Things you need to know about Heart Bleed
What is heart bleed all about?
Heart bleed is a bug caused by some “not so good code” written by the authors of OpenSSL. The bug allows attackers to gather information that is stored in the servers memory such as usernames, passwords, conversations and more. The worst part is, it’s completly stealth, leaving no signs or traces that an attack has taken place.
Does this affect me?
Probably. The recommended method to limited damage to your accounts is to change your password, but there is a catch-If the site hasn’t updated yet, they are still vulnerable and your new password could be stolen again.
What can you do about it?
Nothing. This is a problem on the server side, so the companies running services such as your banking and web-mail need to update their software, most of the big names have already done this. Please check the companies main website for updated information regarding their patching of this bug. Until you see official word from the companies you might want to avoid online banking and purchases.
Why does anyone use OpenSSL?
OpenSSL is used to encrypt traffic between two computers. Basically this means the information is scrambled gobblygook until it reaches its destination.
If you want even more details please visit Heartbleed.com as they have a great write up that doesn’t require too much technical knowledge to understand.
Windows XP Support ending April 8th, 2014
There are still a lot of people running Windows XP and most of them are wondering what will happen after April 8th. These are the facts you need to know about the end of support:
- Windows XP will not suddenly stop working
- Security updates and patches will no longer be supplied
- Automatic updates will stop
- Microsoft Security Essentials will not be offered to XP installs, updates will continue for an unspecified amount of time
- MSE will continue to work fine on Vista/7/8/8.1
The big issue here is NO MORE SECURITY UPDATES. This means when the evil hackers find holes in the software (XP) there will be no fixes, making XP extremely vulnerable to viruses and malware.
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How to get started on Windows 8
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Windows 8 changes the way we access our programs. We will show you some tips to get started and learn your way around the new interface.
Next we have some changes that I like to make to new Windows 8.1 systems. If you haven’t upgraded to Win8.1 yet please run all your Windows updates then open the Store app to see the upgrade option. I like to have my Desktop show up when I start my PC rather than the Start menu. So this is how you can make those changes yourself.
Now you can make the changes, along with some other ones should you choose to. I check the two options, “When I sign in or close all apps on a screen, go to the desktop instead of Start” & “Show my desktop background on Start.” Showing your desktop background on Start is purely cosmetic, I like the way it blends the desktop and Start, try it out!
Lastly, lets learn how to add, remove, change and group things on our Start menu. Once you master this, you’ll love the new start menu and wonder how you ever made out with the old XP/Win7 menus.
I hope this helps your adjust to Windows 8. It really is a good operation system once you figure your way around it. I will cover other features that I find useful in Windows 8 in future articles. If you found this information helpful please share with your friends on Facebook, Twitter or any other social medium.
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