Tech Wrap-Up 9-26-2022, which is Pancake Day. No one on Earth has the willpower to resist pancakes. First, it is a cake made with eggs, milk, butter, and flour, and everyone likes cake. Plus, it is a one-minute cake cooked in a pan instead of an oven. Versatile pancakes pair with anything sweet or savory, and they are one of the only foods you eat doused in tree sap. They make a delicious breakfast, lunch, dinner, or snack. Serve them topped with fruit and whipped cream, or cook them with fruit mixed into the batter. Or chocolate chips! While you decide if you want to eat your pancakes with melted butter or not, 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
Despite password security warnings drilled into us everyday, people still use weak passwords and re-use passwords across multiple accounts. The good news is some help is on the way in the form of Enhanced Phishing Protection in Windows 11. The new Windows feature automatically detects when you input a password into an unsafe website or application. Consumers and enterprises alike receive a password change notification, and your IT department receives a notification too.
Tab Groups are a great way to improve your workflow, your productivity, and the performance of your device. Chromebook users do not have a way to save Tab Groups without applying a workaround. The workaround involves the new Desk saving feature in Chrome OS. When Chromebook users create a new virtual desk, they have the option to create Tab Groups, then save the desk for later, which also saves the Tab Groups.
3. Cloudflare launches an eSIM to secure mobile devices (TechCrunch)
Today, Cloudflare launched a new service called Zero Trust SIM and Zero Trust for Mobile Operators, both of which target smartphone users. Zero Trust SIM secures all data packets sent from a phone. Zero Trust for Mobile Operators is a carrier partner program. It lets service providers offer mobile security subscriptions to customers. Cloudflare also previewed another product called IoT Platform that handles ordering, provisioning, and managing connectivity and security of Internet of Things devices.
4. WordPress Considers Historic Development Change (Search Engine Journal)
WordPress is considering a plugin-first approach to development to improve the speed of core development. Also known as canonical plugins, the change would mean those who run WordPress sites add new features using plugins rather than having new features added to the WordPress core software by developers. As the term “canonical” implies, WordPress develops the new feature plugins rather than third-party developers. The point of this approach is to prevent overburdening WordPress users with layers of technical options.
5. How to enable SIM lock on your Android phone (Android Police)
Android phone users with a SIM card slot now have an option to add an extra layer of security to their devices. The SIM lock feature adds a four-digit passcode when rebooting or transferring it to another phone. The SIM card will not work until the user enters the correct passcode.
6. Serious surfer? How to browse like a pro on Firefox (The Register)
The Register tells us Firefox “is the most customizable browser going.” They say one of its best features is vertical tabs, and it does vertical tabs better than the competition. If you are not yet a true believer in vertical tabs, they recommend giving it a try for a week.
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