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Intel patches six security issues



Windows 7 Support ends today: here are your options



Microsoft patches Windows 10 after the NSA quietly told it about a major vulnerability



How to Wrap Text in Cells in Google Sheets



How to Prevent Hacks Like the TikTok Breach



7 Cat Games for Your iPad or Android Tablet



One Reason Why You Don’t Need a New Computer

Buying a new machine is a common knee-jerk reaction to a bad malware infestation. And it's wrong. Not just a little wrong -- it's very wrong and completely unnecessary.



How to Clone HDD to SSD in Windows

Why re-install Windows to a solid-state drive when you can just copy it?



Microsoft's new Edge browser, a Chrome cousin, is ready to download

The overhauled browser is more compatible with today's websites. It also gives more power to Google's vision for the web.



10 Tips to get started with the new Chromium-based Microsoft Edge browser



New 5ss5c Ransomware Likely Readied to Replace Satan



APT40 hacking group linked to 13 alleged front companies in Hainan, China



How to Clean Your Flat-Screen TV



The TiVo Stream 4K is an unexpectedly exciting media streamer



TikTok releases 'transparency report' amid scrutiny over Chinese ownership

The report was released this week amid calls for concern by some U.S. lawmakers about potential security risks from the Chinese-owned company.



23 Hidden Tricks Inside Windows 10

Windows is a vast operating system with plenty of features you might never stumble upon. Make the most of Windows 10 with these expert tips.



Can’t upgrade from Windows 7 to 10? Here’s what to do



NBCUniversal’s Peacock ends phase one of the streaming era



Sanity Returns: How USB4’s New Logos Will Simplify Shopping



How to Spot Fake News on Social Media



How to Create Self-Updating Microsoft Excel Charts in 3 Easy Steps



Embracing the Most Important Attitude

There is one approach to life -- one setting in your psyche -- that affects your experience with technology much more than any lack of skill or knowledge.



10 Best Sites to Sell or Trade Used Electronics of 2020

Here are several places to sell used electronics online for free



Charge your Apple Watch and more on the go with this $30 power bank

The Jetpak will not only keep your watch charged, it can also top off a phone or other mobile device. Plus: Six months of Tello phone service for just $42.



Google wants to make third-party cookies obsolete



Oracle's January 2020 CPU Delivers 334 New Patches



Adobe rolls out a light Patch Tuesday offering



The biggest downside to America's sweeping new retirement law



Charmin—yes, the toilet paper company—is showing smart home devices at CES

Robots, sensors, and VR—oh my! It’s too bad these bathroom tech demos will never come to market.



New social media apps guarantee your data will remain secure — for a price

As users grow wary of Facebook and other social media giants, these startups offer the promise of privacy.



Elon Musk Teases Talking Teslas

External speakers will allow drivers to talk to pedestrians without opening a window, or play pre-recorded clips to passers-by.



This military scam is targeting Americans with bogus texts



Trump slams Apple for refusing to unlock iPhones of suspected criminals



How to Dim the Appearance of Text in PowerPoint



Preserve Data From Your Apps on a Spreadsheet



4 Reasons Why You Should Install Windows on Your Mac



How the Internet Is Breaking Journalism (and What It Means to You)

When it comes to journalism and other information you read online, there's a very strong argument that things are seriously broken. We all need to be more vigilant than ever to separate truth from falsehood and recognize what's important over what's popular.



The Best Trade-In Programs for Your iPhone, iPad, or Laptop of 2020

Plus, one you should avoid



Google Smart Lock app gets update on iPhone to boost security

A new way to protect your Google accounts.



Create custom shortcuts, organize them into folders and access it all from the system tray with Jovial Menu



Encryption Battle Reignited as US Govt at Loggerheads With Apple



NSA reveals to Microsoft critical Windows 10 flaw



A Complete Guide To Choosing and Using a VPN



Best surge protector: Reviews and buying advice

Far better than ordinary power strips, these products will protect your expensive electronics from dangerous power spikes. We'll help you pick the right one for your home or small office.



