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How to get started with Linux: A beginner's guide The world of Linux is ready to welcome you, with a shower of free open-source software you can use on any PC: hundreds of active Linux distributions, and dozens of different desktop environments you could run on them. It’s a far cry from the one-size-fits-all, this-is-just-what-comes-with-your-PC vision of Windows.

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Thanks, Microsoft, but I am still saying no to Windows 10 The OS does have its fans, but Win10 is merely good, not great.

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Microsoft Office December 2017 Patch Day Microsoft released updates for Microsoft Office 2010, 2013 and 2016 on the December 2017 Microsoft Office Patch Day.

The company releases non-security updates for supported versions of Office on the first Tuesday of each month, similarly to how it releases security updates for Windows and Office on the second Tuesday of every month.

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Getting Windows 7 Update error 80248015? You are not alone If you run a device that is powered by Microsoft's Windows 7 operating system, you may have noticed already, or not, that the system's update functionality may be broken completely.

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Microsoft Security Updates September 2017 release Security updates for all supported versions of Microsoft Windows and other Microsoft products have been released on September 12, 2017.

This guide offers extensive information on the release; important to get a clearer picture on what has been released this month, and how the updates should be deployed.

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HP pushes third-party ink blocking printer firmware update (again) Hewlett Packard (HP) released a new firmware for the company's Officejet printers that appears to block third-party ink from functioning correctly.

The company caused quite the uproar a year ago when it released a firmware for some of its printer families that blocked non-HP cartridges in company printers. HP released a firmware update a month later back then that restored functionality for non-HP printer ink.

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Microsoft September 2017 Patch Day: issues overview Microsoft released updates for all versions of Windows and other company products on the September 2017 Patch Day.

The company listed only three known issues related to updates that it released on that day. While that is better than no information at all, it appears that the updates have caused quite a large number of issues that users and administrators experience when they install or try to install these patches.

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Microsoft confirms: Windows 10 Fall Creators Update on October 17th, 2017 Microsoft confirmed today that the next feature update for the company's Windows 10 operating system, the Fall creators Update, will be out on October 17th, 2017.

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Acer Aspire E 15 review: An incredible value Anyone who’s researched sub-$500 laptops in recent months will know the Acer Aspire E 15. For a while now, the E5-575-33BM model has maintained its status as a best-selling laptop on Amazon. In fact, it’s often been the top seller.

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A Year Later, You Can Still Upgrade to Windows 10 for Free Although Microsoft concluded its free Windows 10 upgrade program on July 29, 2016, the company has yet to close some of the loopholes that it originally opened for folks running Windows 7, 8 and 8.1. If you thought about taking advantage of the launch promotion but never got around to it, there's still nothing stopping you from downloading a free copy of Windows 10 from Microsoft's servers.

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Mint 18.2 Still the best Linux desktop Want a better operating system than Windows 10? Want a great Linux desktop? Then Linux Mint 18.2 is for you.

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Dumping Windows and installing Linux Mint, in just 10 minutes The first step is to download the latest Linux Mint installation image, from the Download Linux Mint page. Because this is a netbook (read as: slow CPU and limited memory), I chose to install the Mint Xfce version. However, the actual installation time for any of the Mint versions (Cinnamon, MATE, KDE or Xfce) are essentially the same.

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Kaspersky Free Antivirus worldwide roll out begins Kaspersky announced the worldwide rollout of Kaspersky Free, a free limited version of Kaspersky Internet Security, yesterday.

We reviewed the initial version of Kaspersky Free back in 2016 when Kaspersky began to distribute it in selection regions. While the security program was released only in those regions, downloads were not restricted to them.

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Windows 10 Version 1703 KB4032188 Cumulative Update Microsoft released KB4032188 today, a new cumulative update for Windows 10 Version 1703, the Creators Update version of the Windows 10 operating system.

The cumulative update is already distributed through Windows Update, and also available as a standalone download at the Microsoft Update Catalog website.

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Microsoft Security Updates July 2017 release Microsoft released security updates for all supported versions of Microsoft Windows and other company products on July 11, 2017.

The following guide provides you with in-depth information on the July 2017 Microsoft Patch Day. It starts with an executive summary that covers important to-know bits about the updates.

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What is ransomware and how do I protect my PC from Petya? Following the WannaCry attack in May, there's new malware spreading across the world: Petya. Ransomware stops you from accessing any files on the ‘infected’ computer until you pay the ransom. Here we explain what you need to do to protect your precious data.

