Tech Wrap-Up 10-2-2018. Wrapping up the day with a summary of today’s most engaging stories from the Tech Help Knowledgebase social media feeds. We order the story summaries below by user engagement (posts with the most likes, shares, clicks, hashtag clicks and detail expands) and by the number of impressions they received. Stories are in descending order with the most engaging story at the top. Our human-curated social media feeds include links to technology news, how-to and help articles, and video tutorials for common issues.
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Today’s Tech Wrap-Up
1. How to Enable Secure Logon on Windows 10 Version 1809 (Softpedia)
Turn on Windows 10 Secure Logon to block malware from recording your username and password. When enabled, the username/password input won’t display until a user first presses CTRL-ALT-DELETE. Windows 10 disables Secure Logon by default so it is important to know how to enable it in Windows 10 October 2018 Update (version 1809). This piece by Bogdan Popa of Softpedia shows you how to enable Windows 10 Secure Logon from the classic Control Panel, or by using Local Security Policy.
2. iPhone XS Chargegate Fix Is Apparently on the Way (Gizmodo)
Among all the complaints so far about the new iPhone XS, the most common may be the charging issue. It turns out the complaints about the phone not charging while sleeping were legitimate gripes. When Apple releases iOS 12.1, they will include a fix along with it. Impatient or curious iPhone XSers don’t need to wait for the release of iOS 12.1 if they don’t mind signing up for Apple’s public beta program.
5 of 6 of home routers. 83.33% of home routers. Either mathematical expression demonstrates the vulnerabilities to hacking as being very serious. For example, over a quarter of the sampled routers were vulnerable to attacks with the two highest severity ratings (critical and high-risk). One reason for the high number is the lack of firmware auto-update. As service providers roll out less vulnerable hardware, the numbers should improve. But that will take time.
4. 25 Best Android Tips to Make Your Phone More Useful (Extreme Tech)
Android is the most popular operating system in the world. It grabbed the reins from Windows as top dog in early 2017. It’s free and open source, so the LGs, Samsungs, and Amazons of the world can polish it up with their own touches. Learn how to configure a secure lock screen, disable/uninstall bloatware, add mobile data tracking, use Digital Wellness, and 21 other great tips.
5. Even If You Hate Zuckerberg Now, You’ll Love Him Later (The Atlantic)
People like social media companies like Facebook as much as they like health insurance companies. It’s a good thing root canal isn’t a company. Hate now, love later, according to The Atlantic, in comparing Zuckerberg’s eventual despisal reprieve to that of advisor Bill Gates. The piece posits that if one shifts their sights from evil world domination to giving away enough money, their place in history becomes more favorable.
Mozilla released an update to its Firefox Focus mobile browser for both iOS 12 and Android Pie. The changes to the privacy-focused browser (e.g. ad-blocking and tracking protection) range from aesthetic to simplification. It’s available for download from Google Play and iTunes.
7. Check the safety and security of a link before you click it (Tech Help KB)
There is no such thing as being too careful online. Around every virtual corner lies another threat like malware, adware or ransomware. The basic rule of thumb is safety first. Minimize threats to your computer by checking the link you are about to click. In doing so, you verify that it does not lead to a malicious download or a phishing site.
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