Cookies track you across the internet. Google wants to phase them out.

The move is meant to offer users greater control over their digital footprints and enhance user privacy, but critics worry it further entrenches Google's dominance.



5G Home Internet Won't Happen Until Later in 2020, Alas

A new report says Verizon may wait until the second half of the year to offer 5G to more home users, and we found that it seems to only be signing up new customers in Chicago.



11 questions you always wanted to ask about social media



Apple refuses government’s request to unlock Pensacola shooting suspect’s iPhones



How to Set Up iCloud Email and Calendar Access on Windows 10



When Sending an Important Email, Add the Recipient Last



7 “No Internet Secured” Fixes for Windows 10



What are the Internet’s Rules about Free Speech?

Often, when people find their posts or comments removed or altered from websites they visit, they're quick to claim their right to free speech has been violated. That's rarely the case.



How to Recycle or Donate an Old TV

Use any of these services to sustainably dispose of your electronics.



Major Windows flaw discovered by the NSA, Instagram DM on the web?



Clear Disk Info is a handy health info tool for storage devices



Google Researchers Detail Critical iMessage Vulnerability



Nemty ransomware makers may be latest to adopt data leak strategy



NSA discovers security flaw in Microsoft Windows operating system



How to calibrate your TV to get the best picture possible

A few simple tweaks can wring out the absolute best quality from your TV. We'll show you how.



Russian spies hacked Ukrainian energy company at center of Trump's impeachment

A private security firm says Burisma Holdings was the victim of a phishing campaign beginning in November.



Hackers Are Abusing a Bug in Firefox to Take Over Computers

'We are aware of targeted attacks in the wild abusing this flaw,' Mozilla said in the advisory. It's not clear how the hackers were exploiting the bug, but they likely created a malicious website to trigger the flaw.



9 streaming service pro tips to save money



Senators propose pumping over $1 billion into 5G alternatives to China’s Huawei



How to Use rclone to Back Up to Google Drive on Linux



Microsoft rethinks the browser with Edge (hands-on)

Microsoft's has built a new, Modern browser for Windows 10.


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Tue 1856 01/14/2019

(Alert: Read the first three articles for a critical flaw in all versions of Windows.  Courteous of the NSA.)


(Important:  Those upgrading from Windows 10 1809 or old, you may not in all circumstances be getting the latest 1909 version.  Verify and if its not 1909, you have to check for updates to see if you get another upgrade.)


Windows 10 Flaw Lets Malware Disguise Itself as Legit Software

The National Security Agency is urging users, especially enterprises, to install the patch from Microsoft. In the wrong hands, the vulnerability can be used to spoof the digital certificates software companies use to verify that their applications are authentic.



Microsoft is patching a major Windows 10 flaw discovered by the NSA (updated)

For a change, the NSA disclosed the vulnerability rather than exploiting it.



Microsoft to Release Update for “Extraordinarily Scary” Windows Vulnerability

Microsoft is projected to release a security patch for what is being described as an “extraordinarily scary” vulnerability that exists in all Windows versions. The fix will be published later today as part of the January 2020 Patch Tuesday cycle.


An exclusive look at Samsung Ballie



Misinformation swirls online after Iran's missile attack on U.S. targets in Iraq

False reports of U.S. casualties and claims that Iran had declared war on the United States added to growing inaccuracies on social media.



How to enable or disable Global Media Playback Control in Chrome



How to Run Android Apps on Mac



Don’t Buy an 8K TV



Dustman Attack Underscores Iran's Cyber Capabilities

For nearly six months, an attack group linked to Iran reportedly had access to the network of Bahrain's national oil company, Bapco, before it executed a destructive payload.



Microsoft Edge (not the final version to check this upgrade out)

Chromium-based evolution of Microsoft's browser, built with a brand new engine and sporting a different yet familiar look, while also offering a bunch of new features along with support for Chrome extensions



How to Run a Startup Repair in Windows 10



Making smart tech for cars is harder than people think

The CTO of Panasonic Automotive explains why building tech for cars is a lot harder than just putting a cellphone in the dash.



