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Sat 878  4/1/2017

Google Drive Tips You Can't Afford to Miss (having a gmail account, I have Google Drive on all my Windows desktops along with MS OneDrive)



How to watch live TV on Xbox One without paying for cable

Don't have cable TV? That doesn't mean you can't watch live TV on your Xbox One. Here's what you need to know.



Intel's speed-boosting Optane Memory won't work with Celeron and Pentium PCs

Intel's new Optane Memory is aimed at non-enthusiast users, but only those with at least a Core i3.



Samsung’s first foldable smartphone is launching sooner than you think



How Identity Deception Increases the Success of Ransomware

As scammers hone their skills, their handiwork looks more credible to intended victims, making a successful ransomware scam more likely.



How Do You Zip and Password Protect Files In as Few Steps as Possible?



EFF: Verizon will install spyware on all its Android phones (update)

The privacy body isn't a fan of the carrier's new AppFlash launcher.



eBay Asks Users to Downgrade Security



Cheap new way to make your computer run faster! (read the details)



T-Mobile's Premium Device Protection Now Includes AppleCare



How to use Macrium Reflect to create an image of your PC hard drive



PSA: You probably don't want to use face recognition to unlock your Galaxy S8

A new video shows that the feature is just as insecure as it's always been, allowing a photo to spoof the system.



Retro gadgets that are making a comeback



Commercial IoT: Big Trouble in Small Devices

There are endless scenarios where hackers could wreak havoc on the industrial Internet of Things. There's also a readily available solution called 'HIP.'



How to Create Shareable Download Links for Files on Google Drive



Get your internet off-contract with Comcast's prepaid Xfinity service

You can renew your service for anywhere from a week to a month at a time.



Phishing 101 at the School of Hard Knocks



Update Mac and iOS gadgets now! 23 kernel-level holes found!



Ask an Expert: The Best Ways to Back Up Your Data



How to upgrade Windows Vista to Windows 10

If you're still running Windows Vista, you can (and probably should) upgrade to Windows 10. Here's how to do it.



Inside the Windows 10 Creators Update: The 17 best hidden features

These nitty-gritty, under-the-hood features deserve special mention.



How to delete cookies in Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Internet Explorer



Should Trump Tackle Air-Gapped Critical Infrastructure?

MIT experts issue recommendations to the president, urging him to take elements of the electric grid and gas pipeline offline - but other security experts say that ship has sailed.



How to Enable Night Shift in macOS to Reduce Eyestrain



Sway is a slick meditation app that makes sure you relax

It's an interactive relaxation app from the makers of 'Monument Valley'.



Gallery: Unboxing and Setting Up the MouseComputers Windows Hello Camera



You’ll definitely want to use Google’s new location sharing



Intel Claims Its Magical New Memory Will Speed Your Computer Up for Cheap



Best Cheap Windows 10 Tablets

You don't have to spend a lot to get a great Windows 10 tablet.



Impatient Windows 10 users can download Creators Update April 5

Anyone chafing at the bit can grab the feature upgrade next week



Trojan source code leak poised to spur new online banking attacks

Nuclear Bot's author releases its source code publicly for other cybercriminals to use



Chromebooks Win Buyers Ready to Live in the Cloud



Apple sneers at laptops in new iPad Pro push

Commentary: In new ads, Cupertino chuckles at laptops because they're heavy and lack battery life.



FCC stops federal approval of low-income broadband subsidies

The commission will let states decide on affordable internet access.



Quick Tip: Accessing Command Prompt Directly from File Explorer in Windows 10



Google to users: Keep an eye out for our new sign-in page. It's faster, simpler

Google has started telling users to watch for a different-looking Google sign-in page that's rolling out over the next few weeks.



Your State Might Be About to Pass Some Bad Laws



The Best VPN Services for 2017


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Fri 877  3/31/2017

Why the Samsung Galaxy S8 could be the fastest smartphone available

According to a recent report from PCMag, the technology powering Samsung's latest flagship phone could make it capable of gigabit LTE speeds.



Google Redesigns its Sign-In Page

A cleaner, simpler look that will go live within the next few weeks and should make signing into Google web services a much faster process.



12 keyboard shortcuts every Chromebook owner needs to know

A dozen keyboard shortcuts to make Chrome OS even easier to use.



Next-gen RAM will be twice as fast ... whenever it arrives

It'll help your devices last longer, too.



Watch out for this phishing scam posing as email from TV providers - It's spreading malware!



Google's Android hacking contest fails to attract exploits

The $200,000 bounty Google offered to hack its Android OS was not enough to tempt researchers



How to Anonymize Your Browsing with a Tor-Powered Raspberry Pi Hotspot



Windows 10: Change DNS Server Address on Windows 10 PC  



Millions of Stolen US University Email Credentials for Sale on the Dark Web

Researchers find booming underground market for stolen and fake email credentials from the 300 largest universities in the US.



Warning: Don’t believe phone scammers who say your iCloud account was hacked



Spotify Tricks That Will Make You a Streaming Samurai



A VPN can protect your online privacy. But there's a catch

After US lawmakers vote to end online privacy rules, people are looking for ways to hide their browsing histories.



AT&T, Comcast and Verizon explain that they don't sell your browser history

But each company is already using customer data in ways you may not realize.



Powerful automation app is now FREE



Why iOS 10.3 requires an extra tap to make a phone call

Malicious code that audio-dials 911 prompted Apple to make this change.



