Hotspot Shield flaw could reveal the location of VPN users

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There are many reasons for turning to VPN software, but anonymity and hiding one’s location are pretty high up the list. A newly-discovered flaw in the popular free VPN Hotspot Shield, however, means that it is possible to determine key pieces of information about users. The VPN — produced by AnchorFree — is used by 500 million people around the world, and security researchers have discovered a vulnerability (CVE-2018-6460) that means it is technically possible to home in on the location of an individual using the service. See also: Privacy: Judges say the UK’s Snooper’s Charter is illegal Ahead of… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Cortana comes to iPad with faster loading than iPhone version

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After something of a delay — two years, no less — Microsoft has finally ported Cortana from the iPhone to the iPad. The company has not made a great deal of noise about the updated app, but its digital assistant has now been optimized for use on Apple devices with larger screens. The restrictions of iOS still mean that Cortana cannot compete directly with Siri, as it is only possible to access the assistant’s tools once it has been launched. See also: iOS 11.3 beta 2 includes performance throttling opt-out and new battery health options iPhone X bug leaves some… …Continue reading on BetaNews

iOS 11.3 beta 2 includes performance throttling opt-out and new battery health options

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Apple raised the anger levels of some iPhone users when it was revealed that handset performance was being purposefully reduced to maintain battery health. Some of this anger was dissipated when the company offered up cheap battery replacements, but Tim Cook also promised that users would soon be able to opt out of performance throttling. The option to disable performance reduction is due to hit the masses with iOS 11.3, and the second beta of this version of Apple’s mobile operating system has now been released to developers. It gives us our first glimpse at what the new battery health… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Top 5 free data recovery tools for Windows

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We all back up our data, right? That’s what everyone does! But of course, that’s far from true. Most people don’t get much further than thinking about putting a backup plan in place, promising themselves it’s something they’ll sort out one day — and, all of a sudden, it’s too late. Deleting files by accident is easily done. If you’re tinkering with partitions, it’s also scarily easy to wipe out the wrong one! These are just two of the ways in which you can lose files, and if you don’t have a backup to hand, you’re going to need help… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Facebook accused of violating city campaign finance law in Seattle

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The election authority in Seattle says that Facebook has violated city finance laws. Regulations are in place that require the company to reveal who paid for campaign ads on the social network. The Seattle Ethics and Elections Commission is seeking information about advertising spending for city elections that took place last year. Facebook risks a fine of up to $5,000 per ad if this information is not provided. See also: Facebook bans ads for cryptocurrencies and ICOs Facebook’s latest News Feed update gives local news a boost Ahead of GDPR laws, Facebook publishes privacy principles and promises to educate users… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Microsoft’s aggressive Get Windows 10 (GWX) app slapped by Finnish authorities

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The hostile Get Windows 10 — often referred to as simply GWX — push by Microsoft proved controversial around the world. Now the Finnish Consumer Authority has reached an agreement with the company that means the Windows-maker will no longer force apps onto users. The Authority was unhappy with Microsoft not only for pushing the GWX app to computers without consent, but also for changing the design language used in the UI. In the GWX app, clicking the X button did not close the notification window as users would have expected, but instead started the installation of Windows 10. The… …Continue reading on BetaNews

iPhone X bug leaves some users unable to answer calls

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A number of iPhone X users are complaining about a bug that leaves them unable to answer incoming calls. Reports of the bug are spreading through Apple’s support forums, and the company is looking into the problem. People who are experiencing the bug say that when they receive a call, their iPhone X rings, but the screen does not wake up. While the problem has been around for a couple of months, complaints seem to be growing in number at the moment. See also: Apple launches free repair program for ‘No Service’ iPhone 7 bug Virgin Mobile to offer cheap,… …Continue reading on BetaNews

NSA exploits leaked by hackers tweaked to work on all versions of Windows since 2000

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A trio of NSA exploits leaked by hacking group TheShadowBrokers has been ported to work on all versions of Windows since Windows 2000. The EternalChampion, EternalRomance and EternalSynergy exploits were made public by the group last year, and now a security researcher has tweaked the source code so they will run on nearly two decades’ worth of Microsoft operating systems — both 32- and 64-bit variants. See also: Kaspersky says it accidentally obtained secret NSA files from a US computer Report: Russian hackers stole NSA files after identifying them using Kaspersky software TheShadowBrokers group returns with NSA UNITEDRAKE hacking malware… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Lauri Love — suspected FBI and NASA hacker — wins appeal against extradition to US

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A hacker has won his appeal against extradition to the US where he faced charges of compromising various American systems including NASA and the FBI. Lauri Love, won his case in the High Court of England and Wales after his lawyers argued there was a serious risk that he would kill himself. The court also took into account the fact that the alleged hacking offenses were committed in the UK. The appeals win does not mean, however, that Love’s legal battles are over. While he will now not be extradited to the US — something lawyers said would be seriously… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Lloyd’s Banking Group bans Bitcoin payments via credit card

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It has been something of a rocky ride for cryptocurrencies recently, and none more so than Bitcoin. Now Lloyd’s Banking Group has announced a ban on purchasing cryptocurrencies using credit cards in the UK. The banking group controls Lloyd’s Bank, Halifax, MBNA and Bank of Scotland, and the ban has been triggered by the deflation of Bitcoin. In recent months it has spiraled from a high of almost $20,000 to under $8,000. See also: Bitcoin falls under $8,000 — crypto market down to $360bn Despite reports to the contrary, India is not banning Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies The move sees… …Continue reading on BetaNews

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