Source: This article was published techcrunch.com By Ron Miller - Contributed by Member: Jennifer Levin

If you have an essential Internet of Things device running Windows 10 IoT Core Service, you don’t want to be worried about security and OS patches over a period of years. Microsoft  wants to help customers running these kinds of devices with a new program that guarantees 10 years of updates.

The idea is that as third-party partners build applications on top of the Windows 10 IoT Core Services, these OEMs, who create the apps, can pay Microsoft to guarantee updates for these devices for a decade. This can help assure customers that they won’t be vulnerable to attack on these critical systems from unpatched applications.

The service does more than provide updates though. It also gives OEMs the ability to manage the updates and assess the device’s health.

“The Windows IoT Core service offering is enabling partners to commercialize secure IoT devices backed by industry-leading support. And so device makers will have the ability to manage updates for the OS, for the apps and for the settings for OEM-specific files,” Dinesh Narayanan, director of business development for emerging markets explained.

It gives OEMs creating Windows-powered applications on machines like healthcare devices or ATMs this ability to manage them over an extended period. That’s particularly important as these devices tend to have a more extended usage period than say a PC or tablet.”We want to extend support and commit to that support over the long haul for these devices that have a longer life cycle,” Narayanan said.

Beyond the longevity, the service also provides customers with access to the Device Update Center where they can control and customize how and when the devices get updated. It also includes another level of security called Device Health Attestation that allows the OEMs to evaluate the trustworthiness of the devices before they update them using a third party service.

All of this is designed to give Microsoft a foothold in the growing IoT space and to provide an operating system for these devices as they proliferate. While predictions vary dramatically, Gartner has predicted that at least 20 billion connected devices will be online in 2020.

While not all of these will be powered by Windows, or require advanced management capabilities, those that do can be assured if their vendor uses this program that they can manage the devices and keep them up-to-date. And when it comes to the Internet of Things, chances are that’s going to be critical.

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We're all getting used to voice assistants, so it should be no surprise that Microsoft has a great new feature in Windows 10 that uses Cortana, the company's digital assistant, to guide you through the setup process. This is new in version 1703 or "Creators Edition" and it represents a real change to how friendly PCs can be these days.

I only found out about this by chance, because like most people I only rarely do a fresh install of Windows. But an old laptop had stopped booting because I'd clearly installed a platform preview of Windows 10 and forgotten to update it. So I wiped everything and did a fresh install of 10 on the machine.

The Cortana process is slick as anything. It works best - I would imagine - on laptops that have built-in microphones and speakers. You're basically equipped to use Cortana out of the box here, where desktop PCs might require drivers and such to get their microphones working. I don't know how Windows manages if it can't find a microphone - presumably it just guides you with Cortana's voice to input things with the keyboard.

Cortana speaks instructions, and prints them on the bottom of the screen too.
Cortana speaks instructions, and prints them on the bottom of the screen too.

The process is great though, and for anyone with a disability or trouble operating a keyboard and mouse, this is a really nice introduction to Windows. You need to give Windows a Wi-Fi password and username, although the Wi-Fi is probably optional - there's no option to spell out these inputs, which makes sense because it could go horribly wrong.

I found it nice enough to speak to the laptop and say "yes" or "no" to the questions I was asked. This is a pretty low-friction way to install a computer OS, and for an old goat like me, it feels very high tech. I can remember the first days of talking to a PC back when Soundblaster introduced basic Windows controls with its sound cards. It was painful, and could only perform a very small number of tasks and would almost certainly mess it up.

Now we have computers that speak clearly, can explain what's happening and why and get you to confirm you're happy to carry on. It's a deeply impressive advance and it's nice to give a shout-out to Microsoft when it gets something right. We can talk about the countless ads and annoyances that are creeping in to Windows 10 another day.

Source: This article was published forbes.com By Ian Morris

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The vulnerability exists within Microsoft's own antimalware protection engine, but thankfully there's already a fix.

Apple may now be the richest company, but it's Microsoft's operating system that still loads on most of our desktops and laptops around the world. So when a major security bug is discovered it's important it gets fixed quickly. And Google researchers recently discovered a really serious one in Windows Defender of all places.

The bug was discovered by Google Project Zero vulnerability researchers Tavis Ormandy and Natalie Silvanovich. As the tweet by Ormandy below notes, this is the "worst Windows remote code exec" bug discovered as far as he can remember.

 

 Tavis Ormandy

 @tavisoI think @natashenka and I just discovered the worst Windows remote code exec in recent memory. This is crazy bad. Report on the way. 

 

The vulnerability allows remote code execution if the Microsoft Malware Protection Engine "scans a specially crafted file." If successful, the attacker is then able to run whatever code they like on the breached system as well as using it to start infecting other Windows machines.

According to Engadget, the vulnerability is present on Windows 7, 8.1, RT and Windows 10, meaning just about everyone running Windows is vulnerable.

So you won't be surprised to hear that Microsoft marked the bug as Critical and already has a fix available to close the security hole. It should be applied to your system automatically over the next few days, or you can manually trigger a Windows Update to install the patch now.

Source : This article was published pcmag.com By MATTHEW HUMPHRIES

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Many school administrators love Chromebooks, precisely because Google's stripped-down operating system is like a pair of rubber training wheels for children who can't be trusted to drive a full-fledged OS. Microsoft is banking on schools purchasing laptops with Windows 10 S installed, because the company's new operating system severely limits which apps users can install while giving IT administrators fine control over your system.

Unfortunately, Windows 10 S also locks users into Microsoft's ecosystem, forcing you to use Edge as your browser and Bing as your default search engine while preventing you from installing a number of really important apps that don't appear in the Windows Store. If you're an educator, the lack of choice should give you pause and, if you're buying a laptop for yourself or your child, these training wheels are probably a deal breaker.

If you want to use Chrome, Firefox, Opera or pretty much any browser other than Edge, you should not get a laptop with Windows 10 S. In its support FAQ, Microsoft writes that:

"Microsoft Edge is the default web browser on Microsoft 10 S. You are able to download another browser that might be available from the Windows Store, but Microsoft Edge will remain the default if, for example, you open an .htm file. Additionally, the default search provider in Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer cannot be changed." (emphasis mine)

I just checked the Windows Store, and I can't find any other major browsers there (or even minor ones). There's an entry for Opera browser, but when you install it, you just get a window with a download button which directs you to opera.com to actually download the app.

Opera App

Perhaps some day, Google and Mozilla will get their browsers into the Windows Store. However, even if that happens, Edge will still be the default browser which opens any time you click a link in an email, a chat app or anywhere else in Windows 10 S. And every time you search by typing a query into Edge's address bar, you'll get results from Bing, with no option to change it to Google.

