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Join us to see what's next for Windows

Watch the livestream.

06.24.21 at 11 a.m. Eastern Time | #MicrosoftEvent 



Windows 11 Build 21996 - New Start, Taskbar, Widgets, Tablet Improvements, Sounds + MORE



iPhone user reveals ‘life-changing’ hack for sending pre-scheduled text messages: ‘I so need this’



How to Quit All Open Apps with a Single Click on Mac



Google Workspace is getting a long-awaited security upgrade

End-to-end encryption is coming to Google Workspace



Is Dropbox Secure Enough for Your Private Files?

Using Dropbox for backing up and syncing your vital, personal, and sensitive data? You might want to reconsider... 



Formative, a student learning and analytics platform, raises $70M to challenge the summative, test-based approach to education



Fallout of EA source code breach could be severe, cybersecurity experts say

Potential buyers could be interested in using the source code to game the game to make millions, perhaps sounding EA's death knell in the process.



Windows 11 leaked: Wasn't Windows 10 supposed to be the last version of Windows?

Microsoft said Windows 10 would be the last version of Windows. Is that no longer the case?



How to Import and Export OVA Files in Virtualbox



Microsoft Announces Massive Xbox Cloud Gaming Expansion

Microsoft is betting big on cloud gaming, and Xbox Cloud is the company’s big bet that’s supposed to make the company a leader in terms of such services.



Windows 11 hands on: First look at the leaked OS

We've spent several hours with a leaked version of Microsoft's new Windows 11 operating system. Here's a preview of what we expect will be its formal launch on June 24.



Windows 11 leaks revealing new UI and features

Early build of Windows 11 leaks onto the web confirming the official name and unveiling the new modern interface and iconography.



Largest US propane distributor discloses '8-second' data breach



How Long Does a Laptop Battery Last?

Longer than you might think



Top insider leaks Apple’s biggest iPad design overhaul in years



EZVIZ C8C security camera review: Pan and tilt features on a budget

This inexpensive system is stripped down to the basics, and it suffers from erratic performance.



Apple reportedly wants to extend AppleCare to people

A new report says Apple has opened a network of health clinics in Cupertino.



The Vivaldi browser now has mail, calendar, and an RSS reader built-in

What were probably tabs in your browser can now be tools in your browser



The Best Apps To Sideload On Your Amazon Fire TV Stick [December 2020]



Latest Windows update causing taskbar issues – Here’s how to fix it



Google Updates Search to Protect Victims of Harassment

Google says it's changing Search to make it harder for exploitative websites to harass their victims.



AMD, Google strike deal for new services



PSA: You Can Continue Using Messenger Without a Facebook Account



Microsoft Edge is getting an even more private browsing mode

CET support is coming to version 94 of Edge



4 Examples of Passwordless Logins You're Using Right Now

You might be cautious about using passwordless logins. But actually, you could already be using them without knowing it. 



Twitter is eyeing new anti-abuse tools to give users more control over mentions



How well does Google Docs spelling and grammar check work?

For standard business writing, Google Docs' grammar suggestions have improved a lot since the feature debuted in 2019. Here's how much better it has become.



Dynabook unveils secure and durable Tecra A40-J and A50-J laptops

Dynabook's new Tecra laptops are built for security and durability.



How to Use Google Messages on Desktop



Microsoft Details New Issue in Windows 10 Version 21H1

Windows 10 version 21H1 is the latest stable version of the desktop operating system, and while the rollout is currently under way, some of the devices where it’s already running could end up struggling with apps that need to access logs on remote devices.



Windows 11 screenshots appear to have leaked

Is this Windows 10X all dressed up as something new?



How to watch Windows 11 unveiling event livestream on June 24

The next generation of Windows event starts at 11 AM ET / 8 AM PT on June 24, and you'll be able to watch it live.



Google Workspace adds new phishing protection, client-side encryption



Motherboard Chipset: What It Is and What to Look For

Chipsets are important to a motherboard's compatibility



This is what happens when you recharge your phone at 200W



Syng Cell Alpha immersive speaker first impressions: This thing fills a room like no other speaker I've heard

It sounds great, and you can control the sweet spot's size and location. How cool is that?



Apple still has a lot of new stuff coming in 2021

We didn't get any new hardware at WWDC, but 2021 has a long way to go.



Senate approves billions for US semiconductor manufacturing

The funding is on track to meet Biden’s chip goals



The Best Apps To Watch Live TV On Your Amazon Fire Stick TV [January 2021]



How to silence spam calls without downloading any apps



Would You Like a Data Breach With That? McDonald's Hit by Hackers

Employee and customer personal information was accessed in South Korea and Taiwan.



These are the 10 worst passwords — is yours on the list?



