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  Date News & Tips Number
Sat 1/21/2017 815
Fri 1/20/2017 814
Thur 1/19/2017 813
Wed 1/18/2017 812
Tue 1/17/2017 811
Mon 1/16/2017 810
Sun 1/15/2017 809

Sat 815  1/21/2017

Step Away From Facebook: The Best Online Goals to Have This Year (besides it eats your battery faster than anything else)



Can smart cities protect their IoT Achilles heel from hackers? (Columbus, OH is or was first IoT city, see what could happen)



Windows 10's new power slider lets you improve battery life or performance



New Google feature will change how you search forever



Will Apple finally change the iPhone name this year?



How to Back Up Your Skype Chat History



How to remove Facebook Contacts & Birthdays from Calendar in Windows 10



Your router isn't as fast as you think it is. Here's why

CNET editor Dong Ngo explains Wi-Fi speeds and helps manage your networking expectations.




How Advertisers Use Web Beacons to Track You on the Web and in Emails



HDMI, DVI and DisplayPort: what are the differences and which should you use?



What is tablet mode in Windows 10?



Surface Studio gets its first firmware update, Surface Pro 4 its latest



How to Disable Skype’s Typing Indicator



Use Microsoft’s online troubleshooter to Fix Windows Update Errors



The VR game we need right now was already made 23 years ago (read this carefully and see how slow somethings are)

Commentary: A virtual-reality remake of the PC classic TIE Fighter makes too much sense to not be a thing.



10 Future Technologies You’ll See In Your Home in 3 Years



What are transistors and how do they work?



How to generate app passwords for your Microsoft Account

Follow this guide to generate passwords for apps and services connected to your Microsoft Account which don't support two-factor authentication.



The Apple TV is a mess — and hardly the 'future of TV' Apple advertised



How to Make Skype Forward Calls to Your Landline or Mobile Phone



5 lesser known but cool Windows Store apps you want to download



Massive Windows 10 Update Has Two Nasty Surprises



This Website Knows Everything About You (Even Your Future)



How to add and remove a new user account in Windows 10



How to disable Flash in Edge for Windows 10



When is your phone getting Android 7.0 Nougat? We asked every major manufacturer



How to Clear Skype Chat History



There were some problems installing updates, but we’ll try again later



How to more effectively manage mobile devices in Google's G Suite

A recent redesign of G Suite added a host of new MDM features for administrators. Here's how you can choose the best options for your organization.



Prisma, the App of the Year, Just Got Even Better



How to disable your webcam for an extra layer of privacy



Could this be the Surface Phone? Microsoft awarded patents for a range of foldable mobile devices

Microsoft has been awarded a patent for a foldable mobile devices and other components that could point to something beyond a mere prototype.



These Xbox One games will look better on your HDR TV



How to Use Skype as a Remote Control Security Camera



Windows 10 Creators Update comes with latest IT tools and better Security (fifth iteration of Windows 10)



ow to change the 'Hey, Cortana' wake word in Windows 10

Microsoft doesn't let you personalize Cortana's wake word, but this third-party program does.



Why Is Global Cyber Security Confidence Falling?



Researchers ID Decades-Old 'Fruitfly' Mac Malware



Update all the laptops, Thinner, faster, lighter, stronger.



Google’s $20 Project Fi referral program has been extended ‘indefinitely’



Ask Amy: Couple should be smarter than their smartphone



App Stores Are Still a Booming Business, and Apple Dominates It



Comments by -- Joe Nowak

Latest in AR (augmented reality) for kids

Thu Jan 19, 2017 10:59 pm (PST)

Some pretty amazing technology coming for the younger set.
Storytelling Rug Uses AR To Brings Kids Stories To Life

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Fri 814  1/20/2017

7 cool ways to reuse an old laptop

Breathe new life into your dusty relic of a portable PC.



How Slack brought its desktop app to the Windows Store

Slack's Desktop client is available in the Windows 10 app Store. Here's how and why it got there.



Fake Android Instagram apps have been stealing login credentials from users



Can you enable or use Compatibility View in Microsoft Edge browser?