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Microsoft releases July 2017 Non-Security Office updates Microsoft has just released non-security updates for Microsoft Office 2013 and 2016; a day later than anticipated because of 4th of July in the US.

Only non-security Office updates get released by Microsoft on the first Tuesday of the month. That's the reason why you don't see patches for Office 2007 or Office 2010 as both are on extended support which means that Microsoft supports them with security updates only.

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Linux Mint 18.2 released Linux Mint 18.2, a new version of the popular Linux distribution, has been released to the public on July 2, 2017 in Cinnamon, MATE, Xfce and KDE flavors. The new Linux Mint 18.2 is a long term support release which means that it will be supported until 2021 (as opposed to regular releases which are not supported that long). The new version introduces new features and changes to existing features. These differ somewhat depending on the Linux Mint edition -- Cinnamon, MATE, Xfce or KDE.

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Microsoft to beef up Windows 10 antivirus to catch up with rivals Microsoft is set to further tighten up security for businesses when the Fall Creators Update arrives for Windows 10, promising a raft of new features and ‘end-to-end’ security that leverages cloud intelligence to keep PCs protected – alongside a transformation for Windows Defender which will become a ‘next-gen antivirus’.

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Another Major Ransomware Attack Spreading Security researchers say a strain of ransomware called Petya or Petrwrap, which has similarities to WannaCry, is spreading like wildfire.

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You Can Now Remove Medical Records From Google Search Google will now accept requests to remove personal medical records from its search results, adding to a very short list of types of sensitive personal information that the web search giant will not display.

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All In One System Rescue Toolkit 2017 is out All In One System Rescue Toolkit 2017 improves the technician's toolkit in a meaningful way. It is still relatively lightweight compared to other solutions -- GeGeek Toolkit has a size of more than 1.6 Gigabytes for instance -- but that is largely because of a concentration on a limited number of repair and troubleshooting tools.

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Kaspersky VirusDesk: online file and link scanner Kaspersky VirusDesk is a free service by Russian security firm Kaspersky that enables you to scan files or links for viruses and other threats.

While most computer users would probably agree that having a resident antivirus solution installed is a must in these days and age, especially on Windows, there is little to argue about the usefulness of complementing online scanners.

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Finally! WPS Office Has A New Release for Linux A new version of WPS Office has been announced for Linux today.

Kingsoft Software has released an enhanced version of WPS Office productivity software, WPS Office 2016 for Linux. The latest update for WPS Office for Linux comes with many new features like remote file sharing, improved IO operations and an added search functionality as per the official announcement.

If you didn’t know already, WPS Office is a proprietary office software available for Windows, macOS and Linux. It got instant popularity because of its strikingly similar interface with Microsoft Office suite and better compatibility with Microsoft document formats. Some would even say it the best Microsoft Office alternative for Linux.

WPS Office is available in free

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Tails OS 3.0 Released! Now Uses Debian 9 One of the most popular privacy focused Linux distributions, Tails has released version 3.0, based on Debian 9. The release comes three days before the official release of Debian 9.

This is the first time a new version of Tails is released almost at the same time as the new version of Debian which it is based on. Debian 9 will officially be released on June 17, 2017.

According to the release statement, Tails 3.0 was released earlier than Debian 9 because users could benefit from the changes in Debian earlier as well as to “detect and fix issues in the new version of Debian while it is still in development so that our work also benefits Debian earlier.”

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May's Windows numbers: Windows 7 digs in Windows 7 last month dug in its heels, and retained control over a majority of all Windows PCs, an analytics company reported this week.

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Windows 10 blunder Windows 10 blunder - If you receive this update from Microsoft DO NOT install it

Microsoft has apologised to users after it released an update to its popular Windows 10 operating system by mistake.

The US technology giant said the Windows 10 build was accidentally released to members enlisted on its Insiders programme.

According to Microsoft, the update wasn't fully tested with the firm stating that, "this build was never intended to go out to Windows Insiders and may include issues that impact usability of your PC."

This problem happened due to an inadvertent deployment to the engineering system that controls which builds/which rings to push out to insiders.

Microsoft says its team was quick to revert the deployment and put blocks in place to stop these builds from going out to more people.

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Linux Mint 18.2 Sonya is just around the corner The Cinnamon and MATE editions are currently in QA (functional testing) and we should be able to release them as BETA early this month.

Cinnamon was upgraded to version 3.4 and MATE to version 1.18.

The switch to LightDM was confirmed, with out of the box support for guest sessions and a beautiful login screen.

Many improvements and new features were added to the system and applications such as Blueberry, Xed, Xplayer, Xreader, Pix, Xviewer, the Update Manager and the Software Sources configuration tool.