The Laziest, Cheapest Way to Circumvent Your Snooping ISP



Windows 10: Fix You've been signed in with a temporary profile in Windows 10  



Cerber Ransomware Now Evades Machine Learning

New variant has been broken into separate harmless-looking components to fool ML-based detection systems, Trend Micro says.



5 Galaxy S8 features people can’t stop talking about, and 2 features no one knows about



The Beginner's Guide to PC Backup

You know you're supposed to back up your data. If you're not sure how, this guide will help.



Windows 10 Creators Update: The 10 best features

Microsoft wants to make you love your computer again. Our regularly updated list shows you the best Windows 10 features that are just around the corner.



When the 'S' in HTTPS also stands for shady

Let's Encrypt is having trust issues.



How to Get Free Movie Rentals and Other Rewards from Your Chromecast



Intel's Cannonlake PC chip shipments may slip into next year

Intel previously had said Cannonlake would ship by the end of the year



Why Is Everyone Talking About VPNs?



Windows 10: Repair Install Windows 10 with an In-place Upgrade  



Post-FCC Privacy Rules, Should You VPN?



Don’t wake the baby! How to connect any headphones to a TV



Twitter Makes More Character Limit Changes

Now, when you reply to someone's tweet, their username (such as @realDonaldTrump) won't count against your 140-character limit.



Where to place home security cameras, according to the data

Better placement means better protection.



Apple fixes iOS loophole that overloaded 911 centers last fall

The iPhone's autodial system caused thousands of 911 calls to be placed last October.



Smartphone Specs Don’t Matter Anymore: It’s a Software Game Now



36% off Raspberry Pi 3 Model B Motherboard - Deal Alert



Why 'In-Store Availability' Is Very Seldom Accurate



Tetris May Prevent Flashbacks After You’re in a Gruesome Accident



Alleged vDOS Owners Poised to Stand Trial



One key advantage the Galaxy S8 has over the iPhone and other Android phones



Meet Sanbot, the Watson-Powered Droid, Here to Serve

This diminutive humanoid robot is designed for the hospitality industry, and thanks to IBM Watson, she's pretty intelligent.



Samsung’s biggest challenge now is Google software, not Apple hardware

The Galaxy S8 signals an escalation in Samsung’s rivalry with Google



AT&T, Comcast Fire Back At Criticism Over Internet Privacy Policies

Pity the poor foxes in charge of the hen house.



Comments by -- Joe Nowak

How much was your congressman paid to vote to reduce Internet Privac

Fri Mar 31, 2017 8:29 am (PDT

265 members of Congress voted to remove the privacy restrictions on Internet providers. Here is a listing of how much those Congressmen received from Internet providers during the last election cycle.

The 265 members of Congress who sold you out to ISPs, and how much it cost to buy them


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Windows 10: Automatically Create System Restore Point on Schedule in Windows 10  



How to Add Programs, Files, and Folders to System Startup in Windows



[Windows Tip] Pin Batch (.BAT) Files to Taskbar and Start Menu



Unbelievable new USPS service will revolutionize the way you get your mail



Two-factor authentication: How and why to use it

Find out how two-factor authentication works, why you should use it and how to set it up



Samsung Dex – what Continuum should’ve been



30% of Malware Attacks are Zero-Day Exploits

WatchGuard quarterly report, based on Firebox Feed data, lists five key findings on Internet security threats.



Asus Transformer Pro T304 is a Surface Pro 4 look-alike that can be ordered today



Windows 10: Boot to Advanced Startup Options in Windows 10  



How to Save Space on Storage-Starved PCs With Windows 10’s “CompactOS”



[Windows 10 Bug] Windows Update Files Taking 3.99 TB Space in Disk Cleanup



FCC issues warning against the "Can You Hear Me" phone scam



You're going to flip at smart flip-flops, only $110 (some people are nuts)

Commentary: A company called Hari Mari believes that you want your flip-flops to communicate with the brand. You do, don't you?



Windows 10 Creators Update review roundup: mostly positive, but not quite perfect



Insider Threat Fear Greater Than Ever, Survey Shows

More than half of security pros say insider threat incidents have become more frequent in the past 12 months.



Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 review: The best Android tablet will cost you a lot



How to Open File Explorer Options in Windows 10



How to Turn an Old Smartphone Into a Dash Cam for Your Car



[Tip] Enable Hidden Secret Share Settings Page in Windows 10



Wait! Don't update to iOS 10.3 until you've done this one thing



This smart flood sensor drowns the competition



Google on Android ransomware: You're more likely to be hit twice by lightning than get infected

Android Nougat will protect you from common ransomware tactics, says Google. But for now only three percent of users enjoy its protection.



Russian Man Pleads Guilty for his Role in Ebury Botnet

Maxim Senakh, arrested by Finnish authorities and extradited to the US, will be sentenced this August.



Here's how to wipe your old iPad/iPhone/iPod touch ready for resale



Windows 10: Restore Windows Photo Viewer in Windows 10 



How to Lock Your Mac When You’re Away



[Tip] Disable Page Prediction Feature in Your Web Browser



Microsoft shares users' secret docs and files publicly



What makes a speaker sound great?

The Audiophiliac ponders this age-old question.



Trojan source code leak poised to spur new online banking attacks

Nuclear Bot's author releases its source code publicly for other cybercriminals to use



Dutch Parliament Website Suffers Ransomware Attack

Hackers, suspected to belong to Turkish groups, continue to target Dutch websites.