Download of the day: McAfee Labs Stinger



How to Add and Remove Kexts from macOS



Excel Printing Tips: 7 Steps for Perfect Printing



Microsoft's first tethered Windows 10 VR headsets to ship in March

Microsoft's first tethered VR headsets ship as part of developer kits for those looking to create apps based on the Windows Holographic platform



27,000 MongoDB servers have their data wiped, receive ransom demand for its safe return



Worlds collide as Cortana makes its way to the Android lock screen



Top 10 YouTube Tips and Tricks that will enhance your YouTube experience



Avast SecureLine review

A fast VPN from a provider you can trust



How to Enable “Share Settings” Option in the Windows 10 Settings App



Raspberry Pi Launches PIXEL for PC and Mac



Microsoft's first tethered Windows 10 VR headsets to ship in March

Microsoft's first tethered VR headsets ship as part of developer kits for those looking to create apps based on the Windows Holographic platform



TV News anchor says 'Alexa, buy me a dollhouse' with predictable results...

Change your Alexa settings if you don’t want to make unexpected purchases.



Beware, there’s a Gmail phishing scam going round and here’s what you need to know



How to allow or block Cookies in Microsoft Edge browser



The best Amazon Echo Alexa skills and how to install them



The Best Linux Distros to Watch Out for in 2017 (I find this interesting and will have to check these out later)



Cheap Laptops: Good Deal or Waste of Money? (just remember there is too cheap)



New $29 Pine64 takes on Raspberry Pi Compute Module 3

The SOPINE A64 Compute Module is a smaller version of Pine64 and will ship in February



How to respond to a ransomware infection

Paying the ransom should be the LAST thing you do…



U.S. Navy is developing target-tracking ‘smart bullets’ to defend against drone swarms



How to use the new Microsoft web-based Privacy Dashboard



How to stay safe online



Mobility in 2017: More location-based apps and IoT advancements

Mitch Black, president of mobile software company MOBI, talked with TechRepublic about what's coming up this year for enterprise mobility.



The Best Prebuilt, DIY, and NAS Solutions for a Plex Server



How Google secures its cloud

Google's Infrastructure Security Design Overview document details how the company secures the servers it uses internally and for cloud services.



Man sues Verizon for $72 million, says negligence allowed him to commit ID theft

Stupid is as stupid does…



Intel responds to report about hackers gaining access to a debugging interface



Free software to monitor System Performance & Resources in Windows 10/8/7



How to free up disk space in Windows

Begone, low storage space errors!



80% of IoT apps not tested for vulnerabilities, report says

A new report from the Ponemon Institute, IBM, and Arxan claims that just 20% of IoT apps and 29% of mobile apps are actually tested for vulnerabilities, raising security concerns.



The Best Backup Software for Windows



Windows 10: Fujitsu goes mobile with pocket-sized tablet plus ultralight laptop (I have worked on earlier devices, very small compact dense hardware)

Fujitsu has unveiled a six-inch Windows 10 tablet, and a 13.3-inch super-light Windows 10 notebook.



Schools warned about cold-calling ransomware attacks



10 things you might not know about Apple’s AirPods



Google Support says Pixel audio issues are related to the hardware, not software; no refunds offered

Google previously said a software update would fix the problem (it's likely a driver that doesn't match well to the hardware or to the OS)



New NexDock Uses Intel Compute Card to Become a Laptop

It's a dock that turns your smartphone, stick PC, and now Intel Compute Cards into a laptop.



Comments by -- Bob Primak --

Re. FYI#813 (Thurs., 1/19/2017):

Windows 10 tip: Monitor system performance in real time

These graphical indicators are something I use all the time. I like to be able to quickly tell when an installer or an update is using the Internet or the disk, or some other system resources. If a download slows or quits, these indicators can also be useful. At the very least, I know if the whole update or download process has quit, or if it's still running and just needs more time to complete. Sometimes I prefer a smaller window which I can keep always on top, but for that I use Network Meter (free utility -- replaced Networx, which is no longer freeware). 


You Want Faster and Safer Internet?

My main reason for switching to OpenDNS was that AT&T's DNS stopped allowing me access to Microsoft, and to Windows Updates for awhile. OpenDNS didn't have that issue at the time. I kept OpenDNS because it doesn't slow down my Internet speeds and loading of web pages during certain hours the way AT&T DNS may be doing.