We’re very excited about this new release and eager to receive your feedback on the BETAs.

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Microsoft Is Now Using Linus Torvalds Linux Open Source Tool For Windows Development In recent years, Microsoft has been becoming more friendly to Linux, even going so far as to say that they love it. Now, Microsoft announced that they were adopting the version control software originally created for the development of Linux.

Git is a version control system used to keep track of changes made to files. It was originally created by the Father of Linux, Linus Torvalds. When Linus started work on the Linux kernel, he used the free version of a (then) proprietary source control management system named BitKeeper. In 2005, Larry McVoy, the owner of BitKeeper, accused Andrew Tridgell, the creator of Samba and rsync, of reverse engineering BitKeepers protocols and revoke the free use of BitKeeper.

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The Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool has been updated for WannaCry Microsoft offers a number of free anti-malware tools. Windows 10 and 8.1 users have Windows Defender. Windows 7 users can chose between the full-featured Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) or the limited Windows Defender. But all Windows users have access to the Malicious Software Removal Tool (MSRT) even though they may not be aware of it.

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Windows 10 Creators Update: Microsoft's latest update fixes a load of bugs A new cumulative update for the Windows 10 Creators Update addresses 14 bugs affecting the browser, peripherals, and third-party messaging apps.

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Microsoft issues first Windows XP patch in 3 years to stymie WannaCrypt Microsoft on Friday took the unprecedented step of issuing patches for long-demoted versions of Windows, including Windows XP, to immunize PCs from fast-spreading ransomware that has crippled machines worldwide.

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The worm that spreads WanaCrypt0r Something that many security researchers have feared has indeed come true. Threat actors have integrated a critical exploit taking advantage of a popular communication protocol used by Windows systems, crippling thousands of computers worldwide with ransomware.

Within hours of being leveraged, a flaw that had been recently patched by Microsoft has been used to distribute the WanaCrypt0r ransomware and wreak havoc worldwide.

In this blog post, we will describe the worm responsible for spreading this ransomware by looking at its capabilities and what has made this threat so successful.

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What are exploits? (And why you should care) Exploits: they’re not your mama’s cyberthreats. At one point in the not-so-distant past, exploits were responsible for delivering 80 percent of malware to people’s systems. But exploits seem to be experiencing a lull today. Does this mean they’re gone for good and we can all let down our guard? Or is this simply the calm before the storm? Let’s break down this stealthy threat so you can not only know your enemy, but also be appropriately prepared should the exploit attacks return.

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ZERO shows malware who is boss Watch Malwarebytes’ trademark robot, ZERO, destroy malware in this dystopian animated clip.

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Windows vs Linux: what's the best operating system? Many people believe that if you don't want to use the Windows operating system, the only other option is to fork out almost obscene amounts of cash for a Mac. There is, however, another option.

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Do not Fall for This Google Docs Phishing Scam The 'highly sophisticated' phishing campaign appears to have hit a number of journalists, along with individuals from other industries.

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A look at Windows Alternatives in Linux GNU/Linux users are well aware of the fact that many pieces of software commonly used in Microsoft Windows, do not function for us using things like WINE; and so we must find alternatives to use.

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Linux Mint 18.2 Ubuntu-based operating system is named 'Sonya' Linux Mint is a very popular operating system -- for Linux, anyway. It is based on Ubuntu, but it ditches one of the most maligned aspects of its base OS -- the Unity desktop environment. Instead, it primarily offers the Cinnamon DE, which is reminiscent of Microsoft's Windows 7.

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Ubuntu 12.04 Reaching End of Life This Week Ubuntu 12.04 LTS is reaching the end of life on 28th April 2017. If you or your organization is using Ubuntu 12.04, it is time to plan your upgrade.

You might already be aware that there are two types of release with Ubuntu: long-term support (LTS) and regular release. A regular release is supported for nine months while an LTS release is supported for five years.

Once a release reaches the end of life, it stops getting security updates from Ubuntu. The only exception to this rule is if you are a paying customer to Ubuntu, you can delay the mandatory upgrade from Ubuntu 12.04 by purchasing Ubuntu 12.04 Extended Security Maintenance (ESM).

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Microsoft Security Updates April 2017 release Microsoft released security updates, and non security updates for all supported versions of Microsoft Windows and other company products on 4/11/2017.

The April 2017 Patch Tuesday is special. First, because it marks the end of Windows Vista's extended support phase. Microsoft won't release security updates for Windows Vista officially anymore.

