Monthly Archives: August 2015

  • Microsoft Pushes Emergency Patch for Internet Explorer Vulnerability

    A dangerous flaw in Internet Explorer has prompted Microsoft to issue an emergency out-of-band security update.

    In an advisory posted last Thursday, Microsoft informed the public about a newly detected security vulnerability in Internet Explorer. Here, they warned that the vulnerability affects all versions of Windows – from Windows 7 to Windows 10, including 8.1.

    According to the company, the vulnerability was already exploited and is rated as critical on client operating system and moderate on all server operating system.

    The advisory explains that the CVE-2105-2502 has the potential to hijack control of your computer via Internet Explorer. They also warned users that vulnerable computers can be exploited by simply visiting maliciously-crafted websites.

    Attempts would be made to redirect potential victims to booby-trapped websites by tricking them into opening an unsolicited email attachment or by using spammed out links.

    Once the computer has been compromised, it may grant the attacker administrator-level privileges on the target device. This kind of vulnerability may allow attackers to see personal information. The good news is, they won’t be able to choose what they see.

    If the user has administrative capabilities, the attacker would be able to take complete control of their device and do certain things such as install a program or modify a file. Attackers can do the same thing even if users do not have administrative privileges but may be slightly better off.

    Microsoft’s new browser, Edge, is not listed on the page and is not at risk through the vulnerability. However, since it also ships with a copy of Internet Explorer 11 installed, they included it in the update as well.

    Microsoft urged Windows users to update their machines as soon as possible to protect their devices from security vulnerabilities affecting Internet Explorer.

    For those that have an automatic updating turned on, Microsoft is delivering the update via its automatic Windows Update. For others, these patches are already available via Microsoft’s Download Center.


  • Essential Techniques to Protect Your Online Privacy

    If anyone asks you how much you care about your privacy, you’ll probably tell that person that you care a lot. But if you really do, how come everyone knows what’s going in your life? You post tons of information on social media, share your personal information with vendors and manage your bank accounts online.

    There are a lot of people who want to get a hold of your personal information. Malicious hackers are trying to hack your email and social media accounts and are trying to steal from you. Good thing is, there are steps you can take to protect your privacy online.

    Follow the tips below to help increase your online privacy.

    Think before sharing your personal information

    Check to see if the website has a privacy policy page before entering your personal information. If there isn’t, then leave the site immediately. If they didn’t bother to create a privacy policy, then you can’t trust them with sensitive information.

    Turn on private browsing

    Every company that advertises online wants to gather as much information about you. They want to what you like, who you’re friends with on social media and what you buy. They do this because they want to serve you with relevant ads and sell you more products and services. If you don’t want anyone to see where you're hanging out online, be sure to enable private browsing.

    Hide your IP address

    Your ISP assigns an IP address to your device. Each time you use the Internet, your activities are logged by your ISP. Because of this, they can identify your name, location, sites you visit, the browser you use, emails you have sent and receive and pretty much everything you do online.

    Using a VPN is one of the most important steps to protect your privacy. Nobody will be able to associate what you’re doing with who you are since your connection is encrypted.

    Guard your birth date and contact number

    Your birth date is a key piece of information many providers use for verification. The same goes for your contact numbers. Try not to display this information, if possible. For the latest security news, information and releases, contact our software licensing experts at Royal Discount. We are a Certified Microsoft, Symantec and Adobe partner specializing in bulk purchases & discounts. Call us direct at 1-877-292-7712.


  • Windows 10 Privacy Settings You Need to Change Right Now

    You open your browser and noticed that all the banner ads have something to do with your favorite hobby. You search for a restaurant, looking for a nice place to celebrate your mom’s birthday and surprisingly, Bing already knows your location. What is going on?

    If you are currently using Windows 10 and have chosen to keep the default settings, Microsoft now has access to your purchase history, browsing history, your location and a lot more. These features can be convenient, but it can also raise privacy concerns.

    This week, we’ll teach you how to manage your privacy settings to prevent Windows 10 from collecting some of your personal information.

    Disable target ads

    In order to serve you with more targeted ads, Windows 10 has issued a unique advertising ID for you. While there is no option to get rid of the ID permanently, you can prevent 3rd party apps from accessing your data.