How to Use the Microsoft Excel Watch Window for Formulas



Best Chromebooks 2021: the top Chromebooks for kids, students and more

Giving traditional laptops a good run for their money



These 10 Sed Examples Will Make You a Linux Power User

Want to become a Linux power user? Getting to grips with sed will help. Learn from these 10 sed examples. 



Supreme Court revives LinkedIn case to protect user data from web scrapers



How to enable Nearby Share on your Chromebook

Chrome OS now enjoys the Nearby Share feature found in Android. Jack Wallen shows you how to enable it for your Chromebook.



DDR5 set to dominate market by 2026, according to report

Try to keep up.



What Computer Worms Are and Why They’re Still Dangerous



Windows Sun Valley Reference Shows Up in Microsoft Document

Microsoft will be holding a dedicated Windows event on June 24, and while the company itself has remained completely tight-lipped on what’s supposed to be announced at the show, we already know there’s something big coming on the Windows front.



Everything you need to know about HDR on your PC

Getting drool-worthy HDR visuals going on a PC is a lot more complicated than it is on televisions.



How to stop Microsoft Teams running in background after close

Microsoft Teams keeps running after you close the app, but you can change the settings to fix this issue.



Apple fixes ninth zero-day bug exploited in the wild this year



How to Check Computer Specs

Find out what your Mac or PC is running



Microsoft is now trolling us with maddening Windows 11 teases



Germany’s Devolo to bring new hybrid powerline/mesh-network systems to North America

The Devolo Magic series of home networking products is based on the ITU G.hn standard widely embraced in Europe.



iOS transplants muddy macOS Monterey’s identity

There are cool Mac features in the next macOS. If only Apple had given them some keynote stage time.



The IRS wants more authority to collect data on cryptocurrencies

The US Treasury Department previously requested exchanges report all transactions over $10,000



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



Samsung smartphone warning: Pre-installed apps caught spying



Google Decides to Stop Hiding Full Web Addresses in Chrome

The full web address of each site will be visible again in Chrome 91.



A security bug in Google's Android app put users' data at risk



The 10 Best Wi-Fi Routers for 2021



US nuclear weapons supplier hit by ransomware attack

Contractor acknowledges attack without sharing details of damage



How to Hide Your Real Email Address

Do you want to keep your email address private? Many services require an address, so can you really hide your email? 



The demise of browser cookies could create a Golden Age of digital marketing



Billions of passwords leaked online from past data breaches

Dubbed RockYou2021, the list as revealed on a hacker forum contains 8.4 billion password entries, says CyberNews.



Microsoft Edge version 94 will get CET support, adding a layer of security

One more way to keep people safe from bad actors.



How to Be More Productive with Hot Corners in Windows 10



Intel's Latest Patch Plugs Holes in CPU, Bluetooth, and Security Lines

Intel has issued 29 security advisories addressing critical bugs in the firmware of the Intel chip BIOS, Bluetooth products, Active Management Technology tools, the NUC mini line PC, and, oddly enough, its own security library, says Threat Post. 



Windows 11 rumors flare anew with Windows 10 'retirement' set for 2025

October, 2025, will be the end of the line for Windows 10.




UPDATED 6/11/2021: Get a closer look at all the new features and changes added to Windows 10 21H1 (May 2021 Update).



Windows 10 KB5001391 update causes News & Interests display issues



How Long Do Computers Last?

And how often should you place it?



This new Android rival hit 10 million users in just one week



Apple TV 4K tips: 24 ways to do more with Apple's new streamer

Apple's high-end streaming box has lots of neat features hiding just below the surface.



Apple’s OS updates will support nearly all of the same devices this year

The iPad Air 2 from 2014 is getting iOS 15.



The US wants to fix its broken lithium battery supply chain

A clean energy future depends on it



The Best Free Webcam Recorders To Use In 2020



26M logins stolen from PCs – Is your data part of the latest breach?



Hackers Breach EA, Claim to Have Stolen Company Source Code

In a forum post, hackers claim to have stolen 780GB of data from Electronics Arts, including source code for FIFA 21 and the Frostbite game engine.



The 16 Best Desktop Computers of 2021 for Any Price Point



A Pill to Treat Covid-19? The U.S. Is Betting on It.

A new $3.2 billion program will support the development of antiviral pills, which could start arriving by the end of this year.



Covid: US death toll passes 600,000 as vaccination rate slows



Video surveillance with the Raspberry Pi

Eye in the Pi

Set up a professional video surveillance system armed with motionEyeOS and a Raspberry Pi.



Windows 11 Leaked - Let's Explore It! (Build 21996.1 Overview & Demo)


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Apple and Google’s Platforms Are Under New Regulatory Scrutiny. Why Investors Should Watch This Case.



Microsoft Teams And Zoom Hacked In $1 Million Competition



Social Engineering Attacks: Common Techniques & How to Prevent an Attack



Windows 11 has leaked, and it looks a lot like Windows 10X



How to Restart or Reset Your Amazon Kindle



How to Test Your PC for Failing Hardware: Tips and Tools

Here are the best computer hardware and PC diagnostic tests to scan your system and spot failing hardware before it's too late. 



