Stops Scanning When Ink Tank Empty http://www.infopackets.com/news/11004/3-1-printer-stops-scanning-when-ink-tank-empty <div class="google_ads"></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">Canon is being sued for allegedly blocking multifunction printers from scanning or faxing because the printer ink is empty. The customer bringing the case has asked for class action status. David Leacraft bought an "all-in-one" Pixma device with printing, document scanning and faxing features. When his ink ran out, he found the other features no longer worked. According to the lawsuit, multiple posts and replies on an official Canon support site suggest this is by design. One reply from a Canon "Product Expert" read: "The Pixma MG6320 must have all ink tanks installed in the printer and they ... (<a href="/news/11004/3-1-printer-stops-scanning-when-ink-tank-empty" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 26 Oct 2021 19:22:22 +0000 John Lister 11004 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/11004/3-1-printer-stops-scanning-when-ink-tank-empty#comments f1 Hardware Apple Patches Major iPhone Bug linked to Gov't Spying http://www.infopackets.com/news/11003/apple-patches-major-iphone-bug-linked-govt-spying <div class="google_ads"></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Apple has released a patch for a potentially serious iPhone bug. It's worth double-checking the patch was installed automatically and forcing it to do so if it has not. The fix comes in version 15.0.2 of iOS and patches an actively exploited zero-day bug. That means attackers not only know about the security hole but were already using it before Apple could release a fix. In other words, Apple had a "zero days" head start in the battle between patching and hacking. The bug involves memory corruption and means a correctly-targeted attack could allow malware to access parts of the memory that ... (<a href="/news/11003/apple-patches-major-iphone-bug-linked-govt-spying" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Mon, 25 Oct 2021 16:54:18 +0000 John Lister 11003 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/11003/apple-patches-major-iphone-bug-linked-govt-spying#comments f1 Security 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"></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">Are you in a hurry because you're actively being blackmailed with sextortion? Contact me here using the contact form. I'll call back as soon as I can. In case I'm not immediately available, I'll also send you a link to a recent call I had with one of my clients so you can start on this straight away! The call is similar to 95% of all calls I take , though your circumstances may vary slightly. It provides insight to this crime, including an explanation of who might be blackmailing you, useful tips, and also explains how I can help. It's quick, convenient and 100% anonymous. If you have time, ... (<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> Sat, 23 Oct 2021 18:52:09 +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 Bans Ads Claiming Climate Change a Hoax http://www.infopackets.com/news/11002/google-bans-ads-claiming-climate-change-hoax <div class="google_ads"></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Google says it will no longer place ads on pages that make false claims about climate change. The move is as much about keeping advertisers happy as it is a political statement. The policy doesn't affect whether pages appear in Google search results or how highly they are ranked. Instead, its all about the ads which Google places when acting as a middleman between advertisers and websites. It also affects ads shown before, during or beside YouTube videos. The move "demonetizes" the content in two ways. Sites affected by the move will no longer be allowed to carry Google advertising, nor be ... (<a href="/news/11002/google-bans-ads-claiming-climate-change-hoax" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Fri, 22 Oct 2021 17:45:55 +0000 John Lister 11002 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/11002/google-bans-ads-claiming-climate-change-hoax#comments f1 Google Google USB Security Keys Free for Many http://www.infopackets.com/news/11001/google-usb-security-keys-free-many <div class="google_ads"></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 giving free USB security keys to around 10,000 users whose accounts are at particular risk. They include politicians and human rights activists. The move follows a targeted campaign linked to Russian hackers to try to trick such users into revealing their passwords. The attackers could then not only look for sensitive information in email archives but also use the hijacked accounts to spread misinformation. The USB keys use the two-factor authentication approach , adding an extra level of protection, meaning that simply getting somebody's password wasn't necessarily enough to get ... (<a href="/news/11001/google-usb-security-keys-free-many" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 20 Oct 2021 17:58:34 +0000 John Lister 11001 