Apple Watch 3: News and rumors



Windows 10: Enable or Disable Driver Updates in Windows Update in Windows 10  



Apple iOS 10.3 Has A Nasty Surprise

Apple AAPL +0.05% iOS 10.3 is here and I’ll be writing my usual upgrade guide soon, but - following some confusion from users who have already upgraded - it’s important to tell you about one important part of the update which is giving users a nasty surprise...



Privacy 101: Why You Need a VPN

Congress just moved to let ISPs sell your personal data. Here's how to protect yourself.



Comments by -- Joe Nowak

The Latest from Office 365

Wed Mar 29, 2017 9:11 pm (PDT

If you are using Microsoft Office on your computer you might be interested in one or more of these tips on Excel, PowerPoint, or Word.



Tech Support Scams

Thu Mar 30, 2017 11:48 am (PDT)

Protect Yourself From Tech Support Scams A report from AARP



New Internet Privacy Policy Legislation

Thu Mar 30, 2017 3:01 pm (PDT

How will the new Internet privacy legislation affect you? This article from the Washington Post explores the possibilities and what you can do to minimize snooping.

What to expect now that Internet providers can collect and sell your Web browser history

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Wed 875  3/29/2017

iCloud wasn't breached but you should still reset your password and set up 2-factor authentication

Should you change your iCloud password and enable two-factor authentication in light of recent hacking claims? Yes, despite them even!



Apple just made a historic and risky change to all iPhones — and you probably didn't even notice



Why I'm not buying the Galaxy S8 this year



[Windows 10 Tip] Change Background Color and Image of Splash Screen in Microsoft Edge



Google Slams Symantec for 'Failures' in SSL/TLS Certificate Process

Google Chrome engineers railed on Symantec for allegedly issuing thousands of security certificates that had not been properly validated.



One of the most dangerous forms of ransomware has just evolved to be harder to spot

Malicious loaders delivered by self-extracting Dropbox files enable payloads to bypass detection.



Microsoft reveals most common grammar errors - No. 2 is upsetting!



With new security features in place is it time to try Microsoft Edge?

Microsoft is spending resources to make Edge more secure. Is it enough to change your primary web browser of choice?



Four Men Charged With Hacking 500M Yahoo Accounts



How to Enable Mac Volume Control for HDMI or DisplayPort Audio



Op-ed: Why Samsung's Galaxy S8 and Apple's iPhone 8 launches could be the most important ever



The 3 best ways to protect your iCloud account

Hackers have obtained working iCloud passwords. Use these methods to make sure yours isn't at risk.



America's JobLink Suffers Security Breach

A third-party hacker exploited a flaw in America's JobLink application code to access the information of job seekers from 10 states.



Windows 10 tip: Make sure your hardware drivers are up to date

Do you have the latest device drivers for your display adapter, network card, and other crucial components? Here's how to see which driver is currently installed and how to check for the latest updates.



U.S. on "red alert" for hacking attacks



How to make use of the Android Nougat recent apps lock

Android Nougat brings something new and very handy to the Overview feature. Here's how recent app locking can help make this often overlooked feature a must-use.



If Your iPhone is Stolen, These Guys May Try to iPhish You



Bear Is the Perfect Balance Between the Bloat of Evernote and the Simplicity of Plain Text



Hidden changes in iOS 10.3 will give your iPhone a speed boost



These smart sensors warn of disaster before it happens

They don't look like much, but the software that powers these smart home sensors is pretty intriguing.



Farmers are pirating John Deere tractor software to stick it to the man



Sandia Testing New Intrusion Detection Tool That Mimics Human Brain

Neuromorphic Data Microscope can spot malicious patterns in network traffic 100 times faster than current tool, lab claims.



Microsoft just took another shot at stealing hardcore Apple users



Is this website really CNN? This scam is fooling thousands of consumers



macOS Sierra: The smart person's guide

This in-depth look at macOS Sierra covers new and exciting features, enhanced integration with iOS, requirements for installation, and how to get the most out of Apple's desktop OS.



March madness: Microsoft's terrible month of Windows and Office patches

Microsoft faces a metric mess of Windows and Office bugs after last month's respite



Clearing Your Cookies All the Time Makes the Web More Annoying



A VPN can stop internet companies from selling your data — but it’s not a magic bullet



Samsung's Gear VR may be the Galaxy S8's greatest fringe benefit

The Galaxy S8 may well be the next must-have phone. But thanks to this upcoming accessory, it's also a Trojan horse for VR.



AMD has a fix coming for Ryzen bug that hard-locks PCs



Malwarebytes hardens its stand against Potentially Unwanted Programs



You absolutely shouldn't buy a new iPad Pro right now



Can you spot the spy cam on this ATM? Scammers are betting you can't



Win10 Metered Connection changes



Why AI will rule all UIs

Voice-controlled assistants are proliferating, and opening them to third-party app makers is proving to be a key to success — for some more than others



Why Is a Network Tunnel Called a “Tunnel”?



Apple responds to Wikileaks’ ‘Dark Matter’ release revealing CIA efforts to infect Macs



Apple's iOS 10.3 Update Now Lets Users Customize Some App Icons



AT&T vs. Verizon vs. T-Mobile vs. Sprint: How to save and get the cheapest phone plan

We help you avoid all the fine print and tedium that comes with choosing a phone plan.