Teamsters was hit by ransomware in 2019, but refused to pay up

Teamsters approached law enforcement but never disclosed the attack until now



Rubber Bands, Duct Tape, and The Windows Registry



4 tips to make you more efficient in PowerPoint

Whether one or all four of these efficiency tips in Microsoft PowerPoint is new to you, you'll definitely save time! Some tips work similarly in Microsoft Publisher, too.



Apple Raises Curtain on New OS Features at WWDC21



How to Know Whether 2021 iMac is Right for You



Could Claap, an asynchronous video meetings platform, end the tyranny of Zoom calls?



Google opens up Workspace to consumers, announces new Spaces chat

Spaces looks a lot like, well, Teams and Slack.



Windows 10 support ending in October 2025 is old news

Despite reports and rumors to the contrary, Microsoft listing October 2025 as the end date for Windows 10 support isn't new information.



How to clear cache to fix problems on Microsoft Teams

You can clear the Teams app cache to resolve the most common issues, and here's how 



Windows 10 Targeted With Chrome Zero-day Exploits

According to Kaspersky, on April 14 and 15, 2021, a wave of highly concentrated attacks was tracked using a chain of zero-day exploits in Chrome and Windows. 



Are You Really Taking Care of Your Laptop?



REvil ransomware hits US nuclear weapons contractor



How to use Screen Time to keep your iPhone use within healthy limits

Pull your eyes away from Twitter for at least a few minutes a day



An old password-stealing malware called Agent Tesla is back and nastier than ever



How To Change Gmail Background And Other Neat Tricks



Do this now before your Gmail account is deleted



Meat Supplier JBS Pays Ransomware Hackers $11 Million, Despite Having Backups

The group behind the attack, REvil, is notorious for leaking confidential data from companies hit by its ransomware.



80% of ransomware victims suffer repeat attacks, new report says



How to Test Whether Your VPN Is Working (and Spot VPN Leaks)



9 Ways Virtual Reality (VR) Is Improving Healthcare Right Now

Technology and medicine go hand in hand. Check out how VR is making healthcare better for everyone right now. 



Microsoft Teams security flaw left users defenseless against serious cyberattacks

Microsoft Teams exploit exposed sensitive files, emails and chat logs



Are Hard Drives Getting SMARTer?



Apple's WWDC 2021: Five new privacy features announced



The Cybersecurity Outlook for 2021 and Beyond



How to Turn Off Smart Reply and Smart Compose in Gmail



Europe needs to back browser-level controls to fix cookie consent nightmares, says privacy group



Nvidia ending support for Windows 7, 8, and older 'Kepler' GeForce GPUs

If you're on an older version of Windows or a GeForce GTX 600- or 700-series graphics card, your final Game Ready driver arrives on August 31.



NVIDIA ending driver support for Windows 7, 8, & 8.1 this October

NVIDIA will focus its driver updates on Windows 10, and presumably Windows 11, going forward.



Windows 11: hands-on video with the biggest features (so far)

Here's a closer look at the most significant changes Microsoft has been working on for Windows 11 (thus far)



Report Reveals 86% Increase of Cyberattacks Targeting Canadian Firms in 2020

According to the Global Security Insights Report by VMware, most Canadian businesses were affected by cyberattacks in 2020 due to more employees working from home. As a result, many security leaders are looking for ways to improve their cybersecurity strategies and technologies.



Why Is My Computer So Slow?

Troubleshooting a slow PC



G7 leaders ask Russia to hunt down ransomware gangs within its borders



Welcome to the normal password entry system



If you value your privacy, you might want to delete this Google app from your iPhone



How To Remove Subtotals From Excel



World’s biggest database of stolen records nears 10B – check for your info



Microsoft to Embed Xbox Cloud Gaming on Smart TVs, Streaming Sticks

Xbox cloud gaming on Xbox Game Pass Ultimate will also be available on browsers, including Apple's Safari, in the next few weeks.



So, You Locked Yourself Out of Your iPhone. Now What?



How to Copy URLs of All Open Tabs in Firefox



OnMail: The New Gmail Alternative That Wants to Reboot Your Inbox

Can OnMail take on Gmail and become a popular alternative? Let's learn more about the privacy-focused email service that launched recently. 



Logitech CEO warns chip shortage could last into next year

Another industry leader with a pessimistic forecast



I'm Positive... It's a False Positive!



4 secret features of Microsoft Edge, Word, Excel and Windows 10

There are dozens of undocumented features in Microsoft software. Learn how to find four hidden features of some Microsoft apps.



Report Predicts 25.7 Million Remote Jobs Available in Non-Tech Industries



Google opens Workspace to everyone



How to securely erase your hard drive or SSD

Ensure that the data on your old drives is safe from prying eyes.



