Tech Wrap-Up 5-15-2019. Everyone’s favorite made-up food holiday — National Chocolate Chip Day — is today. When it falls on a hump day, the bearer of this news gets to choose two chocolate chip treats of their choice. Hint: whatever you choose tastes better when you make it yourself. Tech Help Knowledgebase wraps up each day with a summary of today’s most engaging stories from our 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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Google Play Protect defends your Android device from malware by automatically scanning it for threats. The threat protection service secures 2 billion users and scans 50 billion apps every day. To check Google Play Protect settings, visit Settings > Security and location > Security status and tap Google Play Protect.
2. Why Microsoft is building a Bitcoin-based ID verification system (Computerworld)
Microsoft is building a decentralized digital identity system to give users control over their personal data, privacy, and security. The blockchain-based system ensures that private information is only shared by the owner of the data who possesses the public key. Microsoft chose the Bitcoin (BTC) blockchain for this purpose and will use an open-source Layer 2 network for speed and scalability. The system should launch on the Bitcoin mainnet in the coming months.
3. iOS 12.3: iPhone tips and tricks (ZD Net)
A 14-panel gallery of handy iOS 12.3 tips and tricks is yours for perusing. The gallery includes how to check your AppleCare status, apps that overuse your battery, what to display in Control Center, stop app feedback requests, and more. Apple released iOS 12.3 on Monday, so update your device if needed to take advantage of these tips.
4. Brave browser 0.64.75 released with bug fixes and more (Tech Help Knowledgebase)
Is an iPhone too secure? The recent WhatsApp vulnerability brought to light that iOS devices are hard to inspect for hacks. In some cases, better tools exist for hackers to inspect iOS devices than for those who want to help attack victims. All software has vulnerabilities, but it is hard to discover when exploited vulnerabilities exist on an iPhone.
Microsoft support for its Windows XP operating system is 5 years in the rear view mirror. Yet even though it stopped supporting XP in 2014, Microsoft issued a rare security update for what they call a “wormable” vulnerability related to Remote Desktop Services. The vulnerability does not impact Windows 10 users.
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