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Maxthon browser bad?

(Thanks to Justin for warning us…OK, me…about this.)

“…users of the browser…were reassured by the manufacturer that this type of content will not be transferred anywhere without their explicit consent.

“…information transmitted without the user’s knowledge between the Browser and the Maxthon server…about the user’s website browsing preferences, information about his Google searches as well as the complete list of software installed on the user’s computer…

“…the Maxthon browser is not secure.

“It is also worth emphasising that the Exatel’s SOC got in touch with the creators of the Maxthon browser, sending a detailed technical report, with a request for Maxthon to respond, either in the form of a notice sent to the users about the type of data transmitted from their browsers to the Maxthon servers in Beijing, or in the form of a Maxthon browser software patch which would enable the alarmed users to deactivate effectively the transmission of the UEIP files to their servers. This request was ignored.”

https://exatel.pl/advisory/maxthonreporten.pdf

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Our Promise to Users

We at Maxthon take users’ privacy and information security seriously. We keep our users’ information secure and private…

Jeff Chen (CEO of Maxthon)

11:00pm EST, July 14, 2016

http://forum.maxthon.com/index.php?/topic/20208-security-and-privacy-are-top-priorities-at-maxthon/

 

E-mail the boss, and install Windows 10

If you ever have not been fairly treated, and wanted to “e-mail the boss”…now you can, as Justin did! Use http:EmailTheBoss.org

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Linkysys has expanded DD-WRT support to WRT1200AC, WRT1900AC, and WRT1900ACS routers. Their statement to TechtalkRadio is that: “…WRT is our flagship brand within the Linksys consumer line…”

Features include:
dual core processors…
USB 3.0 ports which support storage devices, and the ability to share files across a network…
and eSATA ports.

(The Linksys WRT1200AC AC1200 Dual-Band Smart Wi-Fi Wireless Router also has parental controls, and “guest access” for devices that may be used by visitors to the household.)

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Andy downloaded and installed Windows 10 on a computer…if he can do it, so can you! Download it from https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10

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And we talk about preparing tax returns with a representative from TurboTax

Notes from our November 28 show…

We discussed what can happen when you trust software and services more than you should have…

We also mentioned “UEFI”…which is the “Unified Extensible Firmware Interface”. Some information from UEFI.org might help to understand its function…

“…the BIOS refers to a specific implementation of the firmware that initializes the platform and loads an OS setup.”

“BIOS is typically used to refer to an Intel Architecture firmware implementation rooted in the IBM PC design. Based on older standards and methods, BIOS was originally coded in 16-bit real mode x86 assembly code…”

“…UEFI specifications define an interface in which the implementation of UEFI performs the equivalent of the BIOS, by initiating the platform and loading the operating system.”

“…UEFI is ‘processor architecture-agnostic,’ supporting x86, x64, ARM and Itanium.”

“…the Specification supports a more secure system, a faster boot time, improved performance…With regard to security, UEFI Secure Boot helps defend against malware attacks before the operating system loads.”

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And if you ever need to install Windows 10, the information on how to download and install it can be found at https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10

Links related to our October 31 show…

Here are some links to things that were mentioned in our October 31 show…if you’re not familiar with some of the lingo we used during that episode, these might be of some benefit to you:

modem

DOCSIS

router…switch

firewall

Wi-Fi

wireless access point

firmware

(internet service) speedtest

EULA (End-User License Agreement)

TOS (Terms of Service)

 

(I’m) Up (on) Periscope!…

Andy has been bugging me…(this time) about using Periscope.

In one of the posts on our blog I stated I was waiting for something to be done by personnel at Periscope. It was to change my username. You can now follow me at “Slick1”.

My thanks to the “Periscope people” (Nader/Jamie/all) for being nice to look into the issue for me. Some of our conversations is posted below…

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SEP 02, 2015

Dear Periscope Team,

I assumed I would be allowed to use my Twitter name with Periscope…

Is there any possibility I can request to have “slick” assigned to me?

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SEP 04, 2015

Nader replied:

Hi…

We are now able to change usernames on our end. Please note that this is a one-time request. We have alerted our team this is a feature users want for the future. In order to change your username, please provide the following: 1. Provide your current username. 2. Confirm what you would like as your new username. (No spaces or special characters.) 3. Provide your Twitter account or phone number. Once we have the above information, we will do our best to help you out.

Happy Scoping,

Nader
Periscope Team

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SEP 04, 2015

S!ick replied:

Cool! Thank you very much…

My current Periscope username is: slick1

(To match my Twitter account,) I am requesting: slick

My current Twitter username is Slick (http://twitter.com/slick)

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SEP 17, 2015

Jamie replied:

Hi…

Unfortunately, we weren’t able to change your username because it was already taken. Do you have another in mind? Let us know!

Happy Scoping,

Jamie
Periscope Team