How to simplify your Debian/Ubuntu system updates with uCareSystem

    What is so complicated about going to the Ubuntu Unity Dash, hitting the Search Button, typing in "update" (or already having it there as recently used) and clicking on the black Apt Circle? In fact, by default, the updater runs automatically every week. There is no need for additional tools in Linux. From the Command Line, it's "sudo apt-get update" followed by "sudo apt-get upgrade". Wait for completion, and you're done. Only some apps from third-party sites need their own updating. 

    To clean up apt, I use Bleachbit. That's like CCleaner for Linux. With one click it runs autoremove and autoclean. It can also do limited depackaging of broken packages or failed installs.

    And Flash Player for Chrome can be updated the same way it's done in Windows. Type into the URL Bar "chrome://components" , scroll down to the Flash Plugin, and hit the Update Button. If there is an update, it runs automatically. No need even to relaunch the browser.

    The one real problem of a one size fits all updater like uCareSystem, is the lack of control over things like kernel version upgrades. (Screenshots at the app's site show there are controls in this app for what to update or not to update. Also, what to clean and what to leave alone.) Kernel upgrades can cause problems, especially with proprietary kernel level drivers. You find out these errors only after trying to Restart, and getting a Black Screen of Death. So make sure you really are ready before letting this app (or anything else) upgrade your Linux kernel version. And don't be too quick to discard older, working kernel versions.

    What uCareSystem does not seem to offer controls over, are cleaning items. Especially things like "optimizing RAM", which make my skin crawl as I envision all the damages which taking a one size fits all approach can do to Linux in these system areas. This type of "optimization" is way out of line in modern Linux on capable hardware! 

    Bottom Line: This product is over-aggressive and should be avoided. You could end up with a totally unusable system and no way other than reinstall or recovery with Clonezilla, to get back to functioning Linux. Definitely have data and system backups before even trying this product!


Getting my new Asus X540S notebook ready for Linux

    So where are the results of installing all those Linux distros on one laptop? Did it even work? Was he able to even get the conflicting installers to play nice?

    Anyway, why would anyone put ALL the available Linux distros onto a PC? Testing and trying out various distros should be done using Virtual Machines, or if not available in Windows, install a big distro (like Ubuntu) and put in a Virtual Machine program which can handle Windows and the other Linux distros inside of Ubuntu. In any event, trying the distros from VMs, Live DVDs or mounted ISOs, would make a lot more sense than trying to shoehorn a bunch of Linux distros into a laptop which is barely able to handle Windows in a single-boot environment. 

    Bottom line -- try Live or VM versions of Linux, then decide which one or two you really would like to add to your Windows PC. If not running Windows 10 Pro, then set up the dual-boot (or triple-boot) and go from there. For Windows 10 Pro, just delete the VMs you no longer need and keep the ones you really want to use. If you know how, it isn't difficult to back up and restore a VM, so this approach is very practical. 

    Even on GPT Disks, you can have too many Active Partitions for your Boot Manager to handle.

    GRUB does a fair job of handling up to three OSes, but beyond that number, especially on UEFI-Boot PCs, things can get pretty confused, eventually resulting in GRUB not finding the bootloaders for any of the installed OSes. Then you get to start over. 

    (The EFI Boot List -- part of the EFI Firmware Partition -- is one of the problems. The List grows with every added or deleted OS, and items in the list keep getting to be more and more. Eventually booting collapses altogether. This is true for repeatedly uninstalling and reinstalling Windows and for all OS Upgrades as well. Cleaning the EFI Boot List can be done with special tools, but it's risky and difficult. Not for amateurs.) 


From My Own Reading:

Driver Licenses From Nine States Won’t Be Valid IDs for Domestic Flights in 2018



REAL ID and You: Rumor Control


(This is Homeland Security's Official Site for info on RealID.)

(Illinois Drivers Licenses presently do not comply with the requirements for RealId. Nine other States are even worse.)

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Thur 813  1/19/2017

What I’ve Learned About the Brokers Who Trade Passwords by the Millions



How to Save Searches in Windows for Quick Access Later



What you need to know about AMD Ryzen



Windows 10 Start Menu Alternatives



Windows 10 tip: Monitor system performance in real time

Windows 10 has a generous assortment of performance monitoring tools. One of those tools, hidden in Task Manager, can help you watch the performance of a network connection or disk controller in real time.