If Google Assistant isn't your thing, you can now talk to Cortana on the Android lock screen

You can ask questions and update calendar entries without needing to unlock your phone.



Comments by -- Joe Nowak

GiftGhostBot Steals Gift Card Balances

Tue Mar 28, 2017 8:19 pm (PDT

Gift card balances are being stolen with something called the GiftGhostBot.

Cyber-thieves Using GiftGhostBot to Steal Gift Card Balances



Internet privacy rights

Wed Mar 29, 2017 2:37 pm (PDT

Apparently the House just voted away our Internet rights of privacy.

The House just voted to wipe out the FCC’s landmark Internet privacy protections


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Tue 874 3/28/2017

Four reasons why you should update your iPhone today



After getting pwned and owned, Microsoft vows to fix Edge security

Microsoft is working to reduce the attack surface and restrict unauthorized access of its Edge browser.



This is how to decide which apps to delete from your phone



How to install Microsoft Edge Extensions



Powered Down: How to Protect Against Productivity Loss When the Lights Go Out



What Is Google On.Here, and How Do I Set It Up?



Spammers Hijacked Your Email?



What is Retefe Banking Trojan? Eset Retefe Checker will help remove this malware



Dell’s new 8K monitor is now available for $5,000



US May Charge North Korea in Bangladesh Bank Cybertheft

The potential case accuses North Korea, and suspected Chinese middlemen, of spearheading an $81-million theft from Bangladesh Bank.



Popular security cam flaw lets burglars disable them



The 8 best new features Apple added to your iPhone in iOS 10.3



Amazon's Alexa Takes Fight With Siri to Marriott Hotel Rooms



Why You Shouldn’t Use (Most) Alternative Browsers Based on Google Chrome



Free Hard Drive Tune-up Tools



Eset Hidden File System Reader removes all traces of Rootkits



Google: Here's why you shouldn't flip out over 'government-backed' hacker alerts

For those receiving messages warning of state-sponsored attacks, Google offers some words of reassurance.



20 Million Mobile Devices at High Risk of Attack, Study Finds

Meanwhile, a separate report by Google says half of all Android devices didn't install a single security update in 2016.



Amazon's counterfeit goods problem growing - Here's how to fight back



The guy who invented Android just teased his new company's smartphone for the first time



Getting Your Devices Ready for the Windows 10 Creators Update



Windows 10’s Settings Are a Mess, and Microsoft Doesn’t Seem to Care



TEN Common Computing Mistakes (and How to Avoid Them)



Windows 10 does not recognize second Hard Drive



Amazon’s Alexa and Apple’s Siri are waging war over the hotel room



Govt. Cybersecurity Contractor Hit in W-2 Phishing Scam



IRS warning! Watch out for these tax-themed phishing and malware scams



Intel’s Optane Memory hopes to give your aging hard disk a kick in the pants (from the first article about this, I was wondering how soon it would be down to consumer products)



MouseComputers Debuts Their Affordable Windows Hello Camera for Windows 10



What’s the Difference Between Notepad and WordPad in Windows?



Download of the day: Inkscape

Create and edit your own vector graphics



How to find out if Microsoft Services are down or not






Google Points to Another POS Vendor Breach



Stop doing this one thing to your gadgets - It's a major privacy risk!



Despite Apple denial, hackers prove stolen iCloud data is real



How to change your Apple ID email address, contact info, and security questions



T-Mobile’s insurance now includes AppleCare for free in the US



Just google it: The student project that changed the world



Comments by -- Bob Primak --

Re FYI#873 Mon 3/27/2017:

Uber suspends self-driving car fleet after Arizona crash

Humans apparently to blame, again

This incident shows us once again -- there's no cure for stupid humans. I wonder if AI can ever make self-driving cars safe as long as human-driven cars must share the same roads. 


Xvirus Anti-Malware for Windows will run alongside your main antivirus

DO NOT download this program! It is untested and unverified. Could be spyware or scareware, or even worse. I've posted this before -- The Windows Club is a very spammy site.


ShutdownBlocker, blocks accidental Shutdown or Restart of Windows computer

I would be very wary of third-party utilities which mess with this sort of Windows function. That said, I use the all-in-one utility O&O ShutUp 10 which has a setting for this control.


How to Restore Default Apps for File Extension Type Associations in Windows 10

I have had this issue with Win 10 Pro on my NUC. These methods seemed to work for awhile, then at the next Cumulative Update, everything would revert to Microsoft Defaults and I had to start over. Lately this hasn't been an issue. I don't know why this ever occurred in the first place, nor why it mysteriously stopped happening. 


[SCAM] Gadget Insurance and Extended Warranties

All I can say is, when I was assembling my NUC kit, I sure am glad I bought Square Trade's Extended Warranty on the RAM modules. I killed one during testing, and got a free replacement. So there are times when these extra protections are useful. But generally, on anything prebuilt, I avoid Extended Warranties and prepaid Repair Contracts. Even at the Microsoft Store.  


Re. FYI#872 Sun 3/26/2017:

Attachment Size Limits for Outlook, Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail, Facebook and WhatsApp

If you are running up against attachment size limits in emails, maybe it's time to use Cloud Storage and just provide a link. I use Google Drive for this purpose.


