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(Included: in this posting, the last article is an APCUG Virtual Technology Conference Recording and will be part of the next posting)

 

The work-from-home employee’s bill of rights

In a WFH world, employees are entitled to these seven rights to do their work successfully.

https://www.computerworld.com/article/3599140/the-work-from-home-employee-s-bill-of-rights.html

 

Apple is extending Apple TV+ trials again

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/apple-extending-apple-tv-trials-195328416.html

 

How to Build Your Own Artificial Natural Light Window

https://www.howtogeek.com/707537/how-to-build-your-own-artificial-natural-light-window/

 

There are a bunch of hidden menus on your iPhone: Here’s how to use them

  - If you haven’t used an iPhone before, or are relatively new to it, you may not know some of the gestures that can reveal some hidden menus.

  - You can search your whole iPhone, switch between apps, access widgets or quickly access shortcuts to things like your flashlight or Wi-Fi controls.

  - Here are some of the gestures and hidden screens you might not know about.

https://www.cnbc.com/2021/01/23/iphone-12-gestures-and-hidden-menus.html

 

Google stops third-party browsers using tools created for Chrome

From mid-March other developers will lose access to some APIs

https://www.techradar.com/news/google-stops-third-party-browsers-using-tools-created-for-chrome

 

CISA says multiple attacks on cloud services bypassed multifactor authentication

https://www.scmagazine.com/home/security-news/cloud-security/cisa-says-multiple-attacks-on-cloud-services-bypassed-multifactor-authentication/

 

Free Tools to Check SD Card Speed and Capacity

https://www.maketecheasier.com/check-sd-card-speed-capacity/

 

Try These Fixes for the macOS 'Permanent Screensaver' Bug

https://lifehacker.com/try-these-fixes-for-the-macos-permanent-screensaver-bug-1846088663

 

Apple needs to bring MagSafe back to Macs

Commentary: The proprietary magnet connector saved me thousands of dollars in repairs, and I can't imagine owning a laptop without it.

https://www.cnet.com/news/apple-needs-to-bring-magsafe-back-to-macs/

 

SolarWinds hackers used 7-Zip code to hide Raindrop Cobalt Strike loader

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/solarwinds-hackers-used-7-zip-code-to-hide-raindrop-cobalt-strike-loader/

 

How to create a Windows 10 ISO image for clean, in-place upgrade and repair install

https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/72031-create-windows-10-iso-image-existing-installation.html

 

Biden inherited one of the worst hacks in history. How will his administration respond?

Biden faces two main problems: how to punish Russia, if at all; and how to fully kick its hackers out of U.S. networks, a process that experts say will take months at least.

https://www.nbcnews.com/tech/security/biden-inherited-one-worst-hacks-history-how-will-his-administration-n1255334

 

Joker’s Stash Carding Market to Call it Quits

https://krebsonsecurity.com/2021/01/jokers-stash-carding-market-to-call-it-quits/

 

Hackers release over 4,000 files stolen from Scottish environment agency in ransomware attack

https://hotforsecurity.bitdefender.com/blog/hackers-release-over-4000-files-stolen-from-scottish-environment-agency-in-ransomware-attack-25153.html

 

MagSafe Will Likely Return To The MacBook Pro

Sources say Apple is adding back the ports that Jony Ive took away

https://www.lifewire.com/magsafe-will-likely-return-to-the-macbook-pro-5095879

 

Microsoft takes steps to scrub Flash from Windows

The arrival of 2021 means the departure of Adobe Flash Player from PCs.

https://www.computerworld.com/article/3602450/microsoft-takes-steps-to-scrub-flash-from-windows.html

 

Pebble Founder Says His New App Brings iMessage to Android With a Little 'Trickery'

https://gizmodo.com/pebble-founder-says-his-new-app-brings-imessage-to-andr-1846102908

 

7 DIY Projects for Your Old Hard Drive

Wondering what to do with your old hard drives? Don't throw them out! Turn it into a DIY external hard drive or many other things.

https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/projects-make-old-hard-drive/

 

Privacy check: 5 Amazon security settings you need to change

https://www.komando.com/tech-tips/amazon-security-settings-to-change/584405/

 

Nvidia Quietly Lowers the Requirements for G-Sync Ultimate Monitors

The VESA DisplayHDR 1000 requirement is gone, replaced with 'lifelike HDR.'

https://www.pcmag.com/news/nvidia-quietly-lowers-the-requirements-for-g-sync-ultimate-monitors

 

If You're Using This Phone Charger, Stop Immediately

https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/phone-charger-stop-using-immediately-180950716.html

 

How to Stop Signal From Telling You When Your Contacts Join

https://www.howtogeek.com/708697/how-to-stop-signal-from-telling-you-when-your-contacts-join/

 

Democratic senators urge Facebook, Google and Twitter to crack down on vaccine misinformation

  - A group of Democratic senators led by Sen. Amy Klobuchar wrote to the CEOs of Facebook, Twitter, Google and YouTube on Thursday asking the companies to crack down on vaccine misinformation and make their efforts more transparent.

  - As the pandemic rages on, Klobuchar, joined by Sens. Tammy Baldwin and Gary Peters, told the CEOs that it is “vital” for Americans to get accurate information about the coronavirus vaccines.

  - The platforms already have policies in place to remove misinformation and elevate reliable sources, but measures to crack down on dangerous inaccurate messages often come after many users have already seen them.

https://www.cnbc.com/2021/01/22/facebook-google-and-twitter-urged-by-senators-to-crack-down-on-vaccine-misinformation.html

 

LG has revealed that it might stop making smartphones

But it's not out yet

https://www.techradar.com/news/lg-has-revealed-that-it-might-stop-making-smartphones

 

Apple nixes feature that let its apps skip VPNs and firewalls, after criticism from researchers

https://www.scmagazine.com/home/security-news/network-security/apple-nixes-feature-that-let-its-apps-skip-vpns-and-firewalls-after-criticism-from-researchers/

 

5 of the Best Linux Distros for Windows Users in 2021

https://www.maketecheasier.com/best-linux-distro-for-windows-users/

 

What's an 'Uncertified' Android Device?

https://lifehacker.com/whats-an-uncertified-android-device-1846095777

 

Microsoft patent details tech that could turn dead people into AI chatbots

It's Black Mirror come to life.

https://www.cnet.com/news/microsoft-patent-details-tech-that-could-turn-dead-people-into-ai-chatbots/

 

Bugs in Signal, Facebook, Google chat apps let attackers spy on users

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/bugs-in-signal-facebook-google-chat-apps-let-attackers-spy-on-users/

 

How to Add or Remove "Maximum processor state" from Power Options in Windows

https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/107967-add-remove-maximum-processor-state-power-options-windows.html

 

Some pro-Trump extremists used Facebook to plan Capitol attack, report finds

Private Facebook groups spent months advising one another about how to "take down" the government, says a report from the nonprofit Tech Transparency Project.

https://www.nbcnews.com/tech/tech-news/some-pro-trump-extremsists-used-facebook-plan-capitol-attack-report-n1254794

 

SolarWinds: What Hit Us Could Hit Others

https://krebsonsecurity.com/2021/01/solarwinds-what-hit-us-could-hit-others/

 

Scottish environmental agency still struggling after Christmas Eve ransomware attack

https://hotforsecurity.bitdefender.com/blog/scottish-environmental-agency-still-struggling-after-christmas-eve-ransomware-attack-25114.html

 

The 6 Best Fitness Armbands of 2021

Working out with your smartphone just got a whole lot easier

https://www.lifewire.com/best-fitness-armbands-4051756

 

SolarWinds, Solorigate, and what it means for Windows updates

The recent SolarWinds attack raised serious questions about how safe companies (and government agencies) are when OS or software updates roll out. Since Microsoft was also hit, it’s important to understand what happened.

