New Ransomware Threat Emerges

A massive botnet is sending emails containing ransomware that could destroy your computer.

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You probably know from prior articles that ransomware is the # 1 digital threat in the world. The FBI estimates that nearly $1 billion was paid by victims of these attacks in 2016 alone. Now, millions of computers are at risk of being infected with a new ransomware strain. The threat is being spread in a super clever way that is easy to fall victim to.  That is why you need to know what to look for to prevent this threat.

It starts with a phishing email

The latest ransomware attack, dubbed Scarab, is being distributed by the Necurs botnet through phishing emails. Scarab first appeared this summer but was recently updated to block users from using third-party recovery tools. This attack is spreading extremely fast. Within the first six hours of being launched, over 12.5 million malicious emails were sent to unsuspecting victims.

The phishing emails supposedly contain a scanned document that the recipient will want to look at. The “document” is actually a zip attachment that contains a VBScript downloader. If the attachment is clicked, it will infect your computer, phone or tablet with ransomware.

People from all over the world started receiving these malicious emails on Novevmber 23rd. The email subject line says the document was scanned from trusted printer companies like:

• Scanned from Lexmark

• Scanned from Epson

• Scanned from HP

• Scanned from Canon

Once your computer is infected, a ransom note appears. It begins with, “If you want to get all your files back, please read this.” The note goes on to demand payment. In a strange twist, the scammers do not have a set ransom. Instead, the note says, “the price depends on how fast you write to us.”

The best way to avoid this ransomware attack is knowing how to spot a phishing email and not click this malicious link.

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Windows 10 Adoption Grows

Back in May, more than 500 million active devices were being powered by Windows 10. Last week at Micrsoft’s annual shareholders meeting it was announced that a new milestone had been achieved for Windows 10. It’s now powering 600 million active devices.

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Windows 10 growth slowed down ever since the end of the free upgrade offer for Windows 7/8 users. Microsoft’s operating system continued to pick up market share, albeit at a much slower rate, as more and more businesses started moving away from Windows 7, but the majority of users are still running older versions of the OS to this day. Extended support for Windows 7 is set to end in 2020, and by that time Windows 10 should be well over the 1 billion target Microsoft set during the initial launch of the OS.

Going forward, it’s clear that Microsoft won’t have too much trouble getting users to upgrade to newer versions of Windows. The company’s Windows as a Service strategy has performed surprisingly well so far, with more than 20% of all Windows 10 users already using the latest feature update for the OS which only came out in October.

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iOS 11.2 Arrives

Yesterday released iOS 11.2, the second major update to the iOS 11 operating system available on the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. iOS 11.2 comes a month after iOS 11.1, the first major update to iOS 11, and it follows several other smaller bug fix updates.

The iOS 11.2 update is available on all eligible devices over-the-air in the Settings app. To access the update, go to Settings –> General –> Software Update. Eligible devices include the iPhone 5s and later, the iPad mini 2 and later, the iPad Air and later, and the 6th-generation iPod touch.


iOS 11.2, as a major 11.x update, brings several new features and important bug fixes. It introduces Apple Pay Cash, Apple’s peer-to-peer payments service. Apple Pay Cash works through the Messages app and is designed to allow for quick person-to-person money transfers, like Square Cash or Venmo.

You can quickly and easily send and receive money through iMessage conversations with Apple Pay Cash. Cash is sent from a linked debit or credit card, while received cash is stored in an Apple Pay Cash card in the Wallet app and can be used for purchases or transferred to a bank account.

For the iPhone X, iPhone 8, and iPhone 8 Plus iOS 11.2 appears to introduce faster 7.5W wireless charging speeds through compatible Qi-based wireless charging accessories. At 7.5W charging speeds, the three new iPhones are able to charge faster wirelessly than with the standard 5W wired iPhone power adapter.


When it comes to the iPhone X interface, iOS 11.2 adds a small bar underneath the status bar icons located at the upper right side of the Lock screen, which is designed to make the location of the Control Center gesture more clear. On the iPhone X, Control Center is accessed by swiping down from the top of the device.


In Control Center on all devices, there are two new informational pop-ups that are displayed when using the Wi-Fi or Bluetooth toggles. These pop-ups explain that Bluetooth and Wi-Fi are disabled temporarily rather than permanently when accessed from the Control Center.


iOS 11.2 introduces a new Sports section in the dedicated TV app, which offers up access to live sports games through integration with the ESPN app. The Sports app can be accessed through a new “Sports” tab at the bottom of the app, and it offers up custom content based on team preferences and current sports seasons.


