Tech Wrap-Up Week 31 2022, a week that ushered in August, and which featured Girlfriend Day, Ice Cream Sandwich Day, Watermelon Day, Chocolate Chip Cookie Day, and Beer Day. Today, we look back at this week’s ten most engaging stories from the Tech Help Knowledgebase 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 they received. Stories are in descending order with the most engaging story at the top. 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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Top 10 Most Engaging Stories This Week
Cybersecurity watchdogs from the United States and Australia recently released a list of eleven top malware threats from the past ten years. The malware on the list ranges from trojans to ransomware and mostly targets financial gain instead of espionage. The US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) also offers an overview of how the malware works and mitigation recommendations.
A new month always brings statistics about the previous month. In keeping with this tradition, StatCounter released web browser market share statistics for July that show Google Chrome running on 66.14 percent of desktop computers worldwide. Coming in a distant second is Microsoft Edge, with a 10.86 percent market share for July.
A new Windows 11 insider preview improves the ransomware protections of Defender for Endpoint. Defender for Endpoint is Microsoft’s security solution for enterprises. Microsoft’s Insider Program managers said, “We enhanced Microsoft Defender for Endpoint’s ability to identify and intercept ransomware and advanced attacks.” There was no mention of when the update will reach production Endpoint users.
In more iOS 16 news, CNet points out five hidden features and settings coming to Apple’s mobile operating system. Among the features are the ability to password-protect the Hidden album, view and share Wi-Fi passwords, duplicate photo and video removal, pin tabs in Safari, and more. Read the article to find out how.
5. Google Chrome 104 released with 27 security fixes (Tech Help Knowledgebase)
Google released Chrome 104 this week with 27 security fixes, an enhanced Web Bluetooth API, as well as other features and enhancements. We recommend our readers update their Chrome installations as soon as possible.
6. The hidden privacy report in your phone you should start checking (Kim Komando)
You do not have to be a cybersecurity expert to adjust your smartphone app settings to achieve the greatest level of privacy. In the case of iOS, Apple added an App Privacy Report in iOS 15.2. The report shows users which apps are accessing what data. For example, your bird call identification app may need access to your phone’s microphone to function, but it does not need access to your email address or text messages to work.
7. Chrome OS 104 Finally Brings Dark Theme to Chromebooks (Thurrott)
ChromeOS 104 began rolling out to Chromebooks this week. The update includes dark theme support, a windowed Launcher experience, a new visual style, a better photo experience in Phone Hub, improved screen capture, and a new Calendar flyout.
The walled garden is collapsing. Upon the release of iOS 16, Apple may allow iPhone users to use Apple Pay with browsers other than Safari. iOS 16 beta 4 already permits testers to use Apple Pay with a third-party browser like Microsoft Edge. Apple has yet to issue a formal announcement about it, so there is still time for Lucy to pull the football away from Charlie Brown.
9. Microsoft Edge 104 released with new added security protection (Tech Help Knowledgebase)
Microsoft released Edge 104 today with newly added security protection for less visited websites. We recommend our readers update their Edge installations as soon as possible.
10. Google’s August 2022 Pixel update is on its way (Android Police)
Right on time and on schedule comes Google’s August security and feature update for its Pixel line of smartphones. Imagine having a device that receives a feature and security update once per month and on pretty much the same day each month. There is no need to imagine it since that is what Google Pixel phone users receive. It is one of my favorite Pixel attributes.
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