Now, to be fair, many people like using Edge browser, which is fast and has a clean UI. However, if you need any kind of browser extension to make a website work, you probably won't be able to use it on Edge. At present, Edge has only 32 extensions and, unlike Mozilla and Google who let anyone publish an extension, Microsoft hand picks the few developers that can do it.

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Some web services just can't work with Edge right now. For example, at work, we use a single sign-on service called Okta, which requires a plugin to work, a plugin which isn't available for Edge. A number of conferencing apps, including Bluejeans and Zoom, require either plug-ins (which Edge doesn't have) or downloadable apps, which aren't in the Windows Store. My mother is a college professor who sometimes grades standardized tests on the weekends, and the online tool she is required to use will only work on Chrome or Firefox.

Microsoft says that Windows 10 S will work with every app in its Windows Store. However, nearly two years after the store launched with Windows 10, a lot of the most important programs aren't available in the store. Here are a few of the many apps which weren't available when I wrote this article:

  • Visual Studio Community / Professional / Enterprise -- Microsoft's own development tool is not in its store so forget about teaching kids to program Windows apps on their Windows 10 S computers.
  • Adobe Photoshop / Adobe Premiere -- You can get the lightweight Adobe Photoshop Express and Photoshop Elements, but forget about the professional versions of Adobe's creative suite.
  • Notepad++ -- My favorite text editor is great for coding and building web pages. You won't find it in the store. There are other text editors in the store, though.
  • Android Studio -- Kids who want to learn how to build apps for Android phones and tablets won't be able to get Google's official development kit.
  • Google Drive -- You can visit Google Drive in your browser in Windows 10 S, but none of the Google client-side apps, including Google Drive, are in the store.
  • Slack / Hipchat -- The two popular group chat apps aren't available in Windows Store.
  • OpenVPN -- There are VPN apps in the Windows Store, but not this popular freeware program.
  • WhatsApp -- Lots of kids chat with this, but they can't on WIndows 10 S.
  • iTunes: Need to interface with your iPhone or download some media from Apple's store? Get a different Windows.

Hopefully, the developers of these apps and others will work with Microsoft to get into the Windows Store. It's almost certain that Microsoft will move its own apps (ex: Visual Studio) into the store at some point too. However, as of this writing, there are so many gaping holes in the store coverage.

For some schools, Windows 10 S's restrictions may initially be a strength rather than a weakness, but if those institutions want to use an education app that's not in the store or a web tool which won't function with Edge, they could have buyer's remorse. Fortunately, Microsoft is going to offer its EDU clients free upgrades to Windows 10 Pro, which I can imagine many of them using.

For individual users who are considering purchasing a Windows 10 S-powered computer like the Surface Laptop, Windows 10 S makes no sense at all. Would you really want to limit what apps and browsers you can use, right out of the box? Isn't the main benefit of Windows over Chrome OS the wide variety of software and services that you can use?

If you've been following Microsoft for a few years, you'll remember Windows RT, a failed version of Windows 8, which also only ran special Store apps. RT failed because of its lack of apps and Windows 10 S faces most of the same challenges. There's just one major improvement: any Windows 10 S user can pay $49 to upgrade to Windows 10 Pro, which can run every Windows program in the world and any browser you want. I expect a lot of people to pay that fee.

This article was  published in laptopmag.com by Avram Piltch

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Without knowing you, it’s easy to guess what activity you do more than anything else on your Windows 10 PC. The best Windows 10 laptops, desktops and tablets are stuffed with apps and games, but chances are you browse the web more than anything else. Microsoft Edge is one of the operating system’s most ambitious undertakings. The company knows that you do a lot of web browsing. It’s hoping all that browsing happens in Microsoft Edge. That hope sets the battle for all the Edge vs Chrome talk you might have heard from friends and family that follow these things.

Since the early 2000s, companies have battled over who can offer users the best browser. For years, Microsoft dominated web browsers with Internet Explorer. It was able to do so by installing it on nearly every machine that ran a copy of Windows. Soon it was the only browser to choose from. Seeing the success others had found in the space, Google Chrome arrived to give everyone easy access to the company’s best online web apps, like Gmail.

It’s tough to decide whether to use Microsoft Edge or Google Chrome on your Windows 10 PC.

Microsoft Edge and Google Chrome are locked in an epic battle. Both want to desperately be your default web browser. They each want to help you find what you’re looking for in their search engines. Both sync your tabs from across different devices with ease.

Should you use Microsoft Edge or Google Chrome? Like all things technology related, it’s a little more complicated than it may seem. That being said, there is a clear winner.

Edge vs Chrome: Built for You

Microsoft Edge exists because Internet Explorer slowly became hated by most users. Certainly, by the time Windows 10 arrived in 2015, Microsoft had alienated enough users that it needed to start over. Despite attempts to make it more user-friendly with Windows 8, Internet Explorer’s design wasn’t particularly suited to both a mouse and touch, for example. Technologies inside the browser were long outdated.

Microsoft Edge

Microsoft Edge

Edge uses a new engine called EdgeHTML to render web pages. Its design is flat to match the rest of Windows 10. Because it supports the latest standards that websites use, Edge is supposed to be more compatible with the websites and web apps that everyone uses today. In attempt to keep you safe, Microsoft Edge blocks pop-ups by default and has a kill switch for Adobe Flash. That’s a web plugin that used to need to be downloaded for certain sites. The browser connects directly to your Microsoft Account, meaning your browser history and favorites travel with you from PC to PC, provided you’re logged in with the same credentials. You can’t add themes to Microsoft Edge but you can make the window a dark gray for better night-time reading.

Google Chrome is by far the most popular web browser there is. Launched in 2008, it quickly made a name for itself by being fast and stable. Frequent updates didn’t hurt either. Neither did its built-in support for Extensions.

Google Chrome

Google Chrome

Its browser is available everywhere that you’d expect a browser to be. It’s the default browser on Android smartphones and has a companion app on iPhone. All the different versions of Chrome are tied together by your Google Account. As such, your favorites and browsing history are always with you. Flash is baked into the Windows version and can be turned off with just a switch. Google Chrome has theming too, something Microsoft Edge doesn’t have.

Edge vs Chrome: Speed, Battery Life & Stability

Speed is at the heart of any browser experience. The best browser for you might have a few features that you like, but you care more about web pages loading quickly and without issue. Microsoft Edge and Google Chrome have battled each other in speed contests and stability for a long time now.

