This free tool protects PCs from master boot record attacks

Cisco Systems’ Talos team has developed an open-source tool that can protect the master boot record of Windows computers from modification by ransomware and other malicious attacks.

The tool, called MBRFilter, functions as a signed system driver and puts the disk’s sector 0 into a read-only state. It is available for both 32-bit and 64-bit Windows versions and its source code has been published on GitHub.

The master boot record (MBR) consists of executable code that’s stored in the first sector (sector 0) of a hard disk drive and launches the operating system’s boot loader. The MBR also contains information about the disk’s partitions and their file systems.

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New Windows 10 preview adds an iPhone Live Photos rival, Windows Ink improvements

The relentless march of Windows 10 Insider previews continues with the release of build 14951 for PCs and Windows Phones. This latest glimpse at the future of Windows reveals several interesting tweaks—including a Microsoftian rival to the iPhone’s Live Photos.

If you install Windows Insider build 14951 on a Surface Book, Surface Pro 4, Surface Pro 3, or Surface 3, its revamped Camera app can “extend your still captures with a snippet of video,” writes Windows Insider boss Dona Sakar. After you’ve enabled Capture living images in the Camera app’s settings, the feature kicks in automatically whenever the subject of your picture’s moving when you click the Capture button.

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