http://www.infopackets.com/index.xml en Android Malware Extracts Passwords from Any Legit App http://www.infopackets.com/news/10667/android-malware-extracts-passwords-any-legit-app <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Security researchers say a serious Android bug could let malware pose as a legitimate app and gain unwanted access to a phone's data and functions. The concept of the 'StrandHogg' bug has been known for several years, but now it's being actively exploited to target online banking. In simple terms, the bug has two unwanted effects: it can trick users into giving malware sensitive 'permissions' to access the phone, and it can hijack legitimate apps to trick users into handing over login details and sensitive information. Researchers at Promon explain the bug is with a security setting called ... (<a href="/news/10667/android-malware-extracts-passwords-any-legit-app" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 05 Dec 2019 17:55:10 +0000 John Lister 10667 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10667/android-malware-extracts-passwords-any-legit-app#comments f1 Security Facebook, Google Photos to Allow Data Sharing http://www.infopackets.com/news/10665/facebook-google-photos-allow-data-sharing <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Facebook is to let users automatically copy their uploaded photos and videos to Google's photo service. It's part of a "data portability" project between tech giants, but is also a demonstration of how slowly the project itself is moving. The tool will mean users can transfer files without needing to download them to their devices, then re-upload them to another service. In particular, Google's Photos service makes it easy to access photos on multiple devices. It also has automatic tagging so that users can quickly find all their photos of a particular location or activity, for example. It's ... (<a href="/news/10665/facebook-google-photos-allow-data-sharing" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 03 Dec 2019 19:11:33 +0000 John Lister 10665 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10665/facebook-google-photos-allow-data-sharing#comments f1 Internet How to Fix: Recycle Bin Won't Empty (Won't Delete Files) http://www.infopackets.com/news/10666/how-fix-recycle-bin-wont-empty-wont-delete-files <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 James D. writes: " Dear Dennis, I'm running Windows 10 and my C drive is nearly full. I've tried to free up as much space as possible, but no matter what I do it makes no difference. That's when I came across your article about ' Can't delete restore points (C drive Full) ', in which you recommended a program called TreeSize Free in order to find space hogs on the C drive. To my surprise, when I ran TreeSize Free it says that my Recycle Bin is taking up almost 500GB of space. I've tried emptying the Recycle Bin from the desktop, but TreeSize Free is still reporting that ... (<a href="/news/10666/how-fix-recycle-bin-wont-empty-wont-delete-files" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Mon, 02 Dec 2019 19:02:05 +0000 Dennis Faas 10666 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10666/how-fix-recycle-bin-wont-empty-wont-delete-files#comments f1 Windows Tips How to Fix: Windows 10 Black Screen Before Login http://www.infopackets.com/news/10664/how-fix-windows-10-black-screen-login <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 Hillary K. writes: " Dear Dennis, My main PC recently upgraded to Windows 10 1909 (November 2019 edition) and now it immediately boots into a black screen . I can move the mouse around, but I can't login because I have a black screen. I've tried CTRL + ALT + DEL on the keyboard to bring up Task Manager per Microsoft's website, but it doesn't work. I've also tried Windows Key + P to refresh my display but it doesn't work. I can see the hard drive light blinking, meaning that there is activity and the system appears to be loading and doing things, but that's it. All I get is ... (<a href="/news/10664/how-fix-windows-10-black-screen-login" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Fri, 29 Nov 2019 21:22:29 +0000 Dennis Faas 10664 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10664/how-fix-windows-10-black-screen-login#comments f1 Windows Tips Firefox to Fight 'Fingerprinting' Tracking http://www.infopackets.com/news/10663/firefox-fight-fingerprinting-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">Mozilla is to block "fingerprinting" tracking in the Firefox browser. It's an alternative tracking technique to cookies and doesn't require any consent from users. Most people know about cookies, which involves sites putting a small file on a computer to either identify a user for future visits or track their online activity. In most cases cookies both legally and practically need consent from the user before they can be issued. Fingerprinting is a more creative technique that doesn't require consent and has proven harder to block. It's all based around the fact that a website is able to ... (<a href="/news/10663/firefox-fight-fingerprinting-tracking" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 28 Nov 2019 18:03:59 +0000 John Lister 10663 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10663/firefox-fight-fingerprinting-tracking#comments f1 Internet Buggy SSD Hard Drives Could Self-Destruct in 3 Years http://www.infopackets.com/news/10662/buggy-ssd-hard-drives-could-self-destruct-3-years <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 hard drive manufacturer has warned its solid state drives could effectively self-destruct after a little less than four years of total operation. HPE (Hewlett Packard Enterprise) says users need to apply a firmware fix immediately, while it's another reminder of the importance of backups. 20 different HPE models are affected, all in the SAS range, which are hard drives typically meant for enterprise. All are solid state drives, which have no moving parts. This makes them more expensive and much faster than traditional hard drives. (Source: hpe.com ) The problem isn't with the actual drives ... (<a href="/news/10662/buggy-ssd-hard-drives-could-self-destruct-3-years" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 27 Nov 2019 18:17:22 +0000 John Lister 10662 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10662/buggy-ssd-hard-drives-could-self-destruct-3-years#comments f1 Hardware Win10 Update Blocked by Qualcomm Wifi, Antivirus http://www.infopackets.com/news/10660/win10-update-blocked-qualcomm-wifi-antivirus <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 blocked users of some security software from updating Windows 10. It's also spotted some problems with specific WiFi drivers. The good news is that although the Windows 10 problems are with the well-known Avast and AVG security tools, it only affects older versions. Specifically the problem comes if the software is from version 19.5.4444.567 or earlier. (Source: techradar.com ) Since Avast! also owns AVG, the version number is the same for both engines. Automatic Updates On Hold Microsoft hasn't said exactly what the compatibility problems are, but has put a block on automatic ... (<a href="/news/10660/win10-update-blocked-qualcomm-wifi-antivirus" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 26 Nov 2019 18:14:31 +0000 John Lister 10660 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10660/win10-update-blocked-qualcomm-wifi-antivirus#comments f1 Microsoft How to Fix: MEDIA_ERR_UNKNOWN Chrome, Firefox, Etc http://www.infopackets.com/news/10661/how-fix-mediaerrunknown-chrome-firefox-etc <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Infopackets Reader Gina V. writes: " Dear Dennis, I watch a lot of sermons from my church online, but since around October this year I keep getting 'An unanticipated problem was encountered, check back soon and try again. Error code: MEDIA_ERR_UNKNOWN' I don't understand what this means. I have searched