    Open the Start menu, choose Settings and then Privacy. From here, disable “Let apps use my advertising ID for experiences across apps”.

    Exercise Cortana caution

    Cortana is the all-knowing digital personal assistant built into Windows 10. But she’ll need to know all sorts of information about you in order to function properly. This information includes anything from contacts, location, data from your text messages, emails, calendars etc.

    To take back a bit of privacy, open your Start menu and launch the Settings app. From here, select “Privacy” and then “Speech, inking and typing”. Then, click the “Stop Getting to Know Me” button.

    Disable Wifi sense

    The wifi sense is one of the most notorious sharing issues with Windows 10. This allows users to connect to protected wifi networks even without a password. The passwords are encrypted and those passwords are stored on a Microsoft server somewhere. This allows you to connect to a wireless network when you visit a friend’s house without the hassle of asking for their password.

    If you’d like to turn that off, just open your Start menu and launch the Settings app. Then, choose “Network and Internet” and click “Manage wifi settings”.


  • Mozilla Slams Microsoft on Default Browser Choice in Windows 10

    Browser maker Mozilla isn’t happy with Microsoft’s decision about resetting the default browser.

    A week ago, Mozilla CEO, Chris Beard, has taken his exasperation in public. He decided to write an open letter to Satya Nadella, chief executive of Microsoft, taking aim at the company’s policy on handling changes that were made to the default applications in Windows 10. He called it “disturbing” and slammed the tech giant for making an aggressive move of designating its Edge as a default browser.

    Beard was referring to the Windows 10 upgrade setup process. Here, users who simply clicked on the “Next” button in the express setup will automatically have Edge as their default browser even if they have previously used Google Chrome of Mozilla Firefox.

    This rubbed Beard the wrong way since most users will choose the express settings just because it’s easier. Although users are eventually given the chance to re-assign Firefox of Chrome as their default browser, many of whom will be unlikely to bother. This task would be difficult for majority of users and would just end up abandoning the process.

    Beard said in the letter, “I am writing to you about a very disturbing aspect of Windows 10. Specifically that the upgrade experience appears to have been designed to throw away the choice your customers have made about the Internet experience and they want, and replaced it with the Internet experience Microsoft wants them to have.”

    Beard also said that his company has reached out to Microsoft to address this problem prior to Windows 10 release, but this attempt of opening communication lines has landed on deaf ears; hence this letter.

    To make it easier for users to change their default browser, Mozilla posted a tutorial which includes step-by-step instructions on how to restore Firefox as their default browser. The same instructions can also be used by users who wish to assign Chrome or Opera as their default.


  • Windows 10 Features Business Owners Will Love

    The tech industry has been filled with excitement since Microsoft announced its plan to launch Windows 10 this year. With Windows 10 slated to be released a few days from now, the anticipation is building.

    As we eagerly await the release of Windows 10, we urge business owners to take a look at Window’s latest OS and see how it can benefit your business.

    Here are some of the coolest features you should be looking for in Windows 10.

    Cortana, the digital assistant

    Cortana will help you perform tasks on tasks on the Internet, keep track of your calendar, search for documents and a lot more. You can also ask Cortana to remind you to mail a customer a document when you get back to the office or call someone at a specified time. You can even ask Cortana what the weather is in a certain city. All you need to do is to talk to it.

    Start Menu is back

    The removal of the start menu has been a big issue with the Windows 8. This time around, your employees will be able to see the traditional Windows desktop whenever they load their laptop, PC, tablet or smart phone.

    Built around security

    To ensure that your computer is safe from threats and malware, it is best to have the latest version of Windows and install updates as soon as they’re available. With Windows 10 installed on your computers, you are less likely to get malware. Plus, you’ll get security updates installed automatically.

    In addition to that, Windows will adopt a multi-factor authentication that will provide better defense against hackers and data breaches. Windows 10 will feature fingerprint and face recognition, which is a much safer approach than traditional passwords since most of us tend to forget our passwords.

    Apps across all devices

    Mobile apps play an important role in businesses from different parts of the world, and Windows understands that. Now, you can access these apps from multiple devices – whether it’s your smart phone, tablet, laptop or desktop computer.

    For questions about Microsoft Windows Products, or to get a quote for a bulk purchase, shop our online software store or call us direct at 1-877-292-7712.