Re. FYI#871  Sat 3/25/2017:

Why Kodi isn't illegal: Cutting through the media's misreporting

I don't object to Kodi itself. In fact, in Linux this is one of the easiest ways to organize media channels for streaming. What I (and the author) do object to is the sale of "Kodi Boxes" which are preconfigured with certain Kodi channels which can access pirated content. This makes it way too easy to access pirated content, intentionally or through ignorance. Which in turn gives the entire Kodi platform a bad reputation and has gotten the Kodi App banned from some App Stores. That kind of stupidity is not good for any open source project.


The Best Free Software of 2017

I found some discontinued or no longer free items in this list. It appears the author has not cleaned out his digital rollodex lately. 

Otherwise, missing items include Revo Uninstaller, Geek Uninstaller, Acrylic Wifi, Avira Antivirus (PC Mag Editor's Choice), Macrium Reflect Free, the fact that Glary Utilities is now in Version 6, Process Explorer (same suite as Autoruns), the NirSoft utilities, Nitro PDF, Everything file search, and DriverMax or DoubleDriver.

As with many freeware products, users should avoid using some features due to the potential for damages to Windows. This applies especially to system and Registry cleaners, program updaters, driver updaters and adware and unwanted piggy-back software found in installers and in the programs themselves. Nag popups are also increasingly common in free programs. Never, never let any third party program install alleged Microsoft Updates! 

One entire category no longer needed is third party firewalls. Windows since Windows 7 does not need these programs. Users should concentrate instead on hardening our browsers.


What Is HDR (High Dynamic Range) for TVs?

As I understand this, HDR is not in any way related to 4K resolution. Two very different things. Even smaller screen HDTVs can benefit from HDR, whereas higher resolutions can only be seen on larger screens. I have yet to see HDR advertised on HDTVs which do not also have higher resolutions.


How to make sure your phone works on a prepaid alternative carrier

My carrier is repackaged and prepaid. My Moto G4 smartphone (unlocked) did just fine with the US Mobile SIM card. Nothing special needed to make this combo work.


T-Mobile Will Now Flag Scam Calls

Without a personal Whitelist, I don't see how this can work. Any unfamiliar caller could get flagged, and anyone calling from a phone which is not their usual phone might also get flagged. Most scammers are too smart to use the most commonly flagged area codes or prefixes anymore. And legitimate people's numbers often show up in my Caller ID as Unknown.


Comcast's latest all-you-can-watch event includes Netflix

Just watch out for the return to normal billing rates. No need to get swept up in unrealistic "free this, free  that" promotions. I went with Comcast in Mass. not for the price, but because Verizon Fios can't offer the kind of DVR access I'll need during the two transitional months before I actually move myself out there.

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Mon 873 3/27/2017

Microsoft issues KB 4015438 emergency fix for Windows 10

After two months with no patches, Tuesday's release introduced several severe bugs, two of which warranted an emergency fix today



A legitimate-looking lawsuit claiming damages for the Win10 coerced upgrade



Uber suspends self-driving car fleet after Arizona crash

Humans apparently to blame, again



FCC cracking down to stop 2.4 billion monthly robocalls



Xvirus Anti-Malware for Windows will run alongside your main antivirus



How to Install and Set Up the SkyBell HD Video Doorbell



What Size TV Should You Buy?



[HOWTO] Copy Old Hard Drive to New PC



Apple kills the iPad Air 2 with new iPad



Apple totally dissed WikiLeaks this week — here's why



Windows 'DoubleAgent' Attack Turns AV Tools into Malware

Zero-day attack exploits a legitimate process in Windows, according to Cybellum; AV vendors downplay threat.



Make your photos look amazing for free with Adobe Photoshop Express

Top-quality photo editing tools for everyone



Spam emails posing as TV providers to spread file-shredding malware



ShutdownBlocker, blocks accidental Shutdown or Restart of Windows computer



Quickly Open Recent Apps and Documents With This Hidden Mac Feature



How to solve a problem of too many Photos libraries

There’s isn’t a solution within Apple’s Photos app, so it’s PowerPhotos to the rescue.



Are Password Rules Making Us LESS Secure?



Flosstime may be the simplest 'smart' gadget you've seen (from the you-got-to-be-kidding dept)



Five months later, Samsung is finally about to kill every remaining Note 7 phone



New Yorkers See 60% Rise in Data Breaches in 2016

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced his office received nearly 1,300 data breaches in 2016, a 60% increase over 2015.



How to download YouTube videos for free

Save videos for offline viewing



New intel: Factory-fresh iPhones bugged by CIA since 2008



Detect Mirai injection attacks with Mirai Vulnerability Scanner



The Difference Between Basic, Enhanced, and Full Usage Data in Windows 10



How to create a mobile hotspot with your Android smartphone

On the road and need to connect for work? No worries, because CIO.com senior writer Sarah White, has you covered. In this video she demonstrates what it takes to turn your 4G enabled Android device into a a mobile wireless hotspot.



Geekly Update - 22 March 2017



How to Restore Default Apps for File Extension Type Associations in Windows 10



How to install Microsoft Edge Extensions



Phishing 101 at the School of Hard Knocks



77 photography techniques, tips and tricks for taking pictures of anything

There's a lot to sink your teeth into



Watch out for clever Facebook Messenger scams



AMD Ryzen is here with Intel in its crosshair: Which is better?