To let Microsoft tell it, Google Chrome is slightly slower than Microsoft Edge. It points to Edge’s 31427 Octane 2.0 score. Chrome scored a 28466 in that same Google-made Octane benchmark. Speed isn’t everything, though. It’s also Microsoft’s assertion that some normal activities in Microsoft Edge take longer to kill your battery than in Google Chrome. It takes the Surface Book streaming through Edge almost 9 hours to die while streaming 1080P video. Chrome dies at around 6 hours.

What this speed test doesn’t show is just how unpredictable Microsoft Edge can be. Perhaps because of the new technologies behind the scenes, Microsoft Edge sometimes can’t load web pages that every other browser can. Either the entire window locks or the browser keeps trying to refresh the page until it declares it uses older web technology. When this happens, it surfaces a button that opens the page in Internet Explorer. Microsoft Edge isn’t a big fan of web pages covered with ads. It sometimes takes issue with web apps too.

Google Chrome handles every web page that you can throw at it well. The browser never invites you to use another browser or fails to load a web page. It is known to become unstable the more tabs that you keep open, though. It’s not exactly battery-life friendly either.

Edge vs Chrome: Extensions and Features

Chrome has the best Extensions library of any browser. Developers can and have created thousands of different feature additions to the browser.

Chrome Extensions can help you keep your accounts safe by integrating with lots of password management apps, LastPass being the most well-known of them. Google makes feature additions of its own, like Google Keep and Hangouts for video chatting. PushBullet will let you check your messages and track alerts from your Android smartphone on your PC. Chrome Apps lets developers create entire experiences directly in Chrome.

Google Chrome Extensions.

Because it’s younger, Microsoft Edge doesn’t have a huge library of Extensions. There are just 25 available in the Windows Store today, making Chrome better than Edge for those that want to add features to their browser. AdBlock, Evernote, LastPass, Pocket and Amazon are the only notable Microsoft Edge extensions.

Microsoft tries to make up for the lack of extensions with a huge number of features it thinks will improve your browsing experience. Cortana, the company’s personal assistant will automatically surface to offer you coupons and discounts as you shop. A Reading List feature makes it easy to save reading material for later.

Cortana in Microsoft Edge.

Cortana in Microsoft Edge.

There’s a built-in PDF viewer, and Microsoft plans to add eBook support to Edge when the Windows 10 Creators Update arrives for free. Sharing is baked into the app. Sending links to your friends through email or Twitter takes a few taps or clicks. The Windows 10 Creators Update will introduce tab management features so that you can save important windows for later without having them clog up your browser and drag down performance.

New tab management features coming to Microsoft Edge.

Both Chrome and Edge default to their own search engines, but you can easily add more. In Windows 10, you can use other browsers but using the search area in the taskbar will always open a window into Edge for some reason.

Edge vs Chrome: Chromecast & Cast Media

The Google Chromecast Ultra allows any laptop, desktop or tablet equipped with Chrome to send video footage directly to a television set or audio to a speaker system. Say that you don’t want to continue watching your favorite program on your Surface Pro 4. You can tell Google Chrome to forward the video to a television equipped with a Chromecast device. The feature is very useful for less tech-savvy households that don’t have lots of set-top boxes at the ready. It’s only available in Chrome.

The Google Chromecast Ultra

The Google Chromecast Ultra

Edge tries to mimic Chromecast with a Cast Media option of its own. Unfortunately, the feature can be temperamental. Finding compatible hardware to plug into your television isn’t as straight forward as it as with Chromecast.

Edge vs Chrome: Which Should You Use?

If you value any of the additional features that are baked into Microsoft Edge, it’s the browser that you should use. Syncing web history is effortless and you’ll always have your favorites with you. The positive impact that streaming video with the browser can have on battery life is important too.

That being said, Google Chrome is the right browser for almost everyone. The companion apps for iPhone and Android make it easy to track your web history regardless of device. Its Extensions library is the best that exists today, with thousands of features just waiting to be added to your experience. More important than all of that, Google Chrome loads pages quickly and works on any website. It doesn’t make excuses for what’s going on and recommend you open another browser instead. The ease of Chromecast pushes it over the top.

If you’re trying to decide between Microsoft Edge and Google Chrome, chances are you’ll be in better hands with Chrome, even though you’re using Windows 10.

Source : gottabemobile.com

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There's been heaps of controversy associated with Microsoft's latest operating system Windows 10 since it was launched, but the latest issue takes the cake – apparently Windows has been quietly logging every single keystroke users make on their keyboards from the beginning. Even better, that data is being constantly sent to Microsoft's servers on a regular basis.

We're not sure why on earth Microsoft would want users' keystrokes, as this data is only really useful to cybercriminals seeking to crack passwords to steal sensitive data, and IBTimes UK has asked the computing giant to clarify, but in the meantime, it is possible to solve this problem.

Here's advice on how to turn off the Windows 10 keylogger:

Concerned about privacy? Then always say no

If you haven't yet installed Windows 10 but are thinking of upgrading, then your road ahead is simple. When you install Windows 10, make sure that you select 'custom install'.

Read all the options on the installation window carefully, and make sure you always select 'no' for all options relating to sending data to Microsoft. It is also safe if you simply choose to just say 'no' to all options – it will not affect your usability on Windows 10.

I have Windows 10. What should I do?

If you have Windows 10 installed, then you need to go to the Start menu and then select Settings > Privacy > General. Turn off the option that reads, 'Send Microsoft info about how I write to help us improve typing and writing in the future'. To be safe, restart your computer after selecting this option.

I have technical knowledge. Is there anything else I can do?

Yes, there are several things you can do to prevent being tracked. The problem is that even if you turn tracking options off, if in the future Microsoft decides that it wants the options to be turned back on for any reason, it can easily do so during the monthly Patch Tuesday through the automatic Windows Updates function.

There are ways that you can prevent this from happening, however, please be aware that these methods come from the user community, and some of these fixes could potentially cause problems to your PC. We've listed possible options ranked from "harmless" to "most likely to mess up your computer".

Method One: Windows Update MiniTool
Rank: Harmless

The Windows Update MiniTool freeware by MajorGeeks allows users to check for Windows Updates and see a description of what they do. You can decide whether you want to install the available updates, hide the ones you don't like and even delete updates that have been installed that you disagree with.

This software explains what the updates do with a user-friendly interface, and if you are not happy with the changes, you can easily search for and reinstall them.

Method Two: Set up a metered connection to reduce updates

Rank: Harmless

If you don't think you have the time to review incoming Windows Updates, you could also choose to set up a feature in Windows 10 that was designed by Microsoft to help users who have low internet bandwidth.