There are multiple bug fixes in the update, including a fix for an animation bug in the Calculator app that caused some numbers and symbols to be ignored when entered in rapid succession. The update removes the animations from the calculator app so calculations can be done quickly with no need to pause between entering numbers to obtain the correct result.

The update also addresses a date bug that caused continual crashing in iOS 11.1.2 after December 2. The problem was linked to local notifications, and according to a support document, it is fixed in iOS 11.2. iPhone and iPad users experiencing this bug should turn off notifications and then install iOS 11.2.

Other new features in iOS 11.2 include redesigned camera emojis and other emoji tweaks, a new loading animation for Live Photos effects, and Live wallpapers for the iPhone X. For developers, the update introduces a new feature that allows them to offer new customers discounted introductory pricing for auto-renewable subscriptions in the App Store. Full release notes for the update are available below:

iOS 11.2 introduces Apple Pay Cash to send, request, and receive money from friends and family with Apple Pay. This update also includes bug fixes and improvements.

Apple Pay Cash (US Only)
Send, request, and receive money from friends and family with Apple Pay in Messages or by asking Siri

Other improvements and fixes
– Adds support for faster wireless charging on iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X with compatible third-party accessories
– Introduces three new Live wallpapers for iPhone X
– Improves video camera stabilization
– Adds support in Podcasts to automatically advance to the next episode from the same show
– Adds support in HealthKit for downhill snow sports distance as a data type
– Fixes an issue that could cause Mail to appear to be checking for new messages even when a download is complete
– Fixes an issue that could cause cleared Mail notifications from Exchange accounts to reappear
– Improves stability in Calendar
– Resolves an issue where Settings could open to a blank screen
– Fixes an issue that could prevent swiping to Today View or Camera from the Lock Screen
– Addresses an issue that could prevent Music controls from displaying on the Lock Screen
– Fixes an issue that could cause app icons to be arranged incorrectly on the Home Screen
– Addresses an issue that could prevent users from deleting recent photos when iCloud storage is exceeded
– Addresses an issue where Find My iPhone sometimes wouldn’t display a map
– Fixes an issue in Messages where the keyboard could overlap the most recent message
– Fixes an issue in Calculator where typing numbers rapidly could lead to incorrect results
– Addressed an issue where the keyboard could respond slowly
– Adds support for real-time text (RTT) phone calls for the deaf and hard of hearing
– Improves VoiceOver stability in Messages, Settings, App Store, and Music
– Resolves an issue that prevented VoiceOver from announcing incoming Notifications

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New Windows Troubleshooting Scam Emerges

Just in time for the holidays a new PC scam is making the rounds that trys to trick you into turning over you hard earned cash.

“Windows Troubleshooting” is a new nasty scam that distributes as cracked software installer, it displays a fake BSOD, or Blue Screen of Death, on the infected machine and then shows Troubleshooting Windows pop up that seems like legit Windows Troubleshooter.

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The Troubleshooting scam was first detected by Pieter Arntz (a security researcher from Malwarebytes), the researcher said that Tech Support Scammers use different techniques for distributing themselves. This particular one was offered as a cracked software installer.

After installed, the scam will say that your Windows cannot be fixed, prevents you from using Windows, and encourages you to buy a program using PayPal to fix the “detected problems” and unlock the screen.

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The option of “Buy Windows Defender Essentials” will open a PayPal page to let you purchase the app for $25. The funds will be transferred to the following PayPal address

“lillysoft.it@gmail.com” and use the following URL:“https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=DXKLEMZTGTTDY”

After a successful payment, victims will be redirected to “hitechnovation.com/thankyou.txt”, which includes the word “thankuhitechnovation” that tells the program to open a new screen that pretends to fix the issues and enables the victim to close the program.

How to remove it?

To remove this scam, you should first bypass the lock screen, the malware uses a simply breakable mechanism to verify if a victim made a payment or not. But, you can simply workaround this issue by following these steps:

– Open the fake PayPal purchase screen.
– Press Ctrl + O keys from the keyboard to launch open dialog box.
– Type http://hitechnovation.com/thankyou.txt into Open box and press enter.