https://www.computerworld.com/article/3602549/solarwinds-solorigate-and-what-it-means-for-windows-updates.html

 

Otter Will Now Mercifully Transcribe Your Google Meet Calls

https://gizmodo.com/otter-will-now-mercifully-transcribe-your-google-meet-c-1846101599

 

Is WhatsApp Safe? 5 Security Threats Users Need to Know About

WhatsApp security is a challenge, making it a frequent target of scammers and hackers. Is WhatsApp safe? Here's what you need to know.

https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/4-security-threats-whatsapp-users-need-know/

 

Check your phone! These copycat apps are spreading spam

https://www.komando.com/security-privacy/android-copycat-spam-apps/774332/

 

Parler Is Back Online Thanks to Russian Tech Company DDos-Guard

Parler CEO John Matze says the social network will 'resolve any challenge before us.'

https://www.pcmag.com/news/parler-is-back-online-thanks-to-russian-tech-company-ddos-guard

 

How to factory reset a Windows 10 computer, to help you troubleshoot or prepare to sell a PC

https://www.yahoo.com/news/factory-reset-windows-10-computer-195342425.html

 

How to Renew a Mac’s IP Address (to Troubleshoot Problems)

https://www.howtogeek.com/695150/how-to-renew-a-macs-ip-address-to-troubleshoot-problems/

 

Elon Musk is donating a $100 million prize for carbon capture technology — here’s what that means

  - Elon Musk tweeted Thursday he will be “donating $100 million towards a prize for best carbon capture technology.”

  - Carbon capture, utilization and storage or sequestration is a process of removing carbon emissions to either store or reuse.

https://www.cnbc.com/2021/01/22/elon-musk-tweets-donating-prize-for-carbon-capture.html

 

Dangerous new malware targets unpatched Linux machines

Patches to vulnerabilities it exploits are already available

https://www.techradar.com/news/dangerous-new-malware-targets-unpatched-linux-machines

 

Google: Attacker ‘likely’ had access to Android zero-day vulnerabilities

https://www.scmagazine.com/home/security-news/mobile-security/google-attacker-likely-had-access-to-android-zero-day-vulnerabilities/

 

7 Hidden Google Pixel Features You Need to Know and Try

https://www.maketecheasier.com/google-pixel-features/

 

Get an Extra Year of Repairs for Your Older MacBook's Display

https://lifehacker.com/get-an-extra-year-of-repairs-for-your-older-macbooks-di-1846088496

 

Without warrants, intelligence agency buys location data on US residents

The Defense Intelligence Agency separates information on US residents, according to The New York Times, but can search the data with permission.

https://www.cnet.com/news/without-warrants-intelligence-agency-buys-location-data-on-us-residents/

 

Google search bug freezes tabs when using a custom date range

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/google/google-search-bug-freezes-tabs-when-using-a-custom-date-range/

 

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

https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/8703-restore-default-file-type-associations-windows-10-a.html

 

House oversight head asks FBI to investigate Parler

A number of Jan. 6 rioters have been charged after posting their activities that day to Parler and major social networking sites popular in the U.S.

https://www.nbcnews.com/tech/tech-news/house-oversight-head-asks-fbi-investigate-parler-n1255170

 

How Was Your Credit Card Stolen?

https://krebsonsecurity.com/2015/01/how-was-your-credit-card-stolen/

 

ATSC 3.0 in 2021: Why it's still early days for antenna TV's big upgrade

Even in 2021, NextGen TV seems far off from mainstream adoption.

https://www.techhive.com/article/3604331/atsc-3-0-in-2021-its-still-early-days.html

 

How to Sync Your Google and Apple Calendars

Add your Google Calendar events to Apple Calendar and use it on iOS

https://www.lifewire.com/how-to-set-up-google-calendar-ical-sync-1172184

 

Herewith, some unsolicited advice for Microsoft about Windows

For five years now, Microsoft has been messing around with Windows 10 feature releases and updates and support deadlines. It's time to end the madness.

https://www.computerworld.com/article/3601743/herewith-some-unsolicited-advice-for-microsoft-about-windows.html

 

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra Review: The Most Maxed Out Phone for the Money

https://gizmodo.com/samsung-galaxy-s21-ultra-review-the-most-maxed-out-pho-1846097470

 

10 Hidden iOS 14 Features You Won't Want to Miss

iOS 14 made a lot of changes, but some of its best features are hidden. Here are some changes in iOS 14 to check out.

https://www.makeuseof.com/hidden-ios-14-features/

 

Find out who’s calling you from an unknown or blocked number

https://www.komando.com/tech-tips/find-out-whos-calling-you/704580/

 

Sony Xperia 1 and Xperia 5 Owners Get Android 11 Upgrade Early

A welcome surprise for owners of Sony's 2019 smartphones.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/sony-xperia-1-and-xperia-5-owners-get-android-11-upgrade-early

 

Don’t Freak Out, but Amazon’s Having a Secret Sale on Apple Products

https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/dont-freak-amazons-having-secret-181000687.html

 

How to Uninstall or Disable Extensions in Google Chrome

https://www.howtogeek.com/701073/how-to-uninstall-or-disable-extensions-in-google-chrome/

 

Microsoft President Brad Smith explains how political contributions really work

  - Brad Smith, Microsoft’s president, said the company needs the Microsoft Political Action Committee.

  - The company is looking at whether to stop giving money to politicians who opposed the vote to confirm U.S. Electoral College results in the 2020 presidential election.

https://www.cnbc.com/2021/01/22/microsoft-president-brad-smith-defends-mspac-to-employees.html

 

Windows 10 update is reportedly causing serious problems that prevent PCs from starting

Boot loop glitch is a worrying one

https://www.techradar.com/news/windows-10-update-is-reportedly-causing-serious-problems-that-prevent-pcs-from-starting

 

Sunspot malware scoured servers for SolarWinds builds that it could weaponize

https://www.scmagazine.com/home/solarwinds-hack/sunspot-malware-scoured-servers-for-solarwinds-builds-that-it-could-weaponize/

 

How to Integrate Your Google Account into GNOME 

https://www.maketecheasier.com/integrate-google-calendar-into-gnome-shell/

 

Know Zoom's Hidden Watermarks Before Sharing That Meeting

https://lifehacker.com/know-zooms-hidden-watermarks-before-sharing-that-meetin-1846083763

 

Raspberry Pi announces $4 microcontroller

The Pico chip is available now for pairing with Raspberry Pi mini computers.

https://www.cnet.com/news/raspberry-pi-announces-4-microcontroller/

 

FreakOut malware exploits critical bugs to infect Linux hosts

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/freakout-malware-exploits-critical-bugs-to-infect-linux-hosts/

 

How to Recover Deleted Files with Windows File Recovery app in Windows 10

https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/159492-how-recover-deleted-files-windows-file-recovery-windows-10-a.html

 

Russia's SolarWinds hack has no easy fix, cybersecurity company says

Efforts to assess the impact of a more than seven-month-old cyberespionage campaign blamed on Russia — and boot the intruders — remain in their early stages.

https://www.nbcnews.com/tech/security/russias-solarwinds-hack-no-easy-fix-cybersecurity-company-says-rcna227

 

Krebs’s 3 Basic Rules for Online Safety

https://krebsonsecurity.com/2011/05/krebss-3-basic-rules-for-online-safety/

 

Avoid This Scam Offering 'Free' Netflix

https://twocents.lifehacker.com/avoid-this-scam-offering-free-netflix-1846082323

 

The Best Calendar Apps for Smarter Scheduling

When life requires more than simple scheduling, use one of these apps

https://www.lifewire.com/best-calendar-apps-for-smarter-scheduling-3485938

 

