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FCC publishes 400-page net neutrality rules PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 15 March 2015 01:36

net neutrality rules

Many considered last month’s landmark decision on net neutrality as a win for the Internet. The proposal promised to do away with things like paid prioritization and classify broadband as a public utility through selective enforcement of Title II of the Communications Act of 1934. But without actually seeing the proposal, proponents really had no idea exactly what they were championing and were more or less trusting the FCC to do the “right thing.” On Thursday, the FCC published the full text of its Open Internet Order which gives ordinary citizens their first look at the new rules. If you were hoping for a quick read, guess again – we’re talking about a 400-page document here. Those with a strong stance on net neutrality are encouraged to give it a read. Ralph de la Vega, CEO of AT&T’s business and mobility arm, said until everybody reads the fine print and understands it, they won’t be able to comment in detail. The executive said he plans to read it cover to cover. The order aims to strike down some of the beliefs that opponents of net neutrality have. It states that it is Title II tailored for the 21st century and unlike the application of Title II to incumbent wireline companies in the 20th century, a swath of utility-style provisions (including tariffing) will not be applied. Despite the ruling and publishing of new rules, the matter is far from over as broadband providers like AT&T and Comcast are expected to sue the FCC to try and block the order. Since you are seeing this here, I'm sure you have surmised we have the entire 400 page report posted at windows8newsinfo forum for your intensive reading pleasure.


Mac OS X Isn’t Safe Anymore PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 14 March 2015 05:17

Mac OS X

OS X users like to make fun of Windows users as the only ones that have a malware problem. But that’s simply not true anymore, and the problem has increased dramatically in the last few months. Join us as we expose the truth about what’s really going on, and hopefully warn people about the impending doom. Since it is actually Unix under the hood, OS X has some native protection against the worst types of viruses. But the problem these days isn’t viruses that completely break your computer, it’s spyware, crapware, and adware that sneaks onto your computer, hijacks your browser, inserts ads, and tracks what you are looking at. And much of it is legal, because you get tricked into clicking the wrong thing during an installer. And now download sites, fake ads for software on search engines, and sketchy applications are bundling adware and crapware into installers for legitimate software. You can’t just assume you are safe anymore because you’re on OS X. You need to be careful what you download and what you click. If you don’t think this is a big deal, think again. These pieces of adware insert themselves directly into the browser, and they are analyzing and running even on secure sites like your bank, credit card site, and email, sending back data to their servers. They aren’t using an HTTPS hijacking proxy quite yet from what we can tell during our research, but it’s only a matter of time, and they might already be doing it and we haven’t found the proof yet. Since we are primarily Mac users ourselves here at How-To Geek, we’re really hoping that Apple takes a different tactic with this problem than Microsoft has with Windows and doesn’t allow these scam artists to destroy their platform...Full details can be found at windows8newsinfo forum.