That’s all. You should be able to close the window and access your Windows because the program will think the user paid and shut itself down.

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Microsoft Edge Arrives on iOS & Android

Today the Microsoft Edge app quietly dropped its beta tag on Android, and now Microsoft has made it official. The browser is now out of preview on both iOS and Android, launching in full for everyone.

Microsoft Edge officially exits preview on iOS and Android

I have been using this web browser on my iPhone for several weeks and must say I have been impressed with its performance. This is really a nice option if you are tired of Safari or even Chrome on your smartphone.

Microsoft initially launched Edge on iOS and Android in preview in October as a way for Edge desktop users a way to easily sync their passwords, favorites, and reading list between devices. You can also quickly pick up where you left off with a “Continue on PC” feature, which opens the page your looking at on your phone on your PC.

While the app still behaves like Edge, it runs on the required WebKit rendering engine on iOS and the Blink rendering engine on Android, rather than Microsoft’s own EdgeHTML engine.

I suggest giving this one a try – especially if you use Edge on your Windows 10 PC.

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Understanding Net Neutraility

Net neutrality, the principle that protects the free and open internet as we know it today, is under serious attack.

Net neutrality is not a partisan issue, and it don’t care matter where you fall on the political spectrum. The repeal of net neutrality will affect you as an internet user. Here’s what you need to know about this vital fight for the open web.

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What is Net Neutraility?

Net neutrality is the principle that internet service providers (ISPs) must treat all internet traffic equally, regardless of its content.

This is how the internet currently works. When you jump online, it doesn’t matter if you visit MakeUseOf, Google, your friend’s blog, or watch some videos on YouTube — they all work the same way. Your ISP cannot check your network packets to see what sites you’re visiting and decide to slow your browsing down because it doesn’t like what you’re doing.

Without net neutrality, ISPs could block content they didn’t agree with, prioritize certain sites over others, and force websites to pay up for the privilege of being fast.

The Current United States Net Neutrality Law

In June 2015, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) ruled in favor of net neutrality. It did so by reclassifying broadband as a “common carrier” under Title II of the Communications Act of 1934. Essentially, this places ISPs under regulation like airlines and phone companies are.

Until 2015, net neutrality was hotly debated among ISPs, their users, and the U.S. government. In the early days of the internet, ISPs provided internet access through dial-up service via phone companies’ lines. Since phone companies were already bound to Title II, they couldn’t mess with your connection. And back then, there were lots of ISPs in the game, like AOL, Earthlink, and NetZero. So if yours tried anything shady, you could simply switch to another provider.

Fast-forward to modern times, and high-speed connections are vital for streaming video, playing online video games, and more. Only a few major ISPs are in play now. Chances are that you subscribe to Comcast, Verizon, or Spectrum/Charter Communications for internet service. But the problem with that is…

ISPs Have Shown How They Feel About Net Neutrality

The reason that the FCC moved to reclassify broadband under Title II was due to ISPs abusing their power. FreePress has gathered a great sampling of offenses; among the worst:

  • In 2005, Comcast blocked peer-to-peer networks like BitTorrent without telling its users.
  • When the iPhone was new, AT&T forced Apple to block Skype on the iPhone unless users were on Wi-Fi. It didn’t like that Skype provided a calling alternative to its services.
  • From 2011-2013, when Google Wallet (now Android Pay) was new, AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon all blocked access to it. The reason? It competed with a similar app that they all had a stake in.
  • In 2012, Verizon blocked people from using tethering apps. Tethering allows you to broadcast your phone’s data connection as a Wi-Fi hotspot and connect other devices to it, like your laptop. Verizon didn’t want users to be able to tether for free since it charged $20 for this at the time.
  • Also in 2012, AT&T blocked its subscribers from using FaceTime on their iPhones unless they upgraded to a newer, more expensive plan. It had no reason for doing this other than to make more money.

All these instances would be illegal under current net neutrality rules. It’s even arguable that mobile carriers have used data cap exemptions to get around net neutrality through a back door.

Do you see why net neutrality is so important? History is a good predictor of the future.

A Future Without Net Neutrality

It’s not hard to take the above examples and expand on them to see what could happen to an internet without net neutrality. You’ve probably seen this image floating around, mocking up the “package deals” ISPs could offer without net neutrality in place:

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While this is a bit far-fetched, think on a smaller scale. After all, ISPs love vague wording, and they won’t dive all-in with their newfound power. They’ll test the waters and see how far they can go, bit by bit.

