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Belarc Advisor

Nov 23, 2017 - 12:48 PM - by Reverend
The Belarc Advisor builds a detailed profile of your installed software and hardware, network inventory, any missing Microsoft hotfixes, anti-virus status, security benchmarks, and displays the results in your Web browser.

All of your PC profile information is kept private on your PC and is not sent to any web server.

Belarc Advisor 8.6

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Uber Faces Regulatory Scrutiny for Concealing Data Breach

Nov 22, 2017 - 8:41 PM - by Reverend
UK and US regulators are looking into Uber's late reporting of a data breach that involved the theft of personal information from 57 million user accounts and 600,000 US drivers.

The UK's Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) is working to determine the scale of the breach, who was affected, and what steps Uber needs to take to ensure it's complying with data protection rules.

In the US, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has opened an investigation, his spokeswoman said on Wednesday. The US Federal Trade Commission is also looking into the matter, a commission spokesman said in an email.

Uber was breached in October 2016, and discovered the hack a month later. But management decided to keep it under wraps until the company's new CEO, Dara Khosrowshahi, learned of it recently.

So far, Uber hasn't given a geographic breakdown of who might have been affected. But Uber's decision to keep things quiet "raises huge concerns" about its data protection policies and ethics, according to James Dipple-Johnstone, ICO deputy commissioner. "If UK citizens were affected then we should have been notified," he said. "Deliberately concealing breaches from regulators and citizens could attract higher fines for companies."

The UK's National Cyber Security Centre also voiced concern. "Companies should always report any cyber attacks to the NCSC immediately," it said in a statement.

In the US, most states have laws that require companies to disclose a data breach when it affects local residents. However, according to The New York Times, Uber instead identified the hackers responsible and reportedly had them sign nondisclosure agreements to keep them quiet about the incident.

Uber also paid the hackers $100,000 to delete the stolen data, but made the payment look like a reward, or a bug bounty, for finding a security hole in the... [Read More]
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Microsoft forcing Windows 10 Reader app users to use Edge instead

Nov 21, 2017 - 11:05 PM - by Reverend
Microsoft has announced that it will be shutting down and ending support for its own Reader app in early 2018 for all Windows 10 devices.

The notice came as a pop-up message in the app itself after a recent update that states that the app will become completely unusable after February 15th next year. The message also suggests that users begin using the company’s Microsoft Edge browser as a pdf reader replacement app.

The Reader app was launched alongside the Windows 8 operating system and was designed for use on traditional PCs and Windows 8 touchscreen devices. The app is extremely fast and efficient in addition to being rather lightweight and as such is still the preferred app for many users when it comes to reading and signing files. It appears that it will remain functional on Windows 8 devices that have yet to upgrade to Windows 10.

The Microsoft Edge browser has been able to read pdf files for a while now but it’s noticeably slower than the Reader app and also takes up more system resources. Given that there’s no logical reason for users to not use the Reader app, its shutting down on Windows 10 devices appears to be a deliberate attempt by Microsoft to force users to use Edge, a browser that is still struggling to compete with rivals such as Mozilla’s Firefox and Google’s Chrome.

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Facebook Messenger Now Supports 4K Photos

Nov 21, 2017 - 9:20 PM - by Reverend
Sending photos of your Thanksgiving spread to faraway loved ones who can't make it home for the holidays? Facebook wants to make sure that the high resolution images you send via Messenger come through in all their sharp, crisp glory.

The social network on Tuesday announced that its Messenger app now supports photos at 4K resolution, or up to 4,096-by-4,096 pixels per image. That's the "highest quality many smartphones support," Messenger Product Managers Sean Kelly and Hagen Green pointed out in a blog post. Previously, Messenger sent photos in lowly 2K by default.

"We heard that people want to send and receive high resolution photos in Messenger — and considering people send more than 17 billion photos through Messenger every month — we're making your conversations richer, sharper, and better than ever," Kelly and Green wrote.

And this bump in resolution won't have you twiddling your thumbs waiting for your images to go through. Facebook promised that photos will be sent just as quickly as before, even at this higher resolution.

To send photos at 4K resolution, just be sure to update your Messenger app to the latest version. Then, just send a photo like normal, and the person you're messaging will receive the highest resolution.