Second, it marks the beginning of the roll out phase of the Windows 10 Creators Update.

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Linux vs Windows: should you take the plunge? Many people believe that if you don't want to use the Windows operating system, the only other option is to fork out extra cash for a Mac. There is, however, another option.

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Microsoft begins denying updates to some Windows 7 users Microsoft this week began blocking Windows 7 and 8.1 PCs equipped with the very newest processors from receiving security updates, making good on a policy it announced but did not implement last year.

But the company also refused to provide security fixes to Windows 7 systems that were powered by AMD's "Carrizo" CPUs, an architecture that was supposed to continue receiving patches.


The decree that led to the update bans, whether allowable or not under Microsoft's new policy, was revealed in January 2016, when the company said making Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 run on the latest processors was "challenging." Microsoft then ruled that Windows 10 would be the only supported edition on seventh-generation and later CPUs and simultaneously dictated a substantial shortening of support of both editions.

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Microsoft ends support for Windows Vista, here are your options Microsoft has officially ended support for Windows Vista, leaving many organizations with the choice to move to another version of Windows or make the switch to open source.

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Unpatched Microsoft Word Flaw is Being Used to Spread Dridex Banking Trojan If you are a regular reader of The Hacker News, you might be aware of an ongoing cyber attack — detected in the wild by McAfee and FireEye — that silently installs malware on fully-patched computers by exploiting an unpatched Microsoft Word vulnerability in all current versions of Microsoft Office.

Now, according to security firm Proofpoint, the operators of the Dridex malware started exploiting the unpatched Microsoft Word vulnerability to spread a version of their infamous Dridex banking trojan.

Dridex is currently one of the most dangerous banking trojans on the Internet that exhibits the typical behavior of monitoring a victim's traffic to bank sites by infiltrating PCs and stealing victim's online banking credentials and financial data.

The Dridex actors usually relied on macro-laden Word files to distribute the malware through spam messages or emails.

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Microsoft Issues Patches for Actively Exploited Critical Vulnerabilities Besides a previously undisclosed code-execution flaw in Microsoft Word, the tech giant patches two more zero-day vulnerabilities that attackers had been exploiting in the wild for months, as part of this month's Patch Tuesday.
In total, Microsoft patches 45 unique vulnerabilities in its nine products, including three previously undisclosed vulnerabilities under active attack.
The first vulnerability (CVE-2017-0199) under attack is a remote-code execution flaw that could allow an attacker to remotely take over a fully patched and up to date computer when the victim opens a Word document containing a booby-trapped OLE2link object.

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How to Run a Security Checkup on Your Google Account Concerned about the wrong person snagging unauthorized access to your Google account? You can run a security check on your account to make sure it's as safe and secure as possible.

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Microsoft reveals what data Windows 10 collects from you In an effort to be more transparent, Microsoft revealed more about what data Windows 10 Creators Update will collect from users' PCs and clarified what the privacy settings mean.

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ubuntushop now provides tails live session option by default Belgium-based Linux laptop vendor, UbuntuShop.be now provides the option to boot into Tails live session by default.

Tails got famous when privacy activist Edward Snowden mentioned it. It is not your regular Linux distribution. You can only use it as a live session, mostly via a USB stick. Your entire session is erased once you log out of the system.

While using such a system can be a pain, but it could be good to have as an option when you want to be discreet. And this is what UbuntuShop is providing.

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learn Linux online. This is a list of free Linux training courses. Some of these are just basic to introduce you to Linux while some can help you build a career with Linux.

These courses are available worldwide without any charges. All you need is a decent internet connection and the determination to learn Linux.

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Manjaro: User-Friendly Arch Linux for Everyone Arch Linux has never been known as a user-friendly Linux distribution. In fact, the whole premise of Arch requires the end user make a certain amount of effort in understanding how the system works. Arch even goes so far as to use a package manager (aptly named, Pacman) designed specifically for the platform. That means all that apt-get and dnf knowledge you have doesn’t necessarily roll over.

But what about those who want the benefits of Arch Linux, but don’t want to have to go through the unwieldy installation? For that, you turn to a distribution like Manjaro. This take on Arch Linux makes the platform as easy to install as any operating system and equally as user-friendly to work with. Manjaro is suited for every level of user—from beginner to expert.

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The best Linux distro for developers? Can there be a best Linux distro for web developers? Or, more generically, let’s say can there be a best Linux distro for developers?
A lot of things like the programming language, tools used, support, availability of packages and speed of their update in the repositories and a host of non-functional requirements like the desktop environment, stability come into play to determine the best Linux distro for coding.