Google and it seems a lot of people have the MEDIA_ERR_UNKNOWN Chrome error message when playing videos in the web browser. I also have a MEDIA_ERR_UNKNOWN Firefox error. I'm not sure what to do next. Can you please help? " My response: Generally speaking, the 'MEDIA_ERR_UNKNOWN' is a generic ... (<a href="/news/10661/how-fix-mediaerrunknown-chrome-firefox-etc" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Mon, 25 Nov 2019 19:45:59 +0000 Dennis Faas 10661 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10661/how-fix-mediaerrunknown-chrome-firefox-etc#comments f1 Windows Tips How to Fix: Convert Windows Disk to Mac (Format HFS+) http://www.infopackets.com/news/10659/how-fix-convert-windows-disk-mac-format-hfs <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Infopackets Reader Sam G. writes: " Dear Dennis, I have an old external 1 TB hard drive I'd like to format for use with Apple Time Machine backup. The problem is that the disk is currently formatted as NTFS and is not readable with Time Machine. I have searched Google on how to convert a Windows disk to Mac (format to HFS+ on Windows) but can't seem to find a solution to this problem. Any help would be appreciated! " My response: I asked Sam if he would like me to connect to his machine using my remote desktop support service in order to have a closer look, and he agreed. Below I will discuss ... (<a href="/news/10659/how-fix-convert-windows-disk-mac-format-hfs" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Fri, 22 Nov 2019 20:35:47 +0000 Dennis Faas 10659 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10659/how-fix-convert-windows-disk-mac-format-hfs#comments f1 Windows Tips 'Windows Update' by Email is Actually Ransomware http://www.infopackets.com/news/10658/windows-update-email-actually-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">A bogus "Windows Update" distributed by email is, perhaps unsurprisingly, actually ransomware. It shouldn't fool most users but makes it a good time to remind less tech-savvy PC owners of the need to take necessary precautions. The unsolicited emails have a subject line of either "Critical Microsoft Windows Update!" or "Install Latest Microsoft Windows Update now!" Those who open the email will then see a message that says (complete with opening typo) "PLease install the latest critical update from Microsoft attached to this email." (Source: trustwave.com ) $500 Ransom Demand It seems a safe ... (<a href="/news/10658/windows-update-email-actually-ransomware" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 21 Nov 2019 18:56:46 +0000 John Lister 10658 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10658/windows-update-email-actually-ransomware#comments f1 Security Android Malware Records Calls, Tracks Location http://www.infopackets.com/news/10657/android-malware-records-calls-tracks-location <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 fixing an Android bug that let hackers remotely capture videos and images without permission. The bug could also have revealed the user's precise location, making it particularly dangerous if exploited by stalkers. Security researchers at Checkmarx discovered the bug in several default camera apps on a variety of Android phones, including the Google and Samsung apps. (Source: arstechnica.com ) The bug could only be exploited once malware was on the phone, but even then it still shouldn't have allowed such an attack. That's because it involved using a rogue app on the phone to access ... (<a href="/news/10657/android-malware-records-calls-tracks-location" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 20 Nov 2019 17:57:53 +0000 John Lister 10657 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10657/android-malware-records-calls-tracks-location#comments f1 Mobile Man Jailed for Attacking Millions of Websites http://www.infopackets.com/news/10655/man-jailed-attacking-millions-websites <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 man who launched millions of separate attacks on websites has been jailed for 13 months for conspiracy to damage Internet-connected computers. Sergiy Usatyuk, who is 20, offered an attacks-for-hire service using Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) tactics. A Denial Of Service attack is a crude but often effective technique that simply involves flooding a site with bogus "visits" until the web server becomes overloaded, which then causes the website to become inaccessible for ordinary users. It's roughly equivalent to tying up a company's switchboard with prank calls. The "distributed" ... (<a href="/news/10655/man-jailed-attacking-millions-websites" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 19 Nov 2019 20:22:44 +0000 John Lister 10655 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10655/man-jailed-attacking-millions-websites#comments f1 Security How to Fix: Remove 'Sim card is not from Verizon' Permanently (Android) http://www.infopackets.com/news/10656/how-fix-remove-sim-card-not-verizon-permanently-android <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Infopackets Reader Sam G. writes: " Dear Dennis, I just purchased an unlocked Verizon Samsung Galaxy S10+ on ebay. The phone works great. I'm currently using an AT ... (<a href="/news/10656/how-fix-remove-sim-card-not-verizon-permanently-android" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Mon, 18 Nov 2019 22:33:27 +0000 Dennis Faas 10656 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10656/how-fix-remove-sim-card-not-verizon-permanently-android#comments f1 Mobile How to Fix: Path too Long, Cannot Delete http://www.infopackets.com/news/10654/how-fix-path-too-long-cannot-delete <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Infopackets Val G. writes: " Dear Dennis, Recently my Windows 10 machine failed to update, resulting in an infinite boot loop (Startup Repair). I knew I had to reinstall Windows, but backed up the data first using Macrium Reflect. After that I tried to copy the data back from the disk image backup (using copy and paste), but each time Windows Explorer would crash during the file copy. I tried Robocopy to copy the data and this worked - however, I kept receiving errors such as: ' C:\Temp\Users\Default User\AppData\Local\Application Data\Application Data\Application Data\Application Data\ ... (<a href="/news/10654/how-fix-path-too-long-cannot-delete" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Fri, 15 Nov 2019 20:50:59 +0000 Dennis Faas 10654 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10654/how-fix-path-too-long-cannot-delete#comments f1 Windows Tips Arbitrary Phone Searches Banned at Border http://www.infopackets.com/news/10653/arbitrary-phone-searches-banned-border <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 court says US customs officials can't examine the contents of phones and laptops at the border without reasonable suspicion of illegal activity. It said current policies violate the Fourth Amendment. The amendment prevents "unreasonable searches and seizures" and requires warrants based on probable cause. It's been at the centre of numerous technology-related cases as courts decide what constitutes property and searches when it comes to digital devices and information. The latest case, first brought in 2017, covers the policies of the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency and the ... (<a href="/news/10653/arbitrary-phone-searches-banned-border" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 14 Nov 2019 18:48:11 +0000 John Lister 10653 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10653/arbitrary-phone-searches-banned-border#comments f1 Courts Google to Label Slow Loading Sites http://www.infopackets.com/news/10652/google-label-slow-loading-sites <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 experimenting with ways to inform Chrome users when a web site likely to be slow to load. In doing so, it wants to penalize poorly coded sites - though critics say that's