Microsoft Security Essentials which is a free product from Microsoft , now given to every Windows 8 and 8.1 users in name of Windows Defender. Has failed to detect 39% of the Malware in Dennis Test.
Norton Internet Security received the strongest protection rating online casinos in DTL”s tests, detecting 99% of malware(result includes false positives),while Kaspersky Internet Security 2014 provided the best overall level of protection.
Full Scores and Details of individual antivirus programs can be downloaded from here
Rock Star Games has announced that very soon it will release the classic Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas on mobile platform. Not just on iOS and Android but also on Windows Phone. No release date or pricing is provided yet, but it is expected to be released this December. So get ready to live in the early 90’s in the gangster world of Carl Johnson.
Is iMessages really secured? This question has been in mind of the many people who uses iMessages , after the NSA PRISM incident. Well sometime back Apple published a statement on their website that iMessages are protected by end to end encryption and there could not be any man in the middle attack , and even Apple could not decrypt the iMessages. You can view the statement by Apple here.
But this is not the case, iMessages can be intercepted by man in the middle attack and even Apple can decrypt the iMessages.
Here is a video that show a security researcher group doing a man in the middle attack on iMessage.
Its been two year since the founder of Apple Steve Jobs passed away. So today I am sharing few things to remind us one of the greatest person from the world of technology whose work will benefit our life for years to come.
Why I think Apple is falling but yet making profit.
By now most of you have seen the event either live in person or in video. (If not here is the official link) Apple launched two iPhone the iPhone5C and the iPhone5S and iOS7 the next generation operating system for Apple’s iPhone.
Everyone got glimpse of both iPhone5C and iPhone5S on the internet, before it was announced. From a company that had a good level of keeping a new product secret, this was not expected,even we saw a year before that iPhone5 photo was leaked before it was launched. Well that won’t hurt the product but it does kills the element of surprise when we see the product for first time during the event.
The iPhone5C which is a plastic iPhone, Apple will say its high quality polycarbonate, but it no way looks high quality. when I first saw the leaked images I thought it was fake some cheap fake iPhones. But during the even I just could not believe my eyes that these plastic iPhones were actually from Apple.It looks like one of those fake iPhone you get from unknown company on which they misspell the word “iPhone” but this time its from the company called Apple and they did not misspell the word.As a company which is known for its elegant design in all its product the iPhone5C seems out of place. I wonder if Steve Jobs was the one who really designed the products and Jony Ive only who took the orders and put the design on paper. Have you looked at the iPhone5C with the cover from back side? here have a look at this picture.
Now tell me which company will make a product that will make their own products name partially visible? “iPhone” became “hon” really a company which is known for its attention to details this was not expected. I am very much sure if Steve Jobs was alive he would have put a bullet in the person’s head who designed iPhone5C and its cover.
A new exploit in Apple iOS and OSX has been found which crashes any application which contains certain characters of Arabic text.It crashes applications running on iOS and OSX that uses WebKit engine. But I have seen that same character set does not crash WebKit application on different platform. So we can be assured that the bug is of Apple not WebKit engine as a whole. (I tested Google Chrome on Linux)
Versions effected are, iOS 6 , 7 beta and iOS< 6 ,Mac OS X 10.8
Version not effected Mac OSX 10.9 beta and OSX<10.8
This fatal error can be reproduced if
You send text message to your iPhone with the set of characters.
You sen iMessage to Mac of iPhone.
Those set of characters are displayed on applications like browser.
On Mac,I tested on Safari which crashed the whole Safari browser, but while on Google Chrome it only crashed the tab where the link was opened. In case you were wondering Firefox did not crash.If you are feeling adventurous and want to test which applications will crash the you can head to this link. Note this may crash your browser, if it does not then you will see the set of arabic characters.
Exploit Link: http://zhovner.com/tmp/killwebkit.html (Warning it may crash your WebKit browser) , copy paste the link I have deliberately not hyperlinked as to stop people from accidentally clicking it.
Since childhood many of us were fascinated by the existence of Aliens , UFOs and Area 51. Well I cant be sure of the first two but I can surely tell you that Area 51 does exists in real world.Recently in a declassified document by CIA they acknowledges that Area 51 does exists.But it makes me sad that they said the area is not for research and study about UFO but it is for testing of the U-2 and other spy planes.
Well don’t be dishearten , who knows they may be lying to hide the real truth ! Aliens and UFO may still exist. Like after the NSA PRISM, who will trust the Government, right? So all the fans of Aliens and UFOs enjoy the photos below.
One after another secure email services are going down.
After the PRISM incident where it was told that big corporates like Gmail, Yahoo and Hotmail were allowing the NSA and US Government to have access of innocent people’s private data. The secure email services are getting shut down in fear of NSA.
Recently a secure email service Lavabit used by the NSA whistle blower Edward Snowden got shutdown in fear of NSA takedown. Soon after that another secure email service SilentCircle also shuts itself down.
Yes when an email service gets shut down it does create a lot of problems but I will say the decision was good keep in mid its better that no one have access to your data(as the company is shutdown all the files are deleted from the server) then some official to have access to without proper reasons.
