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Microsoft Releases Four Security Patches For Windows 10 PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 11 March 2015 13:15
Microsoft Releases Four Security Patches For Windows 10
It may not seem like it, but today is Update Tuesday, the designated day of each month when Microsoft rolls out fixes and updates for its software and operating systems. On the desktop, that is to say, not smartphones. And if you’re one of the millions that are running Windows 10, the company has an engagement of four new security patches for the preview version of the upcoming OS. Microsoft recommends these to be deployed and installed as soon as possible. Security patches, remember. This ensures that your installation remains safe from threats. Simply fire up the Windows Update tool on your Windows 10 computer and the four updates will be there waiting for you to be downloaded. The patches fix issues with Internet Explorer, Flash Player and the Malicious Software Removal Tool. And although the company is yet to completely detail these, at least at the time of this writing, you can hit up these links to get an idea what they fix. These of course, apply to Windows 10 build 9926, which is the most current version available to Windows Insiders. Also known as the January Technical Preview. These patches do mean that it may be a while until the next preview version is released to public. There are no reported issues with these patches, yet, so feel free to deploy them on your Windows 10 installation as soon as you can...For a complete run down on these patched visit windows8newsinfo forum.
Delay In Launch Of New Windows 10 Builds PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 10 March 2015 05:32
Delay In Launch Of New Windows 10 Builds
Well, it’s technically not a delay when there is no confirmation of releases, but Microsoft did actually promised faster release of Windows 10 builds this year. Redmond even has something like the Fast and Slow rings for Windows Insiders. But despite this, even with talk of a new preview build of the operating system every month (some went on to suggest multiple preview builds every 30 days), we are here stuck with the January Technical Preview, build 9926. And although the company is preparing new versions, the head of the Windows Insider program, Gabriel Aul, meanwhile has spent his most of his days recently answering questions from eager fans. Questions like when is the next build coming? Anyway, the company has decided to answer this burning question in a blog post detailing the frequency of releases, explaining in the process why they don’t actually announce firm release dates. The idea is simple really — doing so would mean holding onto a stable build that might be weeks old and lacking in features. Plus there is always the chance that some last minute bugs might end up raining on the party, forcing Microsoft to miss the deadline. For this reason, the software titan constantly keeps building and testing these preview builds, and when they hit upon one that has the right balance of stability and features, they will let it out. Eh, sounds painfully logical! Aul has admitted that Microsoft has been a little too conservative when it comes to pushing builds out, and there may be a possibility of something such as a “Ludicrous speed” ring — for users that just can’t wait. Or rather, fans that just can’t wait. The goal still remains to push multiple releases every month, and with the development coming along at breakneck speeds, future builds are sure to be stable and complete enough to be pushed along at a much faster pace...Read the rest on our forum.
Fingerprint Scanning Coming To Windows 10 For Phones PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 04 March 2015 05:53
Fingerprint Scanning Coming To Windows 10 For Phones

Just like Intel is on the desktop side, Qualcomm is now the most vital hardware company in the mobile world. The upcoming Windows 10 for Phones handsets are all set to be powered by Snapdragon processors. Similar to the myriad of Windows Phone smartphones before them. But it appears that Microsoft’s upcoming handsets could receive fingerprint scanning support in Windows 10, making passwords a thing of the past. That is because Qualcomm has added in support for this security technology in its processors. The hardware giant announced at MWC 2015 in Barcelona that its new and existing processors will allow the use of fingerprint scanners. Everything from the premium Snapdragon 810 to the budget Snapdragon 425, as well as the existing Snapdragon 400, 600 and 800 series of processing units. According to the company, the new Snapdragon Sense ID 3D Fingerprint option will allow devices made of glass, aluminum, sapphire, stainless steel and plastic to implement this enhanced security feature. Which not only allows users to unlock their phones but also access a number of services like payment solutions, using fingerprint protection...Stay abreast on all Windows 10 Phone on our forum.