Tips for new tech devices

Tips, tricks, apps and advice for getting the most out of iPhones and iPads, Android devices, Macs, Windows 10 PCs, and Chromebooks.

https://www.computerworld.com/article/3153208/tips-for-new-tech-devices.html

 

All the Types of TV Tech You Can Choose From in 2021

https://gizmodo.com/all-the-types-of-tv-tech-you-can-choose-from-in-2021-1846084052

 

How to Turn Your PC Into a Game Console

Want to play your PC games on your TV? Here's how to use your PC as a gaming console and play on your TV!

https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/turn-pc-into-game-console/

 

Digital Life Hack: 15 insanely useful websites you need to bookmark

https://www.komando.com/video/diy-how-to/digital-life-hack-15-insanely-useful-websites-you-need-to-bookmark/694819/

 

Intel Discontinues Optane-Only SSDs for Consumers

As we transition to PCI Express 4.0 SSDs, Intel switches its focus to Optane server storage.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/intel-discontinues-optane-only-ssds-for-consumers

 

How to enable and use Wi-Fi calling on your Android or iPhone to make calls without cellular service

https://www.yahoo.com/news/enable-wi-fi-calling-android-192306504.html

 

Did Biden Inherit ‘Nonexistent’ COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Plan?

The claim stemmed from anonymous sources in a CNN report.

https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/vaccine-biden-trump/

 

Synchronizing Your PC - a Guide To... Bill James, APCUG VTC 5-5-18

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PQ9UweBaKrc&t=0s

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Simple Guide to Understanding IP Addresses:

https://www.wizcase.com/tools/whats-my-ip/

 

Cybersecurity firm Malwarebytes was hacked by 'Dark Halo,' the same group that breached SolarWinds last year

https://www.yahoo.com/news/cybersecurity-firm-malwarebytes-hacked-dark-205835580.html

 

How Does “Night Mode” Work on Smartphone Cameras?

https://www.howtogeek.com/702941/how-does-night-mode-work-on-smartphone-cameras/

 

Wine 6.0 is out with better Direct3D support and other improvements

https://www.ghacks.net/2021/01/15/wine-6-0-is-out-with-better-direct3d-support-and-other-improvements/

 

Popular PDF reader has database of 77 miliion users hacked and leaked online

The hacking group ShinyHunters is to blame

https://www.techradar.com/news/popular-pdf-reader-has-database-of-77-miliion-users-hacked-and-leaked-online

 

Perils of coding errors play out in Parler slip up

https://www.scmagazine.com/application-security/perils-of-coding-errors-play-out-in-parler-slip-up/

 

Zoom Keyboard Shortcuts Cheatsheet

https://www.maketecheasier.com/cheatsheet/zoom-keyboard-shortcuts/

 

IObit forums hacked to spread ransomware to its members

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/iobit-forums-hacked-to-spread-ransomware-to-its-members/

 

Stimulus checks and your 2020 taxes: Important things you don't want to overlook

Your second stimulus payment -- and likely third payment -- are determined by your federal tax returns. With Tax Season 2020 starting in the coming weeks, we're here to tell you all you need to know.

https://www.cnet.com/personal-finance/stimulus-checks-and-your-2020-taxes-important-things-you-dont-want-to-overlook/

 

How to Clear Virtual Memory Pagefile at Shutdown in Windows 10

https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/77773-how-clear-virtual-memory-pagefile-shutdown-windows-10-a.html

 

Microsoft Confirms SolarWinds Breach Affecting Core Products

The tech giant is the latest victim of the ongoing SolarWinds attack.

https://www.makeuseof.com/microsoft-confirms-solarwinds-breach/

 

Google Chrome wants to fix your unsafe passwords

https://www.tripwire.com/state-of-security/security-data-protection/google-chrome-wants-to-fix-your-unsafe-passwords/

 

What's in the latest Chrome update? Password inspections, less annoying site permission requests

Chrome 88 adds capabilities to the browser's password manager; streamlines permission requests from websites and ends support for an add-on that called up Internet Explorer to render old intranet websites and legacy apps.

https://www.computerworld.com/article/3211427/whats-in-the-latest-chrome-update.html

 

The Scrap Value of a Hacked PC, Revisited

https://krebsonsecurity.com/2012/10/the-scrap-value-of-a-hacked-pc-revisited/

 

UnGoogled Chromium (Google, an advertising company, bothers some regarding privacy)

Browse your favorite Internet content with this Chromium spin-off that removes numerous components that are associated with Google

https://www.softpedia.com/get/Internet/Browsers/UnGoogled-Chromium.shtml

 

What is OneDrive and How Does it Work?

What to know about Microsoft's cloud storage service

https://www.lifewire.com/what-is-onedrive-and-how-does-it-work-5093633

 

Use this tool to plan a career change based on your skillset

https://www.komando.com/lifestyle/linkedin-skillset-tool/762374/

 

Have Your iPhone Camera Fixed With Non-Apple Parts? Get Ready for Onscreen Warnings

iOS 14.4 will reportedly add an 'Unable to verify this iPhone has a genuine Apple camera' notice on devices with camera parts that don't come from Apple.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/have-your-iphone-camera-fixed-with-non-apple-parts-get-ready-for-onscreen

 

AppleWatch detects coronavirus 1 week before symptoms

https://www.yahoo.com/gma/applewatch-detects-coronavirus-1-week-070314176.html

 

How to Insert a Word File into a Different Word Document

https://www.howtogeek.com/698909/how-to-insert-a-word-doc-into-a-different-word-document/

 

Google Images Restored restores the classic Google Images web interface

https://www.ghacks.net/2021/01/17/google-images-restored-restores-the-classic-google-images-web-interface/

 

Google Cloud has reportedly closed the performance gap on AWS and Azure

All three major cloud providers are improving, report claims

https://www.techradar.com/news/google-cloud-has-closed-the-performance-gap-on-aws-and-azure

 

SolarWinds attackers suspected in Microsoft authentication compromise

https://www.scmagazine.com/home/email-security/solarwinds-attackers-suspected-in-microsoft-authentication-compromise/

 

How to Enable Split Screen Mode in Chromebook

https://www.maketecheasier.com/enable-split-screen-mode-chromebook/

 

Microsoft Defender to enable full auto-remediation by default

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/microsoft-defender-to-enable-full-auto-remediation-by-default/

 

Your next drone or action cam will shoot 8K video, 4K at 240fps with Ambarella's new chip

The 5nm CV5 artificial intelligence vision processor can be used for everything from automotive camera systems to security cameras and drones.

https://www.cnet.com/news/your-next-drone-or-action-cam-will-shoot-8k-video-4k-at-240fps-with-ambarellas-new-chip/

 

How to Create and Restore a System Image Backup with Macrium Reflect

https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/61026-backup-restore-macrium-reflect.html

 

5 Ways to Use Technology to Protect Your Hearing

Technology might be a major cause of hearing loss, but you can also use technology to protect your hearing.

https://www.makeuseof.com/use-technology-to-protect-hearing/

 

Cryptocurrency scammers hijack verified accounts once again, jumping on Elon Musk’s Twitter threads

https://grahamcluley.com/cryptocurrency-scammers-hijack-verified-accounts-once-again-jumping-on-elon-musks-twitter-threads/

 

Windows 10's new optional updates explained

Recent versions of Windows 10 have introduced optional updates to Windows Update. What are they and how should you handle them?

https://www.computerworld.com/article/3601870/windows-10-new-optional-updates-explained.html

 

Tools for a Safer PC

https://krebsonsecurity.com/tools-for-a-safer-pc/

 

OutWiker

Build your own personal wiki and store all the research information in a single place, with pages that are displayed in tree view

https://www.softpedia.com/get/Office-tools/Other-Office-Tools/OutWiker.shtml

 

Apple Watch vs. Fitbit

Both devices have strengths and weaknesses

https://www.lifewire.com/apple-watch-vs-fitbit-156684

 