What is About Blank and Why Do I See it?



Chromecast vs. Google Cast: What's the difference?



The state of wireless power: When will charging happen over the air?

Guru uses highly focused radio waves to charge devices over the air, but it joins a crowded field



Google to ‘phase out’ third-party cookies in Chrome, but not for two years

The browser battles are about privacy more than marketshare



Study finds Grindr, OKCupid and Tinder sharing sensitive data (updated)

Twitter's ad unit has also been blamed for playing a part.



11 questions you always wanted to ask about social media



After Years of Decline, PC Market Sees Rare Growth in 2019

The PC market posted a full year of growth in shipment numbers last year, which hasn't happened since 2011, according to research firms IDC and Gartner, which attribute the boost in part to the demise of Windows 7. Will it continue in 2020?



Behold, toilet technology breakthroughs from CES 2020



TikTok fixes security flaws, announces new content rules

The research was made public in the wake of increased scrutiny on the short-form video app TikTok's cybersecurity.



What is Web Tracking? What are Trackers in browsers?



6 of the Best Smartphones for Seniors in 2020



GE Launches New Kitchen Hub, a 27-Inch, Netflix-Equipped, Widescreen…Microwave



Processor Vulnerabilities Put Virtual Workloads at Risk

Meltdown, Spectre exploits will likely lead to customers making tradeoffs between performance and security of applications, especially virtual and cloud-based apps




Internet based voice conferencing application that enables you to keep in touch with your friends and colleagues in an easy manner



How to Backup and Restore Device Drivers in Windows 10



How to enable Auto Call Screening on the Google Pixel 4

Tired of dealing with spam calls and fake phone numbers? If you have a Google Pixel 4 device, you are a configuration away from never having to bother with them again.



How to Set Up a VPN in Windows 10 [January 2020]



The truth is that many games are held together by duct tape

Looking behind the curtain can be eye-opening



What is the deal with the Galaxy S20's 120Hz display?

Expect a faster refresh rate, but only at certain resolutions



Coral is Google’s quiet initiative to enable AI without the cloud

On-device AI promises to make computers faster and more secure



Gesture navigation is coming to Chrome OS

Swipe to go home, see an overview or go back.



Tech how-to: Convert old CDs, tapes and vinyl to digital



Thousands of Unsecured Passport Scans Found Online

A UK-based consulting firm leaves its Amazon Web Services (AWS) S3 bucket unsecured, exposing passport scans, job applications, and tax documents online.



Robocalls continue to rise, and these states get the most: Where does yours rank?



Facebook bans deepfakes in fight against online manipulation

The new rules won't include parody or satire, or clips edited just to change the order of words.



What is Search Indexing and how does it affect searching in Windows 10?



How to Use Google Maps in Incognito Mode



Secure Your Home Wi-Fi Network With These Amazing Router Discounts



How to Keep Security on Life Support After Software End-of-Life

It's the end of support this week for Windows 7 and Server 2008. But what if you truly can't migrate off software, even after security updates stop coming?



Wipe Bad Disk

A simple-to-configure software program that helps you securely erase disks with bad sectors for making sure no one can recover deleted data



How to Create Website Shortcut in Windows



Used smartphone shipments will reach 332.9M units by 2023

Smartphone users choose affordability over new features, IDC found.



10 Great Showbox Alternatives [January 2020]



macOS beta hints at future ‘Pro Mode’ to boost performance on portable Macs



Best cheap MacBook deals in January 2020

Save big on Apple's entire laptop line



How to upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10 for free

Yes, you can still get the free upgrade from Microsoft



Amazon may get law enforcement involved in more counterfeit cases

It will report merchants every time a counterfeit is sold.



Millions of cable modems are vulnerable to this new hack



Windows 7 Is Dead: Upgrade Now

As of today, if a major bug hits Windows, those on Windows 7 won't get the patch when Microsoft rolls it out. Upgrade now or pay the price.