Microsoft is begging you to ditch Windows 7 for Windows 10



You Want Faster and Safer Internet?



Back Up Your Data With Rsync (No Desktop Required)



How to Use Android’s Built-In Tethering When Your Carrier Blocks It



The Internet of Intelligent Things: Google, Samsung, Microsoft, and the new battlefront



31 Hidden Chrome Features That Will Make Your Life Easier



Cybercrime gang uses Google services for malware command and control

Gang behind multiple cyberattacks on banks and financial institutions has found a new way to manage its activities.



One emoji message can crash your iPhone, if you’re not careful



Your Computer's Worst Enemy?



How to Use Apple AirPods With Android Devices



How to Open Google Chrome Settings in a Separate Window



Microsoft working on new Windows 10 set up experience powered by Cortana



How to simplify your Debian/Ubuntu system updates with uCareSystem

Have you ever wanted a simpler method of updating your Ubuntu and/or Debian systems? Want no longer. Here's how to simplify the process with the help of a single command line tool.



Getting my new Asus X540S notebook ready for Linux (for those into Raspberry Pi, check the end of the article)

Today I try a variety of Linux distributions on a low-priced laptop that comes with Windows 10 Home.



Your browser might be filling in hidden fields and giving away your secrets



Danger Zone: Free Wifi Hotspots



How to Match the Exposures of Multiple Photos in Lightroom



How to Transfer Contacts Between Google Accounts



Yubico's new YubiKey for Windows Hello app makes logging in to your PC a breeze



How to set up two-factor authentication for your Google account

Two-factor authentication is a simple way to add an extra layer of security to your Google account. Here's how to get it set up.



LG Takes Aim At Samsung With New 'Quantum Dot-Beating' TV Technology



This is how Google ensures the Play Store remains free from potential malware



Tech That Spies On You



How to Upgrade From Windows XP to Windows 7 or 10



How to Easily Boost Your Cell Phone Signal at Home



How to enable or disable the new OneDrive activity center on Windows 10



Mobile 2017: 76 Predictions On The Future Of Mobile From Influencers And Industry VIPs



Verizon is about to cripple your Galaxy Note 7 and you can’t do anything to stop it



Top 10 Security Vulnerabilities of 2016



Live Stream to YouTube With a Raspberry Pi



How to Automatically Start Recording with Manything Whenever a Door or Window Opens



9 ways to bend Windows 10 to your will

You can customize Windows 10 to your liking, not Microsoft's



How—and why—you should use a VPN any time you hop on the internet

We'll show you how to protect your online privacy as governments around the world, including the U.S., step up their online surveillance efforts.



The next laptops Apple launches could fix the biggest complaints about the new MacBook Pro



It makes good security sense to change Alexa's name - here's how

Shame there are so few options…



Use Gmail Offline and Enable Email Scheduling & Snoozing



How to Share a Google Calendar with Other People



Comments by -- Bob Primak --

Re. FYI#811 (Tues, 1/17/2017)

Hackers could gain complete control of an Intel-based PC using a USB 3.0 port

Intel responds to report about hackers gaining access to a debugging interface

(This requires local access per PC.)

From the article (last paragraph):

   "Intel Boot Guard can be used to prevent malware and unauthorized software from making changes to the system’s initial boot block."

   This means, any Skylake or better Intel processor will prevent the attack vector in this alleged "proof of concept" from working. I specifically checked my Intel NUC's Skylake Processor, and yes, it has Intel Boot Guard in place. I haven't heard of it mattering whether the OS booted into ins Windows or Linux, or whether the Boot Manager is Windows or GRUB or something else. The ASUS Transformer Book tablet with its Atom processor is vulnerable, but that is not where I keep personal data. So much hype, so little substance!


From My Own Reading:

Leaked Windows 10 build shows Microsoft filling a major content hole: Ebooks


Could be worth looking into once more details come out.


Comments by -- Joe Nowak

Latest copy of CyberHeist News

Tue Jan 17, 2017 11:53 pm (PST)

CyberheistNews Vol 7 #3 Bad News: Your Antivirus Detection Rates Have Dramatically Declined in 12 Months


Live Demo: New-School Security Awareness Training

Wed Jan 18, 2017 2:03 pm (PST)

If you need to make your staff more familiar with the intricacies of computer security and safety this might just be the event for you.