Instead of receiving all Windows Updates, Microsoft cuts out updates that are unimportant, and only send you priority updates that fix critical security problems (to keep the hackers out) or stability problems affecting the operating system.

Please note however that this will only work if you are on a Wi-Fi connection, but not if you're using an Ethernet cable to connect to the internet.

To do this, go to the Start menu and then select Settings > Network & Internet > Wi-Fi.

In Wi-Fi, click 'Advanced Options' and then select 'on' for the option 'Set as metered connection'.

Method Three: Turn off Windows Updates completely

Rank: Not advisable

If you think you know better than Microsoft, then you could just choose to disable Windows Updates completely. Some people with advanced technical knowledge have done this, and they routinely check for important updates, but we wouldn't advise it, as this means you could risk missing critical patches from Microsoft.

However, this is how you do it:

Go to the Start menu and type 'Run' in the search field. Click on the program, type "services.msc" and then click 'OK'. Look in the list of services, find the 'Windows Update' listing and double-click on it. Click on the drop down menu for 'Startup type' and select 'Disabled', then click OK to confirm and restart your computer.

You can change this back at any time using the same method and selecting 'Automatic' or 'Manual' from the drop down menu.

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WhatsApp might stop working for many users as the company made it public that it would end support for the popular chat app on older handsets by the end of 2016.

The company said dropping support on older devices would give it the opportunity to focus more on mobile platforms used by the vast majority of the people.

The mobile platforms that would no longer enjoy WhatsApp are Android 2.1 and Android 2.2, Windows Phone 7, iPhone 3GS and iOS 6. The reason is lack of functionality to support the upcoming features.

"While these mobile devices have been an important part of our story, they don't offer the kind of capabilities we need to expand our app's features in the future," the company wrote in an official blog post last February.

For the owners of the affected devices, the only way to start using WhatsApp again is by upgrading to a newer version of Android, iPhone or Windows Phone.

The Facebook-owned company earlier said it would end support to BlackBerry OS and BlackBerry 10, Nokia S40 and Nokia Symbian S60, but later it said it was extending the support for the devices until 30 June, 2017.

These changes are believed to allow WhatsApp to deeply integrate encryption and other privacy features, reports the Independent.

WhatsApp might introduce more new features. The changes rumoured to be part of updates scheduled for 2017 include a feature that would allow users to edit or delete messages after they are sent.

Author: Sarmistha Acharya
Source: https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/technology/whatsapp-might-stop-working-for-older-android-iphones-and-windows-devices/ar-BBxOZbp

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What is Windows Security 127.0.0.1:8080 Proxy?

Skip this and learn how to remove Windows Security 127.0.0.1:8080 Proxy!

Windows Security is an adware program that installs a proxy server in Windows and then configures your web browsers to use it. This allows the adware to inject advertisements and other unwanted behavior into web pages as you are browsing the web. This proxy server will also make it so that if a user search on Google, it will instead load a Google Custom Search engine under the control of the malware developers.

Windows Security Google Custom Search Engine

Hijacked Proxy Settings

When installed, the Windows Security adware will configure the computer to use a proxy server located at http://127.0.0.1:8080. This proxy server is actually the C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Network\Dsq\network\sysnetwk.exe program, which will then inject advertisements into web pages, cause link clicks to open up ads in new browser tabs, and display a Google Custom Search engine when searching on Google.

How did the Powered by Windows Security Proxy Hijacker get on my computer?

It is important to note that this adware is bundled with and installed by free programs that did not adequately disclose that other software would be installed along with it. Therefore, it is important that you pay close attention to license agreements and installation screens when installing anything off of the Internet. If an installation screen offers you Custom or Advanced installation options, it is a good idea to select these as they will typically disclose what other 3rd party software will also be installed. Furthermore, If the license agreement or installation screens state that they are going to install a toolbar or other unwanted adware, it is advised that you immediately cancel the install and not use the free software.In my opinion, this adware was created solely to generate revenue for the developer. With all of the problems it causes, the ads it displays, and the hijacking of Google search results, I do not feel this is a program you want on a computer. If you wish to remove it and possibly other associated adware, you can use this guide to remove it and any other related programs for free

Windows Security 127.0.0.1:8080 Proxy Removal Options

  • Self Help Removal Guide (Below)
  • Ask for Help in our Security Forum

Self Help Guide

This guide contains advanced information, but has been written in such a way so that anyone can follow it. Please ensure your data is backed up before proceeding. If you are uncomfortable making changes to your computer or following these steps, do not worry! Instead you can get free one-on-one help by asking in the forums.
1-This removal guide may appear overwhelming due to the amount of the steps and numerous programs that will be used. It was only written this way to provide clear, detailed, and easy to understand instructions that anyone can use to remove this infection for free. Before using this guide, we suggest that you read it once and download all necessary tools to your desktop. After doing so, please print this page as you may need to close your browser window or reboot your computer.
2-To terminate any programs that may interfere with the removal process we must first download the Rkill program. Rkill will search your computer for active malware infections and attempt to terminate them so that they wont interfere with the removal process. To do this, please download RKill to your desktop from the following link.
3-Once it is downloaded, double-click on the iExplore.exe icon in order to automatically attempt to stop any processes associated with Windows Security 127.0.0.1:8080 Proxy and other malware. Please be patient while the program looks for various malware programs and ends them. When it has finished, the black window will automatically close and a log file will open. Please review the log file and then close so you can continue with the next step. If you have problems running RKill, you can download the other renamed versions of RKill from the rkill download page. All of the files are renamed copies of RKill, which you can try instead. Please note that the download page will open in a new browser window or tab.Do not reboot your computer after running RKill as the malware programs will start again.
4-As Windows Security 127.0.0.1:8080 Proxy sometimes has a usable Uninstall entry that can be used to remove the program, we want to try that first. To do this, click on the Start button and then select Control Panel.
 
5-When in the Control Panel, double-click on one of the options below depending on your version of Windows
  1. For Windows XP double-click on the Add or Remove Programs icon.

  2. For Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10 double-click on the Uninstall Program option.
6-When the Add or Remove Programs or the Uninstall Program screen is displayed, please scroll through the list of programs and double-click on each of the entries listed in bold below to uninstall them.
AnySend
When you double-click on each of the above entries to uninstall them, please follow the default prompts and allow it to remove all files and all configuration information related to this program. If any of the programs ask you to reboot your computer, do not allow it to reboot until you have uninstalled all of the programs listed above.
7-When you are done, you can close the Control Panel screens.
8-At this point you should download Zemana AntiMalware, or ZAM, in order to scan your computer for any any infections or adware that may be present. Please download Zemana AntiMalware from the following location and save it to your desktop:
9-Once downloaded, close all programs and open windows on your computer.
 