Chat bubbles might finally roll out to Microsoft Teams this month

Keeping track of messages during Teams meetings will be a bit easier with chat bubbles.



How to upgrade to Windows 10 21H1, May 2021 Update

Use these steps to install Windows 10 21H1 (May 2021 Update) on a device running version 20H2, 2004, 1909, or an older release.



Researchers Discover First Known Malware to Target Windows Containers

Cybersecurity researchers have discovered Siloscape, the first known malware that infects Kubernetes clusters in cloud environments by attacking Windows Server containers. 



How to Back Up a Computer to an External Hard Drive

You can back up important folders or the entire system



Iranian hacking group targets Israel with wiper disguised as ransomware



Nvidia to drop Windows 7 and Windows 8 driver support in October

Nvidia is going Windows 10 exclusive later this year



This will definitely be the most useful new iPhone trick you learn this year



Six Easy Ways To Mirror Android To Your PC Or TV



Can you trust the new Citizen app?



It's Time to Digital Detox: How to Put 6 Feet Between You and Your Tech

Tired of notification overload? Had it with all the screens? These easy tips can help you take back control of your digital life.



Meat supplier JBS paid $11 million to its ransomware attackers



What Is Satellite Internet?



4 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Buy a Smart TV

What is a smart TV and should you buy one? Here are some reasons why smart TVs aren't that great and why you may want to avoid them. 



Firefox matches Chrome browser extension changes in the name of security

However Firefox’s implementation will have some notable exceptions



Check Out These Windows 10 Security Settings



How to use VLOOKUP() to find the closest match in Excel

You probably use VLOOKUP() function to find exact matches in Microsoft Excel, but you can also find the closest value when you don't know the exact value.



Encouraging Research Finds Brain Adjusts to 'Third Thumb'



Apple’s iPadOS 15 breaks the app barrier

Apple executives talk about the new iPad software’s mental models and multitasking enhancements



How to Find and Erase Your Google Assistant Voice Commands



How to turn off News And Interests in Windows 10's taskbar

Windows 10's News and Interests taskbar tool is a handy feature for people who want to quickly glance at the weather and news headlines. If that's not you, here's how to turn it off.



Windows 11: Release date, price, and everything you need to know

What's next after Windows 10? Could it be Windows 11?



How to clean install Windows 10 21H1, May 2021 Update

The best way to get the Windows 10 21H1 (May 2021 Update) is to perform a clean installation — here's why and how to do it.



Wishful Thinking? Windows 11 Could Feature Android App Support

Back in the days when Windows 10 Mobile was still a thing, Microsoft was silently working on a project which many believed could save the platform from its approaching demise.



How to Compare Processors

Useful CPU comparisons explained



Microsoft: Windows 10 Insiders can now can run Linux GUI apps



New COVID-19 outbreaks in Asia could exacerbate the global chip shortage

Cases in Taiwan have been on the rise since early May



Scientists think they can use your body to wirelessly charge electronics



The Best Free Firewall Software [January 2021]



3 things you can do now to stop ransomware attacks



Ford Will Now Tell You When Someone Is Breaking Into Your Car

SecuriAlert sends a push notification to your smartphone if it detects suspicious behavior.



Google's Workspace suite is now available to anyone



Ransomware gang wants to short the stock price of their victims



Apple iPhones Can Soon Hold Your ID. Privacy Experts Are On Edge



iPhone 13 could be completely buttonless. What Apple might do instead

Buttons on the iPhone may be the next thing Apple kills.



More stolen data from CD Projekt Red comes to light

Plus, a clunky Cyberpunk 2077 pre-alpha to boot



‘Nameless’ malware attacks 1.2TB database in the cloud



DoJ Seizes $2.3M in Bitcoin Paid to Colonial Pipeline Attackers

The amount allegedly represents a May 8 payment to the DarkSide ransomware group.



Microsoft Defender ATP is Coming to Linux

Microsoft is ramping up its efforts to fight attackers across all platforms.



How Should I Back Up an Encrypted Disk?


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(Info: Rumors of a Windows 11 are confirmed in 3 articles in this post.  Windows 10 updates will continue at least to 2025, possibly after like Windows XP & 7.  I have an Insiders (advanced version) of Windows 10 at build 21390 as of 05/26/21.  Though it might be possible that Windows 11 will be released this fall, I think it more likely it will be next year.  This is normal in the development cycle to get a good working version of the new OS well before the end of the current version.  Same was true with XP and 7.)


Windows 11 is real, and Microsoft hasn't even announced it yet

The new Windows 11 operating system, in its entirety, has leaked online



Planning to reject Amazon Sidewalk? Do it for the right reasons



Opting In and Out of Amazon Sidewalk



What Is an External Hard Drive?

Understanding this external storage device



Ransomware attacks: How should the U.S. respond?



