Locky Ransomware Information, Help Guide, and FAQ

Locky is a Windows ransomware infection that was released in the middle of February 2016. This ransomware infection will affect all versions of Windows, including Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10. When a victim is infected they will have their files encrypted and then a ransom of about .5 bitcoins will be demanded in order to receive the decryption key.
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How to remove Search Expanse (Removal Guide)

Search Expanse is a browser hijacker program from the Adware.BrowseFox family that hijacks your browser's default search engine and changes your homepage. When the extension is installed, it will also display its own Search Expanse page instead of your default home page.
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Opera’s launched an iOS app to expand its free, unlimited, ad-blocking VPN

This story was updated with further information about the user data collected by the app.

Opera Software takes its VPN campaign to iOS with a free, unlimited virtual private network app. Launched Monday, the new app follows Opera’s debut in late April of a free, built-in virtual private network in the beta version of its PC and Mac browsers. Opera’s VPN services are offered by SurfEasy, a Canadian VPN provider that Opera acquired in early 2015.

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Google turns on HTTPS for all Blogspot blogs

All blogs hosted on Google's blogspot.com domain can now be accessed over an encrypted HTTPS connection. This puts more control into the hands of blog readers who value privacy. Google started offering users of its Blogger service the option to swi...
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Microsoft’s CEO explains why his company sued the U.S. government

Microsoft surprised the world last month when it filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Justice, alleging that the frequent practice of attaching gag orders to search warrants for customer data violates the U.S. Constitution.

On Monday, CEO Satya Nadella told a group of tech luminaries why the company did so: Microsoft has a strong view on its privacy promises to users, and the company will fight to prevent government overreach that, in its view, compromises the principles of privacy. 

Governments have a compelling need to help preserve public safety, but Microsoft wants to make sure that users’ privacy is also preserved, Nadella said. 

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Why Windows 10 wants your feedback and diagnostics, and how to control them

We now know the tradeoff for free Windows 10: Microsoft wants data about what you do with your device. But you don't have to send everything you do back to Redmond.

You can control the data you send back, and how often, by delving into Windows 10's privacy settings (we've taken you here before) and looking specifically at Feedback frequency and Diagnostic and usage data. The former is typically just an automated survey, but the diagnostic component actually peers into your machine.

These features comprised the Customer Experience Improvement Program, or CEIP, in previous versions of Windows—and they were voluntary. In Windows 10 they've become mandatory, but you can control some aspects.

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How to seize control of your privacy with Mozilla’s Firefox browser

When it comes to online privacy, Mozilla’s open-source Firefox browser is probably the best choice for keeping your data away from prying eyes. Even though Mozilla does have some behavior-based advertising on its new tab page, it’s still by far the browser maker that most respects your right to browse unmolested.

Nevertheless, Firefox does require several tweaks if you want to avoid privacy-invading tactics like ad tracking. Here's a rundown of the basic steps you can take in this browser.

Do not track and tracking protection

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The default settings for the Firefox Privacy tab.

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Pure URL simplifies web addresses for safer surfing

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