10-Now double-click on the icon on your desktop named Zemana.AntiMalware.Setup.exe. This will start the installation of Zemana AntiMalware onto your computer.
11-When the installation begins, keep following the prompts in order to continue with the installation process. Do not make any changes to default settings and when the program has finished installing, Zemana will automatically start and display the main screen.
12-You will now be at the main screen for Zemana AntiMalware as shown below.
Zemana AntiMalwareAbove the Scan button, please change the scan type to Deep Scan and then click on the Scan button to start the malware removal scan.
13-Zemana AntiMalware will now start scanning your computer for malware. This process can take quite a while, so we suggest you do something else and periodically check on the status of the scan to see when it is finished.
Zemana AntiMalware Scan

14-When Zemana has finished finished scanning it will display a screen that displays any malware that has been detected. Please note that the infections found may be different than what is shown in the image below.

Zemana AntiMalware Scan Results

Review the scan results and when you are ready to continue with the cleanup process, click on the Next button to delete or repair all of the the selected results. Once you click on the Next button, Zemana will remove any unwanted files and fix any modified legitimate files. If you receive a warning that Zemana needs to close your open browsers, please close any web browsers that may be open and then click on the OK button to continue.Zemana will now create a System Restore Point and remove the detected files and repair any files that were modified.

15-When the process is complete, you will be shown a screen that says Completed. At this screen, you can now close the Zemana AntiMalware screen and continue with the rest of the instructions.
16-Now please download AdwCleaner and save it to your desktop. AdwCleaner will scan your computer for adware programs that may have been installed on your computer without your knowledge. You can download AdwCleaner from the following URL:
17-When AdwCleaner has finished downloading, please double-click on the AdwCleaner.exeicon that now appears on your desktop. Once you double-click on the icon the AdwCleaner program will open and you will be presented with the program's license agreement. After you read it, click on the I agree button if you wish to continue. Otherwise, click on the I disagree button to close the program. If Windows prompts you as to whether or not you wish to run AdwCleaner, please allow it to run.If you selected to continue, you will be presented with the start screen as shown below.
AdwCleaner Start Screen
18-Now click on the Scan button in AdwCleaner. The program will now start to search for known adware programs that may be installed on your computer. When it has finished it will display all of the items it has found in Results section of the screen above. Please look through the results and try to determine if the programs that are listed contain ones that you do not want installed. If you find programs that you need to keep, then uncheck the entries associated with them.For many people, the contents of the Results section may appear confusing. Unless you see a program name that you know should not be removed,please continue with the next step.
19-To remove the adware programs that were detected in the previous step, please click on the Clean button on the AdwCleaner screen. AdwCleaner will now prompt you to save any open files or data as the program will need to close any open programs before it starts to clean.Please save your work and then click on the OK button. AdwCleaner will now delete all detected adware from your computer. When it is done it will display an alert that explains what PUPs (Potentially Unwanted Programs) and Adware are. Please read through this information and then press the OK button. You will now be presented with an alert that states AdwCleaner needs to reboot your computer.
AdwCleaner Reboot PromptPlease click on the OK button to let AdwCleaner reboot your computer.
20-When your computer reboots and you are logged in, AdwCleaner will automatically open a log file that contains the files, registry keys, and programs that were removed from your computer.
AdwCleaner LogPlease review this log file and then close the Notepad Window.
21-Now you should download HitmanPro from the following location and save it to your desktop:
 
When you visit the above page, please download the version that corresponds to the bit-type of the Windows version you are using.
22-Once downloaded, double-click on the file named HitmanPro.exe (for 32-bit versions of Windows) or HitmanPro_x64.exe (for 64-bit versions of Windows). When the program starts you will be presented with the start screen as shown below.
HitmanPro Start ScreenNow click on the Next button to continue with the scan process.
23-You will now be at the HitmanPro setup screen. If you would like to install the 30 day trial for HitmanPro, select the Yes, create a copy of HitmanPro so I can regularly scan this computer (recommended) option. Otherwise, if you just want to scan the computer this one time, please select the No, I only want to perform a one-time scan to check this computer option.

Kickstart Setup OptionsOnce you have selected one of the options, please click on the Next button.

24-HitmanPro will now begin to scan your computer for infections. When it has finished it will display a list of all the malware that the program found as shown in the image below. Please note that the infections found may be different than what is shown in the image.
MalwareBytes Scan Results
You should now click on the Next button to have HitmanPro remove the detected infections. When it is done you will be shown a Removal Results screen that shows the status of the various infections that were removed. At this screen you should click on the Next button and then if prompted you should click on the Reboot button. If HitmanPro does not prompt you to reboot, please just click on the Close button.Once your computer has has restarted or you pressed the Close button, you should now be at your Windows desktop.
25-As many malware and unwanted programs are installed through vulnerabilities found in out-dated and insecure programs, it is strongly suggested that you use Secunia PSI to scan for vulnerable programs on your computer. A tutorial on how to use Secunia PSI to scan for vulnerable programs can be found here:How to detect vulnerable and out-dated programs using Secunia Personal Software Inspector
 

Your computer should now be free of the Windows Security 127.0.0.1:8080 Proxy program. If your current security solution allowed this program on your computer, you may want to consider purchasing the full-featured version of Zemana AntiMalware to protect against these types of threats in the future.If you are still having problems with your computer after completing these instructions, then please follow the steps outlined in the topic link ed below:

Preparation Guide For Use Before Using Malware Removal Tools and Requesting Help

This is a self-help guide. Use at your own risk.

BleepingComputer.com can not be held responsible for problems that may occur by using this information. If you would like help with any of these fixes, you can ask for malware removal assistance in our Virus,Trojan,Spyware, and Malware Removal Logs forum.If you have any questions about this self-help guide then please post those questions in our Am I infected? What do I do? and someone will help you.

Source : http://www.bleepingcomputer.com

Author : Lawrence Abrams

Categorized in Internet Privacy

When it comes to safeguarding your Internet security, installing an antivirus software or running a Secure Linux OS on your system does not mean you are safe enough from all kinds of cyber-threats.

Today majority of Internet users are vulnerable to cyber attacks, not because they aren't using any best antivirus software or other security measures, but because they are using weak passwords to secure their online accounts.

