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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 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.
Atom-Thick Silicon PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 05 February 2015 05:24
Atom-Thick Silicon
An exotic but tricky-to-use new form of silicon is being eyed as a way to build much faster computer chips. And now, those who see its potential can claim a minor victory by making the first transistors out of the stuff. The material in question, called silicene, comes in layers of silicon just one-atom thick. This structure gives the material fantastic electrical properties, but it also means it’s devilishly tricky to produce and work with. Even testing its basic properties in the lab has proved difficult. Now Deji Akinwande, a computer engineer at the University of Texas at Austin, has figured out how to work with the stubborn material well enough to make the first silicene transistors. His first-of-their-kind devices are described today in the journal Nature Nanotechnology, and they live up to silicene’s promise by switching with extraordinary speed. Another atom-thick material, graphene, which is made from carbon, has gained attention in recent years for its own electrical properties. The appeal of silicene, says Akinwande, is that it’s made from the stuff Silicon Valley was built on. In theory, it should be easier for chipmakers to work with than some new material. “If we can get good properties out of it, it can be translated immediately by the semiconductor industry,” Akinwande says. In 2007, Lok Lew Yan Voon, a physicist at Citadel Military College of South Carolina, who published some of the first theoretical work on silicene, calculated that the material’s electrical properties should be similar to those of graphene. In theory, electrons can cruise through both graphene and silicene without encountering as many obstacles, enabling very speedy circuits. Unlike graphene, however, silicene doesn’t occur naturally. It has to be grown in the lab on a sheet of silver. Carbon is also more stable in its two-dimensional form, whereas silicon atoms are under strain in this form...Knowing you want to read the rest of this, so better visit windows8newsinfo forum.
Microsoft to invest in Cyanogen PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 30 January 2015 13:54
Microsoft to invest in Cyanogen
According to a report from The Wall Street Journal, Microsoft will be investing in Cyanogen, Inc., the Android ROM builder. The report says that Microsoft would be a "minority investor" in a $70 million round of financing that values Cyanogen in the "high hundreds of millions." Cyanogen takes the Android source code and modifies it, adding more features and porting it to other devices. It has also started supplying Android builds directly to OEMs (like the OnePlus One), which ship the software on devices instead of stock Android. Last week during a talk in San Francisco, Cyanogen's CEO said the company's goal was to "take Android away from Google." It wants to replace the Google Play ecosystem with apps of its own, the same way that Amazon uses the Android Open Source Project for its Kindle Fire products but adds its own app and content stores. Google pushes a lot of requirements on Android OEMs. If they want the Google Play Store, it also forces them to take all other Google products and services. There is also an "anti-fragmentation clause," which forbids OEMs from selling Android devices without Google Play. Cyanogen's Android distributions wouldn't have any such limitations, but then neither would a self-made AOSP build. A Microsoft investment in the company would be the latest in Redmond's ironic ties to Android. Microsoft is thought to make more from Android patent licensing fees than it does from Windows Phone, and through its purchase of Nokia, the company even briefly sold Android-based handsets. Now, according to the Journal, Microsoft will become an investor in a company that sells an Android distribution...For more you can turn your attention to 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.
Updates For Windows 10 For Enterprise PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 01 February 2015 06:25
Updates For Windows 10 For Enterprise
During the announcement about Windows 10, Microsoft revealed that free upgrade for Windows 10 will be made available to customers running Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1 devices who upgrade in the first year after launch. While consumers would like to have the latest and the greatest, enterprise customers would like to have a controlled set of updates which would not disrupt their environment and workflow. Microsoft is introducing new methods for servicing enterprise with Windows 10. To support Windows 10 devices in these mission critical customer environments we will provide Long Term Servicing branches at the appropriate time intervals. On these branches, customer devices will receive the level of enterprise support expected for the mission critical systems, keeping systems more secure with the latest security and critical updates, while minimizing change by not delivering new features for the duration of mainstream (five years) and extended support (five years). On Long Term Servicing branches, customers will have the flexibility to deliver security updates and fixes via Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) which allows full control over the internal distribution of updates using existing management solutions such as System Center Configuration Manager or to receive these updates automatically via Windows Update. We are introducing a new approach for business customers, which we are referring to as the Current branch for Business. By putting devices on the Current branch for Business, enterprises will be able to receive feature updates after their quality and application compatibility has been assessed in the consumer market, while continuing to receive security updates on a regular basis. This gives IT departments’ time to start validating updates in their environments the day changes are shipped broadly to consumers, or in some cases earlier...There is a bit more posted on our forum.
Safeti is a personal safety device PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 29 January 2015 14:01
Safeti is a personal safety device
I have a friend that was followed while walking home late one night. Luckily, she was aware of her surroundings and managed to duck into a parking lot to ditch the would-be assailant. She then called a friend to pick her up and made it home unharmed. If she didn’t have her mobile phone with her, the story may have played out different. The Safeti is a personal safety device that could help people in her situation. It’s designed to trigger a customizable alert that is automatically sent to emergency contacts and which includes your GPS location. It doesn’t require smartphone connectivity. You can pre-order the Safeti via IndieGoGo for $89, which is a crowdfunding service similar to Kickstarter. Early birds can order one for $10 to $15 off. The Safeti is expected in August of 2015. When the user clicks and holds the button on the Safeti , it is designed to automatically send a message to the people in a designated safety circle with a text message and a link to the person’s current location. In a real emergency, the user will be able to click the button three times to notify a personal safety concierge. This person will talk you through the situation, giving you advice on where the nearest open convenience store or brightly lit street is. If you don’t answer your phone when the personal concierge calls, the police will be contacted. The Safeti is designed to connect with nearby cell towers to provide police with a person’s location, even without a cell phone. The device will come with four free calls from a personal safety concierge. Additional calls will require a small fee that is not determined at this time...Please visit windows8newsinfo forum for more.

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