http://www.infopackets.com/index.xml en Darkweb Stolen Credit Card Site Operators 'Retire' http://www.infopackets.com/news/11046/darkweb-stolen-credit-card-site-operators-retire <div class="google_ads"></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">The people behind an online service for buying and selling stolen credit card details say they are retiring for health reasons. The unknown owners reportedly made $358 million from their "marketplace." The UniCC service operated on a so-called darknet, only accessible through special software designed to make it much harder to track who visited which online service. The BBC notes that the site had operated since 2013 and estimates users listed "tens of thousands" of stolen card details every day. It appears to have been particularly popular for criminals who had carried out major data ... (<a href="/news/11046/darkweb-stolen-credit-card-site-operators-retire" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 26 Jan 2022 19:13:09 +0000 John Lister 11046 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/11046/darkweb-stolen-credit-card-site-operators-retire#comments f1 Security Edge 'Update' Is Ransomware Scam http://www.infopackets.com/news/11044/edge-update-ransomware-scam <div class="google_ads"></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Scammers are tricking Microsoft Edge users with a bogus software update. It's something of a backhanded compliment to the browser finding an audience. Security company Malwarebytes says it worked with the independent research team "nao_sec" to identify the scam. At the moment it appears to be specifically targeting users in South Korea with ransomware, though the tactic could easily be adapted. (Source: techradar.com ) According to the researchers, the scam begins with a malicious ad, usually posted on a page with a lot of advertising. That's likely to make it harder to identify the culprit. ... (<a href="/news/11044/edge-update-ransomware-scam" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 25 Jan 2022 19:54:45 +0000 John Lister 11044 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/11044/edge-update-ransomware-scam#comments f1 Security Phone Screens Could Use Less Power http://www.infopackets.com/news/11043/phone-screens-could-use-less-power <div class="google_ads"></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">New technology could significantly reduce power that phone and other gadget screens consumer. It could also reduce the risk of screens being damaged by images "burning in." The technology is for OLED (organic light-emitting diode) screens which are now common in smartphones and other displays. In simple terms, the pixels in an OLED screen light themselves, whereas regular LED screens need a backlight behind the display. The main advantages are less power use and a thinner screen. The biggest drawback is a likely shorter lifespan, though that doesn't necessarily play a factor in devices such ... (<a href="/news/11043/phone-screens-could-use-less-power" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 20 Jan 2022 21:08:50 +0000 John Lister 11043 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/11043/phone-screens-could-use-less-power#comments f1 Mobile How to Keep Your Business Secure in 2022 http://www.infopackets.com/news/11045/how-keep-your-business-secure-2022 <div class="google_ads"></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">More than ever before, modern businesses rely on technology. Their efficient functioning relies on Internet services, which is unlikely to alter in the near future. As a result, as organizations get larger, computer networks develop, and massive volumes of data are sent every day between computer systems. According to a survey conducted by Accenture, 68% of organizations across various industries believe that cyber security threats are growing. According to an FBI assessment, cyberattacks have grown by 300% since the epidemic began. Securing businesses large and small is vital to ensure the ... (<a href="/news/11045/how-keep-your-business-secure-2022" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Mon, 17 Jan 2022 20:30:35 +0000 Dennis Faas 11045 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/11045/how-keep-your-business-secure-2022#comments f1 IT Google Cries Foul Over iMessage Color Scheme http://www.infopackets.com/news/11042/google-cries-foul-over-imessage-color-scheme <div class="google_ads"></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Google has solved all the world's tech problems, tackled world peace, reversed climate change, and is now dangerously bored. At least that's the only rational explanation why it is now arguing with Apple on Twitter about the color that appears behind text in messages. The ridiculous row is about the iMessage feature on iPhones that lets users send messages free of charge over the Internet rather than through SMS text messaging. Originally only iPhone users could send messages on the service but in 2016, Apple extended it to Android devices through a Google Play Store app. Apple originally ... (<a href="/news/11042/google-cries-foul-over-imessage-color-scheme" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 13 Jan 2022 20:22:21 +0000 John Lister 11042 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/11042/google-cries-foul-over-imessage-color-scheme#comments f1 Mobile Scammed by Wowser E Services? Here's What to Do http://www.infopackets.com/news/10931/scammed-wowser-e-services-heres-what-do <div class="google_ads"></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Infopackets Reader Barbara J. writes: " Dear Dennis, In early March, 2021, my elderly father was browsing the Internet when suddenly a red screen appeared and told him that his computer was infected. Conveniently, the warning message also supplied a 1-800 number to speak to Microsoft to 'fix' the issue. My father confirmed that the person he spoke to had a very thick Indian accent . The company that 'fixed' his computer was named Live IP Support and they charged on two separate occasions, totaling $2,700. The checks were withdrawn from his account under a company named Wowser E Services (aka ... (<a href="/news/10931/scammed-wowser-e-services-heres-what-do" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 13 Jan 2022 20:07:54 +0000 Dennis Faas 10931 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10931/scammed-wowser-e-services-heres-what-do#comments f1 Windows Tips Google, Facebook Fined $237M Over Cookies http://www.infopackets.com/news/11041/google-facebook-fined-237m-over-cookies <div class="google_ads"></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Facebook and Google have been fined a total of $237 million for