Passwords are your last lines of defense against online threats. Just look back to some recent data breaches and cyber attacks, including high-profile data breach at OPM (United States Office of Personnel Management) and the extra-marital affair site Ashley Madison, that led to the exposure of hundreds of millions of records online.

Although you can not control data breaches, it is still important to create strong passwords that can withstand dictionary and brute-force attacks.

You see, the longer and more complex your password is, the much harder it is crack.

How to Stay Secure Online?

Security researchers have always advised online users to create long, complex and different passwords for their various online accounts. So, if one site is breached, your other accounts on other websites are secure enough from being hacked.
 

Ideally, your strong password should be at least 16 characters long, should contain a combination of digits, symbols, uppercase letters and lowercase letters and most importantly the most secure password is one you don't even know.

The password should be free of repetition and not contain any dictionary word, pronoun, your username or ID, and any other predefined letter or number sequences.

I know this is a real pain to memorize such complex password strings and unless we are human supercomputers, remembering different passwords for several online accounts is not an easy task.

The issue is that today people subscribe to a lot of online sites and services, and it's usually hard to create and remember different passwords for every single account.

But, Luckily to make this whole process easy, there's a growing market for password managers for PCs and phones that can significantly reduce your password memorizing problem, along with the cure for your bad habit of setting weak passwords.

What is Password Manager?

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Password Manager software has come a very long way in the past few years and is an excellent system that both allows you to create complex passwords for different sites and remember them.

A password manager is just software that creates, stores and organizes all your passwords for your computers, websites, applications and networks.

Password managers that generate passwords and double as a form filler are also available in the market, which has the ability to enter your username and password automatically into login forms on websites.

So, if you want super secure passwords for your multiple online accounts, but you do not want to memorize them all, Password Manager is the way to go.

How does a Password Manager work?

Typically, Password Manager software works by generating long, complex, and, most importantly, unique password strings for you, and then stores them in encrypted form to protect the confidential data from hackers with physical access to your PC or mobile device.

The encrypted file is accessible only through a master password. So, all you need to do is remember just one master password to open your password manager or vault and unlock all your other passwords.?

However, you need to make sure your master password is extra-secure of at least 16 characters long.

Which is the Best Password Manager? How to Choose?

I've long recommended password managers, but most of our readers always ask:

  • Which password manager is best?
  • Which password manager is the most secure? Help!

So, today I'm introducing you some of the best Password Manager currently available in the market for Windows, Linux, Mac, Android, iOS and Enterprise.

Before choosing a good password manager for your devices, you should check these following features:

  • Cross-Platform Application
  • Works with zero-knowledge model
  • Offers two-factor authentication (multi-factor authentication)

Note: Once adopted, start relying on your password manager because if you are still using weak passwords for your important online accounts, nobody can save you from malicious hackers.

Best Password Managers for Windows

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Windows users are most vulnerable to cyber attacks because Windows operating system has always been the favorite target of hackers. So, it is important for Windows users to make use of a good password manager.

Some other best password manager for windows: Keeper, Password Safe, LockCrypt, 1Password, and Dashlane.

1. Keeper Password Manager (Cross-Platform)

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Keeper is a secure, easy-to-use and robust password manager for your Windows, Mac, iPhone, iPad, and iPod devices.

Using military-grade 256-bit AES encryption, Keeper password manager keeps your data safe from prying eyes.

It has a secure digital vault for protecting and managing your passwords, as well as other secret information. Keeper password manager application supports Two-factor authentication and available for every major operating system.

There is also an important security feature, called Self-destruct, which if enabled, will delete all records from your device if the incorrect master password is entered more than five times incorrectly.

But you don't need worry, as this action will not delete the backup records stored on Keeper's Cloud Security Vault.

Download Keeper Password Manager: Windows, Linux and Mac | iOS | Android | Kindle

2. Dashlane Password Manager (Cross-Platform)

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DashLane Password Manager software is a little newer, but it offers great features for almost every platform.

DashLane password manager works by encrypting your personal info and accounts' passwords with AES-256 encryption on a local machine, and then syncs your details with its online server, so that you can access your accounts database from anywhere.

The best part of DashLane is that it has an automatic password changer that can change your accounts' passwords for you without having to deal with it yourself.

DashLane Password Manager app for Android gives you the secure password management tools right to your Android phone: your password vault and form auto-filler for online stores and other sites.

DashLane Password Manager app for Android is completely free to use on a single device and for accessing multiple devices, you can buy a premium version of the app.

Download DashLane Password Manager: Windows and Mac | iOS | Android

3. LastPass Password Manager (Cross-Platform)

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LastPass is one of the best Password Manager for Windows users, though it comes with the extension, mobile app, and even desktop app support for all the browsers and operating systems.

LastPass is an incredibly powerful cloud-based password manager software that encrypts your personal info and accounts' passwords with AES-256 bit encryption and even offers a variety of two-factor authentication options in order to ensure no one else can log into your password vault.

LastPass Password Manager comes for free as well as a premium with a fingerprint reader support.

Download LastPass Password Manager: Windows, Mac, and Linux | iOS | Android

Best Password Manager for Mac OS X

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People often say that Mac computers are more secure than Windows and that "Macs don't get viruses," but it is not entirely correct.

As proof, you can read our previous articles on cyber attacks against Mac and iOs users, and then decide yourself that you need a password manager or not.

Some other best password manager for Mac OS X:  1Password, Dashlane, LastPass, OneSafe, PwSafe.

1. LogMeOnce Password Manager (Cross-Platform)

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LogMeOnce Password Management Suite is one of the best password manager for Mac OS X, as well as syncs your passwords across Windows, iOS, and Android devices.

LogMeOnce is one of the best Premium and Enterprise Password Management Software that offers a wide variety of features and options, including Mugshot feature.

If your phone is ever stolen, LogMeOnce Mugshot feature tracks the location of the thief and also secretly takes a photo of the intruder when trying to gain access to your account without permission.

LogmeOnce protects your passwords with military-grade AES-256 encryption technology and offers Two-factor authentication to ensure that even with the master password in hand, a thief hacks your account.

Download LogMeOnce Password Manager: Windows and Mac | iOS | Android

2. KeePass Password Manager (Cross-Platform)

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Although LastPass is one of the best password manager, some people are not comfortable with a cloud-based password manager.

KeePass is a popular password manager application for Windows, but there are browser extensions and mobile apps for KeePass as well.

KeePass password manager for Windows stores your accounts' passwords on your PC, so you remain in control of them, and also on Dropbox, so you can access it using multiple devices.