How to hide buggy updates on Windows 10

You can block updates from downloading on Windows 10 automatically using the Show or hide updates tool or PowerShell, and here's how 



Why Are There So Many Internet Jerks?

The internet, and social media specifically, seems like a breeding ground for jerks. Did it actually create them, or just expose those already among us?



Windows 11 release date, news, and features

The revolutionary Windows update scheduled for late 2021



The 5 Best Tools to Download Streaming Video From Any Website

Here are the best apps and software for when you want to download videos from websites quickly and painlessly. 



macOS Monterey: A cheat sheet

Apple's powerful new macOS was announced at WWDC 2021. This guide covers everything you need to know about macOS Monterey, including features, requirements and how to get it.



Colonial Pipeline hobbled by a single password



6 Ways to Check Hard Disk Health in Windows 10



ARM vs. x86 Battle Royal: Why and How ARM Is Pulling Ahead



Windows 11 Leaked - What we know so far about Microsoft's new OS



Ransomware attack hit Teamsters in 2019 — but they refused to pay

The FBI advised the union to "just pay" the ransom, according to sources. Union officials chose to rebuild their computer network instead.



7 new security features Apple quietly announced at WWDC



Microsoft Wants to Make OneDrive Feel Like Home on Apple’s Platforms

Microsoft has announced a series of OneDrive improvements specifically supposed to make its cloud-based service feel like home on Apple products.



If you have an older iPhone or iPad, download iOS 12.5.4 right now



Report: macOS 11.4 update fixes M1 Mac SSD wear reporting issue

A data reporting error made it seems like M1 Macs were performing too many writes on the SSD.



How to Fix it When A New Hard Drive Is Not Showing Up in Windows

Troubleshooting a hard drive not recognized by your PC



Congress vs. Big Tech: who will win?



Intel-Based Macs Won't Get Every MacOS Monterey Feature

Some next-gen macOS features will be exclusive to products built with Apple's ARM-based M1 processor.



What is two-factor authentication, and how does it keep you safe online?



How to uninstall quality updates on Windows 10

If a quality update is causing problems, Windows 10 offers at least four ways to uninstall it to mitigate the issue, and here's how.



Don’t Call Yourself Stupid

Some people call themselves "dumb" or "stupid" when it comes to computers. There's little that frustrates me more.

I hear a lot of questions from many different people. I hear a lot of comments, complaints, excuses, and justifications.

I also hear a lot of frustration and helplessness.

It’s understandable. Computers and technology can be frustrating at times, and leave you feeling quite helpless. Heck, that’s why Ask Leo! exists.

And while many of the different comments, opinions, reactions, and complaints can occasionally leave me feeling frustrated, there’s one that really, really bugs me.


Thinking of yourself as less than capable when it comes to technology is not only self-sabotage; it makes it difficult for others to help you. Don’t confuse lack of knowledge or experience with lack of ability to learn. Acknowledging that you are capable of learning can make technology significantly less frustrating 



FBI says hackers hit US local government through Fortinet VPN

FBI and CISA urge all Fortinet users to immediately patch their devices



The 5 Best Identity Theft Protection & Monitoring Services of 2021

Looking for a way to monitor and protect your data from identity theft? Here are the best five services of 2021. 



Linux 101: Why file and directory names lack spaces

Jack Wallen explains why spaces in files and folder names aren't always the best option in Linux.



Linux 101: Why file and directory names lack spaces

Jack Wallen explains why spaces in files and folder names aren't always the best option in Linux.



How to reclaim your online privacy



Apps in M1 iPad Pros Limited to Using 5GB RAM



New Report Profiles Ransomware Cybergangs



REvil ransomware hits US nuclear weapons contractor



McDonald's operations in South Korea and Taiwan hit by data breach (and U.S.)

The company said it will take steps to notify regulators and customers listed in the files, which did not contain customer payment information.



Google won’t end support for tracking cookies unless UK’s competition watchdog agrees



Facebook Building an Apple Watch Rival Also Stepping in Smartphone Territory

Facebook is the latest company interested in building a smartwatch, and according to a report today, the social network specifically wants to launch a product to compete against the Apple Watch.



Microsoft will officially end support for Windows 10 in 2025



How to Use an External Drive With a Chromebook

To save files locally, here's what to do



Apple Music Lossless and Spatial Audio: Now available

Dolby Atmos and Lossless formats require specific audio gear.



Organizations Shift Further Left in App Development

Most IT and security professionals surveyed think security is a critical enough reason to pause app development.



Bad news! 8.4B bad passwords leaked online – Check for yours (or just get into your online accounts, manage the account, security, and change your password.  A good time for a password manager that can generate passwords for you and remember your Account, user name, and new password for you.)



Apple MacOS Monterey: 10 Things to Check Out Right Away

FaceTime, Shortcuts, and AirPlay get big boosts this fall in Apple's macOS Monterey, the successor to Big Sur.