the way they ask users for permission to issue cookies. French regulators said the companies breached rules that say refusing cookies must be as simple as accepting them. The fines came from the CNIL, France's primary data privacy regulator. It found the companies had breached France's Data Protection Act. In both cases, the companies breached rules on cookies that took effect last year with a deadline of March 31st for compliance. (Source: cnil.fr ) Unfair Choice Facebook was fined approximately $68 million USD while Google was ... (<a href="/news/11041/google-facebook-fined-237m-over-cookies" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 11 Jan 2022 18:58:56 +0000 John Lister 11041 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/11041/google-facebook-fined-237m-over-cookies#comments f1 Internet WhatsApp Gets Extra Security Features http://www.infopackets.com/news/11040/whatsapp-gets-extra-security-features <div class="google_ads"></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">WhatsApp is adding a series of privacy and security features. However, several will be switched off by default so users should consider activating them. The messaging app, now owned by Facebook, has become popular thanks to two key features. It's designed to handle groups well so that users can send a message to a specific group of friends or colleagues in a more intuitive manner than Facebook's own messaging tools. It also uses end-to-end encryption, meaning not only that intercepting a message is of little use, but that Facebook cannot access messages even if it wanted to or was ordered to ... (<a href="/news/11040/whatsapp-gets-extra-security-features" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Mon, 10 Jan 2022 19:34:58 +0000 John Lister 11040 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/11040/whatsapp-gets-extra-security-features#comments f1 Mobile Samsung TV Remote Charged By Wi-Fi http://www.infopackets.com/news/11039/samsung-tv-remote-charged-wi-fi <div class="google_ads"></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Samsung has made a battery-less remote control that takes power from Wi-Fi signals. It's proof the concept works, though it's still very questionable if the same approach could work on devices such as phones or laptops. The remote is an update on an existing "Eco Remote" model that uses solar power to top up the battery. Although solar is naturally very limited inside a home, a rechargeable battery in a remote only needs very slow, low-power topping up as it uses little energy to operate. Samsung says it then explored a range of wireless charging technologies to add to the solar in a second ... (<a href="/news/11039/samsung-tv-remote-charged-wi-fi" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Fri, 07 Jan 2022 20:03:35 +0000 John Lister 11039 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/11039/samsung-tv-remote-charged-wi-fi#comments f1 Technology Old-School BlackBerrys Bite The Dust http://www.infopackets.com/news/11038/old-school-blackberrys-bite-dust <div class="google_ads"></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">BlackBerry has announced its phones will finally stop working this week. It's a move six years in the making and in many ways it's insane that anyone is still using them. Specifically the company will be hitting the killswitch on services for BlackBerry 7.1 and earlier, the software for the BlackBerry 10 device, and BlackBerry PlayBook 2.1 (for its short-lived tablet range) and earlier. The move only affects devices running BlackBerry's own software. It doesn't affect its range of Android-based devices. Although the number of people affected is relatively low, BlackBerry is keen to get the ... (<a href="/news/11038/old-school-blackberrys-bite-dust" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 06 Jan 2022 19:59:43 +0000 John Lister 11038 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/11038/old-school-blackberrys-bite-dust#comments f1 Mobile Windows Offers Driver Update from 1968 http://www.infopackets.com/news/11037/windows-offers-driver-update-1968 <div class="google_ads"></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Microsoft has reassured Windows users that they don't have to worry about an update that appears to have been pending for more than 50 years. The confusing listing for Intel drivers is simply a workaround to make sure computers keep running. The odd data appears in the "Optional Updates" section of the Windows Updates page in the Windows 10 and 11 Settings tool. These updates will only ever be installed when the user manually selects them, even if they have the automatic updates setting switched on. In a drop down menu for driver updates, most users will see a variety of listings ... (<a href="/news/11037/windows-offers-driver-update-1968" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 04 Jan 2022 21:31:50 +0000 John Lister 11037 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/11037/windows-offers-driver-update-1968#comments f1 Technology LastPass Blunder Causes Security Scare http://www.infopackets.com/news/11036/lastpass-blunder-causes-security-scare <div class="google_ads"></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Users of popular password manager tool LastPass have reported worrying emails that suggest their master passwords have been compromised. LastPass says the emails may have been sent mistakenly and that it has no evidence of any security breach. Like most such tools, LastPass let users create a single memorable password, the name coming from the idea it's the "last password" users will ever need to remember. This password is necessary to unlock a private vault of stored encrypted passwords for other sites. One of the big keys to the service is that LastPass itself has no access to the master ... (<a href="/news/11036/lastpass-blunder-causes-security-scare" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Sat, 01 Jan 2022 21:08:10 +0000 John Lister 11036 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/11036/lastpass-blunder-causes-security-scare#comments f1 Security Alexa Tells Child to Play With Power Outlet http://www.infopackets.com/news/11035/alexa-tells-child-play-power-outlet <div class="google_ads"></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Amazon has apologized after its digital assistant Alexa told a 10-year old to connect a coin to a power socket. While there's a simple explanation, it raises even more questions. The girl's mother said she had previously been watching YouTube videos with a variety of safe physical challenges, then used voice control to ask an Alexa-enabled device for a "challenge to do." To the mother's shock, the device replied "The challenge is