A programmer comes into contact with the OS particularly to a higher degree than anybody else. For a programmer, an operating system must turn him/her on. And by ‘turn on’ I mean create a burning passion to code and make the world a better place.

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Which is the best browser? Chrome vs Firefox vs Internet Explorer We put the web's three best browsers head to head. So which one comes out on top?

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Microsoft completes modified version of Windows 10 for Chinese government Microsoft could be on the verge of making greater headway in China after completing a modified version of Windows 10 for the Chinese government. The operating system has been banned for governmental use for some time despite the fact it is already available to consumers in the country.

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Turn off most Windows 10 Ads with a double-click, or manually The following guide offers instructions on turning of all ads on Windows 10, and most of them with a simple double-click.

Not all Windows 10 users have seen advertisement yet on devices that run the operating system, but the number is certainly growing.

The main reason why it is growing is that Microsoft is pushing what it calls suggestions or tips to more and more places on the operating system.

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Windows 10 KB4015438 fixes crashes and hangs The new cumulative update for Windows 10 version 1607 (Anniversary Update) KB4015438 patches two issues introduced by last week's Patch Day.

This raises the version of the Anniversary Update version of Windows 10 to 14393.969.

The KB4015438 update seems to fix two issues introduced last week that affected some users of the operating system after devices were updated with last week's security updates.

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Microsoft ready to block updates for Windows 7 on latest PCs Microsoft may be getting ready to enforce a new support policy for Microsoft Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 that was announced last year, a recently-revised support document signaled.

Personal computers powered by the latest processors from AMD, Intel and Qualcomm will be blocked from receiving security updates for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1, according to the support document. "Your PC uses a processor that isn't supported on this version of Windows and you won't receive updates," one potential message stated.

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Web inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee warns of the three big dangers facing the internet tim berners-lee, fake news, web foundation

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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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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Microsofts Patch Tuesday is Back Microsoft missed the entire month of February, leaving Windows users exposed to attacks.

After delaying Patch Tuesday in February, Microsoft has released security updates for March. The latest updates fix more than a dozen vulnerabilities.

According to Wccftech, “Among the patches, Microsoft has also fixed a ‘critical’ flaw, which was publicly disclosed earlier last month following Microsoft missing February’s Patch Tuesday. The exploit code related to a Windows SMB bug was made available by Laurent Gaffie, but Microsoft hasn’t credited Gaffie in the bulletin.”

One of the most severe vulnerabilities was in Microsoft Windows SMB Server, which, according to the Microsoft security bulletin, “could allow remote code execution if an attacker sends specially crafted messages to a Microsoft Server Message Block 1.0 (SMBv1) server.”

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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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CCleaner 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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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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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 com.google.update.LaunchReceiver and service com.google.update.GetInst. 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 com.google.update.LaunchReceiver runs whenever the phone is booted, and immediately runs receiver com.google.update.GetInst.

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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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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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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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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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Safari browser sheds users, mimicking IE Apple's Safari browser, like rival Internet Explorer (IE), has lost a significant number of users in the last two years, data published Wednesday showed. The most likely destination of Safari defectors: Google's Chrome.

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Skype application for Linux Microsoft has just released the beta version of its new Skype application for Linux. This new version, despite being in stable, has replaced the existing Skype 4.3 on its website as the default download.

If you are not already aware, until now, Microsoft used a Qt based Skype client for Linux. This application lacked a number of features and was not updated for several years. The user interface looked like it was made before 2010.

But Microsoft woke up from the sleep and announced that it was working on a new Skype application for Linux. The new version uses modern cloud architecture, unlike the older version that used peer to peer architecture.

The new Skype version is basically the web version of Skype wrapped using Electron and Node.js. But it does bring the regular Skype features that Windows users are enjoying.

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Best Linux distributions for beginners Let’s face it, Linux can pose an overwhelming complexity to new users. But then, it’s not Linux itself that brings this complexity. Rather, it’s the “newness” factor that causes this.

Not knowing where to start can be a downer. Especially for someone who does not have the concept of something else running on their PC in place of Windows or MacOS.

Linux is more than an OS. It’s an idea where everybody grows together and there’s something for everybody.

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Bad bug found in Microsoft browsing code Google has released details of a bug in Microsoft's browsing programs that would allow attackers to build websites that make the software crash.
Google researcher Ivan Fratric said the bug could, in some cases, allow attackers to hijack a victim's browser.
The bug was found in November, but details are only now being released after the expiry of the 90-day deadline Google gave Microsoft to find a fix.
Microsoft has yet to say when it will produce a patch that removes the bug.