not always the main reason for a delay. The idea is a form of "badging" that will appear in the browser. It's a sign of how potentially controversial the subject is that Google is thinking of informing users in this way rather than simply downgrading such sites so they appear lower in search rankings. The initial tests will be based around the general point of whether a site is slow to load. Later on, Google may ... (<a href="/news/10652/google-label-slow-loading-sites" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 13 Nov 2019 18:27:38 +0000 John Lister 10652 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10652/google-label-slow-loading-sites#comments f1 Internet Google Play to Use Third Party Security to Scan Apps http://www.infopackets.com/news/10650/google-play-use-third-party-security-scan-apps <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Google is to use outside help to scan apps before they go into the Google Play store. It says the move is needed to cope with the continuing increase in the number of rogue Android apps. Just two weeks ago, 21 Android apps were reported to be rogue ; in early September, 24 apps were found to be rogue . The new "App Defense Alliance" involves Google working with three security companies, namely: ESET, Lookout and Zimperium. They all specialize in mobile security with a particular emphasis not just on spotting individual rogue apps, but on figuring out common characteristics and clues ... (<a href="/news/10650/google-play-use-third-party-security-scan-apps" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 12 Nov 2019 19:42:54 +0000 John Lister 10650 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10650/google-play-use-third-party-security-scan-apps#comments f1 Security How to Fix: KB4522355 Won't Install (Win10 1903) http://www.infopackets.com/news/10651/how-fix-kb4522355-wont-install-win10-1903 <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 Samuel P. writes: " Dear Dennis, I have two Windows 10 Pro machines, currently running Windows 10 1903. Both machines can't install KB4522355 (released October 24, 2019). This update would bring me to OS Build 18362.449. When I go to PC Settings -&gt; Update and Security, it tells me that KB4522355 is pending, and when I click 'download and install', it tries to install but then fails repeatedly. I've tried clearing my Windows Update queue per your instructions but KB4522355 won't install . Can you please help? " My response: I asked Samuel if he would like me to connect to ... (<a href="/news/10651/how-fix-kb4522355-wont-install-win10-1903" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Mon, 11 Nov 2019 20:05:54 +0000 Dennis Faas 10651 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10651/how-fix-kb4522355-wont-install-win10-1903#comments f1 Windows Tips How to Fix: Cannot Uninstall AVG Secure Browser (Won't Remove) http://www.infopackets.com/news/10649/how-fix-cannot-uninstall-avg-secure-browser-wont-remove <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Infopackets Reader Frank G. writes: " Dear Dennis, I recently installed AVG antivirus and made the mistake of paying for the upgrade to premium, which has slowed my computer down considerably. I've since canceled my subscription and reverted back to AVG free (per your recommendation). I now cannot uninstall AVG Secure browser . Each time I try, it says it's removed, but it's still there. I've tried everything I can think of to remove AVG Secure Browser, but it seems I'm stuck with this steaming pile of poo. To make things worse, it automatically loads every time I reboot the machine like it's ... (<a href="/news/10649/how-fix-cannot-uninstall-avg-secure-browser-wont-remove" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Fri, 08 Nov 2019 19:51:28 +0000 Dennis Faas 10649 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10649/how-fix-cannot-uninstall-avg-secure-browser-wont-remove#comments f1 Windows Tips Chromium-based Edge Browser to Launch January 2020 http://www.infopackets.com/news/10648/chromium-based-edge-browser-launch-january-2020 <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's revamped version of the Edge browser will launch on January 15, 2020. It's based on the same code as Google's Chrome and will be able to run Chrome extensions. Designed as a replacement for the much maligned Internet Explorer, Edge debuted with the release of Windows 10 back in July, 2015. The original version was built from scratch using Microsoft's own browser engine, which is the component that turns a web page's code into what users actually see on the screen. The new edition isn't simply an update but rather a complete rebuild. It will now use code and ... (<a href="/news/10648/chromium-based-edge-browser-launch-january-2020" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 07 Nov 2019 18:00:30 +0000 John Lister 10648 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10648/chromium-based-edge-browser-launch-january-2020#comments f1 Internet Firefox to Block Infuriating Notification Requests http://www.infopackets.com/news/10647/firefox-block-infuriating-notification-requests <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">Mozilla is reducing the likelihood Firefox users will be bothered by website notification requests. It will make browsing a lot less frustrating, but will upset some website owners. What are Website Notifications? Notifications in web browsers work in a similar way to notifications from apps on a mobile phone or tablet. As an example, a user of a streaming video site might agree to accept browser notifications. They could then get notifications whenever the site adds a new episode of a TV series they've previously watched on the site. On Windows 10, this notification might appear in the ... (<a href="/news/10647/firefox-block-infuriating-notification-requests" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 06 Nov 2019 16:06:22 +0000 John Lister 10647 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10647/firefox-block-infuriating-notification-requests#comments f1 Internet Explained: What is Mesh WiFi? vs Extender, Router? http://www.infopackets.com/news/10645/explained-what-mesh-wifi-vs-extender-router <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">Ask online about ways to improve the Internet connection around your home, and you'll often come across users recommending that you use a "mesh WiFi" system. So, what is mesh WiFi? Is mesh WiFi better than regular WiFi? What about mesh vs an extender, or mesh vs a router? How does mesh compare to Google Nest? How do you set up a mesh Wifi network? We'll answer those questions and more below. What is Mesh WiFi? Mesh WiFi is a way to combat poor wireless reception, particularly in houses with multiple floors, thick walls or an unusual shape. It's also aimed at houses and offices where ... (<a href="/news/10645/explained-what-mesh-wifi-vs-extender-router" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 05 Nov 2019 19:59:29 +0000 John Lister 10645 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10645/explained-what-mesh-wifi-vs-extender-router#comments f1 IT How to Fix: NAS, Robocopy ERROR 5 (0x00000005) Changing File Attributes http://www.infopackets.com/news/10646/how-fix-nas-robocopy-error-5-0x00000005-changing-file-attributes <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 Gerry J. writes: " Dear Dennis, Thanks for your article on how to reset admin password on a Seagate NAS (network attached storage) - this was the only article I could find on the subject. I have a related question. I've done a full reset of the NAS (wiping out all data) and recreated my network shares, and now I'm ready to copy data back. In the past, I've used Windows file copy to do this, but sometimes it fails and then I have to start over again. I did research on this subject and it's my understanding robocopy is a much more reliable method and will actually resume the ... (<a