Satan ransomware-as-a-service starts trading in the Dark Web (a
little something to look forward too!)
Users can expect to share 30 percent of their ill-gotten gains for
Here's a neat Chrome + multi-window trick you probably didn't know
Google knows about the Pixel’s audio bugs, and it is working on a
How to Get Help in Windows 10
Microsoft Windows 10 IPsec VPN Client: Security, Validation &
Microsoft to retire original Windows 10 on March 26
Version 1507 -- the debut release of July 2015 -- falls off the
patching list in two months
(press and hold the start button and tap R, then type in the box
WINVER to know if you are on an old version being discontinued,
then you need to update to a newer version like the Anniversary
version to prepare the the fifth version of Windows 10 around
Make Your Old Games and Software Run in Windows 10
How capacitors on motherboards (and other components) work
Dell takes on the Surface Pro 4 with its Latitude 5285 2-in-1
Android’s biggest strength is driving people to the iPhone
How to Use Chrome to Display All Types of Media In-Browser
Chrome Browser Autofill feature could be a security risk for users
Wait for it: Apple planning 3 new iPads for second half of 2017
How to Automatically Record Calls on Android and Never Run out of
What is TCP/IP and how does it work?
How to opt-out the Customer Experience Improvement Program on
Windows 10 devices secretly send hardware and software usage
information to Microsoft, if you want to opt-out, here's how to do
FCC concludes that AT&T and Verizon’s policies violate net
How to Sync Your Settings in Windows 10
Protect IoT Devices from Malware and Hacking using Bitdefender BOX
Google pushed developers to fix security flaws in 275K Android apps
Over 90,000 developers acted based on alerts issued through the
Google Play App Security Improvement program
What You Must Learn From the Big Security Events of 2016
Everything you need to know about temporary files
Acer's insane 21-inch curved-screen Predator 21 X 'laptop' has an
insane price: $8,999
It's impressive in every measure, so it's no surprise that the
price is also eye-popping.
Apps were more popular than ever in 2016, and it was largely thanks
Next macOS Changes Display Settings to Boost Battery Life
What is a VR ready PC? How to check if your laptop is VR ready?
5 Terrible Trends in Smartphones
10 Questions to Ask Before You Cancel Cable
New Raspberry Pi Release Targets Industry, IoT
The ASUS VivoPC X is small and ready for VR
Roku’s updated mobile app lets us see what’s on with a single
Which Laptop CPU is Right for You?
Secure Internet of Things and IoT devices: PDF Guide
SONOS CEO WANTS FIRM’S SMART SPEAKERS TO PLAY NICE WITH ALL DIGITAL
Getting Started With Blynk: Simple DIY IoT Devices
Hibernate, sleep, or shut down: what's best for your PC?
Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning Could Threaten Apps
YouTube is rolling out in-app chat and becoming a lot more like
Move Over, Granny -- 3-D Printers Can Now Knit Sweaters
We watched a 3D printer make a sweater in less than an hour. Can
it help fix retail?
Comments by -- Bob Primak --
Re: FYI#814 (Fri 10/20/2017)
27,000 MongoDB servers have their data
wiped, receive ransom demand for its safe return
How does an IT pro keep
his/her job when caught being so very, very stupid about basic
Avast SecureLine review
A fast VPN from a provider you can
Maybe the author can
trust Avast, but I would not. I dumped Avast and AVG security
products for spying on me. Avira may not be doing anything
differently, with their now mandatory "Avira Connect" interface.
Way too much like AVG Zen, which is pure spyware. If I want to
keep my Internet sessions private, I want them to be private from
the VPN provider as well.
The Best Linux Distros to Watch Out for
LXLE is not new, but it
ap[pears to be under active development. Of the others, Manjaro
(mentioned in several Comments) is the only one I'm familiar with.
Like so many Linux distros, some of these appear to be relatively
new, and keep forking and merging, so finding one which is going
to be supported for awhile seems pretty dicey. That's one reason I
stick with Ubuntu -- it's been around awhile, and it doesn't look
like it's going away or going commercial anytime soon. For less
capable hardware, Mint or LXLE look good.
How to use the new Microsoft web-based
There are also still
the offline Privacy Controls inside the Windows 10 OS. (Just a
reminder that you don't need to set up Windows 10 as a Microsoft
Account.) Also, don't expect to have better information as to what
Microsoft does with your data or when and how it's collected. We
aren't gaining any controls we didn't have before. We just can see
more settings in one place now (as of April 2017 with the Creators
The Best Prebuilt, DIY, and NAS
Solutions for a Plex Server
That System76 Meerkat
looks suspiciously like a rebranded Intel NUC Kit, pre-assembled
and preloaded with Linux and Plex. I could probably build this
from a kit for a lot less money. (Remember, a Linux OS license
doesn't add to the cost.) While external, my Micro Center Optical
Drive works very well with my NUC under Linux. It's USB-2, but for
media I'd use USB-3. The NUC illustrated as a Meerkat has USB-C,
but I haven't seen any optical drives which have the full USB-C
specs. I also might use Kodi as my Media Center rather than pay
for a Plex Pass. Extra USB ports can be useful with a NUC, so a
GoRite lid would be a useful and cheap add-on.
