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  • Your phone and TV are tracking you, and political campaigns are listening in

    02/21/2019 7:50:01 PM PST · by Perseverando · 50 replies
    LA Times ^ | February 20, 2019 | Evan Halper
    It was a crowded primary field and Tony Evers, running for governor, was eager to win the support of officials gathered at a Wisconsin state Democratic Party meeting, so the candidate did all the usual things: He read the room, he shook hands, he networked. Then he put an electronic fence around everyone there. The digital fence enabled Evers’ team to push ads onto the iPhones and Androids of all those attending the meeting. Not only that, but because the technology pulled the unique identification numbers off the phones, a data broker could also use the digital signatures to follow...
  • Linux love hits Windows 10 19H1 amid a second round of zombie slaying (Win10 Update 1903)

    02/21/2019 4:39:27 PM PST · by dayglored · 4 replies
    The Register ^ | Feb 21, 2019 | Richard Speed
    For the BOFHs**: Admin Center preview loaded with Software Defined Networking goodness In a busy week for Windows Insiders, Fast-Ring fans got a fresh build of Windows last night, hot on the heels of a new preview of the Windows Admin Center.You say 19H1, I say 20H1, let's call the whole thing off Having sent Skip-Ahead testers into the future with a 20H1 build of Windows 10, Microsoft has now shared the Linux love with those remaining on the Fast Ring and testing 19H1.The accessing of files lurking in distros running Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) without fear of corruption...
  • Carbonite Acquires Webroot

    02/11/2019 12:52:23 PM PST · by AbolishCSEU · 11 replies
    Techradar.com ^ | 2/8/19 | Anthony Spadafora
    Combined companies will offer endpoint security with built-in cloud backup. The data backup and storage company Carbonite has announced that it has acquired endpoint security provider Webroot for $618m. The deal will allow Carbonite to combine the strengths of both companies to provide customers with automated cloud security software that has emergency backup already built in.
  • Windows Defender update: So secure, it wouldn't let Secure-Boot Windows PCs, er, boot

    02/05/2019 7:57:57 AM PST · by dayglored · 11 replies
    The Register ^ | Feb 4, 2019 | Richard Speed
    Others still can't even get that far Updated It has been a trying time for Microsoft punters after a Windows Defender update left some PCs unable to boot last week, while other folk continue to struggle to even get to the update service.How do you make a PC super secure? Don't let it boot A tweak to Windows Defender slowly creeping its way over PCs has an issue that can stop Windows 10 booting (and a few iterations of Windows Server – Microsoft points to Server 2016, but some users have reported problems with Server 2019).Some admins have been in...
  • Many Windows 10 Users Unable to Connect to Windows Update Service (Is the culprit Windows Defender?)

    01/31/2019 5:59:07 PM PST · by dayglored · 36 replies
    BleepingComputer ^ | Jan 31, 2019 | Lawrence Abrams
    For the past two days, Windows 10 users from around the world have been reporting that they are unable to connect to Windows Update. When they attempt to do so, Windows 10 will complain that they are unable to connect to the update service....When they tried updating, Windows would report that it could not connect to the update service.(Image)The wording of the error, shown below, indicates that this is an Internet connectivity issue, but others are not so sure."We couldn't connect to the update service. We'll try again later, or you can check now. If it still doesn't work, make...
  • How to Install and Use Windows Applications on Linux using PlayOnLinux

    01/31/2019 8:23:07 AM PST · by ShadowAce · 12 replies
    Vitux ^ | 30 January 2019 | VITUX
    When Linux was originally made public, it lacked many useful applications that the major competitor -Microsoft Windows was successfully supporting. Linux thus created a compatibility layer which was used to run the Windows application on Linux itself called Wine. PlayOnLinux is a front-end UI for the Wine application. It lets you install many popular Windows applications that you otherwise missed to use on Linux. You can run Microsoft Office, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Safari, iTunes and many other applications on your Linux system through PlayOnLinux.In this article, we will explain how to install PlayOnLinux on your Ubuntu both through the command...
  • Microsoft decides Internet Explorer 10 has had its fun: Termination set for January 2020

    01/29/2019 1:03:45 PM PST · by dayglored · 41 replies
    The Register ^ | Jan 29, 2019 | Richard Speed
    Windows Server 2012 admins should crank it up to 11 Microsoft has warned that it isn't only Windows 7 for the chop in 2020. Unloved Internet Explorer 10 will be joining it. Finally.Internet Explorer 10 first appeared back in 2012 and in 2016 Microsoft made a concerted effort to kill the thing by focusing its support efforts on Internet Explorer 11. Anything not Edge-related or without "11" after it would no longer be supported.However, not every operating system was capable of actually running Internet Explorer 11 and Microsoft infamously restricted its Edge browser to Windows 10 (and later iOS and...
  • Windows Update Troubleshooter