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best privacy-focused Linux distributions This article shows you the list of best privacy-focused Linux distributions. This article is intended for readers who are extremely concerned about their only privacy.

Privacy is a serious and much-debated issue. In this age of cyber espionage and electronic surveillance, privacy becomes a crucial subject.

While most of us Linux users care about our privacy to an extent, some people take it to an ‘extreme level’. Such people are often termed ‘privacy freaks’ (not in a derogatory manner).

The good thing about Linux is that it has got a distribution for (almost) everyone’s needs. Privacy is not an exception.

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CCleaner alternative for Linux Windows users often look for CCleaner alternative for Linux. CCleaner is a popular Windows application that lets you easily free up space by removing unnecessary files and completely uninstalling a software.

Stacer is a new application for Ubuntu that functions similar to CCleaner i.e. to optimize your system.

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New macOS ransomware spotted in the wild A new file-encrypting ransomware program for macOS is being distributed through bit torrent websites, and users who fall victim to it won't be able to recover their files, even if they pay.

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No February 2017 Patch Tuesday Patch Tuesday is a recurring event on the second Tuesday of each month. Microsoft will release security patches for Windows operating system versions and other company products on that day.

An update to the original announcement on February 15, 2017 confirms that the February 2017 Patch Tuesday has been cancelled, and that the next batch of updates will be delivered on the March Patch Tuesday instead.

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Remix OS: Is This the Droid You Were Looking For? Ever wanted to try Android on your PC but there weren’t any really usable projects? Now you can. Remix OS is an Android based operating system that’s designed to offer a full-fledged desktop PC-like experience. The developers have done a lot of work to implement many desktop-centric features such as multi-window multi-tasking. It offers a very familiar interface inspired by Windows, so the learning curve is not that steep. If you have used Android before, you will find yourself at home.

Remix OS is being developed by Jide Technologies, a company founded by three ex-Googlers, “with a mission to unlock the potential of Android in order to accelerate a new age of computing,” reads the “about us” page.

http://www.jide.com/remixos

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MajorGeeks tops list of safe software download sites MajorGeeks is proud to announce that The Windows Club listed us first in their recent article, Safe Software Download Sites where they took to task many of the largest download websites and pointed out that many of these sites now bundle their own installers, often including what is considered malware with their downloads. Safe software download sites There was a time when we went to some good download sites and clicked on the Download button to download software. And what we got was – software. But times have changed now, and things have gotten a bit messy. Now you have to be very careful before you click on any Download button or link, because you never know what you may end up with! You may go visit a download site to download, say our 340KB Ultimate Windows Tweaker, and end up with a bunch of other crapware you did not ask for!

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Debian's long-term support experiment Debian Linux, which calls itself "The Universal Operating System," is a huge and popular Linux variant. Debian was one of the first Linux distributions, and it remains one of the largest, with over 43,000 software packages. Unlike many other leading Linux distros, Debian is not backed directly by a company, and it is managed democratically by the many volunteers who populate the Debian mailing list.

Despite its reputation as an all-free, counter-cultural collection for hackers, Debian is also quite stable and reliable, which makes it a viable option for many corporate networks. But after many years of Linux in the enterprise, admins have a pretty clear idea of what they want: a system that will operate for several years without requiring an upgrade. Rolling out a new operating system in the enterprise can take many months, and the process is quite complex and prone to complications

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LibreOffice Goes Online with 5.3 Release The Document Foundation announced the release of LibreOffice version 5.3. The latest version is available for macOS, Windows, and Linux. This release has many new features, including an experimental ribbon-like interface reminiscent of Microsoft Word.

One of the biggest highlights of the new release is the source code for LibreOffice Online. Users can now install LibreOffice Online on their servers and use file sync and storage services like NextCloud to create an experience similar to Google Docs and Office 365.

Although the source code is available for download, the Document Foundation has no plans to offer LibreOffice Online as a service. Italo Vignoli, a co-founder of the Document Foundation, told us that the foundation doesn’t have the resources to build a Google-like infrastructure to offer such as service. LibreOffice Online is intended for ISPs and private cloud vendors.

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SUSE Working on a New Operating System Called MicroOS SUSE’s answer to container-centric operating systems.

Cloud and containers is the next frontier for Linux companies. Responding to Container OS, Project Atomic, and Snappy Core, SUSE is working on MicroOS. The new operating system by SUSE is based on SUSE Enterprise Linux and focuses on delivering microservices.