simple: plug in a phone charger about halfway into a wall outlet, then touch a penny to the exposed prongs." Fortunately the mother heard the reply, though she says ... (<a href="/news/11035/alexa-tells-child-play-power-outlet" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 30 Dec 2021 23:48:51 +0000 John Lister 11035 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/11035/alexa-tells-child-play-power-outlet#comments f1 Technology Samsung Plans Triple-Screen Phone http://www.infopackets.com/news/11034/samsung-plans-triple-screen-phone <div class="google_ads"></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Samsung has got approval for a patent on a phone with a double-folding mechanism. It would effectively be a tablet computer that fits in the pocket. The company already has a range of foldable phones with a single hinge, meaning a double-width screen. The new patent is for a double-hinge with one folding forward and one folding backward, a little like a "zed bed" mechanism. (Source: techradar.com ) The patent shows that the screens would be arranged so that an "ordinary" size screen was usable when the phone was fully folded. When the phone was unfolded, the entire display would be accessible ... (<a href="/news/11034/samsung-plans-triple-screen-phone" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 30 Dec 2021 02:08:12 +0000 John Lister 11034 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/11034/samsung-plans-triple-screen-phone#comments f1 Mobile DuckDuckGo Launches Desktop Browser http://www.infopackets.com/news/11033/duckduckgo-launches-desktop-browser <div class="google_ads"></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">The developers behind a "privacy focused" search engine are working on their own desktop web browser. DuckDuckGo is already available in mobile form with a reported 150 million downloads. The DuckDuckGo search engine is based around user privacy, with minimal data collected. It's funded through ads that relate solely to the search term a user looks for, rather than any data about their browsing history. The reduced reliance on personal data does arguably mean the search results aren't as relevant as with other search tools, though the developers claim this is better because users don't get a ... (<a href="/news/11033/duckduckgo-launches-desktop-browser" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Mon, 27 Dec 2021 14:20:17 +0000 John Lister 11033 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/11033/duckduckgo-launches-desktop-browser#comments f1 Internet Microsoft 'PowerTools' Make Windows Easier http://www.infopackets.com/news/11032/microsoft-powertools-make-windows-easier <div class="google_ads"></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Microsoft has a bunch of potentially-useful Windows 10 and 11 tools available to install. Rather oddly though, they aren't part of the Windows Update system. Instead users must manually download and install the "PowerToys" tools from independent software site GitHub. While that site is generally safe, users can follow the link from Microsoft's powertoys page to make sure they get the latest edition. The package includes 11 tools which generally offer simple solutions to very specific problems. Many are based on the work of independent developers. Find Your Mouse Easily Mouse utilities is ... (<a href="/news/11032/microsoft-powertools-make-windows-easier" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Fri, 24 Dec 2021 12:34:16 +0000 John Lister 11032 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/11032/microsoft-powertools-make-windows-easier#comments f1 Microsoft Dell 'Concepts' include Modular Laptop http://www.infopackets.com/news/11031/dell-concepts-include-modular-laptop <div class="google_ads"></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Dell has unveiled some creative ideas for new computers and gadgets to meet changing use demands. However, it's only calling them "Concepts." At the moment and there's no guarantee any of them will become available to buy. Perhaps the most credible is Concept Luna, a laptop that's easier to repair and thus more sustainable. The goal is to make it easier to replace specific components rather than having to buy a new device altogether. Historically that's been difficult with laptops as the components need to be packed much tighter together than in a desktop case, making it more fiddly to make ... (<a href="/news/11031/dell-concepts-include-modular-laptop" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Fri, 24 Dec 2021 04:58:44 +0000 John Lister 11031 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/11031/dell-concepts-include-modular-laptop#comments f1 Hardware Biden Signs Exec Order to Overhaul Gov't Sites http://www.infopackets.com/news/11030/biden-signs-exec-order-overhaul-govt-sites <div class="google_ads"></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">US President Joe Biden has ordered the federal government to modernize its online services. It aims to remove a "time tax" on citizens navigating inefficient services. It comes in an executive order, which doesn't require legislation passed by Congress. The order says the US government is responsible for "designing and delivering services with a focus on the actual experience of the people whom it is meant to serve." (Source: whitehouse.gov ) The main requirement of the order is to overcome the current problem of limited interoperability between different government sites, which often require ... (<a href="/news/11030/biden-signs-exec-order-overhaul-govt-sites" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 22 Dec 2021 19:13:01 +0000 John Lister 11030 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/11030/biden-signs-exec-order-overhaul-govt-sites#comments f1 Government MS Office 2019 Pirates Get 365 Discount http://www.infopackets.com/news/11029/ms-office-2019-pirates-get-365-discount <div class="google_ads"></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Microsoft appears to be offering discounts on legitimate software to people running pirated copies. The Office deal isn't quite a like-for-like offer however. The offer, spotted by the Ghacks site, appears to be limited to users in specific countries. It's not clear if there's a pattern such as targeting countries with high rates of piracy, or those where people are likely to have enough money to buy legitimate software. (Source: ghacks.net ) A message shown to some users of unlicensed copies of Office 2019 in the ribbon bar reads "Get up to 50% off. For a limited time, save up to 50% on a ... (<a href="/news/11029/ms-office-2019-pirates-get-365-discount" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 21 Dec 2021 18:16:37 +0000 John Lister 11029 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/11029/ms-office-2019-pirates-get-365-discount#comments f1 Microsoft WinX DVD Ripper: Convert / Play DVDs on Windows 10 http://www.infopackets.com/news/10716/winx-dvd-ripper-convert-play-dvds-windows-10 <div class="google_ads"></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Infopackets Reader Steve G. writes: " Dear Dennis, I just upgraded my PC to Windows 10 and I noticed that Windows Media Player no longer plays DVDs in Windows 10 . In Windows 7 it worked without a problem. I researched this issue and it appears that this 'feature' was removed on purpose because newer PCs and laptops do not have DVD players. As such, Microsoft has dropped all support for Windows 10 DVD playback in Windows Media Player. I plan on purchasing a thin ultrabook laptop (with no DVD player) soon. As such, I'd like to convert my DVDs into AVI or MP4 (for example) so I ... (<a href="/news/10716/winx-dvd-ripper-convert-play-dvds-windows-10" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Mon, 20 Dec 2021 19:42:39 +0000 Dennis Faas 10716 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10716/winx-dvd-ripper-convert-play-dvds-windows-10#comments f1 Windows Tips Mozilla Beefs Up Browser Security with 'RLBox' http://www.infopackets.com/news/11028/mozilla-beefs-browser-security-rlbox <div class="google_ads"></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Mozilla has announced a rethink of a key technology used to make web users safer. The latest update to its Firefox browser improves the "sandboxing" approach. One of the biggest security concerns with web browsers is the way a single application (the browser) can handle data from multiple sites open in different tabs. It creates the risk that a compromised site could access data from another site; for example, one tab might display or transmit emails, login details or financial information. The way browsers tackle this risk is called sandboxing. That means telling operating systems such as ... (<a href="/news/11028/mozilla-beefs-browser-security-rlbox" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 16 Dec 2021 19:54:53 +0000 John Lister 11028 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/11028/mozilla-beefs-browser-security-rlbox#comments f1 Security Android Scammers Try New Tactics http://www.infopackets.com/news/11025/android-scammers-try-new-tactics <div class="google_ads"></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Google has cracked down on a key method that scammers used to distribute Android malware through the Play app store. But like a game of whack-a-mole, the scammers are adjusting their tactics for greater success. The Google change is to the way it handles accessibility tools on Android devices. These include screen-readers, voice input systems and other modifications for users to interact with the device. Such tools often need access to key components such as the camera, microphone or speakers, access that can be abused by malware. Google relaxes the security and permissions system on such ... (<a href="/news/11025/android-scammers-try-new-tactics" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 15 Dec 2021 20:27:32 +0000 John Lister 11025 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/11025/android-scammers-try-new-tactics#comments f1 Security Microsoft Uses US Courts to Disrupt Chinese Hackers http://www.infopackets.com/news/11027/microsoft-uses-us-courts-disrupt-chinese-hackers <div class="google_ads"></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Microsoft has taken control of websites - or rather their domain names - believed to be uses by Chinese hackers. It's the latest example of a tactic that overcomes the usual problems of dealing with an international online threat. According to Microsoft, the "Nickel" group is based in China and is a "nation-state actor": in other words, it at the very least has the backing of the Chinese government. It uses a variety of tactics to try to spy on victims and intercept their data. Targets include government agencies and human rights groups. Microsoft somewhat understatedly says there's "often a ... (<a href="/news/11027/microsoft-uses-us-courts-disrupt-chinese-hackers" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Mon, 13 Dec 2021 18:37:30 +0000 John Lister 11027 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/11027/microsoft-uses-us-courts-disrupt-chinese-hackers#comments f1 Security Microsoft Backtracks On Default Browser Settings http://www.infopackets.com/news/11026/microsoft-backtracks-default-browser-settings <div class="google_ads"></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Microsoft looks set to reverse a controversial change to Windows 11 settings. The move will make it easier to change the default browser away from Microsoft Edge. Before Windows 10, browsers could easily set themselves as the default, meaning they would automatically open any web pages or links. While that was meant to work only where the user had given permission, Microsoft concluded there was too much risk of rogue software setting itself to open web links, in turn letting it display bogus pages designed to install malware or trick users into providing login details. With Windows 10, ... (<a href="/news/11026/microsoft-backtracks-default-browser-settings" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 08 Dec 2021 18:18:20 +0000 John Lister 11026 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/11026/microsoft-backtracks-default-browser-settings#comments f1 Microsoft MS: Want Windows 11? You Have 10 Days to Decide http://www.infopackets.com/news/11024/ms-want-windows-11-you-have-10-days-decide <div class="google_ads"></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Microsoft appears to have cut the period during which users who upgrade to Windows 11 can change their minds and roll back to Windows 10. They'll now have just 10 days to roll back without much hassle. Upgrading to Windows 11 seems to have proven a relatively straightforward process for most users, or at least those with the option to do so. Microsoft is rolling out upgrade availability starting with those machines it assesses as least likely to experience problems, though some will never officially be able to run a fully supported Windows 11. Whether to cover cases where Windows 11 doesn't ... (<a href="/news/11024/ms-want-windows-11-you-have-10-days-decide" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Fri, 03 Dec 2021 21:58:45 +0000 John Lister 11024 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/11024/ms-want-windows-11-you-have-10-days-decide#comments f1 Microsoft Android 12 Brings Incredibly Useful Privacy Tools