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/11001/google-usb-security-keys-free-many#comments f1 Security Google Enables '2-Step Verification' as Default http://www.infopackets.com/news/10999/google-enables-2-step-verification-default <div class="google_ads"></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 switching on two-factor authentication by default for 150 million users. It's also making it mandatory for two million people who upload videos to YouTube. The system means no longer relying on passwords as the only way to control access to account. Instead it adds a second method such as getting a security code on a particular phone. Two-Factor versus "Two-Step" Verification Google calls the concept two-step verification, though that doesn't really describe it properly. The more commonly used "two factor" term refers to the idea of combining different types of ... (<a href="/news/10999/google-enables-2-step-verification-default" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 19 Oct 2021 17:44:30 +0000 John Lister 10999 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10999/google-enables-2-step-verification-default#comments f1 Security Android Phones Susceptible to 'FluBot' Malware http://www.infopackets.com/news/10998/android-phones-susceptible-flubot-malware <div class="google_ads"></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">Scammers have developed a new tactic to spread malware. It's a piece of evil genius with the emphasis strictly on the evil. The scam involves a piece of malware that targets Android phones. It's dubbed FluBot, though that appears to be more a reference to the way it's designed to quickly spread rather than having any connection to human illnesses. FluBot first appeared earlier this year in a fairly conventional form. It starts with unsolicited text messages claiming to be from a courier company that was unable to make a delivery. The culprits appear to have been taking advantage of people ... (<a href="/news/10998/android-phones-susceptible-flubot-malware" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Fri, 15 Oct 2021 16:36:50 +0000 John Lister 10998 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10998/android-phones-susceptible-flubot-malware#comments f1 Security Google to Test How Search Results are Displayed http://www.infopackets.com/news/10997/google-test-how-search-results-are-displayed <div class="google_ads"></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 testing two key changes to it search tools. The idea is to make both searching and Search History tools more useful. The first change is to searches themselves. At the moment, users see a search results page and choose one to click on and visit the page in question. If they don't find the page useful, they'll click the back button and look for another possibility in the results list. That can be a little fiddly, particularly on some mobile devices where the back option isn't always easy to use. It also makes it even more annoying when a website (against all good design practices) ... (<a href="/news/10997/google-test-how-search-results-are-displayed" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 13 Oct 2021 19:28:59 +0000 John Lister 10997 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10997/google-test-how-search-results-are-displayed#comments f1 Google 12 Must-have Utilities for Marketing Beginners http://www.infopackets.com/news/11000/12-must-have-utilities-marketing-beginners <div class="google_ads"></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">New to marketing? Short on time? Need to boost your time management and organizational skills? Look no further! It's a fact: marketing specialists heavily rely on the web and Internet-centric apps to collect, analyze, categorize, and interpret data based on thousands of different indicators. These utilities help with content marketing and also to plan, schedule, and communicate - especially if working with a team. If you are new to Internet marketing, it's easy to become overwhelmed because there are so many options online. But fear not: we've got a list of 12 of the best tools that will help ... (<a href="/news/11000/12-must-have-utilities-marketing-beginners" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Fri, 08 Oct 2021 20:06:17 +0000 Dennis Faas 11000 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/11000/12-must-have-utilities-marketing-beginners#comments f1 Business Industry Microsoft Unveils New Skype Features http://www.infopackets.com/news/10996/microsoft-unveils-new-skype-features <div class="google_ads"></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 a range of updates to Skype. It's something of a surprise given the tool has taken a major backseat in recent years. With remote working on the increase since the start of the pandemic and more people making video calls to friends and family they couldn't see in person, other services have come to the forefront. In particular Microsoft has put more emphasis on its business videoconference tool Teams, while many home users have switched to Zoom. Some had even speculated