In an exclusive interview with The New Stack, SUSE’s newly appointed CTO, Dr. Thomas Di Giacomo, said that it will help those customers who are running legacy systems but want to migrate to modern technologies over time. “We want to make sure that companies that have legacy infrastructure and legacy applications that can move to modern technologies, where container as a service is offered through that OS itself.”

One of the core components of MicroOS is transactional updates which use the snapshot capabilities of Btrfs. All updates will be installed automatically and a reboot

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How to tell if you are infected with malware Picture this: you start your computer and wait. And wait. And wait some more. When your desktop finally shows its face, things don’t get any better. Your Internet is sluggish, your programs are taking forever to load, and your cursor is dragging 20 seconds behind your mouse. You might have tried to open too many programs at once. Or…

You might be infected.

Sometimes a malware infection is plain as day. Other times it’s a silent killer. If you want to know whether or not your machine is sick, you first need to understand the symptoms. So let’s take a look at the telltale signs.

Blatant signs of infection

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Celebrate Safer Internet Day Safer Internet Day is an awareness-raising campaign that started in Europe more than a decade ago. Hosted by ConnectSafely.org, Safer Internet Day gained official recognition in the US in late 2012, with a joint agreement between the Department of Homeland Security and the European Commission to work together to build a better Internet for young people. Now, it is celebrated in more than 100 countries worldwide.

The theme for this year’s Safer Internet Day celebration is “Be the change: Unite for a better Internet.” Organizers are looking for people to post about positive social actions online—whether it’s a random act of kindness or a full-on flash mob. Here are some ways you can participate:

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The best Linux graphic design software. Linux has no dearth of graphic design software. In this list, we’ll see the best Linux graphic design software.

It is not true that Linux does not offer tools for digital artists. Of course, there’s something for everyone which makes Linux better than Windows.

There are plenty of Linux graphic applications which help digital artists enhance their work or build something interesting from scratch. Well, maybe, the applications that do exist with Linux are not commercially popular, but they do offer powerful features to act as a perfect companion for a digital artist.

In this article, we would be specifically concentrating our focus on the tools that deal with digital drawings/sketches and image editors.

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Libreoffice 5.3 released LibreOffice 5.3 has been released today and The Document Foundation (the organization behind LibreOffice) has called it the “most feature-rich releases in the history of the application“.

It’s not bragging. LibreOffice 5.3 does boast of a number of new features to it, most important of them all, its own version of MS Office’s Ribbon interface.

In case, you didn’t know already, LibreOffice is a free and open source productivity suite available for Windows, Linux and MacOS. While you have to pay a huge amount of licensing fee for Microsoft Office, LibreOffice is completely free to use on any platform.

NEW FEATURES IN LIBREOFFICE 5.3

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Why Use Linux ? It's a new website called Why Use Linux. Basically, it's a web page (in progress) that lists the benefits of using Linux, shows the available applications for general computing usage and recommends a few Linux distributions to try.

It's still in beta, which means I will be adding more features and changes to it. Meanwhile, if you have any suggestions related to features, designs or even grammatical errors, please let me know. Together we can make it the ideal website you can refer to encourage people to use Linux.

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Linux Mint 18.1 Serena Xfce released! Linux Mint 18.1 is a long term support release which will be supported until 2021. It comes with updated software and brings refinements and many new features to make your desktop even more comfortable to use.

New features:

This new version of Linux Mint contains many improvements.

For an overview of the new features please visit:

“What’s new in Linux Mint 18.1 Xfce“.

https://www.linuxmint.com/rel_serena_xfce_whatsnew.php

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Linux Mint 18.1 Serena KDE released! Linux Mint 18.1 is a long term support release which will be supported until 2021. It comes with updated software and brings refinements and many new features to make your desktop even more comfortable to use.

New features:

This new version of Linux Mint contains many improvements.

For an overview of the new features please visit:

“What’s new in Linux Mint 18.1 KDE“.

https://www.linuxmint.com/rel_serena_kde_whatsnew.php

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Windows 10 KB3216755: Important fixes, Update Catalog exclusive KB3216755 is only available on the Microsoft Update Catalog website. Most Home users of Windows 10 will probably not be aware that the update is available.

It fixes several high profile issues, including failing file downloads in Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge, failure to clear the browsing history in Internet Explorer, XSS false positives after logging in to a site, network connection issues, and more.

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KDE branded laptops When it comes to computers preloaded with Linux, it’s Ubuntu that gets the biggest piece of pie. From Dell to System76, from ZaReason to Logic Supply, everyone has Ubuntu (with Unity).

