Category Archives: Surfing The Web

WordPress – 4.8 Evans Release Available

WordPress on June eight two thousand seventeen released major update 4.8 Evans. This is an update for all previous versions of WordPress. This update includes new features, bug fixes, and enhancements.

Two hundred twenty five bugs were resolved. One hundred and nine enhancementes are included. New features in WordPress 4.8 include:

* image widget
* video widget
* audio widget
* text widget
* link bounderies
* more administrative panel headings
* wmv & wma support removal
* multiple site updates
* javascript API text editor
* media widgets API
* customizable width variable

You can update your version of WordPress to 4.8 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 4.8. Also, you can download update 4.8 directly from WordPress.org. Finally, check out this WordPress 4.8 update blog post for more details.

Google Adwords – Attribution Tracks Offline Data

Google Incorporated has stepped up their spy apparatus er I mean data retrieval. Google Adwords which is an online marketing tool, now will have a capability to track offline data. Google Attribution will attempt to retrieve data pertaining to online users' offline purchases.

This technology obtains data from Google Adwords, Google Analytics, and DoubleClick search. Google has been able to track brick and mortar store visits since two thousand fourteen. Five billion store visits have been tracked in three years.

Advertisers using Google Adwords have been privy to this data. Google claims that they are able to obtain more store visits data with attribution. They are able to obtain tracking data in malls and densely populated cities.

Soon Google will be able to track brick and mortar store visits from YouTube TrueView ads.

Mozilla FireFox – Web Browser Version 53.0.3 Released

Mozilla.org on May nineteen two thousand seventeen officially released Mozilla web browser version 53.0.3. This latest version includes three bug fixes.

* excessive resource usage
* security information expiration
* NTLM authentication hangs

You can install Mozilla FireFox 53.0.3 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 53.0.3" button.

You can download and install Mozilla FireFox version 53.0.3. 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 – 4.7.5 Maintenance Release Available

WordPress on May sixteen two thousand seventeen released a maintenance update 4.7.5. This is an update for all previous versions of WordPress. This update includes six security fixes.

Enhacements and security fixes in WordPress 4.7.5 include:

* HTTP class validation
* XML-RPC API meta data
* Cross site forgery vulnerability
* Cross site scripting

You can update your version of WordPress to 4.7.5 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 4.7.5. Also, you can download update 4.7.5 directly from WordPress.org. Finally, check out this WordPress 4.7.5 update blog post for more details.

Google Chrome – Version 59.0.3071.86 Released

Google on June fifth two thousand seventeen, officially released Chrome web browser version 59.0.3071.86. This latest version includes thirty security fix updates. These security fixes affect Google Chrome web browser on Linux, MAC, and Microsoft Windows platforms.

By default Chrome is supposed to automatically update. You can install Google Chrome version 59.0.3071.86 manually by selecting "Help" then select "About Google Chrome". In about Google Chrome, if an update is available, that update will begin downloading.

You will need to relaunch Chrome for that update to install. You can download instead and install Google Chrome version 59.0.3071.86. chrome://settings has a new look.

* type confusion
* out of bounds read
* address spoofing
* print preview
* apps bluetooth
* information leak
* address spoofing
* heap buffer overflow
* possible command injection
* user interface spoofing
* credit card autofill
* extension verification bypass
* credit card editor insufficient hardening
* javascript execution
* various other fixes

Comcast Xfinity – Xfi WiFi Router

Xfinity formerly known as Comcast introduces a new wifi gateway router called Xfi. This router costs ten dollars plus taxes and fees per month to rent. You can setup this wifi router without a technician.

You can manage your home Xfi wifi device from anywhere even from a television with X1. Pausing your Xfi is possible, even remotely. This device has built in parental controls you can turn on or off.

You can limit bandwidth usage, inappropriate content, and create time limits. This device is able to browse the entire Xfi network. You can get notified whenever a new device joins your network.

A free Xfinity Xfi application allows you to control your Xfi router remotely. This free application is available for both Android and iOS devices.

Google Docs – Phishing Attack

A phishing email propagated via Gmail was noticed yesterday. This phishing attack targets Google Documents. Around one million users may have been affected with this phishing scam.

This email was sent via Google's gmail service. The perpetrators were impersonating Google Docs. Their gmail accounts have since been disabled.

Also, fake Google pages were removed. You can use Google's security checkup if you think you have been affected. This utility will show you applications that you have connected with your Google account.

You can disable any applications that look suspicious. Google Incorporated claims that they are working on securing their systems so that this does not happen again.

Mozilla FireFox – Web Browser Version 53 Released

Mozilla.org on April nineteen two thousand seventeen officially released Mozilla web browser version 53. This latest version includes thirty nine bug fixes.

Nine of them are critical. Twenty of them are high priority. Seven of them are moderate.

Four of them are low priority. You can install Mozilla FireFox 53 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 53" button.

You can download and install Mozilla FireFox version 53. 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

Verizon Wireless – FIOS is $70 For New Customers

Verizon Wireless Incorporated released Fios gigabit Internet for $70. However, as has many other websites pointed out, this offer is available for new customers. Also, you won't really get gigabit access speeds.

Download bandwidth is limited to 940 Mbps, while upload bandwidth is limited to 880 Mbps. As far as the advertised $70 price goes, you will pay more than this when you include modem rental and other fees. This price is limited to new customers only.

Previous customers that upgrade will most likely pay more than what they are paying for now. Fios gigabit connection is available in New York City New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Richmond Virginia, Hampton Roads Virginia, Boston Massachusetts, Providence Rhode Island and Washington, District of Columbia. This service will not be available in all homes in these markets yet.

Around eight million people will have access to Verizon's Fios gigabit Internet. You must order online to get this price.

Google Chrome – Version 58.0.3029.81 Released

Google on April nineteen two thousand seventeen officially released Chrome web browser version 58.0.3029.81. This latest version includes twenty nine security related fixes. Three of these security vulnerabilities are listed as high importance.

Eight are listed as medium importance and one are listed as low importance.

These security issues affect Google Chrome web browser on Linux, MAC, and Microsoft Windows platforms. By default Chrome is supposed to automatically update. You can install Google Chrome version 58.0.3029.81 manually by selecting "Help" then select "About Google Chrome".

In about Google Chrome, if an update is available, that update will begin downloading. You will need to relaunch Chrome for that update to install. You can download instead and install Google Chrome version 58.0.3029.81.