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What does Zero Day attack, vulnerability or exploit mean PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 21 February 2015 05:35
What does Zero Day attack, vulnerability or exploit mean
We often hear of Zero Day attacks, vulnerabilities or exploits. We have also heard of Zero Day patches. This article helps you know what is a Zero Day attack, exploit, or vulnerability. Zero Day attacks generally refer to attacks on vulnerabilities, where there is a zero day gap between the found vulnerability, and the attack taking place. A Zero-day vulnerability is a hole in software, firmware or hardware that is not yet known to the user, vendor or developer, and is exploited by hackers, before a patch for it is issued. Such attacks are called Zero-day exploits. Thus a Zero Day attack is an exploit done before the developer of the software or the manufacturer of the hardware can patch the Zero Day Vulnerability. Thus, the “vulnerability” is waiting for a patch or vendor fix, while the “attack” to exploit the vulnerability takes place. There can be many types of Zero-Day Attacks. This includes attacking a system to gain access on it, injecting a malware, spyware, or adware. This attack is done before the manufacturer is even aware of the vulnerability and hence there is a sense of emergency to patch it up. Once the patch is made available, the vulnerability is no longer a “Zero Day vulnerability”. A Zero Day vulnerability is usually detected either by hackers or by some third-party security firm. In case of hackers, they make good use of vulnerability until it is fixed. In case a third party security firm discovers a Zero Day Flaw or a Zero Day Vulnerability, they inform the manufacturers of the software or hardware system so that they can rush to work on a fix, usually known as a Zero Day patch, and give it some time to patch it. Normally, there is a Patch Tuesday at Microsoft.Microsoft uses various terms to describe the software updates and patches released by it...A complete explaination and terms used can be found at windows8newsinfo forum.
Windows 10 May Let You Log In Using Eye Scans PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 18 February 2015 14:40
 Windows 10 May Let You Log In Using Eye Scans
Entering passwords to log in could soon be old school, as Windows 10 is using an alternative authentication method base on biometric readers. Think eye scanning. Futuristic, eh? Microsoft have joined a select group of companies including technology giants like Google and PayPal to support the Fast Identification Online (FIDO) open standard. Support for this new technology is being built into the upcoming operating system. A new generation of FIDO actually, which offers new authentication methods. However, transitioning away from the tried and tested passwords is a challenge, even if this new form of authentication is more secure. According to Dustin Ingalls, group manager at Microsoft, supporting FIDO with Windows 10 is the first step in this regard: Remains to be seen whether security, privacy and identity conscious people will go with this one, but some may migrate for added convenience. Particularly as these are locally based, and don’t expose information online. Redmond has further promised improved collaboration with FIDO partners to make Windows 10 use localized authentication and less on passwords. The company has until the fall of 2015 to perfect this new form of security...We have a quote posted on our forum.
Windows 10 said to run smoothly on the budget Lumia 635 PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 12 February 2015 15:03