    01/27/2019 3:25:57 PM PST · by entropy12 · 27 replies
    Microsoft ^ | Last Updated: Jan 25, 2019 | Microsoft
    If you get an error code that starts with 0x8024, the Windows Update Troubleshooter can help resolve the problem. Make sure you have internet access, then download the Update Troubleshooter version that matches your version of Windows. Download Update Troubleshooter for Windows 10 Download Update Troubleshooter for Windows 7 and Windows 8
  • You're an admin! You're all admins, thanks to this Microsoft Exchange zero-day and exploit

    01/24/2019 8:28:38 PM PST · by dayglored · 17 replies
    The Register ^ | Jan 25, 2019 | Thomas Claburn
    Easily swapped hashed passwords gives Domain Admin rights via API call. Fix may land next month Microsoft Exchange appears to be currently vulnerable to a privilege escalation attack that allows any user with a mailbox to become a Domain Admin.On Thursday, Dirk-jan Mollema, a security researcher with Fox-IT in the Netherlands, published proof-of-concept code and an explanation of the attack, which involves the interplay of three separate issues.According to Mollema, the primary problem is that Exchange has high privileges by default in the Active Directory domain."The Exchange Windows Permissions group has WriteDacl access on the Domain object in Active Directory,...
  • How to replace Windows 7 with Linux Mint

    01/22/2019 3:55:51 AM PST · by ShadowAce · 48 replies
    ZDNet ^ | 18 January 2019 | Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols
    Many of you are Windows 7 users. I get it. Windows 7 just works. But the clock is ticking for Windows 7. In less than a year, Windows 7's free support ends. Come that day, you'll have a choice: You can either run it without being certain you'll get vital security patches (that would be really stupid), or you can pay for Windows 7 Extended Security Updates (ESUs) on a per-device basis, with the price increasing each year. We don't know how much that will be, but I think we can safely assume it won't be cheap. Or, you can...
  • How switching my parents over to Linux saved me a lot of headache and support calls

    01/21/2019 12:36:12 AM PST · by vannrox · 45 replies
    Simon Frey Blog ^ | undated | simon frey
    During me being at my parents over the holidays (Christmas 2017) I had the usual IT-support stuff to do, that always happens to tech savvy kids when they are back at home. As I am a happy Linux user for over a decade now, I asked myself if it would be a good idea to switch my parents away from Win 10 to a GNU/Linux (I will call it only Linux during the rest of the post. Sorry Richard ;) ) based system. I did that and now 2 years later I still think it was a good idea: I...
  • Tens to be disappointed as Windows 10 Mobile death date set: Doomed phone OS won't see 2020

    01/19/2019 5:57:04 PM PST · by dayglored · 36 replies
    The Register ^ | Jan 18, 2019 | Shaun Nichols
    Microsoft to hang up support on 10 December (2019) Microsoft has formally set the end date for support of its all-but-forgotten Windows 10 Mobile platform.The Redmond code factory said today that, come December 10, it's curtains for the ill-fated smartphone venture. The retirement will end a four-year run for a Microsoft phone effort that never really got off the ground and helped destroy Nokia in the process."The end of support date applies to all Windows 10 Mobile products, including Windows 10 Mobile and Windows 10 Mobile Enterprise," Microsoft declared."Windows 10 Mobile users will no longer be eligible to receive new...
  • Linux is NOT Windows

    01/17/2019 2:17:24 PM PST · by ShadowAce · 42 replies
    oneandoneis2.org ^ | ??? | Dominic Humphries
    != If you've been pointed at this page, then the chances are you're a relatively new Linux user who's having some problems making the switch from Windows to Linux. This causes many problems for many people, hence this article was written. Many individual issues arise from this single problem, so the page is broken down into multiple problem areas.Problem #1: Linux isn't exactly the same as Windows. You'd be amazed how many people make this complaint. They come to Linux, expecting to find essentially a free, open-source version of Windows. Quite often, this is what they've been told to...
  • Windows 10 Question: Keeping Microsoft From Receiving Data

    01/16/2019 2:45:54 AM PST · by ducttape45 · 37 replies
    Hello fellow FReepers and anti-Microsoft enthusiasts. Lately I was following a blog here and I followed the instructions of some of where I installed Windows 10 Release 1607, and was able to keep it from updating past that by installing WinAero Tweak. So far so good, after a week it has not updated past that release. Drivers updated just fine and I turned off most of the telemetry items that one can turn off and uninstalled all of the junk software. But I'm trying to find someway of blocking any lingering telemetry that may be leaking to Microsoft, if possible....
  • Just updated Windows 7? Can't access network shares? It isn't just you (Jan. Update borkage)