http://www.infopackets.com/news/11023/android-12-brings-incredibly-useful-privacy-tools <div class="google_ads"></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">The latest version of Android adds several new privacy features. However, users may need to make some manual tweaks to take full advantage. The changes come in Android 12 which is rolling out to newer phones at the moment. Older models will either get it later on or will never be able to get it, depending on the manufacturer. The biggest change is more information about the permissions system. That's the set-up by which users don't have to give an app complete access to the hardware and software on their system. Instead they can individually grant or restrict individual permissions, each of ... (<a href="/news/11023/android-12-brings-incredibly-useful-privacy-tools" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 01 Dec 2021 21:18:26 +0000 John Lister 11023 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/11023/android-12-brings-incredibly-useful-privacy-tools#comments f1 Mobile Study: Predictive Text Slows Users Down http://www.infopackets.com/news/11021/study-predictive-text-slows-users-down <div class="google_ads"></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Predictive text may not make typing messages on phones quicker or easier according to a new study. In many cases, the study says, it will slow things down. The research comes from Pe Ola Kristennson, a professor of interactive systems engineering at the University of Cambridge, and colleague Thomas Mullners. (Source: acm.org ) They previously ran a study in 2019 asking 37,000 volunteers to copy sentences on a mobile phone. Those who used predictive text averaged 33 words a minutes, slightly slower than the 35 words a minute of those who didn't use any technologies. (Source: theconversation. ... (<a href="/news/11021/study-predictive-text-slows-users-down" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 30 Nov 2021 22:05:44 +0000 John Lister 11021 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/11021/study-predictive-text-slows-users-down#comments f1 Mobile How Thieves Use The Dark Web to Steal Your Data http://www.infopackets.com/news/11022/how-thieves-use-dark-web-steal-your-data <div class="google_ads"></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">We live in the age of technology where every day is full of advancements that make our lives easier. At what cost, though? Our Internet security is constantly under fire by hackers and cyber criminals using these technological advances to their gain. Through the dark web, a virtual underworld full of criminal activity that can be accessed using specific tools, such activity is made possible. However, many people aren't sure what the dark web actually is. According to Business Insider, it's "defined as all content hosted on darknets, or online networks that require a specific browsing software ... (<a href="/news/11022/how-thieves-use-dark-web-steal-your-data" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Fri, 26 Nov 2021 19:46:24 +0000 Dennis Faas 11022 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/11022/how-thieves-use-dark-web-steal-your-data#comments f1 IT Facebook Delays End-to-End Encryption Plans http://www.infopackets.com/news/11020/facebook-delays-end-end-encryption-plans <div class="google_ads"></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Facebook and Instagram will not strengthen the encryption on their messaging until 2023, a year later than planned. The delay has been linked to complaints that the encryption could help abusers of children. At the moment, both service messages are encrypted between the sender and the company's servers and then from the company's servers to the recipient. That means anyone who intercepts the message in transit can't practically read it, but the company itself can. Although the companies say they do not access the messages normally, they may do so in response to a court order, law enforcement ... (<a href="/news/11020/facebook-delays-end-end-encryption-plans" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 25 Nov 2021 21:28:49 +0000 John Lister 11020 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/11020/facebook-delays-end-end-encryption-plans#comments f1 Internet Windows 10 Updates Slowed Down http://www.infopackets.com/news/11018/windows-10-updates-slowed-down <div class="google_ads"></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Microsoft is to switch to updating Windows 10 once a year. It's good news both for those hoping to use it for years to come and for those who'd prefer Microsoft to stop making changes for the sake of it. When Windows 10 debuted, Microsoft adopted a policy of batching most non-security updates into two releases each year. The plan appeared to be that this schedule would effectively go on forever with Windows 10 being the last totally new "edition" of the system. That was been ditched with the release of Windows 11, leaving some question over future updates. Windows 10 ... (<a href="/news/11018/windows-10-updates-slowed-down" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 24 Nov 2021 07:24:47 +0000 John Lister 11018 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/11018/windows-10-updates-slowed-down#comments f1 Microsoft VideoProc Converter Review http://www.infopackets.com/news/10863/videoproc-converter-review <div class="google_ads"></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">What's one of the best one-stop video editing software available for both PC and Mac? Answer: Digiarty's VideoProc Converter! From the makers of WinX DVD Ripper and WinX Video Converter comes VideoProc Converter: a multi-award winning software program that is a one-stop video processing program that allows you to convert video/audio, rip DVDs, edit video, download videos, video to GIF maker ... plus much more! Note: near the end of the article I've included a link to a FREE trial to the full version, plus link to save 60% off a lifetime license. -- VideoProc Converter: Features Overview A ... (<a href="/news/10863/videoproc-converter-review" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 23 Nov 2021 22:31:14 +0000 Dennis Faas 10863 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10863/videoproc-converter-review#comments f1 Windows Tips Microsoft Still Pushing Edge Browser Hard http://www.infopackets.com/news/11017/microsoft-still-pushing-edge-browser-hard <div class="google_ads"></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Microsoft has confirmed it is blocking third party tools designed to overcome several ways it pushes people towards the Edge browser. It affects tools such as EdgeDeflector which works on Windows 10 and 11. The tools