Microsoft would ditch Skype altogether. Instead its promising changes both in user functions and ... (<a href="/news/10996/microsoft-unveils-new-skype-features" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Fri, 08 Oct 2021 19:08:08 +0000 John Lister 10996 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10996/microsoft-unveils-new-skype-features#comments f1 Microsoft Google Uses Lasers for Broadband Internet http://www.infopackets.com/news/10995/google-uses-lasers-broadband-internet <div class="google_ads"></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 has successfully used beams of light in the air to carry an Internet signal. It says the technology won't work everywhere but could be a useful solution in specific places. Project Taara works on a broadly similar principle to fiber optic cables, with pulses of light carrying a signal that translates into the 0s and 1s of computer code. The "Free Speech Optical Communications" system uses a narrow beam of light invisible to the human. It's a similar technology to that which Google used in a previous project to connect balloons in the sky. The new system instead connects ... (<a href="/news/10995/google-uses-lasers-broadband-internet" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 06 Oct 2021 17:08:44 +0000 John Lister 10995 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10995/google-uses-lasers-broadband-internet#comments f1 Technology USB-C Could Become Phone Charger Standard http://www.infopackets.com/news/10994/usb-c-could-become-phone-charger-standard <div class="google_ads"></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">New laws in Europe could mean all phones have to use the same charger plug. It's uncertain if they will take effect but they could force manufacturers to make changes worldwide. The proposal would mean most portable electronic devices sold in European Union countries would have to have a USB-C charging port. If manufacturers supplied a charger with a power plug, the connection to the phone could be USB-C or USB-A. The rules would apply to phones, tablets, cameras, portable speakers, headphones and portable game consoles. Specific exemptions would include ear buds, fitness trackers and smart ... (<a href="/news/10994/usb-c-could-become-phone-charger-standard" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 05 Oct 2021 18:37:18 +0000 John Lister 10994 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10994/usb-c-could-become-phone-charger-standard#comments f1 Mobile Some Windows 11 Users Must 'Sign' Disclaimer http://www.infopackets.com/news/10993/some-windows-11-users-must-sign-disclaimer <div class="google_ads"></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 who upgrade "incompatible" machines to Windows 11 may have to agree to a lengthy disclaimer. Microsoft warns PCs could suffer damage, which suggests it may be trying to head off lawsuits. The disclaimer is further indication that users who don't meet the minimum system requirements for Windows 11 may still be able to install it. This would be through downloading and creating installation media such as a DVD or USB stick, rather than using Windows Update. (Source: neowin.net ) Verge's Sean Hollister was able to install a beta edition of Windows 11 despite his PC not meeting the system ... (<a href="/news/10993/some-windows-11-users-must-sign-disclaimer" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 28 Sep 2021 19:52:49 +0000 John Lister 10993 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10993/some-windows-11-users-must-sign-disclaimer#comments f1 Microsoft MS Gives More Detail On Windows 11 Compatibility http://www.infopackets.com/news/10992/ms-gives-more-detail-windows-11-compatibility <div class="google_ads"></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 its Windows 11 eligibility checker tool. It now gives more detail on why a computer might not be ready to run the new system. The app in question is officially titled "PC Health Check" though that's a little misleading as it doesn't relate to whether the computer is currently working OK or has any serious problems. Instead it checks whether the computer is eligible to run Windows 11. It's available using this link: https://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/windows/windows-11#pchealthcheck The original version a few months ago didn't give much detail other than whether the PC " ... (<a href="/news/10992/ms-gives-more-detail-windows-11-compatibility" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Mon, 27 Sep 2021 20:35:28 +0000 John Lister 10992 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10992/ms-gives-more-detail-windows-11-compatibility#comments f1 Microsoft Microsoft Makes Password Optional http://www.infopackets.com/news/10991/microsoft-makes-password-optional <div class="google_ads"></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 removed the need for passwords to log in to a Microsoft account. Users can choose from four other options including a dedicated app. A Microsoft account can cover a range of devices and activities including Outlook, Microsoft 