href="/news/10646/how-fix-nas-robocopy-error-5-0x00000005-changing-file-attributes" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Mon, 04 Nov 2019 19:15:24 +0000 Dennis Faas 10646 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10646/how-fix-nas-robocopy-error-5-0x00000005-changing-file-attributes#comments f1 Windows Tips How to Fix: Disable Controllers in Kodi 18 (Leia) http://www.infopackets.com/news/10644/how-fix-disable-controllers-kodi-18-leia <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 Jerry F. writes: " Dear Dennis, I recently upgraded Kodi media player on my PC from Kodi Krypton (version 17) to Kodi Leia (version 18). It seems that this latest update is now interfering with my Xbox 360 controller. Let me explain. For years, I've been using a program called Xpadder with my Xbox 360 controller on my PC, which allows me to map keys (and mouse functionality) to my controller. In this case I've configured it a specific way so that I can use my controller like a mouse which allows me to use it for Windows functions, plus I can use it to control Kodi the way I ... (<a href="/news/10644/how-fix-disable-controllers-kodi-18-leia" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Sat, 02 Nov 2019 02:21:35 +0000 Dennis Faas 10644 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10644/how-fix-disable-controllers-kodi-18-leia#comments f1 Windows Tips Google Stops Indexing Adobe Flash Content http://www.infopackets.com/news/10643/google-stops-indexing-adobe-flash-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">Google has taken yet another step to try to kill off Adobe Flash. The move will dramatically reduce the visibility of Flash content in its search results. Adobe Flash was once innovative and the primary way for delivering animated and interactive content online, including online-based browser games and even advertisements. Even so, many web designers seemed more interested in showing off their creativity with Flash rather than making a usable and useful site. Adobe Flash Security Bugs Severe As far back as 2010, Apple made the decision to ditch Flash entirely from its devices - a move that ... (<a href="/news/10643/google-stops-indexing-adobe-flash-content" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 31 Oct 2019 18:26:16 +0000 John Lister 10643 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10643/google-stops-indexing-adobe-flash-content#comments f1 Internet New Malware Hides Inside Audio Files http://www.infopackets.com/news/10642/new-malware-hides-inside-audio-files <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Most people know not to open an executable file or document attached to an email unless they were expecting it. But a new example of malware means even an audio file could trigger a payload. Researchers at Blackberry Cylance Threat recently uncovered malicious code hidden inside WAV files. That's a computer format for audio that was common for music on PCs before MP3 became established. The attackers are using a technique called steganography, which is a way to hide a file inside another file in a way that normally cannot be detected. Steganography has previously been used in image files, and ... (<a href="/news/10642/new-malware-hides-inside-audio-files" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 30 Oct 2019 17:50:26 +0000 John Lister 10642 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10642/new-malware-hides-inside-audio-files#comments f1 Security 21 Rogue Android Apps Need Removing http://www.infopackets.com/news/10640/21-rogue-android-apps-need-removing <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Security researchers have exposed more than 20 rogue Android apps that secretly load ads as part of a scam. The rogue apps perform their advertised tasks for cyber criminals, but also drain batteries and overheat phones in the process. It's another embarrassment for Google as all the apps were found in the official Google Play Store, which is designed to vet apps to reduce the chances of malicious activity. Remove These Rogue Android Apps Now Researchers at ESET antivirus say they found 42 apps have been part of an orchestrated campaign running since July last year. They were able to ... (<a href="/news/10640/21-rogue-android-apps-need-removing" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 29 Oct 2019 17:42:32 +0000 John Lister 10640 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10640/21-rogue-android-apps-need-removing#comments f1 Security Scammed by Fake Norton Antivirus, Lifelock? Here's What to Do http://www.infopackets.com/news/10641/scammed-fake-norton-antivirus-lifelock-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 Daniel B. writes: " Dear Dennis, I wanted to pass along this message to let your readers know of a new and incredibly convincing fake Norton email renewal scam involving Norton Antivirus and Lifelock. I received two emails today (from two different email addresses) with a special promotion to 'upgrade' my Norton Antivirus and Lifelock with an enticing 67% discount off the retail price. The emails are incredibly convincing, unless of course you are knowledgeable enough to realize it's a scam. If you click on a link to read more or to buy the product, it will lead you to a ... (<a href="/news/10641/scammed-fake-norton-antivirus-lifelock-heres-what-do" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Mon, 28 Oct 2019 20:16:47 +0000 Dennis Faas 10641 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10641/scammed-fake-norton-antivirus-lifelock-heres-what-do#comments f1 Windows Tips How to Fix: Seagate NAS Reset Admin Password http://www.infopackets.com/news/10639/how-fix-seagate-nas-reset-admin-password <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 own a Seagate 4 Bay NAS (network attached storage) and I forgot my admin password. The admin user allows me to create and delete network shares, plus a lot of other options - which, as I recall, are currently missing from the NAS control panel. I've tried resetting my password from the NAS web control panel, which then takes me to the Seagate website, but this hasn't restored full admin access to my account. I don't know what to do! I need access to this part of the control panel so I can make some configuration changes. Can you help? " My ... (<a href="/news/10639/how-fix-seagate-nas-reset-admin-password" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Fri, 25 Oct 2019 19:28:51 +0000 Dennis Faas 10639 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10639/how-fix-seagate-nas-reset-admin-password#comments f1 Windows Tips Facebook Faces $35B in Facial Recognition Lawsuit http://www.infopackets.com/news/10638/facebook-faces-35b-facial-recognition-lawsuit <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Facebook is set to face a $35 billion class action lawsuit over claims it used facial recognition tools without permission. The case will proceed despite Facebook's protest that no one suffered direct financial losses. The case is taking place in Illinois, where three individual lawsuits from 2015 were combined into a single class action case. It's based on Facebook using automated recognition on uploaded photographs. The way it works is like this: let's say that Bob uploads a photograph to Facebook, which also includes his friend Alice. After the upload is complete, Facebook scans the ... (<a href="/news/10638/facebook-faces-35b-facial-recognition-lawsuit" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 24 Oct 2019 17:49:44 +0000 John Lister 10638 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10638/facebook-faces-35b-facial-recognition-lawsuit#comments f1 Security Microsoft Unveils New 'Secured-core' PC Protection http://www.infopackets.com/news/10637/microsoft-unveils-new-secured-core-pc-protection <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 working with PC makers to tackle malware that strikes before Windows is loaded into memory. It's adapting a technology currently used for the Xbox games console. The "Secured-core" initiative is designed to overcome a big limitation with most Windows security tools: they only work once Windows is already running. That doesn't tackle malware that targets the computer's firmware. This is software, usually called BIOS or UEFI, than runs immediately when a PC is switched on. Its main role is to check all the hardware is in place and connected, then load up the operating system such ... (<a href="/news/10637/microsoft-unveils-new-secured-core-pc-protection" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 23 Oct 2019 17:51:41 +0000 John Lister 10637 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10637/microsoft-unveils-new-secured-core-pc-protection#comments f1 Security Samsung Fingerprint Scanner Has Major Flaw http://www.infopackets.com/news/10635/samsung-fingerprint-scanner-has-major-flaw <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 has issued a security fix after revelations of a major flaw in its fingerprint sensor. It affects users who have added a silicone screen protector. The fix came after a British woman contacted a newspaper to report that not only could she unlock her phone with the "wrong" fingerprint, but her husband could also unlock it with his finger. That's a major problem as she was using a Galaxy S10, a high-end Samsung phone that lets users set up fingerprint recognition not only to unlock the phone, but also to login to apps and even authorize mobile payments. (Source: bbc.co.uk ) Scan ... (<a href="/news/10635/samsung-fingerprint-scanner-has-major-flaw" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 22 Oct 2019 18:39:21 +0000 John Lister 10635 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10635/samsung-fingerprint-scanner-has-major-flaw#comments f1 Security How to Fix: Clear Google Play Store Badge / Notification (Stuck) http://www.infopackets.com/news/10636/how-fix-clear-google-play-store-badge-notification-stuck <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 Samuel D. writes: " Dear Dennis, Recently my Galaxy s6 phone notified me via the Google Play store icon that an update was available for BlueMail (which I use for emails). I updated BlueMail, but the Google Play icon still has a badge stating that there is one update available for BlueMail. It seems that the Google Play store badge won't go away . I've tried updating the app again but there is only the option to 'launch app' and no updates. I've tried rebooting the phone and yet the Google Play store icon is still showing updates . I've searched Google for ' Google Play ... (<a href="/news/10636/how-fix-clear-google-play-store-badge-notification-stuck" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Mon, 21 Oct 2019 20:04:10 +0000 Dennis Faas 10636 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10636/how-fix-clear-google-play-store-badge-notification-stuck#comments f1 Mobile New Windows Defender: Tamper Protection, Plus More http://www.infopackets.com/news/10634/new-windows-defender-tamper-protection-plus-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">Microsoft is adding an extra layer of security to Windows 10: it's blocking malware from tampering with Windows Defender. That's a security tool that's available commercially to businesses but is also built in to Windows 10 without extra cost. Tamper Protection tackles a rather cheeky tactic used by some malware creators, namely having the malware access Windows Defender and switch off key features. The idea is to reduce the likelihood of malware being detected in action. The feature has been in testing since April, 2019 and is now ready for a public rollout. Naturally Microsoft is keeping ... (<a href="/news/10634/new-windows-defender-tamper-protection-plus-more" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 17 Oct 2019 17:38:45 +0000 John Lister 10634 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10634/new-windows-defender-tamper-protection-plus-more#comments f1 Security Chrome to 'Freeze' Unused Tabs, Reduce RAM Usage http://www.infopackets.com/news/10633/chrome-freeze-unused-tabs-reduce-ram-usage <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Google is introducing more options to deal with the Chrome browser using too much computer memory. It's implementing less severe options for users with multiple tabs open. The way Chrome was originally designed means every open tab uses up computer memory (RAM). That can mount up substantially if you are accustomed to having many tabs opened when Chrome is launched, or even with Chrome is idle. In turn this will significantly slow the computer down on older systems that don't have enough RAM to begin with. Since 2015 Chrome has had a feature called "Tab Discarding" that kicks in ... (<a href="/news/10633/chrome-freeze-unused-tabs-reduce-ram-usage" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 16 Oct 2019 19:10:40 +0000 John Lister 10633 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10633/chrome-freeze-unused-tabs-reduce-ram-usage#comments f1 Internet How to Fix: Windows 10 Safe OS Phase Error http://www.infopackets.com/news/10632/how-fix-windows-10-safe-os-phase-error <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Infopackets Reader Shelby C. writes: " Dear Dennis, I am in a huge hurry to upgrade my machine to Windows 10 because there won't be any more security updates for Windows 7 in January 2020, when Windows 7 reaches its end of life. I have tried to upgrade using the Upgrade Assistant and Windows 10 media, but I keep getting ' SAFE_OS phase error during Replicate_OC operation ' error, whatever that means. Windows 10 simply won't install on my machine! I have looked at articles all over the Internet including one from the Windows Club and none of them work. I really need your help! Can you please ... (<a href="/news/10632/how-fix-windows-10-safe-os-phase-error" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 15 Oct 2019 18:22:05 +0000 Dennis Faas 10632 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10632/how-fix-windows-10-safe-os-phase-error#comments f1 Windows Tips Android Malware Changes Own Icon to System Apps http://www.infopackets.com/news/10631/android-malware-changes-own-icon-system-apps <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Malware creators are using new tactics to avoid their malicious Android apps being exposed. The scam involves hiding and even disguising apps as legitimate ones once they've been installed. Fake Apps Receive Fake Praise It's a twist on a well-established scam in which malware is distributed through apps that appear to perform a basic function such as reading QR codes, or turning the camera flash into a flashlight. Thanks to a host of bogus rave-reviews in the Google Play store, the only way to spot something is amiss is that the apps will ask for specific access permissions that are clearly ... (<a href="/news/10631/android-malware-changes-own-icon-system-apps" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Mon, 14 Oct 2019 23:03:54 +0000 John Lister 10631 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10631/android-malware-changes-own-icon-system-apps#comments f1 Security MUST SEE Video - Indian Tech Support Scammers Infiltrated! http://www.infopackets.com/news/10630/must-see-video-indian-tech-support-scammers-infiltrated <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">Dear Infopackets Readers, For the past 5+ years I've been writing articles about fake tech support scammers based in India. In fact, I just published an article about "Expert4Help" scam last week. Here's how the scam works: While browsing the Internet, you may suddenly receive a full screen "virus warning". The warnings appear even when browsing legitimate websites (Amazon.com, for example). The warnings are often accompanied by a computer-generated voice, which says that the computer is infected and that you must call "Microsoft support" to "fix" the "problem". These warnings are meant to be ... (<a