take aim at the way Windows and some built-in Microsoft applications use links to web pages. Rather than simply linking to a page address, they start with "microsoft-edge://" and open automatically in the Edge browser. This overrides the user's chosen default browser for opening web link. Once Edge opens with the page in question, it also displays a request to set Edge as the ... (<a href="/news/11017/microsoft-still-pushing-edge-browser-hard" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Mon, 22 Nov 2021 18:24:20 +0000 John Lister 11017 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/11017/microsoft-still-pushing-edge-browser-hard#comments f1 Microsoft Antivirus Renewal Email May Be Scam http://www.infopackets.com/news/11016/antivirus-renewal-email-may-be-scam <div class="google_ads"></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Scammers are using bogus antivirus renewal demands as their latest money-grabbing tactics. The attacks appear to target both people's money and their account details. The warning came from consumer group "Which" after it spotted two different fake emails. One supposedly comes from McAfee and the other from Norton Antivirus, both claiming a subscription is about to end. (Source: which.co.uk ) It's another case of playing the numbers game: while many people will either not use these products or will spot the scam, the popularity means that simply spraying out emails will eventually ... (<a href="/news/11016/antivirus-renewal-email-may-be-scam" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Fri, 19 Nov 2021 19:02:19 +0000 John Lister 11016 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/11016/antivirus-renewal-email-may-be-scam#comments f1 Internet Google Faces $2.7 Billion Fine http://www.infopackets.com/news/11015/google-faces-27-billion-fine <div class="google_ads"></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Google is set to pay a fine of more than $2.5 billion for unfairly favoring its own shopping comparison service in search results. But critics say the fine is too small to have a serious effect on the company. A European Union court has rejected an appeal by Google against a 2017 fine imposed by the European Commission for breaking antitrust rules. The case involved the way the main Google Search service handled queries about products. As well as relevant product pages on retailer and manufacturer sites, the results list would often include relevant pages on price comparison services. Google ... (<a href="/news/11015/google-faces-27-billion-fine" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Fri, 19 Nov 2021 03:18:12 +0000 John Lister 11015 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/11015/google-faces-27-billion-fine#comments f1 Google Chrome Gets Speed And Memory Boost http://www.infopackets.com/news/11014/chrome-gets-speed-and-memory-boost <div class="google_ads"></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Google says Chrome will be faster and use less memory with the latest updates. That may not be enough to bring back users who've switched away though. The browser has received three key updates, the first being to the "omnibox." That's the single box at the top of the browser used both for typing website URLs and inserting search terms. When users start typing a term, they will now see suggestions, which update as users type more characters. The theory is that they will be able to click on a term and start the search more quickly than typing the term in full. (Source: t3.com ) The ... (<a href="/news/11014/chrome-gets-speed-and-memory-boost" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 17 Nov 2021 19:47:57 +0000 John Lister 11014 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/11014/chrome-gets-speed-and-memory-boost#comments f1 Internet US Blacklists Israeli 'Spyware' Maker http://www.infopackets.com/news/11013/us-blacklists-israeli-spyware-maker <div class="google_ads"></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">The US government has blacklisted an Israeli company that made spyware used by national governments. NSO Group's tools have reportedly been used against diplomats, journalists and political activists. The move is as much a political signal as a practical measure. NSO being added to the group means US businesses must apply for a license to supply it, which will likely be refused. This would primarily affect cyber researchers who sell it information about known vulnerabilities. Although there's no immediate ban on US organizations using NSO's services, it's now clearly frowned upon. Threat To ... (<a href="/news/11013/us-blacklists-israeli-spyware-maker" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 16 Nov 2021 18:11:10 +0000 John Lister 11013 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/11013/us-blacklists-israeli-spyware-maker#comments f1 Government Wrong Number Text May Be Scam http://www.infopackets.com/news/11012/wrong-number-text-may-be-scam <div class="google_ads"></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">The Better Business Bureau has warned the public to ignore text messages that appear to be wrong numbers. It says it's the first step in an ongoing scam using automated chat bots to scam people. The scam is not particularly sophisticated in principle but uses automation to play the numbers game. In the current form it tries to take advantage of base desires, though the BBB warns the format could change. According to the warning, one example of the opening text message reads: "Hey is this John? It's Amanda. We chatted on Tinder before when I came to visit my cousin but we never met if I recall ... (<a href="/news/11012/wrong-number-text-may-be-scam" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Fri, 12 Nov 2021 20:24:13 +0000 John Lister 11012 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/11012/wrong-number-text-may-be-scam#comments f1 Mobile Apple Privacy Boost Hurts Facebook Revenues http://www.infopackets.com/news/11011/apple-privacy-boost-hurts-facebook-revenues <div class="google_ads"></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">A change giving Apple users more control over their data has cost four major tech companies nearly $10 billion in lost ad revenue according to one estimate. But the drop is nowhere near as big as Facebook had warned. The change, which took effect in April, affects a tag called Identifier for Advertisers that links to a specific iPhone. It lets advertisers combine data from multiple sources and build up a picture of the device owner's interests, helping them better target advertising. Individual apps must now ask for permission (via an on-screen prompt) to access the tag, giving users greater ... (<a