How to Format the Numbers or Bullets in a List in Microsoft Word



15 Dumbest Smart Devices on Earth



[SCAM] Gadget Insurance and Extended Warranties



How to Turn On or Off Offer to Save Passwords in Microsoft Edge in Windows 10



Apple just made a deal that could reinvent the App Store for a new generation



Student Aid Tool Held Key for Tax Fraudsters



How to turn off the Windows 10 keylogger enabled by default

Sneaky standard stalker settings



iPhone, Mac owners: How to stymie hackers extorting Apple, threatening to wipe devices

Security expert spells out steps to take, just in case hacker claims are legit



How to stop Windows 10 from performing automatic restarts after installing updates

You can stop Windows 10 from automatically restarting after updates, and in this guide, we'll show you how to do it.



Comments by -- Joe Nowak

Latest edition of CyberheistNews

Mon Mar 27, 2017 10:57 am (PDT)

CyberheistNews Vol 7 #13 Who Were the Two Big US Tech Companies That Lost 100 Million Dollars in CEO Fraud?



Who Controls the Internet

Mon Mar 27, 2017 11:09 am (PDT)

Who controls the Internet? This question is asked all the time. Here's the answer.

The Internet is still actually controlled by 14 people who hold 7 secret keys


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Sun 872 3/26/2017

The Best Cheap Laptops of 2017

You don't have to spend a fortune—even a small one—on your next PC. If you need a laptop for basic computing, these some of our top performers, and most of them ring up for less than $300.



Apple: Software flaws in latest WikiLeaks docs are all fixed



Future of the PC is an intelligent cloud that connects a family of device



Google plans faster updates for all Android phones in 2017

Half of Android devices worldwide didn't receive security fixes in 2016.



To punish Symantec, Google may distrust a third of the web's SSL certificates

After the latest incident of improper certificate issuance, Google says that it has lost confidence in the world's largest certificate authority



How to combine the power of Device Manager and Driverquery to manage your Windows 10 driver updates

If you want to take control of your device driver updates, these native Windows tools can deliver a one-two punch.



Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Specs Hinted In Galaxy C9 Pro?



Apple Designed an iPhone-Powered Laptop

Apple has filed a patent application for what could create a dramatically different kind of computing experience.



Mingis on Tech: Diving into Windows 10 Creators Update and the future of OSes

Coming soon to a PC near you: Windows 10 Creators Update. But what's much less certain is what comes after that for PCs, and Macs and mobile devices. A voice-activated future, anyone?



How to automatically delete Microsoft Edge browsing history on exit



Malicious hackers discovered way to deliver malware through unloved Ask Toolbar

Ask not what this browser toolbar can do for you, but what you can do to this browser toolbar.



Complete list of laptops with Precision touchpads

Here's a list of all the laptops with Precision touchpads.



Finding inner peace (with help from your smartphone)

Because unplugging isn't always realistic.



Apple acquires Workflow automation app, offers it free

The technology could be used by Apple to offer quick access for disabled people.



Hackers claim to have compromised 300 million iCloud accounts, demand money from Apple

A group of hackers calling themselves the Turkish Crime Family claim that they will wipe millions of stolen iCloud accounts if Apple doesn't meet their demands.



No, Microsoft isn’t spying on everything you type in Windows 10



Mozilla beats rivals, patches Firefox's Pwn2Own bug

First vendor to fix a vulnerability revealed at last week's hacking contest



Senate votes to kill FCC's broadband privacy rules

The Senate action would allow broadband providers to sell customer data and browser histories without permission, critics say.



Microsoft will no longer release updates for Office 2013



Scammers target tax preparers with last-minute phishing attacks

Nothing is certain, except scams, death, and taxes.



Microsoft starts blocking updates for Windows 7 and 8.1 PCs on newer hardware



Apple hopes cheap, not powerful, will turn around iPad sales

The new iPad cuts some corners, but it's hard to complain at that price.



Back up all your data—and we mean all of it—to your NAS box without installing any software

Back up your Windows, MacOS, and Linux PCs, along with your mobile devices, to a NAS box using its built-in apps and utilities.



This Raspberry Pi-powered Linux computer packs a keyboard and display into a phone-sized case

The Zero Terminal turns the Pi into a computer that's ready to use on the move.



Google is reportedly working on a new social app for photo editing and sharing



Cracking the Shell



Apple's Latest Patent Could Stop Texting and Driving

Apple has drummed up a solution for reducing distractions while you're driving.



Attachment Size Limits for Outlook, Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail, Facebook and WhatsApp



Kirk ransomware sports Star Trek-themed decryptor and little-known crypto-currency

“It’s ransomware, Jim, but not as we know it!”



How to make your own Ethernet cable

You can make your own Ethernet cable to achieve lengths that are more useful and save some money in the long run. Here's how.



Email scheme stole $100 million from two US tech companies

Even the most internet-savvy companies aren't immune to scams.



Is Comcast’s Xfinity swapping your settings? No, but it can seem that way

What seems like overreach may actually be an iCloud quirk.



How Lowe's is using AR and Google Tango to help customers find products faster

Smartphones enabled with Google's Tango are being tested in two Lowe's stores to improve store navigation. Find out how this fits in with bigger AR plans for the enterprise.



Google is 'replacing' Google Talk — here's what that means for you



The Terminal Is Where Linux Begins - and Where You Should, Too



ISPs Can Now Sell Your Private Data: How to Protect Yourself



NetCrunch Tools: Free Network Troubleshooting Toolkit



New cloud-based keylogger gaining momentum among criminals

Malware comes with lots of built-in functionality.



How to make sure your phone works on a prepaid alternative carrier

Here's how to make sure your unlocked or pre-owned phone will work with an alternative carrier.