365 (the online version of what used to be called Office), settings and bookmarks in the Edge browser, Skype calls, online storage in OneDrive and purchases and downloads from the Microsoft Store. It's also the default way to log in to Windows itself for many users, though some setups let users opt for a four-digit PIN code instead. Passwords Bring Dilemma ... (<a href="/news/10991/microsoft-makes-password-optional" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Fri, 24 Sep 2021 21:11:29 +0000 John Lister 10991 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10991/microsoft-makes-password-optional#comments f1 Microsoft Dodgy Data Makes AI Less Useful http://www.infopackets.com/news/10990/dodgy-data-makes-ai-less-useful <div class="google_ads"></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">Artificial intelligence may be failing thanks to human error according to a new study. That's because data AI models use to learn how to identify images is not always correct to start with. The problem affects neural networks, which are designed to work in a similar way to the human brain, considering multiple possibilities at the same time. The idea is to get the benefits of human thought but with the speed and reliability of computers. In principle, training these AI models is a straightforward process. Rather than humans creating a set of rules for the models to follow, they simply give ... (<a href="/news/10990/dodgy-data-makes-ai-less-useful" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 23 Sep 2021 21:36:30 +0000 John Lister 10990 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10990/dodgy-data-makes-ai-less-useful#comments f1 Technology Apple Patches Critical Image Preview Bug http://www.infopackets.com/news/10989/apple-patches-critical-image-preview-bug <div class="google_ads"></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Apple has patched a security flaw that could compromise phones and tablets just by users receiving a message. The exploit would use an attachment in iMessages but wouldn't require the user to click or open it. It's a potentially very serious flaw though ironically that may be the saving factor for most ordinary users. Because it's so serious, experts believe it's most likely to be used for highly targeted attacks. The bug was discovered by researchers at the University of Toronto, who say it's an example of "zero-click spyware". While they've seen similar attacks on Apple devices before, it's ... (<a href="/news/10989/apple-patches-critical-image-preview-bug" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Mon, 20 Sep 2021 17:49:21 +0000 John Lister 10989 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10989/apple-patches-critical-image-preview-bug#comments f1 Security Mozilla, Microsoft in Browser Dispute http://www.infopackets.com/news/10988/mozilla-microsoft-browser-dispute <div class="google_ads"></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">Mozilla has found a way to make it easier to set Firefox as a default browser in Windows. The move may raise eyebrows at Microsoft, as it involved getting past measures designed to combat malware. By default, Windows doesn't let users set an application as the default for a particular task (web browsing or otherwise) within the application itself. That's in principle a sensible idea as it reduces the risk of malware setting itself as a default app or tricking a user into doing so. Once established as a default app, the malware would have a big advantage as it would be opened more often, ... (<a href="/news/10988/mozilla-microsoft-browser-dispute" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 16 Sep 2021 16:37:37 +0000 John Lister 10988 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10988/mozilla-microsoft-browser-dispute#comments f1 Internet MS Office, Internet Explorer Form Zero Day Attack http://www.infopackets.com/news/10987/ms-office-internet-explorer-form-zero-day-attack <div class="google_ads"></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Security experts have warned users to take extra care opening Microsoft Office files. An unpatched bug in Internet Explorer can affect users regardless of their preferred browser. The bug takes advantage of the way Office files can open links in Internet Explorer. It means that attackers can craft Office files that, once opened, automatically load an "attack" page in Internet Explorer that installs malware. Exactly what malware to install is up to the attacker. There is some protection for some users. In many cases, Office will by default open a document in Protected View, which blocks links ... (<a href="/news/10987/ms-office-internet-explorer-form-zero-day-attack" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 14 Sep 2021 18:04:16 +0000 John Lister 10987 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10987/ms-office-internet-explorer-form-zero-day-attack#comments f1 Security Phones May Get Updates For Seven Years http://www.infopackets.com/news/10986/phones-may-get-updates-seven-years <div class="google_ads"></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">Phone