href="/news/11011/apple-privacy-boost-hurts-facebook-revenues" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 10 Nov 2021 18:36:08 +0000 John Lister 11011 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/11011/apple-privacy-boost-hurts-facebook-revenues#comments f1 Internet Apps Secretly Shared User Location Without Consent http://www.infopackets.com/news/11010/apps-secretly-shared-user-location-without-consent <div class="google_ads"></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">A company that sells location data has apologized after some details were collected without permission. Huq says the data remained anonymous despite the lack of consent. The company's business model is to partner with app developers to collect location data, aggregate it, then sell the overall details to clients. These included businesses trying to figure out patterns in where potential customers will be, and local governments that want to know which areas are busy at what times, for example to prioritize repairs of street lighting. (Source: bbc.co.uk ) The problem appears to be that Huq ... (<a href="/news/11010/apps-secretly-shared-user-location-without-consent" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 09 Nov 2021 18:13:37 +0000 John Lister 11010 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/11010/apps-secretly-shared-user-location-without-consent#comments f1 Your Rights Phone Makers Attacked for Frequent Releases http://www.infopackets.com/news/11009/phone-makers-attacked-frequent-releases <div class="google_ads"></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Using the average phone a year longer would have the same environmental impact as taking 636,000 cars off the road each year according to campaigners. It's a claim that's sparked calls to end the habit of manufacturers to produce a new model every year. The calls come in the run-up to a major climate change conference, but remains unclear what incentive gadget-makers have to respond. The 636,000 cars figure comes from the Public Interest Research Group, whose campaigns include giving consumers a right to repair devices. It told The Register that an average of 416,000 US cellphones are ditched ... (<a href="/news/11009/phone-makers-attacked-frequent-releases" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 03 Nov 2021 19:56:43 +0000 John Lister 11009 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/11009/phone-makers-attacked-frequent-releases#comments f1 Gadgets Report: Cyber Crime Lowest in Denmark, US Ranks #3 http://www.infopackets.com/news/11008/report-cyber-crime-lowest-denmark-us-ranks-3 <div class="google_ads"></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">The United States is the third safest country for cyber crimes according to a newly-published study. However, the methodology means that might not reflect the actual risk to users. The figures come from Seon, a security company that specializes in automatically detecting online fraud. That makes the results (and the decision to publish them) a little surprising as such a company would have an obvious interest in suggesting cyber crime is a particularly big risk in larger, wealthier countries full of potential customers. Overall the results showed Denmark as the safest country, just ahead of ... (<a href="/news/11008/report-cyber-crime-lowest-denmark-us-ranks-3" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 02 Nov 2021 16:37:53 +0000 John Lister 11008 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/11008/report-cyber-crime-lowest-denmark-us-ranks-3#comments f1 Security Gadget Shortages Could Last Till 2023 http://www.infopackets.com/news/11007/gadget-shortages-could-last-till-2023 <div class="google_ads"></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Intel says a shortage of computer chips could last until 2023. It's particularly bad news for video game players but could make it harder to buy affordable PCs. Pat Gelsinger, Intel's CEO, says the shortage is likely at its worst point now. He says the situation should improve throughout next year, mirroring his counterpart at AMD who believes supply should pick up in the second half of next year. However, Gelsinger believes it will be 2023 before production is back at a point where supply can meet demand. (Source: eurogamer.net ) Shutdown Means Slowdown The shortage is largely a result of ... (<a href="/news/11007/gadget-shortages-could-last-till-2023" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Fri, 29 Oct 2021 17:33:14 +0000 John Lister 11007 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/11007/gadget-shortages-could-last-till-2023#comments f1 Gadgets Brave 'Privacy Browser' Ditches Google http://www.infopackets.com/news/11006/brave-privacy-browser-ditches-google <div class="google_ads"></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">A browser that promotes privacy as its key feature is ditching Google as its default search engine. Brave will instead use its own search service, though users are free to change back. Although Brave is based on the same Chromium code as Google Chrome, it's marketed towards users worried about privacy. By default it blocks all third-party ads and tracking tools. Until now, the browser has used well-known search engines as the default search tool. These include Google in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom and DuckDuckGo in Germany. However, Brave has been developing its own ... (<a href="/news/11006/brave-privacy-browser-ditches-google" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 28 Oct 2021 17:56:53 +0000 John Lister 11006 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/11006/brave-privacy-browser-ditches-google#comments f1 Internet Report: Facebook Moderation May Never Be Enough http://www.infopackets.com/news/11005/report-facebook-moderation-may-never-be-enough <div class="google_ads"></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Internal Facebook documents suggest automated moderating will never pick up more than a small portion of the hate speech posted on the site. The figures suggest Facebook has used some creative wording when publicly arguing how well its systems are working. The company has a natural interest in using automated moderation, particularly with artificial intelligence that doesn't simply follow rules to spot content that breaks site rules, but develops its own methods for detecting it. That's because it's highly unlikely Facebook could every employ enough humans to manually moderate posts (before ... (<a href="/news/11005/report-facebook-moderation-may-never-be-enough" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Thu, 28 Oct 2021 03:18:13 +0000 John Lister 11005 