Delay In Launch Of New Windows 10 Builds PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 10 March 2015 05:24
Delay In Launch Of New Windows 10 Builds
Well, it’s technically not a delay when there is no confirmation of releases, but Microsoft did actually promised faster release of Windows 10 builds this year. Redmond even has something like the Fast and Slow rings for Windows Insiders. But despite this, even with talk of a new preview build of the operating system every month (some went on to suggest multiple preview builds every 30 days), we are here stuck with the January Technical Preview, build 9926. And although the company is preparing new versions, the head of the Windows Insider program, Gabriel Aul, meanwhile has spent his most of his days recently answering questions from eager fans. Questions like when is the next build coming? Anyway, the company has decided to answer this burning question in a blog post detailing the frequency of releases, explaining in the process why they don’t actually announce firm release dates. The idea is simple really — doing so would mean holding onto a stable build that might be weeks old and lacking in features. Plus there is always the chance that some last minute bugs might end up raining on the party, forcing Microsoft to miss the deadline. For this reason, the software titan constantly keeps building and testing these preview builds, and when they hit upon one that has the right balance of stability and features, they will let it out. Eh, sounds painfully logical! Aul has admitted that Microsoft has been a little too conservative when it comes to pushing builds out, and there may be a possibility of something such as a “Ludicrous speed” ring — for users that just can’t wait. Or rather, fans that just can’t wait. The goal still remains to push multiple releases every month, and with the development coming along at breakneck speeds, future builds are sure to be stable and complete enough to be pushed along at a much faster pace...Read the rest on our forum.
What Functionality Would I Lose if I Disable Browser-Based Java PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 28 February 2015 18:47
For some time now, people have been warned to disable Java in their browsers or to completely remove it from their systems unless they actually need it. But if you disable it or remove it, are you actually losing much, if any, functionality? I have read that disabling Java (not JavaScript) will make my computer safer from malicious software attacks. All indications are that it will indeed make it safer, but I have not seen any real indications out there as to what functionality I will lose in the browsing experience, if anything. Can someone tell me what I would or would not experience if I disable Java and is it really necessary for browsing these days? Will any functionality be lost if browser-based Java is disabled? This question pops up on a regular basis, though this is a shorter post than usual, I have posted a rather comprehensive answer to this very question and you can find it at windows8newsinfo forum.
HTTP standard gets first major revision in 16 years PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 22 February 2015 16:33
HTTP standard gets first major revision in 16 years
The foundation of data communication on the web is set to get its first major update since HTTP 1.1 was adopted in 1999. Today the IETF HTTP Working Group has announced it formally approved the HTTP/2 specification, which will now go through some editorial processes before being published as a new standard to be used in browsers and web services. The proposed standard is actually based on a custom version of the SPDY protocol created by Google -- pronounced “speedy”. Among its several improvements are header field compression, multiplexing to support multiple requests to web servers via a single connection, and cache pushing. All of this results in a faster and more efficient web both at server and client sides. Currently, SPDY offers some of these benefits and is already integrated into Chrome, Internet Explorer, and Firefox. However, aside from some major players like Facebook, Twitter and Google, the protocol is not widely supported across the web. To that end Google has already announced it'll combine efforts by retiring SPDY and switching to HTTP/2 in Chrome going forward. HTTP/2 uses the same HTTP APIs that developers are familiar with so the transition, while it may require so tweaking, won’t be as cumbersome to the parties involved. Mark Nottingham, chair of the IETF HTTP Working Group, explains that HTTP/2 is not about pushing a completely new standard, rather about "getting the HTTP we know on the wire in a better way.” The original plan for the new standard was to have TLS encryption built in too, but it was decided against because it could present some challenges to network operators. That said, HTTP/2 may indirectly end up making the internet safer regardless, as Firefox and Chrome developers have said that they won't support HTTP/2 unless it does support encryption. So, sites that want to get the benefit of faster browsing will need to implement TLS...We have more on our forum.
Microsoft Releases Four Security Patches For Windows 10 PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 11 March 2015 13:10
Microsoft Releases Four Security Patches For Windows 10
