Monthly Archives: September 2020

Malicious Emails Could Cause Admin Issues

Microsoft Office’s years old defect has allowed hackers to create e-mails which could potentially wreak havoc. If you use Microsoft Office, keep reading!

According to NIST, “Microsoft Office 2007 Service Pack 3, Microsoft Office 2010 Service Pack 2, Microsoft Office 2013 Service Pack 1, and Microsoft Office 2016 allow an attacker to run arbitrary code in the context of the current user by failing to properly handle objects in memory, aka “Microsoft Office Memory Corruption Vulnerability”. This CVE ID is unique from CVE-2017-11884.”

If a certain account has the high admin control, and the hacker receive the privileges, it could be troublesome. That could potentially allow them to delete information, install just about anything, and give them access to any and all private information.

Make sure your antivirus is up to date on your computer to avoid any and all malicious cyber attacks. Also, remember that Windows 10 updates are only pushed through its operating system and not through e-mails.

If you ever have an issue with any Windows 10 updates, give us a call at 1-800-620-5285.  Karls Technology is a nationwide computer service company with offices in many major cities. This blog post was brought to you from our staff at the Garland Computer Repair Service. If you need computer repair in Garland, TX please call or text the local office at (469) 299-9005.

Windows 10 Forces Edge Browser

Microsoft is always finding ways to keep Windows 10 up to date on the latest features and security. If you use the updated operating system, you may find their own browser, Edge, installed on your computer.

That’s because Microsoft is working hard to encourage their users to use Edge, instead of other browsers. Google Chrome has them beat, being the most used web browser.

Yes, Microsoft Edge has a handful of benefits when you use it, like importing your bookmarks from other browsers. If you’d rather not have Edge on your computer, you can uninstall it. However, Microsoft doesn’t make it easy. According to LifeHacker, “you can uninstall it from Windows 10 with some simple PowerShell wizardry.” They show you two ways to uninstall Edge.

Windows 10 will not break or mess up if you uninstall Edge, so no worries about that. It’s mostly just a hassle, so if it doesn’t bother you to have the browser on your computer, just leave it be.

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What is Linux and Why is it Popular?

Everyone knows about the Windows and Mac operating systems, as they are the most commonly used on computers. And while Linux has been heard of, not many people comprehend what all their operating system does.

So here’s the scoop:

Linux is an open-source OS. Open-source means that someone can change and monitor the system. This allows users, particularly programmers to directly access its operations and add or remove desired features, along with creating what they need. Security is a benefit, allowing the user to fix errors without requesting authorization.

“Should you have a problem on a Linux system, finding a solution online is much easier than on Windows or Mac. Instead of submitting support tickets and waiting days for a reply, there are many online forums — notably askubuntu.com —  providing support. Answers are quicker and more personalized. The Linux community as a whole has a great understanding of Linux, it is difficult to encounter a problem that can’t be solved.”

Source: Red and Black
Point of View

Linux at its core is very simplistic and barebones. It doesn’t assume anything about the way the machine will or will not be used. This leaves the user a LOT of freedom to install what they want, how they want. That’s why it makes a good platform for servers. Server installs don’t even have a GUI (like windows with a mouse and icons and such). Its all command line.

Not having a GUI running on top of everything keeps the hardware running at optimal speeds without wasting resources on things we don’t need running on there. Its also incredibly stable and will run darn near indefinitely (baring any hardware failures) without ever breaking or failing.

Should you make the switch?

If you prefer to have more freedom and control over your operating system, Linux might be a great idea to look into. Those interested in computer programming would also benefit from working through this operating system.

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Blue Screen of Death Caused by Intel WIFI Drivers

If you have been experiencing the infamous Blue Screen of Death due to mobile hotspot connection, it may possibly be because of Intel.

Intel’s wireless drivers have caused a number of issues when attempting to watch an online video or when the Windows 10 hotspot is turned on. But thankfully, there is a fix for this issue.

According to MSPoweruser, a Microsoft tech blog, Intel has released an update to remove the bug. You can also find a list of adapters on their post.

“The best way to install the driver is to download Intel® Driver & Support Assistant which will make sure you have the right driver for your hardware, but if you are more hands-on you can download the package directly here.”

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Apple’s Event Doesn’t Involve iPhone

Apple made a special announcement, sharing it’s September Event coming up.

September 15th, Apple will live stream their event on their website at 10 am PDT. Their main focuses are the Apple Watch and iPad. Back in July, Apple stated that they were not sharing the new iPhone until October.