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/11005/report-facebook-moderation-may-never-be-enough#comments f1 Internet 3-in-1 Printer Stops Scanning When Ink Tank Empty http://www.infopackets.com/news/11004/3-1-printer-stops-scanning-when-ink-tank-empty <div class="google_ads"></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Canon is being sued for allegedly blocking multifunction printers from scanning or faxing because the printer ink is empty. The customer bringing the case has asked for class action status. David Leacraft bought an "all-in-one" Pixma device with printing, document scanning and faxing features. When his ink ran out, he found the other features no longer worked. According to the lawsuit, multiple posts and replies on an official Canon support site suggest this is by design. One reply from a Canon "Product Expert" read: "The Pixma MG6320 must have all ink tanks installed in the printer and they ... (<a href="/news/11004/3-1-printer-stops-scanning-when-ink-tank-empty" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 26 Oct 2021 19:22:22 +0000 John Lister 11004 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/11004/3-1-printer-stops-scanning-when-ink-tank-empty#comments f1 Hardware Apple Patches Major iPhone Bug linked to Gov't Spying http://www.infopackets.com/news/11003/apple-patches-major-iphone-bug-linked-govt-spying <div class="google_ads"></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Apple has released a patch for a potentially serious iPhone bug. It's worth double-checking the patch was installed automatically and forcing it to do so if it has not. The fix comes in version 15.0.2 of iOS and patches an actively exploited zero-day bug. That means attackers not only know about the security hole but were already using it before Apple could release a fix. In other words, Apple had a "zero days" head start in the battle between patching and hacking. The bug involves memory corruption and means a correctly-targeted attack could allow malware to access parts of the memory that ... (<a href="/news/11003/apple-patches-major-iphone-bug-linked-govt-spying" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Mon, 25 Oct 2021 16:54:18 +0000 John Lister 11003 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/11003/apple-patches-major-iphone-bug-linked-govt-spying#comments f1 Security Being Blackmailed for Money on Facebook? Here's What to Do http://www.infopackets.com/news/10430/being-blackmailed-money-facebook-heres-what-do <div class="google_ads"></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Are you in a hurry because you're actively being blackmailed with sextortion? Contact me here using the contact form. I'll call back as soon as I can. In case I'm not immediately available, I'll also send you a link to a recent call I had with one of my clients so you can start on this straight away! The call is similar to 95% of all calls I take , though your circumstances may vary slightly. It provides insight to this crime, including an explanation of who might be blackmailing you, useful tips, and also explains how I can help. It's quick, convenient and 100% anonymous. If you have time, ... (<a href="/news/10430/being-blackmailed-money-facebook-heres-what-do" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Sat, 23 Oct 2021 18:52:09 +0000 Dennis Faas 10430 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10430/being-blackmailed-money-facebook-heres-what-do#comments f1 Internet Google Bans Ads Claiming Climate Change a Hoax http://www.infopackets.com/news/11002/google-bans-ads-claiming-climate-change-hoax <div class="google_ads"></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Google says it will no longer place ads on pages that make false claims about climate change. The move is as much about keeping advertisers happy as it is a political statement. The policy doesn't affect whether pages appear in Google search results or how highly they are ranked. Instead, its all about the ads which Google places when acting as a middleman between advertisers and websites. It also affects ads shown before, during or beside YouTube videos. The move "demonetizes" the content in two ways. Sites affected by the move will no longer be allowed to carry Google advertising, nor be ... (<a href="/news/11002/google-bans-ads-claiming-climate-change-hoax" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Fri, 22 Oct 2021 17:45:55 +0000 John Lister 11002 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/11002/google-bans-ads-claiming-climate-change-hoax#comments f1 Google Google USB Security Keys Free for Many http://www.infopackets.com/news/11001/google-usb-security-keys-free-many <div class="google_ads"></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Google is giving free USB security keys to around 10,000 users whose accounts are at particular risk. They include politicians and human rights activists. The move follows a targeted campaign linked to Russian hackers to try to trick such users into revealing their passwords. The attackers could then not only look for sensitive information in email archives but also use the hijacked accounts to spread misinformation. The USB keys use the two-factor authentication approach , adding an extra level of protection, meaning that simply getting somebody's password wasn't necessarily enough to get ... (<a href="/news/11001/google-usb-security-keys-free-many" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Wed, 20 Oct 2021 17:58:34 +0000 John Lister 11001 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/11001/google-usb-security-keys-free-many#comments f1 Security Google Enables '2-Step Verification' as Default http://www.infopackets.com/news/10999/google-enables-2-step-verification-default <div class="google_ads"></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">Google is switching on two-factor authentication by default for 150 million users. It's also making it mandatory for two million people who upload videos to YouTube. The system means no longer relying on passwords as the only way to control access to account. Instead it adds a second method such as getting a security code on a particular phone. Two-Factor versus "Two-Step" Verification Google calls the concept two-step verification, though that doesn't really describe it properly. The more commonly used "two factor" term refers to the idea of combining different types of ... (<a href="/news/10999/google-enables-2-step-verification-default" class="more-link">view more</a>)</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom:23px;" class="user_about"></div> Tue, 19 Oct 2021 17:44:30 +0000 John Lister 10999 at http://www.infopackets.com http://www.infopackets.com/news/10999/google-enables-2-step-verification-default#comments f1 Security