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Moonbounce is a persistent malware that can survive drive formats and OS reinstalls

Moonbounce is a persistent malware that can survive drive formats and OS reinstalls

A new malware has been making the headlines over the past few days. The rootkit, that has been identified as Moonbounce, is a persistent malware that can survive drive formats and OS […]

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Microsoft says Powerdir vulnerability in macOS could have given attackers access to user data

The Microsoft 365 Defender Research Team has revealed that it discovered a security vulnerability in macOS Monterey. This is the 2nd time the Redmond company discovered a security issue in macOS, after […]

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Avira is adding a crypto miner to its products as well

Et Tu, Avira? Ashwin reported last week that Norton was adding a new component, called Norton Crypto, to its security products. Norton Crypto is a crypto currency miner that will run when […]

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KeePass 2.50 speeds up key derivation functions significantly

The developer of the password manager KeePass released KeePass 2.50 to the stable channel. The new version of the  program speeds up key derivation functions significantly. The new version of KeePass 2 […]

VeraCrypt 1.25.7 update reintroduces support for Windows Vista, 7 and 8 systems

The latest version of the open source encryption software VeraCrypt brings back support for the operating systems Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8. The developers of VeraCrypt released VeraCrypt 1.25.4 in […]

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LastPass: some users report compromised accounts

Some users of the LastPass password manager revealed this week that they have received emails from LastPass stating that logins to their accounts using the account's master password were blocked. The first […]

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Bitdefender Free will be retired on December 31, 2021

Bitdefender Free, a free security solution by Bitdefender, will be retired on December 31, 2021. Customers who use Bitdefender Free will receive support for Bitdefender Free until June 30,2022. Downloads are already […]

How to disable the Microsoft Office 2021 Start Screen

When you load a Microsoft Office 2021 application, its Start Screen is displayed by default. The Start Screen displays available templates and the last documents you worked with while using the application. […]

0Patch has a patch for Windows "InstallerFileTakeOver" 0-day vulnerability, Microsoft has none

There is a 0-day vulnerability for Windows, called InstallerFileTakeOver, which Microsoft has yet to address. The vulnerability was discovered by Abdelhamid Naceri, a security researcher, who discovered two other 0-day vulnerabilities in […]

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Users with a pirated version of Office are getting a discount offer for a Microsoft 365 subscription

Microsoft Office is probably one of the most pirated software, besides Windows, of course. If you have a pirated version of Office, but want to buy a legit license, you maybe interested […]

VeraCrypt 1.25 drops Windows 8.1 and 7, and Mac OS 10.8 and earlier support

VeraCrypt 1.25, a new version of the open source cross-platform encryption software, is now available. The new version is the first release of the application for over a year; the last release […]

The GOM Mix Max launch is on its way

GOM Mix Max is the name of a new video editing software developed by GOM & Company that is due to launch on November 30th. With its launch right around the corner, […]

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Unpatched Windows vulnerability allows attackers to gain admin rights

Security researcher Abdelhamid Naceri published a public exploit on GitHub yesterday that allows anyone to gain administrative rights on Windows devices using an unpatched exploit. The exploit works on all supported client […]

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New Microsoft Authenticator features for organizations

Microsoft announced four new features for the company's Microsoft Authenticator application for organizations. The new security features improve Microsoft Authenticator's capabilities in several meaningful ways. Two feature additions improve the sign-in experience. […]

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Citrix Workspace for Linux: a tool for secure and agile remote work

Citrix Workspace for Linux is a digital workspace that allows employees to securely access company apps and files from a central location. This means that instead of having one device, such as […]

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Intel confirms two local security issues that affect many Intel processor generations

Intel published two security advisories for many of the company's processor generations this week. The vulnerabilities have received a severity rating of high, the second-highest after critical. Good news is that the […]

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Macrium Reflect 8 Free is now available

Paramount Software UK Limited released commercial editions of Macrium Reflect 8 some time ago. The free version, Macrium Reflect 8 Free, is now also available. Macrium Reflect 8 Free is compatible with […]

Office 2021 pricing revealed

Microsoft announced Office 2021, a new perpetual version of the company's Office suite, last month. Office 2021 will launch alongside the company's new Windows 11 operating system on October 5, 2021. A […]

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Microsoft Office 2021 will be released on October 5, 2021

Microsoft announced a new version of its Office product, Microsoft Office 2021, and a new Long-Term Servicing Channel version, Office LTSC 2021, earlier this year. The company revealed yesterday that Office LTSC […]

Samsung September 2021 security update

What’s new with the Samsung September 2021 security update?