In the Comments below
the article, there's mention of NVidia Shield, which recently
underwent a major upgrade. All of these options may be worth
researching, depending on your specific situation and needs.
Man sues Verizon for $72 million, says
negligence allowed him to commit ID theft
grudge against Verizon dates back to 7 May 2015. On that day,
Kelly entered a Verizon Wireless store in Highlands County,
Florida. Kelly says he submitted a valid driver's license to a
Verizon specialist, who pulled up a Verizon account belonging to
another James Kelly who had a different middle name. The
specialist apparently failed to spot the difference."
I have been in a
running argument for years with companies, including the Micro
Center, which do not keep Middle Initials in their customer
accounts databases. While in this case I hope the suit is
summarily dismissed, I would like to see a customer who has
suffered innocent financial damages from ID theft based on failure
to keep separate credit records based on different Middle
Initials, file and win a massive lawsuit against just about any
tech or telecom or Cable company.
I have also had Rewards
Program points stolen because customers can enter a phone number
which they do not own into their own accounts and steal someone
else's points from the store POS terminals. Walgreens and Office
Depot are two of the offenders. Who knows what other ID fraud can
be accomplished by such insecure POS practices?
Banks and credit card
issuers are not so lax in their separation of accounts with small
differences in names. I am not so sure about the big three or four
credit scoring companies.
The Best Backup Software for Windows
The article left out
two of the best -- Macrium Reflect and Paragon Backup. Aomei is
rapidly gaining a reputation as being one of the best for its
flexible and expandable WinPE 10 implementation.
Clonezilla works great
for Linux, but its reliance on the Command Line and its Linux/UNIX
nomenclature for hard drives and partitions, put it out of the
running for most Windows users.
Re. FYI#815 (Sat., 01/21/2017)
What is tablet mode in Windows 10?
Tablet Mode approximates the original
Windows 8/Windows 10 Start Screen. Unless you have a touchscreen,
you're better off booting directly to the Legacy Desktop where a
mouse and keyboard work best. Even for my tablet, unless I detach
the tablet part from the keyboard dock, I use the Legacy Desktop.
What Roger Hale was demonstrating in
January 2017 at West Side was the original Windows 10, which he
had never upgraded for some reason. That demo was all in Tablet
Mode, old style.
How Advertisers Use Web Beacons to
Track You on the Web and in Emails
I don't know how effective they are, but I
use privacy extensions in Chrome and Firefox to block as much of
this stuff as possible. My browsing is my business, not someone
Use Microsoft’s online troubleshooter
to Fix Windows Update Errors
I've used this a couple of times, and it
sometimes can fix stuck updates which can't seem to install and
block all other updates from being downloaded in Windows 10. This
is also useful when updates which are supposedly available don't
download and install at all for some reason.
10 Future Technologies You’ll See In
Your Home in 3 Years
I don''t expect to see any of these things
in three years, if ever. Most are a complete waste of resources.
How to generate app passwords for your
Account Login Security isn't the only
application which uses App Passwords. I use Fastmail for some of
my Web Mail. Its client side is IMAP, which constantly
communicates with the online server. This type of activity
requires extra security, so the email client needs its own App
Password on each account and each device from which the client is
used. Setting this up inside an email client can be tricky, but
once it's up and running, it does work. This is not really
two-factor authentication, but rather, it uses the device with its
own unique ID as a secondary check to make sure the app and the
device it's running on, are both authorized to be used with the
service and with the account. The device and the user are
authenticated separately, but neither uses a two-factor login.
This Website Knows Everything About You
(Even Your Future)
It doesn't seem to work very well.
Especially not for those of us who aren't on Facebook.
Massive Windows 10 Update Has Two Nasty
Both of these examples can be blocked in
the Windows 10 settings. So can Lock-Screen suggestions and
Cortana Suggestions. (In fact, all Search Suggestions can be
disabled.) What the Creators Update looks like it will do, is to
put these controls more in one place than is currently the case,
and make the choices more prominent when setting up or changing
There were some problems installing
updates, but we’ll try again later
I think running Windows Update in a Clean
Boot system state is a bit radical. Most WU issue scan be resolved
with the built-in WU Troubleshooter, or the online Troubleshooter
which goes a bit deeper.
How to disable your webcam for an extra
layer of privacy
I've seen reports that even using the
Device Manager may not fully prevent a webcam from being
activated. Thick tape over the cam seems to be the best solution.
And don't forget that some systems have two web cam lenses, for
things like Windows Hello.
From My Own Reading:
Microsoft's latest Windows 10 ad annoys
Chrome users with taskbar pop-ups
The good news is you can turn off these
and other Windows 10 ads. (But not all those in-app ads in the
How to find, view, and delete
everything the Amazon Echo and Google Home know about you
27% ASUS VivoStick TS10-B017D Intel
Atom Z8350 - Deal Alert
With the right Bluetooth
keyboard and mouse and a HDTV, this is a complete Windows 10 Home
PC with tablet-like power. You might want to add external USB-3
storage as well.