href="/news/10630/must-see-video-indian-tech-support-scammers-infiltrated" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Fri, 11 Oct 2019 19:57:47 +0000 Dennis Faas 10630 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10630/must-see-video-indian-tech-support-scammers-infiltrated#comments f1 Windows Tips New Malware Infects Legit Downloads On the Fly http://www.infopackets.com/news/10629/new-malware-infects-legit-downloads-fly <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 piece of malware can intercept Internet traffic to spot people downloading legitimate installation files and replace them with "infected" copies. Security company Kaspersky went as far as calling it "impressive" from a technical, if not moral standpoint. Kaspersky has dubbed the malware "Reductor," after a term that appears in some of the code. It discovered the malware in April, 2019, so the fact it's only just going public suggests it took some serious analysis. (Source: securelist.com ) The malware's operation is exceedingly complicated, but one a machine is infected with ... (<a href="/news/10629/new-malware-infects-legit-downloads-fly" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 10 Oct 2019 18:42:07 +0000 John Lister 10629 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10629/new-malware-infects-legit-downloads-fly#comments f1 Security Twitter Accused of Data Violation in Ad 'Mix Up' http://www.infopackets.com/news/10628/twitter-accused-data-violation-ad-mix <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">Twitter has apologized for using customer security contact details for advertising purposes. Its underwhelming announcing has gone down badly with privacy groups and could have legal consequences. The blunder involved Twitter's advertising services, specifically tools called "Tailored Audiences" and "Partner Audiences." It works like this: advertisers upload their own marketing lists of email addresses and phone numbers to Twitter, along with an ad. Twitter then compares the marketing list to its own database of customers. It then shows the ad only to people who appear on ... (<a href="/news/10628/twitter-accused-data-violation-ad-mix" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 09 Oct 2019 17:20:05 +0000 John Lister 10628 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10628/twitter-accused-data-violation-ad-mix#comments f1 Internet Latest Win10 Update Breaks Printing, Crashes Explorer http://www.infopackets.com/news/10627/latest-win10-update-breaks-printing-crashes-explorer <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 latest Windows 10 update is designed to fix problems with printers. Instead it seems to be causing more problems. The update in question is Microsoft patch KB4524147 , which is marked as a "critical" update for those users running Windows 10 version 1903. It addresses an Internet Explorer scripting engine security vulnerability (CVE-2019-1367) . Another highlight of this update is a fix for "an intermittent issue with the print spooler service that may cause print jobs to fail." Unfortunately some users report quite the opposite has happened with regard to their printers. Since ... (<a href="/news/10627/latest-win10-update-breaks-printing-crashes-explorer" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 08 Oct 2019 18:51:20 +0000 John Lister 10627 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10627/latest-win10-update-breaks-printing-crashes-explorer#comments f1 Microsoft Scammed by Expert4help.com? Here's What to Do http://www.infopackets.com/news/10626/scammed-expert4helpcom-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 Tricia B. writes: " Dear Dennis, I stumbled across your article on PC / Web Network Experts after researching Expert4help.com scam . A few weeks ago I was using my PC when suddenly I received a popup virus alert stating that my PC was infected. I called 1-833-257-8555 and spoke to a man with a thick Indian accent . They then connected to my PC remotely and installed some antivirus software to 'fix' the 'problems'. They then wanted me to sign a 3 year contract with them for $898 . I told them 'No,' and that I would pay $350 for a 1 year contract. They kept insisting that I ... (<a href="/news/10626/scammed-expert4helpcom-heres-what-do" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Fri, 04 Oct 2019 20:05:47 +0000 Dennis Faas 10626 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10626/scammed-expert4helpcom-heres-what-do#comments f1 Windows Tips New Privacy Controls for Maps, Assistant, Youtube http://www.infopackets.com/news/10625/new-privacy-controls-maps-assistant-youtube <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 making three changes to make it easier to control privacy while using its services. Now, Google Maps, YouTube and the Google Assistant have the option to control privacy settings in more detail. The company's privacy chief Eric Miraglia wrote that controlling privacy and security settings should be as easy as using the services themselves. That might provoke some skepticism from critics who believe Google wants to maximize the amount of data it stores about people. (Source: blog.google ) Google Maps Goes Incognito The first change is to Google Maps, which is now getting an " ... (<a href="/news/10625/new-privacy-controls-maps-assistant-youtube" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 03 Oct 2019 17:40:15 +0000 John Lister 10625 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10625/new-privacy-controls-maps-assistant-youtube#comments f1 Google Major VOIP Security Flaws Discovered in Android http://www.infopackets.com/news/10624/major-voip-security-flaws-discovered-android <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 they discovered eight security flaws in the way Android handles voice calls through the Internet. Unlike most such bugs which involve specific apps, these problems were with Android itself. The good news is that the researchers reported all of the bugs to Google while carrying out the project and most have now been fixed. However, it does raise concerns about the development and design of the system itself. (Source: github.io ) The researchers looked at the three latest Android versions (7, 8 and 9), specifically addressing the components that allow Voice Over Internet ... (<a href="/news/10624/major-voip-security-flaws-discovered-android" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 02 Oct 2019 18:44:05 +0000 John Lister 10624 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10624/major-voip-security-flaws-discovered-android#comments f1 Security Words With Friends DB Hacked; 620M Accounts Leaked http://www.infopackets.com/news/10623/words-friends-db-hacked-620m-accounts-leaked <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">The word "hacked" is worth 16 points in Scrabble. It's also what appears to have happened to a database of 218 million users of the popular online game "Words With Friends." A few weeks ago game creators Zynga said it "recently discovered that certain player account information may have been illegally accessed by outside hackers." It didn't give any detail on numbers, but went on to say that account login information may have been accessed. (Source: zynga.com ) Now a hacker has come forth and is attempting to sell the details of 620 million Zynga game accounts, of which 218 million ... (<a href="/news/10623/words-friends-db-hacked-620m-accounts-leaked" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 01 Oct 2019 19:13:07 +0000 John Lister 10623 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10623/words-friends-db-hacked-620m-accounts-leaked#comments f1 Security Latest Internet Explorer Bug a Massive Risk http://www.infopackets.com/news/10621/latest-internet-explorer-bug-massive-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">Microsoft has issued an emergency patch for Internet Explorer. In the most extreme circumstances, a user simply visiting a website could give a hacker complete remote control