ISIS Takes On The Internet And The Internet Fights Back




  As we are all aware the terrorist organization known as ISIL and/or ISIS (ISIS being most often used) is attacking the world on many levels and is also being fought on many levels. This fight against ISIS includes governments from all over the world whose people have been threatened and killed by this organization as well as others who may or may not be associated with any particular government. Many have begun to refer to this entire scenario as a potential World War III and scary as it may be this could well be the case. ISIS appears to be well-funded with support coming from many corners of the globe. They have also made some very intelligent decisions with regards to recruiting new members and much of that means utilizing social media and other Internet venues. It has long been posited that should World War III occur it would be conducted at least as much through cyber warfare as it would through conventional warfare. This is what we are seeing from ISIS and there are many who utilize the Internet intelligently and recognize what ISIS is doing. They don't like it and they aim to at least mitigate if not stop ISIS from utilizing the Internet in their quest to terrorize the world.


Data Privacy Winners And Losers

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   Privacy on the 'Net is something all of us consider important so the recently released study done by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) regarding the "who's who" of Data Privacy reveals data of interest to just about everybody. Those receiving a 5 star rating are fewer than we might hope but it's not really surprising - beyond that which online entities have less than 5 stars is not surprising either. Do we really expect AT&T, Comcast, and Verizon to be completely open and forthcoming?


Microsoft Makes It Easier To Make Sure You Get Windows 10

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  It seems very clear that Microsoft wants to push Windows 10 at least as much as it has any previous Windows OS, and it may be that they are not sufficiently confident in the the rate of acceptance by the public thus far. Granted there are by most accounts (including Microsoft's) well over 100 Million devices now running Windows 10 and some put that number well over 130 Million, but in comparison to the total number of devices eligible for the free upgrade to Windows 10 (One Billion perhaps) is it really enough? Maybe Microsoft is not getting that warm and fuzzy feeling about the overall success after just a few months since the public release of Windows 10 on July 29,2015. So how might Microsoft attempt to ensure better numbers in the near future?



New Edge Browser Still Not Allowing Extensions


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  Microsoft's new web browser for Windows 10 is sleek and powerful with additions unlike any other browser. What is also unlike any other browser is the fact that Edge does not allow extensions or plugins. Since Edge is made the default browser in Windows 10 that leads some antivirus and other normally useful software to prompt for a change of default browser. Is Microsoft planning on an update to change this? Well it's been a few weeks since the public release of Windows 10 and there have been several updates issued but the Edge browser remains non-extensible. Symantec's Norton Antivirus is a well respected software vendor and has been used in the Windows operating systems for many years however they don't like the idea of people using a web browser which they cannot protect. Want java? Not currently happening with the Edge browser. Do you want to keep using Edge as your default? If you do, well that leaves only Microsoft to protect your web browsing but if you'd rather use Firefox or Chrome you can change it easily.


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  With two weeks until the "release to public" date of July 29, 2015 Microsoft has been busy updating Windows 10. Each new build represents change and sometimes it is evident, as sometimes are bugs in the code. This new build has a name (or alpha-numeric designation) and that is TH1 Professional 10240. What's interesting about this particular name is that it's unlike the previous builds whose "names" were simply numeric. The last was 10166, before that many others such as 10162, 10130, and so on. This is the first Windows 10 build with what might be referred to as an actual name. The differences between builds were sometimes subtle and other times more obvious but what matters is that Windows 10 is a Work In Progress.