True or false: You should reboot your computer every day

https://www.komando.com/tech-tips/when-to-reboot-your-computer/774630/

 

Signal Back Online Following Lengthy Outage, Though Error Messages Persist

Secure messaging app Signal is back online after an outage that lasted over 24 hours. Here's what to do if you're still seeing error messages.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/signal-back-online-following-lengthy-outage-though-error-messages-persist

 

Samsung’s 870 Evo boosts the performance of entry-level SSDs

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/samsung-sata-ssd-870-pro-150029942.html

 

How to Use Windows 10’s Built-in Screen Capture Tool

https://www.howtogeek.com/706124/how-to-use-windows-10s-built-in-screen-capture-tool/

 

Files is an open source Windows 10 file manager app that supports tabs, dual-pane view

https://www.ghacks.net/2021/01/17/files-is-an-open-source-and-modern-file-explorer-for-windows-10/

 

DisplayPort 2.0 monitors have been delayed until later this year

The coronavirus pandemic is to blame

https://www.techradar.com/news/displayport-20-monitors-have-been-delayed-until-later-this-year

 

‘I’ll Teams you’: Employees assume security of links, file sharing via Microsoft comms platform

https://www.scmagazine.com/application-security/ill-teams-you-employees-assume-security-of-links-file-sharing-via-microsoft-comms-platform/

 

How to Set Up a Local Web Server (Windows, Mac, Linux)

https://www.maketecheasier.com/setup-local-web-server-all-platforms/

 

FBI warns of vishing attacks stealing corporate accounts

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/fbi-warns-of-vishing-attacks-stealing-corporate-accounts/

 

Signal operational again after daylong outage

The encrypted-messaging app was offline after experiencing a surge in new users.

https://www.cnet.com/news/signal-operational-again-after-daylong-outage/

 

How to Turn On or Off Core Isolation Virtualization-based Security for Memory Integrity in Windows 10

https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/104025-turn-off-core-isolation-memory-integrity-windows-10-a.html

 

17 Essential Firefox Add-Ons for Research Students

Improve your research skills with these essential Firefox add-ons for students and researchers.

https://www.makeuseof.com/firefox-add-ons-research-students/

 

Orca Security public cloud security report reveals how most large cloud breaches happen

https://grahamcluley.com/sponsor-orca-security/

 

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.

https://www.computerworld.com/article/3199247/microsoft-cheat-sheets-dive-into-windows-and-office-apps.html

 

Sealed U.S. Court Records Exposed in SolarWinds Breach

https://krebsonsecurity.com/2021/01/sealed-u-s-court-records-exposed-in-solarwinds-breach/

 

HardLink ShellExtension

Swiftly create Junctions, HardLinks and SymbolicLinks through the Windows Explorer right-click menu using this approachable application

https://www.softpedia.com/get/System/OS-Enhancements/HardLink-ShellExtension.shtml

 

How RealSense ID Won't Trade Security for Convenience

Say 'cheese!'

https://www.lifewire.com/how-realsense-id-wont-trade-security-for-convenience-5095729

 

This app makes it easy to get all the local and national news you want to see

https://www.komando.com/downloads/news-break-app/774780/

 

Microsoft Teams Adds Meeting Recaps to Help You Stay in the Loop

Never miss a meeting again with recaps that feature recordings, transcripts, notes, and more. Announced last year, Microsoft is rolling it out to Teams accounts now.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/microsoft-teams-adds-meeting-recaps-to-help-you-stay-in-the-loop

 

Dell pushes more sustainable laptops, heavy-duty gaming PCs at CES 2021

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/dell-pushes-more-sustainable-laptops-heavy-gaming-pcs-at-ces-2021-184336037.html

 

What Health Conditions Can an Apple Watch Detect?

https://www.howtogeek.com/704441/what-health-conditions-can-an-apple-watch-detect/

 

Windows 10 privacy software Privatezilla update brings analysis mode

https://www.ghacks.net/2021/01/16/windows-10-privacy-software-privatezilla-update-brings-analysis-mode/

 

These Chrome extensions scraped user data, and Facebook isn't happy

However the extensions are still available for download

https://www.techradar.com/news/these-chrome-extensions-scraped-user-data-and-facebook-isnt-happy

 

DarkSide decryptor unlocks systems without ransom payment – for now

https://www.scmagazine.com/home/security-news/ransomware/darkside-decryptor-unlocks-systems-without-ransom-payment-for-now/

 

How to Use Linux Live CD to Back Up Data from Windows PC

https://www.maketecheasier.com/rescue-your-pc-with-linux-live-cd/

 

Windows 10X: A closer look at Microsoft's new operating system (screenshot is similar to viewing apps installed on a ChromeOS)

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/microsoft/windows-10x-a-closer-look-at-microsofts-new-operating-system/

 

The coronavirus pandemic explained, one year on

We've learned so much about the coronavirus in the more than 365 days since our first guide was published.

https://www.cnet.com/how-to/the-coronavirus-pandemic-explained-one-year-on/

 

How to Disable Touchpad when Mouse is Connected in Windows 10

https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/111633-disable-touchpad-when-mouse-connected-windows-10-a.html

 

Microsoft patches anti-virus bug that allowed boobytrapped files to run malicious code when scanned

Microsoft Defender bug was being actively exploited.

https://grahamcluley.com/microsoft-patches-anti-virus-bug-that-allowed-boobytrapped-files-to-run-malicious-code-when-scanned/

 

Give Google Docs some powerful new shortcuts

If you use Google Docs and care about productivity, this time-saving upgrade is something you won't want to miss.

https://www.computerworld.com/article/3603909/google-docs-shortcuts.html

 

Hamas May Be Threat to 8chan, QAnon Online

https://krebsonsecurity.com/2021/01/hamas-may-be-threat-to-8chan-qanon-online/

 

Coolmuster iOS Eraser

Simple file eraser that allows you to completely delete all the data on your iOS devices without any way of it being recovered later

https://www.softpedia.com/get/Security/Secure-cleaning/Coolmuster-iOS-Eraser.shtml

 

How Low-Cost Internet Helps Struggling Households

Staying connected

https://www.lifewire.com/how-low-cost-internet-helps-struggling-households-5095727

 

5 ways to speed up your Windows PC

https://www.komando.com/tech-tips/speed-up-your-windows-pc/774760/

 

WhatsApp Postpones Privacy Policy Update After Users Flee to Rival Services

A privacy policy update that subtly points out data can be shared with Facebook prompted a user exodus, so WhatsApp is now giving them until May 15 to agree to the changes.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/whatsapp-postpones-privacy-policy-update-after-users-flee-to-rival-services

 

Parler urges U.S. judge to order Amazon to restore its platform (they have lost their initial appeal to the judge)

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/parler-urges-u-judge-order-192510895.html

 

Sync and other features may stop working in some Chromium browsers in March 2021

https://www.ghacks.net/2021/01/16/sync-and-other-features-may-stop-working-in-some-chromium-browsers-in-march-2021/

 

iorad for Chrome

Create splendid tutorials with an amazing web-based tool, now available via a small-packed Chrome extension that will enable access to smart screen captures that highlight actions

https://www.softpedia.com/get/Internet/Internet-Applications-Addons/Chrome-Extensions/Iorad-for-Chrome.shtml

 

Smartphone Prices Are Out of Control. Here Are the Budget Phones That Don’t Suck, According to Gizmodo

https://roundups.theinventory.com/best-budget-phones-1845451869?ks=streamshare

 

Staying Safe Online - Pam Holland, Tech-Moxie - APCUG Virtual Technology Conference

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UtXqeBsuhmg&t=0s

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 (Included: in this posting, the last article is an APCUG Virtual Technology Conference Recording and will be part of the next posting)