It doesn’t mean that are not other options. You can buy Ubuntu Mate preloaded system from Entroware. Linux Mint has got its own branded Mintbox series.

KDE, one of the best Linux desktop environment, had nothing so far.

But this is going to change soon. KDE users will be

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run Windows software on Linux, WINE 2.0 The latest version of Wine, a program that lets you run Windows software on Linux, brings the support for Microsoft Office 2013 among other changes.

Wine 2.0 is here. After over a year of development and over 6,600 changes, Wine 2.0 has been finally released. The biggest highlights of this release are support for Microsoft Office 2013 and 64-bit support for MacOS ().

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How to backup and restore Linux Be it a beginner or an advanced coder, A Linux user will, at some point find the need for a backup solution. All it takes is just one sudo command to go wrong and you’ll be sent back to the stone age. Linux shows you no mercy when you don’t have a solid a backup.

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Best screen recorders for Linux In this article, we list you the best screen recorders for Linux. This list also includes software that let you record your Linux desktop as gif.

Often we need to record our desktop screen for various purposes, like broadcasting gaming session online, making video tutorials etc. Today, we are going to present various screen recording applications for Linux.

This list is divided into two parts:

Recording screen as video
Recording screen as gif
All the softwares mentioned here are free and open source (FOSS).

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Windows 10 Creators Update could ship March 31, and we're already worried about bugs We'd rather wait than have a repeat of the Anniversary Update's shenanigans.

Microsoft hasn’t officially committed to a ship date for Windows 10’s Creators Update, but evidence suggests it could reach Insiders as soon as the end of March. Given how the last major Windows 10 update went, however, we’re feeling equal parts eagerness—and caution.

So far, all Microsoft has promised for the Creators Update is that it will ship in “early 2017.” Two tantalizing clues suggest a more specific date: Both Microsoft’s Surface Studio PC and Dell’s Canvas monitor offer features closely tied to the Creators Update, and both now list shipping dates at the end of March. It’s no stretch to suppose that both companies would align those releases with the Creators Update, and Dell has said as much already.

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You still can not turn off Windows 10 built-in spyware Microsoft is reducing the data it collects from your Windows 10 PCs, but what does that really mean? Good question. Microsoft isn’t saying.

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Memory Hogs: PC Performance Alerts Memory Hogs is a free program for Microsoft Windows designed to monitor the performance of PC components, and alert you when thresholds are reached. While you may notice that something is wrong performance-wise when things slow down to a crawl, crash, stutter, or show other symptoms of weakness, it is sometimes not as obvious at first that something is wrong.

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5 Linux Desktop Environments on the Rise for 2017 With each passing year, the Linux desktop ecosystem shifts and morphs from one darling to the next. Although it’s sometimes challenging to tell, from month to month, which desktop will reign as the fan favorite, there are always signs that a particular desktop is going to rise in market share.

Three trends I always examine are evolution, usability, and modernity. I prefer my desktops to have evolved along with the needs of current trends and users, to be easily used, and have a modern design aesthetic. Bonus points are generally awarded for a high range of flexibility.

Currently, the Linux desktop environment is dominated by Cinnamon, Xfce, GNOME, and Ubuntu Unity. Of those four, I believe only one will see a sharp rise in market share in 2017. Which one? Let’s dive in and see which five desktops, I think will climb the rank and file.

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The Browser Setting That Everyone Should Turn Off Right Now Affected browsers include biggies like Chrome, Safari, and Opera, as well as extensions like the password manager/form filler LastPass, which is perhaps an even more obvious target. So, if you're currently using any of these, it'd be wise to head to your Preference menu and temporarily disable the autofill feature until a security patch is pushed out.

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Microsoft's latest Windows 10 ad annoys Chrome users with taskbar pop-ups Ads on the Windows 10 taskbar aren't just for Microsoft Edge anymore

Myce recently spotted yet another pop-up ad on the taskbar in Windows 10. This time around Microsoft was advertising its extension for Chrome dubbed the Personal Shopping Assistant (Beta). The extension is a Microsoft Garage project that lets you compare prices across shopping sites.

Prior to the Chrome extension pop-up, Microsoft was advertising its rewards program for Microsoft Edge, which we spotted in early November. The earlier ad appeared to be targeted at people who didn’t use Edge that frequently.

The Chrome one, by comparison, is probably targeted at people who use Chrome as their default browser. Microsoft's likely thinking that if people won’t stop using Chrome on Windows, at least they can use some Microsoft software while they’re doing it.

Microsoft told Thurrott.com that ads like the one for the Chrome

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