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Tails OS 4.15 released with updated Tor Browser
by Paul Hill
Tails OS 4.15 has been released today bringing with it updates for the Tor Browser, the Linux kernel and fixes for several issues including USB tethering not working with devices running iOS 14 or later. Luckily, there are no new issues introduced with this version of the privacy-oriented OS but it’s still affected by long-standing issues.
According to the release notes, there are no new major changes in this update outside of updated software. The only new feature is that you now have the option to press “Don’t Show Again’ on the security notification that pops up when you attempt to run Tails on a virtual machine.
This update does come with several critical software patches for things like the Tor Browser which is now on version 10.0.9 (based on Firefox 78.7), Thunderbird has been bumped to 78.6.0, and the Linux kernel now sits on version 5.9.15 bringing support for newer hardware. The new kernel update also addresses a bug that prevented iOS 14 devices from being used for tethering.
To install Tails 4.15, you’ll either need to follow the guide to setting up a Tails USB to perform a clean install or you can upgrade an existing Tails install. When you’ve booted up your Tails 4.2 or above USB and connected to the internet, you will be offered the upgrade. If you choose to update, the new version will download and begin to install. If you would like to see what’s planned in future updates, check out the Tails roadmap.
by Razvan Serea
WinLock ensures that only authorized people can access sensitive information on your computer. With WinLock you can control how long others can use your computer. It runs from the system tray and requires a password to gain access to the available settings. It loads automatically with Windows and allows you to add an optional startup message, provide audio notification, and set the time limit. Once that limit is reached, Windows is summarily shut down. You can toggle the timer on and off from the tray. When enabled, there is no way around it without the proper password.
WinLock also allows to disable Windows hot keys (such as Alt-Ctrl-Del, Alt-Tab, Ctrl-Esc, etc.), lock Windows desktop, customize Start menu, hide Start button and Switch bar, and much more...
Block Windows and Lock Files features allow to block virtually any application or any part of it (window, popup message, dialog box), Explorer Windows (My Computer, Recycle Bin etc.), and lock selected files. Restricted sites feature filters Internet content and prohibits access to questionable websites.
WinLock is available in two editions: Standard and Professional. WinLock Professional offers all features of the WinLock, plus several advanced security capabilities of interest to the professional users. The advanced features of the Professional edition are:
Support for multi-user environment Internet Explorer restrictions Google Chrome restrictions Search through website for prohibited keywords Guest password USB key authentication Webcam snapshots Flexible removable drive restrictions WinLock 8.46 changelog:
Disable pinned apps. Apply settings option. Disable right-click in Start menu. Disble F10 key. Microsoft Edge restrictions. Disable Timeline. Full support for unicode websites. Support for Edge 88 and Tor 10. Download: WinLock 8.46 | WinLock Pro 8.46 | ~10.0 MB (Shareware)
Links: WinLock Home Page | WinLock Pro Screenshot
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By Usama Jawad96
Microsoft Edge will now let you know if your password is compromised
by Usama Jawad
Yesterday, Microsoft announced a bunch of new features coming to its Edge browser, including sidebar search, history sync, and more. Another nifty capability coming to the browser is Password Monitor, which alerts you if you are using unsafe credentials. The service began rolling out to Insiders back in June 2020 and is now being made available to the general public in Edge 88. Microsoft has detailed the feature in a dedicated blog post.
Password Monitor is the outcome of collaboration between the Edge product team and a former Microsoft Research incubation group called the "Cryptography and Privacy Research Group". The underlying technology is based on homomorphic encryption and is built on top of the Microsoft SEAL homomorphic encryption library.
Simply stated, Password Monitor contacts a server periodically and verifies that the credentials you have saved in Edge are not present in a database of breached credentials. If they are, the user is immediately alerted and asked to change them. It is important to note that neither Microsoft nor any other third-party can see your credentials, with the technology also secure against man-in-the-middle attacks so a malicious actor cannot hijack your password during transit between your browser and the server.
Microsoft has also modified its SEAL library to ensure multi-platform support on various architectures including ARM, x86, and Mac, and it is also compatible with low-end devices. The firm has described the principles of homomorphic encryption in its blog post as well for our more cybersecurity-savvy readers. Microsoft has emphasized that the process consumes minimal network bandwidth, optimizes CPU utilization, and that the Password Monitor service is capable of handling a "large number" of client requests.
Password Monitor will be made available to Edge users on a rolling basis so it will not be immediately visible to everyone. You can head over to the dedicated supported page to find out how to enable it.
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Google to limit Chrome sync API following audit
by Paul Hill
Google has announced that it will be limiting access to private Chrome APIs that enable features such as Chrome sync and Click to Call so that only its browsers can use them. The decision follows an audit by the company which uncovered that third-party Chromium-based browsers were using the APIs.
The web giant said that users of some third-party browsers were able to sign in to their Google Account and store and retrieve their Chrome sync data in their third-party browser. The data they could access includes bookmarks and presumably passwords. Google isn’t happy this is happening and has said that the APIs that enable these features will be restricted from March 15, 2021.
For users that have already accessed these features, their data will still be available in their Google Account and will continue to be stored locally in their third-party browser. To continue using the restricted features, users will have no other option than to switch to Google Chrome or Chromium.
Google Chrome’s Engineering Director Jochen Eisinger who authored the post did not share which browsers were using these APIs but Chromium has become an extraordinarily popular choice to build browsers on top of. Microsoft’s Edge, Opera, Vivaldi and Brave are some popular web browsers that are built atop of Chromium but they each have their independent syncing services.