28Aug15 – Win 10 Latest Info

Win 10 Keylogger Saves Every Keystroke You Make, Even When Offline and Sends Then to MS! No Reliable Way to Disable It!
Despite some major trade mags (on the MS payroll no doubt) denying this, independent researchers in many forums insist the key logger is very real and have posted evidence. Originally admittedly being included in the Preview version by MS as an analytics tool to help in development, it has not been removed from the commercial release as MS promised. Periodic key-logger data dumps to MS use up your band width and eliminate any pretense of privacy. So far none of the so called fixes posted on the internet actually block this function. Some researchers have claimed this key-logger has also been added to Win 8 via a security update.
Rumor has it that MS has received so many complaints about this huge security breech from corporate purchasing agents regarding this that MS is now developing a “secure” version of Win 10. Supposed to be available early next year. I doubt that secure version will be free. I have uninstalled my Win 10, returned to Win 7, and will not use Win 10 until the SECURE version has been released and proven safe.

More on this topic as reliable info becomes available.

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22Aug15 – DoctorLaptop’s Tips

Sorry for the lack of posts in the last week, I have been busy looking for a new location and working on the new TorroXtra website.

Microsoft pushes Emergency Patch for Zero-Day Internet Explorer Flaw

It’s time to immediately patch your Internet Explorer – Once again!

Microsoft has issued an emergency out-of-band patch for all supported versions of Internet Explorer browser, to fix a critical security flaw that hackers are actively exploiting to hijack control of targeted computers.

The Zero-Day flaw (assigned CVE-2015-2502) is a Remote Code Execution vulnerability that could be exploited when a user visits a booby-trapped website or open a malicious email on an affected machine.

The security bug actually resides in the way Internet Explorer handles objects in memory. If successfully exploited, a hacker could gain the same user privileges as the current user.

Read more here: http://thehackernews.com/2015/08/microsoft-emergency-patch-zero-day-internet-explorer.html

Windows 10 Doesn’t Stop Spying You, Even After Disabling It’s Creepy Features

In our previous articles, we raised concern about Windows 10 privacy issues, including its controversial Wi-Fi Sense feature. Also, to cope up with these issues, I provided you a one-click solution to fix all privacy compromising features that allow Microsoft to track users.

But unfortunately, all those efforts got wasted because Microsoft still tracks you, even after you harden your Windows 10 privacy to an extreme level by disabling all privacy-infringing settings.

This time the culprits are – Cortana and Bing search.

Windows 10 features, including Cortana and Bing search, continue communicating with Microsoft’s servers and sending it data, even after you turned the features off.

 A Technical Analysis done by Ars showed that even when you tell Microsoft to not to make any Internet-related inquiries by changing various privacy settings, it appears that Windows 10 still communicate with the software giant’s servers for different information.

Cortana is Cheating on You

With Cortana and searching the Web from the Start menu turned off, a request to http://www.bing.com is still made for a file called threshold.appcache that contains some Cortana information, whenever a user opens Start and start typing.

The operating system’s voice assistant Cortana sends information containing user’s identifying computer ID that persists across reboots. This allows Microsoft to distinguish between the Cortana requests from different computers.

The worrisome part is that Cortana sends this data even though she is disabled.

Windows 10 Sends your Data via Unencrypted Channel

Moreover, it also appears that Microsoft keeps on sending data to its servers via its Live Tiles in the Start menu. Even if users clear all the Tiles, Windows 10 re-install new tile info from Microsoft.

However, Windows 10 do so using unencrypted HTTP connections, potentially leaving users open to malicious actors who could intercept the traffic between users and the company, which is more troublesome.

In response to the latest report, Microsoft said that all communications between a Windows 10 machine and Microsoft are only to make the retrieval of updates easier.

“As part of delivering Windows 10 as a service, updates may be offered to provide ongoing new features to Bing searches, such as new visual layouts, styles and search code,” Microsoft said.

Microsoft further added that “no query or search usage data” is sent to the company, in accordance with the user’s selected privacy settings, and the same applied to searching offline for apps, files and settings on the device.

Copied from: Swati Khandelwal

Senior Technical Writer at Hacker News. Social Media Lover and Gadgets Girl. Speaker, Cyber Security Expert and Technical Writer.

12Aug15 – Don’t Upgrade Sony Vaio Yet, Unauthorized Programs Blocked, AMD Video Probs and Bad Update Info

Supposedly MS has issued a update to fix the bad update

MS has supposedly issued an update to fix the bad update causing the endless boot loop problem many folks are having. MS do not say how you are supposed to do this new update in a machine that won’t start properly. The fix is currently under scrutiny from the tech world and I will report back with the results. I suggest NOT updating Win 10 until this fix is fully tested. If you have already fallen victim to the endless reboot loop after updating Win 10 the only reliable solution is to do a factory reset and block updates until they prove stable.

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Sony tells VAIO owners

not to upgrade to Windows

10 until drivers are ready in October

Read the full article here: http://www.neowin.net/news/sony-tells-vaio-owners-not-to-upgrade-to-windows-10-until-drivers-are-ready-in-october

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A new services agreement from Microsoft states that the company can prevent people from using pirated or “unauthorized third party” software or unauthorized hardware on Windows 10.

“We may automatically check your version of the software and download software updates or configuration changes, including those that prevent you from accessing the Services, playing counterfeit games, or using unauthorized hardware peripheral devices,” Microsoft explains in the agreement. “You may also be required to update the software to continue using the Services.”

It’s not entirely clear what the company means by the “unauthorized hardware peripheral devices”. Counterfeit games, meanwhile, represent pirated software, and Windows 10 will have little tolerance for that.