Windows 10 has built-in ransomware protection: how to use it



Microsoft Teams personal for home users is now available

Microsoft pushes its Teams platform for personal use to communicate and collaborate with family and friends.



Why Ask Why? (my point of view is to think of computers as a two or three-year-old.  Problems are learning opportunities just like all those throughout our lives.)

It's common to ask "Why?" when it comes to computers. It's also common to be frustrated with the answer.

I was helping a friend the other day with some Windows issues and a not-uncommon question came up, one that I often dread.



iPad Pro 2021 massively limits how much RAM apps can use, apparently

5GB per app



5+ Unusual Places to Find Free Reading Material and Ebooks for Kindle

Looking for free ebooks or any other reading material? Here are some unexplored places on the web to find things worth reading on your Kindle. 



Global chip shortage: The logjam is holding up more than laptops and cars and could spoil the holidays

"The semiconductor shortage will impact almost everything with a plug or a battery," said one analyst. Cross-industry chip competition could complicate things.



What do security cameras know about you?



The 8 Best Sandbox Applications for Windows 10 to Keep You Safe



Dissecting the Colonial Pipeline Incident



Largest US propane distributor discloses '8-second' data breach



The FBI's seizing one bitcoin wallet won't stop ransomware — but it's a start

Analysis: While recovering some of the ransom marked a new front for the U.S., it also hints at the relatively limited options to deter hackers.



Biden elevates tech antitrust crusader Lina Khan to FTC chair



Switching from Android to iPhone Is Now Easy as One-Two-Three

Apple has been bragging for quite some time that more and more Android users are making the switch to Android, but as the company itself acknowledged recently, there are actually lots of people going the other way around and eventually embracing Google’s operating system.



Some Samsung phones have a serious vulnerability that allows hackers to read your texts



iOS 15: FaceTime, sharing, smarter notifications, and more

Apple's new iPhone OS will change the way a billion people use their iPhones.



HDD vs SSD Storage

Make the right decision for your computer storage



NortonLifeLock Criticized for New Cryptomining Feature

While the crypto crowd applauds the move, critics worry about the environmental impact, supporting a currency used for ransomware, and mining further slowing down systems.



8 ways you’re ruining your Windows computer



Fastly Blames 'Undiscovered Software Bug' for Widespread Internet Outage

A valid customer configuration change triggered an undiscovered bug that caused 85% of Fastly's network to return errors, taking down news sites as well as services like Twitch, HBO Max, CNN, fuboTV, Target, and more.



Shopping online? Watch out for scams: Read this before you click



How to install Windows 10 21H1 with KB5000736 enablement package

If you're running Windows 10 20H2 or 2004, you can install version 21H1 using the standalone enablement package (KB5000736) – here's how.



Why Can’t the Poor just Pirate Software?

Commercial software can be expensive. Can you just pirate software if you can't afford it? You can guess my answer, but even better: theft isn't necessary.



This Magecart skimmer has been redesigned for mobile

MobileInter targets the login credentials and payment data of mobile users



The 5 Best Apps for a Temporary Burner Phone Number

Need to stay hidden? These fake number apps let you generate a burner number so you keep your real phone number private. 



The Great Resignation of 2021: Are 30% of workers really going to quit?

There is a pent-up demand for change among workers and managers need to spell out flexible work options ASAP, experts say.



Use a digital 'shoebox' instead of social media



How to Enable Split Screen Mode in Chromebook



Mobile Devices Under Siege by Cyberattackers



Apple fixes ninth zero-day bug exploited in the wild this year



Pastor battles human smugglers on Facebook

“You have people who are in very desperate, vulnerable situations commingling with people that are parts of organized criminal networks, including cartels and gangs,” one expert said.



Security flaws found in Samsung’s stock mobile apps



What’s New in Windows 7 Update KB5003667

The June 2021 Patch Tuesday rollout obviously brought a new update for Windows 7 as well, though worth keeping in mind is that only computers enrolled in the Extended Security Updates (ESU) program are getting it.



Your cable company is furious that we’re telling you about this $59 box on Amazon



Take control of Time Machine backups with the TimeMachineEditor utility

Use a third-party utility to set a schedule and other controls.



How to Install an SSD in Your Laptop

A budget-conscious upgrade with high-performance results



The US Must Redefine Critical Infrastructure for the Digital Era

The template being used to manage essential connectivity isn't just outdated, it's actively counter-productive.



6 hidden Windows 10 tools you should be using



NordLocker Details 1.2TB Database of Information Stolen via Custom Malware

NordLocker says it uncovered a database of information stolen via custom malware that contained 1.2TB worth of files, account credentials, and other sensitive data.



Google will update Chrome OS just as quickly as its web browser



Geekly Update - 09 June 2021



How to turn off News And Interests in Windows 10's taskbar

Windows 10's News and Interests taskbar tool is a handy feature for people who want to quickly glance at the weather and news headlines. If that's not you, here's how to turn it off.



