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Comment by Brummagem Flash on Edge Browser: Finally Ready For Prime Time? (October 23, 2018 10:25 AM)
My aversion to multi-process syncing remains: surely data security MUST be compromised by both Ggl and Ms using a single login for all processes on th...
Comment by Beverly Chapin on Edge Browser: Finally Ready For Prime Time? (October 23, 2018 08:55 AM)
I've used Firefox for years but too many problems recent months so finally gave up after reading your review of Vivaldi. Had tried Vivaldi when it was...
Comment by Roger on Edge Browser: Finally Ready For Prime Time? (October 23, 2018 01:52 AM)
Very interesting that the last two message are dated 10-23 and it is still 10-22. Are those notes from the future?? EDITOR'S NOTE: No, my blog ope...
Comment by mike on Edge Browser: Finally Ready For Prime Time? (October 23, 2018 01:49 AM)
What a bunch of faithful whiners who seem to continue believe their opinions count for more than simply a joke for others to laugh at. The basic fact ...
Comment by Jim on Fileless Malware: A New Threat? (October 23, 2018 01:19 AM)
I just want to say thanks to Bob for all he has helped me through with this newsletter over the years. I am considering PC-Matic but plan to wait a l...
Comment by Larry Selisky on Edge Browser: Finally Ready For Prime Time? (October 23, 2018 01:12 AM)
When it becomes [possible to organize Edge to what I want, not what MS says I need, then I'll consider going over. I don't need stories that belong i...
Comment by bb on Edge Browser: Finally Ready For Prime Time? (October 22, 2018 10:40 PM)
dlc has it right. Once bitten, twice shy. I'll never use any Norton product. And Edge will have to be twice as good as Firefox to have me use it. ...
Comment by Anne-Marie on Edge Browser: Finally Ready For Prime Time? (October 22, 2018 10:02 PM)
I don't know - maybe I'm just lazy but I've never tried any browsers other than Firefox, Chrome and Edge. I dropped Firefox years ago when there were ...
Comment by dlc on Edge Browser: Finally Ready For Prime Time? (October 22, 2018 09:52 PM)
I don't care what Microsoft does I will never trust them. Windows 10 isn't ready for prome time so how can Edge be either. ...
Comment by Noe on Edge Browser: Finally Ready For Prime Time? (October 22, 2018 09:27 PM)
I switched to Vivaldi about 6 months ago and find its many unique features of benefit. It continues getting better. Wish Vivaldi had an android versio...

Edge Browser: Finally Ready For Prime Time?

Microsoft released its all-new “Edge” browser in July, 2015, to very little fanfare. The nicest thing reviewers could find to say about Edge was, “It’s better than Internet Explorer.” After more than three years of work, there are some noteworthy improvements, but it's still a hard sell. Here is what's new and notable in the Edge web browser...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on October 22, 2018 | Category: Browsers


Will Streaming Music Soon Cost More?

The Music Modernization Act (MMA) has become law, after decades of wrangling between songwriters, producers, streaming services such as Spotify, and other stakeholders. More people will collect money for music. Does that mean you will pay more? Read on to see what the MMA does and how it may affect the cost of music...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on October 19, 2018 | Category: Music


The Web’s Creator Is Doing Us A Solid

Sir Timothy Berners-Lee created the World Wide Web and the Hyper-Text Markup Language (HTML) that underpins it in March, 1989. Today, the father of the web is “devastated” and “sickened” by what has been done with his brainchild. But he has a plan to change all that. Read on for the details…

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Posted by Bob Rankin on October 18, 2018 | Category: Social-Networking


Geekly Update - 17 October 2018

Which auto maker has the best auto-pilot software? What's the most common cause of death for selfie snappers? And is it legal for the cops to force you to unlock your smartphone? Get answers in today's Geekly Update -- it's jam-packed with the latest tech news. This issue is guaranteed to make you 146% smarter -- you'll see why. Read, think, and, comment!

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Posted by Bob Rankin on October 17, 2018 | Category: Tech-News


Fileless Malware: A New Threat?