Samsung introduces Galaxy XCover Pro, a durable, enterprise-ready smartphone with a removable battery



CES 2020: New tech could make your life easier, but is also raising privacy concerns



How to schedule System Restore Points in Windows 10



How to Schedule and Automate Tasks with Crontab in Ubuntu



Leaked Photos Confirm Samsung Galaxy S20 Name and Design



Will This Be the Year of the Branded Cybercriminal?

Threat actors will continue to grow enterprise-style businesses that evolve just like their legitimate counterparts.



Arduino Control Center

Take charge of all aspects of Arduino and manage buttons, sensors and switches more conveniently using this simple and straightforward tool



How to Show All Open Windows Side by Side in Windows 10



How to install Microsoft Teams on Linux

Microsoft Teams is now available as a Linux desktop client. Learn how to install and connect, so you can begin collaborating with your fellow team members.



The Best Free DNS Servers For a Faster 2020



Faster mmWave 5G-Ready iPhone 12 Models Not Delayed – Could Launch Alongside sub-6GHz Models in H2 2020



Massive Galaxy S20 leak reveals new camera features and up to 16GB of RAM

The Galaxy S20 and S20 Plus have got plenty of camera toys for users to play with.



Google says new AI models allow for ‘nearly instantaneous’ weather forecasts

An increasingly important tool in a world shaped by climate change



NYT: Experts find evidence Russians hacked Ukrainian gas company

A phishing attack against Burisma may have sought dirt to use against Joe Biden.



Tech how-to: Send texts from your computer



Google Search Results Redesign Lands on Desktops

The new look results put website branding 'front & center' while clearly marking ads with a bolded 'Ad' label.



The future of foldable tablets got clearer at CES 2020



Google Assistant gets digital sticky notes feature, here’s how to use it

Apart from a digital sticky notes feature for Assistant, Google also unveiled a new ‘speed dial’ feature.



Why You Should Have a Voice Assistant in the Car




UEFI is a replacement for the original BIOS that’s been running computers for almost a quarter of a century. UEFI allows manufacturers to take advantage of the security capabilities of the machines they produce.


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Windows 10 upgrade: Microsoft will make a monumental change tomorrow - is your PC ready? (today 01/14/20)

MICROSOFT is set to make one of its biggest-ever changes tomorrow with millions needing to install the latest version of Windows 10 - Here's how to make sure you are ready for this big upgrade.



Yes, You Can Still Get Windows 10 For Free



8K at CES 2020: The future or a waste of time?



How to disable tracking prevention on Microsoft Edge

Yes, if you don't like the feature, or it's causing issues, you can disable tracking prevention on the Chromium version of Microsoft Edge.



The Level Smart Lock hides within your existing door hardware

By hiding within your existing door hardware, Level Lock brings smart lock functionality without changing the look of your door.



Cooler Master's adorable Masterbox MB311L mini-tower is affordable, too

Tempered glass and two 140mm ARGB fans in a $60 case? Yes, please.



What to do when your old iPhone or iPad doesn't run iOS 13 or iPadOS

Make use of your ageing Apple kit



Hack Cambridge’s young geniuses to take a crack at the Avast Secure Browser

Hackers converge on historic university to tear into challenges from top tech companies, including Avast



Nemty Ransomware to Start Leaking Non-Paying Victim's Data



These wacky CES 2020 products let you have a super futuristic bathroom

From smart speakers in your shower head to smart toilets — what a time to be alive.



'Police Web Browser Scam' Dupes Users into Paying Thousands



How to protect your Windows 7 computers and data after Microsoft cuts off support

With no bug fixes or patches available for Windows 7 after Jan. 14, Veritas CIO John Abel offers tips to safeguard the PCs in your organization.



The TaoTronics SoundLiberty 53 true-wireless earbuds look like AirPods Pro but are on sale for $30

They may not block all the noise, but they'll reduce it considerably -- and save you $220.



