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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.
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.
Windows 10 May Let You Log In Using Eye Scans PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 18 February 2015 14:29
 Windows 10 May Let You Log In Using Eye ScansEntering passwords to log in could soon be old school, as Windows 10 is using an alternative authentication method base on biometric readers. Think eye scanning. Futuristic, eh? Microsoft have joined a select group of companies including technology giants like Google and PayPal to support the Fast Identification Online (FIDO) open standard. Support for this new technology is being built into the upcoming operating system. A new generation of FIDO actually, which offers new authentication methods. However, transitioning away from the tried and tested passwords is a challenge, even if this new form of authentication is more secure. According to Dustin Ingalls, group manager at Microsoft, supporting FIDO with Windows 10 is the first step in this regard: Remains to be seen whether security, privacy and identity conscious people will go with this one, but some may migrate for added convenience. Particularly as these are locally based, and don’t expose information online. Redmond has further promised improved collaboration with FIDO partners to make Windows 10 use localized authentication and less on passwords. The company has until the fall of 2015 to perfect this new form of security...We have a quote posted on our forum.
Windows 10 RTM Targeted For A June Release PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 10 February 2015 16:28
Windows 10 RTM


Well, this is interesting. When it comes to RTM release, Microsoft usually targets the month of August. But for Windows 10 RTM, the software giant has set its sights on a June release.
Which makes it easily a couple of months earlier than traditional.
Just for the record, RTM is short for release to manufacturing, or release to manufacturers, as in a near final version of a product intended for hardware vendors. And yes, this is the final milestone before a retail launch. This speculation is not final, obviously — and as is the case with any such timelines, could easily slip depending on how the development process comes along. But there is some method to this madness, in fact a lot of method. Fact is that the month of August did not actually make a lot of sense when it comes to selling licenses for the back to school market. It usually takes hardware vendors until October to ready their devices, provided they get access to an operating system by August. Meaning they miss out on the back to school rush, an important shopping season for PC hardware. This time though, Microsoft wants to do the logical thing and push the Windows 10 RTM release up a few notches. All the way up to June, actually, so that new devices are ready and on store shelves for buyers that are interested in them. There is also the small matter of a new Surface model. The wildly successful Surface Pro 3, the current tablet, launched in June last year. Sure would make a lot of sense for Redmond to release a successor to its flagship slate, alongside Windows 10. Take all of this as rumors for now, but maybe Microsoft will talk about this at BUILD 2015 in April...Stay up-to-date with this and more 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.
Windows 10 At Core of Future Internet of Things PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 12 February 2015 06:00
Windows 10 At Core of Future Internet of Things
While Microsoft pointed out many uses of Windows 10 at its Jan 21 2015 event, it missed out on Internet of Things. Or, at least, did not bring up the topic. It talked about desktop version of Windows 10, mobile version of Windows 10 and Windows 10 for Surface Hub and more but did not drop a hint that it is bringing Windows 10 into the realm of Internet of Things. The article tries to decode how the future of Internet of Things can change with Windows 10 at its core. In the recent developments, the most important are availability of Windows 10 for a range of devices and the upgraded version of Raspberry Pi. There have been more developments but they are out of scope of this article. We focus on Windows 10 for Internet of Things in this post. Though they did not mention it specially, the way Microsoft presented Windows 10 at the Jan 21 2015 event, they did drop many hints about having an edition of Microsoft Windows 10 for Internet of Things. One such hint was Surface Hub, which is nothing but a screen in effect but runs on Windows 10. The Holographic glasses will also run on Windows 10. Microsoft has come up with a micro version of .Net framework. All these are ample to suggest that there will be a version of Windows 10 for Internet of Things. And the doubts are cleared with new version of Raspberry supporting Windows 10.If Microsoft is offering a custom version of Windows 10, that I believe is named “Windows 10 Athens“, for micro systems and for Single computer boards such as Raspberry PI 2, there is a great scope of people using Windows 10 to build all the small things that will be connected to the Internet. Right now, people are using Linux for IoT (Internet of Things) and most of them code in Python and C++. Both these languages, once into executable form, will not be a problem for running on Windows 10. Every programmer knows that coding in C++ and Python is better and provides total control over hardware. So far, they had to come up with codes that would make the most of the hardware and deal with the compatibility of the operating system running these custom programs. They had to code for proper usage of hardware so that no part of the hardware was clogged and left unavailable for programs...Continue reading at windows8newsinfo forum.
Microsoft’s policy about lost Windows passwords PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 07 February 2015 17:36
Microsoft’s policy about lost Windows passwords
Windows operating system, includes log in protection to help prevent unauthorized access to the computer. When anyone tries to access a computer, if the user has set a password, he will be asked to provide the password, only after which, he will be given access to the Windows desktop and the data. If a wrong password is typed, access to the computer is denied. So what happens if the password is lost, forgotten or changed illegally, thereby preventing access of the user to his own computer? Microsoft policy on lost or forgotten Windows passwords. Microsoft strongly recommends that you set a password recovery Hint. It is also recommended that you create a password reset disk as soon as you first start using that computer. Microsoft support engineers will not help you retrieve passwords that are lost or forgotten, in case you were to seek their help. Microsoft, of course, supports the use of these built-in tools viz. Password Reset Disk and Password Hint, which can help you gain access to your computer in the case that you forget your password in future. Microsoft says, you may also take the help of some 3rd-party tools that claim to help you recover lost or forgotten passwords of your Windows PC.So are password recovery tools bad? Are guns bad? Or does the intent matter!? While third-party password recovery tools can be very useful if a user has genuinely forgotten or lost his Windows password, they can also be misused. Hence one has to be careful always...Check out our forum for more on this policy.

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