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Ransomware: An executive guide to one of the biggest menaces on the web

Everything you need to know about ransomware: how it started, why it's booming, how to protect against it, and what to do if your PC's infected.  By Danny Palmer | March 12, 2017   GoldenEye ransomware targets human resources departments because they're used to opening emails and attachments from unknown sources. Image: Ali Donzanti  …
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Ransomware: Why one version of this file-encrypting nightmare now dominates

Move over Locky; there's a new King of ransomware...  By Danny Palmer | April 13, 2017   Cerber has risen to become the most dominent family of ransomware. Image: Malwarebytes   Ransomware boomed last year, with the malicious file-encrypting software rising to become arguably the biggest menace on the web. While hundreds of ransomware variants…
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Where does the Ubuntu Linux desktop go from here?

Ubuntu's moving to a Gnome 3 desktop from here on out. Here's the plan.  By Steven J. Vaughan-NicholsApril 12, 2017 Seven years ago, Canonical moved the Ubuntu Linux desktop from the Gnome 3.x interface to its own Unity front-end. By the release of Ubuntu 11.10, Unity had become Ubuntu's default desktop. Even in these early…
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Windows 10 tip: Navigate the Windows Settings app like an expert

Use these common navigation tricks to get around the Settings app at full speed. Version 1703 adds a new keyboard shortcut that lets you go back home in a single jump.  By Ed BottApril 12, 2017 Click the gear icon to jump back to the Windows Settings home page   Over the past few years,…
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Android apps on Linux PCs: Now Anbox tool runs smartphone software natively

A lead software engineer at Ubuntu-maker Canonical has released a tool to run Android apps on Linux desktops without using emulators.  By Liam Tung | April 12, 2017     A new open-source project, Anbox, from a Canonical engineer lets you run Android apps natively on Ubuntu and other Linux-powered desktops. It differs from several…
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US disrupts giant botnet used for spam and ransomware

Department of Justice targets network it says is responsible for spam emails, distributing ransomware and malware.  By Danny Palmer | April 11, 2017   US authorities are working to takedown one of the world's largest botnets, one which controls tens of thousands of infected computers and is used for sending hundreds of millions of spam…
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Good luck finding a safe VPN

Everyone’s telling you to use a VPN but not how to choose a good one.  Violet Blue, @violetblue 04.11.17   Illustration by D. Thomas Magee     If you're most people, you just found out about the FCC's internet privacy rules by way of their untimely demise. Thanks to the FCC's new chief, Congress, and…
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Hackers are attacking Word users with new Microsoft Office zero-day vulnerability

The bug affects all supported versions of Microsoft Word, but will be fixed this week.  By Zack WhittakerApril 10, 2017 (Image: file photo)     Attackers are exploiting a previously undisclosed vulnerability in Microsoft Word, which security researchers say can be used to quietly install different kinds of malware -- even on fully-patched computers. Unlike…
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