A 15 year-old technique is finding favor among today's malware authors, vastly complicating the work of anti-malware software developers and forensic analysts. Tracking down so-called “fileless malware” is to detection of regular malware what ghost-hunting is to catching a garden-variety burglar. Read on to learn about this resurgent threat and what you can do to stop it…

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Posted by Bob Rankin on October 16, 2018 | Category: Anti-Virus


Kraken Ransomware Masquerades As Legit Software

A ransomware program named Kraken Cryptor is disguised as the popular anti-malware program, SuperAntiSpyware. Users are being tricked into installing what they think is anti-malware protection but which is really a wicked app that encrypts their data and demands money in exchange for the key to decrypting it. Here's how to avoid traps like this...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on October 15, 2018 | Category: Anti-Virus


[REVIEW] Google Safe Browsing Protection

Google’s livelihood depends on people’s trust in the Web. So Google devotes enormous resources to keeping the Web a safe place to explore. Collectively, these resources are called Google Safe Browsing. Let’s see how Safe Browsing works, and how it protects your web browsing, email, and downloads -- even if you don't use Google services...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on October 12, 2018 | Category: Security


[LOCKDOWN] How Authenticator Apps Protect Your Accounts

I made several security recommendations in response to Facebook’s loss of 50 to 90 million user “access tokens.” One of them is to use a secure authentication app such as Google Authenticator. A reader requested more info on that, and I am happy to oblige. Read on for the scoop on how Authenticator can lock down your online accounts...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on October 11, 2018 | Category: Security


[RECAP] Google's 2018 Hardware Event

Google’s annual hardware launch event happened on October 9. In typically quirky fashion, the event kicked off with a video summarizing all the leaks of product info that led up to the event. Senior VP of hardware Rick Osterloh was the master of ceremony, introducing each product and tying them together with the theme of “help.” Let's see what was revealed and how helpful it will be to you...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on October 10, 2018 | Category: Hardware


[BROWSER WARS] Vivaldi 2.0 Takes on Chrome

The latest version of the Vivaldi browser adds syncing, end-to-end encryption, dramatically faster startup speeds, and some nifty new features. Vivaldi is still famous as “the most configurable browser on the web” and a zealous guardian of privacy. What’s not to like? Here's what you need to know...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on October 09, 2018 | Category: Browsers


[FAKE] When Your Friend is Not Your Friend

Are you getting Facebook friend requests from people who are already your Facebook friends? Are friends complaining they are getting new friend requests from you that you didn’t send? Here's what is going on, and what you can do about it…

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Posted by Bob Rankin on October 08, 2018 | Category: Facebook


[WOW] 32,003 Router Vulnerabilities Found

A nonprofit consumer advocacy group looked at 186 SOHO (small office/home office) WiFi routers from 14 U.S. vendors and found 83% of them were running outdated firmware whose vulnerabilities are public knowledge, leaving the routers and their users vulnerable to hacking attacks. Is yours on the hit list? Here's what you need to know...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on October 05, 2018 | Category: Security


Grab October Windows 10 Update Now Or Wait?

The October 2018 Windows 10 Update (to version 1809) is rolling out now. Should you grab it, wait for it, or dodge it as long as possible? Here's what you need to know...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on October 04, 2018 | Category: Windows-10


Geekly Update - 03 October 2018

How much would you pay for a working Apple-I computer, straight out of 1976? Will a squabble amongst Linux developers torpedo the Internet? And why does Spotify want a sample of your blood? Get answers in today's Geekly Update -- it's jam-packed with the latest tech news. This issue is guaranteed to make you 146% smarter -- you'll see why. Read, think, and, comment!

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Posted by Bob Rankin on October 03, 2018 | Category: Tech-News


New Tor Browser Is Surprisingly Polished

I don't spend much time behind Web proxies, but news of the latest privacy-focused Tor browser caught my eye, so I installed it and spent a couple of hours wandering through the Tor network. It was an interesting and surprisingly non-geeky sojourn! Here's what you need to know about the Tor network and web browser…

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Posted by Bob Rankin on October 02, 2018 | Category: Browsers




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