KeePass encrypts your passwords and login info using the most secure encryption algorithms currently known: AES 256-bit encryption by default, or optional, Twofish 256-bit encryption.

KeePass is not just free, but it is also open source, which means its code and integrity can be examined by anyone, adding a degree of confidence.

Download KeePass Password Manager: Windows and Linux | Mac | iOS | Android

3. Apple iCloud Keychain

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Apple introduced the iCloud Keychain password management system as a convenient way to store and automatically sync all your login credentials, Wi-Fi passwords, and credit card numbers securely across your approved Apple devices, including Mac OS X, iPhone, and iPad.

Your Secret Data in Keychain is encrypted with 256-bit AES (Advanced Encryption Standard) and secured with elliptic curve asymmetric cryptography and key wrapping.

Also, iCloud Keychain generates new, unique and strong passwords for you to use to protect your computer and accounts.

Major limitation: Keychain doesn't work with other browsers other than Apple Safari.

Also Read: How to Setup iCloud Keychain?

Best Password Manager for Linux

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No doubt, some Linux distributions are the safest operating systems exist on the earth, but as I said above that adopting Linux doesn't completely protect your online accounts from hackers.

There are a number of cross-platform password managers available that sync all your accounts' passwords across all your devices, such as LastPass, KeePass, RoboForm password managers.

Here below I have listed two popular and secure open source password managers for Linux:

1. SpiderOak Encryptr Password Manager (Cross-Platform)

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SpiderOak's Encryptr Password Manager is a zero-knowledge cloud-based password manager that encrypts protect your passwords using Crypton JavaScript framework, developed by SpiderOak and recommended by Edward Snowden.

It is a cross-platform, open-Source and free password manager that uses end-to-end encryption and works perfectly for Ubuntu, Debian Linux Mint, and other Linux distributions.

Encryptr Password Manager application itself is very simple and comes with some basic features.

Encryptr software lets you encrypt three types of files: Passwords, Credit Card numbers and general any text/keys.

Download Encryptr Password Manager: Windows, Linux and Mac | iOS | Android

2. EnPass Password Manager (Cross-Platform)

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Enpass is an excellent security oriented Linux password manager that works perfectly with other platforms too. Enpass offers you to backup and restores stored passwords with third-party cloud services, including Google Drive, Dropbox, OneDrive, or OwnCloud.

It makes sure to provide the high levels of security and protects your data by a master password and encrypted it with 256-bit AES using open-source encryption engine SQLCipher, before uploading backup onto the cloud.

"We do not host your Enpass data on our servers. So, no signup is required for us. Your data is only stored on your device," EnPass says.

Additionally, by default, Enpass locks itself every minute when you leave your computer unattended and clears clipboard memory every 30 seconds to prevent your passwords from being stolen by any other malicious software.

Download EnPass Password Manager: WindowsLinux | Mac | iOS | Android

3. RoboForm Password Manager (Cross-Platform)

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You can easily find good password managers for Windows OS, but RoboForm Free Password Manager software goes a step further.

Besides creating complex passwords and remembering them for you, RoboForm also offers a smart form filler feature to save your time while browsing the Web.

RoboForm encrypts your login info and accounts' passwords using military grade AES encryption with the key that is obtained from your RoboForm Master Password.

RoboForm is available for browsers like Internet Explorer, Chrome, and Firefox as well as mobile platforms with apps available for iOS, Android, and Windows Phone.

Download RoboForm Password Manager: Windows and Mac | Linux | iOS | Android

Best Password Manager for Android

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More than half of the world's population today is using Android devices, so it becomes necessary for Android users to secure their online accounts from hackers who are always seeking access to these devices.

Some of the best Password Manager apps for Android include 1Password, Keeper, DashLane, EnPass, OneSafe, mSecure and SplashID Safe.

1. 1Password Password Manager (Cross-Platform)

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1Password Password Manager app for Android is one of the best apps for managing all your accounts' passwords.

1Password password manager app creates strong, unique and secure passwords for every account, remembers them all for you, and logs you in with just a single tap.

1Password password manager software secures your logins and passwords with AES-256 bit encryption, and syncs them to all of your devices via your Dropbox account or stores locally for any other application to sync if you choose.

Recently, the Android version of 1Password password manager app has added Fingerprint support for unlocking all of your passwords instead of using your master password.

Download 1Password Password Manager: Windows and Mac | iOS | Android

2. mSecure Password Manager (Cross-Platform)

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Like other popular password manager solutions, mSecure Password Manager for Android automatically generates secure passwords for you and stores them using 256-bit Blowfish encryption.

The catchy and unique feature mSecure Password Manager software provides its ability to self-destruct database after 5, 10, or 20 failed attempts (as per your preference) to input the right password.

You can also sync all of your devices with Dropbox, or via a private Wi-Fi network. In either case, all your data is transmitted safely and securely between devices regardless of the security of your cloud account.

Download mSecure Password Manager software: Windows and Mac | iOS | Android

Best Password Manager for iOS

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As I said, Apple's iOS is also prone to cyber attacks, so you can use some of the best password manager apps for iOS to secure your online accounts, including Keeper, OneSafe, Enpass, mSecure, LastPass, RoboForm, SplashID Safe and LoginBox Pro.

1. OneSafe Password Manager (Cross-Platform)

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OneSafe is one of the best Password Manager apps for iOS devices that lets you store not only your accounts' passwords but also sensitive documents, credit card details, photos, and more.

OneSafe password manager app for iOS encrypts your data behind a master password, with AES-256 encryption — the highest level available on mobile — and Touch ID. There is also an option for additional passwords for given folders.

OneSafe password manager for iOS also offers an in-app browser that supports autofill of logins, so that you don't need to enter your login details every time.

Besides this, OneSafe also provides advanced security for your accounts' passwords with features like auto-lock, intrusion detection, self-destruct mode, decoy safe and double protection.

Download OneSafe Password Manager: iOS | Mac | Android | Windows

2. SplashID Safe Password Manager (Cross-Platform)

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SplashID Safe is one of the oldest and best password manager tools for iOS that allows users to securely store their login data and other sensitive information in an encrypted record.

All your information, including website logins, credit card and social security data, photos and file attachments, are protected with 256-bit encryption.

SplashID Safe Password Manager app for iOS also provides web autofill option, meaning you will not have to bother copy-pasting your passwords in login.

The free version of SplashID Safe app comes with basic record storage functionality, though you can opt for premium subscriptions that provide cross-device syncing among other premium features.