But a new secure email service is on its way. It is to be released in 2014 by the famous Kim Dotcom. Yes the creator of Megaupload and MEGA.
Hope more and more secure email service will come along in years to come then we can finally have a secure communication with our friends and family without the fear of someone spying on us.
Windows 8.1 Pro Preview Evaluation copy. Build 9431
Windows Blue or Windows 8.1 is a recent update of Windows 8. Which is currently in a preview edition. I tested the Windows 8.1 Pro 32 bit Evaluation Copy on my laptop. Before I begin let me tell you the specs of my laptop it’s a Dual-Core with 1 GB RAM , why did I selected a low hardware over high end, because I wanted to test how it performs on low resources. At higher resource even the worst built software may perform kind of OK more over I wanted to test how it performs over Windows XP SP3 or Windows 7. While testing a OS I use it for a week and I try out the basic task which all people does like, web surfing, email , music, movie, document editing, etc. And I also try other things which only few people does like installing IDE of certain programming language and installing other developer tools which worked fine in previous versions of the OS. And I do write the review of the OS using the same OS itself. (Except using photo editing or other tools which I don’t have license on the new OS or the software does not work on the new OS)
Installing the OS
The installation went smoothly after I downloaded the iso file I used tool provided by Microsoft to make it in a bootable flash drive. You could skip this step and burn the iso into a DVD and use it to install.
Installation works same as Windows 8 so I won’t go into the details.
Most noticeable change that you will see at first.
You can directly boot in to Desktop Mode if you want.
Still No Start Menu.
Still feels like the UI is designed for touch screen rather then traditional Keyboard and Mouse.
Problems encountered while using Windows 8.1
My laptop has a Realtek sound card, on installation of Windows 8.1 the sound stopped working, resolved by installing the latest drivers (for Windows 7/8) from the official manufacturer website.
My laptops touchpad scroll stopped working, older drivers were unsupported, no driver for Windows 8 or 8.1 , tried to use 3rd party drivers but still no joy. And screen brightness control keys did not work by default (worked after installing Windows updates), while other function and multimedia keys worked fine.
(While these problems were entirely related to my laptop which is fairly old model, you may not even have these problems on your laptop if its new or other model then mine, mentioned because you should be ready to download and install drivers if it does not work, keep in mind that if your network card is not supported you should have access to other working PC or dual boot your computer before you install Windows 8.1, having said that we should note this is a preview copy and not final, it’s natural that something won’t perform as desired. It’s to be noted that my touch pad works fine in other Windows versions with driver)
Using the OS.
After I finished installing the OS and driver for my sound card. I started installing my day to day software. I installed Google Chrome and synced my bookmarks and plugging, installed VLC, winrar, and MS Office 2010. All went perfectly smooth. Problem faced was one of the old software that I use (which still works in XP and Windows 7) Google Talk that I frequently use. The installation went fine but it will never sign in to Google account, keeps throwing an error message about problem in connecting, even though the internet works fine. Well its an old software Google did not push any updates to it for quite a long time. But the fact that it still works in Windows XP and Windows 7 but not on the Windows 8.1 was a bit of disappointment for me. And yes Google Talk Plugin for browser works fine.
Ok, hard core Windows fan may have already started hating me, please don’t there are many things I liked. Even though I don’t have any state of art GPU in my laptop just the regular Intel on-board graphics card, the screen looked crisper then it use to when I used Windows XP or even Windows 7, its to be noted that I did not install the default drivers provided by the manufacturer, the Windows 8.1 installed the required drivers itself. I linked my Microsoft account with my laptop and visited the Store, very much same as with Windows 8, installed one app to test (Twitter) downloaded & installed fine and worked as it should no complains.
Even though I have set the boot to Desktop in my machine the missing Start Menu kept bothering me. (remember I am my day to day task on this computer ) so I had to install a third party Start Menu, strange as it may sound the first which I installed had compatibility issue with Windows 8.1 ! Tried to check solutions online but it failed to resolve any problem. So I uninstalled it and installed another one that works fine. If you care to use it on your own Windows 8.1 or even Windows 8 it’s called Start Menu 8 made by IObit (note I am not sponsoring the company by any mean, there are many other companies that makes start menu for Windows 8 which you can use if you like)
Except for the scroll on my touch pad and issue with gesture controlled things in Windows 8.1 and after I installed the third party Start Menu Windows 8.1 is pretty much usable. The boot time is very fast considering the low specs of my laptop, it booted faster than Windows XP or Windows 7. But Windows 8.1 did give me more trouble with BSOD (Blue Screen Of Death) then Windows XP or Windows 7 (while installing Windows updates)
We all know the next best thing a computer is useful for is playing games. While the latest and greatest games are not tested by me. I went ahead and tested the most use applications in office environment next to MS Office. Yes I am talking about Minesweeper and card games like Solitaire. Well to be able to play that game you need to have a internet connection , a Microsoft account and time to download it. Yes the basic games also needed to be downloaded. Well it may be because it’s a preview copy, but seriously you are making a 2GB plus size ISO (for 32 bit) how hard is it to squeeze in a game or two? Well its not COD, games size are not that big.
