Stop Phishing Scams with a Microsoft Plugin?

OK, so this seems counter-productive… a Chrome security plugin from Microsoft? Yep. And, I installed it in my Chrome browser.

Windows Defender Chrome extension protects against phishing scams

Slashgear – By: Brittany A. Roston – “Microsoft has launched Windows Defender Browser Protection for Google’s Chrome browser via an extension. Anyone can download the extension now, adding an extra layer of protection to block malicious websites. The extension, which is free, alerts users when they attempt to load a dangerous website and directs them back toward safety.

The new extension offers Chrome users the same protection Microsoft baked into its own Edge browser. The company points toward an NSS Labs 2017 Web Browser Security report citing Edge’s superiority over Chrome and Firefox when it comes to phishing protection. According to the report, Edge protects against 99% of attacks, whereas Chrome protects against 87%.

Phishing attacks are easy to miss, and contrary to popular belief, they don’t all arrive via email. Microsoft points out that someone may, for example, mistype the URL for their bank’s website and instead get a phishing website designed to look identical.

When the user, who is unaware of the mistake, enters their login credentials, the information is exposed to hackers who can then access the account without permission. The Windows Defender browser extension will help users avoid this by alerting them to potential attacks.

The extension will also monitor for email-based phishing attacks. Microsoft maintains a list of known malicious URLs, which it constantly updates, and uses it to check any link the user attempts to click. Assuming the clicked link is on the list, the extension shows a red screen with a warning about the risk.

The extension can be downloaded from the Chrome Web Store now.”

Shutting Down Other Shows

I am shutting down the Chromest Netcast, the VirtZine Netcast, and the Hand Held Hack. All these sites will be “de-commissioned” in due time, and all the former content regarding those topics will be handled, if I need to cover it, on the Dr. Bill.TV show (this blog.) I am just spread too thin tp try to do justice to all these other netcasts. My YouTube Channel will continue, but I will be concentrating on the Dr. Bill show and the Word of Faith Netcast.

SpaceX and WiFi!

SpaceX LaunchUbiquitous WiFi is coming thanks to SpaceX and Elon Musk!

SpaceX has a good day: Successful launch and FCC satellite approval

The Register – By: Kieren McCarthy – “SpaceX successfully launched 10 satellites into space Friday, completing its sixth launch this year.

The launch from pad 4E at the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California came on the same day as the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved the company’s plan to set up its own broadband network in space, making it a pretty good Easter for the company.

There is one downside: the end of the Falcon 9 booster used to send the satellite up.

SpaceX has previously recovered the booster and reused it – something that not only makes the company more cost-effective but also provides an invaluable reputation boost as people marvel at its ability to launch and land a rocket within an hour.

The booster was used in October for the third Iridium launch – Friday’s launch being the fifth – but SpaceX said it was the end of the road for Falcon 9 and it will ‘not attempt to recover’ it. It is being replaced with a new ‘Block 5’ model.

The company is however sending a recovery ship – ‘The Steven’ – in an effort to grab the rocket’s nose cone, which protects the cargo as it blasts through the atmosphere. The cone costs around $6m and could be reused in a future flight. The company tried to recover the cone on its last launch and just missed it – it hopes to be more successful this time.

Despite today’s successful result, it has not been smooth sailing: the launch has been delayed several times and was originally scheduled for December. Just two days ago, Iridium’s CEO noted on Twitter that there was an issue with one of the 10 satellites being loaded into the rocket – threatening the push the launch back again.

Those 10 satellites will help make up a network of 81 rotating in six different orbital planes that together can provide global communications coverage: 15 of which will add redundancy to the system i.e. only 66 are needed to provide full coverage.

Iridium contracted with SpaceX to launch 75 of those 81 at a cost of $536m. The NEXT satellites will replace the company’s ageing current satellites. With Friday’s launch, SpaceX has launched 50 of the 75. It plans another two launches to complete by the mission by the middle of this year.

Meanwhile, having put approval of SpaceX’s Starlink constellation of low-Earth orbit satellites that it claims will be able to provide gigabit-speed internet connectivity to the planet on its agenda back in February, the federal telecoms regulator the FCC has approved the plan.

It’ll take years for the full network to go into operation, and SpaceX appears to be scaling back its original plan of an open ISP for everyone in order to focus on areas with poor internet access or slow speeds i.e. target less competitive markets.

But even so, that’s a pretty good Good Friday.”

MyFitnessPal Data Breach

MyFitnessPalChange your passwords now!

Under Armour says 150 million MyFitnessPal accounts hit by data breach

ZDNet – By: Natalie Gagliordi and Zack Whittaker – “Under Armour revealed on Thursday after the markets closed that its MyFitnessPal app has been hacked.

The fitness apparel company learned that data on 150 million accounts for the site and app were breached earlier this week, a statement said.

‘The investigation indicates that the affected information included usernames, email addresses, and hashed passwords — the majority with the hashing function called bcrypt used to secure passwords,’ said the statement, referring to the use of a stronger password hashing algorithm.

The company said payment card data was not affected. Under Armour is currently notifying MyFitnessPal users about the breach via email and in-app messaging, and it’s requiring all app users to change their passwords.

Later in the day, the California attorney-general released the company’s data breach notification, per the state’s law — a mirror statement of what the company posted on its website.

