Tech Wrap-Up 5-23-2022, which is National Taffy Day. Salt water taffy is a taste of summer wrapped in wax paper. It may come in different shapes, sizes, and colors, but it all tastes the same. Born in Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA, in the late 1800s, historians believe that the name “salt water taffy” comes from a time when ocean water flooded a seaside candy store. While you pick taffy out of your molars, Tech Help Knowledgebase wraps up the day with a summary of today’s most engaging stories from our social media feeds. We order the story summaries below by user engagement (posts with the most likes, shares, clicks, hashtag clicks, and detail expands) and by the number of impressions received. Our human-curated social media feeds include links to technology news, how-to and help articles, and video tutorials for common issues.
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Today’s Tech Wrap-Up
1. How to Protect Your Privacy in Windows (PCMag)
The first step in protecting your privacy in Windows 10 and Windows 11 is Microsoft’s Privacy Dashboard. Windows users may be familiar with the Privacy Dashboard from when they first set up Windows. Under Choose privacy settings for your device, each setting is enabled by default. Users may click the toggle to disable any setting or click the Learn more link to find out more about each setting. Next, users should review their privacy settings (in Windows 10, go to Settings > Privacy. In Windows 11, go to Settings > Privacy & security).
The 15th annual Pwn2Own hacking contest took place last week in Vancouver. During the contest, Manfred Paul demonstrated two critical security flaws in Mozilla’s Firefox web browser. Mozilla reacted quickly to the discovery by patching the flaws and releasing a Firefox update, Firefox 100.0.2, that includes the patch.
With Google Chrome garnering a 65% market share and Apple Safari capturing a 19% market share, it should come as no surprise that these tech giants use their operating systems to promote their software. Despite relentless odds, Island seeks to disrupt the enterprise web browser market. According to Island CEO Mike Fey, “The consumer browsers define security, privacy, and configuration by the needs of the consumer, but an enterprise has completely different requirements.” Island built its browser software using Chromium but placed restrictions on the way employees interact with the web.
Are you afraid of Linux? If so, why? LaptopMag opines that one does not need to be a tech nerd to run Linux and understand and learn the Linux interface. The first step for unintimidated Windows and macOS users is to choose a Linux distribution. The article suggests seven distros that are user-friendly and that most people use.
Windows 11 recently introduced a new search bar widget to insiders. The search bar stretches across the Windows desktop itself. The major downside expressed in this article is that the new search bar only allows users to search using Microsoft’s Edge web browser and their Bing search engine. Further, the new search feature ignores a user’s default web browser and search engine. Hopefully, this will not be the case when Microsoft rolls out this feature to the stable channel.
6. Linux kernel 5.18 arrives: Here’s what’s new (ZDNet)
Last night, Linux creator, Linus Torvalds, announced the stable release of Linux kernel 5.8. According to Torvalds, “I’d still like people to run boring old plain 5.18 just to check, before we start with the excitement of all the new features for the merge window.”
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