Sorry for the short notice.


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Wed 812  1/18/2017

People are showing off photos of their scratched up Jet Black iPhone 7 handsets



How to customize launch and tab options in Edge for Windows 10



If vendors cannot keep a phone updated, why trust them with your household items?

Unless your next smart fridge is going to have a support lifecycle the length of Windows XP, it's going to be cracked in a couple of years.



Getting Started with that new Windows 10 PC or TabletDec 27, 2016



Ransomware’s New Frontier: Here’s What Will Be Targeted in 2017



Vermont power company finds malware linked to Russian hackers (updated)



In memoriam: 13 tech products we lost in 2016



This Gmail Phishing Attack Is Fooling Even Savvy Users



How much RAM does your PC need? Probably less than you think



How to enable and customize reading view in Edge for Windows 10



HandBrake Finally Leaves Beta, Improves Presets, Gets a Little Easier to Use



Q. Who is the ‘genius’ responsible for the Windows Registry?



Use This Web & Mobile Highlighter to Remember What You Read



Samsung will likely bring Chromecast-like functionality to its TVs



Another Massive DDoS Closes Out 2016, But Mirai Not To Blame



Raspberry Pi's new Compute Module 3 goes on sale

It has over 10 times the performance of its predecessor and is aimed at industrial applications



Microsoft's mighty morphing mobile device would be a great Surface phone



You just got a new Windows 10 PC! Here's what you need to know

If you were lucky enough to get a new Windows 10 laptop or PC for the holidays, let's help you get off on the right foot!



Protect your phone from secret spyware



Apple's AirPods survive tough workouts with no sweat

AirPods stay securely in your ears—yes, even on the treadmill.



5 Tools to Sync & Auto-Upload Photos from Android to Cloud Storage



Awesome new video to explain networking and IPv4



Microsoft foresees AR tracking your keys, milk, entire life

A patent filing by Microsoft hints at tech that would automatically keep tabs on everyday objects so you don't have to.



Need More Space? 10 Apps to Free up Storage on Your Phone



Apple dominates Samsung in holiday gadget shopping while Google ‘struggled’ to excite: Study



You just got a new Surface! Here's what you need to know

Whether it's your first Surface Pro or Surface Book or your first upgrade, here's how to set up and get started!



Just an hour a day on social media can affect kids' happiness



13 fabulous movies for streaming-in the new year



27+ Essential Lightroom Shortcuts for Improving Your Workflow



How to Run Linux on Chromebooks with Crouton



Best VR apps for exercise

It doesn't have to look like exercise, it can look like fun!



London startup launches chatbot to help renters exercise their rights



This is the Galaxy S8 rumor we’ve been waiting for



Just got a new Xbox One or Xbox One S? Here's how to set it up and get gaming like a pro!



Woman scammed out of $270,000 - Don't let this happen to you



Understanding Win10’s MS and local accounts



Your Nook Tablet May Contain Spyware



How to Install Linux on an Acer C720 Chromebook



How to set up your TV for the perfect picture

Make sure you get the most out of your lovely big TV



Trojan malware blamed for cyberattack at Barts Health NHS hospitals



More evidence points to the big iPhone 8 redesign everyone wants


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Tue 811 1/17/2017

What To Expect From Windows 10 Creators Update (due around April)



Windows 10 Creators Update: Game Mode, Greater Data Control, Better Privacy Settings And More



Hacked Yahoo Data Is for Sale on Dark Web



Fix Low Game FPS in Windows 10 by Disabling This Feature



Threat Actors Bring Ransomware To Industrial Sector With New Version of KillDisk



Dell XPS 13 gets 14 percent better battery life with latest BIOS update



Quick Tip: How To Troubleshoot Windows Update on Windows 7, 8.1 and 10



How to change date and time formats on Windows 10



12 Ways Google’s World Domination is Downright Creepy



Command-Tab Plus Is a Powerful and Customizable macOS App Switcher



What’s the Point of Clearing Cache and Data on Android?