Amazon Is About to End the Competition's Only Advantage Over Alexa

Amazon's voice-activated assistant Alexa has had one glaring disadvantage compared to the competition -- but not for long.



Apple: If hackers have our customers passwords, they didn’t steal them from us



Comments by -- Bob Primak --

Re. FYI#860 Tue 3/14/2017

How to assign permanent letters to drives in Windows

I can personally attest that this method can cause more problems than it solves. I use more partitions on more external drives than the Windows Drive Letter system can handle. Which cannot be solved using this method. And when this happens, the so-called "permanent" letter assignments go out the window (bad pun). 


Smart meters might not be so smart

Back in the USA, I haven't has trouble with my Smart Meter. I found out some very interesting things about my electricity usage patterns, BTW. 


Plex Cloud lets you ditch your media server for the OneDrive, Dropbox and Google Drive

This requires a Plex Pass and their app. The Pass is not free. I'm not sure how far I would trust any "cloud DVR". And this does eat up bandwidth when you view the recordings.


How to Restart Windows 10 Without Rebooting

What the article shows is not at all the same as restarting Windows. It is restarting or refreshing Windows Explorer. Very different!


Re. FYI#861  Wed 3/15/2017

Extend Windows Battery with Vista Battery Saver

This is another junk utility from India, and this one doesn't even promise to do anything Widnows can't already do. It was written for Vista, not modern versions of Windows. Probably won't even run on Win 7 and upward. 


Is There a Way to List All Programs Installed on My Computer?

And what about all those uninstalled or stand alone programs some of us use? How do we list all of them?


Re. FYI#862 Thur 3/16/2017

The best portable hard drive

No, it isn't the best. I have had Seagate Drives fail or fail to be recognized in Windows. Ever since, I will not buy any brand other than Western Digital. At any price.


GPD Pocket is a tiny Windows 10 PC that offers a glimpse at the future

This project doesn't say which processor it uses. That's a red flag right there.


Verizon Exempts Fios Mobile App From Data Caps

My cell  phone plan in Mass. will be with an AT&T repackager, not Verizon, so this will not apply to me. But I may choose Verizon Fios for my TV, Internet and Home Phone out East.


Browser JSGuard extension offers protection against malicious HTML & JavaScript attacks 

"Browser JSGuard It is among the several anti-malware tools launched by C-DAC India."

I am very skeptical of any program or plugin which comes from such sources. This could be a phishing tool disguised as a utility or extension. A traditional type of Trojan Horse.


The new Player.me app for Windows will help you launch your streaming career

"It's also going to be a .exe download from Player.me, at least initially. The team are hoping to be able to put it into the Windows Store in the future, but initially there will be some parts of the app related to streaming that would cause an issue." So, what are these parts relating to streaming that would get the app banned from the Windows Store?? Sounds like another pirate app from India. Maybe a Trojan Horse. The Windows Central site is getting very spammy if you ask me. 


His daughter was worried about being spied on so a CEO made a device to protect the home from hacking

I read the entire article but still I have no idea what a Dojo is or what it does. Let alone how it magically makes IoT households more secure. This looks like a sales piece, not a tech article.


Re. FYI#863  Fri 3/17/2017

How to Restore Default Apps for File Extension Type Associations in Windows 10

I had a very difficult time getting these settings to stick in my NUC's Windows 10 Pro installation. Then, I think after a MS Update, the problem went away. Weird!


Re. FYI#864  Sat 3/18/2017

Disable WPAD in Windows to Stay Safe on Public Wi-Fi Networks

This sounds like something to do ASAP.


Making this one change could eliminate spam, says police tech chief

I doubt this will work. As with telemarketing calls, it is entirely possible to set up a spam operation which uses a legitimate domain.


Re FYI#865 Sun 3/19/2017

How to Enable or Disable Including Driver Updates in Windows Update in Windows 10

There have been numerous reports that this is simply not true. Drivers are still being updated, including unwanted place-keepers which can crash some Windows systems. 


How to Build Your Own Media Center with OpenELEC

This looks like it's just a skin of Kodi. I don't see any technical advantage to this over the original.


Re. FYI#866 Mon 3/20/2017

Windows 10's Creators Update tweaks a workaround for mandatory updates

Microsoft now reserves the right to force critical patches to Windows 10 PCs over metered connections.

As I say below, this is not a policy change. Just a change in the GUI wording. 


How to Create and Restore a System Image Backup with Macrium Reflect (this is the software I use, been very reliable. Always check Verify backup)

I also boot the Rescue Media and Explore the newly created archive. If I can read or show the User and System files, I figure I'm OK. 


Is your phone on the list of malware-infected Android phones?

I decided against BLU because their screens looked like cheap junk next to the Moto. Felt unresponsive too.


Re. FYI#868  Wed 3/22/2017

How to Enable AHCI in Windows 8 and Windows 10 after Installation

Most of my PCs have had this feature as OEM. Hence, it is enabled as long as the drivers are kept up to date. 


One setting to protect your privacy on your Android smartphone or tablet

On my phone I do little which is truly personal. So clearing the History is a bit of overkill there. On every other device type, I am almost fanatical about cleaning the cache and the history. 


Advertisers Ditch Google Over Extremist YouTube Videos

 I suspect this controversy will be largely solved very quickly. No one wants to lose major advertisers. You Tube will simply have to begin moderating content.