Microsoft to double price of XP's post-retirement support PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 23 February 2015 06:49
Microsoft to double price of XP's post-retirement support
Microsoft will double the per-PC price of support for enterprises still stuck with Windows XP systems when the anniversary of the aged OS's retirement rolls around in April, a licensing expert said today. The per-PC price for what Microsoft calls "custom support agreements (CSAs) will jump to $400, the expert said after requesting anonymity. CSAs provide critical security updates for an operating system that's been officially retired, as Windows XP was on April 8, 2014. CSAs are negotiated on a company-by-company basis and also require that an organization has adopted a top-tier support plan, dubbed Premier Support, offered by Microsoft. The CSA failsafe lets companies pay for security patches beyond the normal support lifespan while they finish their migrations to newer editions of Windows. Most enterprises have shifted -- and are continuing to do so -- to Windows 7 rather than adopt Windows 8.1 Last year, just days before Microsoft retired Windows XP, the company slashed the price of CSAs to $200-per-device with a cap of $250,000. Because a CSA is an annual-only program -- and Microsoft limits each organization to just three years of post-retirement support -- agreements must be renewed each year. The first renewals come due in less than two months. Ideally, companies that signed up for a CSA last year will have retired large numbers of Windows XP machines in the interim...Get fully informed at windows8newsinfo forum.
Windows 10 For Phones Released For Slow Channel PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 22 February 2015 16:49
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Ever so quietly, Microsoft has made available Windows 10 for Phones to the slow channel, and the preview version can now be downloaded on all compatible devices. This follows the official release of this first ever build of the mobile operating system on the Windows Insider program on February 12 — but back then, only those devices that were enrolled on the fast ring received the bits. Now, though, devices that are registered for the slow ring have access to the preview. Gabriel Aul confirmed this on Twitter, explaining that while there is no major difference between both builds, the one being shipped to user on the slow channel probably includes a number of bug fixes that makes it more stable. Users have been continually reporting any issue they encounter with this first version. Microsoft is yet to detail any of the fixes that are part of this slow ring release, but at least it should run a bit better on supported devices, which currently are Lumia 630, 730 and 830. Perfect for people that don’t want to be dealing with critical bugs and such problems. And what of the next build of Windows 10 for Phones? Redmond is yet to provide any new intelligence on the matter, but the company is expected to release the next build to the fast ring users in early March. Provided it sticks to its monthly schedule...Follow Windows 10 Phone developments on our forum.
What does Zero Day attack, vulnerability or exploit mean PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 21 February 2015 05:35
What does Zero Day attack, vulnerability or exploit mean
We often hear of Zero Day attacks, vulnerabilities or exploits. We have also heard of Zero Day patches. This article helps you know what is a Zero Day attack, exploit, or vulnerability. Zero Day attacks generally refer to attacks on vulnerabilities, where there is a zero day gap between the found vulnerability, and the attack taking place. A Zero-day vulnerability is a hole in software, firmware or hardware that is not yet known to the user, vendor or developer, and is exploited by hackers, before a patch for it is issued. Such attacks are called Zero-day exploits. Thus a Zero Day attack is an exploit done before the developer of the software or the manufacturer of the hardware can patch the Zero Day Vulnerability. Thus, the “vulnerability” is waiting for a patch or vendor fix, while the “attack” to exploit the vulnerability takes place. There can be many types of Zero-Day Attacks. This includes attacking a system to gain access on it, injecting a malware, spyware, or adware. This attack is done before the manufacturer is even aware of the vulnerability and hence there is a sense of emergency to patch it up. Once the patch is made available, the vulnerability is no longer a “Zero Day vulnerability”. A Zero Day vulnerability is usually detected either by hackers or by some third-party security firm. In case of hackers, they make good use of vulnerability until it is fixed. In case a third party security firm discovers a Zero Day Flaw or a Zero Day Vulnerability, they inform the manufacturers of the software or hardware system so that they can rush to work on a fix, usually known as a Zero Day patch, and give it some time to patch it. Normally, there is a Patch Tuesday at Microsoft.Microsoft uses various terms to describe the software updates and patches released by it...A complete explaination and terms used can be found at windows8newsinfo forum.
Windows 10 May Let You Log In Using Eye Scans PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 18 February 2015 14:40
 Windows 10 May Let You Log In Using Eye Scans
Entering passwords to log in could soon be old school, as Windows 10 is using an alternative authentication method base on biometric readers. Think eye scanning. Futuristic, eh? Microsoft have joined a select group of companies including technology giants like Google and PayPal to support the Fast Identification Online (FIDO) open standard. Support for this new technology is being built into the upcoming operating system. A new generation of FIDO actually, which offers new authentication methods. However, transitioning away from the tried and tested passwords is a challenge, even if this new form of authentication is more secure. According to Dustin Ingalls, group manager at Microsoft, supporting FIDO with Windows 10 is the first step in this regard: Remains to be seen whether security, privacy and identity conscious people will go with this one, but some may migrate for added convenience. Particularly as these are locally based, and don’t expose information online. Redmond has further promised improved collaboration with FIDO partners to make Windows 10 use localized authentication and less on passwords. The company has until the fall of 2015 to perfect this new form of security...We have a quote posted on our forum.
Windows 10 said to run smoothly on the budget Lumia 635 PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 12 February 2015 15:03

Microsoft has gained a lot of fame for making its mobile operating system run like a champ on the lowest hardware specifications imaginable. Sadly, Windows Phone 8.1 hasn’t necessarily shined in allowing Microsoft to retain this reputation, and with the confirmation that Windows 10 will run on devices with 512MB of RAM, but with less features, you could say we have all the reasons in the world to be worried. If you currently own any budget Lumia, we’ve got some possible good news. Microsoft’s Gabriel Alu has taken on Twitter to tell us all that he’s currently testing Windows 10 on a budget Lumia 635, and that his experience is “very smooth” so far. Obviously he would probably lose his job if he said otherwise, but it does give the Lumia community hope over what to expect for Windows 10 on existing legacy devices. So far the Lumia 635 is one of the devices with the least amount of horsepower, rocking a Snapdragon 400 processor on 512MB of RAM, meaning that devices like the Lumia 530, Lumia 525 and Lumia 520 should run Windows 10 without a problem.


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