For instance, Comcast owns NBC. It would rather you watch NBC shows on its streaming service than use Hulu or Netflix. Without net neutrality, what’s to stop Comcast from slowing down access to Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, and similar and prioritize their own services?

They could hold Netflix hostage for millions of dollars to escape the “slow lane”, resulting in Netflix having to pass that cost onto you. You’re already paying for internet service and a Netflix subscription — now you’ll have to cover for Comcast’s greed too.

Also consider the flow of information. Verizon owns HuffPost and Yahoo, via the subsidiary Oath. What happens if it doesn’t want you to look at other news sites? Would you put up with absurdly slow speeds or outright blocking of news content that Verizon didn’t agree with?

An Open Internet Is Essential

What makes the internet so special is that it’s free and open to anyone. Think about people who earn their living, and companies who have created new methods of interaction, in ways that simply were not possible 20 or even 10 years ago:

  • YouTube creating an alternative to traditional media and giving birth to stars like PewDiePie, Rhett & Link, and Phillip DeFranco. Even Justin Bieber got his start from being seen on YouTube.
  • New ways of listening to and discovering music from Pandora, Spotify, and similar services.
  • Online gaming bringing players from around the world together to play the latest games together.
  • Subreddits on Reddit letting people interested in a common subject build a community.
  • Allowing anyone to start a blog and voice their thoughts, sell their products to buyers worldwide, and a hundred other ways to participate online.
  • The very website you’re reading this article on!

All these people, services, and pages organically gained a following despite tons of competition online. What would happen to all the above if Comcast and friends had been able to filter out websites they didn’t want you to access? What if they didn’t like how your favorite YouTube channels posed a threat to their news, so they blocked them?

You’re an entrepreneur and want to design a better alternative to a product that Verizon has a stake in? Too bad. Verizon will silence your potential threat to its income just like it blocked Google Wallet. How can we expect someone just starting out to build an audience and have success when they don’t have the money to pay ISPs to get in the fast lane?

So when you see ads over the next few weeks from the ISPs with outright lies like this one, remember that actions speak far louder than words.

In fact, Comcast has already quietly dropped its statement about not allowing paid priority on its networks. They’ve spent hundreds of millions of dollars lobbying to repeal net neutrality, and you’d better believe that they intend to use it.

The FCC’s Vote

On December 14th, the five FCC leaders will vote on whether to repeal net neutrality. The chairman, Ajit Pai, has spearheaded this campaign for repeal. What you might not know is that Pai was once a lawyer for Verizon. As we’ve established above, Verizon is licking its chops at the thought of net neutrality dissolving. He certainly doesn’t have the interest of the public in mind, who vastly support keeping net neutrality.

If net neutrality goes away, the new proposed rules would only require ISPs to “be transparent about their practices so that consumers can buy the service plan that’s best for them . . .” In other words, they’ll bury all the new ways they’re going to screw you over in the Terms and Conditions that nobody reads anyway.

What Can You Do?

Your best action to keep net neutrality in place is contacting your elected officials. They (in theory) represent you so you need to let them know how you feel. The Electronic Frontier Foundation has created an easy-to-use tool that lets you send a letter to your members of Congress.

If you can call your representatives, governor, and other elected officials, do so. Let them know that you support keeping the internet free and open, and don’t want to place its future in the hands of companies who are ready to abuse it. Visit BattleForTheNet for more info on how to get involved.

Politics Not Required

Before I summarize and close, it’s worth mentioning why this is a political issue.

Some people think that net neutrality is something Democrats support and Republicans do not. Even though Barack Obama was in office when net neutrality was put into place, its roots exist farther back than that. While some might believe that classifying broadband as a Title II service wasn’t the way to go about preserving net neutrality, that’s not the argument here.

The classification does not give the government the right to meddle in the internet (the way that repealing net neutrality will give ISPs the ability to do just that). It allows the government to enforce regulations if ISPs act out of line. Conservatives and liberals alike should happily support about net neutrality. You can visit websites that cater to your views instead of being stuck with what your ISP wants you to see.