 

The Internet's Carbon Footprint Issue Isn't Tied to Individuals

https://earther.gizmodo.com/the-internets-carbon-footprint-issue-isnt-tied-to-indiv-1846068464

 

Apple Watch Series 6 vs. Series 5

https://www.lululook.com/blogs/news/apple-watch-series-6-vs-series-5

 

Smartwatches may detect the signs of COVID-19 before you know you're sick

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/smartwatches-detect-symptoms-covid-19-140107922.html?.tsrc=daily_mail&uh_test=2_04

 

The next MacBook Pro may bring back the MagSafe connector

It could lose the touch bar and feature faster processors, multiple sources say.

https://www.engadget.com/the-2021-macbook-pro-may-mark-the-return-of-the-mag-safe-connector-091548032.html

 

It's Time to Upgrade Your Crappy Phone Charger

https://lifehacker.com/its-time-to-upgrade-your-crappy-phone-charger-1846065912

 

Google Home: 5 ways to fix the issue when Google Assistant doesn't understand you

Don't let communication problems sully your relationship with your smart speaker. Here's how to talk it out.

https://www.cnet.com/how-to/google-home-5-ways-to-fix-the-problem-when-google-assistant-doesnt-understand-you/

 

Chrome could soon run a lot better on Windows

Chromium-based browsers should run smoother following update

https://www.techradar.com/news/chrome-could-soon-run-better-on-windows

 

Fed Up With Facebook? Here Are 5 Alternatives

https://www.maketecheasier.com/facebook-alternatives-social-networks/

 

SolarLeaks site claims to sell data stolen in SolarWinds attacks

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/solarleaks-site-claims-to-sell-data-stolen-in-solarwinds-attacks/

 

Researchers see links between SolarWinds Sunburst malware and Russian Turla APT group

https://www.scmagazine.com/home/security-news/apts-cyberespionage/researchers-see-links-between-solarwinds-sunburst-malware-and-russian-turla-apt-group/

 

How to See Full Details about a Windows 10 ISO file or USB

https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/29588-see-full-details-about-windows-10-iso-file-usb.html

 

Copy and move files faster, manage multiple tasks efficiently with Copy Handler

https://www.ghacks.net/2021/01/14/copy-and-move-files-faster-manage-multiple-tasks-efficiently-with-copy-handler/

 

How to Set Up and Use Sleep Tracking Features on Your iPhone

Here's how to use your iPhone's great sleep tracking features for a better night's s

https://www.makeuseof.com/sleep-tracking-features-iphone/

 

This Was WhatsApp's Plan All Along

https://gizmodo.com/this-was-whatsapps-plan-all-along-1846060382

 

Kodi (XBMC)

Powerful media center with a slick, customizable design, multiple local, or network sources for your media files, add-on for more flexibility, and clean playback options

https://www.softpedia.com/get/Multimedia/Video/Video-Players/XBMC-Media-Center.shtml

 

The tech trends we saw kick off at CES 2021

Rollable phones, a huge processor battle, and the best TVs yet

https://www.theverge.com/2021/1/16/22234287/the-tech-trends-we-saw-kick-off-at-ces-2021

 

Zoom Fatigue: What It Is and How to Alleviate It

Video conferencing is draining: Here’s why and what you can do about it

https://www.lifewire.com/what-is-zoom-fatigue-5093845

 

Windows 10X first look: This is Microsoft's next major OS

Everything is simplified, from the Task Bar to the File Explorer

https://www.laptopmag.com/news/windows-10x-first-look-this-is-microsofts-next-major-os

 

What Is The Best VPN Service? [January 2021]

https://www.techjunkie.com/best-vpn-service/

 

Clever uses for your old phone: Security camera, alarm clock, emergency calling

https://www.komando.com/video/diy-how-to/clever-uses-for-your-old-phone-security-camera-alarm-clock-emergency-calling/773257/

 

What Is Wi-Fi 6E?

Wi-Fi 6E adds support for 6GHz wireless spectrum, for faster wireless speeds and lower latencies than previous generations, but you'll need a new router and Wi-Fi 6E-compatible devices to take advantage of those new airwaves. Should you upgrade now?

https://www.pcmag.com/news/what-is-wi-fi-6e

 

Parler partially reappears with support from Russian technology firm

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/parler-partially-reappears-support-russian-235732994.html?.tsrc=daily_mail&uh_test=2_04

 

Amazon built a customized Alexa assistant that’s coming to cars

It lets any company build an AI assistant with unique wake words, voices and more.

https://www.engadget.com/amazon-alexa-custom-assistant-for-cars-130006593.html

 

Keep Your Google Speaker From Logging Searches With 'Guest Mode'

https://lifehacker.com/keep-your-google-speaker-from-logging-searches-with-gue-1846066956

 

Apple Watch: 7 settings you should change right away

Learn how to adjust activity goals, ditch random screenshots and stop Siri from always talking to you.

https://www.cnet.com/how-to/apple-watch-7-settings-you-should-change-right-away/

 

This new superconducting microprocessor could mean big things for future data centers

The microprocessor is the first of its kind

https://www.techradar.com/news/this-new-superconducting-microprocessor-could-mean-big-things-for-future-data-centers

 

5 Ways to Check Hard Disk Health on Windows 10

https://www.maketecheasier.com/check-hard-disk-health-windows/

 

New Sunspot malware found while investigating SolarWinds hack

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/new-sunspot-malware-found-while-investigating-solarwinds-hack/

 

Feds will weigh whether cyber best practices were followed when assessing HIPAA fines

https://www.scmagazine.com/home/health-care/feds-will-weigh-whether-cyber-best-practices-were-followed-when-assessing-hipaa-fines/

 

How to Add or Remove Allowed Apps through Windows Defender Firewall in Windows 10

https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/70903-add-remove-allowed-apps-through-windows-firewall-windows-10-a.html

 

Tweak Windows 10 with WinSlap

https://www.ghacks.net/2021/01/13/tweak-windows-10-with-winslap/

 

How to Add Bluetooth to Any Computer

Bluetooth not working or using older hardware? Here's how to add Bluetooth to any computer and connect any compatible device.

https://www.makeuseof.com/add-bluetooth-pc/

 

This New Windows 10 Bug Could Brick Your PC

https://gizmodo.com/this-new-windows-10-bug-could-brick-your-pc-1846086576

 

Shotcut (video editing system)

Edit your videos using this comprehensive application that allows you to apply custom filters, trim and combine files, then convert them to a multitude of supported formats

https://www.softpedia.com/get/Multimedia/Video/Video-Editors/Shotcut.shtml

 

Apple is blocking Apple Silicon Mac users from sideloading iPhone apps

You can now only install iPhone apps from the Mac App Store

https://www.theverge.com/2021/1/15/22233754/apple-blocking-m1-iphone-app-sideloading

 

How to Sync Your Google and Apple Calendars

Add your Google Calendar events to Apple Calendar and use it on iOS

https://www.lifewire.com/how-to-set-up-google-calendar-ical-sync-1172184

 

Beware! Nasty Windows 10 bug can corrupt your hard drive — and it's super easy to trigger

Microsoft is already on the case

https://www.laptopmag.com/news/beware-nasty-windows-10-bug-can-corrupt-your-hard-drive-and-its-super-easy-to-trigger

 

How To Set Up A VPN In Windows 10 [November 2020]

https://www.techjunkie.com/how-to-set-up-vpn-windows-10/

 

5 Zoom tricks you need to know

https://www.komando.com/video/diy-how-to/5-zoom-tricks-you-need-to-know/738012/

 

Outage Hits Signal Messaging App Amid Huge Uptick in New App Downloads

Users across the US and Europe encountered connection errors or delayed texts.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/outage-hits-signal-messaging-app-amid-huge-uptick-in-new-app-downloads