Kuo: This year’s iPhones will support faster mmWave 5G despite earlier report



FBI arrests alleged member of prolific neo-Nazi swatting ring

The group reportedly targeted journalists, a church, and a Facebook executive



Luminar 4 review: AI brings huge creative possibilities to affordable image editor

Affordable image editor powered by artificial intelligence.



New warnings of hacking risks for voting systems connected to the internet



Watch out for this one fast-spreading scam



EU: We May Need a Law to Force iPhones to Adopt USB-C

Over the past decade, the European Commission has been pushing for a single charging method for mobile phone devices. However, it's done so by encouraging tech vendors to voluntarily adopt a single charging standard. Now it's looking at a legislative approach.



All the Insane Surveillance Tools the Government (Maybe) Has




If you no longer need a printer, this is how you can get rid of the leftover drivers.



At CES, companies slowly start to realize that privacy matters



Your Excel formulas cheat sheet: 22 tips for calculations and common tasks



Cyberattack hits donors for Australia bush fire charities

Even charities aren't exempt from cybercriminals' schemes



The 12 weirdest cybersecurity stories you haven't heard about



Emotet Malware Restarts Spam Attacks After Holiday Break



Satya Nadella poses for the camera with Surface Duo in hand

Smile for the camera.



Cyber Attack Fears Rise Over Iran Conflict



December's Most Wanted Malware: Greta Thunberg-themed spam used to spread Emotet

Check Point's December 2019 Index finds Emotet as lead malware for the third month in a row, spreading email spam, some which alleged support of the teen activist.



6 new Google Assistant features, and how to use them: Scheduling, sticky notes and more

Google's digital voice assistant adds six new actions, which the company introduced at CES 2020 that you'll be able to use on your Google Home or phone.



[Update: Design details, ‘iPhone 9’] Everything we know about the iPhone SE 2



Burisma targeted by Russia-linked phishing attack, raising election-meddling fears

It’s unclear if the hackers found any information



Why the iPad needs to embrace mice and trackpads

Using an external pointing device can help make the iPad a better device.



Voting machine makers face questions from House lawmakers — but more remain

The CEOs of the three companies that make more than 80 percent of the country’s voting machines testified before Congress Thursday for the first time.



Protect your data – Amazon employees fired after leaking private customer info



18 Reasons You Should Upgrade to Windows 10

We get it, you love Windows 7, but Microsoft's aging OS reaches its end of life this week, and Windows 10 has a lot going for it. Here's why you should upgrade now.



Amazon's bestselling laptop with 1,400 reviews is only $339




A full backup of your device should always be part of your recovery strategy — Here's how use Windows 7's System Image Backup tool.



Meet MarsCat, a robot cat with lots of love to give and room to grow



How to set up your new computer

Set up antivirus, clear out bloatware, and perform other tasks to keep your PC humming well into the future.



Hulu plans and prices: best deals, subscription packages cost and how to sign up



Homeland Security warns of Iranian cyberattacks



Android Trojan Steals Your Money to Fund International SMS Attacks



Microsoft aims to assist detection of sexual predators on Xbox Live and other platforms

Multiplayer is about to become safer.



New Clop Ransomware Encrypts Windows Processes



Photos: The 13 most-fun tech finds at CES 2020



Apple wants to totally rely on recycled parts for new iPhone models



macOS beta hints at future ‘Pro Mode’ to boost performance on portable Macs



Wi-Fi 6 is finally here

Faster Wi-Fi is in laptops and routers you might actually buy



16-inch MacBook Pro upgrade on the way: Intel teases 5GHz, 8-core 16-thread Comet Lake mobile processors

At CES, Intel teased its upcoming high-power mobile 10th-generation CPU, suitable for the 16-inch MacBook Pro.



Microsoft launches tool to identify child sexual predators in online chat rooms

The tool, codenamed Project Artemis, is designed to look for patterns of communication used by predators to target children



Update your browser now to protect your computer from hackers



Magic Mirror on the Wall, Have I Worn This Outfit at All?

The Nessa mirror has a built-in camera that takes a photo of what you're wearing, uploads it to the cloud, and runs an algorithm to determine whether you've worn the outfit before or not.



