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Malicious Apps Can Simply Be Copied To Windows Phone PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 20 November 2014 05:53

 Malicious Apps

A new vulnerability on Windows Phone has just been unearthed that allows malicious apps to run with the same permission as the target. Something Microsoft needs to look at right away. Discovered by a XDA-Developers forum member here, this loophole provides users with a ridiculously easy way to replace a legitimate application on Windows Phone with a rogue one — which, interestingly, inherits the same data access permissions. It involves simply transferring the installation data of the malicious app into the program directory of the target, though it involves a few extra steps. The ability to sideload apps is essential for this trick to work. Microsoft, of course, added this ability to load applications from SD cards in Windows Phone 8.1. Anyway, the first step is to create the same manifest for the rogue app as the legitimate one, and then have them installed on the target device. The files are replaced in the program directory, and the original software is swapped with content from the custom package. The developer tested this hack on a Lumia device, and even created a registry tool that allows writing registry values with the inherited permissions. All things considered, the discovery of this loophole could allow cybercriminals to target Windows Phone users with malicious applications. Hopefully Microsoft gets to this first, and releases an update that tightens up security on its mobile platform...Stay abreast on everything that can affect your Windows Installation at windows8newsinfo forum.

 

 
Microsoft Releases Emergency Security Update PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 19 November 2014 06:35

Microsoft Releases Emergency Security Update

Microsoft today deviated from its regular pattern of releasing security updates on the second Tuesday of each month, pushing out an emergency patch to plug a security hole in all supported versions of Windows. The company urged Windows users to install the update as quickly as possible, noting that miscreants already are exploiting the weaknesses to launch targeted attacks. The update (MS14-068) addresses a bug in a Windows component called Microsoft Windows Kerberos KBC, which handles authenticating Windows PCs on a local network. It is somewhat less of a problem for Windows home users (it is only rated critical for server versions of Windows) but it poses a serious threat to organizations. According to security vendor Shavlik, the flaw allows an attacker to elevate domain user account privileges to those of the domain administrator account. “The attacker could forge a Kerberos Ticket and send that to the Kerberos KDC which claims the user is a domain administrator,” writes Chris Goettl, product manager with Shavlik. “From there the attacker can impersonate any domain accounts, add themselves to any group, install programs, view\change\delete date, or create any new accounts they wish. This could allow the attacker to then compromise any computer in the domain, including domain controllers. If there is a silver lining in this one it is in the fact that the attacker must have a valid domain user account to exploit the vulnerability, but once they have done so, they have the keys to the kingdom.” The patch is one of two that Microsoft had expected to release on Patch Tuesday earlier this month, but unexpectedly pulled at the last moment. “This is pretty severe and definitely explains why Microsoft only delayed the release and did not pull it from the November Patch Tuesday release all together,” Goettl said...Check out windows8newsinfo forum for

 

 
Fake Windows 10 Activators PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 19 November 2014 06:25

Fake Windows 10 Activators

Windows 10 is in early stages of development, and although release is slated for next year, there is no shortage of fake Windows 10 activators that are littering the web. Hilarious, as the new OS is supposed to come with a new brand new protection scheme, designed to thwart piracy. But that’s not stopping cybercriminals from trying to skim users and make some money off of unsuspecting users. No doubting the fact that the Windows 10 Technical Preview stirred up a lot of interest in the technology community. However, the preview builds also opened up some opportunities. Opportunities for scammers to try and rip off users. A lot of these scams are present on YouTube — they usually demonstrate fake applications that are supposed to activate Windows 10. Quite often these lead users to survey websites that generate money for the cybercriminal. Other times, they deploy malicious files on your computer. Even riskier! Always keep in mind that Windows 10 is free for everyone right now, in this preview stage. The Technical Preview is available for download and installation on as many devices as you want, and there is no activation needed for these early test builds. They do, however, expire on April 15, 2015, but by that time newer versions will be available. Maybe even the final retail copy of the new operating system. Long story short, beware and look out for these fake Windows 10 activators and the associated scams...Follow this and other stories on our forum.

 

 
When Microsoft merges Windows and Windows Phone with Windows 10 PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 16 November 2014 05:46

When Microsoft merges Windows and Windows Phone with Windows 10

Windows has modern theme tools which consist of 2 color choices and a background. Windows Phone lets users pick one color and either black or white. Users can also choose to have their tiles be transparent with a picture behind them. The differences become apparent when using different parts of the operating systems. Windows Phone tends to have a lot of black or white with the occasional color accent. Windows has the primary color choice as the major fill and the secondary color choice as the accent. Windows Phone core apps follow a simple black/white background with the accent coloring some text. Windows takes a different approach to app design. Every app in Windows has its own design. For example, the mail app uses blue and white, people uses orange and white/grey, calendar is purple and white. This is very different from the people, email, and calendar apps on Windows Phone which all have a solid black/white background with the accent color scattered throughout the app sparingly. The difference between these two design choices is not only ascetics. How a user chooses to customize their phone or tablet may have an effect on battery life. Since battery life on phones is so crucial, having a solid black background makes sense to save on battery from screen power. Microsoft even warns users who choose a white background that some displays are not made to be power efficient when running the white.What do you prefer? Would you like to see Windows 10 adopt the Windows Phone single color and black or white, or continue with Windows two color and a pattern choice? When I comes to apps, Windows and Windows Phone differ dramatically. Windows goes for a simple and obvious route of each app is separate, has a specific function, and unique design....For more visit windows8newsinfo forum.
 