Samsung started rolling out the security update to most of their Galaxy devices from August 30. Google used to be the leader when it came to bringing out updates to their Android […]

Germany is pushing phone makers to offer at least 7 years of updates

Germany is pushing phone makers to offer at least 7 years of updates

The European Commission recently proposed an extension to the support cycle of Android and iOS devices. They've requested a minimum period of five years of updates. Germany's Federal Government is now pushing […]

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Microsoft is bringing support for the Open Document Format ODF 1.3 to Office

Currently in beta testing in the Microsoft Office Beta channel, Office customers will soon be able to use the Open Document Format ODF 1.3 in Microsoft Office. Microsoft Office saves documents in […]

Google issues another security threat warning - fourth time in two months

Google issues another security threat warning - fourth time in two months

Google Chrome has more than 2 billion users worldwide. This does make the browser a significant target of hackers and other cybercriminals, and unfortunately, the security features aren’t always enough to keep […]

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Microsoft 365 and Office 365: new pricing for business and Enterprise customers

Microsoft announced plans to change the pricing of the company's subscription-based services Microsoft 365 and Office 365 this week. The pricing changes will go into effect on March 1, 2022 for business […]

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Open Source Office Suite LibreOffice 7.2 is out

A new version of the open source Office suite LibreOffice has been released earlier today. LibreOffice 7.2 is available for all supported platforms; core improvements include better interoperability with Microsoft Office document […]

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Samsung Internet 15 browser officially released with more security features than ever

Most Android users end up using the default Chrome internet browser. However, it is good to know that many more browsers in the Play Store are also good to use, and some […]

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Microsoft suggests once again to disable the Print Spooler to protect against new 0-day vulnerability

Several Windows printing related vulnerabilities have been discovered, disclosed and resolved in recent time. Microsoft released an emergency update in July to address a vulnerability dubbed PrintNightmare. This week, Microsoft disclosed yet […]

Google is improving privacy by allowing users to lock Chrome Incognito tabs

Google is improving privacy by allowing users to lock Chrome Incognito tabs

Changes have been spotted in the Chromium Gerrit code repository, which points to improvements being made to improve browsing privacy. A new flag in Chrome Canary 94 points to new features that […]

Google Meet updates safety features

Google Meet updates safety features, allows adding more co-hosts and more

Google Meet is rolling out a few new features intended to improve the safety and security of the platform. Among these features is the ability to add up to 25 co-hosts to […]

Android 12 beta 4 released and when to expect the stable version

Android 12 beta 4 released and when to expect the stable version

We are edging closer to the official release of Android 12 as the last beta version is finally released. This beta 4 version marks the last step in software testing before the […]

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Log all DNS activity on your Windows PCs with DNSLookupView

DNSLookupView is a new portable application by Nirsoft, which logs all DNS activity on Windows devices. DNS is a cornerstone of the Internet, as it translates domain names such as ghacks.net into […]

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NortonLifeLock and Avast Merger would create a new cyber security behemoth

Avast could soon become part of NortonLifeLock, provided that the shareholders of both companies and regulators approve the deal. The company announced plans for a mixed cash and stock merger on August […]

Google is working on keeping kids safer online with a new image policy

Google is working on keeping kids safer online with a new image policy

Google has announced a new policy set to be released within the next few weeks to give minors more control over their digital footprint. This new policy will make it possible for […]

WhatsApp encryption - does Facebook want to overcome it?

WhatsApp encryption - does Facebook want to overcome it?

Facebook has confirmed that they have hired a team of researchers to figure out a way to get past end-to-end encryption. One of the privacy features that we appreciate about the WhatsApp […]

The Android August Security Patch is Available for Pixel Phones

Android August security patch is available for Pixel phones

A new month just cannot start without a Google Security Update. Google started rolling out the security patch to Samsung phones at the end of July already, although the August update only […]

Chromebook's Safety Check

Chromebook's Safety Check - check passwords, extensions and security

For many years, Chrome has been one of the safest and most efficient browsers across multiple devices and OS, most popularly Android. The success of the browser also led to the creation […]

Security updates for Samsung devices this August

Samsung remains the king of updates as it releases its latest security update for August a couple of days before we flip over the calendar. This release was also just in time […]

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Malwarebytes 4.4.4 adds RDP Brute Force Protection among other things

Our last look at the security software Malwarebytes dates back to 2019 when Malwarebytes 4.0 was released. The release had its fair share of issues that included incompatibilities with other programs, high […]

Abyssmedia ID3 Tag Editor is a simple, freeware program that allows you to edit audio tags

Abyssmedia ID3 Tag Editor is a simple, freeware program that allows you to edit audio tags

When you rip songs off of a CD/DVD, or buy/download your music from a website, there is the possibility of the tracks not having the proper tags. Or even worse, sometimes the […]

Password Manager Lite is a user-friendly offline password manager for Windows

Password Manager Lite is a user-friendly offline password manager for Windows

Managing a different password manually for each website is a difficult job when done manually; this is primarily why many people choose to use a more convenient solution like LastPass, Bitwarden,or KeePass. […]