Facebook started rolling out this feature today to both iPhone and Android for users in the US, Canada, France, Australia, the UK, Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan, and South Korea. The company plans to expand 4K photo support to additional countries in the "coming weeks."

PC Magazine
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Android devices seen covertly sending location data to Google

Nov 21, 2017 - 9:17 PM - by Reverend
An investigation by Quartz has revealed that Android devices send cell tower location data to Google even if the user has disabled location services for apps in their device settings.

Quartz also said it observed location data being sent even if devices had been reset to factory default settings. Android devices with a cellular data or a wi-fi connection were seen to send the data to Google each time they came within range of a new cell tower — including devices with no SIM cards installed (these offloaded the location data via wi-fi, where available).

It says there is currently no way for Android users to prevent their location data from being sent to ad targeting giant Google — short of removing SIMs from their devices and disabling wi-fi (or else leaving the devices inside a faraday cage).

After raising its findings with Google, Quartz reports that a company spokesperson told it the cell tower location data harvesting has been going on for the past 11 months, and that cell tower addresses were included in information sent to the system it uses to manage push notifications and messages on Android devices.

The spokesperson further claimed the location data was never used or stored. And Google added that it intends to end the practice by the end of November, having had the location tracking issue flagged to it by Quartz.

“In January of this year, we began looking into using Cell ID codes as an additional signal to further improve the speed and performance of message delivery,” the Google spokesperson said. “However, we never incorporated Cell ID into our network sync system, so that data was immediately discarded, and we updated it to no longer request Cell ID.”

Whatever the reason Google was experimenting with harvesting Android users’ location info, it’s another troubling instance of the company slurping up sensitive user data without making people explicitly aware it’s... [Read More]
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This malware will steal your Twitter and Facebook accounts

Nov 16, 2017 - 8:39 PM - by Reverend
A strain of malware based on the Zeus trojan has been modified to monitor and potentially take over your Facebook and Twitter accounts.

The malware, which was originally designed to steal banking and financial credentials, has been repurposed with "new espionage capabilities," according to an article at ZDNet. In addition to affecting Facebook and Twitter posts, the malware can also monitor email, ZDNet reported, citing research by Bitdefender, a Romanian tech security company.

Known as Terdot, the malware targets Windows systems. It's been active since mid-2016.

The malware uses social media accounts to spread itself and can steal login information so that access to the accounts can be resold, Bogdan Botezatu, a Bitdefender analyst, told ZDNet.

A Terdot attack, like many other attacks, starts with phishing email that appears to contain a PDF. Clicking that file directs the computer to download the malware.

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Cash Converters reveals customer data breach

Nov 16, 2017 - 2:20 PM - by Reverend
High Street pawnbroker Cash Converters has warned customers about a data breach on its website.

The company said customer usernames, passwords and addresses had potentially been accessed by a third party.

The data breach exposed accounts on the company's old UK website, which was replaced in September 2017.

The company told the BBC it was taking the breach "extremely seriously" and had reported it to the information commissioner.

Cash Converters lets people trade in items such as jewellery and electronics for cash, and then sells the items on to others.

It operates an online store that lets people buy items traded in at Cash Converters shops around the UK.

The online store was relaunched in September 2017, and the data breach affected only people with an account on the old website.

Cash Converters said no credit card information had been breached, and people who visited its stores but did not use the website had not been affected.

"Our customers truly are at the heart of everything we do, and we are disappointed that they may have been affected," the company said in a statement.

"We apologise for this situation and are taking immediate action to address it."

BBC News
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Google Maps got a redesign

Nov 16, 2017 - 12:46 PM - by Reverend
The company said in a blog post that it has updated driving, navigation, transit and explore maps to better highlight information that the company thinks will be most relevant. That means gas stations when you’re driving or more prominently featured train and bus stations if you’re riding the rails or hopping on mass transit.

Google also said that maps would get an updated color scheme with new icons added to more easily identify places like a church, cafe, museum or hospital not just by their symbol, but also with a corresponding color to make it even easier to identify.

For example, if someone wanted to find a restaurant or cafe in a new neighborhood, they could open the Google Map app and find the nearest orange icon (the color Google is using for food and drink spots).

These changes to the Maps feature will also be rolled out to the other apps that incorporate Google Maps information, like Assistant, Search, Earth and Android Auto. The changes also will be incorporated into the apps, websites and products that other companies have built using Google Maps APIs, the company said.

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