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With a lot of data leaks and revelations happening, everyone is concerned about their privacy. And whatever device you use, having proper settings to ensure maximum privacy is a must. This post talks about freeware for Windows that lets you adjust your Windows 10 Privacy Settings such that you have maximum privacy on your computer. The tool is a freeware and is called W10Privacy. It has been best tuned to work with Windows 10. The main motive behind this tool is to bring all privacy-related settings on Windows 10 at one place. And the tool does its job at best. It brings you all the settings well categorized into different tabs and tells you their severity. All the recommended settings with no side effects are highlighted in green, conditionally recommended settings are marked in yellow, and all the restricted recommended setting are marked in dark orange. By restricted recommended here, we mean that the setting can have a negative effect on your computer. If you start the tool, you will be welcomed with a long list of settings and a lot of categories. All the settings in the list are there to improve the privacy scenario on your system in some or the other way. Turn off Windows 10 Privacy Settings read more on our Forum

Microsoft has rolled out a silent update to a KB article – KB4023814 – that hints towards the latest Windows update being forced onto users, reports Softpedia News. “If you’re currently running Windows 10 version 1507, version 1511, version 1607, version 1703 or version 1709, your computer detects the Windows 10 Update Assistant automatically,” says the KB4023814 article.
“Then, you can expect to receive a notification that states that your device must have the latest security updates installed and then initiates an attempt to update your device.” Microsoft previously told users that it would not force updates onto them after doing this when Windows 10 was a free upgrade for older Windows operating systems. The latest Windows update, initially released in October, has been plagued with issues. Microsoft paused the update after numerous reports of users losing personal files. After re-releasing the update, users reported other issues in programs such as Windows Media Player and Win32 apps.
Via mybroadband.co.za/news

We see lots of phishing attempts for email, bank, PayPal, Credit card and other financial credentials. This one is slightly different than many others and much more involved and complicated, designed to make analysis and blocking by anti-phishing tools much harder. It pretends to be a message from American Express about an error on your account. They use email addresses and subjects that will entice a user to read the email and open the attachment. A very high proportion are being targeted at small and medium-sized businesses, with the hope of getting a better response than they do from consumers. Remember many email clients, especially on a mobile phone or tablet, only show the Name in the From: and not the bit in <domain.com >. That is why these scams and phishes work so well. We all get very blasé about phishing and think we know so much that we will never fall for a phishing attempt. Don’t assume that all attempts are obvious. Watch for any site that invites you to enter ANY personal or financial information. It might be an email that says “you have won a prize” or “sign up to this website for discounts, prizes and special offers” All of these emails use Social engineering tricks to persuade you to open the attachments that come with the email. Whether it is a message saying “look at this picture of me I took last night” and it appears to come from a friend or is more targeted at somebody who regularly is likely to receive PDF attachments or Word .doc attachments or any other common file that you use every day. Full details are posted on OUR FORUM.

Exploit code demonstrating a memory corruption bug in Microsoft's Edge web browser has been published today by the researcher that discovered and reported the vulnerability in the first place. The code can lead to remote code execution on unpatched machines. The security bug affects Chakra, the JavaScript engine powering Edge, in a way that could allow an attacker to run on the machine arbitrary code with the same privileges as the logged user. Reported by Bruno Keith of the phoenhex team of vulnerability researchers, the flaw has been marked as having a critical impact by Microsoft on most operating systems it affects. The only systems where it has 'moderate' severity are Windows server editions 2019 and 2016. The proof-of-concept code has 71 lines and results in an out-of-bounds (OOB) memory read leak; the effect may not appear that damaging but an attacker can modify the demo exploit to achieve a more harmful outcome. "Chakra failed to insert value compensation which causes the headSegmentsym to be reloaded but not the headSegmentLength sym, we, therefore, accessed the new buffer with the wrong length checked," explains a comment in the demo code. For more turn to OUR FORUM.

Everyone by now is familiar with the specific kind of partisan rage that manifests on Facebook, particularly with the kind of tailored memes meant to incite political outrage that finds a home on its platform. But according to a report from the Wall Street Journal, Facebook mulled a tool meant to facilitate greater tolerance among those with opposing political beliefs before it was reportedly stalled by Facebook’s Vice President of Global Public Policy Joel Kaplan. Citing sources familiar with the matter, the Journal reported Sunday that Kaplan, who memorably pissed off Facebook staff after supporting Brett Kavanaugh, objected to the so-called called “Common Ground” project over concerns that the endeavor would prompt allegations of political bias against conservatives. The project “involved several potential products meant to minimize toxic content and encourage more civil discussion,” per the Journal: The Wall Street Journal writes read more on our Forum

Chinese IT giant Huawei has reportedly found itself in the cross hairs of the Western intelligence network that is seeking to curb its growth. Speaking to Sputnik, academics explained their scepticism over the alleged security threat posed by Chinese high-tech companies.
"Scepticism is healthy and somewhat justified as it would not be the first time that national security interests have been used as a smokescreen for protectionism", Professor Peter Robertson of the University of Western Australia Business School told Sputnik, commenting on the "Five Eyes" intelligence-sharing network's reported incentive to contain China's high-tech giant Huawei.
The academic added that "it also wouldn't be surprising to find that there are commercial interests lobbying government in the US and elsewhere". read more on our Forum

 

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