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This Windows 10 browser has a FLAW! Delete now, use Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge

HT Tech 12 September, 2021 - 12:23am

Here is a clear and present warning for Windows 10 users by Microsoft itself. Internet Explorer is one of the most outdated pieces of software you can find on a Windows computer. Unfortunately. Internet Explorer browser is very vulnerable and hackers regularly exploit security flaws in the browser to target unsuspecting users. The latest such example involves a zero-day vulnerability, and is being used by attackers to take over PCs. There are options available to users though. They can turn to Google Chrome or to Microsoft Edge browser. The latter has replaced Microsoft’s older browser, with a modern interface and features, as well as security protections. Google Chrome also comes with the latest security updates.

Microsoft revealed the security vulnerability just on Tuesday, saying that it had tracked down a security flaw that could allow execution of remote code on a device by affecting the MSHTML (also known as Trident) browser engine used by Internet Explorer. The company has not patched the security flaw yet, but has revealed that attackers are using dangerous ActiveX controls to take advantage of Office 2019 and Office 365 apps to install malicious software on a user’s computer if it is running Windows 10.

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Microsoft Office has a ‘Protected View’ mode for content downloaded from the internet, which is denoted by a ‘mark of the web’ that is applied to files and documents received from the web. Once that is detected, Microsoft Office will only open the file in Read-Only mode. However, some documents do not come with the mark of the web flag (for example if they were compressed and then extracted) which means that they will be opened like a local document, allowing them to infect and take over a vulnerable system. According to security firm Trend Micro, the Cobalt Strike beacon is installed on the target’s device, giving the attacker control over the computer.

Users who are still relying on Internet Explorer on a Windows 10 computer should switch to Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge right away. This is because they do not rely on the old and insecure MSHTML engine, using Google’s Blink engine instead. Simply switching to these browsers should protect users from the exploits used by attackers and will even keep an organisation safe. Users can also keep their default settings that will open documents in Protected View.

However, users should also make sure that their Windows 10 installation is up to date and Microsoft Office is also updated and Windows Defender is running normally by checking Windows Security.

Meanwhile, users should also avoid opening any files that they receive from untrusted sources and avoid downloading any documents from the internet if the source is unfamiliar.

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How to enable Google Lens image search in Chrome

MobiGyaan 11 September, 2021 - 01:40pm

Google Chrome is one the most popular web browsers in the market and the company keeps adding more features to ensure that it doesn’t lose the top spot to its rivals. In the latest addition, the company has introduced support for Google Lens in the desktop version of the browser.

For those who are unaware, Google Lens is quite a useful tool that enables users to identify objects, copy printed and handwritten text, or find similar objects. With support for Google Lens on the desktop browser, users can drag a frame over a webpage or image and it will use AI and machine learning to search for relevant products, images, results, and more.

In this guide, we will show you a step-by-step process of enabling the Google Lens image search feature on your Chrome browser using flags as the feature is still under testing and is available as an experimental feature.

Step 1: Open the Google Chrome web browser on your computer.

Step 2: When the browser opens, to the address bar and type in the following, and then hit enter: chrome://flags

Step 3: In the page that opens up, search for “Search your screen using Google Lens.”

Step 4: Now, just next to the Search your screen using the Google Lens option, click on the drop-down link and change its status from Default to “Enabled.”

Step 5: You will now be asked to relaunch the Chrome web browser. Do that and the feature will now be enabled on your device.

That’s it. The Google Lens feature has now been enabled on your Chrome browser running on your computer. If you are not able to find the feature or can’t enable it, make sure that you are running Chrome stable version 93 or above. Even if that doesn’t help, try taking the Beta version for a spin.

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Quit Google Chrome For One Of These 3 Privacy-Friendly Alternatives

Forbes 11 September, 2021 - 05:45am

Firefox is the number one alternative if you want to ditch Chrome, and that’s because of its privacy ethos. Firefox is owned by Mozilla, a non-profit, so it doesn’t need to perform tracking to serve you ads. The browser comes with numerous privacy features and functionality, blocking trackers by default, and there are even guides available on how to switch from Chrome to Firefox.

The Brave browser is Chromium based so you get the Chrome-like experience but without the trackers—Brave blocks tracking by default. The browser does show you ads, but from its own ad network which is not individually targeted. Brave Rewards basically pays you to show you “privacy-respecting” content and ads. Brave can run Chrome extensions, so the switch shouldn’t be too difficult, and the browser is actually supposed to be faster than Chrome. 

Microsoft’s Edge browser has enjoyed a new lease of life after being relaunched and enriched with a number of features, including functions that help protect your security and privacy.

Yes, it is owned by Microsoft, but Edge is also highly functional partly because it integrates into Microsoft’s other apps and services (if a little invasively at times). There are steps you can take to make it more private, and quite simply, it’s not Chrome but it is Chromium based, so it is the ideal tool for business users who need tools optimised for the browser engine. 

There you have it—a number of options to help you ditch Google Chrome without losing the experience you expect. If you are an Apple user, I recommend Safari—which blocks trackers by default—in combination with a Chromium based browser if and when you might need it. Firefox is a firm favorite of mine too, so why not try out a few and see which one you like best?

Kate is an award winning and widely-recognized cybersecurity and privacy journalist with well over a decade’s experience covering the issues that matter to users,

Kate is an award winning and widely-recognized cybersecurity and privacy journalist with well over a decade’s experience covering the issues that matter to users, businesses and governments. In addition to Forbes, her work can be found in publications including Wired, The Guardian, The Observer, The Times and The Economist. 

With a focus on smartphone security including Apple iOS security and privacy, application security, cyberwarfare and data misuse by the big tech firms, Kate reports and analyzes breaking cybersecurity and privacy stories and trending topics. A co-founder of the Forbes Straight Talking Cyber video project, which has been named 'Most Educational Content' at the 2021 European Cybersecurity Blogger Awards, she is also a recognized industry commentator and has appeared on radio shows including the WVON Morning Show with Attorney Ernest B. Fenton, BBC Radio 5 Live and podcasts such as the Guardian’s Today in Focus. Kate can be reached at kate.oflaherty@techjournalist.co.uk.

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