The Internet Is at Stake

Regardless, net neutrality is the current law, and right now it’s facing a repeal. Repealing it would only benefit ISPs, not the consumer. Cable companies consistently rank as some of the most hated companies in America, yet people can’t leave if they want internet access. This is because in many areas, one ISP has a monopoly.

You won’t have another choice if Comcast starts forcing you to pay more for sites you want to visit. Everybody hates how cable companies make you pay an exorbitant amount of money for channels you don’t care about, leading to many cutting out cable.

If there’s any question, companies that support net neutrality include Kickstarter, Twitter, Reddit, Mozilla, GitHub, DeviantArt, Discord, DuckDuckGo, Dropbox, Etsy, and OkCupid. Companies against it include Comcast, Verizon, and AT&T. What does that tell you?

In summary, we’ve seen what net neutrality protects and why these companies want to repeal it. In the past, they’ve acted to block apps and services from devices that you paid for because they don’t want you to use them. This is crazy. If they’d block Skype to make more money, what’s to stop them from blocking entire websites?

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Avoid These Holiday Scams

The holiday season is a time for shopping, giving and family festivities. It’s also a time for heightened vigilance about cyber crime and fraud. Scammers and cyber thieves come up with new ways to steal your money, data and identity every year, and many of these schemes are rampant during the holidays.
Image result for holiday scamsThe holidays are a here and that means many of us will be shopping online. Do not let a cyber grinch ruin your holidays.

Here are five common holiday scams and tips on how to avoid them:

1. Online shopping scams: Online shoppers hunting for Black Friday bargains or Cyber Monday deals be warned: Fraudulent shopping websites abound, advertising unusually deep price cuts or exclusive offers meant to lure you into providing your personal or financial information or clicking on malicious links that can infect your computer.

How to stay safe: Remember, if an offer seems too good to be true, it likely is. Jamie Howard, Deputy Head of Fraud Risk Management and Investigations, UBS, says it’s best to shop only with reputable retailers and only transact on secure websites with “https” in the URL. Also be sure to have the latest anti-virus software running on your device.

2. Malicious e-mail links: From bogus e-cards to malware-laden advertisements, e-mail scams are a major problem during the holidays. Phishing schemes involving package-delivery notices are especially prevalent. An e-mail, purporting to be from the U.S. Postal Service or a common carrier delivery service, instructs customers to click on a link that promises a shipping-status update but instead unleashes a virus or other malware on their device that could end up stealing usernames, passwords and other private information.

How to stay safe: Segriff advises that unless you know the sender, “never click on a link in an e-mail, and never open attachments.” Also, never send personal or financial information by e-mail. “If anyone asks you for that, it’s a red flag.”

3. Wi-Fi hotspot risks: Think twice about using the unsecured Wi-Fi in an airport, hotel or other public space to order that last-minute gift from your laptop, tablet or smartphone.Mobile devices make it convenient for us to shop almost anywhere at any time, but they also make it easier for crooks to carry out a wide variety of cyber schemes—from phishing to “evil twin” hacks that use bogus Wi-Fi signals to access your device and plunder your data.

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How to stay safe: Keep in mind, the information you transmit or receive on unsecured wireless networks may be accessible to other users on the network. Avoid using unsecured networks in general—and never use them to send or receive personal or financial information. Consider using your own secured personal hotspot instead.

4. Gift card scams: One common scam this time of year involves a victim receiving a threatening call or voicemail saying that a family member needs help to pay for an emergency need or will soon be arrested for some kind of crime unless a fine is paid immediately. The victim is then told to make the payment with gift cards and provide the imposter with the codes to redeem and use them. “Fraud seeks to exploit one emotion or another—this one being love and trust,” Howard says. “Criminals prey on that sense of family support during the holidays.”

How to stay safe: Note that no legitimate government entity, bank, attorney or bail bondsman should ask for payment via pre-paid gift cards. If you receive one of these calls and find it suspicious, never provide your personal or financial information. The best thing to do is simple: hang up.

5. Charity fraud: Many of us open our hearts and our wallets to those in need during the holidays. But beware of fraudsters who may contact you by phone or mail seeking to exploit your good intentions. “There are criminal enterprises masquerading as charitable organizations to get people’s money,” Howard says. Such scams are likely to pick up this year in the aftermath of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria and the California wildfires.