    01/09/2019 4:38:27 PM PST · by dayglored · 118 replies
    The Register ^ | Jan 9, 2019 | Richard Speed
    Quality Assurance? We've heard of it Microsoft has doubled down on efforts to persuade users to migrate to Windows 10 by breaking Windows 7 networking for some.Windows Server 2008 R2 is also affected.While the last few monthly updates for the soon-to-be-obsolete OSes featured a known issue affecting an "unknown" number of "problematic configurations" that require manual reinstalls of network drivers, January's monthly update seems to have upped the ante somewhat.2019's treat has seen some users finding their shares are now inaccessible, with RDP and other connectivity also suffering.The issue, which affects both the bonzer monthly roll-up (KB4480970) and the more...
  • Microsoft rips it all up and starts again – no, the campus, not Windows

    01/09/2019 7:21:16 AM PST · by dayglored · 27 replies
    The Register ^ | Jan 9, 2019 | Richard Speed
    Nobody dares take a sledgehammer to the OS Microsoft has announced that it is time to simply tear stuff down and rebuild anew.Sadly, this is not in reference to Windows, which still labours under code built up over decades of twiddling, but is instead related to the modernisation of its campus.That said, we quite fancy the idea of being issued one of those natty hardhats. Handy for weathering the latest Windows 10 update if a little flimsy when it comes to wholesale demolition.And we can't see any attachment points for a handy Hololens either.The Windows giant will tear down 13...
  • Net Applications: Windows 10 passes Windows 7 in market share (per NetMarketShare.com)

    01/01/2019 7:47:26 PM PST · by dayglored · 62 replies
    VentureBeat ^ | Jan 1, 2018 | Emil Protalinski
    More than three years after its release, Windows 10 has passed Windows 7 in market share. That means more desktop computers are now running Microsoft’s latest and greatest operating system than any other OS, according to Net Applications. The milestone is a nice way for Microsoft to end 2018, even though the company surely was hoping it wouldn’t take this long for Windows 10 to overtake Windows 7.Windows 10 adoption started out very strong, but slowed quickly as the months progressed. Microsoft was aiming for 1 billion devices running Windows 10 in two to three years but backpedaled on that...
  • You Can Now Register to Try Out Microsoft’s Chromium Browser (Windows 10)

    12/30/2018 8:42:50 AM PST · by dayglored · 26 replies
    Softpedia News ^ | Dec 21, 2018 | Bogdan Popa
    Microsoft starts accepting beta testers for the new Edge Microsoft is currently working on building a new browser after its EdgeHTML experiment failed, so now the company is transitioning to Chromium for an approach that just can’t go wrong.The software giant has started receiving beta testers for the new browser, as it’s now likely finalizing the preview build due in early 2019.What’s important to know is that registering today doesn’t provide you with a download link, but only adds your name to the list of beta testers that will receive the preview build of the new Microsoft Edge when it...
  • Microsoft's 2018, part 2: Azure data centres heat up and Windows 10? It burns! It burns!

    12/28/2018 5:46:58 AM PST · by dayglored · 14 replies
    The Register ^ | Dec 28, 2018 | Richard Speed
    Remains of the year laid bare as we flay July to December Where were we? Ah yes... it was the summer of GitHub committers' discontent – as many looked on in horror as Redmond swallowed it for $7.5bn in June. But things were about to heat up further...July brings joy, junior Surfaces and jiggly financials Hayfever season began well for Microsoft as the giant took another potshot at Google and Apple's device crown. Could the Surface Go take down Chromebooks and iPads? Or was another Surface RT disaster in the offing?For the latter question, no – the Go is a...
  • Microsoft's 2018, part 1: Open source, wobbly Windows and everyone's going to the cloud

    12/28/2018 5:46:55 AM PST · by dayglored · 14 replies
    The Register ^ | Dec 25, 2018 | Richard Speed
    The Vulture picks over the remnants of January to June It seems a lifetime (or two Windows 10 releases) ago, but 2018 started with Microsoft, and other software vendors, staring down the twin barrels of Spectre and Meltdown.The Spectre of January's Meltdown Flaws in Intel's silicon meant that Microsoft had to scramble to mitigate the vulnerability at the operating system level (having quietly seeded the fixes to its hardy crew of Windows Insiders towards the end of 2017). The flaw potentially allowed miscreants to read data from the operating system's protected kernel memory area of machines equipped with the broken...