 

Anyone over age 60 needs to know about these hacking scams targeting senior citizens

https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/senior-citizens-identity-theft-online-fraud-protection-171050280.html

 

Filo’s Tata prevents parents from forgetting kids in car seats

The company demoed the Tata Pad and Band at CES 2021.

https://www.engadget.com/filos-tata-prevents-parents-from-forgetting-kids-in-car-seats-232032217.html

 

How Do I Fix Inconsistent Download Speeds on My Home Network?

https://lifehacker.com/how-do-i-fix-inconsistent-download-speeds-on-my-home-ne-1846060457

 

Galaxy S21: Samsung didn't bring back the headphone jack and here's why

People were holding out hope for a return to the headphone jack on the Galaxy S21, but Samsung didn't deliver.

https://www.cnet.com/news/samsung-galaxy-s21-didnt-bring-back-headphone-jack-2021/

 

Windows 10 update fixes bug preventing users restoring to factory settings

Patch Tuesday has come to the rescue again

https://www.techradar.com/news/windows-10-update-fixes-bug-preventing-users-restoring-to-factory-settings

 

How to Capture a Scrolling Screenshot in Windows 10

https://www.maketecheasier.com/capture-scrolling-screenshot-windows/

 

Windows 10 bug crashes your PC when you access this location

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/windows-10-bug-crashes-your-pc-when-you-access-this-location/

 

Malware variant becomes world’s most popular, thanks to ransomware surge

https://www.scmagazine.com/home/security-news/ransomware/malware-variant-becomes-worlds-most-popular-thanks-to-ransomware-surge/

 

How to View the Product Key in Windows 10

https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/7745-find-product-key-windows-10-a.html

 

Thunderbird 78.6.1 is a security and bug fix update

https://www.ghacks.net/2021/01/12/thunderbird-78-6-1-is-a-security-and-bug-fix-update/

 

Group Chat Etiquette: 10 Things You Need To Stop Doing

Don't be that person. Here are 10 annoying group chat habits that you need to stop doing right now.

https://www.makeuseof.com/group-chat-etiquette-bad-habits/

 

Paramount+ Will Officially Launch March 4

https://gizmodo.com/paramount-will-officially-launch-march-4-1846085418

 

Hare for Chrome

Effortlessly navigate through scores of open tabs with the help of this nifty, little Chrome extension that acts as a bespoke search engine for browser tabs

https://www.softpedia.com/get/Internet/Internet-Applications-Addons/Chrome-Extensions/Hare-for-Chrome.shtml

 

Signal outage is keeping messages from sending

The app experienced an influx of new users in the last week

https://www.theverge.com/2021/1/15/22232993/signal-outage-new-users-messages-not-sending

 

Microsoft Wants You to Go Passwordless, but Should You?

Fingerprints are the key

https://www.lifewire.com/microsoft-wants-you-to-go-passwordless-but-should-you-5093408

 

What you need to know about Intel’s new ‘gaming-focused’ Iris Xe Max GPUs

Are they really optimized for content creation and gaming?

https://www.laptopmag.com/news/iris-xe-max-gpus

 

How To Check If Someone Else Is Using Your Social Security Number

https://www.techjunkie.com/check-someone-else-using-social-security-number/

 

Watch out: Your typos can actually cost you money

https://www.komando.com/security-privacy/typosquatting-can-cost-you-money/774329/

 

Intel's New CEO Focused on Creating New PCs to Beat Apple

Intel may also reportedly delay a decision on whether it'll outsource its chip production to a third-party foundry so its new CEO, Pat Gelsinger, can weigh in.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/intels-new-ceo-focused-on-creating-new-pcs-to-beat-apple

 

Amazon Is Having an Unannounced Sale on All of Your Favorite Apple Products

https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/amazon-having-unannounced-sale-favorite-133400917.html?.tsrc=daily_mail&uh_test=2_04

 

This AI smart crib gently bounces waking babies back to sleep

Cradlewise learns your child's sleep habits and patterns.

https://www.engadget.com/cradlewises-smart-crib-uses-ai-to-keep-babies-sleeping-soundly-001515311.html

 

Is There a Simple Way to Video Chat With My Elderly Parents?

https://lifehacker.com/whats-a-simple-way-to-video-chat-with-my-elderly-parent-1846011264

 

Great accessories for your new Apple Watch

Do you have a delightful new wrist companion? Here's a roundup of affordable bands, mobile chargers, headphones and more to go with it.

https://www.cnet.com/news/great-accessories-for-your-new-apple-watch/

 

Best OCR software of 2021: scan and archive your documents to PDF

Digitize your archives and documents on the go

https://www.techradar.com/best/best-ocr-software

 

4 Best Alternatives to WhatsApp that Actually Respect Your Privacy

https://www.maketecheasier.com/alternatives-to-whatsapp/

 

Privacy-focused search engine DuckDuckGo grew by 62% in 2020

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/technology/privacy-focused-search-engine-duckduckgo-grew-by-62-percent-in-2020/

 

Linux machines again targeted by hackers with new memory loader

https://www.scmagazine.com/home/security-news/malware/linux-machines-again-targeted-by-hackers-with-new-memory-loader/

 

How to Do a Repair Install of Windows 10 with an In-place Upgrade

https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/16397-repair-install-windows-10-place-upgrade.html

 

Microsoft Edge's download management is going to improve soon

https://www.ghacks.net/2021/01/12/microsoft-edges-download-management-is-going-to-improve-soon/

 

The 7 Best Photo Scanners for Backing Up Old Photos

https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/best-photo-scanner/

 

Apple Quietly Extends Repair Program for 2016 13-inch MacBook Pros With Faulty Screens

https://gizmodo.com/apple-quietly-extends-repair-program-for-2016-13-inch-m-1846085094

 

Screenity

Record your Chrome tabs, computer screen and/or yourself while completing various tasks, showing the world whatever it is you want to convey in your video creations

https://www.softpedia.com/get/Internet/Internet-Applications-Addons/Chrome-Extensions/Screenity.shtml

 

California man faces prison time after hitting police helicopter with a drone

The helicopter’s occupants were unharmed

https://www.theverge.com/2021/1/15/22232927/california-andrew-hernandez-unsafe-drone-operation-police-helicopter-guilty-plea

 

Apple’s Here to Teach You How to Protect Your Privacy

Apple really does care about your privacy—and it’s driving Facebook crazy

https://www.lifewire.com/apples-here-to-teach-you-how-to-protect-your-privacy-5093279

 

Samsung SE450 21.5-inch monitor returns to $69 all-time low price (update: last check was $139)

Nab a 21.5-inch Samsung monitor for just $69

https://www.laptopmag.com/news/samsung-se450-215-inch-monitor-returns-to-dollar69-all-time-low-price

 

How To Check If Someone Is Using Your WiFi

https://www.techjunkie.com/check-someone-using-wifi/

 

Skipping updates? You’re putting your PC at risk

https://www.komando.com/security-privacy/keep-your-pc-running-smoothly-2/774248/

 

Amazon Hit With Class-Action, EBooks Price-Fixing Lawsuit

The lawsuit alleges Amazon colluded with the five largest US publishers to inflate digital book prices.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/amazon-hit-with-ebooks-price-fixing-class-action-lawsuit

 

Zapping Covid: Tech sector takes aim at virus with new gadgetry

https://www.yahoo.com/news/zapping-covid-tech-sector-takes-210600323.html

 

Parler's Back from the Dead With a Domain Registered to Epik, Home to Gab and Daily Stormer

https://gizmodo.com/parlers-back-from-the-dead-with-a-domain-registered-to-1846078655

 

M1 Macs: Should you upgrade?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hLXG2dSxL90&feature=youtu.be&t=0s

 

Keep Your PC Running Like New, Avram Grossman, APCUG VTC 8 15 20

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r0nvYtWKj_s&t=0s

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Sun 2151 01/17/2021

(Included: in this posting, the last article is an APCUG Virtual Technology Conference Recording and will be part of the next posting)

 

(In addition: for users of Office 10 on their computers, additional patches have been released.  Check them out.)

