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In response to increasing levels of government surveillance online, Microsoft has increased the levels of encryption used in its cloud products and says it will make it easier for government users to check its own code for “back doors” allowing access to sensitive data. However, the company has stopped short of opening up source code for all customers.
Data privacy is on our minds like never before. In a relatively small amount of time many of us have gone from carrying out our daily transactions in person to conducting them digitally. We pay energy bills online, conduct banking online and interact with friends online. All these transactions leave a trail of data as we go. While it is often promised that this data is secure, it can also be used by undisclosed third parties.
Windows: Even with apps we really like — for example, crowd-favourite bittorrent client uTorrent — bundle ware can sneak in if you’re not extremely careful when checking those boxes. Unchecky makes this much easier by automatically deselecting bundle ware.
Last week’s local launch of the Kindle Fire means updates to Amazon’s Android-based Fire OS are finally of interest to Australians. Version 3.1 includes some consumer-centric updates such as integration with the Amazon-owned GoodReaders boom enthusiast community, but also incorporates a number of enterprise-centric enhancements designed to make the Fire a potential contender in the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) field.
I’m willing to bet the only time most people use Windows’ ultra-basic word processor WordPad is if they have to open a document on their machine before Office has been installed. But WordPad is on every Windows system, and it turns out that a vulnerability that was patched in this week’s Patch Tuesday update exploited it.