I ditched my PC for the new iMac — here are the pros and cons



Workshop: Lock down your Linux system with Firewalld and OpenSnitch

Double Protection

For maximum security, you'd better watch traffic in both directions. This hands-on workshop takes you through the steps of setting up firewalls for outgoing as well as incoming traffic.



Wyze flips the switch on linkable night lights

Equipped with motion and light sensors, Wyze’s battery-powered Night Lights turn on in unison when they’re in range of each other.




How Do I Contact Outlook.com Customer Service?


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The Dark Sky app for iOS will be killed off next year (years ago this was a popular Android & iOS weather app, then Apple bought it out and made it iOS only, now...)



The Android Auto Bug That Made Buying a New Car the Only Option



5 ways to protect your devices from hackers



Broadband bipartisanship? Senators introduce digital equity push

Legislation filed Thursday would send $1.4 billion over five years to states, localities and community groups for projects such as internet hotspots or computer training for seniors.



Autonomous killer drones hunt soldiers



Can’t install Windows Media Feature Pack on Windows 10



The 6 Best Sites to Download Microsoft OneNote Templates

Microsoft OneNote templates help you organize your notes. Here are the best sites for getting Microsoft OneNote templates! 



How to Print from Your Chromebook



Avoiding Tech Support Scams

What do you do when you suddenly find yourself on the phone with a scammer? Step One: Be Skeptical!



Here’s everything Apple announced at this year’s WWDC



Hacker Recycles Data on Half a Billion Facebook Users



Microsoft identifies 'sophisticated' email attack from SolarWinds hackers

New campaign launches personalized attacks against each target, researchers warn



Data Breaches Drive Higher Loan Interest Rates

Businesses that suffer a security breach may not see their stock price tumble, but they may pay higher rates for loans and be forced to provide collateral, researchers report.



TikTok Ban Unites Senators



Vivaldi 4.0 Released as a Massive Update That’ll Blow Your Mind

Google Chrome is the world’s number one desktop browser and Microsoft Edge is offered as the default option on Windows 10, but neither have the je ne sais quoi you can find in Vivaldi.



What Is a Solid State Drive (SSD)?

The next generation of personal computer storage



This Shockingly Invasive Malware Stole Data from 3.25 Million Windows Computers

The 1.2 terabytes of data include cookies, millions of email and social login credentials, and personalized IDs to identify specific compromised devices.



iOS 15 and macOS 12 take a small but significant step towards a password-less future

A more secure approach than traditional passwords



How To Make A Photo Collage As Your Desktop Background



Don't let Sidewalk side swipe you



Google's 'Firmina' Subsea Cable Will Link North and South America

Once complete, it will be the longest cable in the world, capable of running entirely from a single power source.



Microsoft is now trolling us with maddening Windows 11 teases



Biden reverses Trump's effort to ban TikTok, orders broader review of foreign-owned apps

The order comes after the Trump administration's failed attempted to ban TikTok and force its parent company to sell the app.



Learn how to protect elders from tech support scams



Enable or Disable Open News and Interests on hover in Windows 10



How to Update One or All Apps on Linux in Seconds

Regular app updates are important for any Linux system. Here's how you can update one app or all apps on Linux easily.



How to Use Zoom on Chromebook




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.



Amazon, Google and Facebook will be hit hard by the G-7 tax deal. Here’s how they responded

  - The G-7 backed a U.S. proposal that calls for corporations around the world to pay a minimum 15% tax on profits.

  - The reforms, if finalized, would affect the world’s largest companies with profit margins of at least 10%.

  - Amazon, Facebook and Google welcomed the historic agreement.



Outdated Windows Users Flout Computing Safety



Dell, HP warn PC prices could rise due to global chip shortage

But both see results boost



What the FedEx Logo Taught Me About Cybersecurity

Cyber threats are staring you in the face, but you can't see them.



Major Websites Knocked Offline



Largest List of Passwords Ever Has Been Released Online

The world's largest password collection was posted on a prominent hacker forum. A member submitted a 100 GB text file containing 8.4 billion passwords, most likely compiled from previous data breaches and security breaches, according to Cyber News.  



Apple's Upcoming iPad Pro to Feature Wireless Charging

2022 iPad Pro model may also have reverse wireless charging



Electronic Arts Hackers Say Slack Was Their Secret Weapon: Report

A "representative" for the EA hackers involved say the heist took $10, a bit of code, and a lot of slacking.



UK police surprised to learn energy-intensive weed farm is actually a Bitcoin mine

Police claim the mining operation was stealing ‘thousands of pounds’ worth of electricity



How To Automatically Delete Chrome History After Closing



Are Macs immune to viruses?



Ohio Lawsuit Asks the Court to Declare Google a Public Utility

Google should be subject to 'proper government regulation,' according to Ohio AG Dave Yost.