On their blog, MacRumors suggests, “If there’s no ‌iPhone‌, we could also see other rumored products like the first Arm-based Mac (which is rumored to be a 13-inch MacBook Pro), over-ear “AirPods Studio” headphones, AirTags, and a smaller HomePod, all of which have been rumored for a fall launch.”

Mark your calendars!

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Programs that Start Routinely at Login

When Windows 10 users login to their PC, they may notice a handful of apps that automatically start up. While some of these programs are necessary, others could possibly hinder the performance. This is no problem, however, since the user can be in control of what apps start up at every login.

You can find the list of start up apps by going to the Start Menu – Settings – Apps. Then, click on Startup. There, you’ll find the apps. You can easily disable the apps by using the toggle to turn them off.

Windows 10 Support also shares another way to find those background apps.

“If you don’t see the Startup option in Settings, right-click the Start  button, select Task Manager, then select the Startup tab. (If you don’t see the Startup tab, select More details.) Select the app you want to change, then select Enable to run it at startup or Disable so it doesn’t run.”

Windows Support

Disabling apps are quite easy, as are adding them. Simply go to the Start Menu and right click on an app you want to start up automatically. Then, click on More, and Open file location, and save the shortcut. If Open file location is not listed, Windows Support says that it means it’s not available to be saved to the Startup.

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AirTags from Apple Available Soon

It’s rumored that the new Apple AirTags will be available sometime in October. These AirTags are similar to the Tile tags, in which they have built-in bluetooth to track devices or other important items if lost.

MacRumors shares that the Airtags will also come with the ever paramount ultra-wideband support.

“The rumored ultra-wideband support is worth noting because it’s going to let iPhones with a U1 chip (the iPhone 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max) track positioning with more accuracy than Bluetooth alone. If you lose your keys down the couch cushion, for example, the ‌iPhone‌ should be able to lead you right to them.”

Source: EverythingApplePro

It isn’t said how they will be able to attach to the items. Tile tags mostly use rings to attach to key rings. AirTags could easily use adhesives, as well as rings.

There’s so much more to the AirTags, but Apple has seemed to keep quiet about most of it. Any information found about them has seemed to leak to different sources, but without Apple’s official statements, it’s all speculation.

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Make Your Desktop Icons Disappear

Don’t worry, though. You can make them reappear again.

If you’re wanting a clean desktop, you can easily hide those icons with just a couple of clicks. And the keyword is “hide”. You won’t lose them. Simply right click on the desktop and hover your mouse over View. A list will drop down, and you will un-check Show desktop icons.

To bring them back, just click on Show desktop icons again. Voila!

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iOS 13.7 opts-in COVID Notifications

iPhone users can now opt-in to COVID notifications on their phone.

Tuesday, Apple pushed out the iOS 13.7 update, including additional assistance in the new COVID-19 tracking system. What’s wonderful about this feature is there’s no app download needed to access the information.

According to the software update, “System availability depends on support from your local public health authority.” Several iPhone users have shared concerns about the company stealing data or other personal information.

However, Apple states, “Your iPhone is not collecting or sharing exposure notification data with anyone. If you turn on Exposure Notifications, information related to your exposures can only be shared with your permission.”

Source: Apple

Simply go to Settings, scroll down and you’ll find Exposure Notifications. From there, you have the option of turning it on, along with receiving Availability Alerts. In order to use Availability Alerts, you will have to have Location Services turned on.

You can go to Apple’s COVID tracking website to learn more information.

For help with any Apple issues, call us at 1-800-620-5285.  Karls Technology is a nationwide computer service company with offices in many major cities. This blog post was brought to you from our staff at the Denver Computer Repair Service. If you need computer repair in Denver, CO please call or text the local office at (720) 441-6460.

Firefox Update Fixes Crashes

Mozilla’s developer team has been hard at work updating Firefox after multiple reports of crashes.

Named 80.0.1, this update contains the correction of the browser crashing due to a GPU reset. And although these issues first began a few days ago, sources have stated that the GPU issues have occurred several months ago.

According to Mozilla’s release note, additional fixes included:
  • Fixed a performance regression when encountering new intermediate CA certificates (bug 1661543)
  • Fixed crashes possibly related to GPU resets (bug 1627616)
  • Fixed rendering on some sites using WebGL (bug 1659225)
  • Fixed the zoom-in keyboard shortcut on Japanese language builds (bug 1661895)
  • Fixed download issues related to extensions and cookies (bug 1655190)

Once the browser update is complete on your PC, it’s recommended you restart Firefox to finalize the changes in it’s entirety.

If you don’t have Firefox, you can simply download the newest version of Firefox on their website.

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