Mozilla – FireFox 51.0.1 Released to Fix Two Bugs

Mozilla.org on January twenty six two thousand seventeen officially released Mozilla web browser version 51.0.1. This latest version includes two bug fixes.

* Multiprocess incompatibility registration bug
* Geolocation Windows bug

You can install Mozilla FireFox 51.0.1 manually by selecting “Help” then select “About Firefox”. In about Mozilla Firefox you will either see that your web browser is up to date or click on an “Update to 51.0.1” button. You can download and install Mozilla FireFox version 51.0.1.

Another way to upgrade Mozilla FireFox is with automatic updates. Click on “Tools” then select “Options”. Click on “Advanced” tab.

Select an “Update” tab. In update you have three options:

* Automatically install updates
* Check for updates
* Never check for updates

WordPress – 4.7.2 Security Release Available

WordPress on January twenty six two thousand seventeen released a security update 4.7.2. This is an update for all previous versions of WordPress. This update includes three security fixes.

Security fixes in WordPress 4.7.2 include:

* Assigning taxonomy user interface viewable by users without permissions
* WP_Query vulnerable to SQL injection
* Cross site scripting vulnerability discovered in posts list

You can update your version of WordPress to 4.7.2 by clicking on your “Dashboard” if not already there. Then select “Updates”. Finally click on “Update Now”.

If your WordPress site was configured with automatic background updates, then you should already be updated to 4.7.2. Also, you can download update 4.7.2 directly from WordPress.org. Finally, check out this WordPress 4.7.2 update blog post for more details.

Windows 10 – Servicing Stack Update Version KB3211320 1607

Microsoft Corporation released cumulative update KB3211320 on January twenty four two thousand seventeen. This update was released to improve Windows 10 1607 servicing stack. This update does not include any new features.

If you have been keeping up to date with Microsoft Windows 10 security updates then this will only be update available for install. However, if you have gotten behind or skipped some updates those updates will also be installed. You can obtain this update via Microsoft Windows update or Microsoft Update Catalog website.

This update replaces KB3199986. You do not need to reboot your computer for this update to take effect.

HP Notebook – Battery Safety Recall Replacement Instructions

Hewlett Packard Development Company Limited has expanded their HP Notebook battery recall program. Even if you previously checked to see if your battery was affected, Hewlett Packard recommends you check your battery again. They have added some batteries to this recall program, not previously announced.

These batteries are capable of overheating and causing burn and fire hazard to customers. Hewlett Packard has stipulated that these batteries were sold between March two thousand thirteen and October two thousand sixteen. Specific systems were attributed to Hewlett Packard, Compaq, Hewlett Packard ProBook, Hewlett Packard Envy, Compaq Presario, and Hewlett Packard Pavilion notebook computers.

Hewlett Packard will supply a free replacement. You can continue to use a computer with a recall battery, by taking out your battery and using your HP supplied AC Adapter. You can download a utility that will validate whether or not you have in possession one of these recalled batteries.

Another way to validate is manually. You will need to enter in your HP Notebook Serial number and battery bar code number. Also, you will need to select what country your battery should be mailed to.

You will be asked how you found out about this battery recall and your email address. The following are specific batteries that are being recalled at this time according to Hewlett Packard:

* HP Compaq CQ45
* HP Compaq CQ58
* HP ENVY DV6
* HP Pavilion 14
* HP Pavilion g4
* HP Pavilion 15
* HP Pavilion g6
* HP Pavilion 17
* HP Pavilion g7
* HP 240
* HP 450
* HP 650
* HP 250 G1
* HP 1000
* HP 245
* HP 455
* HP 655
* HP 255 G1
* HP 2000
* HP 246
* HP ProBook 440 GO
* HP ProBook 450 GO
* HP ProBook 470 GO
* HP ProBook 4440s
* HP ProBook 440 G1
* HP ProBook 450 G1
* HP ProBook 470 G1
* HP ProBook 4441s
* HP ProBook 445 G1
* HP ProBook 455 G1
* HP ProBook 470 G2
* HP ProBook 4445s
* HP ProBook 4446s
* HP ProBook 4540s
* HP ProBook 4545s

Apple macOS Sierra – 10.12.3 Security Update Released

Apple Incorporated released Apple macOS 10.12.3 security update. This update includes nine major security fixes.

* apache_mod_php
* Bluetooth
* Graphics Driver
* Help Viewer
* IOAudioFamily
* Two Kernel Issues
* libarchive
* Vim

PHP was upgraded to version 5.6.28. Four of these issues dealt with an application having ability to execute arbitrary code with kernel privileges. Three other issues dealt with possible arbitrary code execution.

Final issue dealt with an application being able to determine kernel memory layout. In order to install this update on your MAC operating system Sierra, you open the Application Store then select “Updates”. If this macOs Sierra 10.12.3 update is available, then click on an “Update” button next to it.

If for some reason you do not have the application store on your MAC, then click on “Apple” menu and then choose “Software Update”. You may need to install other available updates before macOS Sierra 10.12.3 becomes available on your MAC. Finally, you can configure your MAC running operating system X El Capitan version 10.11.5 or newer, to automatically download updates.

In Apple Store preferences choose ”Download newly available updates in the background”. Now, your MAC will automatically download these updates for you and notify you when they are available to install.