How to stay safe: Learn to recognize the warnings signs of charity scams, and only donate to charities you know and trust. Ratings on Charity Navigator’s website can help you find trustworthy charitable organizations. The IRS also has an online tool that lets users search for legitimate charities to which donations may be tax-deductible.

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Apple Resolves Recent ‘Root’ Problem

Apple has just released a security update for macOS High Sierra and you should update right now (Apple will automatically push the security patch later today). This update fixes yesterday’s very concerning vulnerability that let anyone log into your Mac without your password.

In order to install the update, open the Mac App Store and click on the “Updates” tab. Interestingly, the release notes say “install this update as soon as possible.” Apple has worked long hours to fix yesterday’s flaw as soon as possible. But it shouldn’t have happened in the first place.

The security flaw affected all Macs running the latest version of High Sierra (at least version 10.13.1 — 17B48). On the login screen or in the preference panel, you could bypass all security screens by entering the root username and no password. Multiple persons at TechCrunch tested the flaw and could replicate it effortlessly. After that, you can see everything on the computer even if it’s not yours. It even works with a screen sharing session. For hackers, it’s a great way to access your emails, personal data and more.

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The patch release notes are quite short. “A logic error existed in the validation of credentials. This was addressed with improved credential validation,” Apple says.

Apple will automatically roll out the update later today for everyone who is affected.

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MAC’s New Root Problem

The username is the “root” of all problems for Apple’s latest operating system.

It turns out you don’t need a password to log in to a locked Apple device using MacOS High Sierra — just the username “root.”

By heading to your device’s System Preferences, under Users & Groups, you can click on the lock and get hit with a prompt asking for a username and password to change settings. Then, instead of entering a password, you can type in “root” for the username and leave the password field empty.

After clicking unlock several times, it should eventually open up, no passwords necessary.

The simple exploit means anybody with physical access to your MacOS High Sierra device can log in on your computer, no matter how secure your passwords are.

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The bug works for every aspect of the OS that would normally require a password, which means someone could also get access to your Keychain, containing all your passwords.

MacOS High Sierra was also plagued with a password issue when it launched, after a former NSA hacker showed that he could extract sensitive data from Keychain using an app downloaded online.

There’s a workaround for the “root” flaw until Apple fixes it. You can turn guest users off, or change the root password from your directory utility.

Another reccomendation is creating the username “root” and setting a password to solve the blatant issue.

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Microsoft Set to Change Things Up with ‘Sets’

Microsoft will soon be test-driving a feature in Windows 10 that could forever change how you use your PC. It’s also a feature you’ve already been using for years.

Say hello to tabs. Or as Microsoft calls them, ‘Sets.’

While Microsoft isn’t sure whether that name will stick, the idea is to bring browser-like tabs to not just Chrome and Edge, but virtually every Windows app. Moreover, it’s not just grouping duplicate instances of a single app; you can actually combine different apps into one window. Check out Microsoft’s explainer video:

Basically, Sets could help you keep apps group related apps for particular tasks, projects, or ideas, rather than just being a mess of windows that you’re constantly rearranging. If you’re researching a paper, for instance, you could theoretically combine a PDF reader, a PowerPoint presentation, and notes all into to one tabbed window.

Granted, you could already organize your apps by task or idea by using virtual desktops, but that method has some drawbacks. You can assign different desktops to tasks or projects, for example, but you can’t see or move them all at once. Sets would be giving users another layer of control to keep things nice and tidy.

Besides, tabs are likely more intuitive for the average user. After all, organizing resources into tabs is already how we browse the web and use plenty of Web apps. Heck, this is basically how Chrome OS operates. Microsoft is simply expanding that organizational concept to the desktop with full-fledged apps.

The idea was born out of the ‘Timeline’ concept Microsoft introduced back during its Build conference in May. That feature allowed you to go back in time to see what apps you were using at any given moment, allowing you to easily resume a work setup or project. Sets are simply another way to group your apps.

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At first, the feature will only be available on UWP (Universal Windows Platform) apps first because their sandboxed nature helps ensure you don’t break anything major. Over time, it seems the company hopes to expand to first part apps like Office and traditional Win32 apps as well.

In any case, it could be quite some time before the feature ever hits the public. Even users in Microsoft’s Insider testing program won’t all have access to it; Microsoft will randomly select a small group of testers who will be able to access the feature to start.

I hope I’m one of the lucky ones; as far as I’m concerned this is one of the most useful changes to Windows in years.

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