The 7 Best Web Browsers for Every Kind of Netizen



How to clear cache and cookies on Microsoft Edge

Websites aren't loading correctly or you can't sign-in to online services? Try clearing the cache data and cookies on Microsoft Edge based on Chromium.



Daily Crunch: Twitter will let you limit replies



Intel's new 'Thunderbolt 4' spec quickly turns into a confusing mess

Maybe Intel should have left Tiger Lake's new feature out of its presentation entirely.



Windows 7 End of Life: everything you need to know about the death of Windows 7

7 things you need to know about the end of Windows 7



2020: Rise of the world's elite hackers



Windows 7 Reminder: Get a Free Windows 10 Upgrade While You Can



The latest Mozilla Firefox update is so important, even the Department of Homeland Security says you should upgrade

"An attacker could exploit this vulnerability to take control of an affected system."



Scammed by Easy / Net PC Expert? Here's What to Do



Why big data may help you sleep better at night

At CES 2020, Sleep Number debuted its latest smart beds, which feature climate-controlled technology that gathers data while you snooze.



Every 5G iPhone is on track to launch in Fall 2020; no signs of delay



AG Barr says Apple has provided no ‘substantive assistance’ in investigation of Pensacola shooting



Asus built a mini GPU specifically for Intel’s tiny gaming box

The new RTX 2070 is just under eight inches long



How to use Apple ID to create passwords for your apps

Apple ID lets you create up to 25 app-specific passwords for third-party apps.



Facebook's final word on political ads: No changes to microtargeting but more control for users

Facebook will expand transparency around political ads and give its users more control over the ads they see.



Change this crucial privacy setting now to keep Siri from spying on you



Android Phone for Low-Income Americans Contains Malware

The Unimax (UMX) U686CL is also primed to deliver adware and serve owners aggressive advertising.



How quantum computing is going to shape 2020



Free Microsoft Office in Windows 10



The best free photo editor 2020: free alternatives to Photoshop



Next-generation Bluetooth LE Audio improves sound quality and battery life, and adds audio sharing

Bluetooth LE Audio will also offer direct support for hearing aids, as well as allow for personal and “location-based” audio sharing.


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Arduino Aims to Secure IoT With New Dev Platform, Hardware



What about Windows 10 backup?

While Windows 10 backup is included as part of the operating system, I consider it to be barely adequate, and prefer a more full-featured solution.



How to Set Up iCloud Email and Calendar Access on Windows 10



Google Removes Trove of Risky 'Bread' Apps From Play Store

Google has removed roughly 1,700 unique applications from its Google Play app store that were part of a family of potentially unwanted programs. 



Amazon’s Ring fired four employees for peeping into customer video feeds



How to Use the F Keys on a Mac

Take advantage of your Mac's function keys



[Tip] Disable Sponsored Ads in Opera on Mobile Phones and Tablets



Make Outlook automatically download pictures in email messages



Office 365 on Windows 7 gets free patches until 2023

The end of support in January for Windows 7 does not mean the end of support for Office 365 ProPlus. Users of the latter will get security updates, but no new features.



The 9 Best Free Movie Apps to Watch Movies Online (Phone)



Lawmakers Prod FCC to Act on SIM Swapping



Amazon Ring fired staff for snooping on customers’ security videos

  - Amazon’s Ring has responded to a letter from Democratic senators seeking more information about its security practices.

  - In the letter, Ring acknowledged it fired four employees for abusing their access to customer data.

  - The move follows reports that Ring employees in Ukraine were given unrestricted access to videos from Ring cameras around the world.



Upgrade to an ultra-fast 27-inch curved FreeSync monitor for just $190

B&H Photo Video is selling the AOC C27G1 with 1080p resolution and an 1800R curvature for just $190.



Google Assistant: Now More Helpful Around the House and More Respectful of Privacy



The smart, “invisible” Level Lock hides inside your existing door lock hardware

It replaces only the interior hardware of your deadbolt, allowing you to keep your keyhole and turnpiece.