St. Louis Public Library – Victim of Ransomware Malware Attack

The St. Louis, Missouri Public Library was attacked by ransomware on January nineteen two thousand seventeen. Perpetrators broke into this libraries’ computer system and installed malware. This malware caused their library computer system to not function properly.

This attack affected book checkout and computer access at all seventeen library locations. Perpetrators, allegedly demanded payment via Bitcoin. However, this library contacted the Federal Bureau of Investigation, whom opened an investigation into this incident.

This library has not paid off this ransom. Technology staff were able to regain access to servers after around four days. They are in process of restoring data with their backup system. All book checkout systems have been restored.

This library is still attempting to completely restore their public access computers. Some computers at some locations cannot be reserved. This libraries WiFi system was never affected.

Also, St. Louis Public Library claims that no personal information was stolen by perpetrators. They claim that they do not store personal information such as payment information from their patrons. On this libraries website they posted a banner at top with following message:

“Use of reservable computers is suspended. Call your neighborhood Library for information.”

Supposedly, attackers demanded a thirty five thousand ransom payable with Bitcoin. However, I was not able to verify this via the St. Louis Library website.

Samsung – Claims Batteries Caused Galaxy Note 7 Fire Incidents

Samsung Group and Samsung Electronics finally concluded their investigation into what caused their Galaxy 7 fire incidents. They claim that batteries were responsible for some of these smart devices to catch on fire. Samsung used seven hundred engineers to test more than two hundred thousand devices and thirty thousand batteries.

United Labs, Exponent, and TUV Rheinland provided assistance with their own analysis. However, Samsung did not disclose their third party battery manufacturer. This South Korean company will no longer manufacture the Galaxy Note 7.

Three million of these devices were sold. Samsung claims that ninety six percent of these devices have been recalled. This company claims these batteries were unique to Samsung Galaxy Note 7.

If you still possess one of these Samsung Galaxy Note 7 devices you can receive an exchange and refund. You can start your Galaxy Note 7 exchange and refund process online. Also, you can call 1-844-365-6197.

Also, you can replace your device through your carrier or retailer you purchased from. Samsung will give you a one hundred dollar bill credit, if you exchange your Galaxy Note 7 with another Samsung device.

ApowerMirror – Controls an Android Using Your PC Instructions

I recently wanted an ability to control my HTC 626S Android, from a computer. I use my android as a webcam, but have to start an application on this device. Then I have to start a desktop application.

Hence, this is why I would like to control my Android from a far. I found this application ApowerMirror that can control your Android from a computer via WiFi and universal serial bus. There is a free evaluation version that allows you to control your android and even screen capture.

With free version you can record a screen capture of your Android screen up to three minutes. Also, full screen mode is disabled. You will need to enable USB debugging mode on your Android in order to get this software to function.

Browse to “Settings” on your Android and then choose “Developer Options”. Turn on “USB Debugging”. Connect your Android via USB cable to your computer.

Download and install ApowerMirror. You do not need to install an application on your Android as the PC version will install it for you. A message will pop up on your Android, “ApowerMirror will start capturing everything that’s displayed on your screen”.

You can click START NOW or CANCEL. There is a checkbox to “Don’t Show Again”. If you restart your Android or clear cache, you will need to to through this initial process again.

Once installed and working you can change to WiFi mode. Your wireless router must be on same network as your computer. Finally, this application is available for iPhone’s as well.

Meitu – Anime Makeover Application Invading Your Privacy?

Meitu Technology developed Meitu,a photo editing application that is number one in China, in this category. This application has reached iTunes top ten applications list. This free application allows you to edit your smart phone photos with filters, frames, effects and other tools.

This application is available for download on both Google Play Store and Apple Store. Meitu for Android requires Android 4 or newer. Meitu for Apple devices requires iOS 8 or newer and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

According to permissions stipulated on Meitu Google Play store, this application needs access to following data on your Android device:

Version 6.1.0.2

* Retrieves running applications
* Approximate network location
* Reads phone status & identity
* Reads contents of USB storage
* Modify or delete contents of USB storage
* Take pictures & videos
* Wi-Fi connection information
* View Wi-Fi connection
* Reads phone status & identity
* Receive data from Internet
* View network connection information
* Can change system display settings
* Has full network access
* Can change your audio settings
* Runs at startup
* Can reorder running applications
* Can control vibration
* Can prevent device from sleep mode
* Google Play license check

This Meitu’s Apple application store does not stipulate any information about privacy or permissions required. This application recently started becoming popular in the United States.

CCleaner – Portable by Piriform Download and Instructions

Piriform Limited makes my preferred file and registry clean up utility for Microsoft Windows. What many people may not know is that they also provide a portable version. This CCleaner version does not require you to install on your target machine.

This executable file is about one megabyte smaller than CCleaner installer version. You can download and run this installer like normal. Also, you can store it on a USB flash drive.

This free software is compatible with Microsoft Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, and 10. Also, both x86 32 bit and x64 84 bit versions of a fore mentioned operating systems are supported. You can download CCleaner portable for free. Once you download this software to your computer, you just double click to start this program.

This version of CCleaner is basically same as installer version. CCleaner builds also known as portable are designed for system administrators and advanced users.