Tech Wrap-Up 9-13-2022, which is Chocolate Day. For the record, every day is chocolate day at my place. The Daily Mail says dark chocolate, in particular, is good for you. It boosts brain health, makes you happier, lowers blood pressure, improves blood vessel elasticity, acts as an aphrodisiac, and even makes erections firmer. Hop on the dark chocolate train, and then hop on…well, let’s not go there. It is also important to mention that chocolate induces pleasure because it tastes good. While you choose the cacao percentage that works for you, 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. Malware vs spyware vs ransomware – what’s the difference? (TechRadar)
The term ‘malware’ encompasses bots, phishing, rootkits, trojans, as well as spyware and ransomware. All systems and devices are at risk of malware infections. Signs of malware infection include popup ads, device slowness, website redirection, and new programs that show up on your desktop. Although it is possible to remove malware with specialized tools, the best protection is prevention. Spyware tends to covertly gather data from your device and send it back to the attacker. Ransomware encrypts files on your computer so you cannot access them without paying a ransom for the decryption key.
2. Apple Releases iOS and macOS Updates to Patch Actively Exploited Zero-Day Flaw (The Hacker News)
Perhaps lost in all the excitement about iPhone 14 and iOS 16 are the iOS and macOS updates that patch a new zero-day flaw. Discovered by an anonymous researcher, it is the second kernel-related zero-day patched by Apple in the last month. Since the beginning of 2022, Apple has patched eight zero-day flaws in its software. We recommend our readers keep their software up-to-date.
3. Apple patches iPhone and macOS flaws under active attack (The Register)
Monday was a busy day for Apple. Yes, there was the “Far Out” yawnfest that introduced the iPhone 14 models to the world, among other things. Apple also released five security updates for Safari, macOS, iOS, tvOS, and watchOS. The security fixes are serious, and include multiple actively exploited vulnerabilities. Apple device users should keep their software up to date.
Microsoft Edge is a good browser that offers a secure browsing experience. Among Edge’s security features is the SmartScreen option that protects Edge users from malicious websites and files. Edge also includes a typosquatting checker that warns you if your fat fingers mistyped a web address that could lead you to a malicious site. ZDNet lists eight Edge security features to help you stay safe online.
5. My 5 favorite iOS 16 features (and 1 I hate) after using it for two months (Digital Trends)
iOS 16 introduced many new features to the iPhone. Favorite features include keyboard haptics, an improved weather app, a search bar on the home screen, the photo background remover, and the battery percentage. All groundbreaking features (that largely already exist in other mobile operating systems). However, not all features grab the bull by the balls. One feature that continues to annoy is notifications, which are somehow worse than on iOS 15.
6. How to access and use Google’s ‘My Activity’ feature (Android Police)
Google offers control over your personal search history and account data settings. Access to controlling this data is via the My Activity feature. My Activity allows you to automatically delete your Google search history after a specific number of months.
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