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Microsoft rushes emergency fix for critical antivirus bug

Microsoft’s security team fixed a type confusion flaw in its malware engine that affects practically all of its security products.  The point of antivirus is to keep malware off the system. A particularly nasty software flaw in Microsoft’s antivirus engine could do the exact opposite and let attackers install malware on vulnerable systems. Click on the picture to get the full scoop.

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Privacy bites the dust

The FCC and Congress are working hard to ensure nothing stands in the way of ISPs profiting off your personal data

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Not sold on Windows 10? How to hang on to Windows 7 for the long run.

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Your reasons for staying with Win7 may range from mere convenience to mental inertia to an abject fear of the Win10 info borg. Whatever your reasons for remaining with Win7, there are steps you can take right now to ensure Win7 keeps working.

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Please Don’t Drill Headphone Jacks Into Your iPhone 7

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This should probably go without saying, but by no means should you drill a headphone jack into your iPhone 7.Great. Now that we have gotten that out of the way, you might be asking why I felt the need to say that? Well, because drilling holes into a brand new iPhone 7 is exactly what some people are doing after seeing a new YouTube video showing someone doing just that. The video, however, is a prank, whereas people actually trying to reintroduce a headphone jack in their iPhone 7s is anything but funny.

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Myths and Realities: Hacking an Election

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Election hacking has become a key topic during this year’s presidential elections, more so now that candidates and voters are being actively targeted by actors that are assumed to be acting with Russian support.

In this modified edition of CSO Online’s Hacked Opinions series, we explore the myths and realities of hacking an election, by speaking with a number of security experts.

Q: Can the national election really be hacked? If so, how?


… yet another change to ‘Get Windows 10’ nagware

Windows 7 and 8.1 customers who have been force-fed Windows 10 are an unhappy lot. Now statements attributed to Microsoft spokesperson Lisa Gurry promise that, starting this week, new alerts in the Get Windows 10 process will offer users a clear choice to decline Windows 10.Windows 7 and 8.1 customers who have been force-fed Windows 10 are an unhappy lot. Now statements attributed to Microsoft spokesperson Lisa Gurry promise that, starting this week, new alerts in the Get Windows 10 process will offer users a clear choice to decline Windows 10.  But haven’t we heard this story before?

 

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IRS: security over accessibility?

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“. . . National Taxpayer Advocate Nina Olson expressed concerns that the new features would block honest taxpayers. The IRS has now confirmed that the revamped tool requires an email address, multifactor authentication via text messages and specific financial information such as credit card or loan numbers”

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