Download SplashID Safe Password Manager: Windows and Mac | iOS | Android

3. LoginBox Pro Password Manager

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LoginBox Pro is another great password manager app for iOS devices. The app provides a single tap login to any website you visit, making the password manager app as the safest and fastest way to sign in to password-protected internet sites.

LoginBox Password Manager app for iOS combines a password manager as well as a browser.

From the moment you download it, all your login actions, including entering information, tapping buttons, checking boxes, or answering security questions, automatically completes by the LoginBox Password Manager app.

For security, LoginBox Password Manager app uses hardware-accelerated AES encryption and passcode to encrypt your data and save it on your device itself.

Download LoginBox Password Manager: iOS | Android

Best Online Password Managers

Using an online password manager tool is the easiest way to keep your personal and private information safe and secure from hackers and people with malicious intents.

Here I have listed some of the best online password managers that you can rely on to keep yourself safe online:

1. Google Online Password Manager

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Did you know Google has its homebrew dedicated password manager?

Google Chrome has a built-in password manager tool that offers you an option to save your password whenever you sign in to a website or web service using Chrome.

All of your stored accounts' passwords are synced with your Google Account, making them available across all of your devices using the same Google Account.

Chrome password manager lets you manage all your accounts' passwords from the Web.

So, if you prefer using a different browser, like Microsoft Edge on Windows 10 or Safari on iPhone, just visit passwords.google.com, and you'll see a list of all your passwords you have saved with Chrome. Google's two-factor authentication protects this list.

2. Clipperz Online Password Manager

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Clipperz is a free, cross-platform best online password manager that does not require you to download any software. Clipperz online password manager uses a bookmarklet or sidebar to create and use direct logins.

Clipperz also offers an offline password manager version of its software that allows you to download your passwords to an encrypted disk or a USB drive so you can take them with you while traveling and access your accounts' passwords when you are offline.

Some features of Clipperz online password manager also includes password strength indicator, application locking, SSL secure connection, one-time password and a password generator.

Clipperz online password manager can work on any computer that runs a browser with a JavaScript browser.

3. Passpack Online Password Manager

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Passpack is an excellent online password manager with a competitive collection of features that creates, stores and manages passwords for your different online accounts.

PassPack online password manager also allows you to share your passwords safely with your family or coworkers for managing multiple projects, team members, clients, and employees easily.

Your usernames and passwords for different accounts are encrypted with AES-256 Encryption on PassPack's servers that even hackers access to its server can not read your login information.

Download the PassPack online password manager toolbar to your web browser and navigate the web normally. Whenever you log into any password-protected site, PassPack saves your login data so that you do not have to save your username and password manually on its site.

Best Enterprise Password Manager

Over the course of last 12 months, we've seen some of the biggest data breaches in the history of the Internet and year-over-year the growth is heating up.

According to statistics, a majority of employees even don't know how to protect themselves online, which led company’s business at risk.

To keep password sharing mechanism secure in an organization, there exist some password management tools specially designed for enterprises use, such as Vaultier, CommonKey, Meldium, PassWork, and Zoho Vault.

1. Meldium Enterprise Password Manager Software

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LogMeIn's Meldium password management tool comes with a one-click single sign-on solution that helps businesses access to web apps securely and quickly.

It automatically logs users into apps and websites without typing usernames and passwords and also tracks password usage within your organization.

Meldium password manager is perfect for sharing accounts within your team member without sharing the actual password, which helps organizations to protect themselves from phishing attacks.

2. Zoho Vault Password Management Software
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Zoho Vault is one of the best Password Manager for Enterprise users that helps your team share passwords and other sensitive information fast and securely while monitoring each user's usage.

All your team members need to download is the Zoho browser extension. Zoho Vault password manager will automatically fill passwords from your team's shared vault.

Zoho Vault also provides features that let you monitor your team's password usage and security level so that you can know who is using which login.

The Zoho Vault enterprise-level package even alerts you whenever a password is changed or accessed.

For Extra Security, Use 2-Factor Authentication

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No matter how strong your password is, there still remains a possibility for hackers to find some or the other way to hack into your account.

Two-factor authentication is designed to fight this issue. Instead of just one password, it requires you to enter the second passcode which is sent either to your mobile number via an SMS or to your email address via an email.

So, I recommend you to enable two-factor authentication now along with using a password manager software to secure your online accounts and sensitive information from hackers.

Author:  Swati Khandelwal

Source:  http://thehackernews.com/

Categorized in Science & Tech

CYBERCRIMINALS linked to the Russian government were behind the recent attacks that exploited a critical vulnerability in the Windows operating system, Microsoft has claimed.

Microsoft has confirmed that a number of cyber attacks by notorious hacking group Strontium have taken place.

The group, which has also been linked to the unprecedented hacking campaign aimed at disrupting and discrediting the upcoming US election, is believed to have exploited a newly discovered Windows security flaw.

Google published details about the critical vulnerability in Windows earlier this week – something Microsoft isn't too happy about.

The US search engine's Threat Analysis department disclosed details of the critical vulnerability in a post on its security blog.

The glitch can be used to bypass the security sandboxing used in the Windows32K system, Google has claimed.

Google said it reported the bug to Microsoft 10 days ago, but the Redmond firm has done nothing to address the issue.

Google has already patched its Chrome web browser against the bug, and Adobe has issued a fix for its Flash software.

However Windows itself is still vulnerable – something that Microsoft claimed hackers used to execute the spear phishing.

In spear phishing, an attacker will typically send targeted messages – typically via email – that exploit known information to trick victims into clicking on malicious links or open tainted attachments.

Microsoft chided rival Google for going public with details of the vulnerabilities before it had time to prepare and test a patch to fix them.

"Google's decision to disclose these vulnerabilities before patches are broadly available and tested is disappointing, and puts customers at increased risk," Microsoft said.

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Microsoft says hacking group Strontium has exploited the vulnerability highlighted by Google

Microsoft's disclosure of the new attacks and the link to Russia came as Washington accused Moscow of launching a cyber campaign to disrupt the US election.

The US government last month formally blamed the Russian government for the election-season hacks of Democratic Party emails and their subsequent disclosure via WikiLeaks and other entities. Russia has denied those accusations.

Microsoft said a patch to protect Windows users against the newly discovered threat will be released on November 8th – Election Day.

It was not clear whether the Windows vulnerability had been used in any of the recent US political hacks.

Representatives of the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security could not immediately be reached for comment.

Google disclosed the serious security flaw on Monday, following its standing policy of going public seven days after discovering "critical vulnerabilities" that are being actively exploited by hackers.

Google gives software companies 60 days to patch less serious bugs.

Source : express

Categorized in Science & Tech
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