InterContinental Hotels Probes Possible Card System Breach



Facebook is still the biggest drain on your smartphone battery



2017 Predictions: Google Wants to (Literally) Be Everywhere You Are



The Samsung 960 EVO is a fast SSD for a lot of money, but is it worth it?



Computer Shopping? 10 Reasons Not to Buy a Mac



Put the Clock Back On the Right In Windows 10



4 Android Anti-Theft Solutions Compared: Which Is the Best?



FBI, DHS Report Implicates Cozy Bear, Fancy Bear In Election-Related Hacks



5 ways Apple can get back in the game in 2017



Suddenly hot smart home devices are ripe for hacking, experts warn



Everything we know about the next Xbox: Project Scorpio



Why People Are Pissed About the New Apple MacBook Pros



Mercury Reader for Chrome Gives You a Clean, Ad-Free View of Articles on the Web



Text Better with These Alternative SMS Apps for Android



8 Most Hackable Holiday Gifts, 2016 Edition



Is your smartphone listening to everything you say? We asked the experts



‘Kids born today will never drive,’ says Robot Valley champion



Does putting an adhesive skin on your gaming laptop make it hotter?



Don’t Buy the Hype: Your Phone and Tablet Don’t Replace a PC



Make Your Own File Uploader to Add Files to a Raspberry Pi From Anywhere



2 Easy Ways to Recover a Lost or Stolen Android Phone



8 Boldest Security Predictions For 2017 



Hackers could gain complete control of an Intel-based PC using a USB 3.0 port



How to change priority of notifications in Windows 10



Wrapping up another year of Windows updating



Usage for Mac Tracks How Much Time You Spend In Each App



5 Silent Fanless Mini PCs That Will Save You Money



Should you keep using an old Time Capsule to rotate for off-site storage?



Xbox Is Making Major Changes With Its Home Button



Comments by -- Bob Primak --

Re. FYI #810 (Mon 1/16/2017)

How to Improve the Security of Your Linux System with Firejail

I am very skeptical of this type of program in Linux. The article is poorly informed, since SUID is not a Linux term at all. The term is SetUID, and it comes from UNIX. SetUID was used to allow UNIX programs to have elevated privileges (like the gksu command in Linux). It was never intended to be used to sandbox anything or restrict privileges at all. To do this function properly in Linux, we have ApArmor and its Settings download. This is a privilege restriction program from a proper source (the Ubuntu Repositories). Combined with activating the Ubuntu Firewall (disabled by default) App Armor should be unto Linux what EMET is unto Windows Pro. Not full sandboxing (the article misused this term) but privilege restrictions for the most likely offenders when it comes to endangering Linux security. 


Microsoft Admits Windows 10 Has A Serious Problem

Admitting you have a problem and actually doing something about the problem are two very different things. I see some settings being collected together and some settings being presented up-front during installation, burt no improvement in the abiklity of end users to actually control these settings. For example, if you "disable" Cortana, the process and services (and "telemetry") are still running. 


Fileless Malware Takes 2016 By Storm

In-memory attacks are all the rage, creating a growing class of "non-malware." (sounds like frequent reboots would be in order)

In what way would rebooting do anything to protect you? infestations in RAM are very, very fast, and you would never know the fileless malware had ever been there.


Should I Accept My Security Software’s Recommendation of What to Remove?

Short answer -- Google is your friend. When in doubt, there is also VirusTotal if you can identify a specific file to upload, or else google the name of the malware identified and see if it shows often as suspicious. Also, be aware of the difference between a detection of a threat, vs. a warning of a potentially unwanted item. The latter type are seldom malicious, but you might not want them on your system. 


Amazon Refuses to Turn Over Data From Echo Device in Murder Case

But this means they admit they have the stored recordings. That alone is a Red Flag about the Echo.


How Windows 10 Changed Setting Default Programs

I find these settings never stick very long. I am constantly having to reassert my Default and Open With lists on my NUC. Not so much on my tablet, where I haven't set as many custom Open With and Default programs.


Donald Trump: 'No computer is safe,' so use a courier instead

I'll remember that the next time I'm in a Texting Chain with a friend or relative. Couriers are not only expensive, but they take time to deliver the message. And unless you use special ink and encryption, the message is out there in plain text. I'd say a courier can be intercepted more easily than an email or a Text message. We've seen even Postal Carriers hijacked and robbed in Chicago recently.


