Posted on January 12th, 2016 at 09:53 30 comments
Several of you have asked about IE 8, 9 and 10, because today is the last day of support for all of them on most versions of Windows.
Fahima Rashid at InfoWorld Tech Watch has a great overview of what’s happening, and why you should be moving to IE 11 in the near term. Short version: There’s a lot of incentive for malware folks to start releasing their closely-hoarded stash of zero-days, simply because they know (or at least think) that MS won’t be patching most IE 8, 9 and 10 systems after today.
There’s been a lot of concern here and elsewhere about malicious side-effects of upgrading to IE 11. Our own PKCano — who originally reported that the dread KB 3035583 Windows 10 nagware was installed while upgrading to IE 11 — has conducted an exhaustive series of tests, trying to duplicate the phenomenon. She’s come up empty. Her tests are so thorough that I feel confident in saying, categorically, that Installing IE 11 does not install Get Windows 10 nagware.
Some of you have expressed concern that going with IE 11 instead of an older version would make it easier for Microsoft to install Get Windows 10. I haven’t found that to be the case — and in fact can’t conceive of a set of circumstances where that would be the case.
Bottom line: Get IE 11 installed in the next few days, unless you’re running Vista (maxes out at IE 9), Server 2008 (IE 9), or Server 2012 (IE 10). (If you have Windows 10, you already have IE 11.) You need to install IE 11 even if Internet Explorer is not your default browser, even if you never use Internet Explorer. Remarkably, distressingly, Windows still uses IE under the covers in odd circumstances.
Keep in mind that even Internet Explorer 11 is fading into the sunset. Microsoft isn’t going to spend any money making it better. The owner has already switched horses, over to Microsoft Edge. For now, Edge only runs on Windows 10. In the future…. who knows?
I’ll repeat a recommendation I’ve made since the Windows XP books: Dump Internet Explorer. Switch to Firefox and/or Chrome for your daily browsing. (Edge isn’t yet up to snuff.) Keep IE around in case you hit a recalcitrant web site — and a clueless or penniless web developer — and only pull it out when absolutely nothing else will work.
Notes: ‘Softie Pat Altimore has a worthwhile blog about migrating to IE 11 in a corporate environment. Mary Jo Foley has a good overview of the IE 11 Compatibility mode, which may help you with older sites.
Posted on December 25th, 2015 at 05:17 13 comments
I can confirm that Santa has arrived, but the reindeer are soggy.
At 5 am, it’s 68 degrees and rainy in Nashville.
Posted on December 22nd, 2015 at 17:21 2 comments
Good question from reader SS:Hello!
Just bought your book and am enjoying it so far. Thought I’d take you up on your offer to answer questions.
This has to do with the integration of the Mail tile and LastPass. I have been a long time user of Last Pass and my job requires that I keep my computer secure. I am starting through Chapter 1 and see your section on using the Mail tile which requires setting up an account to work with that. It asks for the usual user name and password, but I don’t see where Last Pass would integrate here. That suggests to me that Windows would hold my user name and password which I have always understood not to be advisable from a security standpoint. Is there a way to use this feature with LastPass? Or is my only alternative to browse in as I have always done and use LastPass within my browser?
Thanks in advance!Short answer: LastPass doesn’t work with ANY tiled programs. None at all.Some day it may work with Edge, but for now your only choices are Firefox, Chrome and (shudder) Internet Explorer.
Posted on November 1st, 2015 at 10:29 15 comments
Lots of you have asked how I stuck a “Mr. Dummy” picture next to my posts in the comments. It’s easy – and only takes a second.
Go to Gravatar, sign in, upload a pic, and you’re done. That’s all it takes.
UPDATE: As noted by RC in the comments, setting up a Gravatar requires signing up for a WordPress id. Auttomatic, which owns both WordPress and Gravatar, wants you to sign up with a single id which it can use to track your browsing across WordPress sites. (Or you can look at it the other way around, which is you only need to sign up for Gravatar once, and it’ll work when you make comments on any WordPress site.)
Posted on July 27th, 2015 at 11:48 2 comments
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Posted on April 20th, 2015 at 06:40 No comments
What, you haven’t installed every Technical Preview release, every leaked build, and you haven’t read every article about Windows 10 so far?
Unlax. This will bring you up to date.
Posted on February 18th, 2015 at 08:46 7 comments
Thanks to JB and MM for the heads-up, and SB for corroboration.
Remember that monster patch from last December — the one that required a Silver Bullet patch to zap it away? The Root Cert patch is back – and it seems to be working.
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Posted on February 10th, 2015 at 15:05 9 comments
A rogue patch?
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