It’s worth pointing out that the terms will not only affect Windows 10 users, but also users of other Microsoft services and software. The terms cover updates to Windows Live Mail, Skype, Maps, the OneDrive and OneNote apps, Windows Movie Maker, Windows Photo Gallery and Windows Games from Microsoft.

The company further reserves the right to change the terms at any given time, pledging to notify users when it enforces new changes. Users don’t have to specifically agree to the new terms, as Microsoft will consider it an agreement if you use the services once the changes go into effect. As this has already occurred, your continued use of Microsoft services has been taken to mean that you agree to the terms. But if you don’t actually consent to these terms, Microsoft doesn’t leave you with many options: you can stop using the services and close your Microsoft and Skype account. Full article: http://www.techtimes.com/articles/75749/20150812/playing-pirated-games-on-your-pc-windows-10-could-block-them.htm

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Windows 10 Prob with AMD video: How to fix Black Screen or Delays at boot or AMD driver issues after upgrade

Users with AMD video cards are flooding Microsoft Forums with complaints about delayed boot-up issues, which are supposedly due to faulty AMD video card drivers. The most common problem is a delayed boot-up issue characterized by a black screen with a mouse cursor during the boot process, wherein users are reportedly forced to wait up to a minute on the same screen, before the login window appears. See more here: http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/windows-10-how-fix-black-screen-boot-amd-driver-issues-after-upgrade-1514481

 

 

11Aug15 – Windows 10: Microsoft update breaks computers and forces them to keep rebooting

I have already seen this problem a few times this week! One of the first major updates to Win10 has completely broken the computers of many of those who have installed it.

From: http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/windows-10-microsoft-update-breaks-computers-and-forces-them-to-keep-rebooting-10449790.html?icn=puff-7

The update, codenamed KB3081424, is referred to as a “cumulative update” — intended to collect up a range of bug and security fixes and push them out in one go.

But for many users it is freezing their computers, forcing them into a loop that sees them try to restart, give up and shut off, before trying to reboot all over again. When the update fails to install, it tries to start all over again.

Because Windows 10 has a system for pushing security updates out to users, the update can be downloaded automatically and loaded straight onto computers.

See more at:  http://tinyurl.com/pdb58vk and also athttp://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/windows-10-microsoft-update-breaks-computers-and-forces-them-to-keep-rebooting-10449790.html?icn=puff-7

11Aug15-URGENT-DoctorLaptop Still Searching For A Flat!
PLEASE help. I must locate to a new home for next month. Please let me know about any available studio or 1 bedroom flats near the coast, rent  under or up to 300/month. Needs to be within walking distance to a supermarket. Thanks. Reply by email to doctorlaptop@gmx.com
Naythan – Nerja

10Aug15 – Outlook Servers Down, Hacking Car/Garage Locks, and EZ Win10 Security Fix

RollJam

A 25euro device that opens most car and Garage doors!

RollJam — $30 Device That Unlocks Almost Any Car And Garage Door

Recently researchers even demonstrated how hackers can remotely hijack a Jeep Cherokee to control its steering, brakes and transmission. Now, researchers have discovered another type of car hack that can be used to unlock almost every car or garage door. You only need two radios, a microcontroller and a battery, costing barely under $30, to devise what’s called RollJam capable to unlock any car or garage at the click of a button, making auto hacking cars so simple that anyone can do it. Read more here:  http://thehackernews.com/2015/08/rolljam-unlock-car-garage.html

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The Outlook , Hotmail and Windows Live email servers are having big problems, especially in the UK and USA.

If you use one of these services, with a .co.uk or .com email address, you rely on those servers to some degree. All sorts of strange behavior has been reported in thousands of bug reports the last few days. As the company is keeping quiet about this we can only speculate on causes. Go here for details and related forum posts: https://downdetector.com/status/outlook

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Tip — Installing Windows 10‬? Fix 35+ Privacy Issues With Just One Click

The new free software app, dubbed DoNotSpy10, allows you to disable a total of 37 Windows 10 privacy issues with just one click.

DoNotSpy10 creates a centralized interface where you can quickly and easily change settings related to 37 different Windows 10 services that directly impact the security and privacy of your data.

DoNotSpy10 prevents you from going through dozens of various features settings in Windows 10 and lets you adjust all privacy and security settings in one place with just a click.

Get more info here:  http://thehackernews.com/2015/08/secure-install-windows-10.html

Get the program here:  http://pxc-coding.com/blog/donotspy10-1001/

08Aug15 – Windows Tweeks

Activate Windows  God Mode

One desktop shortcut can take you to a window where all the settings, even the hidden ones, can be easily accessed.  Here is how to create it. This works on Win 10/8.1/8/7. In Vista it only works on 32 bit systems.

Right click on your desktop and select New Folder.

Type in or copy and paste the following as the name. Note the period as the 8th character in the name if you are typing rather than copy and pasting.

GodMode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}

Then just hit Enter and the folder icon will change to this.

   Double click this shortcut to enter God Mode.

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Simple Shutdown Timer

This is a favorite of mine. I like to fall asleep while listening to streaming audio programs. But I don’t want my computer running all night. This handy little program will allow you to set a timer that will turn off your computer automatically after a designated period of time. I have used this with Win XP/Vista/7/8/8.1, but have not tested this on Windows 10. But as it is Win 8 compatible it should work. If not, install it in Compatibility Mode for Win 7. Get it here: http://www.pcwintech.com/simple-shutdown-timer

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DoctorLaptop is still searching for a new location to move to. Please forward any leads on available small, inexpensive flats in Torrox Costa or Torre del Mar to my email, doctorlaptop@gmx.com

Thanks!