Turn Off Fast Startup in Windows 10

I know of only one good case for doing this -- Dual Booting. I do this on my NUC with Ubuntu Linux and Windows 10 Pro. Linux can't access locked NTFS partitions, and Fast Startup locks all the NTFS partitions on the drive. For situations where I want or need a full shutdown or a full restart, I made shortcuts to my Win 10 desktop and taskbar for these special commands. It's easy to do.


Re. FYI #809 (Sun 1/15/2017)


How to Monitor and Adjust Website Security Permissions in Chrome

I prefer  to use a trio of extensions for these tasks, since the extensions are set once, use many times. The extensions are Ghostery (to block ads and tracking cookies), Abine Blur (for Trackers) and HTTPS Everywhere, which uses https anywhere where it is available, and can warn if a site is not using https.  And yes, some sites need to be Trusted or whitelisted for these extensions.


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Mon 810 1/16/2016

How to Improve the Security of Your Linux System with Firejail



What is Event Viewer, and Why Does It Have So Many Errors?



10 tips every iPhone 7 owner should know



Amazon Scams On The Rise In 2017 As Fraudulent Sellers Run Amok And Profit Big



21 Biggest Cybercriminal Busts Of 2016



Amazon’s Alexa stole the show at CES in a bid to become the Internet of Things operating system



How to Opt Out of Personalized Ads from Google



15 Android and iOS Apps That Will Make You More Creative



Best laptop sleeves for Dell XPS 13



How Not To Get Locked Out of Your Microsoft Account While Travelling



Blazing-fast 5G will light CES 2017's fire

Self-driving cars? Internet of things? Virtual reality chat? 5G could be the catalyst that powers everything.



Microsoft Admits Windows 10 Has A Serious Problem



Fileless Malware Takes 2016 By Storm

In-memory attacks are all the rage, creating a growing class of "non-malware." (sounds like frequent reboots would be in order)



Transferring files between your smartphone and PC — the easy way



Four Ways Point-and-Shoot Cameras Still Beat Smartphones



How Apple’s iPhone Battery Is Pissing People Off



Dell is about to reveal an XPS 13 (9365) convertible laptop at CES with Infinity Edge display



Should I Accept My Security Software’s Recommendation of What to Remove?



The 7 big trends that will dominate CES 2017

The world's biggest tech show returns this week. Here's everything you need to know.



Amazon Refuses to Turn Over Data From Echo Device in Murder Case



Before You Pay that Ransomware Demand…



Customers took a stand against Windows 10’s aggressive upgrades – and won



How to Use a VPN with Your Amazon Fire Tablet



7 Mistakes You’re Making Every Day on Your iPhone



Best Disney Games for Windows 10



How Windows 10 Changed Setting Default Programs



Death to Apple's Mac Mini: I made a Hackintosh

Commentary: After years of waiting for a decent upgrade to Apple's desktop computers, I've given up. I decided to build a PC; then make it work like a Mac.



Huawei Takes on Apple and Samsung With First High-End U.S. Smartphone



Report: $3-5M in Ad Fraud Daily from ‘Methbot’



What to Do with Your Old Laptop


cMicrosoft's Next Surface Pro May Arrive Soon



7 Ways to Keep Your Smartphone Running Like New



How to expand your Surface Book's storage the cheap and easy way

Can you upgrade the storage in a Surface Book?



he Ask Leo! Glossary "image backup"



Donald Trump: 'No computer is safe,' so use a courier instead

Commentary: Ringing in the New Year, the president-elect says that computers aren't to be trusted and that he'll reveal new details about Russian hacking. (sounds like one step forward and two steps back)



Facebook’s censorship regime is a dangerous gamble



How to hang on to Windows 7 for the long run

Not sold on Windows 10? We have the keys to keeping your Win7 system running the way you like it



Obama boosted White House technology; Trump sees risks



How to Use an External Microphone with Skype



6 of the Best LibreOffice Extensions You Should Use



Best computer speakers for under $100



Turn Off Fast Startup in Windows 10


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Sun 809 1/15/2016

New Windows 10 build is a monster update

First update of the year adds more new features than any previous build.