Profiling the Linken Sphere anti-detection browser



First Look: Intel's 'Horseshoe Bend' is an Even Bigger Foldable Tablet

Intel’s Horseshoe Bend prototype can open up to a seamless 17.3-inch OLED display for all of your big-screen computing needs.



CES 2020: The good, the bad and the weirdest tech revealed this year



How to Create a Backup Image Using Macrium Reflect Free (I have published tutorials.Always have a Restre media you have tested to work on your computer.  Always click Advanced Options and check auto-verify.)

Once I've convinced you that image backups are important, your next question is most likely to be "OK, How?". Here's a short-and-sweet answer and resources to learn more.



How to Use rclone to Back Up to Google Drive on Linux



Christmas Ransomware Attack Hit New York Airport Servers

An upstate New York airport and its computer management provider were attacked by ransomware over Christmas, officials said.



Facebook says it will let users see fewer political ads — but still refuses to fact-check them

  - Facebook says it will start letting its U.S. users see fewer political ads, starting this summer.

  - It follows a decision by Twitter to ban political ads outright. Google has also limited ad targeting.

  - The company says it won’t fact-check political ads, nor will it limit targeting for such posts.



How to Type the Apple Logo on Your Mac, iPhone, and iPad

Easily add that familiar symbol where you want it



[Tip] Enable “Back Forward Cache” Feature in Google Chrome for Faster Navigation



Remove Action Needed prompt while connecting to WiFi network in Windows 10



Microsoft cheat sheets: Dive into Windows and Office apps

These guides will help you find your way around several generations of Microsoft’s Office apps for Windows — and Windows itself.



The 7 Best Sites to Download Cool Ringtones That Don’t Suck



Tricky Phish Angles for Persistence, Not Passwords



Stop everything. Update Firefox now



Super-size your storage with WD's huge 10TB external drive for $160

The 10TB WD easystore hard drive is nearly $30 cheaper than Amazon right now, and well below the MSRP.



How to Disable Those Cursed Website Notifications in the New Firefox



Cord-cutting in 2020: The race for a unified streaming guide is on

Navigating a sea of streaming services needs to be a lot easier. It might finally happen this year.



Cyber adjuncts to kinetic strikes in the Middle East.

The US and Iran appear to be seeking de-escalation following the US drone strike against Quds Force commander General Soleimani and Iran's retaliatory rocket barrage against two US bases in Iraq. The New York Times predicts Tehran will now turn its focus to cyber operations



Privacy Groups to Google: Please Kill Android Bloatware

You can often find bloatware on phones from mobile carriers, especially on cheaper handsets. But a coalition of privacy groups is worried the same pre-installed apps have background functions and data collection processes users aren't aware of.



Scams and phishing attacks spreading amid Iran cyberwar fears – don’t get fooled



Why Testing Your Backups Is Critical (Macrium Reflect and other backup software verify after backup eliminates doing things this way.)

Testing your backups is an easy step to overlook, but an important step to take. Make sure your backups will be there when you need them.



How to Wrap Text Around Images in Google Docs



New Bill Would Prohibit Intelligence Sharing With Countries That Use Huawei

A bill introduced this week by Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) would ban the sharing of intelligence with countries that use Huawei technologies in their fifth generation (5G) networks.



British banks hit by hacking of foreign exchange firm Travelex

Travelex computer systems have been down for more than a week since a malware attack on New Year’s Eve, leaving Lloyds, Barclays, HSBC and the Royal Bank of Scotland, among others, unable to process transactions.



How to Use Siri on a Mac

Speak to Siri on Mac Just as You Would on an iPhone



[Tip] Enable Tab Freeze or Tab Suspend Feature in Google Chrome



HardLink Shell Extension: Create Hardlinks, Symbolic Links, Junctions, Volume Mountpoints



Microsoft touts Edge's new tab page connection to Office 365

By using group policy objects, IT admins can turn the browser into a front end for Office 365 with an enterprise-centric new tab page.