Under Armour, thanks to its acquisitions of several fitness app firms — including MyFitnessPal — has amassed massive amounts of data on both professional athletes and fitness enthusiasts. The company has even claimed to have the largest database of athlete behavior, including stats on workouts, nutrition, and sleep patterns. Under Armour has said that it uses this trove of data to make its gear smarter.

The data has helped Under Armour morph from an apparel maker into an athletic performance and technology company, rivaling Nike for the same target demographic.

Under Armour’s connected fitness platforms includes UA Record, MapMyFitness, Endomondo, and MyFitnessPal, and all of those platforms have unified to run on Amazon Web Services.”

SUSE Enterprise Linux for Raspberry Pi 3?

SUSE LinuxCan you imagine a whole Data Center made up of Raspberry Pi’s?

Linux on Raspberry Pi: SUSE support turns $35 board into enterprise IoT platform

ZDNet – By Liam Tung – “SUSE has released a SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 SP3 (SLES) for the popular Raspberry Pi, which comes with full commercial support for enterprise customers.

The release upgrades an unsupported version of SLES SP2 Raspberry Pi image released at 2016 SUSECON, which offered enterprises an alternative to Raspbian OS with an OS that uses the SUSE Linux Enterprise kernel for Arm.

Raspberry Pi chief Eben Upton was very pleased with SUSE’s experimental release, because it was first the major 64-bit OS to support the Raspberry Pi’s wireless networking and Bluetooth.

Today, Upton is thrilled because SLES 12 SP3 is the first time a major vendor has offered a full, commercially-supported Raspberry Pi image.

“Unlike two years ago when they just provided a downloadable image with community support, SUSE can now offer 12 x 5 or 24 x 7 support,” writes Upton. “This is all built on the same SUSE Linux that is available on everything from Raspberry Pi to the mainframe.”

According to SUSE, companies have been using SLES for Arm on Raspberry Pi for monitoring older industrial equipment such as robotic screwdrivers and sending alerts when they malfunction.

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The new SUSE Raspberry Pi image still targets the Raspberry Pi Model 3 B, although SUSE says it is planning support for the new Raspberry Pi Model 3 B+.

The new version also contains a few updates and fixes. According to SUSE, developers have made the new image smaller — around 630MB — by trimming compilers and debugging tools while tuning the Arm OS for IoT tasks.

The image supports the Raspberry Pi’s Wi-Fi module by default, as well as HDMI, Ethernet, and GPIO ports. However, it doesn’t support audio, 3D graphics, the Raspberry Pi touchscreen, or camera.

SUSE is also planning to update I/O support so that SLES can be installed on a Raspberry Pi over a network rather than using an SD card image. And it’s planning to add support for the Raspberry Pi Compute Module, which has the same hardware as the Model B but in a smaller form.”

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Google Assistant Can Now Be Used to Share the Wealth!

Pay Off!Pay off your friends!

You can finally send money to your contacts by asking Google Assistant

The Verge – By: Dieter Bohn – “Google is rolling out the ability to send peer-to-peer payments with Google Assistant. Starting today (only in the US), iPhone and Android users can say something like ‘Send Lauren $2,’ and Assistant will take you through the steps to send the money via Google Pay. Your recipient will also need to set up Google Pay to receive the funds.

In January of this year, Google finally ended the Google Wallet / Android Pay confusion by merging them into the Google Pay system. Although, the confusion still exists: for the next few months, there will still be a separate ‘Google Pay Send’ app for peer-to-peer payments.

But you don’t have to understand the weird history of Google Pay to use the new feature in Assistant. If you’ve ever sent money via the little $ button in Gmail, you likely already have a Google Pay account set up, and so you will be able to use Google Pay inside Google Assistant.

If you don’t have a Google Pay account, you’ll be prompted to set one up the first time you ask to send money. Transactions with Assistant will still require authentication beyond just your voiceprint to send money — either with your fingerprint or your Google password.

Google says that payments via the Google Home smart speaker will also be available ‘in the coming months.’ It’s not clear what kind of authentication or confirmation will be required to send money if you’re just talking to a speaker.

Although Google announced a Google Payment API for Assistant last May, it’s only now arriving, but the Google Pay rebranding has helped pick up that momentum. In addition to this recent feature, Google has recently managed to set up transit payments and payments to stores inside Assistant.

The Assistant peer-to-peer payment system is a rare case where Google has been behind Apple in an intelligent assistant feature. Right now in Siri, you can ask to send somebody money, and you’ll be asked if you’d like to use Apple Pay, Venmo, or Square Cash. As of today, Google Assistant can only use Google Pay.”

Mozilla Drops Facebook

Mozilla Pulls Advertising from Facebook

Slashdot – “An anonymous reader shares a report:

Mozilla is not happy with Facebook. Not happy at all. Having already started a petition to try to force the social network to do more about user privacy, the company has now decided to withdraw its advertising from the platform. The organization is voting with its money following the misuse of user data by Cambridge Analytica, as it tries to force Facebook into taking privacy more seriously. Mozilla says that it is not happy to financially support a platform that does not do enough to protect user privacy. But the company is not severing ties completely. It says that advertising is being “paused” and that if the right steps are taken by Facebook ‘we’ll consider returning.'”

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