Due around April, these major updates are essentially a complete OS replacement usually with lots of changes which may bother those that don't like change.



How to Monitor and Adjust Website Security Permissions in Chrome



$40 device doubles the storage of your 32GB iPhone 7 or 7 Plus



How to allow or block Cookies in Microsoft Edge browser



HDMI 2.1: What you need to know

A new version of HDMI is coming soon, and there are some big changes -- including support for resolutions up to 10K as well as a new cable. Here's the skinny on fatter AV bandwidth.



This fake security email tries to make your PC part of a botnet

Victims of this cyberattack can have online activities monitored, data stolen, and their machine hijacked to carry out DDoS attacks.



Microsoft bringing new 'Game Mode' to Windows 10 for an enhanced PC gaming experience



Why you need MFA now: Gmail phishing scheme prepends URL with working script data

Yeah, the bad guys are back. This time they're embedding entire scripts in URLs, stealing passwords, and using a bit of psychology to snag your secrets. You've been warned.



How to manage your network with iNet Network Scanner

A valuable tool for understanding your network and the devices connected to it.



Gole1 Plus is a mini-PC with an Intel Atom processor and 8-inch display



Shodan search engine for Internet-connected devices could control the entire world



Google AI expands your photos to shrink your mobile data usage

The internet giant develops a machine learning method to improve image details and cut Google+ network burden by a third.



Three Apple predictions for 2017

What does Apple have in store for 2017? Erik Eckel lists three predictions, including one particularly bold prognostication.



How to change download options in Edge for Windows 10

How do I save files in Edge to a different folder?



How to use Google two-factor authentication

If you use Google services, and you don't want anyone raiding or wrecking your account and services--not to mention your life--Google two-step verification security is for you.



How to add a display to a Mac by using another Mac, iPad, or an HDTV

You’ve got options other than a standard display to use as your Mac's monitor.



Learn a new language (or 14) with Babbel, an app for desktop, iOS, and Android



Add Search with Google to Edge browser right-click context menu



Untangling the mesh: Everything you need to know about Wi-Fi systems

CNET editor Dong Ngo explains the good and the bad of Wi-Fi systems (aka mesh networks) and their alternatives that will make your home Wi-Fi great.



15 technologies that died in 2016



Lenovo's bringing a whole bunch of new laptops to CES



This phishing scam poses as a charity email, delivers Ramnit banking Trojan malware

Phishing emails contain names and telephone numbers of targets.



How to back up large files and collections off site



Opera Neon is a web browser for the modern age that is unlike any other



Can you enable or use Compatibility View in Microsoft Edge browser?



LinkedIn training arm Lynda.com suffers data breach

55,000 passwords reset. 9.5 million other users warned.



Once again, you can decrypt your CryptXXX ransomware files for free



How to force Windows 10 to set apps as default

Is Settings not letting you set apps as default? In this guide, we'll show you the steps to get around this problem on Windows 10.



[ALERT] Rogue Certificates



The Best Tools to Archive Websites for Long-Term Storage



New WhatsApp Scam Is Dangerously Dumb



7 Scary Reasons You Shouldn’t Use Siri or Google Assistant



Who helped Russia "hack" the US election? It might have been you...



How to change the location of TEMP files to another drive



The parent's guide to the Xbox One: accounts, safety and more!

Xbox consoles are awesome for kids, but making sure they stay safe online should always be the number one priority.



Oh No! I Dropped My Phone in The..



What is NFC and Why Is It Useful? [MTE Explains] (think cellphones)



Tech Stock Roundup: AR/VR and Self Driving Cars Dominate CES



How to allow extensions in Incognito mode on your Chromebook and why you want to

Sometimes being incognito just isn't enough.



Comments by -- Joe Nowak

NetFlix Phishing Scam

Fri Jan 13, 2017 9:20 pm (PST)

Daredevil hackers target Netflix users with credit card phishing scam



Internet of Toys

Fri Jan 13, 2017 9:31 pm (PST)

Barbie and the Internet of Things.



Gmail Phishing Technique

Fri Jan 13, 2017 10:57 pm (PST)

Now the phishers are going after Gmail users.

Wide Impact: Highly Effective Gmail Phishing Technique Being Exploited


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