dimanche 10 décembre 2017

New Linux Mint installation guide makes switching from Windows 10 even easier

There is a notion that installing a Linux-based operating system can be hard. In 2017, this is absolutely false (with the exception of Arch, that is). Many years ago, installing a distribution could be difficult, but nowadays, it can be downright easy. Quite frankly, installing Linux can sometimes be easier than Windows nowadays, since you don't have to go hunting for drivers and software all over the web. If you have been fearful of replacing Windows 10 with an operating system like Linux Mint -- don't be. But OK, understandably, some people have anxiety about changing their computer's operating system.… [Continue Reading]

samedi 9 décembre 2017

Chrome 63 is more secure than ever -- and uses even more memory

Google's Chrome browser has something of a reputation for being memory-hungry. With the released of Chrome 63 this image is not going to be shed -- a new security feature increases memory usage even further. The latest desktop version of the browser includes a new Site Isolation feature which launches individual sites -- all sites, or a specific list -- in sperate processes. While this is something that will be of particular interest to enterprise users because of the added security it brings, it's something that will appeal to any security-minded user who is willing to shoulder a 10-20 percent… [Continue Reading]

Huge Janus bug leaves Android apps open to unauthorized code modification

Researchers from security firm GuardSquare have discovered an Android vulnerability that allows for app code to be edited with affecting the apps' signature. Dubbed Janus, the vulnerability has massive potential for malicious use, and affects Android 5.0 onwards. The security hole would allow an attacker to tweak an entirely legitimate app to behave maliciously without triggering any security alerts. Although vulnerability CVE-2017-13156 has been patched in December's Android update, very few people will have access to this security fix. On the plus side, check performed on apps that are submitted to Google Play should mean that anything obtained via official… [Continue Reading]

Kodi addon site TVAddons to stop proactively checking for piracy

Justified or not, Kodi has been somewhat synonymous with pirated content. At the heart of Kodi-related controversy are the addons that provide access to such material, and addon site TVAddons constantly finds itself embroiled in things. Having recently announced that it managed to build up 12 million monthly users despite being closed down, TVAddons has now announced a change to the way it operates. While still perfectly happy to comply with the law when it comes to pirated content, the site will now rely on DMCA takedown notices rather than proactively checking for infringments. See also: Back from the dead:… [Continue Reading]

vendredi 8 décembre 2017

Win an Xbox One X Project Scorpio Edition gaming console from Microsoft!

The Xbox One X is the best gaming console on the market -- from a raw power perspective, that is. Despite having lesser specs, many people would argue that the Nintendo Switch is the superior machine. Why? Mario and Zelda. After all, when it comes to video games, content is king -- fun trumps frame rate. Not to mention, Microsoft's latest is wildly expensive at $500 while only working with a TV. The Switch costs less and doubles as a mobile console. If you can't afford an Xbox One X, but really want one, I have good news. Microsoft is… [Continue Reading]

OnePlus 5T receives OxygenOS 4.7.4 update to improve camera quality

OnePlus announced a few weeks ago that it was developing an update for the its latest flagship killer to improve image quality. Now, it is rolling it out for OnePlus 5T users across the globe. The improved camera performance is part of OxygenOS 4.7.4, which turns out to be a bigger update that we were lead to believe initially, as it comes with a significant number of improvements in other areas as well. The most noticeable change is that the OnePlus 5T now has a slightly different camera user interface, that is more user-friendly -- mainly due to the clearer… [Continue Reading]

Best Windows 10 apps this week

Two-hundred-and-sixty in a series. Welcome to this week's overview of the best apps, games and extensions released for Windows 10 on the Windows Store in the past seven days. Microsoft released Windows Template Studio 1.5 this week, which assists developers in creating UWP applications. As always, if I missed an app or game that has been released this week that you believe is particularly good, let me know in the comments below or notify me via email. Discounts this week The following list is a selection of the best deals. Make sure you check out the Store for all offers.… [Continue Reading]

Deception Security: Modern maturity for automated detection and response

Deception in its various embodiments is becoming a critical part of organizations' security infrastructure. According to Gartner, the need for better detection and response is creating new opportunities for security stack automation, integration, consolidation and orchestration while also driving the emergence of new segments like deception. These trends set up the perfect match of deception and automated detection and response or ADR. Modern Deception The main goals of the deception are to: Detect the presence of attackers in internal networks Thwart, confuse and delay an attack-in-progress Provide visibility into the attackers’ activities, goals and tactics Following the compromise of assets… [Continue Reading]