 

SolarWinds Attackers May Have Hit Mimecast, Driving New Concerns

Mimecast no longer uses the SolarWinds Orion network management software that served as an attack vector for thousands of organizations.

https://www.darkreading.com/threat-intelligence/solarwinds-attackers-may-have-hit-mimecast-driving-new-concerns/d/d-id/1339895

 

How to Password Protect a PDF File without Acrobat (this is usually privacy of content issue)

https://passwordprotectwp.com/how-to-password-protect-pdf-file-without-acrobat/

 

5 Best TV Brands, According to Tech Experts

https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/5-best-tv-brands-according-165000137.html

 

How to Uninstall or Disable Extensions in Google Chrome

https://www.howtogeek.com/701073/how-to-uninstall-or-disable-extensions-in-google-chrome/

 

Copy and move files faster, manage multiple tasks efficiently with Copy Handler

https://www.ghacks.net/2021/01/14/copy-and-move-files-faster-manage-multiple-tasks-efficiently-with-copy-handler/

 

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.

https://www.pcworld.com/article/3040361/how-to-set-up-new-computer.html

 

How to use the IF Function in Excel

https://www.thewindowsclub.com/how-to-use-the-if-function-in-excel

 

Why Are Browsers Ending Flash Support and How to Access Flash Content Afterwards

https://www.maketecheasier.com/browsers-ending-flash-support/

 

CISA discovers token abuse around SolarWinds hack, calls for full rebuild of affected networks

https://www.scmagazine.com/home/security-news/updated-cisa-directive-discovers-saml-token-abuse-around-solarwinds-hack-calls-for-full-rebuild-of-affected-networks/

 

Remote images are proving to be a major problem for email filters

Only computer vision can be used to detect remote images in phishing emails

https://www.techradar.com/news/remote-images-are-proving-to-be-a-major-problem-for-email-filters

 

Martin Luther King Jr. Day: Movies, TV shows and books on systemic racism

To celebrate the birthday of the civil rights leader, here are materials to help educate all ages about the fight for racial justice.

https://www.cnet.com/news/mlk-day-2021-movies-tv-shows-books-on-systemic-racism/

 

How to Auto-Mount VHD or VHDX File at Startup in Windows 10

https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/138629-auto-mount-vhd-vhdx-file-startup-windows-10-a.html

 

Microsoft Edge's Sleeping Tabs Reduces CPU Usage by 37 Percent

The browser's promising new browser is putting up impressive numbers... and it's still only in beta.

https://www.makeuseof.com/microsoft-edge-sleeping-tabs-reduces-cpu-usage-37-percent/

 

It's finally over! Time to uninstall Adobe Flash Player

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/software/its-finally-over-time-to-uninstall-adobe-flash-player/

 

Your Phone

Synchronize your Android phone with your computer so that you have access to the latest photos you take via this sleek application

https://www.softpedia.com/get/Mobile-Phone-Tools/Your-Phone.shtml

 

Daily Crunch: WhatsApp responds to privacy backlash

https://techcrunch.com/2021/01/15/daily-crunch-whatsapp-responds-to-privacy-backlash/

 

How to Change Your PayPal Password

Or learn how to reset a forgotten password

https://www.lifewire.com/how-to-change-your-paypal-password-5093104

 

Ring adds end-to-end encryption to protect your video streams

Starting today in a ‘technical preview’

https://www.theverge.com/2021/1/13/22225716/ring-end-to-end-encryption-video-launch

 

How To Use Gmail Without A Phone Number

https://www.techjunkie.com/use-gmail-without-phone-number/

 

The COVID relief bill provides free internet access – Do you qualify?

https://www.komando.com/technology/free-internet-access-covid-relief/774310/

 

Report: Apple Is Ditching the MacBook's OLED Touch Bar

MagSafe is also thought to be making a return to Apple's laptops alongside more ports.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/report-apple-is-ditching-the-macbooks-oled-touch-bar

 

Apple's iPad drops to all-time low of $299 at Amazon

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/apple-ipad-8th-generation-discount-ipad-air-ipad-pro-amazon-135756030.html

 

How Does “Night Mode” Work on Smartphone Cameras?

https://www.howtogeek.com/702941/how-does-night-mode-work-on-smartphone-cameras/

 

First screenshot and video of Windows 10X for single-screen devices leaked

https://www.ghacks.net/2021/01/14/first-screenshot-and-video-of-windows-10x-for-single-screen-devices-leaked/

 

How to Use Windows Security in Windows 10

Learn the basic components of Windows Security, from the antimalware technologies built into Windows Defender all the way up through the browser security features associated with Microsoft Edge.

https://www.pcworld.com/video/106661/how-to-use-windows-security-in-windows-10

 

Online URL Scanners to Scan websites for malware, virus, phishing, etc

https://www.thewindowsclub.com/online-url-scanners-to-scan-websites-for-malware

 

4 of the Best Twitter Alternatives

https://www.maketecheasier.com/best-twitter-alternatives/

 

Malspam campaign spoofs email chains to install IcedID info-stealer

https://www.scmagazine.com/home/security-news/phishing/malspam-campaign-spoofs-email-chains-to-install-icedid-info-stealer/

 

This leading VPN provider is launching another major privacy tool

ProtonVPN can now block malware, ads and online trackers

https://www.techradar.com/news/this-leading-vpn-provider-is-launching-another-major-privacy-tool

 

Samsung's Neo QLED TVs are packed with futuristic-sounding tech

The company's 2021 4K and 8K TVs also come with new gaming, fitness and sustainability features, including a solar-powered remote.

https://www.cnet.com/news/samsung-neo-qled-tvs-are-packed-with-futuristic-sounding-tech/

 

How to Add All Tasks to Control Panel in Windows 7, 8, and 10

https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/147565-how-add-all-tasks-control-panel-windows-7-8-10-a.html

 

The Pros and Cons of a Wi-Fi vs. Ethernet Connection

Should you use a Wi-Fi or Ethernet internet connection? MakeUseOf takes a look.

https://www.makeuseof.com/pros-cons-wifi-vs-ethernet-connection/

 

Microsoft addresses issue breaking Windows 10 'Reset this PC'

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/microsoft/microsoft-addresses-issue-breaking-windows-10-reset-this-pc/

 

Google Chrome Portable

Navigate your favorite websites over the Internet and open locally stored web pages with the help of this fast, intuitive browser

https://www.softpedia.com/get/PORTABLE-SOFTWARE/Internet/Browsers/Google-Chrome-Portable.shtml

 

Twitter’s decentralized future

The platform’s vision of a sweeping open standard could also be the far-right’s internet endgame

https://techcrunch.com/2021/01/15/twitters-vision-of-decentralization-could-also-be-the-far-rights-internet-endgame/

 

What is OneDrive and How Does it Work?