Hint At New Windows 10 Version PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 12 November 2014 05:11

Windows 10

One thing you can be sure of is that Microsoft always aims for a higher build number of Windows 10 to be released for public testing via the Windows Insider Program. As of this writing, the latest version available to users is build 9860, though we have seen signs of build 9880 being prepared. Now, however, a Microsoft employee has accidently dropped hint of another new version of Windows 10. A new version of Windows 10 that the company is testing internally. Details regarding this are obviously vague, but a Microsoft employee posted some information on this on the company’s Community forums revealing that some internal groups are already testing Windows 10 build 9868. Microsoft Community user Don.Frazier, who is also a company employee, asked for some help on the forums as he was unable to update his Windows 10 Technical Preview installation. This could well be the next version of the upcoming OS that gets released this month. However, this much is certain that the software titan is a fair bit ahead in terms of development of Windows 10. We still don’t know which version we’ll get next, but build 9868 is a very good possibility. Every day we learn more and more about new features and future releases about Windows 10...Please continue visiting windows8newsinfo forum for the latest.

 

 
Login Screen Customization Options PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 05 November 2014 05:33

Login Screen Customization Options

Some more user requests for Windows 10 are coming in. And the public demand, this time, is for more customization options, a little more personalization for the login screen. Yes, one of the most important section of the operating system. Microsoft is gathering feedback for its upcoming OS using a number of platforms, in order to ensure that users are able to send their input to the company in order to improve the final version of Windows 10. And the company has received a lot of good feedback. Majority of the users, however, want Redmond to implement more customization options. As this page shows, one of the most requested of features is the possibility of personalizing the login screen in Windows 10. This submission already has well over 9,000 votes of User Voice. This was a feature that was implemented in Windows 7 via third-party solutions. And one can hope that even if Microsoft does not implement such a feature in the new OS, there is a chance that some alternate third-party applications could allow users to change the login screen, including wallpapers and other such options. But for that to happen, the company will have to provide application makers with a little more freedom, similar to how small registry hacks made possible in Windows 7. Let’s see what Microsoft has to say on this. It is a simple request, after all...Does your interest in Windows 10 continue growing and you have a hunger for more? Tune into windows8newsinfo forum as we continue following the ever expanding list of features leading up to the release of this most anticipated iteration of Windows.

 

 
Corsair Gaming Keyboard PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 26 October 2014 04:22

Corsair gaming Keyboard

For years, keyboards were just keyboards. Just the standard 104 key layout, and each key performed the expected function. Then we started adding new functions to the keyboard – media keys, keys to bring up specific applications, or pre-programmed alternate functions for keys. We even started adding LCD screens. Remember those $1200 Optimus keyboards that had an OLED screen in each key? Lately, though, the keys themselves have been taking center stage. Mechanical keyboard are the rage now. Membrane keyboards – the standard – work for most people, but serious typists and gamers started to demand more from their keyboards. While membrane keyboards feature a rubber membrane under the keys, mechanical keyboards use a separate switch for each key. Membrane keyboards are spill resistant and cheap to make, but don’t provide the same satisfying tactile feedback that mechanical keyboards have. They’re also not as reliable in the long term and require more force to use per-key. Now Corsair has entered the gaming market with its new Corsair Gaming brand. This isn’t its first mechanical keyboard, but it is the first under this new brand. The new line of boards is made up of the K65, K70, and K95. I’ve been playing with the K70 for a few weeks now. The K70 has the standard key layout as well as the ten-key keypad. The K95 adds a few columns of function keys on the lefthand side of the plank, while the K65 drops off both the function keys and the ten-key for a much smaller footprint for those with a smaller workspace or a bigger mouse pad. The switches that power the keys in this keyboard are Cherry MX Red switches. There are also blue and brown keys. Blue keys have a click to them that lets you know once they’ve activated, while brown keys allow a softer touch. Red is right in the middle – no click, but a bit more force to press the keys...If you're a gamer you will want to visit our forum for the completion of this review.

 

 
Two-factor authentication PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 25 October 2014 03:47

Two-factor authentication

Nary a day goes by that we don’t hear about a new security breach in which million of credit cards or passwords are stolen. With Windows 10, Microsoft is addressing modern security threats during its development in hopes of offering a secure product that consumers will feel safe using. Part of that has to do with moving away from single-factor authentication options like passwords which is why Windows 10 will have two-factor authentication baked right in. In a blog post on the matter, Microsoft’s Jim Alkove said their solution will eliminate the need for additional hardware security peripherals. Once enrolled, he added, devices themselves become one of two factors that are required for authentication. The second factor in Windows 10 will be a PIN or a biometric, like a fingerprint. As Alkove correctly points out, from a security standpoint, this means that an attacker would need to have a user’s physical device as well as access to their PIN or biometric information to gain access to a target account. For example, a user could register their smartphone which would effectively become their mobile credential. It would allow a user to sign in to their PC, network and web services so long as their mobile phone is nearby. In this example, the phone’s Bluetooth or Wi-Fi connection would behave like a remote smartcard as one factor of authentication. Do you think Microsoft is on the right track by adding two-factor authentication to Windows 10? After all, a number of services already offer two-factor authentication and some have for years now. If anything, they’re simply playing catch-up at this point. Everyday since the release of Windows 10 Technical Preview more and more of its many features are being discovered and released showing what a powerful Operating System it is going to be...Follow all Windows 10 developments at windows8newsinfo forum.

 

 

 
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