Nearly 26M Amazon, Facebook, Apple, eBay user logins stolen by hackers



Fastly blames global internet outage on software bug

Users couldn't connect to a host of popular websites early Tuesday, including The New York Times, Reddit and the British government's homepage.



Tech scams that target millennials and young people



Screen or images showing Artifacts or Distortion in Windows 10



4 Ways Your Car Can Be Hacked and How to Prevent It

Even without physical access to your vehicle, hackers can take control of your car. Here's how, and how to protect yourself. 



How to Find Out the Remaining Storage Space on Chromebook



The One Thing Every Non-technical Person Needs to Know

If there's one precaution I want everyone to embrace, it's this.

What should every non-technical person know about the internet, social media, smart phones, technology, or cyber privacy and security?

It took me a millisecond to answer this. It might even be one of my most important answers, ever.



Google agrees to change global advertising practices as France imposes unprecedented $268 million fine

  - The French Competition Authority said Google has agreed to end some of its self-preferencing practices in the automated online advertising business.

  - The investigation came after News Corp, newspaper Le Figaro and the press group Rossel filed a complaint against Google.

  - Regulators across Europe are clamping down on the major U.S. tech giants.



Alliances Formed to Plug Security Holes in the IoT



Tackling malicious domains and typosquatting

These threats can be tackled with a coordinated response



NY & Mass. Transportation Providers Targeted in Recent Attacks

New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority and the Steamship Authority of Massachusetts were both victims of cyberattacks.



Being Blackmailed for Money on Facebook? Here's What to Do



Fujifilm Restores Network from Backups Instead of Paying Ransom

Fujifilm has refused to pay the ransom demand, relying instead on backups to restore operations, says Verdict.  



How New Software Moves Video Calls Out of the Skype Age

Software makes your Jurassic webcam so much better



Some of the Best Easter Eggs Hidden in Sites Across The Web



Venmo leaked Joe Biden’s friends, but you can now keep yours a secret

Venmo is adding privacy options for your friends list



Best Trackball Mice



Vishing: The new scam to watch out for



FBI Sold Criminals Fake Encrypted Phones That Actually Copied Their Messages

The Anom company helped international law enforcement arrest over 800 suspected criminals in what marks the FBI's latest attempt to overcome encryption.



Security flaws found in Samsung's stock mobile apps



What is Fastly and why did it just take a bunch of major websites offline?

Fastly operates what’s known as a content delivery network, or CDN.



Is Nextdoor just a surveillance tool?



How to use Windows Terminal in Windows 10: Beginners Guide



How to Test Your Wi-Fi Speed (And 7 Mistakes You Should Avoid)

Wi-Fi speed tests can tell you how fast your wireless speed is. These tips will help you check Wi-Fi speed accurately. 



You Can’t Un-Ring a Bell



With cyberattacks on the rise, organizations are already bracing for devastating quantum hacks

  - It’s still an incredibly young field of research, however firms from Google to IBM believe quantum computing will become a reality in the next decade.

  - In the U.K., a company called Arqit is quietly preparing businesses for cyberattacks in the age of quantum computing.

  - Quantum computers will be able to do specific tasks much faster than classical machines and that could be a problem for today’s encryption standards.



Two-Thirds of CISOs Admit They're Not Ready to Face a Cyberattack



Have I Been Pwned is now open source

You can now run your own HIBP instance if you want



The True Cost of a Ransomware Attack

Companies need to prepare for the costs of an attack now, before they get attacked. Here's a checklist to help.



Tech World Abuzz Over 'Windows 11' Rumor



Microsoft Pauses Windows 10 Version 21H2 Builds Ahead of Windows 11 Announcement

Microsoft has recently announced that it would no longer release new major Windows 10 version 21H2 builds to the Dev channel, as the company wants to stick with cumulative updates for a while.



Zoom Adds Compatibility for iPad Pro's Center Stage

Stay in the frame



8 Money Toilets



WhatsApp reverses course, now won’t limit functionality if you don’t accept its new privacy policy

The new policy went into effect on May 15th



How To Download And Watch Disney Plus On Your Computer [October 2020]



10 accounts more valuable to cybercriminals than your credit card



5 Ways Apple Plans to Supercharge Privacy on Your iPhone and Mac

At WWDC 2021, Apple unveils new features and settings coming to iOS 15, iPadOS 15, and macOS Monterey to help you keep your information private and secure.



Microsoft plans to launch dedicated Xbox cloud gaming hardware



Supreme Court Limits Prosecutors' Use of Anti-Hacking Law



Today only: Keep your gear safe with this 1500V AAPC Sine Wave UPS for $170

Amazon has a one-day sale on an APC Back-UPS Pro 1500VA Sine Wave UPS for $50 off the MSRP.



Principles for Making Your Linux System More Secure



Why Is My Zoom Video Breaking Up?


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