What to know about Microsoft's cloud storage service

https://www.lifewire.com/what-is-onedrive-and-how-does-it-work-5093633

 

What social networks can learn from public spaces

Or: 14 ways to rebuild your hell site

https://www.theverge.com/2021/1/13/22228208/social-networks-public-spaces-civil-signals

 

The Best 5 Free & Affordable Alternatives To Quicken [December 2020]

https://www.techjunkie.com/best-quicken-alternatives/

 

6 hidden Windows 10 tools you should be using

https://www.komando.com/technology/windows-microsoft-powertoys/774314/

 

Twitter CEO: Trump Ban Controversy Highlights How Social Media Has Failed Society

In a tweet thread, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey explains why it was necessary to ban President Trump, but he acknowledges the crackdown has only inflamed divisions in America.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/twitter-ceo-trump-ban-controversy-highlights-how-social-media-has-failed

 

How does Wi-Fi work? An electrical engineer explains

https://www.yahoo.com/news/does-wi-fi-electrical-engineer-131948999.html

 

How to Insert a Word File into a Different Word Document

https://www.howtogeek.com/698909/how-to-insert-a-word-doc-into-a-different-word-document/

 

Use F7 in File Explorer to move downloaded files to another location

https://www.ghacks.net/2021/01/15/use-f7-in-file-explorer-to-move-downloaded-files-to-another-location/

 

5 innovations that pushed laptops forward at CES 2021

Cooler, better, faster, stronger

https://www.pcworld.com/article/3603574/5-innovations-that-pushed-laptops-forward-at-ces-2021.html

 

How to change default Webcam in Windows 10

https://www.thewindowsclub.com/how-to-change-default-webcam-in-windows-10

 

How to Use Google Authenticator on a Windows PC

https://www.maketecheasier.com/google-authenticator-windows/

 

The physical breach of the Capitol building opens a cybersecurity Pandora’s box

https://www.scmagazine.com/home/security-news/data-breach/the-physical-breach-of-the-capitol-building-opens-a-cybersecurity-pandoras-box/

 

Apple may be planning the first iMac redesign in almost a decade

The iconic iMac may get a new look this year

https://www.techradar.com/news/apple-may-be-planning-the-first-imac-redesign-in-almost-a-decade

 

Forget your Mac's password? Here's how to get back into your locked-down computer

It's easy to panic if you get locked out of your Mac, but you can reset it and get access back in minutes thanks to Apple's built-in tool.

https://www.cnet.com/how-to/forget-your-macs-password-heres-how-to-get-back-into-your-locked-down-computer/

 

How to Create a Bootable USB Recovery Drive in Windows 10

https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/4200-create-recovery-drive-windows-10-a.html

 

The 20 Best Music Extensions for Google Chrome

For those of us who love using Chrome for our daily browsing, having the perfect music extensions on hand is pretty much essential to enjoying the day. Music is life.

https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/20-awesome-music-extensions-for-chrome/

 

Microsoft fixes Secure Boot bug allowing Windows rootkit installation

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/microsoft-fixes-secure-boot-bug-allowing-windows-rootkit-installation/

 

My Family Tree

Create your own family tree with ancestors and descendants, shape their lives by adding stories, photos, music and movies, and view different graphs

https://www.softpedia.com/get/Others/Home-Education/My-Family-Tree.shtml

 

Apple is extending Apple TV+ trials again

https://techcrunch.com/2021/01/15/apple-is-extending-apple-tv-trials-again/

 

Why It's Safe to Ignore Wi-Fi 6 (for Now)

We're not ready yet

https://www.lifewire.com/why-it-s-safe-to-ignore-wi-fi-6-for-now-5095538

 

Microsoft to fix Windows 10 bug that can corrupt a hard drive just by looking at an icon

A bizarre Windows bug for 2021

https://www.theverge.com/2021/1/15/22232589/microsoft-ntfs-windows-10-bug-icon-file-flaw-vulnerability-comment

 

How To Hide Background Graphics In PowerPoint

https://www.techjunkie.com/hide-background-graphics-powerpoint/

 

Easy way to print webpages without all the ads

https://www.komando.com/downloads/print-cleaner-webpages/422889/

 

Samsung 'Blade Bezel' Laptops Will Have Under-Screen Webcams

The hidden camera allows for a thinner bezel and 93 percent screen-to-body ratios.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/samsung-blade-bezel-laptops-will-have-under-screen-webcams

 

Intel graphics chip will tap new version of TSMC 7-nanometer process - sources

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/intel-graphics-chip-tap-version-042959251.html

 

How to Protect Documents and PDF Files with Owner and User Passwords in LibreOffice

https://www.howtogeek.com/257571/how-to-protect-documents-and-pdf-files-with-owner-and-user-passwords-in-libreoffice/#:~:text=If%20you%20want%20to%20save,Save%20As%20dialog%20box%20displays.

 

Eve Reader is an open source EPUB reader for Windows and Linux

https://www.ghacks.net/2021/01/15/eve-reader-is-an-open-source-epub-reader-for-windows-and-linux/

 

Video: Intel answers our Rocket Lake S questions

What more can we learn about Intel's Rocket Lake S Core chip? We try to find out.

https://www.pcworld.com/article/3603412/video-intel-answers-our-rocket-lake-s-questions.html

 

Microsoft Edge won’t open on Windows 10

https://www.thewindowsclub.com/microsoft-edge-wont-open-on-windows-10

 

How to Create a Windows 10 Recovery Drive

https://www.maketecheasier.com/create-windows-10-recovery-drive/

 

SolarWinds hack: Amid hardened security, attackers seek softer targets

https://www.scmagazine.com/home/solarwinds-hack/solarwinds-hack-amid-hardened-security-attackers-seek-softer-targets/

 

This tiny shortcut can completely crash your Windows 10 device

https://www.techradar.com/news/this-tiny-shortcut-can-completely-crash-your-windows-10-device

 

Accessibility devices at CES 2021 reflect growing focus on inclusive tech

A traditionally overlooked space is finally getting some of the attention it deserves.

https://www.cnet.com/health/accessibility-devices-at-ces-2021-reflect-growing-focus-on-inclusive-tech/

 

How to 'Recover from a drive' to Reset Windows 10

https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/38595-recover-windows-10-recovery-drive.html

 

Watch Out For These 8 COVID-19 Cyber Scams

Cybercrime has been booming during the pandemic. Here are just some of the most common COVID-19 cyber scams you need to watch out for.

https://www.makeuseof.com/covid-scams/

 

Capcom: 390,000 people may be affected by ransomware data breach

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/capcom-390-000-people-may-be-affected-by-ransomware-data-breach/

 

Universal Android Debloater

Remove the unwanted bloatware forcefully included with your new Android phone either by manufacturer or carrier using this bash script

https://www.softpedia.com/get/Mobile-Phone-Tools/Others/Universal-Android-Debloater.shtml

 

Tech and health companies including Microsoft and Salesforce team up on digital COVID-19 vaccination records

https://techcrunch.com/2021/01/14/tech-and-health-companies-including-microsoft-and-salesforce-team-up-on-digital-covid-19-vaccination-records/

 

New Programs Distribute Free Internet as Unemployment Soars

Utility or luxury?

https://www.lifewire.com/new-programs-distribute-free-internet-as-unemployment-soars-5095003

 

A Parler archive is being converted into an interactive map of the Capitol building attack

Views from inside the violent protest, created using posts from an app used to plan it

https://www.theverge.com/2021/1/14/22231749/parler-interactive-map-video-gps-capitol-attack

 

7 Great Showbox Alternatives [December 2020]

https://www.techjunkie.com/showbox-alternatives/

 

How to remove viruses from your iPhone or iPad

https://www.komando.com/smartphones-gadgets/remove-viruses-from-apple-devices/395426/

 

Tesla Asked to Recall 158,000 Vehicles Over Flash Memory Failure

An issue with Model S and Model X flash memory storage can cause the media control unit to fail.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/tesla-asked-to-recall-158000-vehicles-over-flash-memory-failure

 

Watch the screen of the LG Rollable smartphone expand in this new teaser video

https://www.yahoo.com/news/watch-screen-lg-rollable-smartphone-172716329.html

 

Can LibreOffice password protect opening and modifying PDF files?

https://ask.libreoffice.org/en/question/253623/can-libreoffice-password-protect-opening-and-modifying-pdf-files/

 

Connecting Your Computer to a TV - Francis Chao - APCUG

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=88A7wyGzbHQ&t=0s

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