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

Windows 10 At Core of Future Internet of Things PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 12 February 2015 06:18
Windows 10 At Core of Future Internet of Things
While Microsoft pointed out many uses of Windows 10 at its Jan 21 2015 event, it missed out on Internet of Things. Or, at least, did not bring up the topic. It talked about desktop version of Windows 10, mobile version of Windows 10 and Windows 10 for Surface Hub and more but did not drop a hint that it is bringing Windows 10 into the realm of Internet of Things. The article tries to decode how the future of Internet of Things can change with Windows 10 at its core. In the recent developments, the most important are availability of Windows 10 for a range of devices and the upgraded version of Raspberry Pi. There have been more developments but they are out of scope of this article. We focus on Windows 10 for Internet of Things in this post. Though they did not mention it specially, the way Microsoft presented Windows 10 at the Jan 21 2015 event, they did drop many hints about having an edition of Microsoft Windows 10 for Internet of Things. One such hint was Surface Hub, which is nothing but a screen in effect but runs on Windows 10. The Holographic glasses will also run on Windows 10. Microsoft has come up with a micro version of .Net framework. All these are ample to suggest that there will be a version of Windows 10 for Internet of Things. And the doubts are cleared with new version of Raspberry supporting Windows 10...Continue reading at windows8newsinfo forum.
KB3001652 Patch Causing Computers To Lock Up PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 11 February 2015 14:17
KB3001652 Patch Causing Computers To Lock Up
Oh boy, not again. It’s Patch Tuesday time. Or Update Tuesday, if you will. And this time around, another patch is causing trouble for users that deployed it on their machines. Not the first time this has happened, but we had a worry free few months prior to this incidentAnyway, the culprit in question is KB3001652, which hangs while installing. Several users are reporting that this particular update is locking up their machines when they deploy it. Leaving shut down and a cold start the only option out of it. Odd because, this is actually a rollup for Visual Studio 2010 Tools for Office Runtime. Luckily, Microsoft has been quick to react. The company swiftly pulled down the patch after news broke out and a significant amount of users reported issues with the update — you will not see it in Windows Update if you try downloading the February 2014 Update Tuesday...Follow this and more on all updates at windows8newsinfo forum.
Windows 10 RTM Targeted For A June Release PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 10 February 2015 16:54
Windows 10 RTM


Well, this is interesting. When it comes to RTM release, Microsoft usually targets the month of August. But for Windows 10 RTM, the software giant has set its sights on a June release. Which makes it easily a couple of months earlier than traditional. Just for the record, RTM is short for release to manufacturing, or release to manufacturers, as in a near final version of a product intended for hardware vendors. And yes, this is the final milestone before a retail launch. This speculation is not final, obviously — and as is the case with any such timelines, could easily slip depending on how the development process comes along. But there is some method to this madness, in fact a lot of method. Fact is that the month of August did not actually make a lot of sense when it comes to selling licenses for the back to school market. It usually takes hardware vendors until October to ready their devices, provided they get access to an operating system by August. Meaning they miss out on the back to school rush, an important shopping season for PC hardware. This time though, Microsoft wants to do the logical thing and push the Windows 10 RTM release up a few notches. All the way up to June, actually, so that new devices are ready and on store shelves for buyers that are interested in them. There is also the small matter of a new Surface model...Stay up-to-date with this and more on our forum.
Microsoft Reportedly Aiming To Launch Windows 10 In June PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 10 February 2015 14:30

Microsoft is reportedly aiming to release Windows 10 in June so that it can have the new OS in stores in time for back-to-school sales. If you’re eager to switch to Windows 10, but you’d rather not take the risk of relying on what is still a technical preview, you may not have to wait much longer. Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) is aiming for June release of Windows 10 so that it can setup OEM licenses in time for back to school PC sales, reports Brad Sams for Neowin. Microsoft may be targeting back-to-school sales: Sams doesn’t say where he heard that June is the target (he doesn’t even explicitly claim to have an inside source, though it’s implied), so you should definitely take the June deadline as a rumor for now, but it makes a lot of sense. Microsoft already has a big, open technical preview with fairly regular releases.

Windows 10 Phone coming from LG and Verizon PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 09 February 2015 17:25

Microsoft is heavily dominating headlines this week, as various new screenshots and leaked images of Windows 10, Windows 10 Phone and Project Spartan are flooding the internet. The latest rumor about a Windows 10 Phone has emerged today saying that LG and Verizon are teaming up to release a flagship running the brand new mobile operating system in the future. There is history between Microsoft and LG, so we’re not surprised by the rumor that the company will be releasing one of the first Windows 10 Phone units with Verizon. Still, LG hasn’t been a partner to the platform for a long time, so it would be nice to see the company come up with something new. A product number has been spotted online by MyLGPhones, namely LGVW820. That number points towards a Windows 10-running LG smartphone that should be released on Verizon. LG has talked about a new Windows device they were working on last year, but the idea hasn’t come to fruition as of yet. Still, we can confirm that the company is indeed working closely with Microsoft to release a new Windows 10 Phone,


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