of a computer. Between Chrome's dominance and Edge becoming the default on new Windows machines, Internet Explorer is far from popular and is now used on around 8 percent of desktop computers. However, that still means around a hundred million machines could be affected by this bug. (Source: bbc.co.uk ) It's a sign of how serious the problem is that Microsoft has issued an emergency patch, or as it calls it, an out-of- ... (<a href="/news/10621/latest-internet-explorer-bug-massive-risk" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 26 Sep 2019 17:05:51 +0000 John Lister 10621 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10621/latest-internet-explorer-bug-massive-risk#comments f1 Security How to Fix: Yum [Errno 14] PYCURL ERROR 22 - 404 Not Found http://www.infopackets.com/news/10622/how-fix-yum-errno-14-pycurl-error-22-404-not-found <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 am running Centos 6 32-bit (i386) on a virtual machine and recently I started having 'PYCURL ERROR 22' every time I use 'yum list updates' or 'yum -y update' to list and download updates. The error message says ' [Errno 14] PYCURL ERROR 22 - The requested URL returned error: 404 Not Found '. I have gone to the wiki.centos.org/yum-errors as the error message suggests, but have not been able to find a solution to this problem. Can you help? " My response: I asked Steve if he would like me to connect to his virtual machine using my remote ... (<a href="/news/10622/how-fix-yum-errno-14-pycurl-error-22-404-not-found" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 25 Sep 2019 18:53:37 +0000 Dennis Faas 10622 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10622/how-fix-yum-errno-14-pycurl-error-22-404-not-found#comments f1 Linux 'Right To Be Forgotten' Dropped Outside Europe http://www.infopackets.com/news/10620/right-be-forgotten-dropped-outside-europe <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 won a major victory over "right to be forgotten" rules . When it agrees to delete 'outdated' search results, it will no longer have to do so outside of Europe. The latest ruling is part of a long running saga that began when European courts tried to find a balance between the competing rights to free speech and privacy. It all began with a Spanish man whose house was forcibly sold to settle a debt - an incident that was reported in a local newspaper. Eleven years later he asked the newspaper to delete the archived report, saying it was the top search result for his name and the ... (<a href="/news/10620/right-be-forgotten-dropped-outside-europe" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 24 Sep 2019 17:34:17 +0000 John Lister 10620 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10620/right-be-forgotten-dropped-outside-europe#comments f1 Courts Google Responds to Device 'Eavesdropping' Claims http://www.infopackets.com/news/10619/google-responds-device-eavesdropping-claims <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 making several changes to the way it handles audio collected from phones and smart gadgets such as the Google Home speaker. It follows revelations that humans listened to recordings collected by several tech giants. Amazon, Apple and Google were all hit by claims that they'd not done enough to make clear that staff or contractors listened to recordings to check the accuracy of automatic speech recognition. In several cases, human engineers heard sensitive material which appeared to have been collected unintentionally, rather than the user meaning to make a spoken query or request. ... (<a href="/news/10619/google-responds-device-eavesdropping-claims" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Mon, 23 Sep 2019 18:31:02 +0000 John Lister 10619 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10619/google-responds-device-eavesdropping-claims#comments f1 Technology Study Reveals Smart Gadgets Share Data Unexpectedly http://www.infopackets.com/news/10618/study-reveals-smart-gadgets-share-data-unexpectedly <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Researchers have discovered that many smart gadgets (such as smart TVs and streaming sticks) send data to tech companies, even when idle. The purpose of the experiment was to determine if devices were being used to monitor users, or could potentially leak data about the user to a third party. The research was a joint project between Northeastern University and the UK's Imperial College London. They examined 81 devices under the broad category of the Internet of Things (IoT). The study included security cameras, home automation devices such as WiFi plugs, Smart TV sets, smart speakers and home ... (<a href="/news/10618/study-reveals-smart-gadgets-share-data-unexpectedly" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 19 Sep 2019 18:06:47 +0000 John Lister 10618 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10618/study-reveals-smart-gadgets-share-data-unexpectedly#comments f1 Technology Latest Win10 Update May Break Internet Connectivity http://www.infopackets.com/news/10617/latest-win10-update-may-break-internet-connectivity <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 have highlighted two more problems with the latest Windows 10 Update, released September 10, 2019. It's messed up sound for some users, while others can no longer get online. For those keeping track, the problems are with the Windows 10 update KB4515384 , which has already given some users a broken Windows search tool and others a mysterious red or orange hue to their screen. Ironically, that update was designed partly to fix problems with a previous update ( KB4512941 ) which broke the Windows Search for some users, and also caused constant high processor demand for others. One of the ... (<a href="/news/10617/latest-win10-update-may-break-internet-connectivity" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 17 Sep 2019 17:43:16 +0000 John Lister 10617 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10617/latest-win10-update-may-break-internet-connectivity#comments f1 Microsoft Password Manager Bug Exposes Last Used Password http://www.infopackets.com/news/10616/password-manager-bug-exposes-last-used-password <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">Password manager LastPass has suffered an embarrassing security glitch that reveals a user's last used password, though some security experts argue that pulling off the exploit would have been difficult at best. The purpose of LastPass is to solve the problem of people having too many passwords to remember, but not wanting to reuse passwords across multiple sites. Once somebody signs up to LastPass, they create a single master password which is completely secret. Even LastPass itself doesn't store this password, so if a user forgets it, they are out of luck. The master password then stores ... (<a href="/news/10616/password-manager-bug-exposes-last-used-password" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Mon, 16 Sep 2019 18:26:03 +0000 John Lister 10616 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10616/password-manager-bug-exposes-last-used-password#comments f1 Security Win10 Update Breaks Start Menu, Causes Orange Screen http://www.infopackets.com/news/10615/win10-update-breaks-start-menu-causes-orange-screen <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">It's becoming something of a pattern that Microsoft issues a Windows 10 Update that causes a problem , then issues a follow-up that fixes it, but then introduces new problems. And it's happened again. Just last week Microsoft issued an update ( KB4512941 ) that fixed problems in the Windows 10 May 2019 Update (version 1903), but introduced new bugs with some users finding the Windows search tool didn't work at all, or their processors were under constant strain. Microsoft has since release a new bug fix (KB4515384) for the previous bug fix, but users are reporting new problems. At the time of ... (<a