'New Mafia' cyber attacks on businesses up 23 percent in 2017

A new report from anti-malware specialist Malwarebytes says that the volume and sophistication of cyber attacks is growing thanks to an increase in organized cyber crime it dubs the 'New Mafia'. Ransomware attacks up to the end of October have surpassed total figures for 2016 by 62 percent. In addition, there has been an almost 2,000 percent increase in ransomware detections since 2015 -- rising to hundreds of thousands in September 2017 from less than 16,000 in September 2015. "The 'New Mafia', identified by our report, is characterized by the emergence of four distinct groups of cyber criminals: traditional gangs,… [Continue Reading]

jeudi 7 décembre 2017

Toshiba makes it rain terabytes with monstrous 14TB MG07ACA CMR HDD

Toshiba is one of the most trusted names in storage. Not only does it offer class-leading products, but it is constantly pushing boundaries. A few days ago, the company unveiled a 10TB NAS hard drive that focuses heavily on reliability. A few months ago, it announced a single-disk 1TB 2.5-inch HDD at a very slim 7mm. Today, Toshiba does it again. The company shows off a beautiful new 3.5-inch hard disk drive (model MG07ACA) with a monstrous 14TB capacity. While not the first drive to offer that capacity, it is the first 14TB drive that uses conventional magnetic recording (CMR)… [Continue Reading]

Howard Stern comes to Apple TV with new SiriusXM app

I love my Apple TV. A lot. Actually, I have two of them -- the 4th generation in my bedroom and the new 4K model in my living room. It is a great way to consume media --  I regularly use it to watch Netflix and listen to Apple Music. Yesterday, it finally got Amazon Prime video support. Heck Apple TV even doubles as a legit video game console with proper game pad support too. How could it get better, you ask? Howard Stern! Yes, the legendary shock jock and the rest of SiriusXM are now available on Apple TV… [Continue Reading]

Stuck for transport? Get to your destination with these 3 ride-hailing apps

Walk around any major city and you quickly lose the will to continue. Thanks to ride-hailing apps, you can now grab your smartphone and simply locate a ride from where you’re standing, without having to worry about public transport. Ride-hailing apps have certainly revolutionized how we navigate a city. Whilst between meetings in London recently, it dawned on me that I had minutes to get to my next meeting. It would take longer to walk to the nearest Underground station. Solution? Grab my smartphone, hail a local taxi and arrived in time for my next meeting. But what are the… [Continue Reading]

Steam drops Bitcoin payments, blaming high fees and volatility

While Bitcoin is growing in value and attracting more and more capital, it is hard to make a case for it as a payment method these days. Sure, you can buy things with Bitcoin, but fact of the matter is it lacks mainstream appeal among businesses -- at least right now. It is easy to see why: it's incredibly volatile and the fees are high too. So, if you want to buy something with Bitcoin you will probably pay more than if you were to use dollars or euros, for instance. This is something that Valve has experienced as well… [Continue Reading]

Three quarters of retail organizations lack a breach response plan

As online retailers gear up for their busiest period of the year, how prepared are they to face the threat of cyber attacks? A new study from cyber security company Tripwire reveals that just 28 percent of respondents say they have a fully tested plan in place in the event of a security breach. A worrying 21 percent say their organization doesn't have a plan at all, and the same proportion of respondents say they don't have the means to notify customers of a data breach within 72 hours, a requirement specified by GDPR. "Considering the amount of high-profile data… [Continue Reading]

Financial services organizations fail to properly secure SSH keys

Secure Shell (SSH) provides a secure channel for communication over unsecured networks and is therefore a popular technology in the financial services sector. But a new study for machine identity protection company Venafi shows that even though SSH keys provide the highest levels of administrative access, they are routinely untracked, unmanaged and poorly secured. According to the findings 69 percent of respondents from the financial services industry admit they don't actively rotate keys, even when an administrator leaves their organization. This allows the former employee the potential for ongoing privileged access to critical and sensitive systems. "Cyber criminals can leverage… [Continue Reading]

Bitcoin breaks $15,000 -- crypto market crosses $400 billion

Bitcoin's growth this year seem to know no limit, as the most valuable cryptocurrency continues to set new price records and lead the market to new highs. Today, it broke $15,000, just over a week after it crossed the $10,000 mark for the first time. Yes, that's right, Bitcoin rose by 50 percent in just a few days. It's hard to wrap your head around that, considering that it was only trading for around $1,000 on January 1. Yes, Bitcoin is up 1,500 percent already. It would be foolish to say that it will stop here. All other coins in… [Continue Reading]

'Doppelgänging' attack hides malware from security tools

Endpoint protection company EnSilo has used this week's Black Hat Europe conference in London to reveal how Microsoft Windows features can be used to slip malicious ransomware and other threats past most updated, market-leading AV products. EnSilo researchers demonstrated how, by manipulating how Windows handles file transactions, they could pass off malicious actions as benign, legitimate processes, even if they use known malicious code. In addition to blinding Windows' embedded defense mechanisms and third-party AV and next generation AV security products to incoming threats, Process Doppelgänging gives attackers the further advantage of leaving no traceable evidence behind -- making this… [Continue Reading]