The Galaxy Tab S3 is good, but not $600 good

I like my $250.00 Motorola Moto G4 just fine. It isn't a Galaxy whatever, but I don't need the eye candy and the risk of getting mugged for the phone. Same goes for my opinion of the iPhone. 


How to unlock Android's secret menu

Well, this is new. I'll have to play with this feature when I get a chance. My phone has Marshmallow (Android 6.x). 


How to Turn On or Off AutoPlay in Windows 10

I really find autoplay annoying. Some folks like it I guess, but for me this just makes plugging in storage devices even more of a pain and a bother.


Fake Facebook Posts: What’s The Harm?

Folks were asking this same question about fake news. And look what happened -- the 2016 national US elections!


A Single Spear Phishing Click Caused the Yahoo Data Breach & more

Anyway that's their story THIS week...


DoubleAgent attack can use anti-virus apps to hijack your PC

The list in the article includes some products where the exploit was never effective.

Metered Connections in Windows 10 Creators Update Will Not Block All Windows Update Downloads (Updated)

This is a garbage report. The policy on updates over a metered connection has never changed. This is only a change in the wording seen by the end user:


"How does setting my network connection to metered affect my PC?

Any app that relies on an Internet connection to update or display info may be limited in the amount of data it can download or display. You might notice these and other effects:

Windows Update will only download priority updates. (THIS is the Policy in question. It has never changed. Some "priority updates" can download automatically even over a metered connection.)

Apps downloading from the Windows Store might be paused.  

Start screen tiles might stop updating.

Offline files might not sync automatically."


5 Great Chrome Extensions You Should Install ( I will add "https everywhere" )

I use HTTPS Everywhere. Very few web sites have issues with it, though a few do. 


Re. FYI #869  Thur 3/23/2017

Why the DVR just won't die

Scheduling and managing recordings seems archaic in the age of Netflix, but it's still reality for traditional TV channels.

And my OTA TV channels aren't going away anytime soon!

Everyday essential tricks for your Android

Just in time for my new phone. Kim Komando is full of great tips.


When I Visit a Web Site, Can the Server Identify Me?

In a word, yes. Browser fingerprinting can go way beyond IP Address and general location. Especially for folks with unusual combinations, like my Chrome beta with certain Extensions on Ubuntu Linux. My bank's web site always knows me as long as I use my NUC. And I use privacy extensions.


Public Transit Doesn’t Have to Be Confusing: Just Use These Apps

Chicago and Boston both have great mass transit apps. They even tell you when the next train or bus is coming. Very useful when you don't want pay to to park at the airports for a week-long trip. 


Hackers, Autofill, and other Password Fillers

I have never allowed browsers to use autofill. Never trusted the security of this feature. 


Re. FYI          #870   Fri 3/24/2017

Hackers threaten to wipe millions of Apple devices, demand ransom

A group of hackers claims to have access to over 220 million [confirmed] iCloud accounts


April 7th -- mark the day.

iPhone, Mac owners: How to stymie hackers extorting Apple, threatening to wipe devices

Security expert spells out steps to take, just in case hacker claims are legit


Waste no time!


Apple is downplaying the iCloud blackmail story — even though Apple users should take it seriously (AAPL)

How nice of them to play it soooo cool! And how Apple of them. 


Single-owner vintage Apple-1 for sale

German auctioneer estimates gavel price between $190K and $320K


I want this. But that price...? 


Man Indicted for Using GIF as 'Deadly Weapon'

Well, inducing seizures is definitely not safe, but... deadly? 


How to watch DVDs and Blu-rays for free in Windows 10

Microsoft wants to charge you $15 to spin your old movies, and doesn't even support Blu-ray. Fortunately, there are freebie alternatives.

Definitely it's worth looking into these alternatives. While my Linux does play back some DVDs, there are others it won't play.


Do you really need PC antivirus software in 2017?

Yes. Move along. The author means, THIRD PARTY antivirus. (Windows Defender plus a couple of second opinion scanners should work just fine, but this is still antivirus.) Windows Defender may be built-in, but it IS antivirus (not very good antivirus, but...). 


6 Things That Ubuntu Does Better Than Windows

2. Computer Security -- Linux is NOT more secure than Windows. Period. BTW, I have not seen any useful Linux security programs which actually scan for and remove Linux malware. Don't even think about using the advice in the linked article on Linux antivirus. That article was written in 2010 and only a few comments were added more recently. And those comments were bad advice, even in 2010.

5. Live Environment -- Not a selling point if you ask me. Windows has Windows To Go and WinPE 10.


How Long Should I Keep My Backups?

These days, Windows backups will not outlast the regular upgrade cycle of about 18 months. After that, forget about restoring Windows from an older backup. It won't be the supported version anymore.

Ubuntu Linux backups should last more than two years, but again, who would want to go that far back?


How to Use Windows 10 in Tablet Mode

Unless I'm showing something specific to people, I never seem to put my tablet into "tablet Mode". 


FedEx will pay you $5 to use Adobe Flash on your browser

And will they come to my house and clean up my PC after it gets infected? Even after I move to Mass.?


How to Retrieve Folders, Files With Windows 10 Quick Access

This is one Windows 10 feature I have been using. Especially when backing up data to multiple drives from a single source.


Recover Your Microsoft Account Later by Setting Up a Recovery Code NOW

Did that early on. Later, forgot my password. Got the account back with the Code. Plan ahead!

Some of Android O’s most important new features may have just leaked

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