Diplomats representing several Western governments are huddling in Vienna this week in the hopes of finalizing new, Internet-related additions to the Wassenaar Arrangement. That pact—under which the United States, Russia, Japan, France, Germany and dozens of other signatories agree to strictly limit exports of certain weapons—is being updated in order to control access to complex surveillance and hacking software and cryptography. These countries hope to keep sophisticated cyberweapons out of what they consider to be the wrong hands despite explosive growth (pun intended) in the cybersnooping market. An example of the technology the signatories hope to keep inside the group’s proverbial fence is “deep package inspection.” According to a Financial Times article, “Western intelligence agencies are particularly concerned [about restricting access to such advances]” because they don’t want their enemies to “foil cyber attacks or gain … [Read more...] about Treaty Limiting Weapons Exports Updated to Include Cyberweapons
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There are now three different versions of Windows 10 for buyers to consider: Home, Pro, and the newer 10 S. Which is right for you? Let’s compare Windows 10 Home vs. Pro vs. S to find out: Check out what makes each version unique before you buy!Windows 10 HomeHome is the standard version of Windows 10, the baseline package designed for the individual user primarily using Windows at home or for take-home schoolwork. This version contains all the features that Microsoft aims at the broad consumer market, such as the Cortana voice assistant, Outlook, OneNote, and Microsoft Edge. Home is still compatible with the Windows Insider program, but it does limit the security and group management services that other versions of Windows have access to. Notable features include:Device features are supported — in other words, your voice commands, Pen sketches, touch screen, Hello login, and other capabilities are all compatible with Home.Windows 10 Home does not usually come with a … [Read more...] about Windows 10 Home vs. Pro vs. 10 S: Which version is right for you?
Microsoft on Tuesday announced its acquisition of MinecraftEDU, one of the building blocks for its upcoming Minecraft: Education Edition.MinecraftEDU, developed by Teacher Gaming, launched in 2011 as a version of Minecraft enhanced for the classroom.Microsoft has used the lessons learned from MinecraftEDU to expand Minecraft: Education Edition's feature set, the company said in a statement provided to TechNewsWorld by spokesperson Gretchen Higgins."Working with the MinecraftEDU creators Joel Levin and Santeri Koivisto, we started with all the learnings from the EDU edition, and built its key features into the Minecraft: Education Edition," the company said. "We also added new features including login and personalization, the student portfolio feature, a second screen experience for teachers, and the ability to save student progress."Minecraft: Education Edition can assist in teaching all subjects, ranging from math and physics to history and language, Microsoft said."There is no limit … [Read more...] about Reading, Writing and Minecraft?
Microsoft released its new Windows 10 build on April 22, and it came with a slew of user-interface improvements. Most notably, Build 10061 has a new transparent taskbar and additional customization options in Settings, according to Winbeta.org.Other new features include revamped Mail and Calendar apps. Users now have the ability to toggle quickly between their mail and calendar, and Mail includes customizable swipe gestures. Similar to Microsoft Word, Mail also lets you easily insert tables, photos, text colors and bullets into your messages. Mail and Calendar support Office 365, Exchange, Outlook.com and Gmail in this most recent build.You can resize the Start menu in Build 10061, and the color and transparency of the Start, Taskbar and Action Center are adjustable in the Settings app. Microsoft has also made continuum improvements – for instance, the Taskbar is now optimized for tablets.When users switch into Tablet Mode, items in the Notification area are now widened to … [Read more...] about Windows 10 Build 10061 comes with its fair share of highlights and let-downs
The Windows eco-system is split into three parts, and each is too much an island. A decade ago, in the good ole’ days of Windows XP, things were simpler. Microsoft’s operating system was exactly that, a simple PC operating system. There was no account to log into, no confusing upgrade scheme, no Windows Insider, and no cloud services.Today, Windows is an eco-system – or, at least, it’s trying to be. Windows 10 can be found not only on a PC, but also on smartphones, tablets, and even a game console. These various devices are tied together by other, accompanying services, such as OneDrive and Xbox Live.This is a recent development, but not one that has appeared by coincidence. Microsoft has wanted to expand the reach of Windows for two decades. Back in the late 90s, it made an attempt to build a Windows TV box, which resulted in the long forgotten WebTV. The company has tried to expand its reach, in different ways, ever since.Windows 10, as a desktop operating, … [Read more...] about Windows 10 ecosystem review (Windows 10, Phone, Xbox)
If you use Office 365, then you’re in luck. Microsoft just granted an extra layer of security to users of its web-based productivity suite.Now, all users of Microsoft’s Office 365 service with any of the following subscriptions: Office 365 Midsize Business, Enterprise plans, Academic plans, Nonprofit plans, and standalone Office 365 plans, including Exchange Online and SharePoint Online, have the option of enabling two-factor authentication. That covers everyone.Up to this point, two-factor authentication with Office 365 was only available to administrators. With this extra layer of security baked into Office 365, users now have the option of securely logging in to their 365 account by punching in a security code sent via text message, verifying via phone, or by responding to an app notification, on top of logging in with their standard username and password. Microsoft made the announcement via an official blog post.Microsoft’s Paul Andrew, who is the Technical … [Read more...] about Office 365 security now beefed up by two-factor authentication
Long has the war for email privacy been fought – and it looks we’ll keep fighting far into the future. People have always wanted to make sure than only the recipient can read email messages. Some worry about identity theft and sensitive company data that can be stolen. Others dislike the idea of government prying and interference (the current powers of the NSA have unsurprisingly led to a resurgence in email encryption).While the average email service doesn’t do much to protect your email – which is why they can be collected and used quite easily by others – there is another level of service that offers email encryption. Essentially, this encodes email contents into gibberish and only lets the recipient decode the email and read it. If encrypted emails sound good to you, you’re in luck. There are dozens of encryption options available these days, from plugins to web services. Let’s take a look at the best and how to use them.Quick words on PGP … [Read more...] about How to send encrypted emails
Microsoft last week announced measures to improve security management and transparency for Azure cloud services and Office 365.The features, which come from technology Microsoft acquired last year when it purchased Adallom, will bolster security in cloud apps such as Office 365, Box, Salesforce, ServiceNow and Ariba.A security app for Office 365 called "Microsoft Cloud App Security" will provide security management and reporting features that will give customers better visibility, control and security for data hosted in cloud apps, the company said.The reinforcements are the first of a series of planned measures. The goal is to integrate broad measures rather than make isolated patches."We are talking to enterprise customers about evolving their security posture from a simple protect-recovery model to a more holistic posture that includes protect, detect and respond capabilities," Microsoft spokesperson Reed Turner said.The company is investing in three key areas: secure platform, … [Read more...] about Microsoft Bolsters Cloud Security