Windows 10 is no longer free as of July 29th

antivirus iconWindows 10 is no longer free as of July 29. What do you do now? Well if you’re like most people you probably have Windows 7 Windows 8 or already purchased a computer with Windows 10. Don’t feel left out as Windows 10 is not a huge feature-rich upgrade from Windows 7 or Windows 8. If you’re running Windows 7 Microsoft will continue to update your product until 2020 and by that time your computer will probably die of old age and you will have to buy a new one anyway. If you’re running Windows 8 your good until 2023 so you’re definitely going to have to refresh your unit before that day.

Just keep in mind the next system that you get will have Windows 10 and most of the bugs should be worked out by then.



Sorry, It’s Time to Start Counting Gigabytes at Home, Too


YOUR HOME INTERNET will soon work a lot more like your phone’s data plan, if it doesn’t already.

AT&T, the second-largest broadband Internet provider in the US, is imposing “data allowances” on its customers. U-Verse customers now face limits between 300GB to 1TB depending on their existing plans, AT&T said. This should be enough for 100 to 400 hours of high-definition video streaming per month, the company estimates.

That may sound like plenty. And AT&T isn’t the first to experiment with data limits for home Internet service. But it’s the kind of quiet change that signals a broader transformation. In the near future, the Internet that you get at home is going to start looking a lot more like the Internet you get on your phone. And that could result in a massive increase in costs for broadband subscribers.


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FBI Warning To Beware of Face USB Chargers that Wirelessly Record Everything You Type

Last year, a white hat hacker developed a cheap Arduino-based device that looked and functioned just like a generic USB mobile charger, but covertly logged, decrypted and reported back all keystrokes from Microsoft wireless keyboards. Dubbed KeySweeper, the device included a web-based tool for live keystroke monitoring and was capable of sending SMS alerts for typed keystrokes, usernames, or URLs, and work even after the nasty device is unplugged because of its built-in rechargeable battery.Besides the proof-of-concept attack platform, security researcher Samy Kamkar, who created KeySweeper, also released instructions on how to build your own USB wall charger. Now, it seems like hackers and criminal minds find this idea smart.

The FBI has issued a warning advisory for private industry partners to look out for highly stealthy keyloggers that quietly sniff passwords and other input data from wireless keyboards. According to the advisory, blackhat hackers have developed their custom version of KeySweeper device, which “if placed strategically in an office or other location where individuals might use wireless devices“, could allow criminals to steal: Intellectual property Trade secrets Personally identifiable information Passwords Other sensitive information Since KeySweeper looks almost identical to USB phone chargers that are ubiquitous in homes and offices, it lowers the chances of discovering the sniffing device by a target.However, according to a Microsoft spokesperson, customers using Microsoft Bluetooth-enabled keyboards are protected against KeySweeper threat. Also, its wireless keyboards manufactured after 2011 are also protected, as they use the Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) encryption technology.

So, the primary method of defense is either to restrict the use of wireless keyboards, or to use keyboards that use the Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) encryption technology. [embedded content]Although the FBI made no mention of malicious KeySweeper sniffers being found in the wild, the advisory indicates the information about the KeySweeper threat was obtained through an undescribed “investigation.””The primary method of defense is for corporations to restrict the use of wireless keyboards. Since the KeySweeper requires over-the-air transmission, a wired keyboard will be safe from this type of attack.” FBI advised.Sniffers work against wireless devices that do not use secure encryption for the data transmitted between a keyboard and the computer.