and tablet makers could be forced to update devices for at least seven years. The proposed law would only affect Europe but, if passed, could change policies around the world. At the moment, how long phones get security and feature updates is largely up to manufacturers. In many cases it can be as little as three years. Critics say that brings several problems, including unfairly pressuring owners to buy new devices even when their existing one works well. That also creates environmental problems with users struggling to find responsible ways to recycle old devices. Spare Parts Must Be ... (<a href="/news/10986/phones-may-get-updates-seven-years" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Mon, 13 Sep 2021 21:20:45 +0000 John Lister 10986 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10986/phones-may-get-updates-seven-years#comments f1 Mobile Facebook AI Mistakenly Labels Men as Primates http://www.infopackets.com/news/10985/facebook-ai-mistakenly-labels-men-primates <div class="google_ads"></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Facebook has apologized after its recommendation system labeled two black men as "primates." It's the latest in a series of blunders by automated technology. The "recommendation" was shown at the end of a video posted by a British newspaper. It featured a white man in the United States phoning 911 to report "being harassed by a bunch of black men." The video did not include any content of references involving non-human primates. One user who watched the video shared a screenshot of a message created by Facebook that appeared at the end of the video, asking ... (<a href="/news/10985/facebook-ai-mistakenly-labels-men-primates" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 08 Sep 2021 19:37:30 +0000 John Lister 10985 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10985/facebook-ai-mistakenly-labels-men-primates#comments f1 Internet Apple Offers Settlement in App Store Dispute http://www.infopackets.com/news/10983/apple-offers-settlement-app-store-dispute <div class="google_ads"></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Apple has agreed to allow app developers to tell users how to save money on app payments. It's part of a settlement in a long-running dispute but it's not enough to satisfy some developers. At the moment, app developers who sell apps in the official Apple store can gather email addresses of customers. However, the developers are not allowed to use those addresses to tell customers about how to pay them directly for subscriptions and one-off payments relating to the app. In-App Messages Banned That's a blow to developers who use a "freemium" model where the app itself is free but ... (<a href="/news/10983/apple-offers-settlement-app-store-dispute" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 07 Sep 2021 18:00:07 +0000 John Lister 10983 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10983/apple-offers-settlement-app-store-dispute#comments f1 Apple Windows 11 Release Date Revealed http://www.infopackets.com/news/10984/windows-11-release-date-revealed <div class="google_ads"></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 confirmed Windows 11 will start rolling out as a free upgrade from October 5th, 2021. Users of older machines may have to wait until mid-2022, however. There will be some overlap with Windows 10, further blurring the lines of whether Windows 11 should be treated as a totally new operating system or the latest updates to what was supposed to be a "forever" system. The semi-annual major update to Windows 10 will still come out this fall, but Microsoft isn't promising anything else other than a guarantee of security updates and support until October, 14 2025. Windows 11 will only ... (<a href="/news/10984/windows-11-release-date-revealed" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Fri, 03 Sep 2021 18:33:41 +0000 John Lister 10984 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10984/windows-11-release-date-revealed#comments f1 Microsoft Windows 11 Compatibility Still An Issue http://www.infopackets.com/news/10982/windows-11-compatibility-still-issue <div class="google_ads"></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Microsoft will soon start telling Windows 10 users directly whether they'll be able to upgrade to Windows 11. It also looks likely machines that don't meet the specifications will be upgradeable but without any support. Users can already check for compatibility using a dedicated "PC Health Check" tool. However, Microsoft is now using Windows Update to send direct messages to users who are in the Windows test program. (Source: techradar.com ) Specifically the messages are going to those in the "Release Preview" channel, which means they can access new versions of Windows when Microsoft ... (<a href="/news/10982/windows-11-compatibility-still-issue" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 01 Sep 2021 17:01:37 +0000 John Lister 10982 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10982/windows-11-compatibility-still-issue#comments f1 Microsoft