While people may argue why bother I will just download it from the internet. Yes that what we have to do but, what if the person who just installed the OS and other important software decides to go out of his/her house without internet, and decides to play a game after he/she is bored with work(which he/she does offline like making PPT and Excel sheets for his/her office) Well MS has decided you should not be able to play games at least not without a Microsoft Account and Internet connection and the time to download the games. Minesweeper is a 105 MB download well not that big in size you will say, but if you like me lives in a country where internet is slow and pricy you will think otherwise.
(Note: I did not download any games)
Ok lets surf Internet and play online games
Lets come to the default IE. Yes I am a Web Designer come developer and I hate IE, ever since IE6 (before that I was not developing anything for the web) I hate IE. But I will still use IE for a while and let you know how it performs. Just because I like my readers of the blog. Well as most of the cool things of web nowadays is HTML5 I decided to check it first. So how does the new IE 11 performs on the Microsoft’s new operating system ? Poorer then other modern bowser. HTML5 score is very low, even lower then some of the basic Android phones.
While using for email, social networking , surfing you won’t feel any difference, if you are a developer or designer for the web and works with HTML5, CSS3, JS, etc you will definitely feel that Google Chrome is much better.
Most of the default apps that comes with Windows 8.1 is metro apps. As metro apps open in full screen when you start , it can make some apps less useful. While some apps do looks good when it starts in full screen , like the photo app, yes we all generally like to see photos in full screen so goes with the default video app. But some apps when opened in full screen makes it less useful. Example the default pdf reader app. And if you download the Adobe reader from the Microsoft Web Store it will also run in full screen. Well I don’t know about you but many a times I have opened a pdf file and used Word, Excel or PowerPoint while viewing the data from pdf . That can not be done with the pdf readers with Metro interface. Yes there is a solution you can get the normal pdf reader from Adobe website directly.
Another thing that I hate about this metro apps is that the ads inside the apps. I mean I am already seeing ads in browser when I visit web pages,and you show me ads in mobile apps but now you have to show ads inside apps which runs on my PC too?
Useful Shortcut that will make using Windows 8.1 bit easier.
Closing Metro Apps: Alt +F4
Starting Windows applications quickly: Windows Key + R (and type the app name in Run dialogue example mspanint for Paint application ,excel for MS Excel)
Open Windows Explorer (My Computer to look for your files): Windows Key+ E
Something like the start menu bot not the same: Windows Key + X
Developers (skip this if you are not)
Well my developer friends I tried to install , run and do some coding (not at all in anyway better than you) on popular tools to check how well its compatible with Windows 8.1
Windows Visual Studio 2012 compatibility with Windows 8.1 (I know the latest is Windows Visual Studio 2013, buts its supported very well as its used to make Windows 8 Apps)
Visual Studio 2012 Ultimate installed fine but did throw error while installing, works file (I did some projects on asp.net stuffs only, did not test other features)
My final conclusion.
So as of now what I fell is that if you have a touch screen based device and willing to learn new way to interact with your computer go ahead with Windows 8.1 (when it releases) or if you already use Windows 8 then you should update to Windows 8.1 But if you have an old computer or if you don’t want to learn new way to use your computer and want to stick to the way you have used your computer for all these years don’t update to Windows 8.
If you still haven’t heard Yahoo has made a new decision that it is going to reuse old emails. Yes you heard it right if you have not logged in your email address then it will be given to a new user if that new user wants to register that name). Well this is the worst decision move taken by any tech industries in the history. A huge security problem is bound to happen. It would be easy as a pie to impersonate some one. Well some of you have already got the idea what I am talking about, to those who don’t, let me explain it to you.
In present time in the cyber world, email has become a person’s identity. If the email address is accessed by some one else then that can cause identity theft. You may argue that how an email address that has not been used over 12 months is important to any person. Well let me tell you it can be very important. Let me give you one example. Suppose Mr. B had an email in Yahoo, but then he moved to say Gmail when it become popular. (A lot of people including me and people I know moved to Gmail from Yahoo)
And them Mr. B continued to use Gmail. And did not pay much attention to old email from Yahoo. All he did was use the email address of Yahoo while registering in Gmail. (When asked to enter a secondary email address) Now if Mr. B dod not know about this news of Yahoo and does not login to his account in Yahoo it will be released. And someone can claim it, and may reset the password of Mr. B’s Gmail account. (provided that person knows Mr. B’s Gmail address) and then lock out Mr. B from other services like Facebook, Twitter etc, where Mr. B used is Gmail address. So think what level of problems can be caused by this move by Yahoo.
Well there are many more possibilities to cause harm and loss to the original user of the email through social engineering, which I wont discuss here, but you did get the general idea.
Yahoo made the decision on June 12, users have 30 days to claim their inactive accounts before they are released. So get login in Yahoo email address to stop Yahoo giving away your email.