Win XP patched to avert new outbreaks spawned by NSA-leaking Shadow Brokers

(credit: Microsoft) On Tuesday, Microsoft took the highly unusual step of issuing security patches for XP and other unsupported versions of Windows. The company did this in a bid to protect the OSes against a series of “destructive” exploits developed by, and later stolen from, the National Security Agency. By Ars’ count, Tuesday is only the third time in Microsoft history that the company has issued free security updates for a decommissioned product. One of those came one day after last month’s outbreak of the highly virulent “WCry” ransom worm,... Read more

What’s New in Windows 10 Cumulative Update KB4022725

Microsoft has released new cumulative updates today, including one for systems that have already been updated to the Creators Update released earlier this year. The Windows 10 Creators Update rollout started in April, but as Microsoft explained, it takes place in stages, which means that users are gradually receiving it on their devices. By this point, however, most users have already installed the Creators Update, with stats showing that adoption of version 1703 is growing at fast pace. Today’s cumulative update for these systems is KB4022725 and it bumps OS... Read more

4 hidden settings to make Chrome for Android even better

Google’s Chrome for Android provides a commendable browsing experience out of the box — but if you know where to look, you can unlock extra features that’ll make it even more effective.Your mobile browser is your gateway to the web, after all — and whether you’re doing important work-related research or, ahem, important work-related procrastination, you want to be as efficient as possible. These four settings are all about enhancing your productivity and eliminating annoyances that slow you down.So what are you waiting for? Let’s do this:1. Give your address... Read more

Development Release: Fedora 26 Beta

The Fedora team have released a new development snapshot of their Red Hat sponsored Linux distribution. The new development release, Fedora 26 Beta, features updated versions of the GNU Compiler Collection and Go language. There is also a new partition manager for the Fedora system installer. “Fedora, always…. Read more

Test-Driven Security With Chef InSpec

Test-driven security is the implementation of tests into the development process, and Chef InSpec is one tool that will help you get started with this process. These security tests are intended to define the security features required for a system to be production ready. In this post, we will walk through the process of using test-driven security, with proscriptive security tests, using Chef InSpec. Read more

7 of the Best Ransomware Decryption Tools for Windows

Over the past few years ransomware has been on the rise, and more and more computer users are being affected by them. Once your system gets infected with ransomware, it encrypts all your data and holds it for a ransom (usually a few hundred dollars). Ransomware is profitable for its creators and very devastating for the users. Thankfully, many researchers and security firms have created free decryption tools to decrypt the files or data encrypted by ransomware. If you are affected by ransomware, here are some free ransomware decryption tools... Read more