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Web inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee warns of the three big dangers facing the internet   

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It's been 28 years since Sir Tim Berners-Lee submitted his original proposal for the world wide web. To mark the occasion, the Web Foundation founder has written a blog post highlighting what he believes are the three challenges facing the internet today.

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Published on March 18, 2017 by James Calkins
Desktop Linux the best it has ever been and it keeps getting better   

While users of proprietary operating systems suffer with new, slower, buggier, more spy-filled systems, Linux users are enjoying better performance and more support.

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Published on March 15, 2017 by Bob Uhlman  --  Revised on March 15, 2017
Google Discloses Serious Security Flaws in Microsoft Products   

Microsoft fails to patch any of the three serious security flaws that affect its operating system.

Google disclosed an unpatched vulnerability in Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge web browsers. After giving Microsoft 90 days to fix the bug, Google researchers have published the details of the vulnerability along with proof-of-concept code. The security hole affects all supported Windows versions, including Windows 7, 8.1, and 10.

According to The Hacker News, "The vulnerability (CVE-2017-0037), discovered and disclosed by Google Project Zero team's researcher Ivan Fratric, is a so-called 'type confusion flaw' in a module in Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer that potentially leads to arbitrary code execution."

Google discovered the vulnerability in November 2016 and reported it to Microsoft on November 25, but for unknown reasons, Microsoft did not fix the problem.

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Published on March 15, 2017 by Paul Illingworth
CC´╗┐leaner v5.28, to boost your PC's performance   

If your PC is running slowly and freezing, you might not be aware that routine cleaning is what keeps your PC working at peak performance. CCleaner does just that...
CCleaner safely cleans the useless files, data and settings accumulated during day-to-day use, which clog up your computer. It also protects privacy by deleting web data, including browsing history, cookies, cached images/files and if you want to, passwords.
Scheduled cleaning means your PC stays clean, safe and fast - without you doing a thing!

This latest version brings:
- Improved Chrome and Opera History cleaning
- Improved Firefox Session and Cache cleaning
- Updated ZoneAlarm cleaning

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Published on March 14, 2017 by Paul Illingworth
Mozilla: people have no idea how to protect their privacy and security online   

Privacy and security are major concerns when it comes to life online, but a survey by Mozilla reveals that a worrying number of people do not know how to stay in control of them. The company also found that a third of people feel they have no control over their information online, with a similar number confessing to knowing "very little" about encryption.

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Published on March 14, 2017 by James Calkins  --  Revised on June 15, 2017
Mobile Menace Monday: Facebook Lite infected with Spy FakePlay   

A version of the popular mobile app Facebook has been found to be infected with what we detect as Android/Trojan.Spy.FakePlay. Facebook Lite is a more compact version of the popular app that uses less data and claims to work in all network conditions (i.e. where network conditions are poor).

The infected Facebook Lite works as advertised, but with the addition of malicious activities. It does this by using a malicious receiver and service Note the use of using a receiver and service name that attempts to hide under what some may think is Google Update; something an untrained eye may not catch.

Service runs whenever the phone is booted, and immediately runs receiver

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Published on March 13, 2017 by Paul Illingworth
Free antivirus coupon leads to tech support scam   

Before we showed how users were redirected to a tech support scam page via a rogue Google Chrome extension. This time we take a look at another clever ruse to trick you into calling for assistance, and ultimately getting scammed.

This scheme is actually hosted on the same domain that was running the fake Windows support we described before and our assumption is that users are redirected to this coupon page via a similar malvertising campaign.

It plays on special offers, discounts and time-limited deals to entice you to claim your product now, choosing between Norton or McAfee. After filling in your personal details (which are actually sent off to the crooks), a page simulates the offer being processed only to fail with an error message. Victims are mislead into thinking that their offer was redeemed, but that they must perform a final call to get it completed.

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Published on March 13, 2017 by Paul Illingworth
Mac security facts and fallacies   

Fallacy: Macs don't get viruses

The idea that there are no viruses for the Mac goes back to the beginning of Mac OS X, at the very beginning of this millennium. Most people associate this idea most strongly with the "I'm a Mac/I'm a PC" commercials from a decade ago:

Unfortunately, this is a myth. As with most good myths, though, there's a slight element of truth.

Technically speaking, a virus is malware that spreads by itself, by attaching itself to other files. By this strict definition, there are no Mac viruses. However, by that token, there also aren't very many Windows viruses these days, either. Viruses have mostly disappeared from the threat landscape.

The average person, though, understands a virus to be any kind of malicious software. (A better term for this is "malware.") Since there definitely is malware for the Mac,

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Published on March 13, 2017 by Paul Illingworth
Windows vs Linux - What's the best operating system?   

Given their different strengths and use cases, it's difficult to definitively state whether Linux or Windows is the better OS.

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Published on March 11, 2017 by Bob Uhlman
Nvidia Driver 378.78 big DirectX 12 improvements   

Nvidia released a new driver for GeForce video cards yesterday that bumps the version to 378.78 and improves DX12 performance significantly. The new video card driver ships with three core improvements; namely, DirectX 12 optimizations, support for the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, and Game Ready support for Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands.

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Published on March 10, 2017 by Bob Uhlman
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