href="/news/10615/win10-update-breaks-start-menu-causes-orange-screen" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 12 Sep 2019 17:46:32 +0000 John Lister 10615 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10615/win10-update-breaks-start-menu-causes-orange-screen#comments f1 Microsoft Android User? Delete These Apps Now http://www.infopackets.com/news/10614/android-user-delete-these-apps-now <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">Nearly half a million users have been infected with "The Joker" malware through the Google Play store. The malware is particularly nasty and works by signing users up to premium services without their knowledge. The malware, spotted by researcher Aleksejs Kuprins, was found in 24 apps with a combined 472,000 downloads - though more apps may be found later. As of this writing, the 24 known apps have been removed from the Google Play store. (Source: techradar.com ) Infected Apps Need to be Removed If you have any of the following apps installed on your phone, they should be removed ... (<a href="/news/10614/android-user-delete-these-apps-now" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 10 Sep 2019 20:14:37 +0000 John Lister 10614 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10614/android-user-delete-these-apps-now#comments f1 Security Gov't, ISP Website Blacklisting to be Less Effective http://www.infopackets.com/news/10613/govt-isp-website-blacklisting-be-less-effective <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">Mozilla is to make an important change to Firefox browser security. It could reduce risks for users, but has raised concerns among governments and Internet Service Providers (ISPs), as it could limit their tools for filtering and monitoring online activity. The change has to do with a feature called DNS-over-HTTPS (DoH), and will first affect users in the US. It's already possible to enable DoH in Chrome, but it takes some technical know-how because the feature currently isn't widely used. DoH is all to do with the DNS (Domain Name System), which is effectively the phone book of the Internet ... (<a href="/news/10613/govt-isp-website-blacklisting-be-less-effective" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Mon, 09 Sep 2019 18:05:25 +0000 John Lister 10613 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10613/govt-isp-website-blacklisting-be-less-effective#comments f1 Security Win10 Search, High CPU Lag Plague Latest Update http://www.infopackets.com/news/10612/win10-search-high-cpu-lag-plague-latest-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">The latest Windows 10 update ( KB4512941 ) has produced two different problems. Some users report the search function is no longer working, while others have found their processors under immense strain. The problems stem from an update which itself fixed several problems with a major Windows 10 Update release in May, also known as Windows 10 version 1903. Note that users who do not have Windows 10 version 1903 won't have KB4512941 installed. You can find out which version of Windows 10 you have by clicking Start, then type in "winver" (no quotes) and hit enter. It will say the ... (<a href="/news/10612/win10-search-high-cpu-lag-plague-latest-update" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Fri, 06 Sep 2019 18:11:28 +0000 John Lister 10612 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10612/win10-search-high-cpu-lag-plague-latest-update#comments f1 Microsoft Microsoft Backtracks on Disabling Adobe Flash http://www.infopackets.com/news/10611/microsoft-backtracks-disabling-adobe-flash <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 changed its mind about phasing out support for Adobe Flash, which is used to help web browsers view multimedia. Both Internet Explorer and the current edition of Edge browsers will continue to support the technology by default until the end of 2020, in contrast to other browsers. Adobe says it's ditching Flash at the end of next year, largely because it's become redundant with website designers now preferring to create multimedia and interactive elements in HTML 5, rather than with Flash. HTML 5 works in modern browsers without the need for plug-ins like Flash. Chrome and ... (<a href="/news/10611/microsoft-backtracks-disabling-adobe-flash" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 05 Sep 2019 17:25:16 +0000 John Lister 10611 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10611/microsoft-backtracks-disabling-adobe-flash#comments f1 Internet Use Chrome? Update Now to Fix Major Security Bug http://www.infopackets.com/news/10610/use-chrome-update-now-fix-major-security-bug <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Google has released a security update fixing a major flaw in the Chrome browser. While Chrome normally updates automatically, it's a serious enough problem that it's worth manually checking for updates to the browser in order to be certain. The bug was highlighted by the Center for Internet Security, a non-profit organization that crowd sources security problems and fixes. It says the flaw could be exploited simply by the user visiting a compromised web page. It says that: "Successful exploitation of this vulnerability could allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code in the context of the ... (<a href="/news/10610/use-chrome-update-now-fix-major-security-bug" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 04 Sep 2019 17:42:17 +0000 John Lister 10610 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10610/use-chrome-update-now-fix-major-security-bug#comments f1 Security Facebook Tightens Political Ad Rules, But is it Enough? http://www.infopackets.com/news/10609/facebook-tightens-political-ad-rules-it-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">Facebook is taking new steps to prevent misleading political ads following the Cambridge Analytica scandal , which had millions of Facebook profiles harvested and used without consent for political advertising purposes. It says it's tightening the rules on buyers, which must now not only prove their identity, but also the organization they are associated with. Since 2018, anyone paying for an advertisement on Facebook relating to elections, politics or social issues has had to prove their identity to Facebook. They also have to include a disclaimer in the ad marked "Paid for by...", which is ... (<a href="/news/10609/facebook-tightens-political-ad-rules-it-enough" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 29 Aug 2019 13:50:01 +0000 John Lister 10609 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10609/facebook-tightens-political-ad-rules-it-enough#comments f1 Internet How to Fix: Delete, Stop Google Calendar Spam http://www.infopackets.com/news/10608/how-fix-delete-stop-google-calendar-spam <div class="google_ads"><script type="text/javascript"> google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0008535939683877"; google_ad_slot = "6958691424"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; </script> <!-- 336x280 --> <script type="text/javascript" src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Google Calendar users have been hit by a spate of spam "events" that are nothing more than dubious web links. Users have several ways to stop the problem, but with some drawbacks. The problem involves mysterious entries appearing in Google Calendar, sometimes seeming to have been added by friends. Speaking from experience, I had several entries appear for an "event" which was supposedly a time-limited offer to pick up a free iPhone, along with a link to confirm I wanted to take advantage. Although I did not click on the link, it's a safe bet it would not have taken me to the Apple store. ... (<a href="/news/10608/how-fix-delete-stop-google-calendar-spam" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 28 Aug 2019 18:47:53 +0000 John Lister 10608 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10608/how-fix-delete-stop-google-calendar-spam#comments f1 Security