It may not seem like it, but today is Update Tuesday, the designated day of each month when Microsoft rolls out fixes and updates for its software and operating systems. On the desktop, that is to say, not smartphones. And if you’re one of the millions that are running Windows 10, the company has an engagement of four new security patches for the preview version of the upcoming OS. Microsoft recommends these to be deployed and installed as soon as possible. Security patches, remember. This ensures that your installation remains safe from threats. Simply fire up the Windows Update tool on your Windows 10 computer and the four updates will be there waiting for you to be downloaded. The patches fix issues with Internet Explorer, Flash Player and the Malicious Software Removal Tool. And although the company is yet to completely detail these, at least at the time of this writing, you can hit up these links to get an idea what they fix. These of course, apply to Windows 10 build 9926, which is the most current version available to Windows Insiders. Also known as the January Technical Preview. These patches do mean that it may be a while until the next preview version is released to public. There are no reported issues with these patches, yet, so feel free to deploy them on your Windows 10 installation as soon as you can...For a complete run down on these patched visit windows8newsinfo forum.
Fingerprint Scanning Coming To Windows 10 For Phones PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 04 March 2015 05:46
Fingerprint Scanning Coming To Windows 10 For Phones
Just like Intel is on the desktop side, Qualcomm is now the most vital hardware company in the mobile world. The upcoming Windows 10 for Phones handsets are all set to be powered by Snapdragon processors. Similar to the myriad of Windows Phone smartphones before them. But it appears that Microsoft’s upcoming handsets could receive fingerprint scanning support in Windows 10, making passwords a thing of the past. That is because Qualcomm has added in support for this security technology in its processors. The hardware giant announced at MWC 2015 in Barcelona that its new and existing processors will allow the use of fingerprint scanners. Everything from the premium Snapdragon 810 to the budget Snapdragon 425, as well as the existing Snapdragon 400, 600 and 800 series of processing units. According to the company, the new Snapdragon Sense ID 3D Fingerprint option will allow devices made of glass, aluminum, sapphire, stainless steel and plastic to implement this enhanced security feature. Which not only allows users to unlock their phones but also access a number of services like payment solutions, using fingerprint protection...Stay abreast on all Windows 10 Phone on our forum.
US Judges will soon be able to issue worldwide warrants PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 23 February 2015 06:29
US Judges will soon be able to issue worldwide warrants
A minor change to US procedural rules on the issuing search warrants will allow federal judges to issue search warrants covering the world in cases that involves computers and networks. After a push from the US Department of Justice, the Advisory Committee on the Rules of Criminal Procedure has proposed the change to the Federal Rule of Criminal Procedure 41 that governs the issue of search warrants. The move doesn't have to be approved by Congress, nor the President. Normally federal judges are prohibited from issuing search warrants outside of their district with few exceptions, but this change will expand those exceptions in cases involving computers and networks. If approved, the change would allow the US government to obtain a warrant to conduct "remote access" searches of electronic storage media if the physical location of the media is "concealed through technological means," or to facilitate botnet investigations in certain circumstances. In a blog post, Google took aim at the change, saying "the proposed amendment would likely end up being used by US authorities to directly search computers and devices around the world," and that the "implications of this expansion of warrant power are significant." Google says the change "threatens to undermine the privacy rights and computer security of Internet users," and it should be an issue considered by the Congress and the President...Keep informed as this develops at windows8newsinfo forum.
What does Zero Day attack, vulnerability or exploit mean PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 21 February 2015 05:18
What does Zero Day attack, vulnerability or exploit mean
We often hear of Zero Day attacks, vulnerabilities or exploits. We have also heard of Zero Day patches. This article helps you know what is a Zero Day attack, exploit, or vulnerability. Zero Day attacks generally refer to attacks on vulnerabilities, where there is a zero day gap between the found vulnerability, and the attack taking place. A Zero-day vulnerability is a hole in software, firmware or hardware that is not yet known to the user, vendor or developer, and is exploited by hackers, before a patch for it is issued. Such attacks are called Zero-day exploits. Thus a Zero Day attack is an exploit done before the developer of the software or the manufacturer of the hardware can patch the Zero Day Vulnerability. Thus, the “vulnerability” is waiting for a patch or vendor fix, while the “attack” to exploit the vulnerability takes place. There can be many types of Zero-Day Attacks. This includes attacking a system to gain access on it, injecting a malware, spyware, or adware. This attack is done before the manufacturer is even aware of the vulnerability and hence there is a sense of emergency to patch it up. Once the patch is made available, the vulnerability is no longer a “Zero Day vulnerability”. A Zero Day vulnerability is usually detected either by hackers or by some third-party security firm. In case of hackers, they make good use of vulnerability until it is fixed. In case a third party security firm discovers a Zero Day Flaw or a Zero Day Vulnerability, they inform the manufacturers of the software or hardware system so that they can rush to work on a fix, usually known as a Zero Day patch, and give it some time to patch it. Normally, there is a Patch Tuesday at Microsoft.Microsoft uses various terms to describe the software updates and patches released by it...A complete explaination and terms used can be found at windows8newsinfo forum.

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