How to Erase Your Social Media Presence: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat



The Hidden Cost of Ransomware: Wholesale Password Theft



NextMind Makes a Leap Toward Controlling Computers With Your Thoughts



You can still get these 9 tech gadgets at year-end pricing



The First Folding PC Is Remarkably Smart



How hackable is your smart device? The UL IoT Security Rating and UL Verified Mark will tell you

Does your device have an easily guessed default password (bad)? Does it anonymize data (good)? UL will check for these security issues and more.



Both Iran and the US appear to have signaled a desire for de-escalation, the Washington Post says, but the report Dragos issued yesterday about Magnallium (also known as APT33, Elfin, or Refined Kitten) has kept alive concerns about North American power grid security. 



5G Home Internet Won't Happen Until Later in 2020, Alas

A new report says Verizon may wait until the second half of the year to offer 5G to more home users, and we found that it seems to only be signing up new customers in Chicago.



Can’t upgrade from Windows 7 to 10? Here’s what to do



Can I Use the Free Backup Software that Came with My External Drive?



How to Add Space Between Text and Cell Borders in Excel



Remote Code Execution Flaw Impacts E2fsprogs Filesystem Utility (Linux and Unix.  Most servers hosting websites use one of these OS's.)

An out-of-bounds write bug in the E2fsprogs filesystem utility could lead to remote code execution, Cisco Talos security researchers reveal.



A security flaw in China’s TikTok app was found. It lets hackers use text messages to control accounts

  - Popular video sharing app TikTok had “multiple” security vulnerabilities, according to a new report from cybersecurity firm Check Point.

  - Hackers could take control of TikTok accounts and manipulate the content, upload and delete videos and reveal personal information such as a private email address. 

  - The vulnerability was disclosed to TikTok and patched. 



How to Find Windows Spotlight Images

Jazz up your Windows 10 desktop background with eye-catching photos



[Firefox Tip] Use Separate Default Search Engine in Private Browsing Mode



Synchronize Bookmarks in Firefox using these free tools



Running Win10 version 1803 or 1809? You have options. Here’s how to control your upgrade.

With support for the venerable Win10 version 1803 officially at an end, and 1809 not too long for this earth, it’s time to think seriously about upgrading. Fortunately, you have lots of options — and a surprising amount of control over your Win10 destiny.



7 Virtual Monitor Apps to Maximize Your Ultrawide Monitor



Alleged Member of Neo-Nazi Swatting Group Charged



Man jailed for using webcam RAT to spy on women in their bedrooms



DeWalt's 20V Max Impact driver kit has dropped to $99 on Amazon

Down from a list price of $149, this powerful DeWalt impact driver can fit in tight spaces, features LEDs for better visibility, and is ready to work with the full variety of 1/4-inch hex shank bits.



Foldable Phones and PCs Are Just Tablets



Ring announces 6 new products, along with measures to quiet criticism of its privacy practices

A revamped Ring Control Center promises to make it easier for users to manage their privacy settings while using Ring’s video doorbells, cameras, and other home security devices.



Citing a report by Saudi Arabia's National Cybersecurity Authority, multiple sources report that "Dustman," a destructive Iranian cyber campaign, has hit Bapco, Bahrain's national oil company. ZDNet outlines the malware as a successor to earlier Iranian wiper campaigns, notably Shamoon. 



Hackers Are Abusing a Bug in Firefox to Take Over Computers

'We are aware of targeted attacks in the wild abusing this flaw,' Mozilla said in the advisory. It's not clear how the hackers were exploiting the bug, but they likely created a malicious website to trigger the flaw.



Update your phone now! Bug lets hackers take over



Is an Online Backup Service a Good Idea?

Backing up data using an online backup service can seem to be an effective solution, and it can be an important part of an overall strategy, but there are important limits and considerations.



Senator seeks ban on US sharing intelligence with countries using Huawei 5G gear



Ransomware is a reality.



I Have Two Facebook Accounts, How Do I Delete Just One of Them?


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